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October 31, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Davenport tries to clear the air

UW cornerback Byron Davenport met with reporters today to try to explain his side of why he was pulled from Saturday’s game against Arizona.
Davenport was benched after giving up a 66-yard touchdown pass to Mike Thomas on the second play of Arizona’s second possession.
UW coach Tyrone Willingham told reporters later that he “wasn’t comfortable” wiith what he saw out of Davenport and on Monday noted that Davenport had been slowed during the week with a shoulder injury.
Davenport, however, said today that “I really didn’t know why” he was pulled. “They didn’t say (anything during the game). They finally tried to explain it to me yesterday why they took me out, but I didn’t know why during the game.”
Davenport said the fact that he didn’t understand why he was pulled bothered him during the game, as did the fact that he wasn’t really told anything until Tuesday.
“We straightened it out. Just the fact that I didn’t know and they didn’t tell me what was going on, I was a little edgy about it. Once they finally cleared it up I see somewhat to an extent why they did it, but I still think that shouldn’t have happened.”
Davenport was bothered during practice that week with an AC sprain in his shoulder suffered against Oregon. He admits he wasn’t as talkative in practice as he had been previous weeks and that might have had coaches thinking he wasn’t feeling as good as usual.
But he said when coaches asked him during the game he said he was fine.
“I was good,” he said. “I felt fine. My shoulder was a little rough, but I felt fine. It wasn’t nothing I couldn’t play through. I was good.”
Davenport said he was “in shock” after giving up the TD, saying it was the first time he’s ever really been beaten like that. He said he went against his instincts on the play and didn’t play the defense the way he wanted.
“We were playing it differently throughout the week, and Friday they said ‘we can play it this way,”’ Davenport said. “So rather than playing it the way I played it all week I went with an adjustment and the result was a touchdown.
Davenport said coaches told him to play inside coverage tight and he wanted to lay off.
“So that’s why I say I’m never going against my gut again,” he said. “Just now whenever I have a technique I want to play I’m just going to play it and not second-guess myself ever again.”
“I came up and I told myself ‘lay off, lay off’ and I came up just trying to go along with the scheme — he said we wanted to play inside. I told myself to back up but I didn’t and I got beat so that’s why I’m saying I’m never going against my gut again.”
Davenport said it was tough watching the Huskies go on to give up a school-record 510 passing yards but that he feels he’s over it enough to contribute this week.
“I’ve got no choice,” he said. “I can’t dwell on it. It kind of bothered me a little bit that it took them so long to talk about it and once we finally talked about it they are totally thinking something’s wrong with me and I’m completely fine.
“It was tough, man, because I didn’t know why they pulled me and just to see all those yards, it was tough because I felt I could have helped out a little bit. They were teliing me while the game is going on ‘be ready, be ready, be ready’ — all right, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready. Even at halftime they came up and said ‘need you this half’ and I said ‘all right, I’m cool’ and nothing happened.”
ALSO — We were told a little while ago that Kent Baer won’t be avaiable to the media today due to a prior appointment. I would point out that Baer has been available after every game this year and most weeks during the season so I wouldn’t assume he’s just ducking out in tough times. But assuming this means we won’t have anything from Baer this week on here. Sorry.

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