TAMPA — There will be a mini Jefferson High reunion Saturday night on the field at Raymond James Stadium as a couple of former Dragons meet when the University of South Florida hosts Cincinnati.
USF WR Andre Davis will welcome his former teammate Chris Moore, also a wide receiver. The pair played together on Jefferson’s unbeaten state championship team in 2010.
“We led our team to a state championship, so we were pretty close,” Davis said. “We called him Dr. Moore because he did everything right, ran precise routes and he was a smart guy.”
Davis played as a true freshman at USF and quickly established himself as one of the Bulls’ top receivers. In 28 career games, Davis has caught 82 passes for 998 yards.
Moore redshirted his first season with the Bearcats and is now rounding into form. This year, Moore is Cincinnati’s third-leading receiver, having caught 11 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Davis insists that Moore is just getting warmed up and has enough talent to post big numbers for Cincinnati.
“Making the transition from high school to the college level (may have slowed Moore down),” Davis said. “Once you get to the college level, it’s about competing. Cincinnati has a lot of good receivers. He’s more of a late blossomer, I would say. In high school, he didn’t start playing varsity football until his junior year.”
Cincinnati also has former Plant City QB Bennie Coney on the roster as the backup quarterback. Coney was 5-for-5 for 60 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern State in his only action this year.
A NEW THREATT: The Bulls put another true freshman into their starting lineup against Miami last week, with right guard Dominique Threatt making his first start.
Threatt, a 6-foot-1, 310-pound lineman from Atlanta, wasn’t perfect, but overall impressed offensive coordinator Walt Wells.
“He did some things that we’ve got to get better at and he’s got to get better at, but he competed well,” Wells said. “The one thing about Dominique is his strength and his balance. He was going up against some very good defensive linemen and linebackers and he held his own. You can see that he’s only going to get better.”