Jamin Davis
Davis in 2021
No. 52 – Washington Football Team
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1998-12-12) December 12, 1998 (age 22)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Long County (Ludowici, Georgia)
College:Kentucky (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jamin Davis (/mɪn/ JAY-men; born December 12, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky and was drafted by Washington in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early life and college

The son of U.S. Army parents, Davis was born on a military base in Honolulu on December 12, 1998.[1][2] His family moved to Hinesville, Georgia when he was one years old, with Davis later attending Long County High School in Ludowici, Georgia.[1][3] Playing linebacker and wide receiver for their football team, compiling 131 tackles as a junior and 126 more as a senior while also catching three touchdowns.[1][4]

Davis committed to play college football at Kentucky.[5] He redshirted as a freshman in 2017 and played mostly on special teams in 2018, also recording an interception as a reserve player.[6][7] He followed with 32 tackles in 2019 before being named as a starter for the 2020 season, where he led the team in tackles with 102 and also recorded 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and three interceptions, one of which he returned 85 yards for a touchdown.[8][9]

College statistics
Season Games Tackles Solo Ast TFL Sacks Int FF FR TD
2017 Redshirted
2018 7 10 6 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
2019 8 32 12 20 1 1 1 0 0 0
2020 10 102 48 54 4 1.5 3 1 0 1
Career[10] 25 144 66 78 5 2.5 5 1 0 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 348 234 lb
(106 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
912 4.48 s 1.53 s 2.61 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
21 reps
All values from Kentucky's Pro Day[2]

Davis was selected by the Washington Football Team in the first round (19th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[11] He signed his four-year rookie contract on May 13, 2021.[12]

Personal life

Davis' childhood nickname was "Shadow", named after Shadow from the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. He received the nickname from a close friend and partner in track sprinting nicknamed Sonic, as the two characters are rivals in the franchise.[13] Davis majored in community and leadership development at Kentucky and wore 44 as his Wildcats uniform number to honor his grandmother who died at 44.[14] Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he was interning at an attorney's office in Lexington, Kentucky.[15] Davis is a fan of NASCAR, with his favorite driver being Jimmie Johnson.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c Jhabvala, Nicki. "Jamin Davis began last season off the NFL's radar. In a few weeks, he could be a first-round pick". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  2. ^ a b The NFL Draft Bible. "Jamin Davis - Inside Linebacker Kentucky Wildcats Scouting Report". SI.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "UK football announces seven mid-year Wildcats". WYMT.com. January 13, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Rowland, Justin (December 2, 2016). "SCOUTING THE COMMITS: Linebacker Jamin Davis". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "Long linebacker commits to Kentucky". Coastal Courier. July 6, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jamin Davis out 3-4 weeks with knee injury, dealing another blow to Kentucky football LB depth". The Courier-Journal. March 29, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "Inside linebackers form a strong core for Kentucky football's defense". The Courier-Journal. August 2, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "Awful circumstances have Kentucky reserve in position for breakout season in 2020". Lexington Herald Leader. September 11, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "UK star is chasing the NFL. When his playing days are done, could NASCAR be next?". Lexington Herald Leader. February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  10. ^ "Jamin Davis College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  11. ^ Jhabvala, Nicki. "Kentucky LB Jamin Davis taken by Washington Football Team at No. 19 in draft". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  12. ^ Stackpole, Kyle (May 13, 2021). "Washington Signs 2021 Draft Class". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  13. ^ Hailey, Peter. "Washington's Jamin Davis is nicknamed 'Shadow.' Here's why". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Jamin Davis - Football". ukathletics.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Moore, Josh. "UK star is chasing the NFL. When his playing days are done, could NASCAR be next?". Kentucky.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.