Last season Bray finished third on the team in receptions as a slot receiver and was one of the nation’s top punt returners with an average of 18.1 yards while scoring two touchdowns.
“We are very similar--the same type receiver, really quick,” said Davis, who like Bray played quarterback in high school. “I feel like I can make plays in space like he did last year so I am looking forward to doing that.”
Davis and his teammates are on spring break with no classes this week at the university. With five of the 15 alloted spring practices completed the Tigers will return to the field on Tuesday.
As a true freshman in 2013 Davis contributed to Auburn’s run to the SEC championship by catching 23 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown. His key catch on the game-winning drive at Texas A&M was one of the most important plays of that season for the Tigers.
Last year he caught 13 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown, numbers that could go up significantly this year if he wins the starting spot Bray held last season.
Asked what he sees as his strength as a receiver, Davis said, “I feel like I can get myself open no matter what the coverage is. It is just running routes and catching the ball.”
Davis said he feels good about how he is performing as a receiver and notes this spring he is focused on winning the punt return assignment, something he handled at American Heritage High School as one of the most exciting high school players in South Florida.
“That is my biggest goal because I feel like I am pretty good receiver,” he said. “I know what to do at receiver. I am just really focused on winning that job and taking over that job.”
One of the players competing for the punt return assignment is Jason Smith, who joined the team in January after playing quarterback last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
“That guy is a great athlete, I tell him all the time,” Davis said of Smith, who is also getting practice time at receiver. “We work together on punt return. Even days we stay after practice we spend time together trying to polish him up at receiver because I feel he has what it takes to really help this team.”
Marcus Davis makes a catch vs. FSU in the national championship game during the receiver's freshman season.
Davis and the other wide receivers are expecting the passing attack to be a bigger part of the offense this year with Jeremy Johnson likely to take over as the starting quarterback. “He is a great passer,” Davis said. “I definitely think the offense can expand.”
Davis also has a high opinion of quarterback Sean White, who redshirted last year after signing with the Tigers. “He is a great passer,” Davis said. “I played against him in high school. He has always been a very accurate passer. He is pretty good as well.”
Davis and the quarterbacks will be on display in a game situation at their annual A-Day scrimmage on Saturday, April 18th. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.