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Former Southern Miss QB Austin Davis named starter for Browns

By PATRICK MAGEE

pmagee@sunherald.com

Twitter: @Patrick_Magee

Former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns for this Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Davis will make his first start in a Browns uniform after getting picked up following his release by the St. Louis Rams in September. He received a two-year contract extension from the Browns worth $4.137 million and has $600,000 in guarantees.

Davis saw his first action with the Browns on Monday after starter Josh McCown went down with a broken collarbone in the fourth quarter.

Davis was criticized for his clock management late in the game, but the Browns had a chance to win with a late 51-yard field goal try. The kick was blocked and returned 64 yards for a touchdown by Will Hill as time ran off the clock. The Ravens won, 33-27.

Davis played in 10 games, starting eight, for the St. Louis Rams last year. He completed 63.4 percent o his passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The selection of Davis as starter is a controversial one in Cleveland with many still hoping former first-round pick Manziel can develop into a star for the Browns.

Davis played for USM from 2008-11, leading the Golden Eagles to the Conference USA title in his last season.

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