Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a season in which the team played well and did some impressive things when healthy, particularly on offense, the Auburn Tigers turned the page to spring practice and junior wide receiver Ryan Davis said that means a new-look offense built around more passing.
Even without throwing it a ton last season, the Tigers showed the ability to make plays and put up points when things were clicking during a six-game winning streak. That’s something that Davis said gives him and this team plenty of confidence as they prepare for a new year.
“I feel like when we’re 100 percent healthy there’s not too many teams in the country that can slow us down,” Davis said. “I feel like we showed that in that six-game run when we were on that streak. The injury bug got us at the end. I think that’s something we’ve got to work on, whether staying in or doing extra work to try to stay healthy. The injuries really changed the season.”
Auburn’s leading returning receiver from a year ago with 25 catches, Davis is one of the guys who the quarterback will target plenty in 2017. Just who the quarterback will be remains a question, but the speedster said having transfer Jarrett Stidham and newcomer Malik Willis in the mix along with returning guys like Sean White, John Franklin and Woody Barrett means plenty of opportunities for the best man to rise to the top.
“I just feel like with him coming from Baylor he’s coming from a pass-happy offense,” Davis said of Stidham. “With him coming in we’ll expand the offense and play to his strengths. Also with Sean and John also, it’s going to create competition in that room and that’s good for all three of them. All of them could bring different aspects to the offense.”
With new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey expected to bring more passing game to Auburn’s offense, things could look much different when the Tigers take the field against Georgia Southern in the season opener on Sept. 2. Davis said that starts with the play of the wide receivers, a group that he feels like has a ton of untapped potential just waiting to be let out.
“It’s really going to be fun and I feel like it’s exciting,” Davis said. “I feel like we have one of the better receiving corps in the nation. We really haven’t been able to see it yet, but just knowing from practice and the younger guys like Nate Craig, Kyle Davis, Eli Stove, Darius Slayton and Will Hastings, I just know it’s a bright future. Better things are going to come.”