If there is anyone on this current Tar Heel roster that ACC defenses will need to make sure they key in on, it’s Quinshad Davis. Davis had about as explosive a year as any Tar Heel freshman has had at the wide receiver position. They may not have been Hakeem Nicks stats, but Q finished with 776 yards on 61 receptions and 5 touchdowns in the inaugural year of Coach Larry Fedora’s offense and proved to be a dynamic and reliable weapon for Bryn Renner.
What impressed me most about Davis’ play on the field was that he had to compete for touches with a deep and talented Carolina receiving corps. He had to lineup opposite of a very proven and dependable receiver in Erik Highsmith and a deep threat in Sean Tapely and if that wasn’t enough, guys like Eric Ebron and Gio Bernard were both extremely talented targets for Renner to throw to. Yet, Davis still produced.
The big breakout game for Davis came against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville where he took in 16 receptions (tied school and ACC record) and tallied up 178 yards in a performance that absolutely demoralized the Cavs. Ironically, Davis did not get a touchdown in that game, but his play really opened things up for his teammates to rack up 37 points en route to a blow out.
Davis certainly won’t fly under the radar this season and will certainly be the #1 guy on opposing teams’ scouting reports, but he will be expected to produce nonetheless. Having Tapely, Ebron and the return of TJ Thorpe on the field with him will certainly help to distract away some defensive pressure, but secondaries aren’t likely to take their eyes off him for more than a split second. Of course, a split second may be all that Davis needs to get free.
Expect Quinshad to continue to impress this season and improve his totals in all major statistical categories. Check back with KIH for more football previews.