Mike Casazza

Big 12 Aims High For 2014 Draft

Created on May. 03, 2013 10:21 AM EST

No. 9: Davis To Benefit From QB Play

For a receiver who's played three years on an offense without much stability at quarterback, Texas senior Mike Davis sure has made the most of it. In 2012, Davis caught 57 passes for 949 yards and seven touchdowns, though defenses slowed him the final three games, which contributed to his decision to return in 2013.

Davis, who with Baylor's Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese were the only Big 12 players to top 50 receptions, 800 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 15 yards per catch last season, nearly entered the 2012 draft. He would have been selected, but Davis took a long look at the group of receivers in the 2013 draft and decided he was better served returning to the Longhorns to chase some awards and championships. 

Not since Davis has been on campus has Texas been as comfortable with the quarterback position. David Ash and Davis could be the league's most prolific combination. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Davis has never been used in the run game, has never returned punts and only has two kickoff returns in his first three seasons, but he could try some of that this season. The Longhorns don't have great depth at receiver or any more explosive players on offense. The new up-tempo offense benefits receivers who prey on tiring cornerbacks, and Davis should finish as the team's first 1,000-yard receiver in four years.

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