Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Football Game Notes - 1/10/13
Aggie coaches win the annual FootballScoop award.
Davis has played in all25 games for USU since transferring from De Anza College.
Bill Busch and Kendrick Shaver are up for the annual FootballScoop award.
Recruiting Area: Florida (Dade County), Georgia (Atlanta)
Kendrick Shaver is entering his third season as defensive backs coach at Utah State. Prior to his current position, Shaver spent four years (2007-10) as the secondary coach at Northern Colorado.
Shaver, who was named FootballScoop's Co-Defensive Backs National Coach of the Year in 2012, mentored a pair of all-Western Athletic Conference defensive backs last season, including one All-America.
During the 2012 season, Shaver helped Utah State's defense rank first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 ppg), second in the WAC and tied for sixth nationally in sacks (3.23 pg), first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (104.43), second in the WAC and 13th in the country in rushing defense (113.77 ypg), first in the WAC and 15th in the nation in total defense (322.08 ypg), and first in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (208.31 ypg).
Utah State's defense also led the WAC and ranked second in the nation in red zone efficiency at 63.6 percent allowing just 13 touchdowns and 15 field goals on 44 trips inside the 20. USU's defense also ranked eighth in the nation forcing 5.08 three-and-outs per game in 2012, while ranking 21st in third down efficiency at 32.88 percent (73-of-222). Highlighting Utah State's defense in 2012 was senior cornerback Will Davis who was named a third-team All-America by CBSSports.com, a fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele, and an honorable mention All-America by SI.com, as well as earning first-team all-WAC honors under Shaver. Davis also became the third Aggie in the last four years selected to play in the Senior Bowl in January and was selected in the third round (93rd pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
In 2012, Davis ranked second in the nation in passes defended (1.69 pg) and 24th in interceptions (0.38 pg). As a senior, he intercepted a pass in five-straight games, which was the longest streak by a USU player since 1973. Davis also returned an interception 59-yards for a touchdown against Idaho for USU's first pick-six since 2007. In all, Davis' five interceptions in 2012 were the most by an Aggie since 2003, while his 100 interception return yards ranked tied for seventh all-time at Utah State for a single-season.
Davis, who earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2012, concluded his senior campaign ranking seventh on the team with 64 tackles (46-solo, 18-assist) and tied for seventh with 4.5 tackles for loss. He also had three quarterback hurries to go along with his 22 passes defended and team-leading five interceptions.
Junior cornerback Nevin Lawson also earned all-WAC honors under Shaver in 2012 as he was named to the league's second-team after ranking tied for ninth in the conference in passes defended (0.77 pg) and tied for 31st in tackles (4.8 pg). Lawson finished his junior year eighth on the team in total tackles with 63 (47-solo, 16-assist), to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss, two sacks and 10 passes defended, not to mention one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry.
During his first year at Utah State in 2011, Shaver's cornerbacks helped anchor an Aggie defense that finished the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23 ypg), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).
Under Shaver, Utah State's cornerbacks had three of the top five tacklers on the team in 2011 led by Lawson and Jumanne Robertson who ranked fourth and fifth on the team in stops with 73 and 48, respectively. Robertson ended the season leading the team with 12 pass breakups, while Lawson was second with 10. Lawson also had one interception and one fumble recovery in 2011.
Prior to joining Utah State's staff, Shaver spent four years (2007-10) as the secondary coach at Northern Colorado. Shaver was also the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2006), and defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky (2004-05). He began his coaching career at Hillcrest (Mo.) High School, where he coached defensive backs and wide receivers in 2002.
A native of Eufaula, Okla., Shaver played two seasons (1998-99) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College before transferring to Missouri State, where he was a free safety and cornerback in 2000 and 2001. With 11 pass break-ups in 2001, Shaver is presently tied for No. 6 on MSU's single-season pass defense list. Shaver spent the 2003 season playing for the Sioux Falls Storm of the NIFL before committing to coaching full-time.
Shaver graduated from Missouri State with a bachelor's degree in business in 2002 and went on to earn his master's degree in physical education in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky.
KENDRICK SHAVER FILE Coaching History: 2011- Utah State - Cornerbacks 2007-10 Northern Colorado -- Secondary 2006 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M -- Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator/Academics Monitor 2004-05 Eastern Kentucky -- Defensive & Special Teams Graduate Assistant 2002 Hillcrest (Mo.) HS -- Defensive Backs/Wide Receivers