Honors & Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Most Improved Player
» Honorable-Mention BTN All-Freshman Team (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
Junior Carlos Davis is a key figure in a talented and experienced defensive line that will provide the foundation for the 2018 Husker defense. The 6-2, 325-pound Davis has shown the versatility to play both on the interior and at end over the past two seasons and could see action at either spot this fall.
In his two seasons of action, Davis has shown the ability to be a disruptive and explosive player at the point of attack, recording nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also has the ability to pressure the passer, leading the Huskers in quarterback hurries while starting all 12 games in 2017.
Davis earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten freshman recognition in 2016. He is joined on the defensive front by his twin brother, Khalil. The Davis brothers were the first set of twins to sign with Nebraska since 2008.
Carlos is also one of the nation’s top discus throwers. He finished seventh at the 2018 Big Ten Championships and had a personal-best mark of 188-1 at the NCAA West Regional en route to earning honorable-mention All-America accolades with a 23rd-place finish at the national meet.
Davis helped anchor the Huskers’ defensive line by starting all 12 games at defensive end. He excelled as a sophomore, recording 42 tackles, more than double the total from his redshirt freshman season. In addition to his career-high 42 tackles, Davis also posted a career-high 2.5 sacks, totaled four tackles for loss and had a team-high six quarterback hurries.
Davis totaled multiple tackles in all 12 games. He combined for 12 tackles in Nebraska’s three non-conference games, including back-to-back games with five tackles against Oregon and Northern Illinois. He also added a half sack against the Huskies. Davis then had at least three tackles in seven of the Huskers’ nine Big Ten Conference games. He had three tackles, two TFLs and 1.0 sack at Illinois, marking his first career game with multiple tackles for loss. Davis added his third five-tackle game of the season at Purdue and recorded his final sack of the season at No. 13 Penn State. In the final game against Iowa, Davis tied his career high with six tackles.
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 and has earned two appointments to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He is a three-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, a Mother/Son Event, Husker Heroes, the FCA and local school and hospital visits.