For the American football player of the 1960s, see Donnie Davis (American football end).
Donnie Davis
Personal information
Born: (1972-12-16) December 16, 1972 (age 47)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College:Georgia Tech
Career history
* Arizona Rattlers (19971999)
Career highlights and awards
* ArenaBowl champion (XI)
  • ArenaBowl MVP (XI)
Player stats at

Donnie Davis (born December 16, 1972) was the starting quarterback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1993 and 1995. He later played in the Arena Football League for the Arizona Rattlers, Milwaukee Mustangs, and Georgia Force.


Davis's college career began in the wake of the 1990 National Championship run under Head Coach Bobby Ross. Davis redshirted in 1991 and would await the graduation of star quarterback Shawn Jones through his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. Bobby Ross would leave before Davis's sophomore season and Bill Lewis was appointed head coach. The team, 2 years removed from a National Title, only won five games and finished the 1992 season with a 5-6 record.[1]

His redshirt sophomore campaign began with a thrashing of Furman but over the next three games Georgia Tech would be outscored 102-27. Davis would finish the year with a 5-6 record and a loss to archrival Georgia.[2]

Bill Lewis wanted a spark for his wilting team so he recruited junior college transfer Tom Luginbill from Palomar. Luginbill came in from a wide open pass offense where he tossed for over 7,600 yards and had won 21 games in two years.[3] Luginbill would eventually take the starting job from Davis after Davis got injured in spring practice.[4]

Luginbill's first two efforts in 1994 saw Georgia Tech narrowly lose to then #1 Arizona and demolish Western Carolina. Luginbill's career ended at Georgia Tech with a 1-10 record and the firing of Coach Bill Lewis. Lewis was replaced by defensive coordinator George O'Leary.

After Luginbill transferred to Eastern Kentucky, Davis and O'Leary began a major rebuilding of the Georgia Tech football program that would lead Georgia Tech eventually back to playing in bowls and competing at the highest level in the ACC. Davis over his career compiled an 11-11 record with over 4,000 yards of total offense and 29 total touchdowns.[5]

Professional career Edit

Davis would go on to be one of the most successful passers in Arizona Rattler history. He won the Most Valuable Player of Arena Bowl XI in 1997.[6][7][8]

After footballEdit

Davis retired from arena football in 2001 and has worked in the mortgage banking industry ever since.[9] Davis plans on graduating from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.[8] He is currently an intern at both the Southern Company and for the Georgia Tech department of athletics,[10] and has also started a LinkedIn group for Georgia Tech football letter winners [11]


  1. "Bill Lewis Q&A". Archived from the original on November 13, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  2. "GT FB Records from 1990–1994". Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  3. "Tom Luginbill on his own college recruitment". Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  4. "Luginbill takes over White Squad". Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  5. "GT Career Individual Records". Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  6. "Donnie Davis Statistics from Arenafan". Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  7. "Arizona Rattlers Team History". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  9. "Donnie Davis hired by JW Homes and Neighborhoods". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2007.

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