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Lorenzo Davis | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Lorenzo Davis

  • Football (1986-89)
  • Inducted 2001

Lorenzo Davis is the only player in Youngstown State football history to amass more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a career.

Davis finished his career with 1976 yards on 393 carries and had 16 touchdowns. He caught 125 passes for 1637 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career he had 24 touchdowns scored.

He ranks 10th in school history in career receiving yards and 15th in career rushing yardage. His 122 career receptions rank him fifth all time. His 3826 all purpose yards place him eighth in school history.

In his first season in 1986 after redshirting, he had 137 carries for 613 yards, 4.5 per carry average and eight touchdowns. He caught 16 passes for 212 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per catch and two touchdowns. His 613 yards rushing were the second most on the squad. He returned 15 kickoffs for 247 yards averaging 13.3 yards per return. His 62 points made him the team's leading scorer.

In 1987, he rushed for a team high 663 yards on 131 carries for an average of 4.9 yards per rush. He had two rushing touchdowns, caught 49 passes for 592 yards and scored four touchdowns. He was tied for the team lead in receptions. One catch was for a season-long 64 yards. He finished third on the team in scoring with 36 points and also completed a pass for 16 yards. The Penguins shared the Ohio Valley Conference Championship his sophomore year. The 1987 squad was the first to advance to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs losing in the first round.

In 1988, he had 110 carries for 581 yards, an average of 5.3 yards per attempt and scored six touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 286 yards while finishing second on the team with 36 points.

In 1989, he was moved from tailback to wide receiver and started all 13 games. He caught a team high 33 passes for 547 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 15 rushes for 119 yards. YSU won its first Division I-AA Playoff game in school history defeating Eastern Kentucky and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time. The Penguins finished the year with a 9-4 record, picking up the third-most wins in school history to that point.

Davis played in the Senior All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., following his final year at YSU before going on to play in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Youngstown State in Labor Relations.

In high school, he was a 10-sport letter winner (football, basketball and baseball) at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Two of his letters were in football.

He is currently a teacher employed by the Broward County School Board.

Lorenzo and his wife Kara have a son, Jaden. The family resides in Davie, Fla.