· The Bo Davis File
Davis helped the defense lead the Big 12 in total defense (11th NCAA), rushing defense (sixth NCAA), pass efficiency defense (10th NCAA) and pass defense in his first season. The defensive tackles group was led by first-team All-Big 12 selection Kheeston Randall who was key to stopping the run inside while recording five tackles for loss, one sack and eight quarterback pressures. Randall went on to be selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft. As a group the defensive tackles tallied 17 tackles for loss, six sacks and 21 pressures.
With the loss of Randall, Davis rotated five players at his two defensive tackle postiions in 2012. Sophomore Desmond Jackson, and juniors Chris Whaley, Brandon Moore and Ashton Dorsey manned the middle of the defensive line. Jackson has 10 starts, the most among that group. Whaley started eight games.
The defense, which has just two seniors in the two-deep in 2012, was an improving unit as it surrendered just 330.4 yards over the final five games of the season, a drop of more than 140 yards from the first seven contests.
Davis came to Texas after spending four seasons with the Crimson Tide as defensive line coach where he was a part of defenses that consistently led the Southeastern Conference and ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in most of the major statistical categories.
Alabama posted a record of 42-10 (.808) during Davis' four-year stretch, including a mark of 35-4 (.897) in the last three seasons. The Tide also won three of its four bowls in that span and the 2009 BCS National Championship.
Alabama finished in the top 10 in each of the last three seasons, ranking No. 10 in 2010 following a 49-7 win over No. 7 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, No. 1 in 2009 and No. 6 in 2008.
In 2010, Davis helped guide a defense that ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense (13.5 ppg), fifth in total defense (286.4 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (110.2 ypg) and seventh in pass efficiency defense (103.5), while leading the SEC in all four categories. Under Davis, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus earned second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC honors.
Davis' 2009 defensive line was again key in setting the tone for a defense that ranked second nationally and led the SEC in the same four categories - rushing defense (78.1 ypg), pass efficiency defense (87.7), total defense (244.1) and scoring defense (11.7 ppg). Nose guard Terrence Cody earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight season and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award. Lorenzo Washington and Brandon Deaderick anchored the defensive end positions while Dareus emerged as a pass-rusher and led the team with 6.5 sacks.
In 2008, Alabama ranked second nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 74.1 yards per game on the ground. UA also ranked third in the country in total defense (263.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (14.3 ppg). Davis added Cody to the starting lineup at nose guard and the junior was named All-America in his first season.
Under Davis' watch in 2007, senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry put together one of the finest seasons by an end in Alabama history. Gilberry earned first team All-SEC status, leading the league in tackles for loss (27) and finishing second in sacks (10).
Davis joined the Crimson Tide staff after serving the 2006 season as an assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.
Prior to his stint with the Dolphins, Davis spent four years (2002-05) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU under Saban and current Tigers head coach Les Miles. LSU went to four straight bowls in that span, winning two of them, including the 2004 Sugar Bowl for the 2003 National Championship, while posting a 41-11 (.788) record.
Davis joined the LSU strength and conditioning staff as assistant coordinator in June 2002. He came to the Tigers from North Shore High School in Galena Park, Texas, where he served as an assistant coach from 1997-2002 and coached former Longhorns All-American and current Baltimore Ravens DT Cory Redding.
Davis earned second team All-SEC honors as a senior nose guard at LSU in 1992 after starting all 11 games, recording 66 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He lettered for the Tigers from 1990-92 and finished his college career with 90 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
A native of Magee, Miss., Davis graduated from LSU in 1993 and then served as a graduate assistant with the LSU strength and conditioning program from 1995-1997.
Davis and his wife, Omeika, have two sons, Beau and Jackson, and a daughter, Juliana.
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