Walker, Davis revitalizing Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson's combination of quarterback Tymir Walker and wide receiver Dae'shon Davis has helped the Tigers turn around a team that finished 0-10 last season. At left, Davis hauls in a touchdown pass against Highland. Above, Walker is tackled in the same game. The two have teamed up for six touchdown passes for Wilson (1-1). TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Woodrow Wilson's combination of quarterback Tymir Walker and wide receiver Dae'shon Davis has helped the Tigers turn around a team that finished 0-10 last season. At left, Davis hauls in a touchdown pass against Highland. Above, Walker is tackled in the same game. The two have teamed up for six touchdown passes for Wilson (1-1). TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Posted: October 03, 2013

A lot has changed for Woodrow Wilson senior quarterback Tymir Walker since last season.

Starting with the return of Dae'shon Davis.

"That was huge," Walker said of Davis' decision to reenroll at Woodrow Wilson after spending his junior year at Camden High School.

Walker said he and Davis have a "connection" on the field that dates to their days as 7-year-olds playing for the Staley Park Panthers in Camden's Centerville section.

Davis said the pair have a unique bond.

"We have something that nobody can break," Davis said of his rapport with his quarterback.

Through two games, Walker and Davis have revitalized the Woodrow Wilson football team.

After going 0-10 last season, the Tigers are 1-1, averaging 30.5 points and playing with confidence entering Saturday's home game against Camden Catholic (1-2).

Walker is among South Jersey's leading passers. He has completed 23 of 46 passes for 431 yards and six touchdowns.

Davis is among South Jersey's leading receivers. He has 13 catches for 360 yards and six touchdowns, tied with Timber Creek's Adonis Jennings for tops in the area.

"The difference from last year to this year - oh my goodness," said Wilson second-year coach Thomas Tapeh, a former Eagles fullback. "Those two guys are working their tails off. They are leading the way."

Walker started all 10 games last season, completing 71 of 168 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. He took his lumps as the Tigers scored just 116 points and lost every game except one by at least 20 points (the exception was a 15-point loss).

"It was tough," Walker said of the 2012 season. "You had guys acting like they didn't even want to play anymore. This year is a lot different. Guys are working a lot harder."

Tapeh said Walker was a leader for the Tigers in offseason workouts.

"He must have added 20 pounds," Tapeh said of the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Walker.

Davis spent his freshman and sophomore years at Woodrow Wilson, attended Camden as a junior, and returned to Wilson this past summer.

Davis is just 5-7 and around 160 pounds, but his speed, quickness out of breaks, and ability to adjust to the football in the air have made him one of South Jersey's most productive receivers.

Davis said the key has been his relationship with Walker.

"He just knows where I'm going to be and knows where to put the ball," Davis said.

Both athletes said the Tigers are determined this season to rebuild the program's reputation after the difficulties of 2012.

"We want people to know we're Woodrow Wilson," Davis said. "We're not last year's team. We're going to make a mark."


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