With five rushing touchdowns in a 52-14 defeat of Loreauville (La.) on Friday, University Lab (Baton Rouge) running back Nick Brossette tied Glen Davis' 10-year-old single-game school record. Yes, that Glen Davis. "Big Baby," who is off to a strong start for the Orlando Magic, was a 6-foot-6, 345-pound wrecking ball of a running back in high school.
On Oct. 12, 2002, Davis ran for 215 yards and five touchdowns in a 39-0 win over Jackson. Before earning a basketball scholarship to LSU, Davis played fullback, tight end and defensive end at University Lab. In addition to basketball and football he threw the shot put for the track team.
According to this 2007 New York Times piece, Davis was an agile big, uh, baby.
“For a very large man, he’s incredibly nifty,” said Wayne Williams, who coached Davis in football during his sophomore and junior years. “He’s very agile on his feet.”
The profile references grainy footage of Davis "hurdling a defender on a 20-yard touchdown run, sacking quarterbacks, catching passes and blocking for a tailback."
Unfortunately, the only "football" footage I could find of Davis on YouTube was shot with a cell phone -- and he wasn't actually playing football in it.
In 2009, Davis, who won an NBA title with Boston, told ESPN the Magazine, "When I become an All-Star in the NBA, when I become a great player in the NBA, then I'll try football. One of my dreams has always been to play football."
Through nine games this season, Davis is averaging 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, both career-highs. Do your part and vote Davis into the All-Star Game. He's got an NFL career to get started.