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    Davis doesn't have to look far for advice

    http://news.steelers.com/article/89285/

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008
    By Teresa Varley
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    If rookie linebacker Bruce Davis has any questions about life in the NFL, he won’t have to go far for an answer. The Steelers third-round draft pick from UCLA only has to pick up his phone and call home.

    His father, Bruce Davis, Sr., played offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, a career that spanned from 1979-89.

    “It was the best experience that I could have as a little boy,” said Davis. “Every kid wants to grow up being like their dad, and I’m no exception. It just so happens that my dad was an NFL football player.

    “He was always there for me growing up. He would help me scout out the guys that I would be playing the next week in college. He has been a great tool to have.”

    Davis started every game last season for UCLA at right defensive end and amassed a team-high 12 tackles. He also led the Bruins with 15.5 tackles for a loss.

    He will make a change in the NFL, though, as the Steelers plan on using him at outside linebacker. It’s something that he welcomes.

    “I actually played outside linebacker my sophomore year at UCLA,” said the 6-3, 252 pound Davis. “I went to the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker. I feel very comfortable and feel that I have the skills to do so.”

    And the Steelers feel just as comfortable with him making that move. He won’t immediately be earmarked at the right or left outside spot, but instead work on both sides to see if he can be a player who can give the team some options.

    “We’ve got to have somebody that can swing, play the left and right,” said linebackers coach Keith Butler. “We think he can do that and we think he can play inside linebacker if he had too. Coach (Dick) LeBeau liked that aspect of him from guys he’s had here in the past.”

    The Steelers have a long tradition of converting defensive ends in a 4-3, to outside linebackers in the 3-4. They did so with Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, all of them having success.

    “That’s a great sign,” said Davis. “There is definitely a rich tradition at outside linebacker. It is a great feeling to know that the coaching staff, and hopefully the people of Pittsburgh feel the same way about me. I know the tradition that I have to carry on. Tradition is very important to me.”
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    Sure hope this plays out the way it's planned

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    Same here.

    I'm A "Champion"

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    Davis is being groomed as the next great OLB for the Steelers. He needs to add work hard and stay focused but he's got the tools to be a solid player for us. As 3rd round pick I'm expecting big things from him. He's got some time to work into the system and get some playing time on special teams just like all of our other LB's did but I like his potential alot.

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    I am just happy that Line Backer depth is no longer a very pressing issue.

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    i read that they are really expecting him to contribute this year, they wont make the mistake of holding another LB back if hes producing. hes got alot to prove though, avril and moore were there damnit lol, i hope he shows he was the right pick

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    He was downright insane at UCLA as a pass rusher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityrockers View Post
    He was downright insane at UCLA as a pass rusher.
    Yep.....I have no worries about Bruce Davis making the transition to OLB for the Steelers....I don't think he will be the next Alonzo Jackson...... Davis has to much talent and drive not to succeed....I liked the pick when it happened....I don't expect him to contribute much this year.....It would be nice but I expect Davis to do what Woodley did last year....Add some sacks here and there while learning the NFL ropes...Joey Porter only had 2 sacks his rookie year in limited time....So its common place for former DE having a transition period while to learning to play OLB in our defense...

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    Hey, Alonzo Jackson was too good. The NFL wouldn't let him play because he would singlehandedly change the outcome of a game. It was a conspiracy.

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    Here's to the next great LB for the Incredible STEELERS
    and everyone knows that list ~~

    Hopefully~~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityrockers View Post
    Hey, Alonzo Jackson was too good. The NFL wouldn't let him play because he would singlehandedly change the outcome of a game. It was a conspiracy.
    Huh?.......................I know this a joke. But still confused on why you posted this....

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