Two seasons later another freshman from Florida named Davis (Ryan Davis) is looking to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Davis, who is a projected starter as a junior for the Tigers as they prepare for Saturday’s season opener vs. Louisville.
In that game Ryan Davis will be the backup to Marcus Davis, a junior who made a quick and successful conversion from a high school quarterback to a college wide receiver two years ago.
Ryan Davis was also a high school quarterback and a good one, too, as a four-year starter at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg where he set a county career passing record with 6,760 yards.
Ryan Davis is shown as a high school senior.
Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig said he likes what he has seen so far from the freshman, who was a first team All-State pick last year and a four-star recruit who Scout.com projected would make a successful move to receiver in college.
“Ryan has done a great job,” said Craig, who notes that he likes the freshman’s competitive nature. “Ryan is a lot faster than what I thought. He is a great route-runner. He has been able to catch the football and he is really smart. He has picked up the offense.”
Quarterback Jeremy Johnson has noticed the freshman’s good start. “He has been doing a lot,” the junior QB said. “Things have been moving real fast and he is still learning. I feel like he can help us receiving this year.
“He is a great player and he makes some big-time catches, and he runs routes very good,” Johnson added.
Gus Malzahn has noticed Davis, too, and said the former quarterback has done a good job of learning the offense. “He can help us,” Auburn’s head coach said. “He is athletic, and he wants to be good.
“He really reminds me of Marcus Davis when Marcus was a true freshman,” said Malzahn, whose Tigers will in Atlanta to take on Louisville at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
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