July 21, 2012
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 25 in Dallas. Interviews from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
There will be many things around the University of Memphis football program this fall, most notably new head coach Justin Fuente. Akeem Davis is one of the familiar things returning to the team, although he will be at a new position, moving to linebacker for the 2012 season.
24 AKEEM DAVIS, MEMPHIS
Senior LB 6-1 200 (Laurel, Miss./Laurel/Jones County JC)
2011: Started all 12 games for the Tiger defense in 2012...Primarily worked as a nickelback...Ranked second on the team in tackles with 78, including 57 solo stops...Led the Tigers in interceptions with three and logged 43 return yards on those picks...Tied for the team lead in fumbles recovered with four and in forced fumbles with three...The four fumble recoveries ranked tied for fourth nationally... Was a prime reason the Tigers ranked in the top 10 nationally in turnover margin (T7th) and fumbles recovered (5th), and in the top 20 nationally in turnovers gained (T16th) in 2011...Tallied four straight games in 2011 in which he was responsible for forcing the opposing team to turn the ball over...Opened the season with seven tackles against Mississippi State...Six of those tackles were solo stops...Registered a career-best 11 tackles against Arkansas State...Posted 10 tackles - all solo stops - versus Austin Peay State...Started his streak of four games with a role in a defensive turnover with one of his best games against SMU with two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception...Made a 10-yard return on the interception...Tallied a forced fumble and an intereption with a 33-yard return against Middle Tennessee...Posted his third straight game with an interception against Rice...Closed out the streak with a fumble recovery against East Carolina...Recorded a tackle in every game in 2011 and registered five or more stops in nine games...Also logged four pass breakups...Named one of the team's permanent captains at the team's post-season banquet.
2010: Returned from a major knee injury he suffered in 2009 and opened the 2010 season as a starter against Mississippi State...Logged two solo stops against the Bulldogs...Credited with one tackle against East Carolina...Missed the following four games with a knee injury that did not require surgery...Returned to the field on Oct. 16 versus Southern Miss, which was also one day after the death of his mother, Karen...Logged two tackles versus USM...Also posted multiple tackles against Houston...Closed out the season with seven tackles in eight games.
2009: Started in the first two games of the season at free safety before suffering a season ending ACL injury against Middle Tennessee...Had knee surgery on Sept. 29, and missed the rest of the season...Started at free safety in his first game in a Tiger uniform in the season opener against Ole Miss...Made a team-best eight tackles, including seven solo stops...Logged one solo tackle against MTSU before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury...Was limited during the spring practice session, but is expected to be ready for fall camp...Earned one of the Spring Iron Tiger Awards which was presented at the 2010 Blue-Gray Game.
Academic Highlights: Named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for the spring 2010 and fall 2010 semesters...Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2009-10 and 2010-11...Earned recognition on the U of M Dean's List for spring 2010 semester...Selected as an Arthur Ashe Jr Sports Scholar for 2011.
Junior College: Played in eight games as a freshman for coach Eddie Pierce at Jones County Junior College...Started five games as a safety in 2008...Credited with 22 tackles - 13 solos and 9 assists...Registered one pass interception, which he returned 29 yards vs. Hinds...Also was a backup quarterback...Rushed five times for 12 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 13 yards.
Prep: Led Laurel High School to the State 4A championship in 2007...Threw for over 2,600 yards and rushed for 926 yards that year...Tossed 32 touchdown passes and logged 12 rushing touchdowns...Started as a cornerback at Laurel as a sophomore and was the starting quarterback as a junior and senior...Graduated in the top 25 of his class at Laurel with a 3.0 GPA...Also played on the basketball team and was a member of the 4A state-champion 800-meter relay team in track in 2008.
Personal: Akeem Davis is the son of Robert Davis and the late Karen Davis...Born December 25, 1989, in Laurel, Miss.