Despite lack of reps, Davis twins standing out
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[rl]When Mike Riley convinced twins Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis to stick with their commitments to Nebraska following the coaching change, it was considered a major coup for the Huskers. Both defensive tackles were considered among the top players in the state of Missouri and were regarded as some of the gems of the 2015 class.
The hype surrounding them has quieted since the beginning of fall camp, but the twins have a lack of opportunities to blame for that. Defensive tackle is one of the deepest positions on the team. Vincent Valentine, Maliek Collins and Kevin Williams are all established players. Kevin Maurice has settled in with the second unit and Mick Stoltenberg has had some very nice moments. Givens Price also joined the fray after being moved over from offense last week.
The sheer amount of talent at the position has limited the reps the Davis twins have received, but Valentine warned onlookers not to confuse opportunity with talent.
"I feel like if they were here last year, they would have been thrown in with us," Valentine said. "I don't know what (the coaches') plans are to do with them, but if they want to play them, they can definitely get in there and play."
The two are almost always referred to in tandem, and there is reason for that. Both are listed on the roster as 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds and they play almost exclusively next to each other on the third team. Valentine said even their games are nearly identical.
"They're really good, but honestly I can't even tell them apart," Valentine said. "They're both high energy type of guys. They're strong, but they can be even stronger because they have nice frames to put on a lot of weight. I just like their hands.
"It's kind of hard to really tell them apart - they both kind of bring the same things to the table. They're both strong, stout type of guys. They'll be good in the future and I'm excited to see what they'll do."
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