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Playoff profile: Jesuit RB Kevin Newman

Jesuit senior Kevin Newman has help — from cousin Malik Davis — in the running game this season.
Jesuit senior Kevin Newman has help — from cousin Malik Davis — in the running game this season.
Published Nov. 19, 2014

With 1,694 rushing yards during the past two season, Kevin Newman is used to being Jesuit's go-to guy.

This year, however, the senior running back is learning to share the spotlight.

Since he's sharing it with Malik Davis, that's perfectly fine with Newman.

Davis leads the Tigers with 1,480 yards, and Newman, a 5-foot-11 senior, helps carry the load, rushing for 444. The pair have combined for 22 of Jesuit's 33 total touchdowns. Davis, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, is known for more explosive plays, averaging more than 8 yards per carry, while Newman is more of a power back.

"I like to do more of an inside thing up the middle. Malik, he can go in, but he's more of an outside guy," said Newman, who has offers from FIU, Ball State, Elon and Richmond. "It allows both of us to stay fresh the whole game."

Newman and Davis are cousins and grew up seeing each other at family cookouts and on the football field, even playing on the same little league teams in elementary school.

Friday, the pair will be front and center in Jesuit's Class 5A region semifinal against Spoto.

And though the two running backs don't have the same style, coach Matt Thompson thinks they might not be so different after all.

"They're similar in the fact that they both have great vision," Thompson said, "and they can see the holes and make it to them."

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