Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

Day-by-day, we count down the Big 12's top players. Today's player is Texas wide receiver Mike Davis, who comes in at No. 35.

35) Mike Davis, sophomore WR, Texas

After the second game of the season, then-Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was asked which wide receiver Mike Davis reminded him of most. The long-time coordinator didn't name any names, instead opting for the generic: "he reminded me of a really fast guy."

Now, the offensive coordinator Davis is gone, much like the receiver Davis was after running away from Wyoming defenders on his way onto a seven catch, 104-yard effort, including a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown. That game set the foundation for a strong freshman season that saw Davis set a new UT freshman record with 47 receptions. Those catches went for 478 yards and two touchdowns, impressive numbers for a receiver who missed at least one game and parts of others with an injury.

Davis continued his strong play in the spring, proving himself to be arguably the most polished receiver on roster. That's the best part of Davis's game: while he's taller than 6-feet and has speed, his strength lies in his ability to run clean routes and find openings in the defense.

That ability should allow him to approach 1,000 yards this season and significantly increase last season's 10.2 yards per reception. But how much he improves likely depends just as much on who's throwing the passes for the Longhorns.

2010 Stats: 47 catches, 478 yards, two touchdowns

No. 36: Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat

No. 37: Kansas State DB David Garrett

No. 38: Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard

No. 39: Texas Tech RB Eric Stephens

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

No. 43: Texas A&M DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

No. 44: Kansas RB James Sims

No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis

No. 46: Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson

No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot

No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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