Bo Davis Named USC Defensive Line Coach
Jan. 7, 2014
Bo Davis, who has coached the defensive line at Alabama, Texas and in the NFL and has been part of a pair of national championship squads, has been named USC's defensive line coach, new Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today (Jan. 7).
"It is great to welcome Bo to USC," said Sarkisian, who with the hiring has now completed his full-time assistant coaching staff. "He is one of the outstanding defensive line coaches in the country and makes for a great addition to our coaching staff."
Davis spent the past 3 years (2011-13) coaching the defensive tackles at Texas. In 2011, the Longhorns were 11th in the nation in total defense, sixth in rushing defense and 10th in pass efficiency defense while leading the Big 12 in each category. Tackle Kheeston Randall won All-Big 12 first team honors that season and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. Texas was fifth nationally in sacks in 2013 (3.1) and 22nd in tackles for loss (7.0). The Longhorns played in the 2011 Holiday Bowl and 2012 and 2013 Alamo Bowls.
Before going to Texas, Davis spent 8 of the previous 9 years on Nick Saban's staffs at Alabama, LSU and the Miami Dolphins.
He spent 4 seasons (2007-10) as the defensive line coach at Alabama with Saban. The Crimson Tide consistently led the Southeastern Conference and ranked in the Top 10 nationally in most defensive statistical categories. Alabama was 42-10 during his tenure, including 35-4 his final 3 seasons while finishing in the Top 10 each year. The Tide won the 2010 BCS Championship Game (beating Texas in the Rose Bowl) and also played in the 2007 Independence Bowl, 2009 Sugar Bowl and 2011 Capital One Bowl.
In 2010, Alabama was fourth nationally in scoring defense (13.5), fifth in total defense (286.4), ninth in rushing defense (110.2) and seventh in pass efficiency defense (103.5), all No. 1 in the SEC. Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was an All-SEC first teamer.
Alabama was second nationally in rushing defense (78.1), pass efficiency defense (87.7), total defense (244.1) and scoring defense (11.7 in 2009), all tops in the SEC. Nose guard Terrence Cody was a consensus All-American for the second straight season and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award.
In 2008, Alabama was second nationally in rushing defense (74.1), third in total defense (263.5) and seventh in scoring defense (14.3). Cody was an All-American first teamer. Defensive end Wallace Gilberry made the All-SEC first team in 2007 while leading the league in tackles for loss and finishing second in sacks.
Davis, 42, spent the 2006 season as an assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins under Saban.
Before that, he spent 4 years (2002-05) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU, his alma mater, under Saban and then Les Miles in 2005. The Tigers won the 2004 Sugar Bowl for the 2003 national championship and also played in the 2003 Cotton Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl and 2005 Peach Bowl. LSU had a 4-year mark of 41-11.
He served as a graduate assistant with the LSU strength and conditioning program from 1995 to 1997. The Tigers appeared in the Independence Bowl in 1995 and 1997 and in the 1996 Peach Bowl.
Between those 2 stints at LSU, Davis was an assistant coach at North Shore High in Galena Park (Tex.) for 4 years (1998-2001), where he coached former Texas All-American and current NFL defensive tackle Cory Redding.
Davis lettered 3 years (1990-92) at nose guard at LSU. As a 1992 senior, he earned All-SEC second team honors when he started all 11 games and recorded 66 tackles. He had 90 career tackles.
He received his bachelor's degree from LSU in 1993.
He prepped at Magee (Miss.) High.
He and his wife, Omeika, have 2 sons, Beau and Jackson, and a daughter, Juliana.