Nate Davis is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him with the 171st pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Davis attended Ball State, where he played for three seasons. After his junior season, Davis declared for the 2009 NFL Draft. Davis is 6-feet 2-inches tall and weighs 217 pounds.
Coming out of Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Ohio, Nate Davis was rated the 31st-best quarterback in the nation by Scout.com in 2006. While there, he set a conference record for career touchdown passes.
Davis started seven games in his freshman season at Ball State and tied the school single-season record with 18 touchdown passes. He subsequently broke that record by throwing 30 touchdown passes, along with 3,667 yards in his sophomore season, a year in which Ball State's offense set school records for points scored and total yards. Davis was named Team MVP for his accomplishments that season.
In his junior season, Davis was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 3,591 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 64.3 percent of his passes. He ranked second in the league with 265.5 passing yards per game. Davis became the first Ball State quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season twice in a career. He was one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, given to college football's top quarterback. Ball State, after a 12-0 start, finished 12-2, losing to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.
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As a junior, Davis was not eligible for any postseason all-star games following the 2008 season. He did earn an invitation to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, where he did not participate in workout drills. At his Pro Day in March, only one NFL team -- the nearby Indianapolis Colts -- was in attendance.
Davis comes from a family of quarterbacks. His older brother Jose is a former quarterback at Kent State, and also played professionally in the Arena Football League. Nate Davis suffers from a documented learning disability, which some scouts have suggested may prevent him from picking up a complicated NFL playbook.
Davis was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Before the 2009 season, Davis signed a four-year/$1.9M contract with San Francisco.
Nate Davis, selected 171st overall, is the second Ball State QB selected in NFL draft history. (1981, Mark O'Connell, 12th Round, Bengals). He's also the first 49ers QB selected since Alex Smith (1st overall in 2005).
Much has been said about John Parker Wilson's ability to "manage" a game instead of having to be the center of attention on the offense. It's interesting to note how Parker's numbers compare with the other quarterbacks who led their teams to 12-win seasons, including Utah's Brian Johnson. Indeed, Wilson's numbers are not eye-popping.
QBs on 12-Win Teams This Season - Thru Regular Season
It would be rather shocking if a Buffalo defender takes down BSU QB Nate Davis in the backfield. The Bulls are tied for 114th in sacks (11.0), while the Cardinals have given up just 11 sacks (tied for 5th).
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