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#40 P.J. Davis

P.J. Davis - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Height 5-11
Weight 218
Birthdate 01/22/1995
Hometown Cairo, Ga.
Last School Cairo
Year Senior
Height / Weight 5-11 / 231
P.J. Davis - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


2016 (Senior): Started 11 games at outside linebacker … finished second on the team with 76 tackles, despite missing the better part of three games due to injury (Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh, Oct. 15 vs. Georgia Southern, Oct. 29 vs. Duke) … led the squad with 6.9 tackles per game … recorded at least four tackles in each of the 11 games he played … opened the season with 10 stops versus Boston College (Sept. 3) … made five stops before leaving Pittsburgh game early due to injury … returned to action with four tackles at North Carolina (Nov. 5) … tallied 32 tackles over the final three games of the regular season — six at Virginia Tech (Nov. 12), 14 versus Virginia (Nov. 19) and 12 at Georgia (Nov. 26) … 14 tackles versus UVA were the most by a Yellow Jacket in 2016 … 12 stops at UGA were tied for the second-most by a GT player in ’16 … scored the second touchdown of his career when he returned a fumble 38 yards to paydirt to open the scoring in Georgia Tech’s 33-18 win over Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl (Dec. 31) … also had six tackles against UK in the final game of his collegiate career … three-year starter finished his career ranked fourth among active ACC players with 313 career tackles.

2015 (Junior): Started all 12 games at linebacker … Led defense with 77 tackles and finished tied for team lead with 45 solo stops … Also tied for team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss … Added two sacks, two QB hurries and one forced fumble … Made two solo tackles and one TFL vs. Alcorn State (Sept. 3) … Recorded team-high six tackles (five solo) vs. Tulane (Sept. 12) … Tallied team-high eight tackles (six solo) with half-TFL and two QB hurries at Notre Dame (Sept. 19) … Led team with 13 tackles (nine solo), one sack, one TFL and forced fumble at Duke (Sept. 26) … Added five tackles, 2.0 TFL and one sack vs. North Carolina (Oct. 3) … Recorded six tackles at Clemson (Oct. 10) … Posted team-high nine tackles vs. Pitt (Oct. 17) … Added five assisted tackles in last-second win vs. Florida State (Oct. 24) … Made nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at Virginia (Oct. 31).

2014 (Sophomore): Started 13 of 14 games … Led defense with 119 total tackles, including 82 solo stops … Ranked second in tackles for loss (8.5-37) and sacks (4.0-25) … Named honorable mention All-ACC by media … Named ACC Linebacker of the Week twice (Sept. 22 and Nov. 12) … Tallied game-high 11 tackles – seven solo – in Tech’s 49-34 Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State (Dec. 31) … Led defense with 11 tackles, including seven solo, vs. Florida State in the ACC Championship Game (Dec. 6) … Recorded seven tackles at Georgia (Nov. 29) … Totaled team-high 13 tackles, including half-sack for loss of five yards, vs. Clemson (Nov. 15) … Led defense with nine tackles, including half TFL, at NC State (Nov. 8) … Recorded five solo tackles, including sack for loss of 10 yards, and a forced fumble vs. Virginia (Nov. 1) … Tallied six tackles, including three for loss of 10 yards and one sack, forced two fumbles and had one quarterback hurry at Pitt (Oct. 25) … Had career-high and team-best 14 tackles, including 11 solo and half-sack for loss of one yard, at North Carolina (Oct. 18) … Recorded eight tackles, including six solo and one tackle for loss of one yard, vs. Duke (Oct. 11) … Registered nine tackles, which included one sack for loss of six yards, vs. Miami (Oct. 4) … Named ACC Linebacker of the Week after returning first-career interception for touchdown (41 yards) and recording nine tackles at Virginia Tech (Sept. 20) … Recorded seven tackles vs. Georgia Southern (Sept. 13) … Tallied five solo tackles, leading defense, at Tulane (Sept. 6) … Recorded five solo tackles in season opener against Wofford (Aug. 30).

2013 (True Freshman): Played in all 13 games and made one start … Ranked eighth on team, first among non-starters, with 41 tackles … Had 35 solo tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks and one fumble recovery … Had six tackles, four solo tackles and tackle for loss in collegiate debut vs. Elon (Aug. 31) … Made first career start vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 26) and responded with four tackles, three solo tackles and career-high 2.0 tackles for loss … Recovered fumble at Miami (Oct. 5) … Registered six tackles, all of them solos, and had tackle for loss at Clemson (Nov. 14) … Recorded five solo tackles and first career sack vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 23).

High School: Rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had more than 100 tackles in 2012 as senior … Played four seasons of football, including two as team captain … Also played baseball and basketball … Helped lead Cairo to regional championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Was Region Player of the Year … Named all-state and was three-time all-region selection … Holds school record for single-season tackles (138).

Personal: Full name is Paul Davis Jr. … Likes to be called “PJ”… Parents are Paul Sr. and Yolanda Davis … Born Jan. 22, 1995 in Cairo, Ga. … Has three siblings — Dominique, Diamond, and Booker … Related to NFL player Benny Sapp … Chose Georgia Tech because of academics, proximity to hometown, and coaching staff … Graduated in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Tackles: 14, twice – last vs. Virginia, Nov. 19, 2016 
Solo Tackles: 11 at North Carolina, Oct. 18, 2014
Tackes For Loss: 3.0 at Pittsburgh, Oct. 25, 2014
Sacks: 1.0, six times – last vs. North Carolina, Oct. 3, 2015 
Pass Breakups: 1, twice – last vs. Virginia, Nov. 19, 2016 
Forced Fumbles: 2 at Pittsburgh, Oct. 25, 2014
Fumble Recoveries: 1, twice – last vs. Kentucky, Dec. 31, 2016 (TD) 
Interceptions: 1, at Virginia Tech, Sept. 20, 2014
Quarterback Hurries: 2 at Notre Dame, Sept. 19, 2015


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