Just four days after being named a Walter Camp Football Foundation First-Team All-American, Utah State cornerback Jalen Davis has landed on two more All-America teams.
The senior from La Mesa, California, was selected to both The Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Teams, it was announced Monday by both organizations. Davis garnered second-team honors on each team.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Davis earned first-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the season ranking first in the conference and seventh in the nation with his five interceptions and first in the conference and eighth nationally with his 18 passes defended (1.5 pg). He also ranked first on the team with his 4.0 sacks and was second with his 5.0 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble as he started all 12 games. He finished the regular season with a team-best 13 pass breakups and ranked 10th with his 32 tackles.
Davis, who was named a unanimous mid-season All-American and one of 13 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Ward as the top defensive back in the nation, ranks tied for first in the nation with his three defensive touchdowns. He is also the only player in the nation with three interception returns for a touchdown and one of just three FBS players to have multiple interceptions in multiple games during the season. Furthermore, he is the first FBS player to have three interceptions and return two of them for touchdowns in the same game since 2012, doing so against BYU on Sept. 29. Davis also had a career-high four pass breakups against Hawai’i on Nov. 18, which ranks tied for the ninth-most in a game at the FBS level this year.
Davis leads a Utah State defense that ranks second in the Mountain West and is ninth in the nation with 26 forced turnovers, and he ranks second in the nation with its 15 forced fumbles. USU's defense also ranks tied for third in the nation with five touchdowns and is third in the MW and 17th in the nation allowing just 181.8 passing yards per game. USU’s defense also ranks fourth in the conference and 49th in the nation in red zone defense at 80.0, as it has allowed its opponents to score on 32 of 40 trips, with 20 touchdowns and 12 field goals. And finally, USU’s defense ranks third in the MW and 17th in the nation in fourth down conversions at 39.1 percent.
Davis was also named a mid-season All-American by the AP, ESPN, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated, as he was the only non-Power 5 player listed.
Utah State will conclude the 2017 season against New Mexico State in the third-annual NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29, at 3:30 p.m. MT at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Utah State and New Mexico State have a history in bowl games, as NMSU posted a 20-13 win against Utah State in the 1960 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Ironically, that was the last bowl game NMSU appeared in prior to this season.
As for Utah State, it played in five-straight bowl games from 2011-15 and won three-straight bowls from 2012-14, both of which are school records. All-time, USU is 4-7 in its 11 bowl games, and this marks the first repeat opponent for Utah State in a bowl game.