It is the nature of the job. Fullbacks just don't get much attention. They are even farther from the spotlight when their team includes an All-Met linebacker and a wide receiver considered among the most talented players in the nation.
Not that Good Counsel senior Anthony Davis minds. His solid blocking shows up every week when coaches review the video from the Falcons' most recent game.
"Sometimes people overlook me because we have a lot of athletes on our team, and fullback is not one of the top positions that people look at," said Davis, who played strong safety on defense the past two seasons before moving to defensive end this fall. "When [opposing] schools look at our team, they might feel like I'm not factor."
In his third season as a starter, Davis has grown accustomed to operating in the background. Teammates Akeem Hebron (a linebacker who has committed to Georgia) and Drew Gloster (a wide receiver considering scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech and Miami, among others) usually are the first names mentioned when the subject is Good Counsel football.
The 19th-ranked Falcons (7-2, 6-0) conclude the regular season tomorrow against third-ranked DeMatha (8-1, 6-0). The winner earns the top seed in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs, though it is likely the teams will play again in two weeks for the league title.
While Davis most enjoys his role as a blocker, he also relishes the opportunity to run the ball. He has 382 rushing yards this season on 63 attempts -- more carries than most fullbacks normally get. And with the Falcons rotating three tailbacks for most of the season, Coach Bob Milloy noted that it is Davis -- at 5 feet 11, 235 pounds -- who almost always clears a path.
"As a blocker, when he gets on you, that guy is not in the play," Milloy said. "He's just a complete player. Some guys can run faster, some guys can catch better or do other things better. But put them all together and he's pretty good."
In addition to his role on offense, Davis is a key contributor on special teams and is second on the team in tackles and sacks. He has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Connecticut.
"He's a guy you don't hear that much about," Milloy said. "But in my opinion Anthony really is the backbone of the team."