The 2012 Scouting Report: Ready to challenge for one of NU's open starting safety roles after playing in a reserve role last year ... A dynamic athlete who will once again be heavily involved in special teams.
2012: Redshirt junior ... Made his first career start at safety at Syracuse and set a career high with 10 tackles--including six solo stops--as well his first career forced fumble and an assisted TFL ... Made one tackle against both Michigan State and Illinois ... Significant special teams contributor ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Reserve safety and special teams contributor... Notched two tackles vs. Eastern Illinois.
2010: Reserve safety who played in five games ... One stop at Minnesota ... Two tackles against both Rice and Central Michigan.
2009: Did not see action.
High School: SuperPrep All-Far West and Rivals.com All-Region safety ... Ranked 73rd nationally among all safeties by Rivals.com and 62nd nationally among all safeties by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked 140th among all players in Far West Region (California, Nevada and Hawaii) by SuperPrep ... 2008 first-team All-Inland Valley selection ... Two-time second-team All-Baseline League honoree ... 2008 All-CIF Central Division choice ... Played running back, safety and linebacker for the Highlanders ... Totaled 102 career tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception ... Offensively, registered 2,266 career rushing yards and 32 TD's, including 1,506 yards (6.9 ypc) and 22 TD's his senior season ... 41 career receptions for 473 yards and a TD ... 2,739 career all-purpose yards ... Ran for a season-high 209 yards (8.7 ypc) and 3 TD's in 54-14 win over Glendora ... Totaled six other 100-yard rushing performances as a senior ... Caught at least one pass in every game (season-high five catches) and finished with 32 receptions ... Highlanders finished 11-3 in 2008 and the Div. I Central Division CIF runners-up ... Upland defeated Los Osos (which was led by NU signee Arby Fields) in the semifinals ... Also lettered in track (sprints/relays) ... Team captain for both football and track ... Honor Roll and two-time member of Principal's Honor Roll ... Coached by Tim Salter.
Personal: Born Davion Jerell Fleming ... Son of Gerald and Glennetta Fleming ... Philosophy major.
The Fleming File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
A: Black Republican - Nas; I'm Beamin' -- Lupe Fiasco; Shiver -- Coldplay; Nitro -- UVERworld' Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart -- Alicia Keys
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why?
A: John Rawls. We would figure out what Justice is.
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Don't beg for things, do it yourself or else you won't get anything.
Q: A song that best describes you and why?
A: It Ain't hard to Tell by Nas, when people meet him they know that he is something special.
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
A: I like classical music
Q: My favorite place to visit is and why?
A: Home. It is where the heart is.
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why?
A: Michael Bolden. He is always crackin' jokes.
Q: My favorite thing about NU is and why?
A: The opportunities that lie around every corner
Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
A: The team of course. I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.
Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
A: The Man
Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less:
A: The Guy
Q: Most humbling experience:
A: Attending my first Camp Kenosha
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
A: Making it thus far
Q: The best book I have ever read is and why?
A: Harry Potter series. It has everything you could ask for in a great book.
Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
A: My parents. They always push me to be better.
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
A: Listening to music
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick and why?
A: V for Vendetta. Natalie Portman is in it and it's my favorite movie of all-time.
Q: My favorite food is:
Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
A: The grass
Q: Best thing about Northwestern is:
A: The people. It's extremely diverse and I love that.
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
A: Getting a big hit and forcing a fumble for a touchdown.
Q: My favorite television show is and why?
A: Survivor. I like the schemes and trickery.
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
A: Going to college somewhere in California
Q: The three words that best describe me:
A: Philosophical, Ethereal Genius.
Q: My football-related superstition is:
A; Don't have one
Q: If the Big Ten expands, pick one school you'd like to see added and why?
A: Stanford. Our game would be called the Geek Bowl.
Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why?
A: Coach Jerry Brown. If it weren't for him I wouldn't be here today.