North Carolina Tar Heels freshman wide receiver Quinshad Davis broke two long standing UNC records with 16 receptions for 178 yards both records for a Tar Heel freshman. His 16 catches also tied an ACC record he shares with five different players. Davis would have broken the record on the last play of the game if backup quarterback Marquis Williams would have hit him for an easy target to end the game but Williams’ pass was low and too far away for Davis to (or anyone for that matter) to catch.
Coming into the season WR was a position group thought to be a weakness for Carolina with the loss of Dwight Jones and an injury to TJ Thorpe but Davis has helped make it a strength. It was Davis, not Giovani Bernard that led the Heels offense to a bounce back win over Virginia. By halftime, Davis had already set the freshman UNC record for receptions with nine and he didn’t slow down in the second half.
His combination of size, speed and athleticism make him the perfect WR for Larry Fedoras potent offensive attack. Davis defied the odds and broke into the rotation early in the season, I’m reminded of a terrific over the shoulder juggling catch that Davis made in the season opener that pointed to this young man becoming a special talent.
The game against Virginia marked the second consecutive game in which Davis has broke the 100 yard mark after he notched 104 yards on seven receptions in the loss to Georgia Tech just five days earlier. 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.
Davis is one of several Tar Heel playmakers that make this offense fun to watch and with the infusion of several more in the 2013 recruiting class the future of this group and the offense as a whole looks bright.