Former Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis added to UCF staff

An Auburn fan favorite has won his first college coaching gig.

Former All-SEC linebacker Deshaun Davis heads to UCF as a graduate assistant, where he will work under his former Auburn head coach, Gus Malzahnand his former position coach, Travis Williams. Now entering his second season as UCF defensive coordinator, Williams announced Davis’ new role on Twitter Monday afternoon.


A native of Mobile, Alabama, Davis amassed 262 tackles in his four seasons on the Plains, including 112 saves and 15 tackles for loss as a senior in 2018. That season, he became the No. Auburn to be named first-team All-SEC since Williams did in 2004.

Selected as team captain in 2018, Davis was on and off the field leader for Auburn, then defensive coordinator Kevin Steele regularly credits him with success as a broadcaster and quarterback for the Tigers defense.

A participant in the Senior Bowl in 2019, Davis was picked in the sixth round by the Bengals, although he was waived before the start of the regular season. He bounced around practice squads with the Eagles and Jaguars that season. Davis signed with the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2020, although he retired from the 2020 season and did not play a game in 2021.

Last year, Davis was an assistant coach at Thompson High School in Alabama.

Davis is another former Auburn player to add to Malzahn’s staff at UCF. Former running back for Auburn Kam Martinlinebacker Tre’Williams and security Jeremy Dinson have all been hired as off-field assistants since Malzahn returned to work for the Knights ahead of the 2021 season.

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