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Feb 17, 2021

Clemson Athletics Black History: Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis was the defensive captain of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team when he was named the ACC Player of the Year.  The starting linebacker led the team in tackles with 175 and was a huge reason Clemson ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense.

Davis was a consensus All-American in 1981, as he was selected first-team All-American by UPI, Football Coaches Association, Football Writers and the Walter Camp Foundation.

In 1995, Davis was inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor at Memorial Stadium.  In 2003, he was named to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary team, then four years later, received the ultimate honor with his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Davis has been on Dabo Swinney’s staff as an assistant athletic director who oversees the player relations program since Swinney was named the head coach in December of 2008.