St. Loouis, Mo.
Assistant Coach-Running Backs
Second-year running backs coach Gerald Davis is no stranger to Missouri State football fans. After a successful playing career at MSU, Davis returned to the program in 2010 as a member of the coaching staff and made an immediate impact.
Last season, the Bears finished 11th in the nation in rushing offense (214.18) and 13th in total offense (425.45) as Davis helped guide a solid group of tailbacks.
Junior Chris Douglas was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference squad as an honorable mention pick, while becoming MSU's 10th 1,000-yard rusher. Douglas finished second in the nation in yards per carry (6.9) and was 27th nationally in rushing yards (95.55). Classmate Stephen Johnston accounted for 752 yards on 147 carries and had a solid comeback season after missing the entire 2009 campaign.
When Bears fans last saw Gerald Davis, he was racking up touchdowns on his way to a record-setting senior season in 2007. This year, fans will once again see the familiar face on the sidelines as a first-year, part-time assistant coach working with the team's running backs.
Before completing his degree at Missouri State in 2008, Davis played two seasons for Terry Allen and set Missouri State's single-season records for most touchdowns (19) and points (114).
He guided the Bears to a 6-5 campaign in 2007 and was named honorable mention All-MVFC after earning the team's Most Valuable Player Award. He rushed for a team-best 830 yards on 156 carries in his final season.
The St. Louis, Mo., native was a four-year letterman from 2004-07.
The Pattonville High product notched a school record five rushing touchdowns against Indiana State (10/2707) and claimed Coors Player of the Year honors as a senior co-captain. He also had two 100-yard rushing games as a senior, including a career-high 123-yard effort against Illinois State (10/6/07).
In 2011, Davis will have the pleasure of working with seniors Douglas and Johnston as well as 2009 MVFC All-Newcomer pick Mikael Cooper-Falls, solid sophomore Vernon Scott and a solid freshman class that includes highly-touted prep standouts Maddy Johnson and Ryan Heaston. In all, the Bears return 82 percent of their rushing yards from last season and 71 percent of their total carries.
Davis currently resides in Springfield and is also active in working with community youth.