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October 7, 2013Texas senior receiver Mike Davis on Monday apologized for a cut-block of Iowa State DB Deon Broomfield after the whistle that drew a public reprimand (no suspension) from the Big 12 office.
"I'm sorry that I blocked after the whistle and understand why the Big 12 reprimanded me for that," Davis said. "Honestly, it was so loud in there and I just didn't hear the whistle."
Video replays showed Davis throwing his body at the left knee of Broomfield after the whistle, while Broomfield was simply standing in the end zone.
Davis said he was happy Broomfield wasn't injured on the play, which came in the third quarter of Texas' 31-30 victory over the Cyclones last Thursday.
Davis said the play in question - a 6-yard touchdown run up the middle by Texas RB Joe Bergeron - was a run-pass option.
Davis said he didn't hear the whistle and didn't know if the play was a run or a screen pass because he had his back to the play.
"I feel bad about that and I'm glad that Deon didn't get hurt," Davis said. "I was playing to the whistle, doing my job blocking for (Jaxon) Shipley on the screen pass in a play that had a run-pass option and I just didn't hear the whistle.
"After seeing what happened, I feel really bad and know that I was wrong. Coaches made that clear to me to and I have to learn and grow from that. But again, I did not intentionally block after the play was over and I'm happy that he wasn't hurt."
Davis said he was surprised by the reaction on social media to his cut-block, which drew a personal foul flag during the game.
"I think people blew it out of proportion and took it too far," Davis said. "It really wasn't that bad."
Davis said a cut-block in that situation is "what I've been taught to do."
When asked if he found himself in the exact same situation, if he'd cut-block again, Davis said:
"If we have another run-pass situation, I'd do the same thing. If the DB's loafing, he's going to get cut."
Davis clarified that such a block would happen before the whistle - provided he could hear the whistle.