Chat with former Hawaii WR Davone Bess
Bess, a junior who left school early to enter the draft, increased his receiving yards and pass catches each year at Hawaii. He also accumulated over 1,000 receiving yards in all three years. In his junior year, he caught a team-high 108 passes for 1,266 yards and 12 TD catches.
Bess also led the team in 2006 with 96 catches to go with his 1,220 yards and 15 TD catches. He was a favorite target of QB Colt Brennan his freshman year when he had 1,124 receiving yards and 14 TD catches.
According to Bess's Scouts Inc.'s draft profile, Bess "is quick, agile and reliable enough to develop into an effective No. 4 or possibly No. 3 receiver. He also displays some upside in the return game. However, Bess lacks ideal size and top-end speed. He also must prove he can produce working against a much higher level of competition and successfully transition to a pro-style offense."
Send in your questions now, then join Bess on Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:05 PM)
We should have Davone coming in soon for his chat!
Buzzmaster (2:13 PM)
We've got Davone!
Davone, What NFL WR do you compare yourself to?
Davone Bess (2:14 PM)
Right now, I would probably compare myself to Steve Smith or like a Santana Moss. I feel like I'm elusive. I'm good with the ball in my hand. I catch the ball very well and I'm in control in my routes.
Nick (New York)
how much did you enjoy playing with Colt at Hawaii?
Davone Bess (2:14 PM)
It was great. Me and Colt had a very special relationship. We were real good friends off the field and that carried on the field. When we were going through our tough times in Hawaii, it was really special.
Tim Lebanon,IL (Ewa Beach)
Davone - You played with a spread offense in Hawaii. How would you feel in a modified spread on a team like the Bengals? Also if given the chance would you want to return punts or kick offs?
Davone Bess (2:15 PM)
Definitely. I think that's what I'm shooting for. I really want to play for a team with a spread offense. But at the same time, I can play in a pro style offense as well.
Marty (Chesterfield, MI)
what was it like going to school in Hawaii? was it hard to get things done, knowing you could be at the beach instead of doing your work?
Davone Bess (2:16 PM)
For me, it was pretty easy, because I'm not really a beach person. I was there for three years and I probably went surfing twice. It wasn't hard for me to choose playing football over the beach. A lot of my teammates went surfing between classes.
When did you decide to leave early?
Davone Bess (2:17 PM)
I decided after my bowl game that I was ready. I had three productive years at Hawaii. I got a pretty good grade from the advisory board. And I was healthy. Those were the reasons I felt I could come out.
Ken (Trenton, NJ)
What was it like in the lockerroom after the loss to Georgia?
Davone Bess (2:18 PM)
You know what, everyone was pretty down. We worked so hard this whole season. We stayed together through the close calls. To see the look on everyone's faces was so sad. The guys that people looked up to were pretty down.
El Cajon, Ca
WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ALWAYS ARE ESTIMATING PLAYERS FROM HAWAII. EVEN THOUGH UR WHOLE OFFENSE PRODUCES NOTHING BUT AMAZING NUMBERS
Davone Bess (2:19 PM)
I think it's because the conference we're in. The competition. I guess when you look at regular style offenses and compare them to the run and shoot, the run and shoot is like organized street ball. I guess the main reason was the conference we're in and the competition level.
Coming from Hawaii, how would you feel about playing in a cold weather place like Buffalo?
Davone Bess (2:20 PM)
Man, I would love to play anywhere, any time. Just to be fortunate to be in a situation to be drafted. I'll play anywhere in the cold. I'll adapt to it. That's the kind of player I am. I'm like a camelion.
Phil from Richmond, VA
Davone, what teams have shown the most interest in you so far? How do you feel about being a punt returner in the NFL? What's your timmed goal for the 40 during your pro day?
Davone Bess (2:21 PM)
At the combine, I met with almost every team and got some really good vibes from a lot of them. It only takes one team to pull the trigger on you. I don't know which team showed the most interest because I got some good vibes. I met with a couple of teams that were interested in me returning punts. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity.
Will (Cary, N.C)
Davone, did you enjoy playing with two other great recievers in Ryan Grice-Mullen, and Jason Rivers at Hawaii?
Davone Bess (2:22 PM)
It was great. Our comraderie was unbelieveable. We played unselfish football. That's why we had so much success. We made bets among each other on who would get the cleanest blocks. On the average team, people would be talking about who had the most TDs. It was special playing with those dudes.
If Iam a scout and asked what can you bring to my team that no other player can, what is your response?
Davone Bess (2:23 PM)
That no other player can...that's going to be pretty hard, because everyone is going to have similar things. But for me, I'm eager. I'm never going to be satisfied. I just want to continue to get better and make those around me better.
you were an incredible receiver in college..what team would you really like to play for in the NFL??
Davone Bess (2:24 PM)
I'm from the Bay area and I grew up watching the Raiders. I would love to play for anybody, but if there is any team I would like to play for, it would be one that throws a ton or one where I could contribute as soon as possible.
Reed (Buffalo, NY)
Lined up along side one another, who would win the 40-yard dash: Grice-Mullen, Hawthorne, Rivers, or you?
Davone Bess (2:25 PM)
You know what, probably Hawthorne, because he's the lightest. He's not carrying much weight.
Go Warriors!!!, HAWAII
A lot of people think you can fit in like a Wes Welker type of receiver. What are your thoughts about that and name a receiver you think has a similar style game. Thanks.
Davone Bess (2:26 PM)
Definitely. I think that's what I bring to the table. That's why I'm actually getting a look. Size doesn't mean anything. It's about your production. I think I could come in and contribute to an offense like that.
Jarrod (Waialua, HI)
Now that your going to the mainland for the NFL, what will you miss the most in Hawaii?
Davone Bess (2:27 PM)
The people. The people, man. Everyone is just so special. Everyone is willing to accept you for who you are and not your past or other things. Everyone is so humble out there. The lifestyle. That's what I'm going to miss. My girlfriend is from there. So Hawaii hasn't seen the last of me.
What do you feel about June Jones moving to SMU?
Davone Bess (2:29 PM)
Well, me being a player and knowing how the system works in Hawaii, I don't think the AD really took him seriously when he said he was thinking about leaving. He had to do what he had to to satisfy him. He brought a lot to that state. He brought a lot to that school and that program itself.
Davone Bess (2:30 PM)
I appreciate the questions and your concerns. You will definitely be hearing about me in the future.
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