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Fred Davis Introductory Press Conference


Head Coach Jim Zorn

"I would like to introduce to you our next pick in the draft, the 48th pick overall in the second round, Fred Davis, our tight end. He is from the University of Southern California. What is interesting about Fred today is that he is actually not flying home [after the press conference], he is flying to New York where he is going to accept the Mackey Award, which is the award for the most outstanding tight end in all of college football.

"He averaged 14.2 yards per catch. He caught 62 balls this season and in the last two seasons he had 117 catches for 1,400 yards. He set a new school record with 13 touchdown catches for a tight end. He was first team All-American with many of the different news agencies, he was second team honors with some other news agencies and he was first-team Pac 10 All-Conference."

Fred Davis

Opening Statement:

"I am really appreciative to be here in this situation. I feel really blessed. I did not expect to be a Redskin, it is crazy. They called me and I was really excited to be a part of the Burgundy and Gold and be a part of a team like this that has a tradition of winning a lot of games. The crazy thing is that when I was younger I played on an elementary team that was the Redskins, so I guess I was destined to be a Redskin. I am really appreciative and thankful to everybody."

On working with current Redskins tight end Chris Cooley:

"I think it is going to be a learning experience at first and just learn from a great tight end like him. He has put in his work here. I am going to learn a lot first and do whatever I can to get on the field: play hard, work hard and hopefully it will work out."

On how much it helps playing in a program like USC and then entering the NFL:

"I think it helps out a lot because (USC Head Coach Pete) Carroll runs a program kind of like the NFL. Competition is expected every day in practice, you try not to take any days off and you work hard every day. That is something that you have to bring to a team when you are playing against professional guys and people that are professional at their position. They don't want to lose their job and they are going to do the best they can to keep them. I feel that being at USC helped me get that competition level high all the time and expect it."

On if he really did not think they Redskins would draft him:

"I really didn't. The last time I talked to them was at the combine. It was really quick and it wasn't really much. I did not expect it but I am really happy."

On playing in the west coast offense and if it excites him:

"Yes, it definitely does. There is a lot of pass catching and we still have a great running back in Clinton Portis (RB, #26). So you don't know what is going to happen with an offense like that and having players of that caliber. I think it is going to be exciting."

On how frustrating the combine was for him:

"I was a little bit excited and dropped a couple of balls. I think the game film will show more of what I can do. The pro day I did pretty good and caught every ball. I feel I am going to be ready when I start mini-camp here to prove what I can do."

On what tight end he would compare himself to:

"I try to take a little part of everybody's game. I wouldn't say I am like anybody because there are a lot of great players. I am just now starting. I don't think I am like anybody. I still have to make a name for myself by working hard and showing them a lot."

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