Inside Iowa State
Dec. 6, 1996
Awards accumulating for Davis
by Steve Jones
It's back to New York City for Troy Davis. Iowa State's star tailback again has been named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Davis will go to New York for the Heisman announcement Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Heisman is awarded annually to the student-athlete considered the nation's best collegiate football player by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club.
Davis also will travel to Orlando, Fla., next week as a finalist for the Maxwell Award, which also recognizes the best collegiate football player. This week Davis missed winning the Doak Walker award, which recognizes the best junior or senior running back in the country.
Davis is the Big 12 Conference's offensive player of the year and has been named to several all-America football teams.
The junior standout rushed this season for a school-record 2,185 yards, third-best ever in major college football. He is the first NCAA Division I runner to gain 2,000 yards twice and the all-time NCAA two-season rushing leader with 4,195 yards. Davis rushed for 2,010 yards in 1995 and became the first two-grand rusher not to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Miami, Fla., native led the nation in rushing this year with 198.6 yards per game and all-purpose running (rushing, receiving and kick returning) with 214.9 yards per contest. Davis also was the nation's second-leading scorer.
For his efforts, Davis was named Big 12 offensive player-of- the-week three times and earned national player-of-the-week awards by CBS Sports and USA Today.
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