Bo Davis returned to Alabama in 2014 for his second stint as the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach under Nick Saban. He spent four seasons with the Crimson Tide from 2007-10 before coaching the defensive line at Texas for three seasons (2011-13). Davis begins his seventh year on Saban’s staff at Alabama after originally joining the Alabama staff in 2007.
Davis’ defensive line in 2015 was widely regarded as the best in the nation and proved it on a weekly basis throughout the season. His front, led by Jarran Reed, A’Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen, featured as many as eight players rotating among the three positions. Robinson was a first team All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist while Allen and Reed were both All-SEC selections. Davis was also honored as the National Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com following the 2016 signing class.
Reed recorded 57 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss in 2015 while notching eight quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. Allen, who returns for his senior season in 2016, registered 12 sacks, which was the third-highest single-season total in program history. Robinson added 46 tackles with 7.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a team-high 10 quarterback hurries. Dalvin Tomlinson and D.J. Pettway both came off the bench with Tomlinson leading all linemen with six pass breakups and Pettway adding two sacks. The Tide allowed a nation’s best 75.7 yards per game on the ground while ranking third nationally in sacks with 3.53 per game. Alabama was third in total defense (276.3 ypg) and third in scoring defense (15.1 ppg)
He did a masterful job in 2014 as the Crimson Tide was forced to replace both starting defensive ends. Allen secured one of the jobs at end and turned in a first team All-SEC season while Robinson and Reed both started 12 games on the defensive line. Robinson was a second-team All-SEC selection while Reed earned honorable mention honors. Reed’s 55 tackles were the most by an Alabama defensive lineman since Wallace Gilberry in 2007. Brandon Ivory anchored the nose tackle position in the Tide’s base 3-4 defense, while Tomlinson and Pettway gave the Crimson Tide tremendous depth and play-making ability in the front.
Led by the defensive front, Alabama’s 2014 defense ranked fourth nationally against the rush, surrendering just 102.4 yards per game. The Tide led the nation allowing just five rushing touchdowns on the season, while recording 32 sacks, which was already 10 more than 2013.
During his three years on Mack Brown’s staff at Texas, Davis’ defensive front was the backbone of the Longhorns’ defense. The 2013 unit was led by senior Chris Whaley and Malcom Brown. Brown finished third on the team with 12.0 TFL while Whaley scored two touchdowns. In 2012, Davis rotated five players at his defensive tackle positions who accounted for 31 tackles for loss. The 2011 Texas defensive line helped the Longhorns rank sixth nationally in rush defense, allowing just 96.23 yards per game. The defensive tackles group was led by first team All-Big 12 selection Kheeston Randall who was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The final season of Davis’ first stint in Tuscaloosa in 2010 saw the Crimson Tide defensive line rank 10th nationally in rushing yards allowed (110.2 ypg) while Alabama ranked fifth nationally in total defense (286.4 ypg) and third in scoring defense (12.5 ppg). Marcell Dareus anchored the line with 33 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was the third overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Davis’ 2009 defensive line was again the key in setting the tone for an Alabama defense that ranked second nationally and led the SEC in four major categories: rush defense (78.1 ypg), pass efficiency defense (87.7), total defense (244.1) and scoring defense (11.7 ppg). Senior nose guard Terrence Cody earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight season and was a finalist for the Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik Awards. Seniors Lorenzo Washington and Brandon Deaderick anchored the defensive end positions, while Dareus emerged as a pass-rusher as a sophomore and led the team with 6.5 sacks. Dareus had a breakout game against Texas in the National Championship as he earned defensive MVP honors.
The Alabama defensive line saw great improvement in 2008, which helped the Crimson Tide develop into one of the top defensive units overall nationally. Davis added Cody to the starting lineup at nose guard and the junior was named an All-American in his first season. Alabama ranked second nationally in terms of rush defense, allowing just 74.1 yards per game on the ground. UA also ranked among the top seven in the country in total defense (263.5 ypg) and scoring defense (14.3 ppg).
Under Davis’ watch in 2007, Gilberry, a senior defensive end, put together one of the finest seasons in Alabama history. He earned first team All-SEC status, leading the league in tackles for loss (27) and finishing second in sacks (10).
Davis spent the 2006 season as an assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins under Saban.
He has a deep history in Southeastern Conference football. Prior to his stint with the Dolphins, Davis spent four years (2002-05) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU under Saban and current Tigers’ head coach Les Miles.
A former All-SEC defensive lineman for LSU in the early 1990s, Davis joined the LSU strength and conditioning staff as assistant coordinator in June of 2002. He joined the LSU staff after a stint at North Shore High School in Galena Park, Texas, where he served as an assistant football coach from 1997-2002.
Davis played football at LSU from 1990 to 1992, earning second team All-SEC honors as a nose guard in 1992. He finished his LSU career with 90 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 1992, Davis started all 11 games at nose guard, recording 66 tackles, including four tackles for loss.
A native of Magee, Miss., Davis graduated from LSU in 1993, and he then served as a graduate assistant with the LSU strength and conditioning program from 1995-1997. Davis and his wife, Omeika, have two sons Bo and Jackson and a daughter Juliana.