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UND FOOTBALL: Sioux land California juco running back

At Santa Rosa Junior College, Jarrel Davis was a multi-purpose player that did more than run the football and catch the football. "He also made the pass protection calls for our offensive line," Santa Rosa coach Keith Simons said. The Santa Rosa ...

At Santa Rosa Junior College, Jarrel Davis was a multi-purpose player that did more than run the football and catch the football.

"He also made the pass protection calls for our offensive line," Santa Rosa coach Keith Simons said.

The Santa Rosa coach said Davis is a "player that can do a lot of things. And he's smart."

Davis committed to UND last week and will be in the Sioux fall camp when it opens Aug. 6 at Memorial Stadium.

The addition of Davis, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will help shore up UND's depth at running back, which took a hit in the spring after last season's leading rusher Josh Murray was suspended because of academics.

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Davis is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound back that rushed for 397 yards on 63 carries and five touchdowns last season. He also caught 43 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns on a team that finished 8-3 in the Northern California Football Association.

The Sioux will get a back with good speed, Simons added.

Davis' time in the 40 reportedly is 4.3 seconds. "That's on a real good day," Simons said.

Simons said there has been considerable recruiting interest in Davis.

"He got a lot of (recruiting) action late," Simons said.

Simons said Santa Rosa had 26 players that signed with four-year football programs.

Davis was a key player for a Santa Rosa offense that led the league in scoring (42.0 points per game). The Bear Cubs also produced a league-best 472.4 yards of offense per game.

"Jarrel was part of an offense that was second in the country in scoring," Simons said. "He's used to lining up and putting the ball in the end zone.

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"And he plays in a great conference. He's playing against Division I-type players every game."

UND will open its season Sept. 5 at Texas Tech.

Nelson reports on sports. Reach him at (701) 780-1268; (800) 477-6572, ext. 268; or send e-mail to wnelson@gfherald.com .

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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