Joe Davis FBH-Ellensburg

Joe Davis of Ellensburg High School on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Amanda Ray, Yakima Herald-Republic) Joe Davis of Ellensburg High School on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Amanda Ray, Yakima Herald-Republic)

Joe Davis doesn't mind being front and center.

Not in an attention-grabbing, spotlight-seeking kind of way.

The Ellensburg senior simply wants to do what he can to help and lead, whether it's with the football team or somewhere else in the school or community.

So much so that not even a knee injury has kept him away from his football teammates this summer.

"I still feel part of the team," said Davis, who had surgery on July 30 to repair a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee and will be sidelined until early October. "I go to all the practices and workouts. I know it's tough, but I'm still very involved."

His coach is not surprised.

"That's the type of kid he is. He'll be there, no question," Randy Affholter said. "These are the type of kids you want to have around. He still shows up and wants to be a part of what we're doing."

Although he's sidelined, for the most part, in football, Davis will keep plenty busy at school after being elected ASB student body president in the spring.

After being prodded by last year's president - and fellow football player - Elliot Hougardy, Davis said he turned in the paperwork on the final day to file and ultimately won. Now, Davis is excited for this new challenge.

"It's my last year, so I want to make it great," he said. "I think back on all the influential things that have come through high school and, for me, I want to give back to the high school that's given so much to me,

"A lot of people appreciate it when you try to help, whether it's at the high school or elsewhere."

"He's not afraid to step out in front of others," Affholter said, "and that's not too easy these days."

Once he gets back on the football field, Davis, who is also a track and field standout who finished ninth in the Class 2A state long jump this past spring despite that knee injury, will be more than just a leader.

Davis, at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds (before the surgery), will move from receiver to tight end and to outside linebacker to make best use of his size and quickness, Affholter said, adding that he's confident Davis will make plays despite missing preseason practices.

"The biggest thing, Joe is very coachable," he said. "He'll do what we ask and not question why. He was willing to move around and within a week (of the switches), he understood what we wanted from him."

Still, those early weeks of the season will be a tough adjustment.

"It'll be hard for sure. I want to get back out there but I've got to assume a different position for now," he said. "Instead of being a leader on the field, I'll be a leader on the sidelines."

Affholter welcomes any presence Davis provides, saying, "We'll figure something out."

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