Auburn, Ala.--Getting a head start on his freshman season after enrolling early, 6-2, 219 wide receiver Kyle Davis got a chance to learn the offense and get a feel for what Coach Kodi Burns expects out of his players. The only problem is that Davis had shoulder surgery following his senior season at Archer (Ga.) High School and that kept him out of contact work in the spring.
Physically ready to go and looking the part, Davis should be ahead of the curve when the Auburn Tigers get to work as full squad preseason drills open on August 3. A talented player who has good hands and quickness despite his size, Davis could get a look outside or inside for the Tigers during his collegiate days.
With a huge need at the position now that 2015 seniors Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray and their 66 combined catches are gone, Davis is one of four freshmen who will get a chance to play very early for the Tigers in 2016.
Best Case Scenario: The best news for Davis and the Tigers is that the talent he possesses rises to the occasion early in the season and he becomes one of the playmakers in the passing game for an Auburn offense desperately needing just that. With the size, speed and hands to become a premier wide receiver, if Davis steps up it could be one of the biggest news items of the fall for the Tigers.
Kyle Davis was named an Under Armour All-American.
Worst Case Scenario:If it takes Davis and the rest of the freshmen wide receivers a long time to pick up the offense and get used to the speed of the game on this level it will put a lot of pressure on guys like Tony Stevens and Jason Smith to become much more productive than they were last year. If that doesn’t happen quickly enough it would allow defenses to stack the line of scrimmage against Auburn’s running game.
Career Comparison: It’s tough to find a player in Auburn history who compares physically to Davis as an incoming freshman at wide receiver. A guy he favorably compares to is former Ohio State standout David Boston because of his combination of size and speed. Before his struggles in the NFL and off the field, Boston was a standout for the Buckeyes with 191 career receptions and 36 touchdown catches.
Davis At His Best: Big plays are what Davis does best and that was on display last season against South Gwinnett. With touchdown catches of 61 and 70 yards, Davis showed that he’s a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
Quote: “He’s looking pretty good,” Auburn senior wide receiver Tony Stevens said. “In the offseason we were working together catching from the jugs and stuff like that. I think his catching is getting pretty good, his route-running. His size is like tremendous. As a freshman I wish I was like that. He’s progressing pretty good.”