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Davis’ play disproves naysayers’ words

Copiah-Lincoln Community College cornerback Jeremy Davis, a Natchez High School alumnus, makes the tackle against East Mississippi Community College’s Martay Mattox during the Wolfpack’s game against Lions in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state finals Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Copiah-Lincoln Community College)

WESSON — Jeremy Davis heard the taunting and took it in — along with seven passes from opposing quarterbacks.

Turns out, the slightly undersized Copiah-Lincoln Community College defensive back got the last laugh.

Davis, a Natchez High School alumnus, tallied seven interceptions and more than 60 tackles for the Wolfpack this past season, And the interceptions are that much sweeter since Davis has to endure all of the mouthing off.

“I think I’m first or second in the state in interceptions. I know I’m leading the team,” Davis said. “They’re always trying to pick on me because I’m the smallest player on the field, so I have to go and be a ball hawk.”

But it’s not unfamiliar territory for Davis, who was also picked on when he was a Bulldog.

“I always hear them on the sideline saying I’m short and they’re going to come at me all night, so I have to be ready,” Davis said. “They try to throw it, but I either intercept or bat it down.”

Davis said he’ll occasionally bite back with words, but he mostly lets his game do the talking. When he does get a pick, however, Davis said he’s not worried about getting even with the players who called him out.

“I just hope the offense goes on and scores (after the turnover),” Davis said. “I don’t have any feelings about the interception. I’m used to it.”

After starting several games last season, Davis was a full-time starter this year for the Wolfpack. He said a year’s worth of experience made a huge difference this fall.

“I was running the plays better with everyone else and learning what everyone else could do,” Davis said.

Davis also said the adage of the game slowing down after you’ve spent time adjusting to a new level of play proved to be true for him.

“You’re learning a lot more, and you’re just getting used to the speed,” Davis said. “I just sit there and read the quarterback and read the receivers’ routes. It all slows down.”

Co-Lin won the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state championship 41-37 win Gulf Coast Community College Nov. 12. The Wolfpack finished 2012 on a sour note, however, falling to Garden City Community College 31-29 Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi Bowl.

“It didn’t feel too good since we ended up losing, but we did win state, and that’s what we wanted to do all year,” Davis said.

With his sophomore season wrapped up, Davis said he’s focused on finding a school at which he can continue his college football career.

“I don’t know (where) yet,” Davis said. “I don’t have any schools in mind, I just want an offer.”

Davis is the son of Maurice Davis and Shumeka Chatman, and the stepson of Dianne Davis.