Kingston Davis to Transfer

Submitted by Nate the Newt on March 24th, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Per Sam Webb on Twitter.  Source:  Davis's father.

Comments

Wolverine Devotee

March 24th, 2017 at 2:57 PM ^

The reason he came here was because he wasn't gonna play FB. Sam had to tell his dad he was being recruited as a RB. Then the coaches started trying to talk FB switch. Ouch. Depth chart is crowded though.

DairyQueen

March 24th, 2017 at 3:13 PM ^

To be fair, if he thinks he can be get to the next level as a running-back--especially as NFL RBs seem to come from any and every school--then it would be best to get those reps at RB.

Also, while Harbaugh definitely utilizes FBs, it's just so foundationally a different type of position/mentality.

Sadly, I think he would have made an excellent FB. 

 

 

Blue in Paradise

March 24th, 2017 at 3:26 PM ^

I thought the emergence of Khalid Hill and the touches/TDs at the FB position would make KD think twice about turning down that role. But if his mind is set that he is an RB, then I guess nothing will help.

If he is not in line to get reps at RB, I suppose this makes sense for both sides.

Ahriman

March 24th, 2017 at 3:11 PM ^

a chance. Coach Harbaugh is great at developing FBs, and considering the dwindling numbers in college, he'd probably actually have a better chance at making it to the NFL as a FB (especially after working with Coach) even though FBs aren't as popular in the NFL as they used to be.

schreibee

March 24th, 2017 at 3:21 PM ^

While FB certainly gets more run in the Harbaughffense than virtually anywhere else in almost any level of football - they still spend a LOT of time crashing into dudes without the rock in their hands. That's just not for everybody.

Those of us sitting at keyboards think playing any football sounds like more fun than whatever it is we're supposed to be doing, but to those who have options.....

When he signed I said to myself - Kingston Davis, the next Mister Simpson. You just know they're never playing here, but they wanna come to Michigan anyway. I respect that!

Wolfman

March 24th, 2017 at 6:59 PM ^

Actually, I had to read your second paragraph twice; not because it difficult to understand, but due to the realization that, even though I have not played any type of football in years and am certainly at the age where I'm not planning to be taking any snaps soon, it caused me to think what I would do if at that age and would I simply grab my cleats and say, "see you guys at the field." I began thinking about the size of these young men, their strength, the fact that I'd probably hit one of these overgrown men of steel and even though it really wouldn't hurt him, he'd think to himself, "Well that little shit. No, he didn't hurt me, but its my guess he was trying and probably thinks he caught my attention somehow."  We were always finding ways to cop an attitude at that age,but somehow I mistakenly ended up on a field today where these fuckers look like they could play for UM. It'd be about that time I'd find that mole hole I'd been looking for since I no longer doubted his intent and knew he was going to fucking blow me up. I begin sprinting in short dashes to keep loose and "DAMNIT!!!, Stepped in a mole hole guys, I'll need to walk this one off. Probably be back on the field in a few." 

Until I read your words and having a history of playing and coaching the greatest game ever invented, I had never thought if I'd have to make a decision if there was a game going on - I'm, of course, stepping back in time - and I realize this is yet another damn sign of aging. It fucking sucks. Nice post. 

Coldwater

March 24th, 2017 at 3:12 PM ^

No way was he ever going to be the bell cow running back at 240+ pounds. At that size he wouldn't have the Quicks, or agility to be a front of the line tail back...just of luck to him where the competition isn't so hard

Vengeful Barbarian

March 25th, 2017 at 11:19 AM ^

Come on, everyone was dissapointed with Fournettes numbers at the combine, and the talk was about him not being as athletic as everyone thought. His vertical was second to last among running backs. I guess his 4.51 40 time wasn't bad, but wasn't that awesome either.

http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/3/14804374/leonard-fournette-nfl-combine…

Wolfman

March 24th, 2017 at 3:19 PM ^

He never had any doubts on what position he was going to play and he thought he'd be able to supplant or establish himself as the TB due to the group arriving w/in a year of each other. While its true, especially given the diversity we have at the TE position, you can almost always grab a FB from that unit, having an actual FB with both the ideal skill set and size - a bit quicker than most TEs getting to the second level - does make Harbaugh's offense better. 

However, when you have a young man who has always played the other position well and believes he is legit there, it is difficult to give up. I do hope, however, should he be told the same thing at his future school, he finally accept such has been the opinion of two diffrent coahing staffs and put in the work necessary to become the best FB possible. Good luck young man, and maintain the focus. 

Solecismic

March 24th, 2017 at 3:24 PM ^

Playing FB is a lot like being the proverbial canary in a coal mine. No glory, no notice unless something bad happens. You throw yourself into guys quite a bit more massive, over and over, probing for that opening for someone else. It takes a special type of crazy to relish that role.

At the NFL level, the job is increasingly being absorbed by tight ends who can see over the line and allow coaches to better disguise play-calls within personnel packages.

Still, being a Harbaugh FB is better than most. He clearly loves using fullbacks and tight ends as his Swiss army knives.

Can't blame a guy for pursuing his dream, though. RB is a funny position and lightning strikes often enough to support a lot of these dreams.

The Fan in Fargo

March 24th, 2017 at 3:24 PM ^

Fullback would be a gravy job in my opinion. Few carries not having to worry about fumbles  and you get to punish so called opposing talent on the d-line or in the linebacking ranks. You cant ask for an easier free ride through college and into the NFL. If you have any coordination and strength, you get to eat every game.

BlueWolverine02

March 24th, 2017 at 3:37 PM ^

This move has been hinted at since December.  I wasn't a huge fan of his film, reminded me a little too much of D. Green.  But he impressed me with the few carries he got last year.  Looked harder to take down than in his film.  Best of luck to him and hopefully we can land a stud in the 2018 class.

rob f

March 24th, 2017 at 3:50 PM ^

but with a name like Kingston, it would be fitting if Coach Harbaugh gives him a pair of those fashionable Jamaican Lululemon khakis as a parting gift.

DenardPeppers

March 24th, 2017 at 7:44 PM ^

I wish Kingston the best of luck he came here with the chance to play RB they said and I assumed he got his chance. He saw the writing on the wall and he wants to be a rb bad so he is gonna transfer. If he wants to be RB and try at another school cause he isn't gonna get the chance here then I wish him the best.
Good luck Mr. Kingston and I for one dont question why u would leave. If u don't want to be a FB then u don't want to be one. Follow your Dream.

Rodriguesqe

March 24th, 2017 at 7:49 PM ^

He looked really good to my ameteur eye. But we have 3 underclassmen I like better so not a huge loss.

Ron Dayne is my all time favorite non Michigan running back. I keep hoping we get a guy like him some day. I thought Green had a chance then Davis. Oh well. I guess I can settle for the Chris Evans of the world.