Army offensive coordinator Brent Davis has emerged as a leading candidate for the open Georgia Southern head coaching job, sources told FootballScoop Monday.
Davis, who also coaches the offensive line for the Black Knights, has an intimate knowledge of the triple option and the Georgia Southern program. Davis served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia Southern from 2010-13 before following Eagles head coach Jeff Monken north to West Point after the ’13 season. The Eagles racked up a 38-16 record and reached three FCS semifinals during those seasons.
Davis also served as the running backs coach and offensive line coach at Georgia Southern from 1997-05, working alongside Monken for five of those seasons and under head coaches Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak.
An Athens native, Davis started his college career as a tight end at The Citadel before transferring to Georgia and earning a spot on the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll. Davis’s wife, Jen, is a Georgia Southern graduate.
At Army, Davis has helped Army rack up a 15-7 mark over the past two seasons — the program’s best run in two decades, which includes the snapping of a 14-game losing streak to Navy. The Black Knights rushed for 4,212 yards in 13 games, the second most in program history, and are on pace to rush for a program-record 4,751 yards this season.
Army beat Air Force 21-0 on Saturday without attempting a pass.
Georgia Southern is 0-8 this season and dismissed Tyson Summers on Oct. 22 after compiling a 5-13 record in one and a half seasons. The 0-8 Eagles conclude their season Dec. 2 at Coastal Carolina.
Sources tell FootballScoop several other candidates have been vetted internally and discussions have been held with more than just Davis.
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