A day after saying he would ”do the same thing again,” Texas wide receiver Mike Davis issued a new apology Tuesday for a cut block against Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield that drew a personal foul penalty and a public reprimand of Davis from the Big 12.
In a statement issued by Texas officials, Davis offered a ”full apology” for the play and his comments.
”Most of all, I would like to apologize to Deon. He’s a great player, and I would like to make sure he knows that my intent was never to hurt him, and that I am not that kind of player,” Davis said. ”Again, I am sorry for what happened on the field and everything that has happened around that. Also, I would like to apologize to Commissioner (Bob) Bowlsby and the Big 12.”
Davis’ block came on a Texas scoring play in the Longhorns’ 31-30 victory last week. Davis leaned low to cut block Broomfield at the left knee after a Longhorns running back had scored and the play was over. The block almost immediately was highlighted in replays on and websites as a dirty play.
Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday that Davis ”was wrong” to throw the block after the whistle, but also noted the play was a ”run-pass” option that called for Davis to throw that block if the quarterback had thrown to the receiver to the outside.
Davis said Monday he was glad Broomfield wasn’t hurt, but also suggested the defender wasn’t playing hard.
”If we have another run-pass situation, I’d do the same thing again,” Davis said. ”If the (defender) is loafing, he deserves to be cut.”
The Big 12 reviewed the play and could have suspended Davis for this week’s game against No. 12 Oklahoma in Dallas. Davis has 26 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns. The league instead issued a public reprimand.
”I would like to provide a full retraction of anything I said that wasn’t apologetic for the play last Thursday, and that I completely understand and accept the reprimand by the Big 12,” Davis said.