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Texas DB Antwuan Davis Signs Free Agent Contract with Lions


247 Sports | April 28, 2018

By Jeff Howe


The first known NFL undrafted free agent signing for a Texas product following the 2018 NFL Draft is official.

A former high school All-American who played in 44 career games with the Longhorns, Davis signed a free agent deal with following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The first known NFL undrafted free agent signing for a Texas product following the 2018 NFL Draft is official.

Antwuan Davis who started a total of 10 games at cornerback and nickelback during his four-year career with the Longhorns, told Horns247 on Saturday evening that he’s signed a deal with the Detroit Lions. Davis said he got a call from head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn shortly after the draft ended to let him know they wanted to sign him to a contract.

A 2013 signee and one of the final Longhorns who signed with the program while Mack Brown was still in charge, Davis played in 44 games over four years with the (Photo: Tim Warner, Getty)                             Longhorns after redshirting as a true freshman on what was (until 2017) the most

recent Texas squad to finish a season with a winning record. Davis had one of the more impressive workouts during Texas Pro Day last month as the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defender ran a 40-yard dash in the low 4.4/high 4.3 range and put up 28 reps on the bench press.

Following his impressive showing in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, Davis told reporters that he hoped he showed enough for a club to be willing to give him a chance to make a roster.

“I definitely let people know that I’m a competitor," Davis said. "Through everything I’ve been through I’m going to compete no matter what it is.”

Davis will have that chance with the Lions as he will link back up with Quandre Diggs, a teammate of Davis' for two seasons (2013, 2014) with the Longhorns. On top of his experience playing cornerback and being on the field in sub-packages, Davis' track speed and physicality could allow him to shine on special teams when the time comes.

After seeing his redshirt freshman year end with an ankle injury that cost him the final four games of the season, Davis opened 2015 as a starter at cornerback in the season opener on the road at Notre Dame. Davis started the first five games of the season, enjoying his best performance in a home game against Cal where he recorded three tackles, a pass breakup and recovered a fumble in the end zone to prevent a touchdown against the Golden Bears, who were led by Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

After being used sparingly for the remainder of his sophomore campaign and all of his junior season, Davis arguably played his best football as a senior under Tom Herman when defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and safeties coach Craig Naivar used him as the nickel defender in the team’s Lightning (dime personnel) package. An injury suffered by P.J. Locke III in an October win over Baylor opened the door for Davis to get starting reps at the nickel position, a spot from which he recorded a career-high seven tackles and a tackle for loss in his first start in more than three years against TCU.

A starter in five games for the Longhorns in 2017, Davis recorded 32 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. The defensive touchdown (an interception return for a touchdown) Davis scored in a 42-27 win over Kansas earned him Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week recognition from the conference office, a game where Davis recorded the first and only two interceptions of his career.

Davis finished time in the program with five tackles in the team's 33-16 victory over Missouri in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. A Bastrop product, Davis recorded 52 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble over his career.

A 2013 U.S. Army All-American, Davis was the No. 132 overall prospect in 247Sports Composite rankings.

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