Former Northern Illinois defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis has transferred to Illinois and is eligible for the 2012 season. Davis, who spent the past four years at NIU, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in May and will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL) at Illinois.
The 5-11, 205-pound Davis was twice named to the All-MAC team as a return specialist (2009-10) and also racked up 111 tackles over the last two seasons.
[FightingIllini.com: Tommy Davis Joins Fighting Illini]
During his NIU career, Davis played in 41 games and made 19 starts. He leaves the school as one of the best return men in NIU history, ranking third in both kickoff returns (61) and kickoff return yards (1,398), while also ranking in the top-10 in kickoff return average (22.9),punt returns (44), punt return yards (331) and punt return average (7.5).
Random fact: Davis is the cousin of former Tennessee and NFL wide receiver Peerless Price.