Davis Finalist for Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award
Dec. 13, 2012
Akeem Davis, whose leadership as a member of the University of Memphis football team has been balanced by volunteerism and community service, has been named one of three finalists for the Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award.
The winner will be announced at the 2012 Premier Players of College Football Charitable Awards Dinner in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 19th. Davis joins Arizona center Kyle Quinn and UCLA punter Jeff Locke as finalists for the award.
The award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lee Roy Selmon. Beyond a collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma and a nine-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Selmon, who passed away in 2011, was a corporate and collegiate athletics executive and was also active in several charities.
During his playing career at Memphis, Davis has shared many of the same goals Selmon accomplished during his life.
Davis graduated Cum Laude in December, 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Finance major) and has completed his first year of work toward a Master's degree in Liberal Studies
In addition to being a finalist for the Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award, Davis was one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award.
He has participated in multiple Dr. Seuss Read Across America Days, reading to children at local elementary schools. He has also volunteered at Hanley Elementary, tutoring fifth graders ahead of the TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) achievement tests. Davis has served as a volunteer at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis as well as the Children's Museum of Memphis. He is also active in his church, First Baptist Broad Avenue Church.
Davis was a two-time captain at Memphis and also a member of first-year coach Justin Fuente's Leadership Council during his senior year.
The Laurel, Miss., native played in 34 games during his career, starting 27 games for the Tigers including each game over the past two seasons.
In 2012, Davis finished with 68 total tackles including 37 solo stops. He also had five tackles for lost yards and 2 ½ fumbles. He forced two fumbles, recovered three others and was also credited with two pass breakups during the year.
The 2012 Premier Players of College Football Charitable Awards Dinner will be held at the Embassy Suites - USF/Busch Gardens in Tampa. In addition to announcing the winner of the Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award winner, also being honored during the evening celebration will be the winner of the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award and the presentation of the 2012 Premier Player of College Football Trophy.