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Nick Davila

Nick Davila
No. 10     Arizona Rattlers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Downey, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Damien (CA)
College: Cincinnati
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2008 for the Spokane Shock
Career history

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

  • JUCO All-American (2003–2004)
  • First-team All-af2 (2009)
  • AFL National Guard MVP of the Year (2011)
  • 3× Second Team All-Arena QB (2011, 2012 & 2013)
  • ArenaBowl Champion (XXV & XXVI)
  • ArenaBowl MVP (XXV)
  • Al Lucas AFL Pulse Hero Award (2013)
Career Arena football statistics as of 2013
Stats at

Nick Davila (born May 22, 1985 in Downey, California) is an American football quarterback, who currently plays for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Spokane Shock as a street free agent in 2008. He played college football at Cincinnati. Davila is of Mexican American descent.[1]

Early life

Born the son of Fernando and Marsha Davila,[2] Nick attended Damien High School in La Verne, California.[3] While at Damien, Davila was a standout quarterback on the football team, as well as a first baseman on the baseball team.[4] His junior year, Davila put up what was at the time, the fifth best season in Damien history, throwing for 1,880 yards and 11 touchdowns.[5] This set Davila up with an opportunity to play at a NCAA Division I college. His senior year he accepted a scholarship to play for Oregon State. However, in the second game of Davila's senior season of football, he broke his clavicle,[6] and Oregon State Head Coach, Dennis Erickson reduced the size of scholarship he was offering.[2] He was a high school teammate of Ian Johnson.

College career

Chaffey College

After high school, Davila attended Chaffey College where he could continue playing football, while showing larger schools that he had recovered from his broken clavicle.[7] In his final game, Davila took a hearbreaking loss 14-21, to the El Camino College Warriors in the Verizon Southern California Bowl.[8] After two impressive All-American seasons,[2] Davila signed with the University of Cincinnati to continue his football career.[9]

Davila committed to Cincinnati on December 15, 2004.[10] Davila wasn't heavily recruited, as he only received a FBS scholarship from Cincinnati.[11]


Davila joined the Bearcats in 2005, and played in five games as the backup quarterback to Dustin Grutza. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 344 yards and four TDs. Davila saw the most playing time, of his junior year, against Louisville. Davila came in to replace a struggling Grutza, and completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, but it was too little too late, as the Bearcats fell 22-46 to the Cardinals. In 2006, Davila was once again the backup quarterback behind Grutza, despite the chance to win the starting job throughout the summer and fall practices.[12] After seeing some playing time in a few games, Davila got his first start playing against the #7 ranked, and undefeated, Rutgers team. Davila lead the Bearcats to a 30-11 upset win over the Scarlet Knights, ending Rutgers hopes at a national championship in 2007.[13] Davila went on to lead the Bearcats to another victory over Connecticut, as they finished with a 7-5 regular season record, making the team bowl eligible. After the team finished strong, head coach Mark Dantonio left the program to become the head coach at Michigan State. The university wasted no time in naming Brian Kelly the team's new head coach. The Bearcats were then extended an offer to the International Bowl against Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. Kelly made the choice to start Davila in the bowl game, and Davila lead the Bearcats to a 27-24 victory.



    Passing   Rushing
Season Team Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2003 Chaffey 168.0 n/a n/a n/a 2,787 24 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2004 Chaffey 147.9 298 182 61.1 2,892 23 13 n/a n/a n/a
Chaffey Totals 168.0 n/a n/a n/a 5,679 47 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2005 Cincinnati 142.2 45 26 57.8 344 4 2 4 12 0
2006 Cincinnati 151.9 118 70 59.3 1,057 8 3 28 -26 1
Cincinnati Totals 149.3 163 96 58.9 1,401 12 2 32 -14 1
Career Totals n/a n/a n/a n/a 7,080 59 n/a n/a n/a n/a
  • All numbers in Bold text are school records.[15]

Professional career


Prior to the 2007 NFL Draft, Davila was projected to be undrafted by He was rated as the sixtieth-best quarterback in the draft.[16] Davila was not invited to the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Cleveland Browns

After going undrafted, Davila signed with the Cleveland Browns for mini-camp, but failed to make the roster.[17]

Spokane Shock

After sitting out the 2007 season, Davila signed with the Spokane Shock of af2 for their 2008 season.[18] Davila had a terrific first season of arena football, as he threw for a franchise-record 2,935 yards and 66 touchdowns, while leading the Shock to a 15-1 regular season record, and a berth in ArenaCup IX.[19] The Shock lost the ArenaCup to the Tennessee Valley Vipers 55-56. With Davila's stellar season, he received multiple Arena Football League offers, but re-signed with the Shock for 2009 when they were no longer available to him.[19] In two seasons with the Shock, the team was 38-3 with two championship game appearances. And Davila passed for 6,798 yards and 152 touchdowns.[20]

Arizona Rattlers


With the Shock moving into the Arena Football League in 2010, and Davila a free agent, Arizona Rattlers Head Coach, Kevin Guy, convinced Davila to sign with the Rattlers, rather than re-signing with the Shock, by convincing Davila that the Rattlers would "win a lot of football games."[20] Coach Kevin Guy's statement would turn out to be true, as The Rattlers began to rise with Davila leading the way.

In 2010 Davila and the Rattlers finished 2nd in the Western Division right behind their new rivals and Davila's former team the Spokane Shock. They finished the year at 10-6, as the 4th seed heading into the playoffs. In the opening round, Arizona matched up against the Shock on the road, but were knocked out, and Spokane would go on to win ArenaBowl XXIII.


The following year in 2011, Nick set a league record for touchdowns, and passing yards thrown, and was named AFL MVP. He and the Rattlers accumulated the best record in Arizona's history finishing at 16-2, and as the #1 seed heading into the playoffs. In the 1st round they faced yet again their rival Spokane Shock, but this time defeated them 62-33 advancing to the Conference Championship. They would play and defeat the Chicago Rush in a tightly contested 54-48 shootout. Chicago was one of only two teams that beat them in the regular season, thanks to a game winning field goal by Chris Gould. With the Victory Davila had reached his very first ArenaBowl. Arizona would face the American Conference Champion Jacksonville Sharks led by veteran QB Aaron Garcia. In a back and forth game, putting up one of the best performances in ArenaBowl history, It appeared Arizona would score the game winning touchdown after Davila hit Kerry Reed with a 12 yard pass with 21 seconds left in the game, until Garcia threw the game winning pass on 4th down, to give Jacksonville its first ArenaBowl title (in its second season in the AFL) with a 10 yard TD pass to Jeron Harvey with no time on the clock. The final score ending 73-70.


With the sting of defeat still fresh in their minds the following year. Davila and the Rattlers were determined to make 2012 his 3rd AFL season, a year of redemption. Davila once again led the Rattlers to a division title at 13-5, and entering the playoffs as the number two seed behind Aaron Garcia and the San Antonio Talons. They defeated division rival San Jose in the first round after narrowly escaping with a 54-48 victory. In the 2nd round they would hold on to beat their 2nd rival the Utah Blaze in another close contest 75-68 to clinch their 2nd straight National Conference Title. Nick Davila and the Rattlers returned to the ArenaBowl and were determined to make sure this time around would have a different result. They faced the Philadelphia Soul who entered the game as the AFL's top ranked team with a 15-3 record and heavy favorites. In convincing fashion, Davila and the Rattlers shredded the Soul forcing them to commit 3 key turnovers early in the contest and pounding them in a 72-54 Victory. Nick Davila was named the MVP of ArenaBowl XXV and the Rattlers grabbed their 3rd title in franchise history. With the win the Rattlers redeemed themselves from their heartbreaking last second loss in the title game the previous year.


Davila re-signed with the Rattlers in 2013, signing a two-year contract.[21] Davila led the Rattlers to their 3rd consecutive ArenaBowl appearance. During ArenaBowl XXVI, Davila threw 6 touchdown passes, hitting game MVP, Rod Windsor, 10 times (50% of Davila's completions). The Rattlers defeated the Soul 48-39, becoming the first squad since the 1995 and 96 Tampa Bay Storm, to repeat as back to back Arenabowl Champions. The Rattlers also became the first team in AFL history to repeat as champions the following year against the same opponent. [22]


External links

  • Arizona Rattlers bio
  • Cincinnati Bearcats bio

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