As least as gauged by fan curiosity, the most important story of the time out of Latrobe recreation on the final play of observe, on the finish of which a struggle broke out amongst gamers—dozens reportedly concerned, finally, with Duquesne rookie sort out Jake Dixon in the course of it.
The most complicated side of the play appeared to be the first involvement of any individual who wasn’t on the sphere, particularly third-year defensive lineman Carlos Davis, who is alleged to have come flying out from the sidelines to confront Dixon. The motive for that, as relayed by Jeff Hathhorn of 93.7 The Fan, will not be so stunning:
Dixon was concerned in a struggle. Last play of the day, Dixon was blocking Khalil Davis, and he was ending that block on a run play—most likely longer than he might have, however as Dixon would inform you, ‘Hey, I’m attempting to make a reputation for myself, I’m taking part in by the whistle’. And Davis took exception to it, and there was a bit of shoving, and hastily, his brother, Carlos Davis, got here operating throughout the sphere and hit Dixon, as Dixon was simply standing there, and a scrum ensued.
So there you go. Somebody messes along with your twin they usually mess with you. Do you suppose this wouldn’t have occurred if Mike Pouncey have been ever in Pittsburgh? I’m positive Urban Meyer, every time he’s acquired a free lap, might inform a narrative or two about how the Pounceys had one another’s backs. Hell, Maurkice simply appeared to be on the lookout for a again to guard generally.
The Davis brothers have been drafted one spherical aside in 2020, Khalil within the sixth by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carlos within the seventh by the Steelers. Both made their respective rosters, regardless of being late-round rookies dealing with a truncated offseason because of the pandemic.
The two of them shared a home, they usually needed to divide it up between them whereas Carlos studied the Steelers’ playbook and Khalil studied the Buccaneers’. Khalil was reduce final 12 months, although, and finally discovered his method to the Steelers’ observe squad after they’d initially tried and failed to assert him off waivers.
Both brothers are presently combating what’s trying like an uphill battle to assert a roster spot this 12 months, with the line of defense room already stuffed to the brim with Cameron Heyward, Tyson Alualu, Larry Ogunjobi, Chris Wormley, Montravius Adams, Isaiahh Loudermilk, and rookie third-round draft choose DeMarvin Leal.
It could also be simply as probably that they’re competing, possibly one in opposition to the opposite, for a spot on the observe squad, with Henry Mondeaux, Doug Costin, and rookie faculty free agent Donovan Jeter additionally vying for that chance.
Both of the Davis brothers had proven some flashes throughout their respective rookie seasons, on their respective rosters, however the 2021 season was a dude for each. Carlos was injured, and Khalil was phased out inside a deep depth chart. But there’s nonetheless expertise in there. And some struggle, as effectively, actually and figuratively.