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Redblacks QB Davis watched and learned from Winnipeg's Nichols

Before Friday night’s Battle of the 2-and-0s, Dominique Davis and Matt Nichols talked about their admiration for each other … and their friendship.

For three seasons, 2015-17, Davis was an understudy to Nichols as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback. Davis watched, for the most part, and learned. When the Ottawa Redblacks offered him a contract before the 2018 season, Davis accepted the new opportunity. A year later, he’s the Redblacks’ starting quarterback, while Nichols is the No. 1 for the Bombers.

“He’s the best quarterback I’ve seen as far as processing information, that’s something I try to take away and implement into my game,” said Davis when asked about Nichols. “That whole organization taught me everything I know now. Ottawa’s been doing a great job of keeping me sharp on that stuff, but I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for (Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator Paul) LaPolice, (quarterback coach) Buck Pierce and O’Shea.”

When asked about Davis, Nichols replied: “Dom’s a guy who works extremely hard, he was always picking my brain. He’s waited for his turn. He’s always had the best attitude of being a team-first guy. His physical abilities are pretty easy for everyone to see. He can run around and make every throw — he has a strong arm. He has worked his way into this position and a lot of times that’s the best way to go about it.”

Blue Bombers coach Mike O’Shea was asked about the early success Davis had with Ottawa: “On a personal level, I’m happy for him. He wasn’t going to get that opportunity behind Matt Nichols.”

When it came time for Friday night’s game, any friendship was pushed aside.

“It’s family outside the lines, but inside the lines things are different,” said Davis. “Each team is trying to get a W.”


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