Jesuit RB Malik Davis caps prep career with Guy Toph award
TAMPA — For Jesuit senior Malik Davis, Thursday was a very good day, a day that highlighted one of the best prep football careers in Hillsborough County history.
It was a much deserved exclamation point — the awarding of the 77th annual Guy Toph award, given every year to the county’s most outstanding football player.
And when the tall, gold trophy was handed to Davis he was as happy and humble as ever.
“I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates,” Davis said.
What did Davis do?
This season he rushed for 2,469 yards on 214 carries (11.5 average), which pushed his career rushing total to a Hillsborough County record 7,029 yards, breaking the old mark set by Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud in 2014 by nearly 1,300 yards.
Davis also finished with a county-record 84 touchdowns, breaking the record of 67 set by Armwood’s Kalvin Bailey in 2004.
But Davis, who has verbally committed to the University of Florida, said he would “most definitely” trade all the records for a state title, something Jesuit fell just shy of the past two years.
This past fall, Jesuit finished 12-1, losing 21-14 in the state semifinals to the eventual Class 5A state champion, American Heritage.
“Records will be broken but a state title is something that you could have forever,” Davis said. “But I feel good about everything because I know that I and everyone on the team gave it everything they had, and that’s all you can ask.”