Troy Davis - Running Back - 2001-05 - Iowa State
Troy Davis came to the CFL in 2001 to join his brother in the Canadian League. Troy’s brother Darren who also attended Iowa State was a running back with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the time.
The Miami native had an impressive pedigree, he was a star running back with Iowa State setting a number of school records, becoming the first running back in NCAA history to post back-to-back 2,000 yard rushing seasons and finishing runner-up in the 1995 Heisman voting to Danny Wuerffel. Davis was a 3rd round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints and spent 3 seasons in the Big Easy primarily as a kick returner.
Davis arrived with Hamilton in 2001 and had an immediate impact. The
powerful running back in short order assumed the starting running back duties and put up 527 yards on 96 carries for Hamilton.
He would break the 1,000 yard rushing plateau in 2002 with 1,143 and 6 touchdowns , it would be 1st of 4 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
The running back with the golden smile would have his finest season in 2004 when he had an incredible 324 carries. A total work horse Davis totaled 1,628 rushing yards to lead the league to go with 10 rushing touchdowns.
2005 would be an interesting year for Davis, he started as usual posting strong totals as a Hamilton Tiger Cat. Towards the trade deadline Davis was dealt to the Edmonton Eskimos in a deal that had many fans crying foul. With the Eskimos Davis would conclude the season again breaking 1,000 yards combined between the two teams. The Eskimos would capture the Grey Cup in 2005 with a thrilling overtime victory over Montreal. Davis would win his Grey Cup. In 2006, he had 1,060 rushing yards and 546 receiving yards as that aspect of his game expanded with Ricky Ray now throwing him passes.
2006 would be his final regular season action, he was with the Toronto Argonauts for part of 2007 but did not see any game action.
A terrific college career was translated into a solid 6 year career in the Canadian Football League as one of the top running backs in the circuit.