Nov. 30, 2006
It is no secret that Buster Davis is the Seminoles’ leader in tackles and one of the top defensive players in the nation.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound linebacker is not the biggest player on the field, but in his words, “You have great ones in all shapes and sizes, so it’s no matter if I was 6-5 or 5-5 — I’m still doing what I do.”
It is this attitude that has taken the young linebacker from his freshman year to now becoming one of the faces of the Florida State football team.
It is this confidence that has allowed him to develop into the leader he is today for his teammates — especially the underclassman.
Davis said this of the younger Seminole players — “I enjoy encouraging them; I especially
enjoy working with the guys who aren’t playing a lot right now. It’s very hard on them. I try to let them know it’s not the end, that they have many more games to play and many more seasons to go and that every game this season should be a lesson.”
During this season, Davis has truly stepped up and become a coach on the field because of his great intelligence.
“This year Buster has taken his leadership to another level,” said Kevin Steele, executive
head coach and linebackers coach. Davis is truly a special person that you just can’t overlook.”
“Being a leader is who I am. I’m a born leader,” Davis said.
That statement sounds like Davis has a lot of confidence in himself. To his credit, he does.
Davis is a born leader who is always encouraging his teammates and working on accomplishing everything he sets out to accomplish.
Some may think being a leader and the face of the student-athletes of the Florida State football team would come with a lot of pressure on a young man but not to Davis. He doesn’t feel pressure.
“I just zone in and focus on what I got to do,” Davis said. Being a leader is something Davis takes very seriously. He has watched what others have done and made sure he has put himself in
position to be successful on the field. “I’ve looked at other guys who were leaders and tried to see what they did,” Davis said.
“If I felt they didn’t do something right or I felt they made a wrong decision I want to learn
from those experiences.”
Another inspiration in Buster’s life and one of the reasons he is who he is today is because
of head coach Bobby Bowden.
“I’ve loved playing for him, he is a true inspiration in my life and I would love to be like
him,” Davis said.
Davis’ teammates have definitely not overlooked his hard work and dedication to being
a great player and a great leader.
“He’s an outspoken guy that I was fortunate enough to spend some time with over the
summer before our senior season and in the Army All-American game before our freshman
season,” said Seminole running back Lorenzo Booker. “The first thing he said was he was going to whoop me because I was playing for the West but that’s just Buster.
Buster is not afraid to tell you like it is whether you’re doing a good job or a bad job so you
have to respect him as a player.”
The linebacker from Daytona Beach, Fla., has truly made an impact on everyone he has come in contact with. He has developed into a key part of the Florida State defense.
He has also made a name for himself on the national stage. At one point this season, he was one of only three players in the nation listed as a semifinalist for the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik Awards as well as the Lott Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.
As the season comes to a close, the passion to make big plays and leave his mark on his
opponent that will bring him through the Florida game with great pride.
“I’m ready. It’s the last time, and I’m going out with a splash,” Davis said.
by Lindsey Crutcher FSU Sports Information