Georgia Football: Jordan Davis deserves to be in Heisman Trophy talk

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 16: Jordan Davis #99 moves towards a tackle during a game between Kentucky Wildcats and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 16: Jordan Davis #99 moves towards a tackle during a game between Kentucky Wildcats and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

Georgia football has a team full of talented players willing to go to war for each other every week, and one of their generals leading them is senior nose tackle, Jordan Davis.

He has been an anchor for that defensive front throughout this season, sacrificing his body every single down to help his teammates around him make plays.

Davis has made plays himself, too, including a sack and two tackles for loss during the Clemson game, earning him a weekly SEC honor. 

He isn’t supposed to have a ton of recorded tackles or anything like that as a nose tackle. He is the guy that mauls over the centers and opens holes for linebackers to blast through.

Even with just 18 total tackles on the season, the murmurs of “Jordan Davis for Heisman” grow each week.

Without Davis on this defensive front, would it still be good? Yes, but he is one of those guys that help make it elite. He is also one of the most likable guys on the team, and everyone loves him.

When Davis is on the field, opponents know, fans know, coaches know, and that makes a difference. If one player has that much notice when they step on the field, doesn’t that automatically put them in the Heisman trophy talk?

To be considered for this award, let’s look at what the Heisman Trophy’s website says.

"“The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football PLAYER whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work.”"

There isn’t one thing in that statement that says it must be an offensive player who wins this award — that is who usually wins the Heisman because they can collect massive amounts of stats each season. They are in the spotlight constantly, so they get seen more.

A defensive player can win the award as Charles Woodson, a Michigan cornerback, did the unimaginable and won in 1997.

So why can’t Davis win it?

Let’s look at the diligence, perseverance and hard work part because those three words describe Davis better than any offensive player in contention. Davis has been extremely diligent in growing his craft, getting better each year he plays for Georgia, and now teams are scared of him.

He put in the hard work and persevered when he got to Georiga as a 3-star prospect. Davis quickly showed the world that star ratings don’t matter.

Davis does so much for this team without asking for it in return. He is selfless, plays his role and makes sure he does whatever he needs to do to help Georgia be successful.

He takes on double-teams each week, helps out not just on defense but special teams too.

Davis was part of both blocked kicks against Kentucky, and while the statistic sheet doesn’t say that, if anyone watches them back, they can see he was a big reason both happened.

Even head coach Kirby Smart knows how big of an asset this young man is to his team.

Godzilla-like is a great way to put it, and when someone stands at 6-6, 340-pounds, there aren’t many other ways to describe him.

Reporters have done articles on this. On-air personalities from various networks mention his name as a Heisman contender.

He is an intimidating force on Georgia’s front seven that teams have to put multiple guys on because if not, he makes them look silly. Or teams have to hold to refrain Davis from beating them and getting to the guy trying to run a play.

Even Paul Finebaum called for him to be in the Heisman Trophy talk.

There isn’t much he cannot do on that football field, and we even mean offensive plays. Davis and Jalen Carter are part of a goal-line package for the Dawgs, making teams question everything.

Whatever Georgia needs from Davis, he does it.

If that doesn’t scream Heisman contender, then the award page should reword the description of who wins this award.

Davis epitomizes that statement and does everything right for his team. Just because he isn’t a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or tight end, doesn’t mean he isn’t deserving of being in contention for the Heisman Trophy.

He 100% should be because he is a walking definition of it.

There is a movement happening for this young man and one that if it continues to grow, the people voting on the award should consider him. After the Lombardi trophy left Davis off its semifinal list, it’s only fitting to get him to New York.

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It’s time to ruffle some feathers and do the unthinkable once more. Allow a defensive player to win the most sought-after trophy outside the national title one. Jordan Davis for Heisman is the movement, and all of Dawg nation need to get on this train.