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#1 Josh Davis
Position: I Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
City/State: Loveland, Colo.
High School: Loveland
    • Signed NFL Free Agent Contract with New York Jets
    • Nebraska and Big 12 Records for Career Kickoff Return Yards (2,265)
    • Nebraska Season Kickoff Return Yardage Record (994 in 2002)
    • Nebraska Single-Game Kickoff Return Yards Record (186 at Kansas State, 2002)
    • 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP)
    • Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Penn State)
    • 2003 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll

2003 (Senior)
Josh Davis finished his record-breaking career as a kickoff returner at Nebraska in 2003, pushing his school and Big 12-record total to 2,265 career kickoff return yards. Davis smashed the previous Big 12 mark of 1,798 yards set by Colorado's Ben Kelly (1997-99), and the previous NU mark of 1,443 yards set by Tyrone Hughes (1989-92). Davis finished with the top three kickoff return seasons in school history, including a record 994 yards on 42 returns in 2002, and 675 yards on 25 returns in 2001. Davis also set a school single-game record with 186 yards on seven kickoff returns at Kansas State in 2002.

After a solid senior season, Davis signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets following the 2004 NFL Draft.

In 2003, the second-generation Husker raced for 596 yards on 23 kickoff returns for a 25.9-yard average to rank 19th nationally. He earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors as an all-purpose performer from the Associated Press after adding 600 yards rushing on 138 carries as an I-back, along with 29 punt returns for 257 yards. He finished with 113.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2003.

Davis served as NU's No. 1 I-back for much of 2003, and rushed a career-high 32 times for a career-best 179 yards in the Huskers' win over Penn State, which earned him Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors. He gave way to Cory Ross at the top I-back spot late in the season, but still finished as the Huskers' second-leading rusher on the year.

The son of former Husker fullback/I-back Tony Davis (1973-75), Josh's 100-yard effort against Penn State made them the first father-son combination to produce 100-yard rushing games at Nebraska.

2002 (Junior)
Davis was a special teams standout for the second straight season for the Huskers, while also contributing as a reserve I-back. He had five games with more than 100 yards in kickoff returns, including a school-record 186 yards on seven returns at Kansas State.

In addition to breaking NU’s single-game record for kickoff return yardage, Davis also set Husker season and career records in Manhattan. His season total broke his own record of 675 yards set a year earlier, and he broke Tyrone Hughes’ previous career record of 1,493 yards. Davis completed his junior season with a school-record 42 return attempts for 994 yards, an average of 23.7 yards per return, good for 33rd in the nation. Davis finished the season with 13 returns of 25 yards or more and had at least one return of that distance in 11 of the 13 games he played.

Davis returned six kicks for 109 yards at Iowa State, including a 41-yarder. He added four returns for 111 yards vs. Missouri, but suffered a bruised quadricep muscle and missed the next game at Oklahoma State. He came back with five returns for 105 yards at Texas A&M the following week. Davis' final 100-yard game of the regular season was the Kansas State contest, when his 186 yards came on seven returns, including a season-long 53-yarder. He added his fifth 100-yard return game in the Independence Bowl with five returns for 105 yards vs. Ole Miss.

Davis rushed 25 times for 162 yards as a reserve I-back. He scored on a 12-yard run against Kansas and had a career-long 28-yard scamper against Utah State, when he posted a career-high 51 yards on seven carries. Davis had two carries for 33 yards late in the Texas game. He caught 10 passes for 58 yards on the year, with a season-best three receptions for 21 yards at Iowa State.

2001 (Sophomore)
Davis set a then-school record in kickoff returns and return yards with 25 for 675 yards in 2001. His 27.0 average ranked sixth in the Big 12 and 14th nationally, and helped Nebraska to a No. 8 national ranking in kickoff returns (25.23 ypr).

Davis had 12 kickoff returns of 25-plus yards, including a career-best 74-yard return at Colorado. He had five games with at least two 25-yard returns and had two 100-yard kickoff return games in the regular season, with 5-117 vs. Texas Tech and 5-158 at Colorado. He added five returns for 138 yards against Miami in the 2002 Rose Bowl. Davis rushed eight times for 61 yards as a reserve I-back, including a 13-yard touchdown run at Baylor, when he finished the game with 25 yards on two carries.

2000 (Redshirt Freshman)
Davis played in the first two games in 2000, but tore his left ACL in practice and missed the remainder of the season.

1999 (Redshirt)
A scholarship athlete, Davis redshirted in 1999.

Before Nebraska (Loveland HS)
Davis was an all-class all-state running back for Coach John Poovey at Loveland High School, playing with Husker sophomore split end Ross Pilkington, who graduated from Loveland HS one year later. As a senior, Davis rushed for 1,422 yards and 21 touchdowns on 135 carries (9.7 ypc), scoring 31 TDs. He also caught 25 passes for 595 yards and two TDs and averaged 45 yards on each of his 12 punt returns. On special teams, eight (four punt and four kickoff) of his 18 returns were returned for scores. A SuperPrep All-American, Davis was also a three-time state qualifier in track, winning the state 200-meter title as a senior.

Personal
The son of Tony and Lori Davis, Josh has a twin sister, Dara, and two brothers (Tony and Brandon). His father, Tony, totaled 2,153 yards playing both I-back and fullback to rank 19th all-time at Nebraska in rushing yards. Tony played in the NFL from 1976 to 1981 (Bengals and Buccaneers) and served as a graduate assistant coach at NU after retiring from the NFL. Josh Davis was born on Oct. 11, 1980, in Tampa, Fla. The Davis family lived in Nebraska for six years, then moved to Colorado when Josh was in the sixth grade. Davis was a 2002 member of the Unity Council.

Year

G/S

Att.

Net

Long

TDs

1999

Redshirted

 

 

 

 

2000

2/0

1

3

3

0

2001

12/0

8

61

13

1

2002

13/1

25

162

28

1

2003

13/10

138

600

42

2

Totals

40/11

172

826

42

4

 

Year

G/S

No.

Yds

Long

Long

TDs

1999

Redshirted

 

 

 

 

 

2000

2/0

0

0

0.0

0

0

2001

12/0

25

675

27.0

74

0

2002

13/1

42

994

23.7

53

0

2003

13/10

23

596

25.9

64

0

Totals

40/11

92

2,265

24.6

74

0

 

Receiving: 14-79-0 total; 10-58-9 in 2002; 4-21-0 in 2003

Punt Returns: 27-240-0, all in 2003

 

2002 Rose Bowl vs. Miami: KOR, 5-138

2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: KKOR, 5-105; Rushing 2-11; Receiving 1-(-4)

2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Punt Returns, 2-17-0

 

Most Rushing Attempts: 32 vs. Penn State, 2003 (179 yards)

Most Rushing Yards: 179 vs. Penn State, 2003

Long Rush: 42 vs. Penn State, 2003

Long TD Rush: 13 at Baylor, 2001

Most Kickoff Returns: 7 at Kansas State, 2002 (186 yards)

Most Kickoff Return Yards: 186 at Kansas State, 2002 (school record)

Long Kickoff Return: 74 vs. Colorado, 2001

Number of Kickoff Returns of 25-Plus Yards: 37; 12, 2001; 13, 2002; 12, 2003

Most Receptions: 3 at Iowa State, 2002 (21 yards)

Most Receiving Yards: 21 at Iowa State, 2002

Long Reception: 12 at Iowa State, 2002

Long Punt Return: 30 vs. Utah State, 2003

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