Davis expecting big season

(Jim Davis)

Louisville receivers Josh Bellamy and Andrell Smith, along with freshmen DeVante Parker, Michaelee Harris and Eli Rogers, have received much of the 'buzz' during fall camp. But speedster Jarrett Davis could be poised for a breakout sophomore season.

Josh Bellamy and Andrell Smith are expected to lead a deep, talented group of wide receivers for Louisville this season.

Highly-rated newcomers Michaelee Harris, DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers have also generated a lot of ‘buzz' during fall camp.

But there's one member of Louisville's receiving corps who hasn't received much attention – 5'9, 170-pound speedster Jarrett Davis, who could be poised for a breakout sophomore campaign.

Davis, a former standout at Sandy Creek (GA) H.S., committed to Steve Kragthorpe before his dismissal, then elected to sign on as a member of Charlie Strong's first recruiting class at Louisville. Though he played in Louisville's first four games last season, Davis' season was cut short by a knee injury. After a solid spring, and fall camp, Davis believes he's ready to make an impact for the Louisville offense.

"I'm expecting a real big season," Davis told InsideTheVille.com. "Last year I had a minor, setback injury that kept me out the whole year. I'm going to really go strong this year and show them what I can do on the field."

Louisville receivers coach Ron Dugans likes what the shifty Davis adds to the Cardinals receiver corps, though he wants the sophomore to develop better on-field focus and eliminate mental lapses that have taken away from his performance during camp.

"I've seen some good things out of Jarrett Davis," Dugans said after a recent practice. "He's been up and down. He's caught the ball really well, but at times he's had a few mental lapses. But (Jarrett) can run. He's not very big, but he can do some things for his size you're like, ‘how'd he do that?'

"He's just got to stay focused. We just had two-minute (drills) and he didn't run out of bounds when he caught the ball. But I think he could be a really good player. He's just got to stay consistent."

Though his freshman season was cut short by injury, Davis feels he benefited from the experience. "The first three games did prepare me," Davis said. "I got a little taste to see the different speed levels between high school and college. I think that really did prepare me for this year."

Davis, who is expected to give Louisville's offense a presence over the middle this season, said he's learning a lot from Dugans, a former star at Florida State and the National Football League.

"Camp has been going really good for me," Davis said. "I've learned a lot from Coach Dugans. On the field, I think I'm that speedy guy, a fast receiver that can make defenders miss and get into the end zone pretty easily."

Davis also has developed a good connection with Will Stein, the frontrunner to be named Louisville's starting quarterback for next week's season-opener.

"Me and Will are real cool," said Davis. "It's always good to have that good quarterback connection. So we always spend a lot of time together off the field to get things corrected. That's the kind of connection me and Will have."

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