Ray Davis, star Kentucky running back, announces plans for 2024 season
Ray Davis will forego his remaining eligibility and enter the 2024 NFL Draft, he announced on Monday evening.
Davis is coming off of the best season of his career. He rushed for 1,066 yards and 13 touchdowns this season — both of which were new career-highs for the Kentucky running back.
Here’s his announcement:
“After long talks with my family and friends, I will be declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft,” Davis wrote. “This has always been a dream of mine and is a challenge I’m ready to take on.”
Thank you Big Blue Nation ? pic.twitter.com/Cg2MbZfMqC
— Re'Mahn Davis (@Ray_Davis07) November 27, 2023
Davis just finished his fifth season of college football, but had one year of eligibility remaining because of a COVID-19 waiver in 2020 and a season-ending injury after just three games in 2021. He previously played at Temple and Vanderbilt before arriving in Lexington.
Losing Davis is a big blow for Kentucky’s offense. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry this season and was also very productive as a receiver out of the backfield. He caught 29 passes for 317 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2023.
It remains to be seen what Kentucky’s running back room will look like in 2024 with Davis in the NFL. It’s possible the Wildcats will turn toward the transfer portal to find an experienced starter for next season.