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)

Andrew Wilf, Deputy Sports Editor

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.