Friday, January 11, 2008

WARNING: (__________) AND LIGHTNING!

Running back James Davis, part of Clemson's "Thunder and Lightning" backfield the past two years, has decided to give up his senior season to enter April's NFL draft.

"I can't lie to you, it was really hard for me just to leave here," Davis said Wednesday night after meeting with coach Tommy Bowden for about 30 minutes. "I've been thinking about it every day."

Davis was projected as a third-round pick by the NFL and Bowden thought it was his player's best interest to remain one more season.

"But I'm going to totally support the decision and I'm going to encourage him to come back and get his degree," Bowden said.

Davis said he isn't concerned about other high-profile junior runners who have entered the draft like Ray Rice of Rutgers and Kevin Smith of Central Florida.

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