Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) celebrates making a first down during the third quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in November. (Reuters)
Geremy Davis keeps up with his Norcross Blue Devils pretty well, as much as he can from afar.
He has plenty of friends in the Norcross football program — he still works out there and trains with assistant coach Reggie Stancil in the offseason — and cares about how they’re doing. It also gives him a good dose of winning, something that’s been lacking for Davis and his Connecticut football teammates of late.
“It’s just been a down year for us,” Davis said. “I feel like we have been working hard, it’s just little things that are self-inflicted are hurting us. We’re working hard, but teams take advantage of those little things. … We have the talent. We just have to work on finishing (games).”
The Huskies have done that the past two weeks, defeating Temple and Rutgers for their first two wins after an 0-9 start that saw head coach Paul Pasqualoni fired four games into the season. They hope to make it three in a row today in the finale, a home matchup with Memphis.
A good dose of momentum going into next season, when UConn likely will have a new head coach and staff, will help the players forget the nine straight losses. Some of those were close (24-21 to Michigan, 32-21 to Maryland, 13-10 to South Florida) and others were ugly (62-17 to Central Florida, 41-12 to Buffalo), but throughout the year Davis has done his part.
“I’ve done some good things, but there’s always room for improvement,” said Davis, whose team went 5-7 each of his first two college seasons after going 8-5 in 2010, when he redshirted with a knee injury. “But it hasn’t helped with the outcome of a win. I have to improve my game to get to the overall goal, which is to win.”
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has led the Huskies in receiving the past two seasons with 44 catches for 613 yards last year and 56 catches for 878 yards and two touchdowns this season. The successes have put him on the radar for NFL scouts, but he plans to stay for a fifth college season and finish up a double major in communications and urban studies.
“God willing, if I have faith and keep working hard and pushing myself, hopefully (the NFL will work out),” Davis said. “If I have a successful year next year at UConn and keep praying on it, hopefully it will happen.”
Roby named All-Big Ten
Ohio State junior Bradley Roby, a Peachtree Ridge grad, was named to the All-Big Ten first team this week.
Roby is third on the Buckeyes with 63 tackles and has three interceptions, a team-high 13 pass breakups and two blocked punts. He earned first-team All-American honors last season.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told reporters recently that the 5-foot-11, 192-pounder, who redshirted his first college season, plans to turn pro after the season.
Cox named SoCon
player of the month
The latest award for Dacula grad and Appalachian State freshman Marcus Cox came Thursday, when the running back was named the Southern Conference’s player of the month for November.
Cox totaled 601 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games last month, rushing for 100 yards or more in three of those four. The only exception was a 59-yard rushing game at Georgia.
He capped November by setting Appalachian State freshman records for rushing yards (215) and TDs (four) vs. Western Carolina. He also set season records for rushing yards (1,250) and TDs (21) by a freshman this season.
South Carolina senior and North Gwinnett grad Danielle Au was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region third team for Division I players this week.
Au was second on the team with seven goals, four assists and 18 points this season. She finishes her career ranked fourth all-time in goals (23) and points (60), as well as third in game-winning goals (11) and sixth in assists (14).
She also made the Capital One Academic All-American Team this season.
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IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS
A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in today’s college football action:
Noon — Central Florida at SMU, ESPN
Buford’s Dontravious Wilson (No. 7) is a running back for Central Florida.
2 p.m. — SWAC Championship: Southern vs. Jackson State, ESPNU
Norcross’ Jamal Jenkins (No. 35) is a defensive back and Norcross’ Bradley Coleman (No. 84) is a tight end for Southern.
3:30 p.m. — Texas at Baylor, Fox
Wesleyan’s Andrew Frerking (No. 6) is a quarterback and Norcross’ Prince Kent (No. 1) is a linebacker for Baylor.
4 p.m. — SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Missouri, CBS
North Gwinnett’s C.J. Uzomah (No. 81) is a tight end, Parkview’s Kenny Flowers (No. 33) is a linebacker and Norcross’ Ben Bradley (No. 50) is a defensive tackle for Auburn.
7:45 p.m. — Pac-12 Championship: Stanford at Arizona State, ESPN
North Gwinnett’s Robert Nelson (No. 9) is a defensive back for Arizona State.
8 p.m. — ACC Championship: Florida State vs. Duke, ABC
Archer’s Deondre Singleton (No. 33) is a cornerback and Buford’s Grant Hall (No. 38) is a safety for Duke.
8:15 p.m. — Big Ten Champ.: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, Fox
Peachtree Ridge’s Bradley Roby (No. 1) is a defensive back and Central Gwinnett’s Trey Johnson (No. 36) is a linebacker for Ohio State. Brookwood’s Andre Sims (No. 21) is a wide receiver and Brookwood’s Nick Tompkins (No. 32) is a running back for Michigan State.