Troy Davis (running back)

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Troy Davis
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-09-14) September 14, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Southridge
College: Iowa State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 62
Career history
Career highlights and awards

NCAA

CFL

Career NFL statistics
Attempts: 150
Rushing yards: 446
Receptions: 36
Receiving yards: 237
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Attempts: 1,313
Rushing yards: 6,739
Rushing TDs: 36
Kick return yards: 1,184
Player stats at PFR

Troy Davis (born September 14, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for Iowa State University where he was a Heisman finalist. Troy Davis twice earned All-American honors and was the first and only NCAA Division I-A running back to rush for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. In 2016, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[1][2] He played professionally for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, and was a member of the Eskimos' Grey Cup championship team in 2005.

Early years[edit]

Davis was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Southridge High School, where he was a standout high school football player for the Southridge Spartans.

He became the first Dade County football player to ever rush for 2,000 yards.[3]

He had offers to play at Florida and Florida State among others but eventually chose Iowa State.[4]

College career[edit]

Davis attended Iowa State University, and played for the Iowa State Cyclones football team from 1994 to 1996. He played very sparingly his freshman year under Jim Walden but flourished under new head coach Dan McCarney during Davis's final two seasons. Davis set numerous Cyclone team records, including most career rushing yards (4,382), total rushing yards in a single season (2,185), rushing yards in a game (378, vs. Missouri, rushing attempts in a game (53, vs. Northern Iowa, most rushing touchdowns in a game (5, vs. UNLV and vs. Northern Iowa), most 100-yard rushing games in a season (11) and career (21), most 200-yard rushing games in a season (5) and career (9), and most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (17, during 1995 and 1996 seasons), and most consecutive games scoring a touchdown (10, during 1995 and 1996 seasons).[5] He also holds the Iowa State Cyclones football record for most career rushing touchdowns (36) and is tied for first for most career total touchdowns (38). He became the first running back in NCAA Division I-A (now Football Bowl Subdivision) history to gain 2,000 yards in two different seasons. During his three seasons at ISU, the Cyclones finished last in the Big Eight standings in his sophomore and junior seasons and last in the Big 12 North division standings his senior year.

In 1996, Davis was selected as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.[6] He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at running back in 1995 and 1996.[7]

Davis finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1995.[8] In 1996, he narrowly finished second to winner Danny Wuerffel. He won three out of four Heisman regions, but lost badly in the South region.[9] He was also nosed out for the Doak Walker Award by another Big 12 running back, Byron Hanspard of Texas Tech.[10] In both cases, he was largely hampered by the fact that he played on a losing team.

He did however win the Jim Brown Award and the Chic Harley Award given to the top running back and best college football player respectively.[11]

He was inducted into the Iowa State Hall of Fame in 2007.[12]

Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.[13]

College statistics[edit]

Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds TD
1994 Iowa State 9 35 187 5.3 0 6 35 0
1995 Iowa State 11 345 2,010 5.8 15 14 159 1
1996 Iowa State 11 402 2,185 5.4 21 13 64 0
Career 31 782 4,382 5.6 36 33 258 1
Reference:[14]

Professional career[edit]

Davis elected to forgo his senior season of eligibility and declared for the 1997 NFL Draft. He was drafted in the 3rd round (62nd overall) by the New Orleans Saints.[15] During his three seasons with the Saints Davis started 11 games and rushed for 446 yards on 150 attempts.

Davis left the Saints after the 1999 season and was drafted by the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL, but was cut in training camp.[16]

Davis then signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL as a running back and kick-returner for the 2001 season. In 2004, he led the league in rushing and set the franchise record with 1,656 yards.[17] He was traded mid-season in 2005 to the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for a package headlined by Brock Ralph, Tay Cody, and the first overall draft pick in the 2006 Draft. He was able to play a key role in leading the Eskimos to winning the 93rd Grey Cup that year.[18] On February 23, 2007, the Eskimos released Davis. He was later signed to the Toronto Argonauts practice roster on September 25, 2007. Davis was initially released by the Argonauts on October 17, 2007, but rejoined their practice roster on October 23, 2007.[19]

NFL Statistics[edit]

  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Att Yds Avg YdsG Lng TD Rec Yds Lng TD Fum
1997 NO 16 7 75 271 3.6 16.9 20 - 13 85 18 - 3
1998 NO 14 2 55 143 2.6 10.2 14 1 16 99 19 - 1
1999 NO 16 2 20 32 1.6 2.0 7 - 7 53 20 - 1
Career 46 11 150 446 3.0 9.7 20 1 36 237 20 - 5
Reference:[20]

CFL Statistics[edit]

  Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg YdsG Lng TD Rec Yds TD
2001 HAM 18 96 527 5.5 29.3 75 6 14 122 -
2002 HAM 18 230 1,143 5.0 63.5 74 6 27 221 1
2003 HAM 18 227 1,206 5.3 67.0 34 5 40 458 -
2004 HAM 18 324 1,628 5.0 90.4 58 10 40 250 -
2005 HAM 176 792 4.5 44.0 54 3 25 142 -
2005 EDM 64 359 5.6 19.9 30 2 17 157 -
2006 EDM 18 190 1,060 5.6 58.9 44 4 67 546 -
2007 TOR 18 6 24 4.0 1.3 10 - - - -
Career 144 1,313 6,739 5.1 46.8 75 36 230 1,896 1
Reference:[21]

Personal life[edit]

Davis is the brother of Darren Davis, who played running back at Iowa State beginning in Troy's final season until 1999. Darren ran for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons before ending his career second in career rushing yards behind his older brother.

Davis was arrested for public intoxication the evening after the celebration of his induction in the College Football Hall of Fame.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class". National Football Foundation. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Transcript, Audio and Photos from 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class Announcement". National Football Foundation. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Run to Glory: Troy Davis enters Register Hall of Fame". 
  4. ^ "Football: The legend that almost wasn’t, how Troy Davis overcame a tough freshman year to become an All-American". 
  5. ^ "Troy Davis To Enter College Football Hall Of Fame". 
  6. ^ http://www.big12sports.com/fls/10410/pdfs/football/16Guide/2016FBGuide.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10410
  7. ^ "Consensus All-America Teams (1990-1999) - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  8. ^ "1995 Heisman Trophy Voting - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  9. ^ "1996 Heisman Trophy Voting - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  10. ^ "Doak Walker Award - SMU". 
  11. ^ "Past Honoreess :: Touchdown Club of Columbus". 
  12. ^ "Former Cyclones great Troy Davis returns to Ames". 
  13. ^ Foundation, National Football. "National Football Foundation > Programs > College Football Hall of Fame > SearchDetail". 
  14. ^ "Troy Davis College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  15. ^ "Troy Davis- Hall of Fame Class of 2007 - Iowa State Athletics". 
  16. ^ "Where Are They Now? The 1999 Saints - Part One". 
  17. ^ "The All-Rivalry Team: Davis/Bennett - Hamilton Tiger-Cats". 
  18. ^ "Lumsden confident he'll return from injury". 5 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "ARGOS AND COMMUNITY WARM UP TO WINTERS". 23 May 2008. 
  20. ^ "Troy Davis Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". 
  21. ^ "Troy Davis College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". 
  22. ^ "Iowa State legend Troy Davis was 'about to drive home drunk,' complaint says". 

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