Davis signs to play football and run track for Muskingum University

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Dash Davis (front row) recently signed to continue his football and track and field career at Muskingum University. With Davis on the front row is his mother Debbie. The back row is Buckhannon-Upshur athletic director Rick Reynolds, Buckhannon-Upshur boys track and field head coach Patty Wager and Buckhannon-Upshur assistant football coach Adam Squires.

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur football and track and field stand out Dash Davis will be taking his talents to the next level after signing on to play at Muskingum University.

Davis signed at a recent ceremony at the high school to participate in both sports at Muskingum

Muskingum University is a liberal arts university located in New Concord, Ohio.

Muskingum is a NCAA Division III school that participates in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Davis was a versatile play-maker for the Bucs out of the backfield on the football field.

On offense, he led the B-U ground game with 643 yards on 86 attempts with six touchdowns and hauled in eight passes for 111 yards.

On defense, he made 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss and had one pass break-up.

On the track, this past season he advanced to the state championship meet in three events for the Bucs, the 4 x 100-meter relay, the 4 x 200-meter relay and the 4 x 400-meter relay. He also excelled in the discus.

Davis said taking his game to the collegiate level means the world to him.

“My father passed a few weeks ago and he really wanted to see me play ball at the next level,” remarked Davis. “I know he will be watching from above so I can continue my career and show him what I can do at this level.”

Davis remarked the offense that Muskingum runs impressed him and led him to sign with the Fighting Muskies as he is projected to be a tailback for team.

“Their offense really impressed me,” he stated. “It’s a stack type of offense where I will be able to run the ball.”

During track season, Davis said he anticipates he will throw the hammer, discus and javelin along with some running events.

Davis said it was the academics at Muskingum that also attracted him to attend the university.

“It was their academic program, specifically their environmental science program,” he explained. “They have a place up there called The Wilds where you can work with animals which really impressed me.”

Davis’ signing was also a show of overcoming the odds after an ACL tear ended his junior season of football.

“It is always special for your program when players have an opportunity to go to the next level,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head football coach Duane Stoeckle.  As a coaching staff we really stress to our players to give themselves an opportunity. First by working hard in the classroom, then by giving their all on the practice field, and their games. Dash was a quiet leader who always lead by example. He always finished every single drill, practice and game giving 100% effort. His hard work enabled him to fight back from an injury he sustained at the end of his junior year. Dash will be noticed early by the coaching staff at the next level because of his strong work ethic. Our entire staff wishes Dash the best of luck at the next level.”

Davis’ head coach in track and field Patty Wager added, “Dash has always had a dream to become a track and field athlete in college.  After four years of watching his achievements, I am very sad to see him leave but I am very excited for his future at Muskingum.”

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