Camp Profile

<b> Chris Davis</b> couldn't contain his enthusiasm. Florida State opened preseason practice Wednesday and Davis was in the middle of the mix, running pass routes, making catches, finishing plays, interacting with his teammates. Last year at this time a somber Davis was on the sidelines, recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. "It feels like I am a (true) freshman all over again," Davis said.

Chris Davis couldn't contain his enthusiasm Wednesday.

Florida State opened preseason practice and Davis was in the middle of the mix, running pass routes, making catches, finishing plays, interacting with his teammates.

Last year at this time a somber Davis was on the sidelines, recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.

"I am 100-percent now," Davis said. "I am back running at full speed, doing everything. I am just ready for the season to start. I am happy to just be in two-a-days."

Davis, a redshirt freshman from St. Petersburg Catholic, is expected to compete for playing at wide receiver.

The unit is in need of playmakers, and Davis certainly fits the bill. He was named the nation's best all-around prep athlete by Parade Magazine coming out of high school, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back.

Davis, however, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament two weeks prior to his arrival at FSU for the start of preseason practice last year. If there was a silver lining, Davis said it was the time spent watching and learning.

"It feels like I am a (true) freshman all over again," Davis said.

"I think it helped me get through it all. I got to watch practice, learned most of the plays, so I know what's going on."

Still, Davis said missing last season was extremely frustrating, especially watching fellow freshman Leon Washington making an immediate contribution at tailback.

"That's one of the worst things that's ever happened to me," Davis said.

"I had to sit on the sidelines and watch the whole season go by. I couldn't get into the game, no matter how badly I wanted. There were times it was hard. I wanted to be in there so bad."

While FSU lost its top two pass-catchers from last season in Anquan Boldin and Talman Gardner, Davis believes this year's group is loaded with potential.

"There's so much competition at our position right now," Davis said. "Everybody in the group brings something different to the table. I am just ready to help the team."

By all appearances, one can't even tell Davis was injured. He runs effortlessly, quickly accelerating during passing drills, cutting on a dime and cradling the football with a soft touch. He usually wears a bandana on his head and mingles easily with teammates. Plus, he's also added needed weight from last season.

"I am going all out -- I can doing everything," Davis said. "I am going out there to compete and play hard. We are just going out there and working hard every day."


Nole Digest Top Stories