The Maryville College athletic department honored five outstanding young men as nominees for the 2017 Male J.D. Davis Award.
Nominees for the department's top male honor to senior student-athletes at Maryville College included: Sean Hagstrom (Cross Country), Joe Jones (Baseball), Caleb Lucas (Soccer), Nick Myers (Football), and Tyler Spicer (Basketball).
These young men displayed great leadership and desire to attain their personal best while making their programs better daily.
The 2017 Male J.D. Davis award winner, selected by the MC athletic staff, was Nick Myers.
This Maryville, Tennessee native is no stranger to winning after earning four state titles at Maryville High School. He brought his passion to be the best to legendary Honaker Field. In 34 career games played, Nick completed 61% of his 462 passes for an amazing 3,216 yards. He threw for 29 career touchdowns while adding six more scores with his feet.
Nick was a fixture in the life of the college and local community. A major supporter of MC basketball through the Cooper Crazies, Nick also had a passion to volunteer at The Gate with special populations and at the Emerald Youth Foundation as a coach and mentor.
Nick excelled in the classroom earning USA South All-Academic honors while studying Finance and Accounting.
During his senior year, Nick earned All-USA South honors after a record setting campaign. In helping MC claim their 3rd USA South regular season title with an 8-2 overall record, Nick threw for a single-season school record 2,674 yards.
Head Coach Shaun Hayes had this to say about his team captain. "As an alumni of Maryville College, I fully understand what the J.D. Davis award means and how special of an honor it is. From the past recipients of this award, it is easy to identity the common quality they all possess, leadership. Nick Myers is a man who possesses several great qualities as a student-athlete, but the one that always is recognized by his peers is leadership. Being a leader is the ultimate sacrifice. A true leader always puts others before themselves, striving to make their environment or organization better. They are not scared of failure, they're genuine, honest, and always happy. There's never a day Nick hasn't tried to make everyone around him better and happier, which made a clear impact on our football team. He brought a mentality of encouragement, instead of discouragement to our team, but both of those take courage, which Nick has always had. Because of who he is, it's no surprise Nick is a two-time conference champion, a part of the all-time winningest class in school history, captain, all-time single season passing leader, and this year's J.D. Davis award winner. Nick has worked hard for this and he has earned it, and I am very proud to have spent the last four years watching him grow while helping develop our organization into an environment that others want to be a part of."
In the late 1920's, J.D. Davis was a superior athlete on the Maryville College campus. He excelled in three sports- football, basketball, and baseball- receiving 12 letters and numerous honors for his achievement. After a short stint in professional baseball, J.D. returned to his alma mater and began his dedicated service as a coach and teacher.
J.D. was a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of young people on the MC campus. He coached football, wrestling, and track and also served as the chairman of the physical education department. J.D. retired in 1971 after 40 years of service.
This award seeks to honor senior student-athletes who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values, and academic achievement. These are all characteristics for which J.D. Davis is remembered.
J.D.'s son Dylan Davis and his family were present during the presentation.