After a breakout season in Lexington, Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Jamin Davis has announced he is entering the 2021 NFL Draft.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.— Jamin Davis (@jamindavis25) January 8, 2021
Hebrews 11:1#BBN4L pic.twitter.com/YGUZ63CDYt
Davis was one of the top linebackers not only in the SEC, but the entire country this year.
The stud linebacker was sixth in the SEC in tackles (89), which was almost three times his previous career high despite only playing nine games. He also tied for third in the SEC with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Davis also totaled 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four passes defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick. When people say Jamin was all over the field, they mean it.
The best LBs in College Football pic.twitter.com/KmTL7aHcST— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 1, 2020
Rivals’ Mike Farrell named him the No. 1 breakout defender in the SEC this season. Saturday Down South tabbed Davis as the sixth best player in the entire SEC this year. And despite being snubbed of All-American, or even All-SEC honors, Davis was selected to First Team All-SEC by PFF.
Congrats to all nine of our @PFF_College All-@SEC selections— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 26, 2020
First Team: @jamindavis25 @THE_DRAKE_52 @Darian_70 @CROD_JR
Second Team: @QBohanna @YCorker @Max__Duffy
Third Team: @Landon_Young_67
Honorable Mention: @JPaschalx pic.twitter.com/eRVNSxh9em
According to PFF, Davis led all SEC off-ball linebackers in run-defense grade at 89.0. He also had just eight missed tackles on 104 attempts this season. It’s safe to say Davis was a stud for the UK defense this season.
The loss of Davis is huge for two reasons. One, Kentucky needs help at the linebacker spot, and now it’s a position badly needing more depth as the offseason begins. And two, Davis is an absolute star. He would’ve been among the best linebackers in the country had he returned, so this is a major loss for Kentucky’s defense.
Best of luck in the pros!