COLLEGE BEAT: Freshman Davis filled the breach for Fordham

COLLEGE BEAT: Freshman Davis filled the breach for Fordham


Freshman Zach Davis was thrust into action in Saturday’s Fordham-Central Connecticut clash in New Britain and the former Sheehan star helped lead the Rams to 38-31 victory.

Davis became the featured rusher in the Fordham backfield in the second half after All-American running back Chase Edmonds went down with a left leg injury.

“The best part of that game was the quarterback and the linemen telling me they had my back when I first took the field,” Davis said on Monday evening back at campus in the Bronx.

The Rams (1-1) scored the final 17 points in the come-from-behind victory. Davis carried the ball nine times for 70 yards. Fordham ultimately clinched the game on a pick-6 with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter by Lawrence Menyah.

Davis drew the start on special teams against Central Connecticut. He wasn’t expected to see carries against CCSU, but he was prepared.

“I’m a freshman and my role was to learn the playbook and play whatever role the team needs me to play,” Davis said. “I’m behind Chase Edmonds. There are not a lot of carries to have behind him, but my role was to be ready any time they needed me.”

Edmonds has 5,400 career rushing yards. He’s just 221 away from the Patriot League career record.

“I was a little nervous taking my first carry at the Division I (FCS) level,” Davis said. “The whole team came together and I had a great support system to help me.”

With Edmonds’ status in question, Davis said he is preparing for a significant role on Saturday in Fordham’s home opener against nationally ranked Eastern Washington University.

“For me, it’s about staying focused,” Davis said. “When you are taking reps now, there is no time for missed assignments or asking coaches questions. I have to come in and act like I’m the No. 1 back and no backtracking.”

Davis said he saw plenty of familiar faces in the crowd in New Britain on Saturday with the game so close to home.

“I had a ton of family and friends at the game,” Davis said. “I know (Sheehan) Coach (John) Ferrazzi was there. It was great to have that kind of support.”

Davis has a remarkable career at Sheehan and, as a senior, cemented himself as one of the state’s most prolific rushers of all-time. Last season, Davis stamped his name in the state record book with single-game records for touchdowns (10 vs. Law) and rushing yardage (541 vs. Law, then 543 vs. Lyman Hall). His 3,588 yards on the season rank fourth all-time, his 52 touchdowns third highest.

At the end of the year, Davis was selected All-State and was given a nod as a MaxPreps All-American. Davis was also the 2016 Record-Journal Male Athlete of the Year.


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