The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s summer depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: Judah Davis (6-1, 235)
Player position: Linebacker (middle)
Years left of eligibility: 2 years
Current rank on depth chart: Third team
Player productivity so far: Davis has been a valuable contributor on special teams, primarily on the kickoff coverage unit during his first two seasons. The junior has 15 tackles while playing in 26 career games. He is one of five Tigers to earn a National Championship as a second generation Clemson player. In 2016, he produced six tackles in 25 snaps while playing in 13 games.
What player does best: The son of former Clemson All-American linebacker Jeff Davis, Judah Davis does a good job finding the football and is fundamentally sound. He has a good football IQ.
What player needs to work on: Davis needs to continue to get stronger and not get caught up in the wash.
Productivity of former or current Clemson players at the position:
Spencer Shuey, 2012: He ranked second on the team with 93 tackles, six tackles for loss and had one sack. He also broke up one pass.
Stephone Anthony, 2013: He led the Tigers with 131 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss. He also had 4 sacks and broke up 5 passes, while recording the game-saving interception in the 2014 Orange Bowl win over Ohio State.
Stephone Anthony, 2014: He led the Tigers with 90 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss. He had 2.5 sacks and broke up four passes. He also had one interception.
Ben Boulware, 2015: He ranked second on the team with 138 tackles, had eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also broke up seven passes and had two interceptions, including one in the 2016 Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.
Kendall Joseph, 2016: He ranked second on the team with 124 tackles, but tied for the team lead with 135 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He had 3.5 sacks and 16 quarterback pressures as well. He also had one interception.
What can you hope for? Davis continues to push for playing time, which in turn will give the Tigers solid depth across the board at linebacker.
What is a realistic expectation? Davis will continue to be a contributor on special teams where he has been very productive for the Tigers. Also look to see him get on the field a little more at linebacker where he has continued to develop.
What about the future? In the spring, Davis took some big steps and was noticed on quite a few occasions by defensive coordinator Brent Venables. He found a role on the team on special teams and he will continue to contribute there, but if he keeps developing like he has in his first two years we might seem him playing more in the middle of the defense as well.
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