Jay Davis Follow-up in N&O

There is just no way to stress the importance of consistent play at the quarterback position for NC State in the 2005 season.

Last week, we highlighted some reasons for optimism regarding Davis’ evolution as a leader. Today the News & Observer featured Davis in an article that touted his “honed mechanics and vocal leadership.”

NCSU’s players officially report today for preseason practice, and few seem more eager than Davis to get things going. The fifth-year senior has had a busy, active summer, working on his delivery, pushing and prodding his teammates during voluntary workouts, heading skull sessions, being more assertive.

“He has taken charge of the football team,” NCSU coach Chuck Amato said. “There is absolutely no doubt that he has taken that role and run with it.”…

…Davis has come across to his teammates as a more mature, confident quarterback during spring drills and summer workouts. It shows in his demeanor. It shows in his game.

“There’s a definite difference in him,” senior receiver Tramain Hall said. “When we go out in seven-on-seven drills, the guy you knew who stayed in the pocket and threw the ball down the field into two safeties, he doesn’t do that anymore. He hits the checkoff man. It shows you he’s gotten a bit more maturity. And he’s doing it day in and day out.”