A new chapter in Bobby Davis’ football career begins this coming week.
Starting Tuesday, the 22-year-old slotback will be in Vancouver to practise with the B.C. Lions on a week-to-week basis.
Davis, in his fifth and final BCFC season with the Okanagan Sun, will continue to play for his junior team on weekends.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Davis joins Sun teammate and defensive lineman Steven Doege, who has been working out with the Lions weekly since the start of the 2012 season.
Davis, who has also played quarterback and defensive back during his time with the Sun, is grateful for the opporunity.
“It’s always been a childhood dream to get some professional football experience, so it’s really hasn’t set in yet, I’m sure once I head down to Vancouver and start practicing a little bit on the practice squad maybe it’ll set in a bit more,” said Davis, a Mt. Boucherie grad who attended a Lions evaluation camp this spring. “At this point I’m still pretty humble about it, I’m really excited to have the opportunity.”
Lions junior scout Tyler McLaren said the CFL club has had his eyes on Davis for some time.
“What we like about Bobby, and we saw this in the April event (Lions evaluation camp), was the athleticism that he has and when he came down here to play receiver he turned some heads even though he didn’t have a lot of receiving experience,” McLaren said. “He’s very natural, very athletic and performed very well and that led to watching him for the first half of the season in the BCFC and obviously what he’s done so far has turned some heads as well.”
While with the Lions, Davis will get reps as a slot back, as well run with the special teams.