BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In the wake of LSU's recent passing struggles, many Tiger fans find themselves longing for the days of Rohan Davey and his rocket arm. Davey was a tremendous leader and quarterback for the Tigers, especially during the 2001 season when he passed 3,347 yards and helped lead LSU to their first SEC Championship in 13 years.
During the Tigers' 47-34 Sugar Bowl drubbing of Illinois that year in New Orleans, Davey torched the Illini for 444 yards through the air and fired three touchdowns. And while some recall the Jamaican native as a great game day quarterback, that perhaps wasn't very good at practice, one of Davey's top LSU targets says that's hardly the case.
"Not at all," smiles and laughs former Tiger wide receiver Michael Clayton. "The worst thing about Rohan at practice, was that maybe his balls were a little bit wobbly. But they were still coming. He was always a tremendous leader, each and every day. I can never remember a day that Rohan Davey wasn't the set in stone, cornerstone of our team."
As a true freshman in 2001, Clayton made 47 catches, for 754 yards and six touchdowns. During a 35-21 win at Alabama that season, Davey passed for a school record 528 yards against the Crimson Tide and Clayton made seven catches for 126 yards. Clayton says the way Davey treated teammates off the field was also vital to LSU's success.
"He took care of every person, every guy," Clayton continues. "If a guy was hungry, he was the guy that went out and got a burger, fed everybody. He made sure everyone stayed on the right track."
Davey earned two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady's backup in 2003 and 2004. More recently, he's spent time in the Arena Football League with the New York Dragons, Cleveland Gladiators and San Antonio Talons.
Just recently, the 37-year-old Davey was at Nicholls State helping younger players at the Pro Football Combine Camp.