Heisman Trophy winner at Army, `Mr. Outside' Davis dies at 80

College Football

March 10, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Glenn Davis, the Heisman Trophy-winning "Mr. Outside" on Army's national championship football teams of the mid-1940s, died yesterday, his son Ralph told the Los Angeles Times. Davis was 80.

Davis, recognized as one of the finest all-around athletes to come out of southern California, died of complications from prostate cancer at his home in La Quinta, Calif.

A 5-foot-9, 170-pound halfback, Davis teamed with fullback Felix "Doc" Blanchard, "Mr. Inside," when the U.S. Military Academy was a college football power during and just after World War II. Army, going undefeated, won national titles in 1944 and '45, then finished a close second to Notre Dame after those teams had played to a 0-0 tie at Yankee Stadium in 1946.

Davis and Blanchard were honored a year ago, co-winners of the Doak Walker Legends Award at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

They were All-Americans all three seasons they played together and each won the Heisman Trophy as college football's outstanding player, Blanchard in 1945 and Davis in 1946, when Davis also was voted the Associated Press male athlete of the year, the first football player to be so honored. Blanchard is the oldest surviving Heisman Trophy winner.

Davis' career average of 8.3 yards a carry remains the major-college record. In 1945, he carried the ball only 82 times but gained 944 yards.

Davis finished with 2,957 yards rushing, Blanchard with 1,908 as Army posted a 27-0-1 record during their time as teammates. Davis scored 59 touchdowns, Blanchard 38.

Both also blocked and both, as was customary then, played defense.

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