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35 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Will Davis

In which BracketCat counts down the 35th day until kickoff with a profile of linebacker Will Davis.

Will Davis (35) has the inside track on being the starting middle linebacker in 2014.
Will Davis (35) has the inside track on being the starting middle linebacker in 2014.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

#35 Will Davis
Redshirt Sophomore
6-0 | 223
Southlake, Texas


Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

William Tyler Davis (b. Nov. 4, 1993) is a hard-hitting linebacker from the legendary Southlake Carroll Senior High School program in Texas who benefited from a redshirt season in 2012.

He made a significant impact on special teams during his redshirt freshman season, while playing a reserve role at linebacker, and is looking to become a part of the regular linebacker rotation in 2014.

Davis played in all 13 games, making 16 tackles. He tied for third on the team with six special teams stops, and carded a career-best five tackles in consecutive games against Iowa State and Texas Tech.

A first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer, Davis started for the Purple team in the spring game and appears to have the inside track to succeeding Blake Slaughter as the starting middle linebacker.

Davis led Southlake Carroll to an undefeated state championship in 2011 and had 176 tackles, including 115 solo stops, 10 sacks, six knockdowns, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He's also strong as hell.

He was a team captain and defensive MVP in 2011, and also was named the defensive MVP of the 2011 state title game. He earned 2011 first team all-state honors from Fox Sports, Old Coach and 5A Texas Football.

Davis was named the Texas Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association and Padilla Poll; all-area by The Dallas Morning News and Old Coach; and one of the state’s top recruits by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Lemming.

He totaled 308 tackles, 25 for a loss, and 14 sacks in his final two prep seasons; led Carroll to a combined 37-6 record in three seasons; and also was an academic all-state scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.