Honors & Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Most Improved Player
» Honorable-Mention BTN All-Freshman Team (2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Made two tackles and recorded two quarterback hurries in the opener against Arkansas State
» Recorded a season-high five tackles against Oregon, Northern Illinois and Purdue
» Notched first quarterback sack of the season against Northern Illinois
» Recorded career-high two tackles for loss at Illinois
Carlos Davis is ready to step into a leading role on the Nebraska defensive line as a sophomore in 2017. The 6-2, 295-pound Davis saw significant playing time as a defensive tackle last season, and he should be an impact player on the defensive front in the Huskers’ new 3-4 defensive scheme this fall.
Davis showed his athleticism and play-making ability in 2016, racking up five tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He has the power to be a run-stuffing force along the defensive line, and he also the ability to pressure the passer. The play of Davis as a redshirt freshman was noticed. He was named Nebraska’s Most Improved Player, and he also earned honorable-mention BTN All-Freshman recognition.
Davis’ twin brother, Khalil, joins him on the defensive front for the Huskers. The Davis brothers were the first set of twins to sign with Nebraska since Courtney and Steven Osborne in 2008. One of the nation’s top prep discus performers, Davis also competes for the Husker track and field team. He finished seventh at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a toss of 177-10 and also qualified for the NCAA West Regional.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Davis played in all 13 games and made four starts at defensive tackle early in the season when Mick Stoltenberg was slowed by an injury. Davis finished the season with 24 tackles, including 11 solo stops, while registering five tackles for loss and two sacks for 24 yards. He also had three quarterback hurries.
Davis had five tackles in his first career start against Wyoming. He recorded his first career sack against Purdue, covering 17 yards, and added a seven-yard sack a week later at Wisconsin. He had two tackles each against Ohio State and Minnesota, and had a tackle for loss against the Gophers. He had a season-high six tackles at Iowa, including four solo stops, and closed the year with two tackles and a tackle for loss against Tennessee.
Davis sat out the season as a redshirt and was impressive in his work on the scout team. He added more than 30 pounds of muscle to his frame in the Huskers' weight program.
Before Nebraska (Blue Springs HS)
Davis finished his senior season with 64 tackles, including an impressive 33 tackles for loss. He had 18 sacks and 21 quarterback pressures and also saw time on the offensive line for Coach Kelly Donohoe’s team. Davis’ play helped the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and a trip to the third round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
Davis was recognized as the Missouri Coaches Association Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He also earned the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award at the Simone ceremony. Davis was a Class 6 all-state pick for the second straight year 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 63 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. He also had two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked punt. At 6-2 and 265 pounds, Davis also had four rushing attempts and a five-yard touchdown reception. Davis was a first-team Class 6 all-state pick as a junior and earned second-team All-Metro honors.
Davis first saw varsity action as a sophomore for a 13-1 state championship team, making 16 tackles and one sack. An impressive athlete, Davis ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and had a 32-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army National Combine.
Davis was ranked among the top five players in Missouri and the top 25 defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout. He was rated as the No. 201 overall prospect in the country by Scout. Davis chose Nebraska after also considering Missouri, and he had numerous offers including Oregon, TCU, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Davis was also a discus standout. As a senior, Davis helped lead Blue Springs to a Class 5 Missouri State Championship title, capturing first-place finishes in shot put and discus in the process. He had a throw of 214-4 in the discus as a senior, the best prep mark in the nation in 2015.
Carlos Davis is the son of Carl and Tracy Davis. He was born on Aug. 22, 1996, and is the older of the Davis twins by five minutes. Carlos is a child, youth and family studies major. He is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, the FCA and local school and hospital visits.