Austin Davis may finally be able to call Seattle his home after bouncing around the league for the past few years and playing for three teams in five years. The former University of Southern Mississippi quarterback will finally want to reach the heights he reached during his college years and more, but as a backup for Russell Wilson.
Who is Austin Davis
Austin Davis was born on June 2, 1989, in Meridian, Mississippi. He attended West Lauderdale High School in Collinsville, Mississippi, where he played both baseball and soccer, but most importantly he was a letter winner on the soccer team for four years. In his senior year, he had a 67 percent success rate when he threw a total of 1,100 yards with 15 touchdowns. With six touchdowns he threw a total of 600 yards.
After high school, Davis attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He was hired as a red herder for the first year before becoming the school’s first quarterback in the 2008 season, the first rookie to get the job since 1991. This season, Davis set a new school record for passing yards (3,128) and broke the record for most touchdown passes from the legendary Brett Favre in the first year of school (23). At the end of the season, he was appointed to the All-Conference rookie team in the USA before being on the watch list for the Manning Award in 2009.
By his graduation season, Austin Davis had broken almost every pass record in school history. He ended his college career with 933-1527 completed passes (61.1%) over 10,898 yards and 83 touchdowns, and also ran the ball 460 times over 1,375 yards and 25 touchdowns.
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Professional Athlete Family
As is usually the case with professional athletes, Austin Davis is not the only member of his family who has played professional sports. His brother Bo used to play baseball for the San Diego Padres, as did his cousin Jason Smith, who played for teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kansas City Royals, and the Houston Astros before retiring in 2009.
Austin Davis could have followed in his brother and cousin’s footsteps to become a professional baseball player after being drafted into the 2012 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Instead, however, he chose to play soccer, was an all-state baseball player in high school, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a baseball scholarship before joining the soccer team as an errand boy.
In his seven-year career in the NFL, Austin Davis has been on the list of five different teams. He first came to the St. Louis Rams in 2012 as an undeveloped free player. A year later, he joined the Miami Dolphins training squad but was later dismissed from the team, leaving him ready for a second stint with the Rams. During this time, Davis was given the opportunity to serve as a starter after an injury to his team’s star quarterback. Of particular note is his performance against the Seattle Seahawks, where he scored the highest percentage of passes with 17 out of 20 against a Super Bowl champion in NFL history.
A few months later, Davis lost his starting job and returned to his replacement role. On September 5, 2015, he was dismissed from the team. A few days later, he joined the Cleveland Browns and spent a year on the team before moving to Denver in September 2016. Davis’ stay with the Broncos was very short, as he was only released after 3 months. His next stop was Seattle, where he joined in June 2017. Since then he has remained on the team and plays as a replacement for Russell Wilson.
When Austin Davis joined the St. Louis Rams in 2012, he signed a 3-year contract for $1.44 million. However, he earned none of this money after the team gave him up, which resigned him a few months later and finally handed him a brand new one-year contract for $570,000 in 2014.
After being released by the Rams, Davis put a two-year contract for $4.137 million with the Browns on paper in September 2015. About a year later, he was released from the team, giving him room for a one-year $1.25 million contract with the Broncos. In 2017 he joined the Seahawks with an $855,000 1-year contract. The following year he signed another $880,000 1-year contract.
Marriage and Love Life
Austin Davis is married to the beautiful Heather Davis (née Evans), whom he met while studying at the University of Southern Mississippi. The couple reportedly began dating several months after they met, and when they graduated, Davis asked his lady the question in the most grandiose and romantic way possible. The star quarterback, who had just been awarded the Conerly trophy for a best college football player in the state of Mississippi, knelt down in front of thousands of other students at halftime of his school’s basketball game at the Reed Green Coliseum and asked his girlfriend to be his girlfriend forever.
The couple later exchanged vows before family and friends in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on April 21, 2012.
Austin Davis is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 221 pounds (100 kg). He also has an arm length of 31 3/4 inches and a hand size of 10 3/8 inches.