Davis making the best out of a bad situation
Published 3:00 am Friday, August 5, 2016
After a standout career at Troy University, Kanorris Davis is joining the Charles Henderson High School defensive coaching staff.
Davis joins four other new defensive coaches for CHHS: Travis Baxley, Mike Benefield, Cody Keene and Marcus Jones.
“It’s been a lot of fun seeing another insight to football,” Davis said. “It’s a game that I have played my whole life, and the kids have taken well with me.”
Davis was a member of the Troy Trojans football program from 2010-2013 and was an undrafted free agent signee with the New England Patriots in 2013. Davis was signed by the Toronto Argonauts in February 2016 but suffered a gruesome leg injury during practice that has sidelined the 26 year old for the foreseeable future.
“I ended up tearing everything in my knee,” Davis said. “I had a dramatic and severe injury. The chances of me returning to the field depend on how well my knee does after having so much damage done to it.”
Davis is coming back to a town that meant so much to him during his college days, and he is relishing the opportunity to help the local high school.
“It has been wonderful,” Davis said. “With me going through rehab I thought I would be in and out, but I have a reason to stick around. I have seen a lot of familiar faces, like people I went to school with. It has been a blessing.”
Davis said he has a passion for young players learning the game of football.
“It’s a passion of mine to help the kids,” Davis said. “I have seen the kids come out, and they love the game. I know what it takes to get to the next level. I just want them to know that you have to grind all the time, and you have to love and be excited about the game.”
Davis is joining a team that takes pride in playing with energy and enthusiasm.
“I love playing with passion and fire,” Davis said. “The game is meant for the people that play with passion and fire. If you don’t have that in you, then you can’t step inside those gridlines.”
Davis said defense wins championships. He believes the team has a long way to go, but he is impressed with the hard work and the fight of the players.
“Defense wins championships. Offenses win games,” Davis said. “They have been doing pretty well. They have been picking up on and everything. They are hustling and playing hard.”
Although Davis has the itch and drive to return to the field, he believes at the moment he is right where he belongs.
“Being out there with the kids and watching them fly around the field kind of makes me want to get back into it, but I have to be smart,” Davis said. “Maybe this is my destiny and it wasn’t my call to make. Maybe this is something the Lord wanted me to do: teach kids how to play the game.”