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Greg Davis, a 38-year coaching veteran, is in his first year as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Iowa. Davis most recently served in the same capacity at the University of Texas for 13 seasons (1998-2010).
Davis was named Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 after Texas won the BCS national championship. Texas has had just five quarterbacks start a game in the NFL, and Davis has tutored three of them (Colt McCoy, Vince Young, Chris Simms).
Davis has coached in 18 bowl games, including the Holiday Bowl (four), Rose Bowl (three), Cotton (three), Gator (two), Independence (two), Fiesta, Alamo, Peach and Hall of Fame. Davis coached in the BCS national championship game twice (2006 and 2010 Rose Bowl games) and competed in the Grantland Rice Bowl as a player at McNeese State.
Under his guidance, the Texas offense produced 10 of the top 11 passing seasons, 11 of the top 13 total yardage campaigns and the top nine scoring years in school history. Texas averaged 39.0 points per game from 2000-09, which ranked second nationally and first among BCS conference schools. The Longhorns averaged at least 35 ppg in nine of the 10 seasons, including three seasons of at least 40 ppg. In 2005, Texas set a then-NCAA record with 652 total points and a school record by averaging 50.2 ppg.
Under Davis, five Longhorns were named Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year, including RB Ricky Williams, 1998; QB Major Applewhite, 1999; QB Vince Young, 2005; QB Colt McCoy, 2008 and 2009. At Texas, Davis tutored three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, including two players who were second in Heisman voting, two winners each of the Walter Camp Football Foundation Players of the Year, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award and Archie Griffin Award. He tutored a winner of the Unitas Golden Arm Award, a Sporting News Player of the Year, Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Year, four quarterbacks who were Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year and three who earned league Freshman of the Year honors.
In 2009, Texas averaged 39.3 points per game (third NCAA), 421.2 total yards (29th NCAA), 273.6 passing yards (22nd NCAA) and 147.6 yards rushing. Senior QB Colt McCoy led the nation in completion percentage (70.6) for the second straight year while taking home the WCFF Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award, along with becoming the 20th unanimous All-American in Texas history. WR Jordan Shipley was also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and set school records for receptions (116) and receiving yards (1,485) and tied the record for receiving touchdowns (13).
In 2008, the Longhorns finished in the nation's Top 10 in pass efficiency (second/175.0), scoring offense (fifth/42.4 ppg), passing offense (seventh/308.3 ypg) and total offense (ninth/475.8 ypg). McCoy set a NCAA single-season record for completion percentage at 76.7 and set single-season school records for completions (332), yards (3,859), touchdowns (34), passer rating (173.8), total offense (4,420) and touchdowns accounted for (45). For the first time in school history and 11th in NCAA history, Texas had two receivers with at least 85 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards each in Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby.
In 2007, Texas averaged 462.9 yards of total offense (13th NCAA), 207.5 yards rushing (17th NCAA) and 37.2 points per game (14th NCAA). McCoy completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,303 yards (No. 3 on Texas' single-season list) and 22 touchdowns. His 3,795 yards of total offense rank third on the Texas single-season list.
Despite breaking in a freshman quarterback in McCoy in 2006, Davis helped Texas remain one of the nation's top offenses. McCoy finished the season as a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist and was named National Freshman of the Year by Sporting News and the Touchdown Club of Columbus. McCoy's 29 touchdown passes tied the NCAA record for scoring passes by a freshman and set a school record for single-season touchdown passes. As a whole, Texas finished 2006 ranked sixth in scoring offense (35.9 ppg) and 22nd in total offense (391.5 ypg). The Longhorns completed the season with a 26-24 win over Iowa in the Alamo Bowl.
Behind Davis' leadership, the Texas offense had a record-breaking year in 2005, one in which Davis was recognized as the nation's top assistant coach with the Frank Broyles Award. The Longhorns' 652 points were the most scored in NCAA history. They also set the school record for total offense with 6,657 yards. Texas became only the fifth team to average over 50 points per game (50.2 ppg) and 500 yards per game (512.1 ypg) in NCAA history.
Young also flourished under Davis in 2005, winning both the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards as the nation's top quarterback. He also won the Maxwell Award and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He became the first player in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season, tied the school single-season mark for touchdown passes (26) and was third on the single-season passing list with 3,036 yards.
The Longhorns took advantage of a veteran offensive line and All-America RB Cedric Benson in 2004 to finish the season ranked second in the country in rushing offense (299.2 ypg), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg) and 12th in scoring (35.3 ppg). Texas rushed for at least 300 yards six times in 2004, the most since 1977. The 5,573 total yards were the second-most in school history and its 3,590 rushing yards were third-most. As a sophomore, Young was named 2005 Rose Bowl MVP. He completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 1,849 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,079 yards and 14 scores, becoming the first player in school history to pass and rush for over 1,000 yards.
In 2003, Davis took an offense with two first-year starting quarterbacks and led it to, what was, the best total offense season in school history (5,709 yards) and a then-school record 533 points. The 3,023 rushing yards were the most for Texas since 1977. Texas averaged 200 yards both rushing and passing in a season for just the third time in school history.
As a redshirt freshman, Young became the first quarterback in school history to post better than 900 yards rushing (998) and passing (1,155) while earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors. Junior Chance Mock had the nation's top touchdown-to-interception ratio (16 TDs/2 INTs).
Under Davis in 2002, senior quarterback Chris Simms established school single-season records for touchdown passes (26) and touchdowns accounted for (30). His 3,207 passing yards and 3,083 yards total offense ranked second best for a single season. He led Texas to an 11-2 record, becoming the first starting quarterback in school history to lead the team to back-to-back 10-win seasons.
Simms, who is second in school history with a 58.7 completion percentage (535-of-911) and second in passer efficiency rating (138.4), ranks second on the school's all-time touchdown passes list (58), fourth in passing yards (7,097) and is tied for third in quarterback victories (26-6/.813). In 2002, Davis' offense boasted a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher/receiver for the second time in school history.
One year earlier, Simms, the Big 12 leader in passing efficiency (144.25), started 12 games and threw 22 touchdown passes (No. 2 on UT's season list) as the Longhorns posted a 10-2 record in his 12 starts. Davis honed Simms' skills during the 2000 season, while a pair of knee injuries slowed Major Applewhite prior to, and during, the season.
Davis spent 1999 directing an offense that was the first in school history and one of only four nationally to boast a 3,000-yard passer as well as a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver. He was named a finalist for the 1999 Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant.
Applewhite set school season marks for passing yards (3,357) and total offense (3,211) en route to Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Year honors. He finished his career as Texas' all-time leader in passing yards (8,353), total yards (8,059) and TD passes (60).
In Davis' first year at Texas in 1998, the Longhorns became just the second unit in NCAA Division I-A history to feature a 2,000-yard rusher (Ricky Williams) and passer (Major Applewhite), as well as a 1,000-yard receiver (Wane McGarity). An early season injury to senior QB Richard Walton forced redshirt freshman Major Applewhite into the lineup. Applewhite went on to set school freshman records for passing yards (2,453) and touchdown passes (18). He was the Big 12's Freshman of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Texas, Davis helped develop the quarterback duo of Chris Keldorf and Oscar Davenport, who teamed to complete 60% of their passes for more than 2,700 yards in each of Davis' two years at North Carolina.
Davis was the head coach at Tulane for four seasons (1988-91), where he succeeded Mack Brown. He spent three seasons (1985-87) as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Tulane under Brown. Davis spent two seasons (1992-93) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas and two years (1994-95) as Georgia's passing game coordinator before joining Brown at North Carolina.
While at Georgia, Davis helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1995 Peach Bowl despite injuries to the team's top two quarterbacks. He did so by preparing converted slot back Hines Ward for the starting quarterback position. Ward set a school bowl game record by completing 31-of-59 passes for 413 yards in the Peach Bowl. Davis also coached first team All-American Eric Zeier, a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns (1995 NFL Draft). Zeier set Georgia records for passing (3,721) and total yards (5,135) in 1994.
Davis began his college coaching career at Texas A&M, serving as the Aggies' quarterbacks coach (1978-84). He then joined Brown as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Tulane in 1985.
Davis began his career in the high school ranks while working toward his master's degree. He coached at Barbe High School (Lake Charles, La.) from 1973-74 and Port Neches-Groves High School (Port Neches, Texas) from 1975-77, where he helped lead the Indians to the 1975 Texas 4A state title.
The native of Groves, Texas, earned his bachelor's degree (sports administration, 1973) and master's degree (1977) from McNeese State.
Greg and his wife, Patsy, have two children, Greg Jr. and Stacey, and five grandchildren. Greg Jr. and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Taylor and Kaylen. Stacey and her husband, Kory, have three children, a daughter, Brook, and two sons, K.J. and Davis.
DAVIS' COACHING CAREER Iowa OC, QBs, 2012-present Texas OC, QBs, 1998-2010 North Carolina OC, QBs, 1996-97 Georgia Passing Game Coord., 1994-95 Arkansas OC, QBs, 1992-93 Tulane Head Coach, 1988-91 Tulane Ast. Head coach, WRs, 1985-87 Texas A&M QBs, 1978-84 Port Neches-Groves HS AC, 1975-77 Barbe HS AC, 1973-74
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Any athlete who wants an opportunity to play in a pro-style offense, get a quality education, and have the chance to grow as a person, both on and off the field, should strongly consider The University of Iowa."