Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis has played the drums since he was two and in this demonstration of skill he talks about how it helps him on the field.


Growing up in Detroit, Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis became a drummer without the luxury of a drum kit.

Davis, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, used a frying pan as a snare drum, small tea kettles as high-hat cymbals, pots as "toms" and an even bigger pot for a bass drum.

"I was playing on pots and pans, because that's all I had at the time," Davis said. "My mom used to play the organ at church. I pulled out my pots and pans and tried to play to the beat. She realized I had rhythm and I could play a little bit, so I finally got a drum set.

"Her and I have been playing for a long time, since I was a kid. She always had a drummer, whenever she needed."

Davis sometimes visits West Music in Coralville to pound away at drum sets in a sealed room. He's played gospel for concerts and at his mother's church, but also grooves to rap and rock — including the band Disturbed, a heavy-metal favorite.

The worlds of music and football can be mutually beneficial, Davis said.

"For example, if a quarterback has a cadence (on snap timing)," Davis said, "I'll start picking up that rhythm."