Shawn Davis was a household name for Georgia Tech fans after his first game as a starter, but for all the wrong reasons. The sophomore kicker went 5/5 on extra points, but missed both of his field goal attempts, including a 36 yarder for the win. Since then, Davis is two-for-two on field goals with a long of 34 yards, and 11 of 12 on PATs.
“I think at Tennessee I was just really rushing things and the game was flying. Over the past couple of games now, it’s definitely slowed down, and I feel like our operation is really smooth now. Definitely, the comfort level is high now, so it’s a good feeling.” Davis also mentioned that he was worried about getting kicks blocked against Tennessee, and said he was almost sprinting to the ball. Since then, the speed of the game has gotten a lot slower for him.
Davis and Brenton King both got to prepare for the conditions in Miami during practice on Monday. Davis said that if the offense can get him around the 30 or 35-yard line, he’s confident.
“We went back to the 45 today and we’re both making them pretty easily. It was a pretty hard day to kick today with the rain and everything so that was good, we both had good practices. I looked at the conditions (in Miami) last night, and they’re still the same, it said 80 percent (chance of rain). Today was perfect, a lot of wet ball drills and things we could do, so that was nice.”
Shawn says that his improvement has come from film and self-critique. “We work on technique a lot. They film us so we got to watch that a lot and we can critique ourselves kind of on that. Mostly it’s just watching video of practice and the games, and we can make our own adjustments off that.”
Former Georgia Tech kicker and current Kansas City Chief Harrison Butker has been helping Shawn along the way.
“Me and Harrison text quite a bit back and forth, so it’s been awesome to see him be successful. Watching him is just exciting to see, and obviously, I want to have the same type of success, so it’s been awesome to see. He’s just been sending texts back and forth on things I can work on, and he went through some difficult times early too, so he’s been helping me there.”
Davis is definitely improving and it’s a good thing to see his confidence go up. With some tough ACC games ahead, he will have lots of chances to prove himself worthy of being the starting kicker.