| Leonard Davis
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Wortham, Texas (Wortham)
· Dallas Cowboys bio
Athletic, gifted and powerful four-year tackle who developed into one of the nation's top offensive linemen ... had the ability to dominate games ... extremely agile athlete who coaches and teammates affectionately called the "Dancin' Bear" ... selected with the second pick of the first-round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2001 NFL Draft ... durable lineman who started 20 consecutive games to close out his career (22 of his last 25 overall) ... participated in three bowl games (1999-2000 Cotton Bowls; 2000 Holiday Bowl) ... tabbed a consensus first-team All-American in 2000 ... was an Outland Trophy finalist and a Lombardi Award semifinalist as a senior ... Playboy preseason All-American in 2000 ... first-team All-Big 12 in 2000 ... earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 1999.
Started all 12 games at left tackle, including the Holiday Bowl ... consensus first-team All-America selection (FWAA/WCFF/The Sporting News) ... first-team All-Big 12 choice ... Outland Trophy finalist ... Lombardi Award semifinalist ... rated as the top-ranked offensive tackle by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ... led the offensive line with 39 pancake blocks ... did not physically allow a sack during the regular season ... set the tone for UT to rush for 1,206 yards (201 ypg) during the final six games of 2000 ... helped pave the way for a Longhorn offense that averaged 38.6 points per game (eighth NCAA), 439.0 yards per contest (14th NCAA) and a school-record 293.5 passing yards per game (14th NCAA) ... a key member of a young offensive line that opened holes for UT's sixth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (Hodges Mitchell/1,118 yards/T-No. 9 on UT's single-season list) ... helped clear the way for Mitchell's back-to-back 200-yard rushing games (229 at Texas Tech/264 at Kansas) ... helped pave the way for Mitchell to rush for more than 100 yards in four of the final six games (150.8 ypg) ...helped lead the way for UT's 637 yards of total offense (fourth in school history) and 396 rushing yards at Kansas ... shared UT's Offensive Player of the Week honors with three other lineman for his efforts against Baylor ... helped lead UT to a 205-yard rushing day against Oklahoma State, which led the nation in rushing defense at that time ... helped the Texas offense create 54 yards rushing and 245 yards passing against No. 8 Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.
Started 10-of-14 games at left tackle, including the Cotton Bowl ... missed all or parts of four games with a severely sprained ankle ... did not play at Rutgers and Baylor ... saw limited duty vs. Rice and Kansas State ... second-team All-Big 12 selection ... rated first-team All-Big 12 by the Dallas Morning News ... helped extend Texas' string of five straight seasons with a 1,000-yard running back ... played a key role in the Longhorn offense that was one of only four teams (Louisville/Nevada/Western Michigan) nationally to feature a 3,000-yard passer (3,357/Major Applewhite), a 1,000-yard rusher (1,343/Hodges Mitchell) and a 1,000-yard receiver (1,188/Kwame Cavil) ... was in on more than 550 offensive snaps.
Played in all 12 games, including the Cotton Bowl, at left tackle in 1998 ... shared the Longhorns Outstanding Offensive Lineman award ... was in on nearly 300 offensive snaps ... registered 15 pancake blocks and 16 knockdowns on the season ... helped the Texas offense become one of only four teams nationally to finish the season ranked among the top 25 in all four major offensive categories ... had a key block on Ricky Williams' 60-yard TD run vs. No. 6 Texas A&M, which set the NCAA Division I all-time rushing record ... that play was tabbed the Compaq College Football Play of the Year ... his role aided in ranking the Horns 21st nationally in rushing (204.2), 19th in passing (266.5) and 10th in total offense (470.6) ... his blocking helped the Longhorns average 486.7 yards per game (222.2 rushing) over the final nine games of the season and go 8-1 during that span ... opened holes that led Williams to back-to-back 300-yard rushing performances against Rice and Iowa State ... helped Williams reach the 100-yard mark in nine of Texas' 11 contests ... helped UT post a school-best 692 yards of offense vs. Rice ... paved the way for a 434-yard rushing effort in that game ... helped the Horns to 200-yard rushing games vs. Iowa State (336), vs. New Mexico State (274), vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (251), vs. Baylor (244) and vs. No. 25 Mississippi State (238) in the Cotton Bowl.
Played in nine games at defensive tackle as a true freshman ... earned starts in three games (at Oklahoma State; vs. Oklahoma; at Missouri) ... posted 11 tackles (five solo) on the year ... also had one tackle for loss and recovered a fumble ... posted a career-high three tackles at Rice and vs. Oklahoma ... recovered a fumble vs. Kansas.
Coached by Tommy Roberson at Wortham High ... tabbed a Parade All-American and a USA Today first-team All-American at offensive line as a senior ... named first team all-state (Class A) on offense and defense that year ... also was a basketball and track standout.
Born 9/5/78 ... full name is Leonard Barnett Davis ... majored in youth and community studies ... earned the nickname "Big" after sprouting to 6-feet, 205 pounds as a fifth grader and 6-4, 300 pounds as a seventh grader ... his brother, Charlie, played for TCU (1971-73) and 10 years professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Gamblers ... his brothers Donald (1976-77) and Lynn (1975-77) also played at TCU.
Year G/GS TT (Solo) TFL QBP INT PBU FC FR High
2000 11/11 Played OT
1999 11/9 Played OT
1998 11/0 Played OT
1997 9/3 11 (5) 1 (-1) 0 0 0 0 1 3/3x
Career 42/23 11 (5) 1 (-1) 0 0 0 0 1 3/3x