There are few more important things in a spread offense than the ability of wide receivers to catch the ball. UNC coach Larry Fedora has completed his first year and will bring in his first batch of recruits for next season. There is no question that next season’s receivers will play an even more essential role than they did this year. The question is, who will be Chapel Hill’s go-to-wide out?
Quinshad Davis has to be the unanimous number one. Remove the fact that he’s only a freshman from his resume and the numbers by themselves will still make you blink. Davis led the team in total receptions (61), total yards (776), and touchdowns this season (five). Oh, and he’s only a freshman.
I think the fact that he’s only a freshman helps him. Of course he gets points for having three years to hone his craft and grow in size and wisdom, but the most overlooked part is that he’s only seen Fedora’s spread offense. That’s all he knows. He’s inundated in the system.
Quinshad is the only receiver in the top three of the team in both receptions and returning next season. Running back Giovani Bernard and tight end Eric Ebron are the closest ones behind Davis. Where’s the other wide outs? Well, this fact says it all. Other wide receiver Sean Tapley has less than half the number of receptions as Quinshad Davis at 26. This is compared to Davis’ 61.
New recruits Jordan Fieulleteau and Ryan Switzer are both four-star wide receiving recruits will join coach Fedora next season. Both have huge potential upside and are going to be great options for returning senior quarterback, Bryn Renner. However, they’re going to be just that—options.
Next season, there’s no doubt that it’s Quinshad Davis’ team on the receiving side of the ball.