Ray Davis - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Running Back
  • height 5-10
  • Weight 216
  • class Senior
  • Hometown San Francisco, Calif.
  • High school Blair Academy
  • Previous School Vanderbilt

• Came to Kentucky in 2023 after two seasons at Vanderbilt (2021-22) and two at Temple (2019-20)
• Played in 44 career games, 16 games at Temple, 15 at Vanderbilt and 13 at Kentucky, with 37 career starts
• Ended his collegiate career with 746 rushing attempts for 3,626 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns … Added 94 receptions for 762 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns … Totaled 4,388 all-purpose yards with 41 total touchdowns and 246 career points
• Fourth on the NCAA’s active career total rushes list (733) and rushing yards list (3,563) … Fourth on the career total TDs list with 41 … 12th on the career all-purpose yards list with 4,388 … 18th on the career rushing TDs list with 29
• Became the first active player in Division I to chart 1,000 rushing yards at three different schools – Temple, Vanderbilt and Kentucky … Also became the first player in SEC history to gain 1,000 or more rushing yards at two different programs – Vanderbilt and Kentucky
• Had at least one reception in 25 straight games played
• Totaled 12 career 100-yard rushing games (3 at UK, 5 at Vandy and 4 at Temple)

2023 – %Senior
• Second Team All-America (Sports Illustrated)
• Honorable Mention All-American (CFN)
• First Team All-SEC (AP, Phil Steele, USA Today)
• Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
• Selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl
• Earned an invitation to the 2024 NFL Combine
• In his lone season at Kentucky, had 199 carries for 1,129 yards (11th on UK’s single-season list) and 14 rushing TDs … Caught 33 passes for 323 yards and seven scores, totaling 21 touchdowns, a single-season school record
• Became the 11th player in school history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a single season … To this date, the feat has been accomplished a total of 15 times by 11 players
• His seven receiving touchdowns are the most touchdown catches in a season by a running back in school history
• His 126 points also were a single-season school record
• Ranked third nationally in total touchdowns (21) … fourth nationally in scoring (9.7) … sixth nationally in total points scored (126) … 15th nationally in rushing TDs (14)
• Led the SEC in scoring (126) and scoring (TDs) (9.69) … Ranked tied for second in scoring TDs and rushing TDs (14) … Ranked fourth in rushing yards per game (86.85) and total rushing yards (1,129) … Ranked fourth in all-purpose yards per game (111.69)
Carried the ball 13 times for 63 yards and one touchdown rushing vs. Clemson in the Gator Bowl
• At No. 9 Louisville, carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards, including the game-winning 37-yard touchdown jaunt with 1:31 remaining in the game … Also caught four passes for 51 yards, including twoTD catches of 20 yards each
• Scored a touchdown in the first eight games of the season, setting a school record as the first Wildcat to score a TD in the first eight games of a season in school history, based on single-game statistics available since the 1940s
• First Wildcat to score a TD in eight straight games since Randall Cobb in 2009.
• Earned the following honors after an incredible performance against No. 22/23 Florida … Maxwell National Player of the Week … Doak Walker National Running Back of the Week … Walter Camp National FBS Offensive Player of the Week … Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week … Reece’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week … East-West Shrine Bowl Breakout Offensive Player of the Week … CFPA Honorable Mention Performer of the Week
• Had 26 carries for a career-high 280 yards rushing and a career-best three touchdowns rushing in UK’s win over the Gators … Added a nine-yard touchdown reception
• His 280 yards rushing are the third-most in a game in program history, and were just 19 short of the school record
• Became the ninth player in UK history to eclipse 200 yards rushing in a game, while it marked the 13th instance in program history
• His four touchdowns tied the school record for the most total touchdowns in a game
• Became the 13th player in UK history to have four touchdowns in a game, while it marked the 15th instance in program history
• Twice recorded a rushing and receiving TD in the same game (vs. Akron and vs. Florida)
• His performance against Akron marked the fifth game of his career that he has had both a touchdown rushing and a touchdown receiving in the same game … First Wildcat with two touchdowns of at least 50 yards in the same game since Garrett Johnson at Louisville in 2016 … With single-game records dating back to the 1940s, became the first player in Kentucky history to have a rushing and receiving touchdown of at least 50 yards in the same game

2022 – Senior (Vanderbilt)
• Named fourth-team All-SEC Team by Phil Steele
• Semifinalist for Comeback Player of the Year after missing all but three games in 2021 with a knee injury
• Returned to rush 232 times for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games
• Became the 10th Commodore all-time to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season
• Had five 100-yard rushing games, with a career-high 167 yards vs. South Carolina
• Ranked fourth in the SEC and 33rd nationally in rushing yards per game (86.8)
• Also showed his receiving ability during the season with 29 catches for 169 yards and three TDs
• Finished sixth in the SEC at 100.92 all-purpose yards per game

2021 – Junior (Vanderbilt)
• Rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown in three games before suffering a season-ending injury week three
• Went for 93 yards in win at Colorado State
• Posted a touchdown against Stanford

2020 – Sophomore (Temple)
• Played in the first four games of the season, ending with rushing for 323 yards and a touchdown (Navy, USF, Memphis and Tulane)
• Caught 12 passes for 62 yards (5.2 yards/reception)

2019 – Freshman (Temple)
• Played in 12 games with five starting assignments
• Earned a varsity letter
• Named First-Team Freshman All-America by Pro Football Focus, rushing for 936 yards on 193 carries for eight touchdowns
• Averaged 78.0 rushing yards/game during freshman campaign
• Caught 15 passes for 181 yards and two scores
• Had three 100-yard rushing games, including 157 yards against East Carolina and a 135-yard, 2 TD performance against Georgia Tech that earned
American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors
• In Temple debut, rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 78 yards and a score vs. Bucknell
• Reset the single-game rushing high against East Carolina with 157

High School
• Played running back and defensive back for coach Jim Saylor at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.
• Played in 33 career games and rushed for 4,815 yards and 59 touchdowns on 375 carries
• Also tallied 80 tackles and six interceptions over his four years as a defensive back
• Helped the Buccaneers to a 5-3 mark as a senior
• An all-around athlete who also participated in basketball, baseball and track for the Lions

• Full name is Re’Mahn Walter Zhamar Jamar Davis but goes by Ray
• Born in San Francisco, California
• Biological parents are Jessica Blazer and Raymond Davis
• Guardians are Lora Banks and Greg Ley
• Has 14 siblings
• Graduated from Vanderbilt in December of ’22 with a degree in communications studies … Earned an undergraduate certificate in business from UK in December of ’23

Ray Says
• He chose Kentucky because of its great running backs tradition and the passion of the Big Blue Nation
• Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to work at ESPN
• One thing most people don’t know about him is that he grew up in the foster care system
• The highlight of his life so far as been being a light for children in foster care
• Besides playing football, he is also really good at writing poems

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