Tennessee Tech has added transfer running back Willie Davis. Davis will be a junior this year, after spending the past three years with the University of South Florida.
The 5’9 Davis is the younger brother of former Golden Eagle All-American receiver Tim Benford, currently with the Dallas Cowboys organization.
“We’re very excited to get Willie,” head coach Watson Brown said. “He’s the type of back we’re hunting for to become ‘the guy’. We needed a tough guy in the backfield and we believe he will add that right away. It’s so special that we can bring in a guy that is family with Tim and already has a feel for our program.”
Last year Davis appeared in 11 games for the Bulls and ranked third on the team with 142 yards on 39 carries.
Prior to USF, Davis was an all-state selection and region MVP for coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School. As a senior, he posted more than 1,300 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for 175 yards and four scores. As a junior he rushed for nearly 700 yards and three touchdowns while playing in just six games.
“We haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Dontey Gay,” Brown added. “Durability is a huge part of that. In our system, ‘the guy’ has to be tough because he blocks and carries the ball. Willie has these qualities and we can’t wait to get him on the field.”
Davis is eligible to play immediately for the Golden Eagles, with two seasons of eligibility remaining.