Houston's Davis returns two kickoffs for scores

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans kick returner Andre' Davis became the seventh player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game Sunday against Jacksonville.

Davis is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

"I was a little bit worried about where I stood on the team," he said. "I realized that this game is about getting opportunities and making the most of them."

His first return, a 97-yarder, came 15 seconds before halftime and put Houston ahead 21-14. He evaded the first wave of defenders before cutting to the outside, where he tightroped the sideline the rest of the way for the score.

"I think I have that type of sneaky speed where a lot of guys don't think I'm going to run that fast until I get by them," said Davis, a college track standout.

He turned in the longest play in Texans history on the second one. Davis dashed 104 yards on the opening kickoff of the second half to make it 28-14. This time, he got a block from Charlie Anderson and then zigzagged down the middle of the field before breaking away from the pack and racing to the end zone.

Davis was the first player this season to return two kickoffs for scores in the same game.

Earlier this season, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak wasn't sure if Andre' Davis could be a kick returner in the NFL.

Davis made a believer out of everyone Sunday.

"I had a conversation about him, and the conversation was, 'Do we think he's a kick returner?' " Kubiak said. "I can't remember how our conversation ended, but there's no doubt that he's a kick returner."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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