Nov. 30, 2006
WACO, Texas –
After a stellar senior season, the accolades are starting to roll in for Florida State senior linebacker Buster Davis. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native collected his first national award on Thursday (November 30) when he was to the American Football Coaches Association All-American squad.
The award is the second of the week for Davis, coming on the heels of a First-Team All-ACC award from the Associated Press. Davis is the first Seminole to earn All-America honors from the AFCA since St. Louis Ram’s first round pick Alex Barron in 2004, the first FSU defensive player since 2000 selection Jamal Reynolds at defensive end and is the first Seminole linebacker since Sam Cowart in 1997. Davis’ award is the 29th won by a Florida State player and the 19th on defense.
“I’m really honored that the coaches thought that much of me to give me this award,” Davis said. “It’s as much of a tribute to the other guys on the defense as it is to me. I would have never been able to receive this honor if it wasn’t for them. You always hope that you can be an All-American and I’m just really proud to receive this award.”
Davis leads Florida State with 102 total tackles and rates fourth in the ACC and 43rd nationally with 8.50 tackles per game. He’s also eighth in the conference at 0.17 fumbles forced per game and 10th with .42 sacks per game. Twice this year he was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
“It means a lot to be honored by the coaches, there’s a respect factor there,” Davis added. “To them it doesn’t matter how tall you are, how much you weigh or how fast you are, they are looking at how you play the game and I try to do my best to make as many plays as I can with the guys around me.”
The AFCA’s Division I-A All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s nine I-A districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts, that information, along with ballots submitted by I-A head coaches, are used to select the AFCA I-A Coaches’ All-America Team.
Up next for Davis and the Seminoles is a December 27 date against UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. The game will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m. from San Francisco’s AT&T Park.