One of the biggest surprises Georgia Bulldogs fans got in the offseason was the announcement of defensive lineman Jordan Davis returning for another season and foregoing the NFL Draft.

Coming in at 6’6 and 340 pounds, Davis goes into games intimidating offenses. This past season after playing in seven games, Davis finished with 16 total tackles and a career high three quarterback pressures in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati.

While these stats look good, this past season was also a career low in games played and sacks for Davis. Many expected Davis to enter his name into the draft, Davis had other reasons for staying with the Bulldogs.

“It was a relatively easy decision, I felt like I left a lot on the table,” Davis said on why he decided to return. “I wanted to make sure I could improve as a player. I love Coach [Trey] Scott like an uncle. Leaving him and this team was going to be hard for me.”

In Davis’ first two seasons, he combined for 43 tackles, six tackles for losses and four sacks. The standard Davis sets for himself and the coaching staff at Georgia sets for him is high and wants to exceed them. In his senior season, everything’s coming together for Davis.

“I just really wanted to savor the moment because I feel like I didn’t really savor my last season or past seasons because I was so rushed,” Davis said. “I feel like this time around, I’m taking my time this season and savoring the moment and enjoying and  being grateful for the moment because not a lot of people can be in this position.”

Davis has many people in his life that influence and pushes him. From his family and coaches (including Coach Scott), it makes him want to be a better person and player.

When it comes to his teammates pushing him, he states that the defensive line does but singles out Devonte Wyatt.

“Me and Vonte, we get into shenanigans together,” Davis said. “It’s like having an older brother that I didn’t have at the time. I love that man like a brother, he pushes me to be the best. He’s also a kid that I could kick back and have fun with, it helps to have that balance.”

Jordan Davis opted to return to UGA instead of going to the NFL Draft after feeling like things were left on the table. (Photo Credit: Anfernee Patterson)

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