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Mike Davis Defends Himself In ‘Jersey-Gate’

It was kind of an odd story on on Monday.

The story by Tom Bergeron accused several players from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, of being upset about the jersey numbers they had received.

One player mentioned is running back Mike Davis from Stone Mountain, Ga. Bergeron wrote:

“Mike Davis of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson made such a fuss about his assigned No. 16 that he was given a new number (14), making him the only player without his name on his jersey. But that didn’t help – neither was the No. 28 he wanted.”

Davis wasn’t quoted in the story and he understandably wasn’t happy about it.

Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was never interviewed for the Rivals story and wasn’t upset about the number (16) he was given by bowl officials.

Davis said he asked a bowl official if he could have No. 28 because it wasn’t assigned to another player on the roster.

“I didn’t fuss about it,” Davis told the AJC. “I just asked him. I don’t know where they got where I was fussing about it. The reporter never talked to me about it. Go read the story – I’m not even quoted in it. It’s just not true.”

Davis said it’s also untrue that his jersey number will be a factor in his college decision. He told the AJC he hasn’t spoken to any college coach about a preferred jersey number.

“It wouldn’t be important at all,” Davis said. “The only thing I’m looking at is playing time and the place where I feel at home. Picking a college number isn’t something that’s serious to me.”



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