Ashtyn Davis (born October 10, 1996) is an American football safety and return specialist for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, where he was also a hurdler, and was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
|No. 32 – New York Jets|
|Born:||October 10, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Santa Cruz|
(Santa Cruz, California)
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2020|
Early life and high schoolEdit
Davis grew up in Santa Cruz, California and attended Santa Cruz High School. He played wide receiver at Santa Cruz and joined the school's track team at the recommendation of his quarterback in order to become a faster football player. Although he was lightly recruited as a football player, Davis began receiving interest from college track coaches late in his senior year after put up a strong performance 110 metres hurdles in a county track meet despite having never competed in the event before.
Davis originally joined California's track and field team as a walk-on and only joined the football team after a tryout in the spring of his freshman year. As a senior, Davis won the Pac-12 110 meter hurdle title and was named second team All-American. Davis was also named an NCAA Indoor All-American in the 60 meter hurdles.
As a redshirt junior, Davis made 56 tackles with five passes broken up and four interceptions while also returning 24 kicks for 629 yards and a touchdown and was named first team All-Pac-12 Conference by the Associated Press, Athlon Sports and Pro Football Focus and honorable mention by the conference's coaches.
Davis entered his senior year on the watchlist for the Paul Hornung Award and rated the third-best safety prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper. Davis was named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy. In the season finale against UCLA, Davis tied his single-game high in tackles with 8, including the last tackle of the game as part of a goal-line stand. Davis had 55 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his senior season.
He finished his collegiate career with 166 tackles, seven interceptions, 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered on defense while returning 70 kicks for 1,604 yards and a touchdown and two punts for 33 yards.
Davis was selected by the New York Jets with the 68th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Jets previously traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the New York Giants to obtain the pick.
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- Yuen, Josh (October 27, 2018). "Walking the lonely road: Ashtyn Davis' rise to stardom is no accident". The Daily Californian. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- Curtis, Jake (December 6, 2018). "Cal Football: Evan Weaver, Ashtyn Davis named AP First-Team All-Pac-12". SI.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- Yuen, Josh (July 25, 2019). "Cal safety/kick returner Ashtyn Davis makes Hornung Award watchlist". The Daily Californian. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- Travers, Trace (July 25, 2019). "Cal Football: Safety Ashtyn Davis Makes Hornung Award Watchlist". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- Kiper, Mel (October 16, 2019). "Kiper's 2020 NFL draft Big Board rankings: How high could Joe Burrow go?". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- "Ashtyn Davis, Rodrigo Blankenship, Kenny Willekes named Burlsworth finalists". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
- Mead, Tom (January 27, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft Player Profiles: California S Ashtyn Davis". SteelersDepot.com. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- Costello, Brian (April 24, 2020). "Jets select Ashtyn Davis with No. 68 pick in NFL Draft". New York Post. Retrieved April 26, 2020.