LB Davis named defensive player of year

Updated: December 4, 2003, 10:36 PM ET
Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss head football coach Jeff Bower has been named Conference USA coach of the year and Golden Eagles linebacker Rod Davis won C-USA defensive player of the year.

The awards were handed out Thursday and voted on by the league's head coaches and media members.

Bower, 50, led the Golden Eagles to a 9-3 record, going 8-0 in conference play. Southern Miss won its first C-USA title since 1999.

The Golden Eagles will represent the conference at the AXA Liberty ...

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