Austin Davis named starting quarterback against Bengals

Austin Davis named starting quarterback against Bengals

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi graduate and former Golden Eagle quarterback Austin Davis has been named the starting quarterback for The Cleveland Browns game against The Bengals on Sunday.

A news release issued by The Cleveland Browns announced that this would be Davis' first starting game since he joined the Browns in September, and ninth of his NFL career.

"Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win," Pettine said. "He's been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well."

Johnny Manziel will serve as his backup, according to the release.

Davis made his debut when Josh McCown was injured in Monday's loss to the Batlimore Ravens, according to the release.

The release stated that in eight starts and 10 overall appearances with the St. Louis Rams last season, Davis completed 180-of-284 passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

McCown was ruled out for the season Tuesday with a broken clavicle and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, according to the release.

Davis played for The Golden Eagles from 2008-2011.