Ryan Davis, 2014 BCP Player of the Year

Lakewood head football coach, Corey Moore, Ryan Davis and offensive coordinator Marquel Blackwell
Lakewood head football coach, Corey Moore, Ryan Davis and offensive coordinator Marquel Blackwell

This year was tougher than any other. A handful of athletes really stated their case to be claim BIG COUNTY PREPS Player of the Year. In the end, Lakewood’s Ryan Davis became the rightful owner.

The BCP Player of the Year trophy is given annually to the most outstanding high school football player in the BCP coverage area. Ryan Davis joins a growing list of legendary past players, their names edged in area high school football history.

Past BCP Player of the Year:
2008 Dontae Aycock, QB, Chamberlain, Sr – Auburn
2009 James Wilder Jr., LB/RB, Plant, Jr – Florida State
2010 Quentin Williams, QB, Jefferson, Sr – Bethune Cookman
2011 Alvin Bailey, Armwood, Jr – Florida
2012 Will Worth, Newsome, Sr – Navy
2013 Deiondre Porter, Jefferson, Sr – Florida

Davis is a four year starter; two years at Northeast and two years at Lakewood. He is also the first Pinellas County Player to win the prestigious award. Since he first took the field at Northeast, it was written that he would be a special player and in no way did he disappoint.

Davis lead his team to a 10 win season for the second year in a row and a Regional Final playoff birth. Without the perimeter skill players Lakewood is accustomed to having each year, Davis made the most of the weapons he had to his disposal. He was very efficient completing 152 of his 277 passes. Davis ended the year with 2140 passing yards, 164.6 yards per game and 18 pass TDs. Even more impressive was his ball security. Ryan threw just 4 interceptions all season long.

When he wasn’t cutting up defenses through the air, he was hurting them on the ground. Lakewood really put an emphasis on running the football this season and Davis was a big part of their rushing success. His 1233 yards was good enough for a team high averaging 9.6 yards per carry and 17 rushing TDs.

Davis is being courted by several major football programs. He is in no rush to make a decision, soaking up all the information he can to make an educated decision for his college football future. On his way to possibly racking up more individual awards, his name goes down in the football history books as the 2014 BIG COUNTY PREPS Player of the Year.