Texans RBs Domanick Davis
and Tony Hollings
are earning praise for their preparation and development entering their second season. Davis, who rushed for 1,031 yards as a rookie, has added some needed muscle, according to RB coach Chick Harris
. There is concern in some quarters that the 5-9, 216-pound Davis is not big and durable enough to be a full-time back, but Harris believes Davis has the stature and body type not unlike other backs in the league. “I think any time you run the ball 20-25 times a game, you have a chance for injury,” Harris said of Davis, who missed a pair of games in 2003. “I think what we have to do is monitor practice and what he does during the season so he can remain fresh throughout the season and cross our fingers on the injury factor.” Hollings will spell Davis to start the season, but he has the physical skills to eventually challenge for a bigger role. Hollings spent his rookie season working his way back into form after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at Georgia Tech in September 2002, but Harris reports the back is “more confident” about his knee because of offseason conditioning. “Physically, he’s stronger now, and he should kick into what type of player he’s going to be this year,” Harris said.
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