Auburn to UCF pipeline continues: Former All-SEC LB joins Gus Malzahn's staff
Deshaun Davis, a former Auburn All-SEC linebacker has rejoined his college coaches, and become a member of the UCF staff.
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Travis Williams, the UCF defensive coordinator, tweeted the news that Davis has been hired as a graduate assistant coach. This is a shift from his earlier coaching plans, AL.com reported, from December when Davis announced he would return to his alma mater, Vigor High School, to be the Wolves’ defensive coordinator.
Davis was a 3-year starter at middle linebacker, and in his final season, 2018, he was a first team All-SEC selection with 116 tackles, and 266 career tackles, which led the team. That’s fourth among Auburn career tacklers since 2000. He also added 7 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss in his career.
BUM! BUM! Yes sir!!! Blessed to have @_Davis_Boy12 working with the @UCF_Football linebackers as a graduate assistant! 🤞🏾 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/u4LZfD4psF
— Coach T-Will (@T_WILL4REAL) June 13, 2022
After the Senior Bowl, Davis moved on to the professional ranks. Davis played briefly for 3 NFL teams in 2019, including Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Jacksonville, and in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Davis spent the 2021 season coaching freshmen at Thompson High School while recovering from surgery.
He said in December the door is “75 to 80 percent” closed on his playing career at this point.