Auburn, Ala.--Touching the ball just twice last season, both running plays, sophomore wide receiver Ryan Davis was expected to have a much bigger role for the Auburn Tigers in 2016 and through four games that has been the case.
One of Auburn’s top targets so far, the former high school quarterback has 12 receptions for 84 yards this year and has become a threat for the Tigers. Coming off one of his top games last week against LSU with five catches for 31 yards, Davis said it’s all just about comfort for him in the offense and at receiver.
“I think I played pretty well,” Davis said of last weeked’s game. “I feel like I’m coming along quite good. I feel like I’m adjusting to playing the receiver position. I feel like every week I’m getting better and better. I feel like I’m progressing pretty good.
I’m just getting comfortable, getting a feel for college football, touching the ball in big games like LSU, Clemson, Texas A&M, those type of SEC games,” he added. “Just being more confident in myself and those touches every week is just getting me more comfortable. Doing it in practice with the reps, every week I’m just getting more comfortable and confident in what I’m doing.”
That comfort level at receiver is one thing, but he must depend on his quarterback to get him the football. That’s something that has happened with Sean White taking over the reins full-time the last three weeks. In the last two games alone Davis has 10 catches, showing that the connection with his fellow sophomore is a strong one.
“We’ve always had a good rhythm,” Davis said. “Even in the summer we were coming in and working out and coming in late nights. It was all about me getting that opportunity. He trusted me and he just told me any chance he sees me he trusts me to make a play.”