Davis named SLC offensive player of the week

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FRISCO – Junior wide receiver Davion Davis became the third Sam Houston State Bearkat offensive player this season to win the honor as Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, per an announcement by league officials.

It is the first such honor of Davis’ career and he joins quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe and fellow wide receiver Nathan Stewart as Bearkats who have claimed the conference’s weekly nod this season.

Davis continued his stellar junior year with a dynamic performance in Sam Houston’s comeback win over Northwestern State on Saturday. Just one week after tying SHSU’s single-game reception record against SFA, Davis became just the seventh Bearkat in school history surpass 2,000 career receiving yards with an eight-catch, 137-yard night that included four touchdown scores.

The four touchdown catches against the Demons ties him with Lehigh’s Troy Pelletier and South Dakota State’s Jake Wieneke for the most in a single game by an FCS player this season, and is only the third time in school history a player has had four touchdown grabs in a single game.

He brought in a pair of scores in the first half, then pulled in an 11-yard score in the third quarter that pulled the Kats within one score of the Demons. The junior’s biggest play of the night came in the fourth quarter when Jeremiah Briscoe connected with him up the right sideline midway through the fourth quarter, and Davis did the rest on the drive’s first snap from scrimmage, going 70 yards for a score that pulled Sam Houston to within 36-34 with 8:11 to play.

His 42 receptions and nine touchdowns for the year each lead the Southland Conference, while his 631 yards receiving are second in the league only behind teammate Nathan Stewart.

Davis and the rest of the Bearkats will look to move to 6-1 on the season on Saturday when they host Lamar at Bowers Stadium on homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.