The IP List: Top 10 for 2013

A look at the Top Ten Illinois football players to watch headed into 2013.

No. 10: TE Jon Davis
Davis cracks the Top Ten because of his potential, versatility and athleticism -- categories that he undeniably possesses to the max. It's unfortunate, however, that production isn't included, at least not to this point in his career.

Davis entered last season figuring to be a prominent factor on offense, giving fans hope that he would be used in multiple fashions to create a match-up headache for opposing defenses. Instead, he was limited throughout the fall due to lingering injuries. Even if he had been healthy, it's not clear how he would have been employed in an offense that lacked any sense of self and progressively worsened as the season moved along.

He finished the year with nine catches for 88 yards and 21 rushes for 102 yards and two total touchdowns.

Despite prior disappointments and the fact that surgery kept him out of spring drills, Davis' talent is such that he's still considered one of the best in Blue and Orange. New offensive coordinator Bill Cubit should be able to figure out how to get the 6-3, 240-pound junior the football in some capacity in 2013, whether it be via the pass or the rush. Cubit's quick hitting passing style should help, too.

It's a heavy-handed statement, but one that is also most likely true; if Davis doesn't get involved this season, the Illinois offense will once again struggle to make much noise.

Illini Inquirer Top Stories