Cal junior receiver Trevor Davis, who injured his neck in an incident against UCLA last Saturday that hushed the crowd at Memorial Stadium, said he feels “a lot better,” but still has some pain and stiffness and has no timetable to return to action.
In his first meeting with reporters since the injury, Davis said he has more rotation in his neck and is getting regular treatment. But he still appeared a bit stiff, even rotating his shoulders a bit – not just his head — as he turned to one direction or another.
“There’s still some pain I have to work out,” Davis said. “It’ll get better with time I think.”
Davis took a knee to the back of the neck while being tackled on a kickoff return with 3½ minutes left in the 36-34 loss to UCLA. He remained on the ground for at least 10 minutes, but said he knew sooner than that he was in no grave danger.
“Yeah, I was in shock for a while,” he explained. “I didn’t pass out or anything. It was pretty scary. After I started moving, I was really calm after that.”
By that time, with the crowd chanting “Tre-vor Dav-is,” he knew he’d better give them a quick diagnosis. He raised one arm and flashed a thumbs-up sign.
His dad was among those in the stadium, while his mother was watching on TV from home.
“I wanted everybody to know I’m OK, I could still move,” said Davis, who grew up in Martinez. “Family, too, they’re probably worrying. They probably want to see that, to know that I’m OK and my mom would stop freaking out.”
Davis was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be checked out, then was sent home around midnight. Coach Sonny Dykes said doctors confirmed Davis did not suffer an injury to his head, just a jammed neck.
By Sunday afternoon he was back at Memorial Stadium, greeting his teammates to make sure they knew he was OK.
Since then he’s received countless text messages, tweets and support from people he knows and those he’s never met.
“All the care from the Cal family . . . that’s crazy,” he said.
It won’t be surprising if Davis gets a few more cheers Friday night. Although it’s unclear when he will resume playing, Davis will be on the sideline at Levi’s Stadium for the Bears’ game against No. 6 Oregon.
He said he intends to try to help as a coach or a cheerleader. “At least as much as Coach will let me.”