Former Tenaha quarterback Reginald Davis recently got done playing in an All Star game in San Antonio where he lined up at wide receiver and caught several passes, including one for a touchdown.
Now, the multi-position athlete is preparing for the next chapter of his life at Texas Tech University.
“I’m very excited about this,” Davis said. “It’s my dream to do this and now that I’ve got the chance, I’m going to make the best of it.”
Davis was quarterback last year when he led the Tigers to become state champions.
“That ws a great feeling, the best feeling in the world,” he said. “It made my heart drop.”
Now he’ll have a chance to showcase his talents in the Big 12 as he lines up at wide receiver for the Red Raiders.
His high school coach, Terry Ward said he always recognized Davis’ talents and is not surprised in the slightest about the achievements of his former player.
“No, we’re not real surprised at all actually,” Ward said. “We saw him being recturited by quite a bit of schools. I think he had eight or nine offers. We knew he was going to play Division 1 football someplace and he chose Tech. He’s a 6-1, 195 pound wide receiver who brings a lot of athleticsm. We are all excited for him but I wouldn’t say we’re suprrised.”
Ward says he has so many great memories of Davis on the field but one that stands out other than the state championship game came his sophomore year.
“The first big time play that comes to my mind was against Alto,” he said. “We were down by less than a touchdown with one minute left in the game. We got pinned back at our own 10-yard line and Reginald caught a pass and took 90 yards to win it for us.
“As quarterback in the championship game, we wracked up a total of about 500 yards offense and he had an incredible performance.”
One thing Davis said he’ll miss about high school football is the pregrame warmups and lining up with his teammates and coaches and he said football was one of many things to help get him through tough times in high school.
“It made me keep going,” he said. “It made me have a passion for something. My teammates and coaches, they all played a really big role. They taught me to never give up and keep working hard.”
That work ethic is one thing Ward says Davis will be remembered for by his teammates.
“He leads by example,” Ward says. “He’s not very vocal unless he has to be and he’s the one guy knew would show up to play and when he did, they follwed his leadership. I think if there’s any kind of mark he left, it’s that he’s a winner. Whether it’s in football, basketball, track, he’s there to win. When it comes crunch time, he’ll do what it takes to win.”