Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Glenn "Mr. Outside" Davis

Glenn "Mr. Outside" Davis

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Army
  • High School: LaVerne, CA (Bonita HS)
  • Years: 1943-1946
  • Inducted: 1961
  • Place of Birth: Burbank, CA
  • Date of Birth: Dec 26, 1924
  • Place of Death: LaQuinta, CA
  • Date of Death: Mar 09, 2005
  • Jersey Number: 41
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 170

Member Biography

Blessed with Olympic speed in the 100-yard dash, Glenn Davis admitted he didn't like to run unless it was running in the cause of a team competition. And run, he did - into football immortality as Army's "Mr. Outside" in the mid-1940's. Stationed with "Doc" Blanchard - a.k.a. "Mr. Inside" - in the Cadet backfield, Davis was a three-time All-America and the 1946 Heisman Trophy winner. Finishing second in Heisman balloting for both the 1944 and 1945 trophies, Davis nearly became the first double winner of that coveted award. Davis had the power and instinct to knife through small holes inside tackle, or dodge a defender or pivot out of reach in the broken field. Davis was born in Claremont, a little town in southern California, in 1925. His nickname "Junior" was a joke at the expense of his twin brother Ralph, who arrived several minutes earlier. The two were inseparable and, later, Davis refused to accept the Military Academy's appointment until Ralph received similar induction. During the reign of the Davis- Blanchard tandem the Black Knights did not suffer a defeat, manhandling the competition, including routs of highly- respected Notre Dame, 59-0 in 1944, and 48-0 in 1945. Davis died March 9, 2005, at LaQuinta, California. He held NCAA records for yards gained per play in one season, 11.5 yards per carry in 1945, and 8.3 career yards per carry. He scored 59 touchdowns in 1944-46. In their three seasons Davis and Blanchard scored 97 touchdowns, a record for two teammates.