SOUTH BEND, Ind. (March 18, 2013)—Steven Davis, 60, who was the starting quarterback for Oklahoma's national championship teams in 1974 and 1975, was one of the two men killed when a small plane slammed into a house in northern Indiana, a University of Oklahoma official said Monday.
St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash as Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla.
The OU official confirmed that Davis is a former Sooners star, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not yet announced the death.
Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975 and started every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach.
Caves owned the plane, but it was not immediately clear if Caves was piloting when the plane crashed in South Bend.
Davis’ parents, Jim and Patsy Davis of Sallisaw, Okla., said their son had a pilot’s license and had started to learn to fly even before he attended college.
Davis' pastor says the former Oklahoma quarterback "loved to fly."
Pastor Deron Spoo of the First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., did not know the connection between Davis and Wesley Caves, the man who owned the twin jet that crashed Sunday.
Spoo said of Davis, "He absolutely loved getting in the air."
Davis had a "very deep faith" and was committed to the church, Spoo said.
Davis had joined the about 3,600-member congregation a couple of decades ago, but his travels and work took him elsewhere, Spoo said.
Spoo said that in the last few years, Davis had become more active in the church.