Comeback trail

When Heath Davis suffered a major knee injury early last fall, he also might have been robbed of a college scholarship. The wide receiver prospect ended up accepting a invitation from Colorado coaches to walk-on. Now that his college decision is behind him, he's focused on getting healthy and earning some early playing time. Get inside for more.

Heath Davis (6-foot-1, 180) seems like a probable candidate to redshirt next fall, considering wide receiver is finally a position with plenty of depth and experience in Boulder and he is still recuperating from major knee surgery. But Davis said CU coaches have told him they believe he can contribute sooner rather than later.

"They're planning on giving me an opportunity pretty quick actually," Davis said.

Davis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee early last season against Smoky Hill. He took a pitch, ran to the outside and as he made a cut to turn up field, his knee gave way.

"I'm about four months in and ahead of schedule," Davis said. "I'm about 70 percent already and I have a couple more months before they thought I would even be there. It's doing really well."

Prior to his injury, he was hearing from a variety of programs at all levels of college football, including the likes of CU, CSU, Kansas State, Cal and Utah.

Davis hasn't allowed himself to be bitter about what might have been had he staued healthy through his senior season. He now hopes to follow in the footsteps of Buffs such as Scotty McKnight, Evan Judge or even Jeff Campbell in turning an opportunity to play major college football into a real success story.

"I plan on going up there this summer and working out and hopefully I'll be ready for fall," he said. "That's my plan."

Davis believes his speed will eventually come back. He didn't have elite speed before the injury, but he was fast enough to be successful and he has a much more characteristic when it comes to becoming a solid receiver --- good hands.


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