QB NICK DAVILA completed a season best 35-of-42 passing attempts for 361 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception in a Week Seven win over the Utah Blaze (67-61, OT) to garner National Guard MVP game honors.
After one of his best performances as a Rattler, Davila must prepare to face his old team in Spokane when the Rattlers (6-0) take on the Shock (2-4) at 7 p.m. on Saturday night (April 30) at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
In two seasons (2008-2009) with the Shock, Davila compiled a 38-3 record and captured the 2009 ArenaCup championship before the team was brought up from arenafootball2 to the Arena Football League. Since his AFL debut in 2010 with the Arizona Rattlers, Davila is 16-7 as a starter and has logged 138 touchdowns to only 24 interceptions while capturing AFL records for rookie passing yards (4,858), touchdowns (102) and completion percentage (67.3%).
RATTLERS: You face your former team this week; does that change your approach to the game?
DAVILA: For me it’s just another game. You have to go in there and treat it like that – going in there and playing hard no matter who you’re playing. As a quarterback we’re 0-0.
RATTLERS: What would you say is your best attribute as a quarterback? What are you working on?
DAVILA: Right now I’m making some pretty good decisions and I’m not turning the ball over and that’s one of the biggest things a quarterback needs to do. I’m always trying to increase my completions.
RATTLERS: Can you tell fans a little about GM/HEAD COACH KEVIN GUY’s style, and what he has taught you?
DAVILA: He’s taught me a lot about defenses. When I first came here, I thought I knew it all. Defense-wise he has taught me a lot about coverages and how they will react to different formations. I’ve really benefited a lot in that aspect since coming to Arizona.
RATTLERS: What does it take to strive for success in this league as a quarterback?
DAVILA: You have to put in the extra work off the field; you have to stretch, watch film, take care of your body and always keep working.
RATTLERS: What was the hardest thing for you to adjust to coming out of playing football at the University of Cincinnati to playing in the AFL?
DAVILA: Definitely the speed of the game and how small the field is. You have to make the decisions really quickly in arena ball.
RATTLERS: What has been your most memorable experience as a football player?
DAVILA: Probably my first college start against Rutgers [University] when they were ranked in the Top-10 and we upset them 30-11 (Davila was 11-of-15 for 277 yards, throwing for a TD and running for a TD). Hopefully we can put something together this season that tops that.
RATTLERS: Are there any quarterbacks or other athletes you looked up to as you were growing up?
DAVILA: I’ve always had a lot of respect for John Elway even though I’m a Raiders fan, and Steve Young. Unfortunately most of the Raiders quarterbacks weren’t too good.
RATTLERS: If you weren’t playing sports, what would you want to do as a career?
DAVILA: Probably coach, I do a lot of coaching in the off-season. I have my degree in history, so I would like to be a history teacher and a coach.