June 1, 2017
The TCU running back placed fifth for the 1984 Heisman Trophy.
by Trisha Spence
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Former TCU running back Kenneth Davis ‘96 appears on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Davis played for TCU from 1982-1985. He finished fifth in the 1984 vote for the Heisman Trophy and earned consensus First-Team All-America honors the same season. He led the Horned Frogs to their first bowl game in 19 seasons, the 1984 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.
As a TCU junior in 1984, he rushed for 1,611 yards and 16 touchdowns on a 7.6 per carry average. That rushing yardage ranks third for a single season in TCU history, trailing only LaDainian Tomlinson’s totals of 2,158 and 1,850 in 2000 and 1999, respectively.
In his college career, Davis rushed for 2,994 yards, the fifth-best total in TCU history and his 24 rushing touchdowns place eighth.
Davis was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft. In his first two seasons with the Packers, he was the team’s leading rusher. In his career with the Buffalo Bills, he made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. In total, Davis played nine seasons in the NFL.
The announcement of the final 2018 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. The ballot, announced today, includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks
Davis was also on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
TCU has 11 former players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame.
TCU’s College Football Hall of Fame Members (Year of Induction)
Ki Aldrich, Center, 1960
Sam Baugh, Quarterback, 1951
Madison A. Bell, Coach, 1955
Darrell Lester, Center, 1988
Bob Lilly, Defensive Tackle, 1981
Rags Matthews, End, 1971
Dutch Meyer, Coach, 1956
Davey O’Brien, Quarterback, 1955
Francis Schmidt, Coach, 1971
Jim Swink, Halfback, 1980
LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, 2014
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The Heisman dates back to 1935 when the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City wanted to create an award to honor the nation’s outstanding college football player for each year.
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