Glenn Davis, who played for YSU Head Coach Eric Wolford when he was an assistant at South Florida, is in his third year as cornerbacks coach for the Penguins.
The cornerbacks had six interceptions while the secondary had nine picks in 2013. The opportunistic group returned two pick-six's for the year as Jameel Smith returned one 95 yards for a score at Indiana State and David Rivers had a 43-yard return for a touchdown in the win over Duquesne.
Junior Julius Childs and senior Dale Peterman were the veterans of the group. Peterman had a team-high three interceptions and in nine games had 37 tackles. Childs ranked third on the team with 68 stops in 10 games played. Childs also had two sacks for the year.
In 2012, the cornerbacks were playing some of their best football in the final month of the campaign. Childs and Peterman were both first-year members of the program and started every game at the corner positions after joining the team in the fall. Childs received Missouri Valley Football Conference all-newcomer team accolades for his performance.
The two combined to make 101 tackles, including 71 unassisted stops. They combined for 12 pass breakups on the campaign. In the win over Pittsburgh, each forced a turnover to stop a Panther drive in Penguin territory.
The Guins showed steady improvement on the defensive side of the football throughout the season. As a unit, YSU allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the fourth-lowest total in school history. The Guins ranked sixth at the FCS level in fewest rushing yards allowed per contest. The Penguins allowed just 23 points in the last three games, the lowest total in a three-game stretch since 2003.
YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program's first-ever win over a BCS opponent.
He is a key recruiter for the program in the state of Florida, and has played a strong role in continuing to develop YSU's ties to the Sunshine State. In 2013, Davis helped the program land tailback Martin Ruiz, a native of Tampa, Fla. Ruiz set a school freshman record for carries, yards and touchdowns and was named the MVFC's Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. In 2014, the Guins signed eight players from the Sunshine State thanks to some of his home-state connections.
Davis spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons under Skip Holtz at USF. In 2010, USF was 8-5 overall and defeated Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. In 2011, the Bulls were 5-7.
One of USF's first stars on the gridiron, Davis returned to the Bulls football program in July 2010 in the role of defensive quality control.
Davis spent the 2009 spring season as the secondary coach at Division II Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before moving on to Union Christian Prep Academy in Cincinnati in the fall to serve as the defensive coordinator.
Prior to his stint there, Davis spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Freedom High School from 2007-08. In 2006, Davis was the defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Steeldogs of the arenafootball2 league.
Following his USF career, Davis signed with the New York Jets in 2001 as a free agent, then played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2002) of the CFL and three years of arena football with the Orlando Predators (2003), the Carolina Cobras (2004) and the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers (2005).
A four-year starter with the Bulls from 1997-2000, Davis started 42 of 44 career games with the Bulls. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native was most known for making the first interception in program history on Sept. 6, 1997, against Kentucky Wesleyan. He finished his career with 155 total tackles, including 111 solo stops. He had 24 pass breakups and four interceptions for USF. The Bulls won seven games in each of his final two seasons after winning a high of eight in 1998.
The 1995 Pinellas County Player of the Year at Dixie High School as named by the Tampa Tribune, Davis redshirted during the 1996 season at Purdue before transferring to USF for the team's first season of football.
Davis spent his prep career at Dixie Hollins High School, leading the team to the state final in 1995 and earning first-team all-state honors at cornerback. He is a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame having been inducted during the 2012 season.