Name: Dakota Davis
Position: Offensive Line
Year: Redshirt Junior
Weight: 323 lbs
Hometown: Mount Airy, Md.
High School: Glenelg
2020 stats: Davis started 2020 on the sidelines due to injury. He eventually healed to play the final five games of the season, starting the last three.
2021 projections: Davis goes into 2021 as the presumptive starter at left guard. He’s been incredibly consistent since his first full season on the starting offensive line in 2019 and aims to shore up a leaky unit that needs to keep Syracuse’s QB healthy.
How’d he get here?: Syracuse was the only Power Five school interested in Davis enough to send an offer. He did get offers from Holy Cross, Lehigh, Ohio, Old Dominion, and UConn.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from 247sports and ESPN, but only two stars from Rivals. Their loss, our gain.
Money quote: As most of you know, Steve is our resident offensive line guru, and as he points out in this 2020 preview piece, the communication and chemistry between Davis and Matthew Bergeron should help the unit tremendously. They’ll work from the left side this time instead of the right, but the point still stands.
“Last season he developed a relationship with both Vetterello and Matthew Bergeron that should lead to some consistency moving forward. Without the learning curve that was needed last season, Davis and his mates should mesh from the outset. Early in the year last year, I criticized Davis’ work with Alexander, especially on pass protections. The chemistry he has with Bergeron is like night and day, and this shouldn’t be a concern nearly as much anymore.”
Twitter feed: @dakotadavis56
Tweets of wonder: A reminder of what Davis is capable of:
Syracuse OC Mike Lynch hands out Crunch bars for physical plays.— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) November 18, 2019
"(Monday) I handed out more Crunch bars than I have in two years."
RG Dakota Davis got
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Dakota Goyo plays Max Kenton in “Real Steel”, a 2011 movie that is set in 2020 where human boxers are replaced by robots. Goyo plays Hugh Jackman’s son in this movie as the pair build a robot to rise through the underground boxing rings.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Davis was the first player in Syracuse history to earn ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after his game against Duke in 2019.
Let’s get a look at ya: Remember when media got access to practice? That was fun.
Watch for Davis in the middle of the o-line, in the Orange jerseys.
Oklahoma drill 3: We came thisclose to getting a big Jarveon Howard-Cam Jonas collision. Instead, the battle to watch here is in the middle as heavyweights Dakota Davis and KJ Ruff get after it. Again, the defense gets a stop with Jonas knocking Howard out on third down. pic.twitter.com/pAjORl0VL7— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) March 28, 2019