Davis: Syracuse football’s DBs will be ‘flying around’ in 3-3-5

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The Syracuse football team, led by head coach Dino Babers, gets ready to enter the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

This week on The Juice on the Cuse podcast, we chatted with former Syracuse defensive back Dowayne Davis, who played at SU from 2004 to 2007. In that time, he started 35 consecutive games at safety and cornerback, and finished his career with 216 tackles, which ranked 10th in school history in tackles by a defensive back.

Since his Syracuse career, he played with the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions before embarking on a remarkable teaching career. He got his MBA for Baruch (CUNY) and his Doctor of Education from New Jersey City University.

He currently oversees the operation and finance for various educational organizations as a member of the Newark Opportunity Youth Network. He talks about his impact on the Newark, NJ community and his playing days before breaking down how the Syracuse DBs will be in the new 3-3-5 system.

Finally, he offers his advice to the incoming freshmen, and also to four-star defensive back commit Duce Chestnut, who pledged Orange over the weekend.

TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in and we discuss Syracuse football’s first press conference since June, which featured comments from head coach Dino Babers, offensive lineman Airon Servais and defensive back Andre Cisco.

Brad’s closing thought centers on the announcement of Syracuse’s football’s updated fall schedule, while I sound off further on Chestnut’s commitment.

» Related: How the SU secondary will be affected by the change to the 3-3-5 system


1. Former Syracuse football DB Dowayne Davis calls in
2. Post-playing educational career in Newark
3. Favorite memory from Syracuse
4. How will the DBs be in the new 3-3-5?
5. Advice for incoming freshmen
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. First football press conference since June
8. Comments from Babers speak to uncertainty
9. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.