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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
2014 WR Davis follows father's footsteps

By Mason Kelley


PALO ALTO, Calif. -- When a receiver gets the chance to catch passes from one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, it creates an opportunity.

Malcolm Davis (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) is making the most of the situation that has been presented to him.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior knows scouts are often watching his teammate, ESPN Watch List quarterback Keller Chryst, so Davis does everything he can to make sure that, when those college coaches leave, they know his name.

“When they see him, they’ll see who he’s throwing to,” Davis said.

Davis, who has played football since third grade, comes from a talented football family. His father, Wendell, was a receiver for the Chicago Bears for six seasons.

When asked if he feels like he has big shoes to fill while following in his father’s footsteps Davis said, “Yeah, kind of, a little bit. The goals are a little smaller for me.”

Davis grew up in Chicago and would like to play college football in the Midwest but, at this point, he wants to land on the radar of Division I coaches. Most of the attention he has received so far has been from smaller schools, so he keeps working.

“At times it’s a little discouraging but, at the same time, you’ve got to keep your head up, because there’s a lot of time left,” he said. “There’s this summer. There are camps. There’s next season. I can’t get discouraged.”

Davis moved to Palo Alto a few years ago when his father accepted a job with the San Francisco 49ers -- he is currently an assistant at Columbia in New York. The move reunited Wendell with Chryst’s father, Geep.

The 49ers quarterbacks coach first met Wendell during his playing days with the Bears.

“My dad and his dad have been friends since before we were born,” Davis said.

It should come as little surprise that it didn’t take long for Chryst and Davis to become friends.

“We were good friends right from the start,” Davis said. “I know what he wants me to do. It’s good to have that friend connection.”

It also helps to catch passes from one of the nation’s top junior quarterbacks.

“He’s got one of the best arms I’ve ever seen,” Davis said.

With one season left, Davis is preparing for a big senior sendoff. He wants one last successful season.

“We’re going to have a pretty good team next year,” Davis said. “We just have to get everybody, the younger guys, working and we have to be good leaders and pick them up, get them up to speed. Hopefully we can bring those guys along with us and we’ll have a pretty good team next year.”