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Passing of true legend Glenn Davis this week

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by BB73, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I have been out of town for the past couple of weeks, but I was surprised that I didn't see a post about the death of Army's Glenn Davis this week. He is one of the true legends in the history of college football. Matt Leinart's return next year allows him to chase the career achievements of both Archie Griffin and Glenn Davis.

    Davis was "Mr. Outside" at Army while Doc Blanchard was "Mr Inside". During his 3-year career, Army's football program benefitted from wartime enlistment, and dominated the college football world.

    How are these for career highlights?

    Won 1946 Heisman trophy, finished second in both 1944 and 1945.

    Career losses: Zero (Army was 27-0-1 from 1944 to 1946)

    Career TDs: 59
    Career yards: 4,129 rushing and receiving

    Career Yards/carry: 8.3 (This is still the NCAA record)
    1945 yards/carry: 11.5 (This is still the NCAA record)

    1944 - Undefeated national champs - finished 2nd in Heisman to Les Horvath of tOSU. Army outscored opponents by average score of 56-4. Only Duke (27-7) and Navy (23-7) came within 45 points. Beat ND 59-0.

    1945 - Undefeated national champs - finished 2nd in Heisman to teammate Doc Blanchard. Outscored opponents by average score of 46-5. Only Meatchicken (28-7) and Navy (32-13) came within 31 points. Beat ND 48-0.

    1946 - Undefeated, debatable national champs, had famous 0-0 tie vs. Notre Dame in New York City. After 21-18 victory over Navy in last game of the year, dropped below ND in the final AP poll. Finished 2nd in AP poll to ND, but considered to be national champions in many other services. Won the Heisman.

    Here's an article on his life and career.

    Army rushing legend Glenn Davis, 'Mr. Outside,' dies at 80

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10></TD><TD>[font=Arial, Helvetica]<!-- T8273148 --><!-- Sesame Modified: 03/10/2005 00:08:01 --><!-- sversion: 8 $Updated: georgem$ -->LOS ANGELES -- Glenn Davis, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1946 and helped lead Army to three national championships, died Wednesday. He was 80.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD width=150>[​IMG] </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR><TR><TD width=150>Glenn Davis' fame transcended the sport during and just after World War II. (AP) </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Davis died of complications from prostate cancer at his home in La Quinta, located about 110 miles east of Los Angeles, said his son, Ralph Davis.

    Glenn Davis will be buried at West Point, near his former coach, Col. Earl "Red" Blaik, according to his son.

    Davis starred as a halfback for Army when it won national titles in 1944 and 1945. The Cadets and Notre Dame played to a scoreless tie in 1946, and split the national championship.

    Davis teamed with fullback Felix "Doc" Blanchard as one of the most heralded backfields in the history of college football. He was known as "Mr. Outside" to Blanchard's "Mr. Inside."

    Davis scored 59 touchdowns and gained 4,129 yards in rushing and receiving in his college career.

    He still holds NCAA records for most yards gained per play in one season, averaging 11.5 yards per carry in 1945; 8.3 career yards per carry; and he and Blanchard share the record for most touchdowns (97) and points (585) scored by teammates in a career.

    In 1946, Davis won the Heisman and was voted male athlete of the year by the Associated Press.

    "He was one of the best," said former Army guard Joe Steffy, who played with Davis in 1945 and 1946. "He left an impression. The first time I met him, I was in awe. What he meant to the military academy and the game of college football needs no explanation."

    A telephone call to Blanchard's home near San Antonio, Texas, was answered by his granddaughter, who said he had already gone to bed. Blanchard won the Heisman in 1945.

    After serving his military obligation, Davis joined the Los Angeles Rams, playing on the team that won the 1951 NFL championship before a knee injury cut his career short in 1952.

    Renowned for his speed, Davis was coming off a record-breaking career at Bonita High School in LaVerne, Calif., where he scored an amazing 256 points during his senior year, when he was persuaded to play for Army in 1943.

    The 5-9, 170-pounder became an instant star. Davis scored his first Army touchdown on a 4-yard run in a 27-0 season-opening win over Villanova, threw a touchdown pass in a 42-0 win over Colgate, ran 82 yards for a score in a 52-0 shellacking of Columbia, and returned a kick 75 yards for a touchdown in a 39-7 victory over Yale.

    He was the fastest man in football," Steffy said. "He was a great athlete, believe me."
    Davis visited West Point for the final time in October to be inducted into Army's Sports Hall of Fame.

    Besides his son, Davis is survived by his third wife, Yvonne Ameche Davis, and stepson John S. Slack III from his second marriage. Davis' first marriage to Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore ended in divorce after 14 months.

    Davis met Yvonne at the 1996 Heisman dinner. She was previously married to 1954 Heisman winner Alan Ameche of Wisconsin.

    The Associated Press News Service

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  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    I wonder why it took the Army nearly 60 years to induct him into their hall of fame? And how about that Yvonne, marrying two Heisman winners...what a groupie. :biggrin:
  3. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I guess he went after women who chased famous men. Did you know that his first wife, Terry Moore, was connected to Howard Hughes? (she wasn't mentioned in The Aviator)

    From her bio:
    "After reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died, Terry Moore claimed they had secretly married on a yacht in international waters off Mexico in 1949 and never divorced. Hughes's estate paid her an undisclosed settlement in 1984."
  4. Naplesbuckeye

    Naplesbuckeye Newbie

    Actually it gets better.....Somehow another Heisman trophy winner is tied in. I was talking about Ameche the other day and he was telling me about Yvonne and Mr. Outside...he then told me that John Capaletti's brother or something is tied into the family. That would make two heisman winners and a brother of one that won it.

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