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Former Southern California, Current Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll A Fan Of Fred Davis

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has been a fan of Fred Davis ever since the current Washington Redskins tight end committed to Southern California as one of the top players in the country coming out of Toledo, Ohio in 2004.


“When we were recruiting him, we thought he was going to be a No. 1 draft pick,” Carroll said. “When we saw him and looked at his potential, that’s why we went after him. Really, when we recruited guys out-of-state, in those days that was our criteria. We want to anticipate a guy could be a No. 1 draft pick. If that was the kind of guy, then we’d go after him. Freddy was like that.”

Davis left USC after the 2007 season with 117 receptions, 1,408 receiving yards and 13 touchdown catches – all school records for tight ends.

“He had a very good career for us,” Carroll said. “He was one of the best tight ends in the country coming out. Big, strong, fast, tough, all of that stuff. I think it’s marvelous that he’s been able to transition into this kind of a player. I mean, he’s a focal point player on an NFL team. I think it’s awesome.”

The tight end has 49 receptions for 636 yards, both of which are team highs, and also has two touchdown catches.

“I’m laughing – we’re game planning for Freddy. ‘Where is he? He’s over here. He’s doing this. He’s doing that.’ They’re doing a fantastic job of utilizing him,” Carroll said. “It’s a credit to him. I don’t think that there was any expectation you couldn’t hold for him. He’s coming through in great fashion.”

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