Yonus Davis (5-7, 180) is perhaps the nation's best-kept secret. The San Jose State junior has rushed 116 times for 861 yards. Davis leads the entire nation with his 7.42 yards per carry average. If he sported the carries of Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe, Davis would have 1,580 yards in just eight games.
Davis gained 184 yards against Stanford, 100 against the stout defense of Nevada, 199 vs. Louisiana Tech and 177 against New Mexico State. For comparison, Notre Dame's Darrius Walker ran for 153 yards against Stanford. Davis was named as the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against Louisiana Tech that included touchdown runs of 7 and 90 yards. The 90-yard scamper was the third longest in Spartan history. Davis led a ground game that rushed for 476 yards against the Bulldogs--that's the highest total of any team in Division I-A this season.
Davis earned second-team All-WAC last season after rushing for 638 yards He was seventh in the nation last year with his 6.7 yards per carry average.
In high school, he rang up 1,208 yards and 16 touchdowns at Oakland's Skyline High School, garnering the San Francisco Chronicle's Alameda County Player of the Year honors as well as being named second-team All-California.
Yonus (which means "Greek King") must be tackled low with his solid frame and has good speed. He's one of the main reasons San Jose State is 6-2 and challenging for the WAC title. The Spartans host Boise State for a crucial league showdown Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Mountain time.