Showing posts with label Texas Tech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Texas Tech. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


     Big shout out and thanks to Tyler Patton for creating this info-graphic for me!  Go follow him @tpat. A great picture showing visually some of my stats, awards, and pro day / regional combine numbers from my career at Texas Tech.  Enjoy!

-Student of the Game

Friday, March 15, 2013

-Photo courtesy of Michael Strong-

     Pro Day is an opportunity for all the Texas Tech players whom just finished their career to get in front of scouts and show their abilities.  Having already put up some good numbers at the regional combine, pro day was yet another opportunity to prove myself and confirm if not beat the results everyone had seen online.  These were the same drills I had already performed at the regional, but now it was in front of NFL scouts and I had to prove that the regional numbers were not a fluke.  I knew I could improve on some numbers from the regional, and I am happy to say that I soared past a few.  It was a nerve wracking and successful experience, but one I am glad is in the books.  I am happy, but not surprised with the numbers I earned.  At this point I am ready to get back to football and I will get a chance to do this in the coming weeks.  Now that most of the testing is over, it is time for private team workouts and team visits.  I already have had a couple of team workouts I have done the past two weeks.  These are where a representative from a given team comes out to interview you, put you through football drills, and whiteboard work with the defense to test your mental ability.  There will be some more of these in the coming weeks and also hopefully some team visits where the team flies you out to visit their facilities.  The hectic and fun process continues!  Below are the numbers from pro day and links to various draft news about me.  Enjoy!

-Student of the Game

Pro Day Results:
40: 4.41 sec
Vertical: 41.5”
Short Shuttle: 4.04 sec
Broad Jump: 10’3”
Bench: 15 reps
3 Cone L Drill: 6.79 sec
60yd Shuttle: 11.09 sec

College2Pro Interview:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nfldraftcombine/2013/03/07/nfl-draft-prospect--texas-tech-s-cody-davis

TechTalk Interview:
http://www.doublet1043.com/content/localshows/TechTalk/story/Tech-Talk-Interview-Cody-Davis/6LS0bZTPUUGywOdTXzq1nw.cspx

Pro Football Central Interview:
http://www.profootballcentral.com/2013/03/07/pfc-radio-37-with-jeremiah-green-cody-davis/

Bleacher Report Article:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1556692-cody-davis-nfl-draft-2013-pro-potential-projections

CBS Sports Article by Rob Rang:
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/21824553/nfl-draft-davis-foketi-flash-at-texas-tech-wtamu-pro-days

NFL.com Article:
http://blogs.nfl.com/2013/03/07/texas-techs-laadrian-waddle-could-move-into-back-end-of-draft/

Friday, March 01, 2013


     I have always made my own highlight videos since my sophomore year in high school when I started on Varsity.  If you check out my YouTube channel they are all on there, I even have a few funny videos I made from when I was a kid on there also.  I am good with computers and also have a creative side so naturally I loved to create my own videos and learn this ins and outs as I went along.  When I first started I didn't have the best tools and I had poor quality videos and audio.  I started with my friend Wayne making various funny videos for school projects and just for the fun of it. We called it D n V Productions, for Davis and Viotto.  I also made a few videos of me playing video games, which then progressed into my football videos.  I have gotten better with every year, but looking back at some of the old ones is always funny.  I guess I felt like I should put every single play I was in action!  Well I'm glad to say I have become better about that and also try and not put every camera angle I have.  I have always used this as a tool for self promotion.  In high school I would send out my videos to colleges and try and get my name out there hoping to earn a D1 scholarship.  Now I have my sights set on the NFL and I am still trying to get my name out there.  My agent will be sending this senior video out to scouting coordinators and NFL personnel in case they have not seen my film yet.  This being the case, there is no music or special effects but rather a cutup of plays from my senior year. Hope you enjoy!


-Student of the Game

Monday, January 07, 2013


     The last game of my career is in the books.  I am happy to say we came out with a victory!  Minnesota came out strong and were very physical just like we had thought they would be.  I definitely didn't have a great game and had to get back into the grove after a long break from football.  We didn't play our best on any side of the ball and had to shake off the rust.  But we continued to push and focus down the stretch even when we were behind.  This heart and determination is what this team was about and it allowed us to come back and grasp a bowl victory.  It was an ugly win to say the least, but I am blessed to have finished with a W and come out healthy.  Playing in Reliant stadium was a great experience and a closing point for this 2012 Texas Tech football team.  This team will never play again and some teammates will never see each other again.  The locker-room and attitude always takes on a different feel when the seniors leave and the Juniors step up to the helm.  This transformation is going on again, but this time I'm on the outside looking in.  I am honored and blessed to have been a part of such a great team and even better teammates.  I am excited for the future and look forward to cheering on the Red Raiders beyond my years.  Wreck Em!

PS check out this post game interview from Nick Lott (@NotTheFakeNLott) and follow his radio show on Spreaker:

-Student of the Game

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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     Yet another info-graphic as my career has come to a close at Texas Tech.  This is a picture I made for all of the opponents we have faced in my five years.  Starting from the 2008 season where I was red-shirted and participated on scout team on through my senior year in 2012.  Football has taken me a long way and have I have played opponents from all parts of the United States.  Be sure to check out my info-graphic page here to check out the others I have done.  Below are some other versions of the same picture.

-Student of the Game
#RideTogether





Thursday, December 27, 2012


     The last game week of my career here at Texas Tech!  This week sneaked up on me while I have been busy with grad school and football.  I never thought this week would come and it is now here, and almost gone.  Looking back on how we got here... this has been a year of ups and downs.  We started out the way we wanted, making some big statements and huge wins.  But we struggled down the stretch for whatever reason and yet another coaching change has happened.  We set high expectations for ourselves and invested a lot this year.  Of course we are frustrated with the outcome, but we are in a bowl game and we have one last chance to go out and perform as a team.  With all of the distractions and how the season ended, some people are overlooking this game and focused on the future.  However, we must finish strong and go out with a win.

     We have been at Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, Texas since Sunday the 23rd.  This week has been a relaxing one as they have not had many events for us during the week.  We have been practicing in the morning at Rice stadium and then have the night off when we get back around 2.  They have a nice game room set up for us with ping pong, Foosball  movies, and a lot of Xboxes to keep us entertained.  It didn't really feel like Christmas as we spent it here at the hotel by the Galleria.  But we were treated to a nice Christmas Dinner and even Santa came to visit us lol.  The main event of the week was the Rodeo Bowl which was a rodeo competition between the two teams.  My Stephenville background and our Texas heritage didn't help us out as Minnesota went on to win the competition.  But we made sure to let them know that we were ready for the game, as some "wait till Friday" and trash talking took place.  We just received our bowl gifts and our blessed to have earned them.  That's about it for the bowl events, and now we are focused and ready for the game.  Minnesota is a 6-6 Big 10 team with big bodies and a physical style offense.  They are different than the leaner speed we are used to seeing in the Big 12.  We must be physical and tackle well in order to shut down their running game.  Also, we must match up against their tall receivers and make them one dimensional.  This game is important to us seniors as we want to go out with a win and have a fun last experience as a Red Raider on the game field.  Thank God for this last opportunity!

-Student of the Game
#RideTogether

Videos from YouTube:

Monday, December 24, 2012


     Finally a post! Sorry I haven't updated in a while, it has been a hectic time lately to say the least.  I didn't expect to have to go through yet another change during my time here, but that's how this business is run and that how my career has been defined.  College football is a middle point between the pure business of the NFL and the mostly pure football nature of high school, at least from a players perspective.  Players in high school do not get anything but living out their childhood dreams and hope for a future in football.  The NFL is a business where you can build your own brand, but also get fired on any given day.  Then awkwardly in the middle is college football where you are able to earn scholarship, but are harshly restricted on business opportunities and things you can/can't do.  I think we are underpaid for everything we do and the health we sometimes sacrifice, but I won't get into that right now.  Nevertheless, we are penalized for transferring and switching schools by one whole year of our career.  That is a huge deal.  But coaches on the other hand can leave at their own will and literally wake up wearing one school's logo and go to bed wearing another school's logo.  Yes they are penalized, but being penalized financially hurts a lot less than being penalized with time like the players are.  Also, their leaving is a huge deal for everyone.  This leaves chaos for the assistant coaches, players, staff, and their families who don't know whether they have a job, where they are going to live, or their futures.  Nothing is guaranteed when a new staff comes in.  But whatever the case, the coach made a decision to leave and now the football program has had to deal with it.  And I think we have dealt with it really well!

     Changes is a part of life and football, but I never would have thought I would have so many.  Quantifying the changes in my 5 years gives me 3 head coaches, 2 interim head coaches, 4 defensive coordinators, 4 position coaches, and even 2 mascots as Midnight Matador was injured and retired this year!  Lol I had to throw that last one in there.  We have handled this change really well.  We have gone out and hired the up and coming Kliff Kingsbury.  I think this will bring the swagger back to the field and has already reunited the fan base.  Hopefully at the end of my career, all of these changes will have been for the better and Texas Tech will have a brighter future because of them.

-Student of the Game
#RideTogether

Monday, December 10, 2012


     This was one of the greatest honors of my career.  It was truly an honor to represent my family, Texas Tech, and Stephenville as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award Recipient.  This Scholar-Athlete class had a great group of guys and it was a pleasure to meet them and get to know them.  Also, Congrats to Barrett Jones being the William V. Campbell trophy winner!  This is what being a student athlete is all about.  It's not just about how you perform on the field, but performing off the field as well and being a great role model.  All 15 players there represented that very well and I was honored to be a part of that.  It took a lot of hard work and help from a lot of people to get me to where I am today.  I thank God, my parents, my fiancee, my teachers, my coaches, family, and friends for all the help and support that helped me along the way.  I couldn't have done it without you!  Now a little about my experience in New York...

     Being my first trip to New York, it was definitely a blast.  The timing was perfect as the Christmas decorations were up around the city.  Just seeing all the massive buildings and how compact everything is really was eye opening.  We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which is such a amazing and historical building.  Rex Burkhead was my roommate and I really enjoyed meeting him and getting to know him.  With the rest of the scholar-athlete group we had a press conference and continued on to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and then to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular.  The Rockettes were pretty  impressive and it was a great show.  The next day the group got together for pictures then it was on to the award dinner.  What a star studded event!  I was around some football legends and could not believe the players I was getting to meet.  It was an honor to meet Gabe Rivera and great for both of us to be at the event to represent Texas Tech.  My dad was even more star stuck as he knew more of the older players in attendance than I did.  It was my first black tie event and truly a night to remember.  After the event we got the chance to explore the city and do the following sightseeing: central park, empire state building, wall street, NYSE, Rockefeller center, Macy's, Times Square, Grand Central Station, ride the subway, 9/11 memorial, and got to see Wicked on Broadway.  Pictures and video from the award dinner are shown below.  It was a trip of a lifetime and I am truly blessed to have received such an award. God Bless!

-Student of the Game
#Blessed

Video from YouTube:

Pictures taken by my parents:



















Wednesday, November 28, 2012


     As the end of the season and my college football career draws toward an end, I will be giving you some info graphics reflecting on my time here at Texas Tech.  If you don't know what an info graphic is... it is basically any information shown in a visually appealing format (charts, graphs, maps, etc...).  To view all of the info graphics I have done so far be sure to check out my page called "Infographics."  The following is a Google map I made showing all of the football stadiums I have played in since I have been here (2008-2012).  Definitely have played in some of the biggest, best, and most tradition rich stadiums in the country. Be sure to check out the "Earth" view in order to see some of the stadiums in 3d.  If you don't like the little window, click on the link below the map to see it full screen.  Hope you enjoy!

*Made using Google Maps*

-Student of the Game
#TTUChainGang

Monday, November 26, 2012


     Sometimes all you can do is move on.  That was yet another tough loss and the hardest to swallow by far.  We came in ready to play and started out great, but kept Baylor in the game by our mistakes.  The defense played good except for the big plays and critical penalties that kept drives alive.  We still could not get a turnover and that might have changed the game.  Being our third overtime this year, like a game of Russian roulette, time finally ran out on us and our mistakes came back to haunt us.  But whatever the reason, the final outcome is that we lost my final Big 12 game.  Have to move on and figure out a way to win my last game as a Red Raider.  We are going to a bowl and we have to just wait and watch this final college football week to find out our destiny.  I've never been to a bowl game outside of Texas, so hopefully this is the year!

-Student of the Game
#GoingBowling

Friday, November 23, 2012

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     The last regular season game for this senior class is here.  We have come a long way through ups and downs but this last regular season game is going to be the most important one...because it's the next one.  We just got done visiting the Cowboy's Stadium to let the guys and coaches who haven't played there before see it.  This is so during the game we are used to it and not ooooing and ahhhing.  I have played in Jerry World a couple of times and it still amazes me when I walk on the field.  It makes you feel like you are in the NFL.  It has been a blast to play in this stadium and I hope to finish it up on a high note tomorrow.  Baylor comes in having just beaten the number 1 team in the country and are now looking to become bowl eligible.  They bring a high flying offense with great speed and finess.  We have to come in and gain our confidence back early.  Defense has to not give up big plays and tackle in open space.  Both teams will be ready and fired up to play this game.  Baylor knocked us out of the bowl picture last year, and now we hope to return the favor...  Time to finish strong...

-Student of the Game
#FinishStrong

Monday, November 19, 2012


     Well everything that could go wrong did.  It was yet another embarrassing loss that turned into a blowout.  But the reasons that got us to the end result were nothing extraordinary.  I felt like we were ready to play and felt great after going through pre-game.  However, no matter how hard you try you can't get excited or gain momentum when there is nothing going your way.  We were out executed and gave up every big play possible.  As a defense we couldn't seem to stop the run or the deep pass.  I dropped an interception and gave up a flea flicker so I'm just as much to blame as anyone.  The effort was there but something was missing.  For the first time this year we were trying too hard to make something happen and trying to do our own thing or other people's assignment.  We have to look in the mirror as players and coaches in order to figure out what individually what we need to do in order for us to come out with a win this game.  We need to get back on track, trust the game plan, and get this win for the last regular season game.

-Student of the Game
#FinishStrong

Friday, November 16, 2012

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     The Oklahoma State Cowboys. Last year they embarrassed us in our own stadium on wounded warrior day and senior day. But this is a new year. This game has huge Big 12 implications and we must win this game to put ourselves ahead of the cowboys in conference. We have a big challenge with another road game. I think we play better on the road because the atmosphere doesn't allow us to relax. We must come out fast and continue to finish strong. On defense we must be able to line up and get adjusted. If we are on the same page and don't get out of wack we will be fine. This will be a balanced attack and be tested both in the air and on the ground. We must keep pushing ourselves and come out with a win. The season is wearing on both players and coaches this time of year. Bodies are getting worn out and the grind is definitely taking it's tole. Mentally and physically we must push through fatigue and focus on the task at hand. One day... one game... one play at a time.

-Student of the Game
#WreckOSU

Monday, November 12, 2012

Me and my fiancee, dad, and aunt. Mom was taking picture.

     Phew!  That was too close for comfort, but all that counts is that we got the W.  It was my last game in Jones AT&T Stadium and I can't believe it came and went so fast.  I will have great memories of my games here and will be back many times in the future, but I will only be a fan from now on.  It was great to be a part of senior day and be recognized for all of my hard work.  My mom, dad, aunt, and fiancee got to meet me out on the field and received flowers and a customized game ball.  I was proud of them for not crying... but I guess they are saving that for after the bowl game.  I wondered if we were gonna get trampled by the new horse running out, but thankfully that didn't happen.  They said they controlled the new horse and didn't let it run full speed, so I think it did pretty good!  I guess I can add that I have been through a mascot change as well in my time here... Anyway back to the game.  We came out strong the first quarter and just as we were starting to put them away, we turned the ball over and from then on it was a dog fight.  We couldn't force a turnover and again we couldn't make adjustments when we needed to.  I was proud that we continued to scrap and claw every play and ended up on top of an ugly win but a win none the less.  I was happy to end with a win for my last home game, but we have to improve and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.  We have a huge road game with big bowl game implications this week.  We have to come ready to play!  Only six practices left in the regular season... Let's finish strong... 

-Student of the Game
#FarewellToTheJones

Friday, November 09, 2012

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     My final game in Jones AT&T Stadium is here! It is senior day and we will be recognized for all of the blood, sweat, and tears we have given Texas Tech during our time here.  After watching four years worth of seniors go before me it is hard to believe it is now my turn.  It will definitely be surreal when I run out onto the field and hear my name announced.  As our lasts start to become reality, the feelings of things coming to an end start to creep in... However, now is not the time to reflect and we have a season to finish.  I want to go out with a bang!  Kansas comes in with a losing streak, but they have played a lot of teams really close and should have won many of them.  They come in with a strong running attack and mix in some deep passes.  We have to shut down the run and not give up big plays.  The Jayhawks are a physical team and will try and hit us in the mouth early.  We must come out strong, fast, and hard... get our confidence back... and come out with the W! Shout out to all the seniors. Let's rock the Jones for the last time!

-Student of the Game
#TTUChainGang

Monday, November 05, 2012


     That was a tough loss to swallow... not just because it was my last chance to play them, but because we are so close to meeting our true potential.  We came out ready to play but we didn't have any big plays early to get us going and excited.  Our defense was prepared to stop the run and left our pass vulnerable, which the longhorns took advantage of.  We just gave up too many big plays and that's why we lost.  We made some adjustments on defense in the second half and shut them down for only one touchdown, and that was because of bad alignment and bad communication that entire drive.  But the adjustments and the offensive comeback was too little, too late.  That was one of those games where you just hate to watch the film.  We just gave them too much early and couldn't recover.  The ball just didn't bounce our way, but that's how life is sometimes.  That one is going to sting as well it should...but like every week we must learn from it, forget about it, and move on... The college football cycle.

-Student of the Game
#RaiderNation

Friday, November 02, 2012

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     The last time I get to play the University of Texas!  You know it's funny how things change.  I was once a UT fan like many kids are growing up in the state of Texas.  I actually had a small stuffed bevo mascot like the one above that I had with me at all times as a youngster.  The influence was my parents.  My mom graduated from UT and my dad graduated from Tarleton State.  Well our family was based in Stephenville, TX where Tarleton State was and my family used to be longhorns fans based on my mom's past... Having not known any better and having no affiliations with other colleges, I had no choice.  But now things have changed.  We have been saved and transformed by the Texas Tech family!  Lol I just had to say that, but really Texas Tech was the perfect opportunity for me with a great community, great school, and a chance to play on a great team.  We have a new root in Lubbock, TX and are now red and black forever.  Now as I come up to the UT game for my last time I cannot waste this last opportunity to get the better of the longhorns.  As a freshman red shirting, I watched from the sideline Crabtree made the winning play against UT and later rushed the field.  Well we haven't beaten Texas since then and we have another great opportunity ahead of us this week.  The longhorns are very talented as always and try and beat you with speed and confusion.  They motion and give a ton of different formations to try to distract and trick you.  We must line up, get adjusted, and stop the run.  The fans are behind us and it is now time to take a run at these last four games one at a time.  Time to go to work and rock the Jones!

-Student of the Game
#TTUChainGang

Monday, October 29, 2012


     That was a tough and disappointing loss to Kansas State.  We came out playing good the first half but everything fell apart the second half.  We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot... they made adjustments and we didn't respond, we put ourselves in bad situations, and overall they just out executed us.  On defense we have to find a way to create turnovers and know are assignments inside and out.  I had one of the worst games when it comes to tackling than I have had in a long time.  I was overrunning a lot of tackles and maybe just trying to do to much.  The story of the game was that they didn't make mistakes and when we did, they capitalized on them.  All credit goes to Kansas State and I wish them the best of luck on the road ahead.  We have to learn from this game and then forget about it.  This is still a promising team and we have a lot to play for.  The final stretch of games is here.  All we can do is continue to push hard.  We have worked too hard and long to let another game slip.  The leaders on this team must step up and help this team respond to a loss just like we did last time... and win another big game in the Jones!

-Student of the Game
#blessed

Friday, October 26, 2012

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     The biggest game because it's the next one.  Another road test awaits as we head to Kansas State to take on another Heisman hopeful.  After TCU, me must redeem ourselves as a defense and come into this game with a better understanding of the game plan.  We have to get the call, get lined up, and ready to play.  They are a blue collar kind of team and it shows in their offense.  The wildcats bring a great running attack and force you to play the run and then try and catch you off guard with the play action.  This will be a physical game and I am excited to take on another ranked team in the national spotlight.  "You have to want to be successful as much as you want air when you can't breath."  Whoever wants it more will win this game... Time to go to work.

-Student of the Game
#TTUChainGang

Monday, October 22, 2012


     The game lived up to the hype!  The atmosphere was great, the smack talk was present, and it ended up being a triple overtime thriller.  A little too thrilling!  This was one of the most emotionally and physically exhausting games I have been a part of.  All credit goes to TCU, whom showed up ready to play and were a step ahead of us most of the game.  We were focused and ready to play, but something about us was flat for most of the first half.  I don't know what it was but adversity sure did hit us hard and fast.  All three sides of the ball were struggling.  On defense, we had too much confusion and weren't ready for some of the formations they were giving us.  I was very impressed with Boykin as he seemed to have improved each game he has started.  He definitely didn't give us defensive backs much time to break on the ball as it would get to the wide receiver immediately after they cut.  The game was back and fourth wearing on for what seemed like forever.  Nevertheless, we just kept fighting and never gave up... when it came down to it we made plays when we needed to and came out with the victory.  This might not have been our best game, but you really find out what your team is made of when stuff starts going bad and you hit adversity.  We stuck together, nobody pointed fingers or got down, and we just kept grinding.

     Now the monkey is off our back and we are now bowl eligible.  That being said we have bigger goals in mind.  Now we don't have to worry about that and we can really pin our ears back and go after this final stretch of our schedule and leave it all out on the field.  We have another huge game this week on the road traveling to Kansas State for another new stadium for me to play in.  We must pull together, refresh our mind, and come ready to work.  On to the next one...

-Student of the Game
#ToGodBeTheGlory