Rashard Davis is less than two months away from the start of his college football career. And he's not afraid to try any kind of workout that might make his transition a little smoother.
"I do workouts that you see on TV and stuff. I do the "Shaun T Hip-Hop Abs" thing," Davis said with a wide smile Tuesday morning. "I just do push-ups, and I throw the ball with my brother. Do a little sprints in the yard and stuff. Just trying to stay in shape, and stay worked out."
Davis was an all-district selection as the quarterback at Charlottesville High School last fall, and signed with James Madison in February. On Tuesday, Davis and his coach at CHS, Eric Sherry, were hitting the road for Ferrum College.
That's where Davis will be one of 70 graduated high school players preparing to play in Friday night's Southwest and Central Virginia All-Star Classic.
He's going to have fun this week," said Sherry, one of Davis's coaches on the Central team in the all-star game. "Because he's going to get his last chance probably to quarterback, unless James Madison changes something down there."
The Dukes plan to move Davis to wide receiver in college. He was a dual threat at quarterback for Sherry's Black Knights in 2012, rushing for 1,383 yards and throwing for 1,074 yards. Davis led CHS to the program's first playoff appearance in a decade, and was a first-team All-Jefferson District selection as a utility player after the season.
Friday's all-star game will be played at Franklin County High School. And Sherry thinks it could turn into a showcase for the 5-9, 180 lb. Davis.
"I've always felt that no matter where you play, the cream will always rise," Sherry said. "And I think people may be shocked who haven't heard of him, once they see his talents on the field, how good he is. I think he's a very blessed kid, and I think James Madison got a heck of a steal out of him."
"I always like to go against other opponents, other competition, to see how my skills go against theirs. And see if I'm good enough to play at the next level," said Davis. "See if I've still got what it takes to be that guy I was in fall."