Talking Army football: Senior WR Davyd Brooks

Newburgh’s Davyd Brooks enters his second season as a starting wide receiver at West Point.

Brooks had 15 catches as a junior, none bigger than a 22-yard reception to seal Army’s 16-14 win over SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl in December. Brooks talks about the catch, being a senior leader and what it’s like playing wide receiver for the Black Knights. For more on Brooks, check out this video.

On being one of seven seniors left from his prep-school class

“We had a very talented class especially coming in from prep school. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of those guys for many different reasons. It was a hit to a lot of us because they were are close friends. We decided we were going to stick it out together.”

On how much he worked on catching the football in the summer

“As many chances as I could. I didn’t have a quarterback around but you just find somebody than can throw a spiral. Just random people. It wasn’t my teammates. They can’t throw. I always had a football in the car, bring one out. I always made sure I brought a football with me and I found some soldiers that could throw a spiral and have a catch with them.”

On his game-sealing Armed Forces Bowl catch

“I’ve watched it (the replays), not much. My big focus is moving on. You can’t get stuck in the past. Once that play is over, overall, collectively as a team it was a great play. Now we have to move on. We had a good season now we are going to have a great season.”

On his team expectations this season

“You got to raise (the bar) higher. You got to expect more of yourself. You have to look at the mistakes you’ve made and make sure they don’t happen again. If a few things go differently, we win more games last year. We have all of the potential in the world to do big things this year.”

On his mentality as a wide receiver

“You have to have the mentality that you can compete with anyone. I learned that pretty fast in high school, you can’t play if you think someone is better than you. You have to have the mentality that I’m the best guy on this field. You never think you are not as good…I can always do everything better. I want to block better, catch better, run harder.”

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