Bear Spotlight: Johnny Davidson and Jarrod Huther

Bear Spotlight: Johnny Davidson and Jarrod Huther

By Chris Mitchell
Assistant AD for Communications

The No. 24-ranked Washington University in St. Louis football team hosts No. 5 North Central College (Ill.) Saturday at Francis Olympic Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (CT).

Senior quarterback Johnny Davidson and senior linebacker Jarrod Huther reflected on the past four years at WashU with Assistant AD for Communications Chris Mitchell.

JOHNNY DAVIDSON
Why did you choose to come to WashU?
I chose to come to WashU to be able to excel in the classroom and on the field. Everyone at WashU cares about one another, and everyone does everything they can to help you succeed. Over my past three years here, I have had countless coaches, teachers, and peers help me get to where I am today. 

What NFL player do you model your game after?
I try to model my game after both Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. Both of them are undersized quarterbacks but play with a lot of heart and put themselves in the best position to succeed. They always work hard and play with an underdog mentality, which is something that has always driven me while I have played.

What do you enjoy most about playing quarterback?
What I enjoy most about playing QB is helping put others in a position to be successful. I do my best to work as hard as possible before the game and make the right decisions during the game to help our team win. I do my best to keep the offense levelheaded during the game and to make sure we're playing with the same mentality no matter what the score is.

Do you consider yourself a quarterback or punter? Or both?
I consider myself both a quarterback and a punter. Having the ability to help the team out in two different facets of the game is important to me. It's comforting to know that if I have a bad offensive series, I know I can make up for it with a great punt. 

What have you learned from playing under head coach Larry Kindbom? 
While playing under Coach K, I have learned to be a servant leader rather than just the person with the loudest voice. Coach K has shown me that great leaders don't just tell others what to do, but they help others complete the task at hand. No one is bigger than the program, and everyone is as important to the program as anyone else.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I have recently accepted a full-time position as a Consultant for Protiviti in Chicago, Illinois.

JARROD HUTHER
Why did you choose to come to WashU?
I chose WashU because it allowed me to pursue an excellent academic experience, balanced with the ability to compete at a high level through football.

What NFL player do you model your game after?
I try and model my game after Leighton Vander Esch.

What do you enjoy most about playing linebacker?
What I like most about playing linebacker is the variety, from stopping the run to dropping into pass coverage, there's always enough there to keep me on my toes.

What have you learned from playing under head coach Larry Kindbom?
I've learned the value of prioritizing my commitments; Coach K has always been a big advocate of knowing your priorities, and I place a lot of value on that philosophy.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan on pursuing my Master's in Electrical Engineering as well as a career in the Defense and Aerospace industry via Boeing.