"I can run, catch and block, so I feel like I'm a complete tight end," said Davis, who played running back at Emporia State.
Although, Davis has never caught more than 17 balls in a season he has six receptions good for an average of 13.5 yards per catch through three games. With starting TE Fred Baxter out this week with a sprained ankle Davis will get the start.
"Fred is our big run blocker, but John Davis has done a great job for us," said starting quarterback Jim Miller. "He's really come on big in the passing game."
When Baxter went down during the Saints game Miller went to Davis several times. The six-year veteran finished the day with four catches for 32 yards.
"John did some good things last week, he really did," said offensive coordinator John Shoop. "He got open for Jim. He and Jim are developing a bit of rapport. They talk a lot in between reps in practice and about things. He's a good, physical blocker who's getting better and better in the passing game. With Fred's situation as it is, maybe it will be a chance for John to have some more shots and hopefully he'll step up to the challenge."
Davis is well on his way to eclipsing last year's 11-catch season.