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    Drew Davidson
    Player Profile
    Class:
    Sophomore

    Hometown:
    West Des Moines, Iowa

    High School:
    Dowling

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 190

    Position:
    OF

    Birthdate:
    05/07/1982

    B/T:
    R/R

    2002 - Voted the University of Illinois Male Newcomer of the Year . . . Earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors and third-team All-Big Ten accolades . . . Ranked among Illinois’ all-time freshman leaders in average (8th/.341), hits (5th/59) and home runs (4th/10) . . . Led off three of Illinois’ first 11 games with a home run and collected at least one hit in 22 of Illinois’ first 25 games . . . First freshman in Coach Jones’ tenure at Illinois to start the season in the leadoff slot of the order . . . Set team individual game highs for home runs (2) and total bases (8) . . . Had 15 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games . . . Was 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Illinois’ series finale against Michigan State . . . Went 2-for-4 with three runs in the series opener versus Minnesota . . . Went 2-for-3 with two walks against Eastern Illinois in his first game back from a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the Michigan series . . . Separated his non-throwing shoulder diving for a fly ball at Indiana State, forcing him to miss four games . . . Went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI against Western Illinois in midweek action . . . Drove in two RBI with his eighth home run in the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader against Purdue . . . Went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in the series finale vs. Purdue . . . Hit two homeruns and drove in three in his Big Ten debut against Indiana . . . Went 4-for-5 against Massachusetts while scoring one in an extra inning win on the Spring Trip . . . Hit his third leadoff homer in five games against Dartmouth . . . Started the Louisville game off with a homer while going 2-for-5 on the day . . . Hit his first two home runs of his Illinois career while going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs against Kent State . . . Went 3-for-4 and scored twice in the series finale against UTPA . . . Went 2-for-5 and scored a run against Texas Pan-American in game two of the series . . . Collected his first career hit with a single in the season opener at Texas-Pan American . . . Named a Northwoods League All-Star after hitting .285 with three home runs and 41 RBI for the Northwoods League Champion Waterloo Bucks.

    High School - Earned 10 varsity letters in high school: five in baseball, four in football and one in track . . . Won three state titles in high school: two in baseball (1999 and 2001) and one in football (2000) . . . Also made three other appearances in state tournaments, two in football (1998, ’99) and one in baseball (2000) . . . Won two state titles in one school year, taking home the state football and baseball championships as a senior . . . Hit .509 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI as a senior . . . Hit a home run in the 2001 state title game, leading his team to the championship, and had four homers over the course of the postseason . . . A career .443 hitter with 35 career home runs . . . As an eighth grader earned second-team all-conference honors for the varsity team in 1997 and was named first-team all-conference the next four years . . . Also named an all-district outfielder three-straight years by the Iowa High School Coaches Association and was named first-team all-state by the same group in 2000 and ’01 . . . Named first-team all-state by the Des Moines Register in 2001 . . . Selected to the elite all-state team . . . Also an all-conference defensive back in football his junior and senior seasons.

    Personal - Parents are David and Lisa Davidson . . . Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a pre-Med emphasis . . . Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 46th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft . . . One of four in his senior class at Dowling to go on to play Division I baseball . . . Lists biggest thrill in sports as winning his high school’s first football state championship in 2000 . . . Five-time academic all-conference selection and was on the honor roll 12 quarters of high school . . . Served as a student ambassador at Dowling and was named the Kiwanis Club Student of the Month during his senior year . . . Uncle, Rod Burnett, played football as a defensive back and running back for Central Missouri State University . . . Hobbies include sports, hunting, drawing and cooking . . . Plans after finishing school include playing professional baseball or becoming an orthopedic surgeon . . . Lists his father, David, as the biggest influence on his athletic career because “from the time I could throw a ball and swing a bat he had me in the backyard working on my game. He was always there for support.”

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