By now you’ve probably seen the highlight (err…lowlight) of Texas Longhorns wide receiver Mike Davis taking a cheap shot on Iowa State Cyclones safety Deon Broomfield last Saturday. Davis, who was reprimanded by the Big 12 for the play but was not suspended, defended himself on Monday. Texas coach Mack Brown also chimed in, saying that while Davis is not a malicious player, the Big 12 was right to criticize the play:
I asked Mike after the play, because I didn’t see him outside — I was watching Joe inside on the touchdown — and he said, ‘Coach, I knew I was supposed to block but I couldn’t hear the whistle. So I did.’ To me, where Mike is wrong, and I’m in agreement with the Big 12, is that he blocked a guy after the whistle had already blown. That’s where he’s wrong (ESPN).
Mike is not malicious. He’s glad that the young guy is not hurt. He’s not ever been accused of anything like that before. So it sure wasn’t done on purpose, but I can see why they reprimanded him.
Brown’s statements and Davis’ apology don’t change the fact the play was undoubtedly dirty. Broomfield thankfully wasn’t hurt on the hit, and hopefully Davis won’t take another shot at someone’s knees again.