Former Viking Tyler Davis Makes Pro DebutPosted June 20, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (June 19, 2014)- Former Missouri Valley College Football Player Tyler Davis made his professional football debut over the weekend, playing for the Munich Cowboys of the German Football League which improved to 2-3 on the season with a win on June 14.
Davis, a 2014 graduate from St. Louis, was used on offense, defense and special teams for Munich’s 29-26 win over the Allgaeu Comets. Davis started at defensive back for the Cowboys, but did not register a defensive stat in the game, however he did make his mark on offense and special teams in his professional debut. Early in the fourth quarter, with Munich trailing 20-7, the Cowboys faced a fourth and seven from Comets’ 38-yard line. On the fourth down attempt, Davis hauled in a 34-yard pass reception to put Munich at the four yard line. Munich scored one play later to pull to within a 20-14 deficit.
Also in the game, Davis had one punt return in the first quarter which resulted in a 14-yard return and one rushing attempt which resulted in a loss of four yards.
“I was contacted by a Viking alum, Garren Holley, who is the defensive coordinator for Munich,” said Davis. “He told me back in the spring that if I wanted to play overseas to get in contact with him and the Cowboys welcomed me in.”
Davis played for the Viking football program from 2010-2013. He was a Heart of America Athletic Conference first team selection all four years was named the HAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Also in 2012, Davis became the fifth Viking to earn all-American status from the American Football Coaches’ Association. Davis helped lead MVC to HAAC Championships and NAIA Football Championship Series appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In his career, he accumulated 138 tackles, 19 interceptions, 21 pass break-ups, 5.5 tackles for loss and one touchdown on defense. On special teams, Davis finished with 991 punt return yards, 1,177 kickoff return yards and four touchdowns. In addition to his football accolades, Davis also earned all-American status in indoor track and field in the long jump event during the 2011-2012 season.
“This is a great opportunity for Tyler, and everyone involved with the football program is excited for his chance to continue playing football at the professional level,” said MVC Head Coach Paul Troth. “Not only is Tyler a tremendous athlete, but also a great person that made a positive impact on campus and in the community while at Missouri Valley. We all wish him good luck as he begins his professional career.”
“The game is still the same,” Davis said. “Football is football, but the speed is different. I didn’t have a punt or kick sent my way in my first game, almost like the opponents knew not to.”
Davis joins fellow MVC Alumnus and Former Viking Football Player Michael Hall ‘13 as a Munich Cowboy. MVC Alumnus Garren Holley ‘11 serves as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.
Munich’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against the Saarland Hurricanes.
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