Davis brings toughness to MSU backfield

Garrick Hodge/MDN MHS running back Brett Davis (23) prepares to pass protect during a high school football game this past fall.

Minot State head football coach Mike Aldrich isn’t bashful about using #grit on Twitter while trying to #BuildTheDam.

Aldrich, who was welcoming all the new MSU football signings with Twitter hashtags on Wednesday, picked up the definition of gritty player with the commitment of Minot High senior Brett Davis, aka #DropTheGlovesHockeyTough.

“Brett (Davis) is just a tough kid,” MHS head football coach Barry Holmen said. “He is rugged. He is a kid that just did whatever you asked him to do. He is a multi-sport athlete playing baseball, hockey, football and he has run hurdles in track. It will be exciting to see how they decide to use him.”

The night prior to signing his national letter of intent, Davis was on the ice celebrating Senior Night with the Magicians boys hockey team. He capped the occasion in style by scoring a goal in Minot’s 10-3 win over Williston.

“It’s been pretty fast these last couple of days with hockey and all this going on,” Davis said. “But, I’m looking forward to settling down this summer and getting back to business with football.”

Davis – a 6-foot, 195-pound running back – carried the ball 108 times for 560 yards and scored nine touchdowns his senior season. He also caught four passes for 51 yards.

In Minot’s surprising run to the state championship game this past season, Davis scored a touchdown in all three postseason games. As a sophomore, he was also on Minot’s 2015 Dakota Bowl runner-up team.

Davis expects to remain in the backfield at Minot State, unless a better fit comes along.

“As of now, I’m playing running back,” Davis said. “But, they said they might move me around to linebacker or try me out a few different spots as well if needed.”

Davis prefers running back, but he did take snaps on defense last season with the Magi and made eight tackles while roaming the middle of the field as a linebacker.

The heavy hitter will be rooming at MSU with fellow Minot High teammate and Beavers’ commit Logan Krueger.

“It’s going to be a blast,” Davis said. “I really like their coaching staff. A close group of guys that are young and bring lots of energy.”

A comment worth a retweet and a like from the youthful Aldrich and his staff, had it been posted on Twitter. Instead, Aldrich was giving out quotes to the Minot Daily News to be shared across the Twitterverse on Wednesday and said the following about Davis.

“I love Brett, tough hockey kid. Really excited for him to bring his attitude to our team and lead us in the right direction.”

Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.