Football Coaching Staff
Reggie Davis
Running Backs Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Running Backs Coach

Reggie Davis is in his third season on the Nebraska coaching staff and coaches the Husker running backs. Davis has NFL experience as a player and a coach, and also has experience working with Coach Mike Riley, serving as the Oregon State running backs coach from 2008 to 2010.

In his second season in Lincoln in 2016, Davis helped senior I-back Terrell Newby lead the running backs with a career high 879 rushing yards, while earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors. Davis' backs also played a crucial role in the Huskers' improvement in protecting the football. In a combined 592 touches, the Nebraska I-backs had only five combined fumbles, losing only three, with no fumbles in the final nine games of the season. 

Davis helped the 2015 Nebraska offense rank in the top three in the Big Ten in scoring offense, total offense, passing offense and third-down percentage. Nebraska also passed for 3,000 yards and ran from more than 2,000 yards for only the third time in school history.

Four Husker backs totaled more than 200 yards on the ground and combined to score 16 rushing touchdowns. Newby led the rushing attack with 765 yards, while senior fullback Andy Janovich excelled under Davis' coaching, earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.

Davis spent the previous four seasons (2011-14) on Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers staff. Davis spent his first three seasons in San Francisco as the tight ends coach, before tutoring the 49er offensive line in 2014. In Davis’ time in San Francisco, the 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game three consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2013, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.

During his time as tight ends coach, Davis coached 49ers tight end Vernon Davis to a Pro Bowl appearance and All-Pro honors in 2013, when Vernon Davis had a career-high 13 touchdown receptions. Davis was also the first tight end in NFL history to have two seasons with 12 or more touchdown receptions.

Davis was the running backs coach at Oregon State from 2008 to 2010. While on Riley’s staff, Davis helped the Beaver running backs to great success. Davis coached OSU standout Jacquizz Rodgers who set numerous OSU rushing records in his time in Corvallis on his way to the National Football League. Rodgers became the first freshman in the history to the Pac-10 Conference to earn its Offensive MVP award in 2008, after rushing for 1,253 yards.

Before working at Oregon State, Davis served as the running backs coach at UNLV from 2005 to 2007. Davis began his college coaching career in 2004 on Harbaugh’s University of San Diego coaching staff working with the tight ends and special teams.

Davis played in 26 games with three starts at tight end with the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and 2000. During his time on the San Diego roster, Mike Riley served as the Chargers’ head coach.

Davis was a standout tight end at Washington finishing his career with the Huskies in 1998. Davis had 21 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his senior season.

Davis Profile              
Coaching Experience

2015-17: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Running Backs)
2014: San Francisco 49ers, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2011-13: San Francisco 49ers, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)
2008-10: Oregon State, Assistant Coach (Running Backs)
2005-07: UNLV, Assistant Coach (Running Backs)
2004: University of San Diego, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends/Special Teams)
2001-04: Play Fast Athletics (San Diego, Strength and Speed Coach)

Playing Experience
1995-98: University of Washington (Linebacker/Tight End)
1999-2000: San Diego Chargers (Tight End)

Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology, Washington, 1998
Family: Wife, Jennifer; Children, Kayla, DeSean, Jalen, Jordan, Tyson

Davis Career Highlights

  • Nebraska backs had just five fumbles in 592 touches in 2016, including none in the season's final nine games
  • Helped Nebraska offense rank in top three in Big Ten in total offense, scoring offense, passing offense and third-down conversion percentage in 2015
  • Part of three San Francisco 49er teams that appeared in NFC Championship Game, including Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season
  • Coached San Francisco All-Pro Tight end Vernon Davis for three seasons from 2011 to 2013
  • Helped Davis become first tight end in NFL history with two seasons with 12 or more touchdown receptions
  • Coached three-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection Jacquizz Rodgers who had three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 2008 to 2010
  • Helped 2009 Oregon State offense rank in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring, passing and total offense
  • In 2008 Davis helped Rodgers become the first freshman in Pac-10 history to win the conference’s Offensive MVP honor
  • Guided UNLV running back Frank Summers to 928 rushing yards in 2007
  • Began coaching career under Jim Harbaugh at University of San Diego in 2004, helping team to a 7-4 record
  • Played tight end for two seasons for San Diego Chargers and Coach Mike Riley in 1999 and 2000