Russell Davis was a four-year letter winner in the Vandal football backfield. He shared team offensive MVP honors with quarterback Ken Hobart after the 1981 season after he rushed for 1,117 yards (second-best at Idaho at the time) and scored 12 total touchdowns and helped Idaho lead the nation in both rushing and total offense. In his standout 1981 season, Davis also averaged 119.6 all-purpose yards per game to lead the team. Davis might best be remembered for his school record 345-rushing-yard explosion against Portland State in 1981 that included two runs of 85 yards. His single-game rushing average of 17.3 against Portland State is an NCAA Division 1-AA record and the 345 yards are ninth in NCAA D-1AA history. His career average of 6.34 yards per carry ranks second all-time at Idaho, while his 2,200 career rushing yards rank sixth.