Monday, April 29, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: WR Mike Davis
By Carter Strickland
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Davis should flourish in Texas' new spread-attack offense. He has the ability to stretch the field and can prove to be too fast for safeties trying to come over the top for a double team. Davis has become more sure-handed as he has matured, and if quarterback David Ash can deliver the ball in a timely manner Davis is poised to have his biggest year yet at Texas.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Davis blossoms into a guy who catches 80 balls for 1,200 yards. He has the talent to do that but will need help from his supporting cast. Texas has not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jordan Shipley in 2009. Most of Davis' yards would come from big plays down the field. He averaged 16.5 yards per catch last season and was just 61 yards short of 1,000 yards, so if he can get his hands on the ball a few more times -- he had 57 catches in 2012 -- Davis should put up big numbers.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: A couple of things cold go wrong for Davis. Well, more than a couple. But if he regresses to his 2011 habits, the offense is not going to have faith in him, and he will disappear on the field. The other thing, and this might be more of a factor, is if Davis does not get help from his other receivers. Texas is not very deep or experienced at the receiver positions. If two other players do not develop, Davis and Jaxon Shipley will be keyed on by defenses and therefore limited in what they can do.
The other constant worry around Texas is quarterback play. Texas has flip-flopped quarterbacks for two years in a row, and if Ash does not play well and with confidence, Davis could find himself breaking in a new quarterback yet again. If that quarterback is Case McCoy, the deep threat is then wiped out of the pass offense. If it is Tyrone Swoopes, there will be more runs from the quarterback and lot fewer deep passes, as well.
Future impact: Davis should have a senior season in which he eclipses the 1,000-yard mark and sets himself up to be a second-day NFL draft pick.