Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
Junior Khalil Davis will be expected to be a key part of a defensive line that could be the strength of the 2018 Husker defense. The 6-2, 310-pound Davis spent the majority of his spring working at a defensive end spot, where he will contend for a starting role in 2018.
Davis saw extensive action at defensive tackle in 2016, then transitioned to end last fall as Nebraska employed a 3-4 defensive scheme. Davis played in all 12 games and showed his explosiveness by registering four tackles for loss on the season.
He is joined on the defensive line by twin brother, Carlos. The Davis’ were the first set of twins to sign with Nebraska since 2008. In addition to his success on the gridiron, Khalil Davis continues to compete for the Nebraska track team. In the spring of 2018, he placed sixth in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a personal-best throw of 188-4 (57.41m). Davis finished 15th at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, narrowly missing qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Davis was a key contributor on the defensive line, appearing in all 12 games and totaling a career-high 15 tackles, tripling his total from his redshirt freshman season. Davis also set career highs with four tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Against Northern Illinois, Davis had a career-high three tackles and recorded his first career sack, forced fumble and pass breakup, while recording a career-best two TFLs. He also had three tackles and a sack at both Illinois and Purdue. Davis concluded his season by posting two tackles against Iowa in the season finale, marking his fourth multi-tackle effort of the year.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Davis was a reserve defensive tackle and played in 12 games. He made five tackles, including four solo stops and two tackles for loss, totaling four yards. He had a season-high two tackles against Wyoming, with both tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Davis sat out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt and was impressive on the Husker scout team defense.
Before Nebraska (Blue Springs HS)
Davis came to Lincoln from Blue Springs High School, one of the top prep programs in Missouri. He battled through injuries during his senior season, but tallied 60 tackles, including 26 for loss, and had 9.5 sacks. Davis also doubled as an offensive lineman in the second half of the season, helping Coach Kelly Donohoe's team to an 8-4 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
For his play in 2014, Davis was a first-team Class 6 all-state selection by the Missouri High School Coaches Association and earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star.
As a junior, Davis played a key role in helping Blue Springs to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 6 state title. Davis had 62 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss, and added four sacks. He also forced a fumble, recovered two others and had a pass breakup. Davis' play in 2014 netted him Class 6 all-state honors, as well as an All-Metro selection.
Davis saw action for a 13-1 state championship Blue Springs team as a sophomore in 2012, making four solo tackles for the Wildcats.
Davis ran an impressive 4.63 40-yard dash and had a 33-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army National Combine. He chose Nebraska over Missouri and had numerous other offers, including TCU, Oregon, Arkansas and Kansas State to name a few.
Davis was ranked as the No. 3 player in Missouri by Rivals.com, while 247Sports ranked him as the No. 6 prospect in the state. Davis was listed among the nation's top 25 defensive tackles by both Rivals and 247Sports.
Also a track and field star, Davis helped lead Blue Springs to a 2015 Class 5 Missouri State Championship title. He garnered second-place finishes in shot put and discus at the state championship finals, losing only to his brother.
Khalil is the son of Carl and Tracy Davis. He was born on Aug. 22, 1996, and is the younger of the Davis twins by five minutes. He is majoring in child, youth and family studies and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2017. Davis also earned spots on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has volunteered his time with the FCA, the Nebraska Football Road Race, a Mother/Son event, Souper Bowl of Caring and school and hospital outreach visits.