Birthplace: San Fernando, CA
To most A.D. refers to marking time. But in football lingo it can only mean Southern California running back Anthony Davis. Davis was one of college football’s most exciting performers, who combined long runs and multiple touchdown games with his trademark end zone knee-dance. Davis was a multi-sport star in high school. He was the co-Los Angeles Player of the Year in football, won the city title in wrestling, and was named the City Player of the Year in baseball. Davis started slowly in his 1972 sophomore season as he did not became a featured ball carrier until the last six games of the season. In the final regular season game of the season against Notre Dame, he scored six touchdowns, had 368 all-purpose yards and ran two kicks back for scores. He had his fourth 100-yard day of the season against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl as the undefeated Trojans won the National Championship. His play earned him second-team All-America status. As a junior he was an All-Pac Eight player as he placed third in the conference in rushing. In 1974, he was runner-up in the Heisman voting and led the nation in kickoff returns. That year he had eight 100-yard rushing days and became a unanimous All-America. He once again was his best against Notre Dame as he led the Trojans to a 55-24 victory after trailing 24-0 late in the first half. His 102-yard kickoff return sparked the comeback where Davis scored four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Another Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State clinched another USC national title.
University of Southern California