North Carolina Tar Heels freshman wide receiver Quinshad Davis had an impressive game against Idaho with 89 yards, four receptions with two of his catches going for touchdowns. Davis showed his big play ability averaging 22.3 yards per catch, both of his TD catches, the first of his young career were impressive. The freshman changed directions and used his big 6’4″ frame to adjust to the ball and snatch it out of the air over the defender.
His combination of size, speed and athleticism make him the perfect WR prospect. Coming into the season, the receiver group was seen as one of, if no the weakest unit on the team. Viewed as very thin at the position with the loss of Dwight Jones and the injury to TJ Thorpe, Davis has stepped up and proved those views completely wrong.
Davis has shown big play ability all season long with 15 receptions for 210 yards ranking him third on the team in catches and third in receiving yards, just five yards behind Erik Highsmith for second. You get the feeling watching Davis’ natural ability to make plays with the ball in the air that even if this team were stacked with play making receivers, the freshman would still have found his way onto the field.
With Highsmith and tight end Eric Ebron drawing more concern from opposing defenses, Davis has the chance to make a huge impact each week. Defenses will have to start think about bringing a safety over when Davis goes deep, it’s hard to imagine a corner having the ability to not only stay with him down the field, but compete with him on a jump ball.
Davis may not be seen as the Tar Heels top receiving threat right now, but it looks like it’s only a matter of time before he’s the player defensive coordinators are designing their defense to stop when they play the Tar Heels.