January 4, 2005 > Huskies' Star Shines at Bucknell
Huskies' Star Shines at Bucknell
by Karthik Raman
"5 yards to go! It's... a... TOUCHDOWN FOR BUCKNELL!" roars an announcer. Kenny Davis, a sophomore at Bucknell University, scores his very first touchdown as a Bucknell Bison, on a five-yard run with 13:14 left in the second period in the game against Columbia ending in a victory. In another game against Penn in October 2004, just as soon as Penn got their first lead in the game, Bucknell struck back. Davis' 29-yard catch and run pushed the ball into Penn territory and capped that scoring march with a 2 yard run. He then caught a 2-point pass making the score 22-15. Led by former St. Mary's head coach Tim Landis, Bucknell went on to finish the season 7-4 ranking 8th rushing nationally in Division I-AA.
This was Kenny's first year at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He transferred from St. Mary's in California when their football program was discontinued. Davis, who grew up in Fremont, started playing football when he was 11 years old. He played for the Eagles and Raiders in the Fremont Football League (FFL) until age 13 and continued his football career at Washington High as a running back for the Huskies. A football scholarship led Davis to St. Mary's College and as a freshman he was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) and the Outstanding Running Back of the Year awards by the Gaels.
When the St. Mary football program was cancelled, Davis followed Gaels Head Coach Tim Landis to Bucknell. Since the fall semester of 2004, he has been a running back for the Bucknell Bison. "A sprained ankle in preseason camp set him back a little, but by the fourth game of the season he was a starter at slotback," says Jon Terry, who works in the Bucknell Office of Athletic Communications.
Davis ended the year with 51 carries, 190yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground, and 8 pass receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown. He is planning to major in Economics, and following college, would like to go into banking or investment planning. "Football is a very rewarding experience," says Kenny. Who knows, his career path may include football with the pros!