Former Iowa State tailback Troy Davis, the first runner in NCAA history to record consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons, was named to the Big 12 Conference 10th Anniversary football team Thursday based on a media panel and on-line fan poll. Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas was the other running back named to the team.
Davis led the nation in rushing in 1995 and 1996. The Miami, Fla. native holds the third and 11th-best single-season rushing totals in NCAA history, compiling 2,010 yards in 1995 and 2,185 yards in 1996. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1996 after finishing fifth in 1995. A two-time consensus All-American, Davis owns the fourth-highest single game rushing total in NCAA Division I-A history, running for 378 yards against Missouri on Sept. 28, 1996. He played three seasons with the New Orleans Saints before moving to the Canadian Football League.
Traded during mid-season from the Hamilton Tiger Cats to the Edmonton Eskimos, Davis ranks fifth in the CFL with 1,151 rushing yards on 240 carries and five touchdowns. Edmonton plays at Calgary Sunday in the Grey Cup semifinals.
Originally selected by the New Orleans Saints (3rd round - 62nd overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft. Appeared in all 16 games for the Saints in 1997 and finished third on the team in rushing yards. Appeared in 14 games for the Saints in 1998 and 16 more in 1999.
Davis was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2001 and appeared in 12 games that year racking up 527 yards on 96 carries and 6 TD's. He also added 14 receptions for 122 yards. In 2002 he rolled up 1143 rushing yards on 230 carries and 6 TD's as well as 221 yards through the air on 27 catches on his way to a divisional all-star selection.
In 2003 and 2004, Davis continued to improve with 1206 and 1628 rushing yards respectively. He also contributed 15 touchdowns over those seasons as well as 480 yards through the air on 71 receptions. His excellent play was rewarded with two more East Division all-start selections and a 2004 CFL All-Star selection.