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Ex-Horns DB Marcus Davis lands at Oregon

Seven months after being hit with a drunk-driving charge and indefinite suspension from the Texas football program, and six months after announcing he was transferring from the school, Marcus Davis has found a new football home.

And, imagine that, the new home is in Eugene, Oregon.

According to the Eugene Register-Guard, the defensive back has transferred to the University of Oregon and is enrolled in summer classes. 

After sitting out the 2010 season, Davis will be eligible to play for the Ducks in 2011.

The Ducks football program has been besieged by numerous off-field legal issues this offseason — among the many incidents, their starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Jeremiah Masoli was dismissed from the program following two arrests, and starting running back LaMichael James was suspended for the opener following a domestic violence incident — so it seems… ummm… odd that head coach Chip Kelly would bring in a player whose legal issues led to his availability in the first place.

Watch that tightrope you’re walking, Coach Kelly.  It’s getting smaller and smaller the further out your emboldened self goes.

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11 Responses to “Ex-Horns DB Marcus Davis lands at Oregon”
  1. CleanSlaton says: Jun 23, 2010 10:00 PM

    I follow my alma mater’s program pretty closely, and I think I speak for other Texas alumni and fans when I say ‘Who is Marcus Davis?’
    Sorry, Marcus. We didn’t even know you were there. You won’t be missed, but Oregon’s a good place to get into trouble. Have at it.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Jun 23, 2010 11:21 PM

    CleanSlaton–Davis was a very strong performer. He obviously hadn’t developed enough as a true freshman to unseat Aaron Williams or the Brown guys at the top three corner spots, but he played plenty, and he did very well.
    Considering that both the Browns will graduate and that Williams could easily be a top pick in the 2011 draft, Davis would’ve definitely been great to have returning for the 2011 season. As it is, if both the Browns and Williams are gone after this season, UT 2011 will return just one redshirt-sophomore and a bunch of guys who’ll either be true sophs or redshirt freshmen.

  3. dafool99 says: Jun 24, 2010 12:04 AM

    Davis would have been a good addition if the light switch would have been able to go off at UT, but everyone knows that at a program like UT, we just reload. Just like Earl stepped into Griffin’s shoes, and the CB’s stepped into the Ross’s and Brown’s shoes, the young calfs are eager to step up also. Akina does a great job with his DB’s, so i feel safe with losing him.

  4. SixburghSteelers says: Jun 24, 2010 1:26 AM

    I’m with CleanSlaton…who in the hell is Marcus Davis????

  5. Andy says: Jun 24, 2010 1:44 AM

    He was in the fold before the Masoli mess. Not sure UO takes him if he calls after that, but they stuck with him despite knowing it would be a PR hit.
    Bottom line is the initial charges didn’t stick. He essentially plead guilty to driving with a flat tire (reckless driving).

  6. NCMountaineer says: Jun 24, 2010 7:58 AM

    Hm…Oregon recruits another suspension in waiting. Gee, when will the Oregon coach learn? And where is the administration at Oregon? I mean, is this Davis guy the type of football player Oregon wants to represent the program? I guess so–after Masoli and the rest of the thugs they’ve fielded recently. Of course, we learned with Blount (alias “I can’t beat you so I’ll suckerpunch you”) that even a full season suspension doesn’t really mean a full season–it only means we’ll suspend you until the fire burns down and then we’ll reinstate you because you’re a senior and you’ve learned your lesson, yatta-yatta-yatta (translation: we’re losing games and we need you big fella–so we’ll just assign a couple of graduate assistants to walk off the field with you after games so you don’t punch anyone else.) Hope those duck fans are proud of their “student-athletes.”

  7. dkrandmack says: Jun 24, 2010 9:17 AM

    boh, you are correct that Davis has a ton of talent and could have helped mitigate the loss of Williams and the Browns in 2011. But, unless his personal problems serve as a wake up call for him, he may never get to use his talent. And he’s going to the wrong school for such a change. Chip Kelly talks a good game about player discipline, but there has to be a reason why this off-season has been full of news of Oregon players getting into trouble.
    Finally, there must be more to Davis’ issues than a single DUI because Mack has proven in the past he will give a kid a second chance (vis-a-vis Kindle, Monroe) for a DUI if he accepts the (rather light, in my opinion) disciplinary actions Mack levies and shows the desire to rehab his personal issues.

  8. burntorangehorn says: Jun 24, 2010 10:34 AM

    dkrandmack–agreed on the personality issue and that there might be something deeper. If this were “just” a DUI/DWI, and if Davis had just owned up to it and committed himself to change like Lamarr Houston and DJ Monroe did, he’d still be a ‘Horn. But there was probably something else to the story, which is why he’s no longer in Austin.
    Best of luck to him. I hope he corrects his path. I just don’t think Oregon’s the place to do it these days.

  9. CleanSlaton says: Jun 24, 2010 1:50 PM

    burntorangehorn–why the sanctimonious reply? the dude didn’t play a single down. I’ll take results over ‘potential’, and if someone deep on the depth chart doesn’t realize that they are holding a winning lottery ticket by wearing burnt orange–then Austin is the wrong place for them. If he can’t stay out of trouble [and you're right about there being something else besides the reported transgressions], then he’ll never grasp the concept of only needing one play to get on the field: God forbid, an injury, or more positively–showing he deserves playing time with hard work and merit. I don’t need turds like Marcus Davis representing my university and my home town; after all, Mack and his staff hand out light suspensions [aka 'warnings'] as punishment anyway, so anything like repeated or multiple violations, or vehement insubordination results in Bevo’s hoof in their asses. Have you forgotten the story of Ramonce Taylor? The rest of the world has. It doesn’t matter if you’re a star or a bench warmer, with as much money & prestige UT has garnered, even if you’re the next Bryant Westbrook or Jerry Gray–all that ‘talent’ has landed Marcus Davis in Eugene, OR. The Ducks aren’t going anywhere soon….Trust me, the UT campus cops know who the players are, UT’s support staff knows where they are….I’m guessing Marcus Davis was picked up, dropped off, and sent packing. Good riddance to a potential cancer and probable never-was.
    HOOK’EM!

  10. burntorangehorn says: Jun 24, 2010 8:48 PM

    CleanSlaton–you’re incorrect: Marcus Davis did play some downs. My reply wasn’t sanctimonious. It was, however, factual. The claim that he didn’t play a down is not. He played very well up until his arrest and subsequent suspension. From the MackBrownTexasFootball.com:
    “Appeared in five games at defensive back and on special teams … has four tackles, including two on special teams, one sack and one TFL on the season … registered two tackles, one sack and one TFL at Wyoming … notched two tackles versus UTEP.”
    Didn’t play a down, eh? He didn’t take a job from Curtis Brown, Chykie Brown, or AJ, but he definitely played extremely well for a true freshman, considering he was the fourth corner. Here’s the source: http://www.texassports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/davis_marcus00.html
    As for the statement that a guy who transgresses “doesn’t realize that they are holding a winning lottery ticket,” I disagree. Do you feel Texas should’ve kicked off Sergio Kindle, Lamarr Houston, Henry Melton, D.J. Monroe, etc.? Those guys obviously didn’t “realize that they are holding a winning lottery ticket.” I think guys deserve a second chance in most cases. I can only assume that circumstances were different with Davis than with some others, like that his arrest for DWI and possession of a controlled substance involved something other than alcohol.

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