June 6, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was selected in the 31st round (961st overall pick) by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday in the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Davis, from Meridian, Miss., only played on the Southern Miss baseball squad in the fall of 2007, after finishing his all-state prep career at West Lauderdale High School. He concentrated solely on football following that fall and reached great heights on the gridiron, which included a Conference USA championship last fall and a second-team All-Conference USA nod.
The 6-foot-2, 221 lb., right-handed thrower, established school career marks for passing yards (10,892), touchdown passes (83), completion percentage (.611) and total offense (12,267) among other records that he broke during his 45-game career.
He started every game that he played in during his tenure at Southern Miss, missing the final eight games of the 2009 campaign with a foot injury.
The quarterback did not get drafted in the recent National Football League Draft but signed a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams and is currently on their roster.
Davis was the only player with Southern Miss connections to be drafted on the third and final day of the 40-round draft. His older brother, Bo, played baseball at the school from 2006-2009 and was a member of the 2009 College World Series team.
He was drafted as a right-handed pitcher.
Golden Eagle signees Anthony Alford and Zachary Bird, both were taken on Tuesday. Alford went in the third round (112th pick) to the Toronto Blue Jays and Bird was chosen in the 9th round (296th pick) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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