MOBILE, Ala. -- LSU quarterback Rohan Davey, who enjoyed a record-setting season on his way to leading the Tigers to the 2001 SEC Championship, is the first player named to the roster for the 2002 Senior Bowl, game officials announced on Wednesday.
Davey turned in a banner senior campaign as he developed into one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft and became the first quarterback in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season.
"Rohan Davey is an extremely talented, accurate passer with great leadership skills
whose stellar 2001 season has enabled him to become one of the most coveted senior quarterbacks available in this year's NFL draft," said Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale. "We're really looking forward to being able to showcase his talents here in Mobile during Senior Bowl Week."
His 3,347 passing yards in 2001 shattered the old LSU single season mark of 2,655 set by Tommy Hodson in 1989 by nearly 700 yards, and his 217 completions on the year also broke Jeff Wickersham's 16-year-old school record of 210.
He also turned in one of the most explosive offensive performances in SEC history in LSU's 35-21 win over Alabama, as he threw for an LSU-record 528 yards against the
Crimson Tide. The 528 yards was also the second-highest passing yardage total ever recorded by an SEC player in a single game, trailing only a 544-yard performance by Georgia's Eric Zeier in 1993.
In that Alabama contest, he also tied former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning's 32-year-old SEC single game total offense mark of 540 yards (528 passing and 12 rushing), and his 35 pass completions was also an all-time school single game best.
Named the second-team All-SEC quarterback on squads selected by both the Associated Press and Coaches, Davey also ranked second in the SEC in yards passing per game with 296.6 and in total offense with 296.5.
The 6-3, 239-pounder from Miami, Fla., also holds the LSU record for most 300-yard passing games in a career with six, is the only player in school history to record three
straight 300-yard passing games and threw for over 300 yards a school-record five times in 2001 with 356 against Tennessee, 383 vs. Kentucky, 528 against Alabama, 318 vs. Middle Tennessee State and 359 against Arkansas.
An extremely accurate passer, Davey also set another SEC record for single game
completion percentage (min. of 10 completions) when he was a perfect 11-11 against
Western Carolina in 2000. He completed 60 percent of his passes in 2001, and his 64.4 percent completion rate in 2000 was the second best single season mark in school history.
Named LSU's co-Most Valuable Player in 2001 along with Biletnikoff Award winner Josh Reed, Davey threw 18 TD passes this season and ranks fifth in school history with 29 career TD passes, despite the fact that he was the school's starting quarterback for only one full season.
As a junior, Davey capped off the 2000 campaign with an MVP performance in the Peach Bowl, as he came off the bench in the second half to lead the Tigers to a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech. In that contest, he completed 17 of 25 for 174 yards and an LSU bowl record-tying three touchdowns to earn the Peach Bowl's Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award.
He was also named the USA Today and CNNSI.com National Player of the Week for his performance against Tennessee earlier in the season, after completing 23 of 35 for 318 yards and a school record-tying four touchdowns in the Tigers' 38-31 overtime win over Tennessee, despite playing the majority of the game on a badly sprained right ankle.
Davey finished his LSU career with 4,415 passing yards, which ranks sixth on the all-time school list, and completed 286 of 367 career passes.
Tickets for the January 26 Senior Bowl, presented by Food World, are currently on sale at Colonial Mall Bel Air, all area Food World stores and selected AmSouth Bank branches. Tickets, which sell for $24, $18 and $12 each, can also be purchased through the Senior Bowl ticket office by calling 251-432-4109 or through the Senior Bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.
This year's contest will also feature a special 4 p.m. kickoff time, as the event will serve as the official kickoff of Mobile's Tricentennial Celebration of 2002.