Davis set for a homecoming of sorts tonight
Nate Davis will be making a homecoming tonight, sort of.
No, the former Bellaire High and Ball State quarterback is not returning to the Ohio Valley. The strong-armed signal-caller is headed back to Amarillo, Tx., where he led the Venom to back-to-back Lone Star Football League championships the past two summers.
However, Davis will be on the visitors’ side of the Cal Farley Coliseum inside the Amarillo Civic Center as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Sol.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to go back to Amarillo,” Davis said via telephone Thursday afternoon from Hidalgo, Tx. “I’m not sure how I’ll be received. It should be interesting.
“I’ve had a couple of people hit me up on Facebook, nothing bad or stuff like that,” he added. “It’s always tough to go back to a place that you were really liked, but it’s just another step towards my goal of making it back to the NFL.”
Tonight’s game has all the makings of a high-scoring affair. Both teams are 1-0 as RGV rolled past San Angelo, 79-46, inside State Farm Arena in Hildalgo, last Monday. Amarillo, meanwhile, routed the New Mexico Stars, 109-31.
In the Sol’s opener, Davis fired eight touchdown passes among his 13 completions (out of 25 attempts) that went for 263 yards. Half of his scoring strikes went to Dennis Campbell, who finished with five receptions for 138 yards.
“Things went pretty well in the opener,” Davis noted. “It’s a lot different here than it was in Amarillo. We’ve got more veterans here than we had in Amarillo, but as far as getting on the same page with the wide receivers, it’s all about timing.”
One of those veterans is former Venom teammate David Irrizary, who had a pair of interceptions in the opener.
“David lives down here and told me about the team, so I decided to give it a try,” Davis said of his decision to leave Amarillo. “I think it’s a good change for me.”
For his opening game performance, the former fifth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers was named the LSFL Offensive Player of the Week.
Davis also ranks first in the league in TD passes thrown (8); passing efficiency (128.8); yards per completion (20.8); and yards per attempt (10.5). He is second in passing yards per game (263) and completion percentage (52). He ranks third in total offense (271).
Collaros a TiCat
Steubenville Big Red graduate Zach Collaros wasn’t a free agent for long.
Less than a day after being released by the Toronto Argonauts last January, the 25-year-old quarterback agreed to terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“Zach is a very talented quarterback with a great future in front of him,” Hamilton coach and GM Kent Austin said in a statement. “He’s a dedicated, proven winner and a natural leader with tremendous character. We are very excited that he has chosen to join our football team.”
Hamilton and Winnipeg were the two leading suitors for the former University of Cincinnati standout, who posted a 5-2 record last season as a starter subbing for the injured Ricky Ray.
The 6-2, 216-pound Collaros completed 190 of 287 passes (66.2 per cent) for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran 59 times for 246 yards and five touchdowns.
“I’m very excited to join the Tiger-Cats,” Collaros said in a statement released by the team. “This team has all the pieces in place for success now and in the future.
“I can’t wait to work with the players, coaches and staff in Hamilton and play in front of an outstanding fan base at Tim Hortons Field.”
White-in in Edmonton
Staying north of the border, former West Virginia University quarterback Pat White is also headed to the CFL.
White, the former Redskins and Dolphins quarterback, has signed with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, the club said Thursday.
White, 28, was released by the Redskins in September. In four preseason games with Washington, White completed 28-of-50 passes for 330 yards with two interceptions. He also rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
White had been out of the NFL since 2010 when the Redskins signed him last April. He was a second-round pick of Miami in 2009.
White is one of five quarterbacks on the Eskimos’ roster. Mike Reilly, who had stints with the Steelers, Packers and Rams in his NFL career, was Edmonton’s starter last season.
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