When the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl kicks off, Ray Davis is planning to be on the field and ready to rock for the Cats, as he just announced he plans to play in the game.
Davis made the announcement Thursday on Twitter. He previously declared for the 2024 NFL Draft and was planning to sit out the bowl but is now playing in it.
“Chapter started: Sep 2, 2023 > chapter ends Dec 29, 2023,” Davis wrote, referring to his Kentucky career officially ending on the day of the Gator Bowl.
chapter started: Sep 2, 2023 > chapter ends Dec 29,2023 pic.twitter.com/oBCAfbQCRk— Re'Mahn Davis (@Ray_Davis07) December 8, 2023
It can’t be overstated how huge this is for Kentucky, as Davis just produced one of the best seasons a running back has ever had in the program’s existence, dating back to 1881.
That was highlighted by the demolition of then-No. 22 Florida, when he ran for 280 yards and totaled a school-record-tying four touchdowns. He was named the Doak Walker Running Back of the Week and the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.
The 5-foot-10, 216-pound transfer from Vanderbilt finished his one year in Lexington with 1,066 rushing yards and a school-record 20 touchdowns, breaking the single-season mark set by Benny Snell in 2017.
Davis will now have a chance to pad that lead while giving Kentucky a chance to finish the season with a second-straight win over a top-25 team after beating No. 15 Louisville in the regular-season finale.