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Illinois picks up NIU graduate transfer

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A solid three-year career at Northern Illinois won’t be the end of Tommy Davis‘ collegiate playing days. Instead, he’ll get one more year playing in the Big Ten.

Per a release, Illinois announced that Davis (pictured, No. 20) will be transferring to the Illini as a graduate student, meaning he will be immediately eligible to play this season. Davis redshirted his first season with the Huskies in 2008.

Davis was twice named to the All-MAC team as a return specialist (2009-10) and tallied 111 tackles over the last two seasons as a safety. He has two kickoffs return for touchdowns and ranks third in NIU history with kickoff returns (61) and kickoff return yards (1,398).

In 2010, Davis had four fumble recoveries, tying him for the conference lead, and finished fourth on the team in tackles.

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3 Responses to “Illinois picks up NIU graduate transfer”
  1. friarjack61 says: Jun 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    What degree ? In what school, is he enrolled for the graduate degree ?

    Illinois requires a very high GPA to get into Grad School. What is his, or is this just a ploy to play another season under a different guise.

  2. 2daynot8ter says: Jun 27, 2012 9:05 PM

    Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from NIU in May. He is already enrolled at Illinois for summer classes, where he will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL). Davis will be immediately eligible to play at Illinois this fall.

  3. 2daynot8ter says: Jun 27, 2012 9:10 PM

    The Department of Educational Organization and Leadership considers the following as criteria for admission to degree programs

    Quality of undergraduate work (for full admission into the Graduate College, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work is required).
    Quality of graduate work
    Quality of recommendations contained in three letters of reference
    Relevance of work experience and career goals
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores, taken within four years of date of requested admission (PhD applicants only).
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for applicants from non-English speaking countries. See acceptable scoring above.
    Availability of a suitable course of study and faculty advisor (PhD and EdD applicants onl

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