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Akron’s Alvin Davis Earns MAC Honors
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Akron’s Alvin Davis Earns MAC Honors

CLEVELAND – University of Akron junior CB Alvin Davis, Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has earned Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the East Division, the league announced on Monday.

The junior had a big night in Akron’s stunning 39-34 victory at Northwestern on Saturday.  He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the second half, propelling UA to the come-from-behind road victory.  The win was Akron’s first win over a Big Ten team since 1894 (Ohio State) and second win all-time.

He returned the first interception 97 yards for a touchdown to bring the Zips within two, 21-19, in the third quarter.  Davis’ 97-yard interception ties for second-best in program history.  Bill Darulis also had a 97-yard INT return against Mount Union in 1932.  The school record is 99 yards by Andre McCray vs. Kent State on Oct. 10, 1998.

In the fourth quarter, Davis had another interception with a 50-yard return for a touchdown.  It was the first multi-interception and multi-touchdown game of his collegiate career.  That touchdown put Akron ahead by 11 points, 39-28, with 7:24 left to play.

Davis finished the game with 10 tackles, two interceptions for 147 return yards, and two touchdowns.

After two games, Davis is tied for third with 13 tackles. He has a team-best three interceptions for 149 return yards, two touchdowns, a forced fumble, and a break-up.

Davis is the second Zip to earn MAC honors this fall.  Senior P/PK Nick Gasser (Liberty Township, Ohio) was named the Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 10.

Under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Terry Bowden, Akron (2-0 overall) travels to Iowa State (0-2 overall) on Saturday, Sept. 22, for a Noon ET game on FSN.

 

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