On November 15th, the college football world watched as UNC battled Virginia in a nationally televised Thursday Night showcase game. UNC would roll 37 to 13 in the victory, but the real story of the game was the breakout performance of Quinshad Davis. Davis had 16 catches, tying an ACC record, to go along with 178 yards. Carolina fans can expect more and more of these performances with Davis in his upcoming sophmore season.
Davis was a 3 star prospect according to ESPN, signed out of Gaffney High School in South Carolina by the Heels on Feburary 1st, 2012. He was the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, a big award for the young 6-4 wideout. Davis had considered offers from South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Georgia among other programs, but decided to join the Tar Heels.
Davis came into the program following the footsteps of many of the recent talents the Tar Heels have had at wideout. Jesse Holley, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, Dwight Jones, and Brooks Foster are just some of the names that Davis had to live up to, and there is no reason that he can’t be the next great name on that list. Quinshad struggled early on last season, only recording 2 touchdowns in his first nine games in Carolina blue. But in the last three games of the year, Davis had three great performances. In total, Davis hauled in 417 yards, more than 53 percent of his total season production, as well as three touchdowns.
North Carolina is hopeful that they can get similar production from Quinshad in the 2013 season. With the graduation of wideouts Eric Highsmith and Jheranie Boyd, the lack of depth at wideout and questionable production and health for younger options TJ Thorpe and Sean Tapley, a lot will be asked of Number 14 this fall. He will be the number one option for Bryn Renner at wide receiver, and he should see lots of balls thrown his way. Hopefully for the Heels, Davis keeps his momentum from his breakout performances last fall.