While the main target for CMU the past couple seasons had been Cody Wilson, who is currently signed with the Detroit Lions, it was Titus Davis who was the big play threat for the Chippewas the last two seasons.
Davis came to CMU from Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Illinois, where during his senior season he helped lead the team to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship. During his senior year, he had over 1,200 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns and was named to the Illinois All-State team. Despite his impressive numbers, Davis was under the radar, rated just a two star prospect by Rivals.
Davis burst onto the scene during his true freshman season in 2011, catching 40 passes but racking up 751 yards, and eight touchdowns, which set a CMU record for freshmen receivers. For the year he averaged 18.8 yards per catch. His impressive freshman season earned him Third Team All-MAC selections, and saw him named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-American team.
Expectations were high for Davis entering his sophomore season as he built more trust with then quarterback Ryan Radcliff. While his reception numbers didn't climb significantly, slightly rising from 40 to 43, his receiving yard numbers rose to even high heights. He totaled 860 yards, and his yards per catch jumped up to an even 20 yards per catch. The 20.0 yards per catch led the MAC, and was first in the nation among receivers who caught 40+ passes. He again caught eight touchdown passes, and has already climbed into a tie for sixth place in CMU history for touchdown catches. He played a huge part in CMU's upset of Iowa, hauling in two touchdowns among his five catches. Davis was one of three players suspended at the end of last season, and was not allowed to play in CMU's win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Number 27 on our list seems about fair for Davis, because while he is always a touchdown threat, and arguably the best deep ball receiver in the MAC, it would be nice to see him haul in a few more catches along the way. Consistency is one thing that CMU hopes to see more out of a more mature Davis during his junior year.
For 2013, it's hard to know what to expect from Davis. While he was named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list, CMU will be breaking in a new quarterback this fall, after three-year starter Radcliff graduated. I think Davis will be a consistent deep threat for CMU, and with Cody Wilson graduated, expect Davis to be the number one target for whoever wins the CMU QB job.