October 12, 2006

Davis: A calming force in a storm of adversity

After early issues, Davis matures as FSU leader (By Jim Lamar, The Osceola)

It won't take much more evidence to see just how far Buster Davis has come during his time as a Florida State football player. Four years ago, he was begging for his release so he could transfer to another school. Today, he's doing his best to remain a calming force in what has suddenly become a storm of adversity.

As injuries continue to pile up around him and as FSU's season seems to slip away right before everyone's eyes, Davis continues to play the part of team leader. He continues to rack up tackles, continues to make key plays on the field and continues to counsel younger players - some of whom probably aren't ready to see the playing field this early in their careers.

And that may be what's left for Davis' senior season. He certainly won't be playing for a national championship this season, but Davis does have an opportunity to make a huge impact on this program. He can still show the youngsters around him how to handle adversity and find success on the football field.

"I know my personality," Davis said recently. "I know people are going to follow me. My thing is that I had to learn to lead them the right way."

If anyone on this team can provide the steady type of locker-room leadership that will help right the ship, Davis may just be that guy. That, of course, is because he was on the other end of the leadership scale just four years ago.

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