Whenever you hear the school named Southern Miss Golden Eagles, the only person you think of is all time NFL great Brett Favre. However, most of the passing records are not even held by Favre. Could you guess who has most of them? That would be the current Rams starting QB Austin Davis. The story of the 25 year old Austin Davis is more than just a guy that came out of nowhere. He was a player that succeeded at every level, but by not measuring up to NFL standards, he slipped through the cracks. So now it’s time to answer the question of who is Austin Davis.
In the first game of the season, Shaun Hill was hurt and Davis was forced to play the second half. He didn’t light the place on fire, but he at least got his feet wet. With Hill expected to miss a couple weeks, Davis started week 2 and led the Rams to a 19-17 win over the Buccaneers. It was week 3 that was the coming out show for Davis. He faced the Dallas Cowboys and went 30-42 for 327 yards and 3 TDs in a close loss 34-31. After the Rams bye week, coach Jeff Fisher officially named Davis the starter for the rest of the year, saying, “It’s not that Shaun lost the job, it’s that Austin earned an opportunity to keep it.” Davis then went out and went 29-49 for 375 yards and 3 TDs in a narrow loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28.
After that Eagles game, their coach, Chip Kelly specifically mentioned Davis, saying, “The thing that impresses you on tape, he doesn’t force the ball. A lot of times he’s checking it down to the back, but he really quickly gets through his progressions. It’s one, two, down to the back, and trying to get the drive extended from that standpoint.” The league was then put on notice. The Rams were not just a bad team starting a 3rd string QB. Austin had now shown against 2 of the top teams in the NFC that the Rams would put forth a tough game against anyone.
The biggest win, and maybe the most efficient game played by Davis so far was week 7 against the defending Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Davis threw for only 155 yards, but had 2 TD and no turnovers on 17 of 20 passing. Even after this trademark win, Davis still isn’t a household name and still isn’t even recognized by his own facilities security. Davis was on the Dan Patrick show and said “The guy at the front desk here at the facilities actually asked who I was the other day.” I’m pretty sure that former Rams QBs, who came out of nowhere, like Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger, had the same issues when they 1st started their runs.
Even though he may not be recognized by that security guard, he sure has caught the eye of his fellow former Southern Miss QB, Brett Favre. After the Seahawks game, Favre had some high grade remarks for Davis, saying, “Not to sound off my rocker, but in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity”, when speaking about how good Davis can be. Maybe Favre is jumping the gun a little bit, but one thing is for sure, Davis has won at every level, has been productive at every level, has been a leader at every level, and most importantly, seems to just have that “It” factor that you need to be an NFL QB. He’ll definitely be someone to watch as this exciting NFL season, continues on.
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