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Tech safety Davis finalist for scholar-athlete prize, excited to be in New York

Cody Davis 1 of 15 finalists for William V. Campbell Trophy

Posted: December 3, 2012 - 9:53pm  |  Updated: December 4, 2012 - 1:13am
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Texas Tech's Cody Davis was honored last night in New York. (Stephen Spillman)  Stephen Spillman
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Texas Tech's Cody Davis was honored last night in New York. (Stephen Spillman)
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Cody Davis might not win the National Football Foundation’s ultimate scholar-athlete prize today.

But the Texas Tech safety is going to have fun regardless. He’s in New York City.

“I haven’t had too much time to plan it all,” Davis said recently. “I’ve been busy with school. But I definitely look forward to getting to sightsee and go around New York. I’ve never been there before, so it’ll be an exciting experience.”

It would be icing on the cake if Davis won the William V. Campbell Trophy — an academic Heisman of sorts. He’s one of 15 finalists for the honor. It will be presented today during the annual National Football Foundation awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Also on the docket is the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2012 class, a group of 17 that includes former Tech All-America defensive tackle Gabe Rivera.

Davis, a senior from Stephenville, leads the Red Raiders with 91 tackles and three interceptions. He also had a 3.7 grade-point average as an undergraduate and a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master of science in information systems.

Tech’s fall-semester dead day is Thursday before final exams start Friday, so Davis said that will give him, his family and his fiancee more time to enjoy the trip.

“I plan to stay there one extra day since we have dead day after the awards,” he said. “I’m going to stay three nights and just have an extra day to kind of relax and get a little mini vacation in and go sightseeing.”

The 15 finalists for the Campbell Trophy already are winners of National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards, with each receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Another $7,000 scholarship and a statue go to the Campbell Trophy winner.

Among the other finalists are Baylor quarterback Nick Florence, all-America linebacker Manti Te’o from Notre Dame, Pac-12 Conference passing leader Matt Barkley from Southern Cal and Aaron Mullane, a West Texas A&M offensive lineman from Tascosa.


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Seems like a great kid

Hope he gets the award.


Congratulations to Cody Davis

Congratulations and well done. Thank you for your effort on the football field and in the classroom. You are representing all Red Raiders well in New York City. Best of luck to you now and in the future.



Cody Davis. One of the best open field tacklers I've ever seen. We will miss you next year.

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