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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

BREAKING: Ray Davis to enter NCAA transfer portal

Ray Davis, who was Vanderbilt’s leading rusher in 2022, will enter the NCAA transfer portal.
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Ray Davis ran for 17 yards in Vanderbilt’s 55-3 loss to Alabama on Sep. 24, 2022. (Vanderbilt Athletics)

Vanderbilt running back Ray Davis announced via Twitter on Dec. 4 that he will be entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Davis has two years remaining of eligibility because the NCAA rules changed in light of COVID-19 in 2020.

Davis played in 15 games in his two seasons for the Commodores. In 2022, Davis rushed for 1,042 yards and 5 touchdowns. The California native averaged 4.5 yards per carry and had 5 100+ rushing yard games in his senior season. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Davis played for Temple, where he ran for 1,244 yards and 9 touchdowns in 16 games.

“Ray and our family treasure being part of the Vanderbilt football community these last two years and will look forward to the increasing success of the football program under Coach Lea,” Davis’s guardian Lora Banks Lea told the Hustler. 

With Davis gone to the transfer portal, Vanderbilt’s RB room features Patrick Smith, Chase Gillespie and Sedrick Alexander for 2023.

This piece will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Andrew Wilf
Andrew Wilf, Former Sports Editor
Andrew Wilf (’24) is Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He is from Livingston, N.J., and is majoring in history and minoring in business. He joined the sports staff his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Assistant Sports Editor and Deputy Sports Editor. Beyond writing for The Hustler, he is also the host of Anchor Analysis, Commodore Clash and Live From West End. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching the NFL and playing golf. He can be reached at [email protected].
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