Senior quarterback Brady Davis completes a pass in ISU’s win over Western Illinois Oct. 6 at Hancock Stadium, 33-16.

The Brady Davis era at Illinois State not only continues this upcoming season, but is here to stay for quite some time.

The senior quarterback solidified his standing as the Redbirds’ play-caller for another two years as Davis has been granted his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, announced Wednesday.

Davis, preparing for his second season with the Redbirds, is now slated to be ISU’s quarterback (barring any injury or roster shake-up) through the 2020 season.

Illinois State Athletics sent an eligibility waiver extension on Davis’ behalf in hopes that the senior would be able to make up for his injury-ridden freshman year.

Davis sat out his first season at Memphis as a true freshman redshirt in 2015, then missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a left knee injury in a late preseason scrimmage.

Davis only saw action in one game in 2017 at Memphis, before making the decision to transfer to Illinois State.

The Columbus, Mississippi, native definitely made a name for himself in 2018, earning the starting job over former senior and long-time quarterback Jake Kolbe in preseason camp.

Davis put up numbers in his first full season off of injury, winning Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week three times during the 2018 campaign, starting in 10 games for the Redbirds.

Davis had also earned a spot on the MVFC All-Newcomer Team while finishing second in the voting for the MVFC Newcomer of the Year award.

Davis transferred to Illinois State late in summer camp last season, missing all of spring practices as well as a portion of summer workouts. Emerging to be the answer to former quarterback Kolbe’s downfall, the Memphis transfer made a statement in his rookie season in the red and white.

Davis threw 19 touchdowns and almost reached 2,000 passing yards (1,935) in 2018. As Kolbe’s exit prompts Davis to be the new leader of a young yet seasoned Redbird squad, head coach Brock Spack is more than confident in his quarterback to be the guy that steps up in the biggest of moments.

“He’s done a lot better. I feel like he’s had a really good grasp [of the offense] in the first few practices. He looks very good, very confident, you can tell that he’s played a lot and he’s much farther along than a year ago. He looks really good.”

Davis constantly prepares to be the quarterback Spack knows he can be. As he assumes and continues to adjust into his new role, having a full year within the program can only help where there is hurt.

“[I want] to take complete control of the offense,” Davis said. “I came in late last year so I was kind of learning on the fly and trying to earn everybody’s respect and whatnot, so really just to take ownership and be the leader that this offense needs and this team needs both on and off the field.”

The Redbirds’ offense seems to be in great shape welcoming back key pieces in senior running back James Robinson and sophomore wideout Andrew Edgar.

Robinson was a force to be reckoned with last season, as he has been in his entire career, achieving accolades such as STATS FCS Walter Payton Award finalist, FCS second-team All-American by HERO Sports FCS and STATS FCS and All-MVFC First-Team selection among many others.

Illinois State’s Spring Showcase Scrimmage is slated for 1 p.m. April 13 at Hancock Stadium.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas

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