Syracuse Orange starting linebacker Dyshawn Davis did not participate in spring practices with ‘Cuse after undergoing shoulder surgery in January, but he is good-to-go now and fully healthy, per the Syracuse Post-Standard. Syracuse linebackers coach Clark Lea confirmed this to the Post-Standard, and Davis is ready for ‘Cuse’s fall camp that begins in August. Lea has high expectations for Davis next season, as the LB was one of the team’s best defensive players with 14 tackles for loss and 69 total tackles last season. Davis is a disruptive playmaker, and it’s great to hear that Syracuse is getting him back and fully healthy soon.
Lea told the Post-Standard, “I’ve got high expectations for Dyshawn when you see what he’s done in the past. I got to see a little bit of his athleticism just in some of the movement work we did and was impressed by that.”
Syracuse converted Dyshawn Davis from the wide receiver position to outside linebacker, and the move was a big boon for Syracuse. He was all over the place last season making plays, and he is just a freak athlete, especially at the linebacker position. Lea admits that the issue with Davis has been maintaining his weight at LB because of his conversion from wide receiver. His weight dropped following January’s shoulder surgery, but Davis has apparently brought it back up and is ready for a big camp as an obvious projected starter on Syracuse’s defense. Lea, a first-year coach for the Orange, is excited to work with Davis, and he definitely should be. Davis has a ton of upside, and there is no doubting his athleticism or looking past his production in his sophomore year of 2012.
How good is Davis? Phil Steele put him as a preseason first-team All-ACC player, and that is definitely a top honor; he was the only Syracuse player who made Steele’s first team.