Spring Football Profile -- Lee Davis
April 8, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. - Senior offensive left tackle Lee Davis is one of the more experienced offensive linemen on the football squad, lettering two years since transferring to Oregon State from Los Angeles Harbor Junior College after the 1999 season. Davis is the only player on the line who started all 11 games last season and has played a total of 15 for his OSU career. The following are comments from Davis after a recent spring practice session:
Q. Last season the offensive line received some criticism for the team's lack of success. Do you feel this year's unit is better?
A. 'Last year we lost a lot of key players from the 2000 season, so it was a rebuilding year. We did struggle at the beginning of the year, but at the end of the season I thought we started coming together. We have worked hard as a unit during the offseason to not let the slow start from last season occur again. I really feel we have gelled into a solid group already.'
Q. Even with the loss of a couple of very good players on the offensive line from last season, do you feel the unit is farther ahead at this point?
A. 'I would say so. David Lose and Matt Brock have come a long way in a year's time, and both are very good athletes who will get the job done at center. Kanan Sanchez and Mike Kuykendall are solid at the guard positions. The only position I have some concern about is right tackle. There is a lack of experience at that position, but Doug Nienhuis has made big strides and it looks like he'll do a good job. Overall, if we just get more physical than we were last season, we'll be in good shape.'
Q. Has the coaching staff made some noticeable changes in alignments, assignments, etc.?
A. 'Absolutely. The coaching staff has changed some things around, and now the defense won't know where the ball is coming from. We have changed a lot of our blocking techniques and assignments, so we will have a different look.'
Q. What are your goals for spring football and for the entire season?
A. 'We're all working with the goal of a national championship. This team is aiming for a BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl - nothing less!'
Q. Have you done anything particularly to become a better player?
A. 'The entire team worked extremely hard on conditioning during the winter. You can look at some of the guys and notice how their physiques have changed. Improving our conditioning was a major goal during the winter.'
Q. Do you have a specific role as one of the more experienced players on the roster?
A. 'I'm going to be the biggest leader on this team. I led the team in 'Beaver Jacks' the first day of practice, so that says a lot. I'm going to take the role of being a tremendous leader for this team.'
Q. What has impressed you about your team since the end of last season?
A. 'Everybody is coming together as a team, and that's very important. We've had a couple of skirmishes in practice already and we'll probably have a few more, but the thing is we are acting like a family this year - we know last year's record is unacceptable. It's going to be one-hundred and ten percent every day.'
Q. Coach (Dennis) Erickson has been quoted as saying he wasn't happy with the pace and speed of practices at times last season, would you agree it appears things are moving at a heightened pace thus far in practice?
A. 'Most definitely. It is going to be very intense during this camp, in fact it will probably be the best spring camp in Oregon State history. We have some great athletes on this team, so the competition is intense.'