CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Quinshad Davis broke his right leg on North Carolina’s last offensive play of the 2014 season. The senior wide receiver had offseason surgery to repair stress fractures in both legs, but entered training camp 100 percent healthy.
Eight months after the 4th-down pass play into the end zone that resulted in Davis being carted off the turf at Ford Field, the veteran receiver needed a few days of camp to get his legs back under him. He is now up to speed, both as a steady option at split end and as the leader of the receiver corps.
Davis enters his senior season one touchdown shy of the career receiving record at North Carolina. The Gaffney, S.C native is currently tied with Hakeem Nicks at 21 touchdowns apiece. It’s a big milestone, but one that Davis is ready to check off.
“I just want to get it out of the way so everybody would stop talking about it,” Davis said.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder also ranks eighth in career receptions (150) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,976). Davis needs 32 receptions and 865 passing yards to break both records.
Despite lacking the brashness of some of his fellow receivers, Davis commands a presence. When the second-team offense looked a step slow returning to the line of scrimmage during a drill in practice last week, Davis voiced his displeasure by demanding more hustle back to the line.
“They all look up to us to do it the right way and the correct way, so me and Damien (Washington) just try to lead them,” Davis said. “A lot of them have their own mix to it, but we’ve got to teach them the right way to do it.”
Davis’s role as a leader has only be enhanced by his recovery from his broken leg.
“It’s a blessing,” Davis said. “I thank God every day, because that could have been the end of my career. I’ve got my confidence back, and all I can do is smile. I’m out here playing football, the game I love, and I’m enjoying it.”
Such adversity presents a unique view into the opportunity at hand, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora.
“When (football) gets taken away from you, you learn that you’ve taken it for granted a lot in situations,” Fedora said. “Now every rep, he’s excited about it.”
Quinshad Davis Back on Track
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