Despite the fact that he was publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 for his hit on Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield last week, Texas wide receiver Mike Davis didn't seem to think he did anything wrong.
After Joe Bergeron gave the Longhorns a 24-20 lead with a six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Davis hit Broomfield at his knees after the whistle was blown. Davis, who avoided a suspension, was not contrite when addressing the hit Monday.
"If we have another run-pass situation, I'd do the same thing," Davis said. "If the DB's loafing, he deserves to get cut... It was crazy. I think people took it out of proportion and took it too far. It really wasn't that bad."
Texas head coach Mack Brown showed the hit to the entire team Saturday and, while claiming Davis is not a malicious player, did not like what he saw.
"Mike was wrong," Brown said. "I had not seen the play immediately after the game... We've talked to him and we'll show him on tape."
Davis took to Twitter after the game, explaining that the play-call was an option to either hand it off to Bergeron or throw it on a wide receiver screen. His job was to block his man and he claimed he wasn't aware it was a run play until it was too late.
"I don't have a history of being a dirty player & have never been called one. The tape without knowledge of the circumstances is unfair," Davis tweeted Friday afternoon. "Check the tape & you can see our other WR is also blocking his defender. I did exactly what we are taught to... do on a WR screen."
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby disagreed.
"Mr. Davis' action was in violation of the rule prohibiting physically abusive acts toward an opponent's team members during a contest," Bowlsby said in a statement Saturday. "Given the heightened emphasis on player safety, unnecessary and illegal acts such as this have no place in the game and are unacceptable."