When you’ve watched Boston College football for a while, you’ll notice that sometimes players switch positions, even going from offense to defense or vice versa. Such is the case with Ted Davenport, a sophomore defensive back (apparently) from Medway.
Davenport came to the Heights in 2010, whereupon he redshirted. In 2011, he made his collegiate debut against UMass — as a running back. Boston College did not list him as such, and he doesn’t even appear on the school’s stat sheet, but nevertheless, Davenport did make several appearances for the Eagles last season. He had a fourth-quarter carry for no gain against UMass, and that’s apparently it. BC insists he had a one-yard carry against Florida State, but there’s no evidence he ever played in that game (for what it’s worth, Mike Javorski, former occupant of the #39 jersey, did have a one-yard carry in that game, so either the box score is wrong or BC is).
In any event, Davenport did play running back and defensive end in high school, and was on BC’s two-deep at one point last year in the secondary. His high school career as a rusher was very good, as he scored 25 touchdowns in his senior year.
One would imagine that he saw some playing time during the spring season during untelevised scrimmages as well as the spring game, but if you remember how he played and you’re not related to him, then pat yourself on the back. I was too busy wondering why it took an hour for the feed to go live.
If Davenport is in fact going to remain in the Boston College secondary this year, then we may see him. Issues with depth have been brought up again and again this summer, because they exist. A couple guys getting injured might be all it takes for Davenport to see an uptick in playing time; if he gets it, hopefully he will be able to contribute.