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Bellaire’s Davis released by AFL squad

April 7, 2012
By KIM NORTH - Times Leader Sports Writer (knorth@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

Nate Davis's stay in the Arena Football League was a short one.

The former Bellaire High School and Ball State University record-setting quarterback was officially released last week by the Kansas City Command after just three games.

According to the Command web site, head coach Danton Barto said of the roster move, "we just felt we had to do something. We weren't scoring points and in Arena Football you're not going to win if you can't consistently put the ball in the end zone.

"When something's not working you've got to move on and improve your football team."

In three games, Nate completed 42 of 90 passes (46.7%) for 544 yards and nine touchdowns. He tossed five interceptions and averaged 181.3 yards per contest. His quarterback rating was 68.01.

He also ran the ball nine times for 14 yards and two touchdowns.

I know those aren't statistics that will jump out and grab your eye, but there are reasons for them being not-so-good.

In Davis' defense, I watched two of the three games in which he played for the Command on live Ustream.tv/Kansascitycommand. In those contests - against Jacksonville and at Cleveland - there were no fewer than 20 combined dropped passes.

However, that brings me back to my main concern when the strong-armed Davis inked an indoor contract.

Is his arm too strong for the AFL?

My thought is yes. That's a compliment to Davis.

According to sources, there are at least two teams in the Canadian Football League that are interested in Davis.

Now, there's a league I think he can be successful in because of the size of the field. His rocket right arm is suited just right for that type of surroundings, not a 50-yard field that is barely wider than a 4-lane highway.

Not long after saying goodbye to Davis, the Command, who didn't officially announce his release, signed two quarterbacks. They are Matt Gutierrez and Zach Eskridge.

Gutierrez (6-4, 230) played one year at Idaho State after transferring from the University of Michigan, where he played for three years and was named the starter heading into the 2004 season before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire season.

He has NFL experience with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was on the active roster in 2009. He also played for the New England Patriots (2007-08) and most recently was in training camp with the Washington Redskins. He has appeared in half-a-dozen NFL games.

However, his high school resume is more impressive as he went 50-0 as a 4-year starter at California powerhouse De La Salle. He threw for more than 5,000 yards and 64 TDs, while only being picked off nine times.

Oh, by the way, De La Salle won four national titles.

Eskridge (6-4, 220) played collegiately at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Kan., after transferring from TCU.

He was a Harlon Hill finalist following his junior season at Midwestern State.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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