With the 2013-2014 college football season just a few months away, the anticipation in Chapel Hill is building. Most of the Carolina faithful are expecting big things from Senior quarterback Bryn Renner in second year head coach Larry Fedora’s up-tempo offense, but who will be his go to guy? College football fans say hello to Quinshad Davis.
As a true freshman Quinshad was spectacular, he had 61 receptions for 776 yards (both lead team) as well as 5 touchdowns receptions (c0-lead team) and for this kid the sky is the limit. Entering his sophomore campaign Davis will be counted even more. With the early entry to the 2013 NFL draft of do everything running back Giovani Bernard and the graduation of the other starting wide receiver Erik Highsmith the Tar Heels lack experience and production at many of the playmaking positions. That really puts the pressure on the team second best receiving option junior tight end Eric Ebron as well Davis, with that said many including the 6’4 205 lbs stub from Gaffney, South Carolina expects his role and his production to increase this upcoming season.
From all indications Davis has not allowed his success to go to his head. He has continued to work hard during the off-season but adding a much-needed 20 pounds of bulk (up from 185 lbs) and by his own ad mission he’s a lot faster and a better route runner. All those improvements in his game as well as the experienced he gained should mean long Saturdays for opposing cornerbacks. His ability to read defenses will be a key in his development and if that aspect of his game improves like the rest of it has, he should be all over the field making plays and not to mention keep defensive coordinators up all night trying to stop him.
With all his talent and skills Quinshad Davis will be the focal point for every defense the heels will face during the 2013-2014 season. Not only because he is the top playmaker returning but he has the talent to put the team on his back and win a game or two, just remember the game he had last season at Virginia. That Thursday night in Charlottesville #14 had an incredible performance. He grabbed 16 balls for 178 yards and put the ACC on notice that he could be the best receiver in the conference. If he continues on this pace Davis will re-write the UNC record books and will be mentioned in the same breath as Hakeem Nicks.