Senior quarterback Jordan Davis, who began the 2017 season as UL-Lafayette’s starter and shared time with true freshman Levi Lewis over the last half of the season, is leaving the Ragin’ Cajuns program.
Davis, a native of Spring, Texas, announced his intentions on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon. Davis will receive his bachelor’s degree at next month’s spring graduation and indicated he plans to potentially become a graduate transfer at another school.
“I felt like this was the best decision for me and my future,” Davis said on Twitter. “I will be possibly transferring and furthering my education at another institution to get my Master’s Degree. I will always remember my Cajun family and the memories that I shared with the great people over here. I love and thank you all.”
Davis has one year of eligibility remaining. He was one of three returning Cajuns quarterbacks who started games during the 5-7 season in 2017 along with Lewis and fellow senior Andre Nunez. As of late afternoon Thursday, Davis’ name and biography had already been removed from the Cajuns’ website roster.
UL-Lafayette coach Billy Napier, who was hired in mid-December following the firing of seven-year coach Mark Hudspeth, released a statement late Thursday afternoon.
“Jordan Davis has informed the Louisiana football program of his intention to graduate and transfer to another institution,” the statement read. “Our coaching staff supports that decision, and we would like to thank Jordan for his contributions as a Ragin’ Cajun.
“Jordan will depart our program with his undergraduate degree in hand, which is not only a goal, but an expectation we set for the student-athletes who are members of our program. We will do our very best to assist Jordan as he looks to continue his academic and athletic career.”
Davis had last week finished spring drills with the Cajuns. He threw for 117 yards on 9 of 13 completions and one score while splitting time with Nunez with the White team, which included most of the first offensive unit. Lewis threw for 275 yards on 14 of 22 completions and two scores for the Vermilion unit, and he and Davis were expected to vie for the starting role this fall.
“I feel really good about the three young men that are competing for the job,” Napier had said of Davis, Lewis and Nunez before the spring game. “I think they’ve all made tremendous progress and have a good understanding of what we’re trying to do. It was certainly all new for them, but I think we’ve helped them put together a foundation.
“We’re a long way from making any decisions there; there’s tons of work to do between now and then. Not only to see who the quarterback is, but to teach those young men about what we do and how we will do it.”
Davis started seven games last year, going 3-4, and started the first five before being injured in a win over Idaho and missing the next two games against Texas State and Arkansas State. Nunez started those two before Lewis was removed from the redshirt roles and started against South Alabama and Ole Miss. Davis started two of the final three games.
Davis threw for 1,386 yards in 10 games, hitting 122 of 215 passes with eight interceptions and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 347 yards, a 4.9 average and five scores, ranking second on the squad in rushing.
Davis redshirted in 2014 and appeared in three games in 2015, seeing most of his action in a 41-17 season-finale loss to Troy when he came off the bench to hit 20 of 34 passes for 207 yards and one score and rush for 49 yards. He was the heir apparent to the quarterback job for the 2016 season before former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings enrolled as a graduate transfer and took over as the starter, and Davis appeared in seven games that year.