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96 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Joe Davies

In which BracketCat counts down the 96th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Joe Davies.

#96 John Sua
Joe Davies has a chance to be another former walk-on/now-starting defensive tackle like John Sua (96).
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#96 Joe Davies

True Senior | 6-3 | 285 lbs. | Carrollton, Texas
Joe Davies
Joe Davies
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Previous College: Coffeyville Community College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Joe Davies (b. Aug. 25, 1997) is an athletic walk-on defensive tackle who provided depth in 2017 after transferring from the community college ranks. He then ended the 2018 season with starting duties in the interior of the defensive line and looks to do the same as a senior.

Davies played in 12 games in 2017, carding six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

He notched a season-high two stops with half a tackle for loss against Charlotte, recorded his first career sack in the regular-season finale against Iowa State, and also forced a fumble against West Virginia.

Davies then played in all 12 games in 2018, with starts in five games, including each of the final four. He finished the year with 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

Davies set a new career high with four stops against Kansas, while his forced fumble came against UTSA and his tackle for loss was against South Dakota.

He played the 2016 season under head coach Aaron Flores at Coffeyville Community College, where he totaled 38 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks.

Davies had a season-high seven tackles against Garden City Community College, while he capped the year with 2.5 tackles for loss against Independence Community College.

He recorded a 25-yard sack against Butler Community College, a game in which he also forced and recovered a fumble.

Davies also competed in JUCO track and field, placing fifth in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put during the 2017 NJCAA Indoor Track Championships to earn All-American status in both events.

An All-American during the 2017 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, he placed sixth in the hammer throw at that event.

Davies was a two-year letter-winner under head coach Jay Cline at Creekview High School, where he helped the Mustangs to earn an 8-3 record and a district championship as a senior.

A two-time honorable mention all-district performer and academic all-district honoree, he also competed in prep track and field, setting the school record in shot put and discus en route to finishing fourth in state in the latter event.