Quick Chat: Jordan Davis – University of Georgia Athletics


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As we sat for an interview in the Georgia offensive squad boardroom after practice on Tuesday, the senior nose tackle Jordan davis, wearing gym shorts from his days at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, NC, looked happy and at ease. As he revealed in our Quick Chat, he is.

Davis is an irresistible 6-foot-6, 340-pound object and unstoppable force – and that’s just his endearing personality. Anytime his playing days are over, Davis could pursue a great career talking about football on TV. Or maybe he could end up on “Saturday Night Live”. Still considered one of the funniest Bulldogs by his teammates, Davis said he’s more interested in sketch comedy than stand-up.

The preseason All-American is one of the leading defenders for the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs, a unit that only allowed a touchdown last Saturday against South Carolina in the 12th quarter of the season. When Georgia opened the season by beating Clemson 10-3 in the Dukes Mayo Classic in Charlotte, it was a very special experience for the hometown kid, a three-star rookie who became one of the best defensive players. from the country. .

During our Quick Chat, Davis talked about playing in his hometown, being funny, enjoying the little things in life and more. Here is some of what he had to say:

Frierson: You were a three-star rookie out of high school, you come to Georgia and four years later you were one of the best players on the field in your hometown as the defense led the Bulldogs to a victory over Clemson. Now that it’s been a few weeks, what does it feel when you think about it?

Davis: It was amazing, honestly. Coming home, even before, the anticipation, it was exciting. Coming home with my team and being there with my teammates was fun. Just being there was really special.

It was one of those games where you couldn’t come home and lose – I couldn’t come home and lose – so I just wanted to put all I could in there. Having my team and defense playing lightly, I was like, whoa. It was surreal, crazy, and it’s crazy to think about it even after the fact. I really had a lot of fun playing this game and a ton of fun playing these games since then.

Frierson: You sound like someone who is going to find a way to have fun doing just about anything. Have you always been like this?

Davis: I would say since college. In college I went through a little rough patch – you’re growing up and you have growing pains – but I would say around eighth or ninth grade is when something clicked. I was like, you know what, let me find joy in the little things.

I always say “small wins”. Every day won’t be your best day, so you need to find those little wins, whether it’s talking to a friend or giving a compliment. I believe in good karma, so I try to do good things, and I hope the good things come back to me. It’s pretty much my state of mind about life. I try to take it day by day and try to take advantage of the little moments because you never know when it’s going to go away.

Frierson: When I do this with your teammates, I always ask who the funniest guy on the team is, and most of them say you are. So I’ll ask you, who do you think is the funniest guy on the team?

Davis: I don’t know, that’s a tough question.

Frierson: Are you the funniest guy on the team?

Davis: I don’t want to tell myself [laughs]. I think I’m the funniest person ever, but I have to choose someone else. Micah is funny, Micah Morris, he’s a funny guy. He did a little skit about me in first year and it was amazing.

Micah is definitely one of my personal favorites. Jalen carter One of my favorites. Vonte (Devonte Wyatt) is also very funny.

Frierson: More than one of your teammates has said he thinks you could be a comedian. Has it ever crossed your mind?

Davis: I wouldn’t say stand-up, I’m more of a sketch type. I could give it a try, I wouldn’t mind.

Frierson: Would you like to take some of these improvisation classes?

Davis: I think I’m a good improv guy, but I think sketch comedy is more my kind of speed. I don’t even think I’m funny, I just say things that come to mind. It’s just one of those things that people find funny.

Frierson: I have no doubt that you would be good at talking about football on TV when you play, so is that something you already think about a little?

Davis: I wouldn’t mind at all. I just have to apply myself.

Frierson: You would be a natural.

Davis: Yeah, but I’ve heard it’s not as easy as talking. I guess I would have a little more experience to see if this is something I would like to do. Seems to be something fun when my playing days are over.

Frierson: During your appearance at SEC Media Days, you talked about eating better and adjusting your diet. I have also told you in the past about your love of Swedish fish. So what is your diet like here in the height of the season? Are you just trying to maintain your weight at this point?

Davis: I try to maintain. I always try to bend over, I want to have a six pack at some point, but I still love Swedish fish. I always have it on match days. I have the impression that this is my little lucky charm, a little help. But I’ll tell you one thing, Nerds Gummy Clusters, they’re new but they’re going up there now. The Very Berry flavor. Swedish Fish still has my heart, but there is a new challenger coming up.

Frierson: Do you have a creative side? Is there something creative you are doing or wish you could do?

Davis: I try to enter the music scene, I try myself. Shout at Bill Norton, he put me on it. Just make beats and make music. I was actually talking to him about having a mic because I want to start writing lyrics.

I don’t want to make music per se, but I want to produce and engineer and do all the stuff behind the scenes. It’s definitely something productive and it takes me away from soccer and doing nothing, just sitting there playing video games. It’s something I love to do when I take the time to relax.

Frierson: You seem like a guy with interesting tastes to me, so is there an artist or type of music that you listen to that would surprise people?

Davis: I would say the neighborhood. It’s a bit like a pop group but it’s cool, it’s cool. I try to listen to music of all genres – if it’s good, I’ll listen to it. I try to broaden my horizons and not just listen to one or two genres, I want to explore a lot.

There is a sub-genre that I listen to called post-punk. It’s like a filthy vibe, like a grunge-type punk song. There’s a guy in Russia who had a song that blew up on TikTok and it was pretty interesting. This is something that I am trying to delve into. I’m definitely not limited to rap, pop or country. I like to dig into musical genres that we don’t talk about that much.

Frierson: If you’ve got 20 minutes to kill before a meeting or whatever, what are you going to do to pass the time? Are you on your phone or taking a quick nap?

Davis: It depends if I am tired or not. If I’m tired I’ll try to take a nap. The thing for me is that it’s hard for me to fall asleep quickly, but once I got out, I got out. I’ll probably be on the phone, talk to teammates, relax, watch TikToks. TikTok is a great thing I do – I can spend hours there, honestly, because it’s endless.

Talking with teammates is cool too. I’ll talk with Kendall (Milton), Rian davis, all the other players in my row (in the locker room), just talking about life and everything that’s going on, everything funny. Any day it could be something different.

Frierson: That brings me to this, you seem to be someone who really enjoys the college experience a lot. Did you expect this when you got to college or was it a lot more fun and fulfilling than you expected?

Davis: I came to college scared. I was like, man, I don’t know what to expect. Everything seems so new and I have never been away from my mother for so long. The longest time I’ve ever been away from my mom was probably a week, so being here you’re homesick and everything. But then you start to find your way around, to find friends, my roommates at the time, and you start to feel comfortable.

The experiences I have shared with guys like Channing tindall and Tommy bush and Adam anderson, those are gold. You cannot replace that. No matter where we go, we will always be connected and we will always have love for each other. It’s just one of those things that you’re super grateful for. I’m super grateful for experiences that I didn’t expect – didn’t expect it to be like this.

Someone asked me: is your life like what you thought it was going to be like in sixth grade? If I saw myself in sixth grade now, he’d be like, bro, I can’t believe it. I don’t have everything in the world, but I’m really happy, really happy with my life right now.

Some days are good and some are bad, but I wouldn’t trade it, I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything. I’m just super grateful, super grateful to even be in this position and even to be in this place right now. It’s incredible. It’s crazy to think about it even now – like, wow.

(This Q&A has been edited slightly for length and clarity.)

Deputy Director of Sports Communication John frierson is the Editor-in-Chief of the UGA Athletic Association and Curator of the ITA Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame. You can find his work at: Frierson Files. He’s also on Twitter: @FriersonFiles and @ITAHallofFame.


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