4. Thomas Davis
You could make the argument that Thomas Davis was the best defensive player on the 2004 team – not Pollack. Not that the argument matters, but it is legitimate.
To see images of Thomas Davis through the years click above. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)
Quite simply, Davis was a beast. He came from tiny Shellman where he played eight positions on the football team at Randolph-Clay High.
Playing safety in a linebacker’s body, Davis was known for his punishing hits. His best performance came against LSU in 2004 when he forced two fumbles and had a sack as the Bulldogs thumped the defending national champions 45-16.
Davis’ also had memorable big shots against Arkansas in 2004 and two sacks against Alabama in 2003.
He finished his career with astonishing numbers in terms of all-around importance – 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and three interceptions. He was named an All-American in 2004.
Davis was drafted No. 14 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers and was immediately moved to linebacker. He enjoyed four stellar seasons before suffering three separate tears to knee ligaments from 2009-11.