QB Jay Davis
Clearwater (Fl.) Central Catholic High School
2003 StatsJay finished the season 9-10 for 89 yards and 1 touchdown as the backup to Philip Rivers.
2004 StatsIn his first year as a starter, Davis ranked second in the ACC in passing yards per game with a 191.3 average. He also threw for 2,104 yards last season, the 10th-best mark in school history and the second-best mark (regular season) in the ACC last year. His most impressive feat was a string of six straight games where he passed for over 200 yards, the only QB in the ACC to do so last season. Davis finished the year with 2,104 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Awards- 2004 Most Improved Quarterback (Spring Practice)
High School Accolades
- #23 Quarterback in the nation per Max Emfinger
- PrepStar All-American
- Dream Team All-American
Former Wolfpack Coach Chris Demarest
Most Wolfpack fans were quick to place blame on Davis for last season's failures, but the fact is when he had a healthy offensive line in front of him, Davis performed very well. After injuries to starting offensive linemen Jed Paulsen, Leroy Harris, and Derek Morris, Davis and the Wolfpack offense struggled. With a year of experience under his belt and the starting position no longer in doubt, expect Davis to perform very well in 2005. Also, returning six offensive linemen that started games in conference play will only help Davis and the NC State offense.
The weapons are in place for Davis to have a big 2005 season. NC State is loaded at the skill positions, with potential All-ACC players at wide receiver, tailback, and tight end respectively. The key for NC State (and Davis) will be if the offensive line can gel and stay healthy. If the offensive line performs well, expect the Wolfpack offense to excel under heralded offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and for Davis to contend for all-conference honors as he is the top returning passer in the ACC.