Cotton Bowl Represents Culmination Of Grand Adventure For Clemson's Davis Twins

Andrew Greenstein
December 28, 2018 - 10:48 am
J.D. and Judah Davis

USA Today


ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - For twin brothers on Clemson's football team, tomorrow's Cotton Bowl marks the culmination of a lifetime dream.

Clemson football has been a life-long passion for linebackers J.D. and Judah Davis.

Judah says Clemson is in the family blood.

"My dad played here; my mom went here -- they met here," Judah says. "Three out of my four sisters were here."

In fact, their father, Jeff, was a player on Clemson's 1981 national championship team.

"It's an expectation in out home that Clemson is our alma mater," says the elder Davis, who serves as Clemson's assistant athletic director of player relations/external affairs. "And it's an institution that we always serve and always love."

So it was only fitting that the Davis twins would follow in their father's footsteps.

And the two have been inseparable.

"We had the same major (marketing), same minor (psychology) and play the same position," says J.D., "and we wouldn't have it any other way. It’s been cool having my best friend there every step of the way."

The 22-year-olds both enrolled in January of 2015 and earned their degrees in just three years, graduating in December of 2017.

They attend grad school as they played their final year of eligibility, which for the Davis twins will end just as the previous three seasons had -- with an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

"To be able to be a player and go to four ACC championships and experience four College Football Playoffs just made it even that much more special," says Judah.

"Being able to go from fans to players and being those players who are able to help get over the hump has been nothing short of special," J.D. adds.

With the Playoff marking the end of the Davis' college football careers, the twins will now set their sights on making it to the NFL.

"I love this game, so you want to play it as long as you can," says J.D., "but it's not like it's a heartbreaker if I wasn't (able) to make it there."

"It's just something that we've always dreamed of and we feel like we should pursue that as far as we can," Judah adds.

No matter what happens, it's been an excellent journey.

"You can still be successful even if you don't make it to the NFL," says Judah.

And on Saturday, father Jeff, who was inducted into Clemson's ring of honor in 1995, will be watching his sons with pride.

"This is the tip of the iceberg for them," says Jeff, " and what's ahead of them is going to be even better."