Colorado State linebacker Kevin Davis is on the national radar following a fantastic 2015 effort.
The 32nd annual Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s most elite linebackers, announced its 2016 preseason watch list today. Among the 51 collegiate players recognized was Colorado State defender Kevin Davis.
Davis jumped onto the scene almost immediately in 2015, recovering a fumble in the end zone on the second play of the season to score CSU’s first points.
Davis led the Colorado State Rams in tackles (101) and tackles for a loss (14) last season.
In his first year starting, Davis earned starts in all 13 games and ranked in the top 10 in the Mountain West for total tackles and tackles for a loss.
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Davis was born in Germany and grew up in Colorado Springs. He is a double major studying sociology and interdisciplinary liberal arts.
The outstanding linebacker is the fourth CSU Ram to be named to a preseason watch list this year, joining Jake Bennett (Rimington Trophy), Hayden Hunt (Ray Guy Award) and Fred Zerblis (Outland Trophy).
During a stretch dating back to the 2014 season, Davis was part of at least one tackle for a loss in 10 consecutive games. He also intercepted a fourth-quarter pass in a win at New Mexico to help CSU become bowl eligible for the third year in a row.
The Rams earned a trip to the Arizona Bowl in their first season under new head coach Mike Bobo, but fell to Nevada in a thrillingly competitive game.
CSU closed out their regular season last year on a four-game win streak, with three of those victories coming on the road. With players like Kevin Davis on the roster, and coach Bobo getting comfortable in his new perch, we should expect big things from the Rams in 2016.