ATHENS, GA. — Jorda Davis walked out onto the platform at Georgia’s National Championship celebration ceremony on Saturday with a smile on his face.
The senior defensive lineman delivered a heartfelt message to his teammates, coaches and the Bulldog Nation on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium
"My brothers, look at every guy that you see right here,” Davis stated. “Every guy that you see on the sidelines for these past years. That helped lead us. They built this foundation. We knew we had something special. We could not leave just then. I called my brother Vonte (Devonte Wyatt) and I asked, ‘We coming back? Are we going to do this?’ He said 'Yeah.' I was like, ‘Oh shoot, let's run it back.’"
Davis was a huge part of the program’s success throughout the last four years. This past season, he won the 2021 Outland Trophy and the 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award. Davis also was a member of the 2021 All-America First Team(s) - Associated Press, Walter Camp, AFCA, Sporting News, USA Today, ESPN, The Athletic and CBS. He was named a team captain before the start of his senior campaign.
Davis mentioned the fact that this season’s national championship team set the bar high for the future.
"We have a high standard here," Davis explained. "It’s all in how we carry ourselves. Regardless of the opponent, whether it’s Charleston Southern, Clemson or Alabama. We want to have the same goals. We want to dominate and win. That is on the defense, offense, both sides."
Georgia’s defense carried the team for a majority of the season, which was anchored by Davis. He generated 32 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and 15 quarterback pressures. Davis helped the Bulldogs’ defensive unit limit Alabama to 18 points in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Davis said the team’s chemistry was what helped them rebound following the SEC Championship Game loss to the Crimson Tide.
"Everybody in that locker room, we knew we had each other," Davis said. "We had each other's backs, no matter who was against us. It was all about us. We came back with the mentality to work. That was the most work, other than the offseason, that we had ever done, and you can see that it paid off, with this bad boy right here. It was all worth it.”
Davis is projected to be a first-round selection in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, although he has one more year of eligibility because of COVID. Still, he hasn’t made his official announcement yet.
Nevertheless, Davis stated that the love from the Bulldog Nation “means everything.”
"I was a kid from Charlotte, North Carolina,” Davis said. “I was not that highly recruited. Feeling a little nervous coming in, Dawg Nation embraced me with open arms. And for that, I am forever grateful. This is something they can never take away from us. We are forever legendary. So to all of Dawgnation, we love you. Go Braves and Go Dawgs.”
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