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Old 05-28-2004   #1
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There seems to be a common notion amongst the media reports, that Hollings will give Davis a run for his money this season. What many of these experts fail to understand, Davis played running back his entire life at a high level, while Hollings is still in project mode. Although Hollings may well develop into a good NFL back, Davis already has the instincts to make cuts, follow blockers, and explode through holes the way instinctive NFL(PROS) backs do, while Hollings is relying on taught ideals from 4 games in college, after switching from other positions. Look for Hollings to be a good breather back for the Texans, but Davis is the future...........For Now!
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Davis is obviously more developed at this point, but keep in mind that Hollings rushed for 2750 yds and 30 TD's in his last two HS years so the 4 college games were hardly his first experience at rushing. Yes different level of competition, but it was time during which he was developing the instinct to make cuts, follow blockers and explode through holes that you mention.

As an aside, both were two way players in HS--as DB's Hollings had 7 INT's and DD had 9 INT's.
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As an aside, both were two way players in HS--as DB's Hollings had 7 INT's and DD had 9 INT's.
Both were 2 way players in college. Davis actually started 1 game as a nickel DB (vs Kentucky). Domanick had 8 career tackles at LSU.
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The thing that sticks out in my mind that differs the two, is the ability to run over or shed tacklers. Domanick Davis runs with a purpose that makes him hard to tackle. Hollings tends to go down with the first hit. Whether that was due to the injury or not remains to be seen though.
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The thing that sticks out in my mind that differs the two, is the ability to run over or shed tacklers. Domanick Davis runs with a purpose that makes him hard to tackle. Hollings tends to go down with the first hit. Whether that was due to the injury or not remains to be seen though.
Comparing a healthy Dom Davis to an injured Hollings isn't fair. You don't really know how hard Hollings is to tackle yet.
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The thing that sticks out in my mind that differs the two, is the ability to run over or shed tacklers. Domanick Davis runs with a purpose that makes him hard to tackle. Hollings tends to go down with the first hit. Whether that was due to the injury or not remains to be seen though.

But you also have to take into consideration that, though DD is fast, he doesnt have the breakaway speed to run from the top DBs in the league, whereas Hollings has burner speed and will leave anyone in his dust if you give him a step or 2. So its really more like thunder and lightning. DD will run through tackles, making the first and second guy miss, but the guy who can get on the corner and just turn it up is Hollings, though how he progresses in our offense is yet to be seen. DD will start this year, though because of his versatility. He is great catching out of the backfield, blocking and running. Thats where I give him the advantage.
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Last year Davis earned the #1 back job next year. Therefore the competition will be who will back him up. That most likely will be Hollings. Hollings will get this year and one more in the shadow of Davis. Then there won't be enough touchs for both of them to stay on this team. I see the Texans trading Hollings in two years for a starting linebacker and a high draft pick. Davis is the future of the Texans for a long time. He already has repore with the fans. Great players often go to teams and never develop repore with the fans. Something about watching a player come into his own and show doubters that he is capable of starting in the NFL makes the fans feel like they were apart of it. That will take Davis a long way here in Houston. That is the whole reason JJ has kept his return duties. He is fun to watch and all the Texan fans like him. However he may never have the speed to be a premir return man in the NFL. He maybe in the top two in the NFL with quickness but he just does not have the speed. He reputation with the fans gave him the edge last year over Avion Black who had the speed but lacked the quickness.
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