Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2018, Coaches)
» 2016 Nebraska Most Improved Player
» Honorable-Mention BTN All-Freshman Team (2016)
» NCAA Track & Field Second-Team All-American (2019, Discus)
» NCAA Track & Field Honorable-Mention All-American (2018, Discus)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
2019 Season Outlook
A versatile performer on the defensive line, Carlos Davis returns for his senior season in 2019, helping make the Nebraska defensive front one of the strengths of the team. Davis has played in all 37 games over the past three seasons, while making 25 starts.
Davis began the 2018 season at defensive end, before moving inside and starting the final eight games at the nose position. He shifted back to defensive end this spring where he will team with twin brother, Khalil, and junior Ben Stille to give NU three game-tested veterans at the position.
Carlos Davis’ play in 2018 earned him honorable-mention all-conference accolades from the Big Ten coaches. Davis enters his senior campaign with nearly 100 career tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. In addition to his football success, Davis was one of the nation’s top discus throwers in his four years as a member of the Husker track and field team. Davis finished third at the 2019 Big Ten Championships and was a two-time All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
A child, youth and family studies major, he is set to earn his degree in August of 2019 and play as a graduate student this fall. He is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Davis played in all 12 games and registered 27 tackles in 2018, including three TFLs and 1.0 sack. He also broke up five passes, the most pass breakups by a Nebraska defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh had 10 breakups in 2009. For his efforts, Davis was selected as an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice by the league’s coaches.
Davis had two tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the season opener against Colorado, helping the Huskers limit the Buffaloes to 44 rushing yards. The next week against Troy, he had two tackles, including an eight-yard sack. At No. 19 Michigan, Davis recorded a pair of tackles. After appearing off the bench at defensive end in each of the first three games, Davis earned the start at nose guard against Purdue. Davis responded with three tackles, including one tackle for loss. He started again at nose guard at No. 16 Wisconsin and made a season-high four tackles. Davis had one tackle against Minnesota, Bethune-Cookman and Ohio State. He made three tackles in the Huskers’ win over Illinois. Davis then had a season-high five tackles in Nebraska’s win over Michigan State. He also broke up a pass against the Spartans. Davis wrapped up his junior season with a season-high three solo tackles as part of a four-tackle effort at Iowa.
In the spring, Davis completed his career as a four-year letterwinner for the Nebraska track and field program. He finished third in the discus at the 2019 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA West Regional for the fourth straight year. Davis placed fourth with a career-best throw of 191-11 at the regional - the ninth-best mark in school history - to qualify for his second straight NCAA Championship. Davis placed 16th at the national meet to earn All-America honors for the second straight year.
Davis helped anchor the Huskers’ defensive line by starting all 12 games at defensive end. He excelled as a sophomore, recording 42 tackles, more than double the total from his redshirt freshman season. In addition to his career-high 42 tackles, Davis also posted a career-high 2.5 sacks, totaled four tackles for loss and had a team-high six quarterback hurries.
Davis totaled multiple tackles in all 12 games. He combined for 12 tackles in Nebraska’s three non-conference games, including back-to-back games with five tackles against Oregon and Northern Illinois. He also added a half sack against the Huskies. Davis then had at least three tackles in seven of the Huskers’ nine Big Ten Conference games. He had three tackles, two TFLs and 1.0 sack at Illinois, marking his first career game with multiple tackles for loss. Davis added his third five-tackle game of the season at Purdue and recorded his final sack of the season at No. 13 Penn State. In the final game against Iowa, Davis tied his career high with six tackles.
In the spring, Davis qualified for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus for the first time in his career, earning honorable-mention All-America honors by finishing 23rd. He also finished third at the NCAA West Preliminary Round and seventh at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Davis played in all 13 games and made four starts at defensive tackle early in the season when Mick Stoltenberg was slowed by an injury. Davis finished the season with 24 tackles, including 11 solo stops, while registering five tackles for loss and two sacks for 24 yards. He also had three quarterback hurries.
Davis had five tackles in his first career start against Wyoming. He recorded his first career sack against Purdue, covering 17 yards, and added a seven-yard sack a week later at Wisconsin. He had two tackles each against Ohio State and Minnesota, and had a tackle for loss against the Gophers. He had a season-high six tackles at Iowa, including four solo stops, and closed the year with two tackles and a tackle for loss against Tennessee.
Davis threw the discus in six track meets during the spring and finished 10th at the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Davis redshirted and worked on the scout team, where he earned praise for his outstanding practice work. In the spring, Davis finished seventh in the discust at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a toss of 177-10 and also qualified for the NCAA West Regional.
Before Nebraska (Blue Springs HS)
Davis finished his senior season with 64 tackles, including an impressive 33 tackles for loss. He had 18 sacks and 21 quarterback pressures and also saw time on the offensive line for Coach Kelly Donohoe’s team. Davis’ play helped the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and a trip to the third round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
Davis was recognized as the Missouri Coaches Association Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He also earned the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award at the Simone ceremony. Davis was a Class 6 all-state pick for the second straight year and earned All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star.
As a junior, Davis played a key role in helping Blue Springs to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 6 state title. Davis had 63 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. He also had two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked punt. At 6-2 and 265 pounds, Davis also had four rushing attempts and a five-yard touchdown reception. Davis was a first-team Class 6 all-state pick as a junior and earned second-team All-Metro honors.
Davis first saw varsity action as a sophomore for a 13-1 state championship team, making 16 tackles and one sack. An impressive athlete, Davis ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and had a 32-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army National Combine.
Davis was ranked among the top five players in Missouri and the top 25 defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout. He was rated as the No. 201 overall prospect in the country by Scout. Davis chose Nebraska after also considering Missouri, and he had numerous offers including Oregon, TCU, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Davis was also a discus standout. As a senior, Davis helped lead Blue Springs to a Class 5 Missouri State Championship title, capturing first-place finishes in shot put and discus in the process. He had a throw of 214-4 in the discus as a senior, the best prep mark in the nation in 2015.
Carlos is the son of Carl and Tracy Davis. He was born on Aug. 22, 1996, and is the older of the Davis twins by five minutes. A child, youth and family studies major, Davis has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, a Mother/Son Event, Husker Heroes, the FCA and local school and hospital visits.