Tide's Davis embraces daddy, football roles

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama defensive end Luther Davis is
tackling big roles on and off the field.

The Crimson Tide senior appears likely to become a starter for
the first time after three years in a reserve role. He's also
helping raise twin boys, who are nearing their first birthdays and
have lived with him since January.

Davis says he called his sons before Alabama's opening preseason
practice on Thursday just to hear them say "Dah-dah."
He says they inspire him on the field.
Quarterback Greg McElroy predicts Davis will be "a bigtime
contributor this year."
Davis is a front-runner to replace Lorenzo Washington in the
starting lineup.