Bo Davis begins his fourth season with the Crimson Tide football staff this spring as defensive line coach. Davis joined the Alabama staff after serving the 2006 season as an assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban. The spring will be important for Davis and the defensive line as he must replace all three starters from last year's National Championship team.
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 gaurd 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 sophomore Marcell Dareus emerged as a pass-rusher 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, senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry put together one of the finest seasons in Alabama history. Gilberry earned first team All-SEC status, leading the league in tackles for loss (27) and finishing second in sacks (10).
Davis, 39, 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 1990's, 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 (Beau and Jackson) and a daughter (Juliana).