By Will LeBlond
After leaving their mark on the Lansing High School Football program before graduating, the Davis twins are set on doing the same thing at Alfred State College.
The hard-hitting duo has been putting on the pads since 3rd grade and now, at the collegiate level, their tenacity is helping them find success.
“Ever since we started at a young age, we’ve been the smaller group,” said Owen Davis, who is listed as a defensive back for the Pioneers. “But we’ve always tried to stand out as athletes on the field.”
They stood out as Bobcats during their high school campaigns. Brandon, who is a linebacker and holds the all-time tackle record at Lansing, and Owen teamed up to help the team claim a divisional crown.
“One of my best memories is winning that division title,” said Owen. “That was a pretty big accomplishment.”
That memorable fall put an end to their high school careers, but their football dreams continued. Brandon, who was an All-State player during his high school days, was able to parlay that honor into some recruiting help.
“[The All-State honor] kind of got me exposed a little bit more; it was tough for us to stand out because of our size,” said Brandon. “We both have the same aggressive mentality of just trying to find the football.”
Even with coaches looking at them, it didn’t necessarily mean that the identical twins could venture on at the same school, but the puzzle pieces fell together perfectly.
“We didn’t grow up thinking that we both wanted to go to the same school,” said Brandon. “It just happened that way partially through the recruiting process and partially through what we wanted to do for schooling.”
The pair has already accomplished themselves off the gridiron in their first two years at Alfred State. Brandon has already obtained an associate’s degree in electrical construction, while Owen has earned the same degree in sports management.
On the field, they had an intimidating welcome to the big world of college football.
“It’s a faster paced game for sure,” said Owen. “Coming in as a freshman, you’re always going to be under sized compared to guys who are 21- and 22-years-old, and it was a big learning experience.”
“We got thrown into the fire our freshman year,” added Brandon. “We came in with brand new coaches and pretty much a brand new team, because they had just transferred from a junior college into a Division III college.”
They have been through the challenges of playing for a new program, as the Pioneers have notched just a pair of victories during their two years as a NCAA Division III program. Playing with a young team, both of them have had good opportunities to show what they can do.
Owen was able to find time with the special teams unit during his first two seasons, while Brandon has been a force on the team’s linebacker corps. He put up 99 tackles last season, which would have broken a school record, but his teammate, Steven Hubick, ended the year with 110 to hold the honor. With a pair of years of eligibility left, Brandon’s goal is to claim the program’s career tackle record, just like the distinction he holds back at Lansing.
Going into their junior years now, they have their sights set on continuing to grow the program and on working towards bachelor’s degrees as well. Alfred State, who will be joining the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference beginning this fall, will open up the 2017 campaign on August 31 on the road against the Coast Guard. Then they will return home on September 9 for their home opener against Hartwick.