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Flowery Branch grad Cortez Davis feeling right at home with University of Hawaii football team
Flowery Branch grad Cortez Davis takes the field before the University of Hawaii's football game against Oregon State on Saturday, Sept. 7. — Photo courtesy Neal Iwamoto

Cortez Davis is a perpetual technician of his craft while living in paradise. 

Far from where he graduated at Flowery Branch High, the University of Hawaii redshirt junior defensive back is constantly studying and practicing for his eventual dreams of a professional career playing football. As for living in Hawaii? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake. 

“Everything here in Hawaii is beautiful,” said Davis, who moved to Hawaii in January for his final two years of college eligibility. “The culture of the people is wonderful and everyone is so nice.”

However, his first priority is becoming the best lockdown cornerback possible. 

Sightseeing opportunities come when he’s got some time away from the practice field, film room and classroom. 

In 2019, Davis has made a lasting impression on his coaches with the Rainbow Warriors. 

Through two games, Davis has posted 12 tackles and two for a loss — almost evenly split between wins against Oregon State and Arizona. 

Davis’ best moment was when he broke up a pass over the middle against one of the Beavers’ most physical wide receivers. At 6-feet and 177 pounds, Davis gives up some size to some of the lankier Pac 12 wide receivers who typically range from 6-4 to 6-6. 

“I know the strength and speed of those guys I’m going against,” Davis said. “When I came in here last year, I just got to work at getting better.”

Despite being more than 4,000 miles from family, he’s comforted to know those closest to him are able to watch him play most games online, through either the Pac 12 Network or Facebook. The biggest moment will be when his parents and several aunts make the trip to Hawaii for the game against San Jose State on Nov. 9. The following week, those same family members will turn around and fly to Las Vegas for the Rainbow Warriors’ game against UNLV.

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