Donnie Davis

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Donnie Davis
Date of birth: (1972-12-16) December 16, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Career information
Status: Retired
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
College: Georgia Tech
As player:
Arizona Rattlers
Milwaukee Mustangs
Georgia Force
Career stats
Playing stats at

Donnie Davis (born December 16, 1972) was the starting quarterback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1993 and 1995. He would eventually become a quarterback in the Arena Football League playing for the Arizona Rattlers, the Milwaukee Mustangs, and the Georgia Force.


Davis's college career began in the wake of the 1990 National Championship run under Head Coach Bobby Ross. Davis redshirted in 1991 and would await the graduation of star quarterback Shawn Jones through his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. Bobby Ross would leave before Davis's sophomore season and Bill Lewis was appointed head coach. The team, 2 years removed from a National Title, only won five games and finished the 1992 season with a 5-6 record.[1]

His redshirt sophomore campaign began with a thrashing of Furman but over the next three games Georgia Tech would be outscored 102-27. Davis would finish the year with a 5-6 record and a loss to archrival Georgia.[2]

Bill Lewis wanted a spark for his wilting team so he recruited junior college transfer Tom Luginbill from Palomar. Luginbill came in from a wide open pass offense where he tossed for over 7,600 yards and had won 21 games in two years.[3] Luginbill would eventually take the starting job from Davis after Davis got injured in spring practice.[4]

Luginbill's first two efforts in 1994 saw Georgia Tech narrowly lose to then #1 Arizona and demolish Western Carolina. Luginbill's career ended at Georgia Tech with a 1-10 record and the firing of Coach Bill Lewis. Lewis was replaced by defensive coordinator George O'Leary.

After Luginbill transferred to Eastern Kentucky, Davis and O'Leary began a major rebuilding of the Georgia Tech football program that would lead Georgia Tech eventually back to playing in bowls and competing at the highest level in the ACC. Davis over his career compiled an 11-11 record with over 4,000 yards of total offense and 29 total touchdowns.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Davis would go on to be one of the most successful passers in Arizona Rattler history. He would win the Most Valuable Player of Arena Bowl XI in 1997,[6][7] where Kurt Warner was the opposing quarterback.[8]

After football[edit]

Davis retired from arena football in 2001 and has worked in the mortgage banking industry ever since.[9] Davis plans on graduating from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.[8] He is currently an intern at both the Southern Company and for the Georgia Tech department of athletics,[10] and has also started a LinkedIn group for Georgia Tech football letter winners [11]


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