Cyclone Fanatic is counting down the days until Iowa State’s season opener against Northern Iowa by bringing you a stat, former Cyclone moment or any other random tidbits every morning to help countdown the days.
Today the countdown reaches day 43.
No. 43- Troy Davis’ career rushing record
If you ask anyone who is one of the greatest running backs in Big 12 history, Iowa State’s Troy Davis always comes to mind.
Davis came to Ames in 1994 and was rarely used. He only carried the ball 35 times for 187 yards in nine games as a freshman. But once his sophomore season came around, Davis burst onto the scene in Ames and onto the national college football scene.
During the 1995 season, Davis rushed for 2,010 yards and 15 touchdowns on 345 carries. That performance helped Davis finish fifth in the Heisman race. Davis followed up his incredible sophomore year with an even better junior season.
The 1996 season saw Davis follow up his 1995 season with 2,185 yards and 21 touchdowns. With that outing, Davis became the first running back in the NCAA to ever rush for back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons. Also in 1996, Davis won Big 12 Player of the Year, was named First-Team All-American and was the runner-up for the Doak Walker award, along with the Heisman.
Davis decided to skip his senior year and enter the NFL Draft. Davis finished his Cyclone career with 4,382 rushing yards, which is still Iowa State’s career rushing record.
Davis went on to play with the New Orleans Saints for three years and play for several CFL teams for seven seasons.