By Gary Lambrecht
Junior long snapper from Gilbert, Ariz.
Junior outside linebacker from Memphis, Tenn.
Senior fullback from Macon, Ga.
Senior quarterback from Fayetteville, Ga.
Navy-LA Tech Football 12-23-16
Navy-UConn Football 9-10-16
Navy-Fordham Football 9-3-16
Navy vs. Pitt - Military Bowl
Army-Navy Football 2015
Justin Davis is in his 11th season at the Naval Academy and his seventh working with the outside linebackers. Davis worked with the outside linebackers in 2007 before moving to the defensive line from 2008-11.
Navy has compiled a 90-53 (.629) record in his 10 years in Annapolis, beating Army nine times, earning nine bowl bids, winning five bowl games, winning six Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and beating Notre Dame three times.
Navy finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-5 mark and a 7-1 record in the American Athletic Conference despite a season that saw the Mids have 102 missed games by starters or key contributors. The Mids played Temple in the AAC Championship game and played in a bowl game (Armed Forces) for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The nine wins tied for the fifth most wins in school history. Outside linebacker DJ Palmore was named First-Team All-East.
In 2015, Navy won a school-record 11 wins against just two losses, qualified for a bowl game for the 12th time in the last 13 years, won a bowl game for the 10th time in school history (beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the Military Bowl), won a bowl game for a third straight year for the first time in school history, defeated Army for a series-record 14th consecutive year, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the third time in the last four years, won the Lambert Trophy as the best team in the East for the first time since 1963, finished 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and shared the West Division title of the American Athletic Conference with Houston in Navy’s first year of being in a conference after being an Independent for 134 years.
As a team, the defense finished the 2015 season ranked 32nd in rushing defense (143.0), 40th in total defense (364.9), 26th in scoring defense (21.8), 12th in red zone defense (.737), 13th in turnovers gained (27), first in fumbles recovered (15), third in turnover margin (+1.46), first in fewest penalties per game (3.1) and first in fewest penalty yards per game (26.1).
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year.
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.
Davis helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game. The Mids gave up just 23.3 points per game, which was the 46th best scoring defense in the country.
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15 straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl. The defense finished 18th in the country in scoring defense (19.4 points per game) and sixth in red zone defense.
In 2008, Navy posted an 8-5 record, including a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy’s first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985. Navy also beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks (Rutgers and Wake Forest) for the first time since 1981 and defeated a program-record four bowl teams. The Mids won a sixth-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with wins over Air Force and Army.
The 2007 season was a historical one as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
Davis came to the Naval Academy after serving as a graduate assistant at Toledo for two seasons, assisting with the secondary under defensive coordinator Tim Rose.
Davis also coached under Rose as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech and served for one season at Wagner College, where he coached linebackers.
A native of Rome, N.Y., Davis was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Maine from 1998-2001 where he played linebacker. As a senior, the Black Bears won an Atlantic 10 championship and a berth in the Division I-AA playoffs.
Davis received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Maine in 2001, and earned his master’s degree in exercise science from Louisiana Tech in May of 2005.
Justin and his wife, Mary, have a daughter, Gianna.