Tide Assistant Takes Minnesota Job

When Alabama added Tim Davis to the football staff as director of player personnel last February, it seemed to be an embarrassment of riches for the Crimson Tide. There was also the suspicion that Davis, one of the finest offensive line coaches in the nation, wouldn't be off the field for long.

When Alabama Coach Nick Saban brought in Tim Davis as director of player personnel, there was also the thought that Davis was insurance against Joe Pendry, the Crimson Tide's veteran offensive line coach, leaving.

All speculation aside, it was hardly a surprise that Davis was out of coaching long. With no on-the-field position available at Alabama, Davis has been tapped by Minnesota to the the Gophers' running game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Saban said, "This is a great opportunity for Tim in terms of his position as offensive line coach and running game coordinator. We've had the chance to work together here at The University of Alabama as well as with the Miami Dolphins, and Tim has been a hard worker and done an excellent job with each and every responsibility he's had.

"I know Tim is looking forward to getting up there in a coaching capacity that puts him back on the field interacting with the players. He'll do a great job with Coach Brewster and the Minnesota program. We wish Tim and his family the best at the University of Minnesota."

The announcement of Davis' appointment came from Minnesota Coach Tim Brewster Tuesday. Davis will begin duties with the Gophers Monday.

"Tim has worked alongside the greatest minds in football and possesses exactly the kind of credentials I was looking for in an offensive line coach," Brewster said. "He has played a key role in helping develop some of the game's most punishing and physical rushing attacks and I could not be more excited about the North-South mentality he will bring as our running game coordinator. Tim also possesses impeccable character, is an outstanding family man and I believe he will be a great fit on our staff here at the University of Minnesota."

"Obviously, I'm very excited about Minnesota football and working with Tim Brewster," Davis said. "Coach Brewster has a great background and I'm really looking forward to getting up there. Minnesota was a real draw for me because of the great city and having an opportunity to work in the Big Ten again. I can't wait to get started."

Davis has a wealth of collegiate and professional coaching experience. In addition to his time with Saban at Alabama, he was on Saban's staff as an assistant offensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins. In Davis' first season with Miami, the Dolphins offensive line improved from allowing 52 sacks in 2004 to just 26 in 2005. The Miami offensive line led the Dolphins to 4.3 yards per carry in 2005 and 4.2 in 2006. It was the first time the Dolphins averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons since 1986 and '87.

Prior to his time in Miami, Davis spent three seasons (2002-04) coaching the offensive line at USC. In his first season with the Trojans, Davis coached the guards and centers. In 2003, he took over coaching responsibilities for the entire offensive line. USC won two national championships and three major bowl games in the three seasons Davis was with the Trojans. Davis' USC offensive lines protected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Carson Palmer (2002) and Matt Leinart (2004).

From 1997-2001, Davis was the tight ends/offensive tackles coach at Wisconsin. During his five years in Madison, the Badgers made five bowl appearances, including two Rose Bowls. The Wisconsin offensive line paved the way for Ron Dayne, who won the 1999 Heisman Trophy and set the all-time NCAA career rushing record. Davis also spent seven seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of Utah – his alma mater – from 1990-96. During that span, the Utes earned their first bowl invitation in 36 years and made four bowl appearances. He began his collegiate coaching career at Idaho State in 1989.

Davis was a three-year letterman at Utah, playing offensive tackle for the Utes from 1978-80. He earned a physical education degree from Utah in 1982. He holds a master's degree in higher education from Wisconsin (1986).

Following his collegiate career, Davis played professionally for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 1981 and for the Los Angeles Express of the USFL in 1983. Davis is a native of Castro Valley, Calif. He and his wife Janice have a son, Nick, and a daughter, Mary Rose.

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