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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Davis Cheek, QB, Elon University

Davis Cheek
Elon University has a talented gunslinger in Davis Cheek. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Davis Cheek
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Position: QB
  • College: Elon University
  • Twitter: @Cheek2017

What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I am majoring in Strategic Communications and plan to graduate this December. I’m looking to start an MBA program in Business after that. As part of our team’s community outreach, we’ve worked with KidsCan. We try and be there for the kids, playing with them and tutoring sometimes too

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They’d say that I’m very hard-working and accountable. I’m always around. I have the “first one in, last one out” sort of mentality.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’m a quarterback. You have to accept the leadership role when you’re the one that touches the ball on every single play. I also understand people more and which leadership tactics to use with each guy. Sometimes, I have to get a little tough, but I’m not going to get on every single person when he does something wrong. I try to fulfill the role of whatever is needed.

As far as scheme, I obviously like to pass, but I can run if I have to. I can work with multiple schemes. I can still be a factor on the field even if I’m not as involved in the play because I can make checks at the line, make adjustments and audible when necessary.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
One of the teammates that really pushed me in practice was Warren Messer. He was a huge impact player that kept me on my toes.

As far as an opponent, I’d have to say JMU’s whole defense my freshman year. They had an excellent defense from top to bottom and just meshed well together.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Kortez Weeks is a reliable target in the passing game. Tristen Cox is one of the leaders on our DL. He’s a very hard worker. Donovan Williams is a tight end that transferred from UConn. He’s been looking good on the field and is a good guy off the field. Jackson Parham is another wide receiver that’s just been developing very well. He’s been very consistent, and he’s due for a breakout season.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
On October 12, 2018, I tore my ACL in a game against Delaware. It’s always tough going through an injury, but I had to stay focused on bouncing back. It’s very much a “one day at a time” process. You learn a lot about yourself. The best thing I could do was just to stay positive. I had to learn how to walk, run and be on the field playing again. There were so many people around me that just kept motivating me like family and friends. Even seeing my teammates work hard on the field and in the weight room inspired me to stay the course with my rehab until I was ultimately healthy enough to get back on the field and compete.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I played basketball nearly all my life up through high school, but I eventually focused more of my efforts towards football. Lately, I’ve also been getting into golf.

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What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m very proud to see the Elon program evolve into a very competitive team. Before I came here, Elon was a 2-9 team. It’s been great seeing a culture change.

My biggest personal achievements were in 2017 when I was the CAA Offensive Freshman of the Year as well as a Jerry Rice Award Finalist.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Back in 2018, we had a great upset against JMU who was ranked #2 overall. Our last drive was very intense as they were leading 24-20. I threw a touchdown pass to Avery Jones in order to take the lead 27-24. Our defense then went on to stop JMU with Connor Christiansen getting the interception to seal the win. It was great to see everyone on our team on the same page and overcome all the odds for the win.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Probably my favorite players to watch are Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. I’d say my mentality as a QB is comparable to players like Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I listen to some Rap, Hip-hop and R&B. My favorite artist would be Travis Scott.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Anything that my dad makes whether he’s grilling burgers, ribs or steak.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?
I like the Marvel Movies. I like Tom Hardy and Ryan Reynolds.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I have a German Shepherd, and I spend time training him. I can do some juggling, and lately I’ve been learning French in my spare time.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My parents. They’ve made a lot of sacrifices in order for me to get where I am today.

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