Some college rivalries don’t stop at the pros. Just ask Ashtyn Davis.
Davis, a third-round pick out of Cal, is looking forward to facing a former conference rival on Sunday in Justin Herbert. After spending time going against one another in the Pac-12, they ended up on opposite sides of the country following the 2020 NFL draft. While their matchups at the next level will be few and far between, the two rookies face off on Sunday when the Jets travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers following a much-needed bye week.
Week 11 presents itself as an opportunity for Davis, who is looking to add another interception off the former Oregon quarterback to his resume. Last season, Davis picked off Herbert, which ended his streak of throwing 176 straight passes without an interception. However, Oregon did hold onto a 17-7 win, so Davis and the Jets are hoping for a different result on a much different stage.
“I’m really excited to play him again,” Davis said of Herbert, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “I picked him off last year and asked him to throw me one again. We’ll see.”
While Davis is hopeful for another interception, Herbert takes care of the football quite well for a rookie quarterback. The Chargers starter has completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,333 yards with 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Davis, meanwhile, is coming off the best performance of his young career. Against the Patriots in Week 9, Davis registered five tackles and a pass defense in only his third career start at safety. He also sacked Cam Newton, but it was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty, although he was not fined for the hit in question.