Thomas Davis (American football)

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Thomas Davis
No. 58     Carolina Panthers
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-03-22) March 22, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Shellman, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Shellman (GA) Randolph-Clay
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 2005 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 628
Quarterback sacks 15.0
Interceptions 6
Forced fumbles 11
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Thomas Antonio Davis (born March 22, 1983) is an American football player who is a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Davis was born in Shellman, Georgia. He attended Randolph-Clay High School,[1] where he was a four-sport star in football, basketball, baseball and track. In football, he played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, defensive back, punter, kicker, and kick returner at various times throughout his career. As a junior, he averaged 30 yards per punt, had two kickoff returns, one punt return, and one fumble return for touchdowns. As a senior, he earned Class AA All-State honorable mention by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sports Writers Association (GSWA) after rushing for 1,032 yards, leading the region in scoring with 108 points in the regular season.[2]

He also played baseball and ran track, where he qualified for the GHSAAA State T&F Championships for the 100-meter dash, placing 6th with a time of 11.1 seconds, and the 400 relay, finishing in 43.98 seconds.[3] In the agility tests, he ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, had a 355-pound bench press, 520-pound squat, 324-pound hang clean and 34-inch vertical jump.

Recruiting[edit]

Davis was regarded by many as one of the finest athletes ever produced by Georgia, but due to the small size of his school, his chances for exposure were very low. He was not highly recruited out of high school and was only offered a scholarship to one Division I college, which he accepted.

College career[edit]

Davis received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, where he played for coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team from 2002 to 2004. Following his sophomore season in 2003, he earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors. He was recognized as a first-team All-SEC selection and a consensus first-team All-American after his junior season in 2004. In 39 career games, he was effective as both a rush linebacker and a free safety, recording 272 tackles, 18 for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. He majored in consumer economics.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 230 lb 10 in 4.52 s 1.64 s 2.71 s 4.01 s 7.10 s 36 1/2 in 9 ft 7 in
All values from NFL Combine except 40 time from Pro Day[4]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Davis was selected in the first round (14th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft. Even though he was picked as a safety in the 2005 NFL Draft, he was converted to linebacker during his rookie year. In his debut season he played in 16 games making one start. He made an impact in the December 4 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, when he was used as a quarterback spy to contain Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Using his speed and benefitting from great play from other members of the defense, Davis helped the Panthers beat the Vick-led Falcons for the first time in franchise history. Vick was held to 171 yards passing and was sacked five times for a loss totaling 36 yards.[5] Davis finished the season with 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

In the 2006 season, he started in all 14 games that he played in recording 88 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The following season in 2007 he started all 16 games for the first time in his career. He finished the season with 88 tackles and three sacks.

In the 2008 season Davis had a career year. He started in all 16 games for the second year in a row, but this time he recorded 113 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles.[6]

Davis was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list with an injured right knee on October 31, 2010.

On September 18, 2011, Thomas Davis tore his ACL for the 3rd time in 3 years. No NFL players has ever recovered and returned from three ACL tears. Davis said at the time that he would be the first and hoped to be an inspiration to others.

In March 2012, Thomas Davis restructured his contract to save the Panthers approximately $3.8 million in cap space. The Panthers were reported to be tight on cap space going into the 2012 season.[7]

Davis played well in the 2012 season, recording 105 tackles, an interception, and 2 forced fumbles in just 12 starts.

2013, however, marked the high point of Davis's career so far. In a startling comeback from three years of injuries, Davis started all 16 games and recorded a career high 123 tackles and 4 sacks, in addition to 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. He played alongside Chase Blackburn and Luke Kuechly in what quickly became one of the most dominant linebacker corps in the league, a significant part of 2013 Carolina's second-ranked defense.

Through the first five weeks of the 2014 NFL Season, Pro Football Focus rates Thomas Davis as the best 4-3 outside linebacker in coverage.[8]

Career stats[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Comb Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2005 CAR 16 1 38 31 7 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006 CAR 14 14 88 69 19 1.5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2007 CAR 16 16 88 72 16 3.0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2008 CAR 16 16 113 92 21 3.5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2009 CAR 7 7 61 48 13 1.5 0 5 2 24 12.0 24 0 0 0
2010 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 CAR 2 2 12 6 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 CAR 15 12 105 70 35 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2013 CAR 16 16 123 85 38 4.0 0 7 2 -2 -1.0 0 0 1 0
Total 86 52 628 473 155 15.0 0 32 6 22 6.0 0 0 11 4

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