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Niners' 6-foot-5 20-year-old to make history

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08:07 AM ET 08.13 | At 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, "newly anointed starter" Anthony Davis is about to become the youngest offensive lineman ever to start a 49ers game. The rookie right tackle from Rutgers will be 20 years, 11 months and 29 days old when the 49ers play their regular-season opener on Sept. 12. He is a full year younger than the previous youngest lineman to start for the 49ers. Roland Lakes was 21 years, 11 months and 24 days old when he suited up in 1961. Don't offer Davis a toast to his accomplishment. He's is not allowed to drink champagne. The rookie is, however, wise enough to know his place this training camp. "Come in and listen to the vets and try to not make the same mistake twice," Davis said. "You have to stay focused and be coachable and listen and believe in yourself."

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August 13, 2010  08:16 AM ET

This is one of those 'luck of the draw', 'win by just showing up' records.

August 13, 2010  08:19 AM ET

"youngest offensive lineman ever to start a 49ers game"... This is the definition of a slow news day...

August 13, 2010  08:24 AM ET

I just wanted to post something in order to run up my count.

Otherwise, I have nothing on this particular thread.

(There, koko blue - feel better?)

August 13, 2010  09:07 AM ET

You have to stay focused? really. sort of like game commentators when they say "he made that catch with his hands. he's so athletic." and how else could he make a catch, with his pancreas?

August 13, 2010  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is one of those 'luck of the draw', 'win by just showing up' records.

Not really, being able to start at 20 in the NFL shows that the guy is a stud. That being said, he's gonna struggle like all rooks though.

August 13, 2010  09:09 AM ET
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Not really, being able to start at 20 in the NFL shows that the guy is a stud. That being said, he's gonna struggle like all rooks though.

BS. It shows a genetic predisposition that he was able to take advantage of. So now we're going to award plaudits and records for genetics?

August 13, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I just wanted to post something in order to run up my count. Otherwise, I have nothing on this particular thread. (There, koko blue - feel better?)

You could buy a shirt or t-shirt from that one dude who getting the free add's.

August 13, 2010  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

BS. It shows a genetic predisposition that he was able to take advantage of. So now we're going to award plaudits and records for genetics?

You could make the argument about all athletes. Why single out Davis?

August 13, 2010  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You could make the argument about all athletes. Why single out Davis?

Follow the conversation instead of cherry-picking one comment and you might just figure it out.

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August 13, 2010  10:23 AM ET

Go Niners!

August 13, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is not necessarily a good thing for most teams... hopefully this guy is better than advertised...

You think.....

August 13, 2010  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Follow the conversation instead of cherry-picking one comment and you might just figure it out.

You mean follow the 3 comments in the conversation? Hardly cherry picking, but since you have a hard-on for it ...

You're claiming that this isn't noteworthy because of Davis' genetic predisposition. Given the relatively small number of players who've made it to the NFL before turning 21, let alone starting on the offensive line, I'd say it does warrant some attention. It's not being given the attention of breaking any major records and giving the guy automatic enshrinement in Canton. It was given a small article in a local paper.

All athletes have some genetic predisposition, so Davis is hardly alone is this regard. However, unlike at the "skill positions", it's not too often that an offensive lineman comes out early, let alone jumps right into the fray. That alone usually merits attention, presidposition or not.

August 13, 2010  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

BS. It shows a genetic predisposition that he was able to take advantage of. So now we're going to award plaudits and records for genetics?

You give a stupid argument. All pro level athletes have a high level of athletic ability, an athlete that can be successful at an earlier age than other players bodes well for that player. Lebron James, the best basketball player in the universe was instantly successful at 18 years old, I guess that didn't work out very well though!?! Oh wait, he's just the most sought after commodity in pro sports. As for Davis, he hasn't proven anything YET, but if he has success in the regular season as a 21/22 year old that would be quite impressive. And no one is handing out awards, simply stating that the guy is good for how young he is.

August 13, 2010  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You could buy a shirt or t-shirt from that one dude who getting the free add's.

Comment #3 got pulled, to bad...I wanted a polo.

August 13, 2010  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Go Niners!

Its looking up 9ers fan.

August 13, 2010  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Comment #3 got pulled, to bad...I wanted a polo.

Dang it!

August 13, 2010  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Dang it!

First come first serve. Better luck next time fellas.

August 13, 2010  04:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

First come first serve. Better luck next time fellas.

Don't worry ... they'll be back tomorrow ... and the next day ... and the next day ...

 
August 13, 2010  05:13 PM ET

Now they just caused a reason to go back and question whether or not he cheated himself through school early. Maybe they should erase the school's records and take all of the scholarships and recruitment perks. Then he can tell everybody that is why he didn't win the Heisman.

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