Davis makes trip to Blacksburg
By Jimmy Robertson
September 23, 2002

Former Tech receiver André Davis took advantage of a Monday off to drive from Cleveland to Blacksburg to visit his fiancée and his former teammates. Davis, drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns in this past April's NFL Draft, got back from a game at Tennessee around 8:30 p.m., packed his bags and drove to Blacksburg, arriving in town at 4 a.m. He spoke to his teammates during a team meeting this afternoon, encouraging them to not look ahead and take things one game at a time even though the Hokies have beaten three ranked opponents in a row.

"That's why I'm back," Davis said. "They're doing great and I don't want them to stop. Just keep this thing going."

Cleveland coach Butch Davis gave his team Monday off following the Browns come-from-behind upset of the Tennessee Titans. In the NFL, Tuesday is a mandatory day off, so Davis decided to come to Blacksburg.

Davis is coming off the heels of his best game as a pro in his short career. He caught five passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns' win and has 12 catches for 150 yards and four touchdowns in three games already this season.

"For some guys, that's a whole season," said Davis, who doesn't start but plays a lot, particularly when the Browns go to three-wideout sets. "So I feel blessed.

"I always felt I could play at this level, but I didn't think I'd gain the trust of the coaching staff this quickly. They're starting to design some plays for me and that's a great feeling to know they have confidence in me."

Davis keeps track of his former teammates, though he admits he doesn't get to see all of the games. But he follows the scores thanks to the latest in technology.

"It seems every time they're playing, I'm at a walkthrough or at practice or watching film," he said. "But I'm always checking the scores on my two-way pager."

Davis and his Browns are getting ready to travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday showdown. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be shown on CBS.