But this week, as the Trojans prepare to play
Davis rushed for 130 yards in a victory over rival
"I might have been as happy as he was," Davis said, when asked about his reaction to Helton's hiring. "I have always loved Coach Helton since he was recruiting me."
Davis said he also loved Helton's style of run-first football.
"With all the physicalness that we're bringing, I'm having a great time now," Davis said. "The one thing he preaches to us is downhill running the ball. We're going to come right at you and you guys are going to have to stop us."
Stanford defeated USC, 41-31, in a conference opener in September, but Davis insisted that it's a different team that the Cardinal will face Saturday.
"Earlier in the season we didn't know what our identity was, what didn't know what we were doing," he said. "We established an identity with the stuff that [Helton] is preaching and I think we have a lot more confidence."