When you talk to Corey Davis, you double-take take to make sure you aren't talking to a 19-year old. His composure and delivery make him sound wise beyond his teenage years, and you can tell he knows exactly what to reach for. Maybe that's why at just a sophomore, Davis comes in at No. 7 in our Top 50 countdown, is that he is more mature than his age suggests.
Last year, Davis broke onto the scene despite having inconsistent quarterback performance from Tyler Van Tubbergen and Zach Terrell. Corey wrangled in 67 catches for 941 yards and 6 touchdowns en route to winning MAC Freshman of the Year, the second straight year a Western Michigan wide-out brought home the reward.
However, Davis has bigger things envisioned for this season after a 1-11 mark by the Broncos last year.
"Last year, we went 1-11 and it wasn't good at all, so the only thing I'm worried about is (that record). This year, we're focused on improving that and improving as a team and getting to a bowl game and the MAC Championship. We're confident heading into this season and I'm really excited to see what this team can do."
And while Davis' lofty goals may seem high, Davis himself should have a lot of say on how the Broncos do.
His composure coupled with a very young team make him an instant leader on this year's team. He also will lead a depleted wide-receiving core that saw young stars Jaime Wilson and Jay Harris both leave the program over the summer. With all of the changes, Davis appears to be unfazed in his approach to the season.
"I have a lot of chemistry with Zach Terrell right now (in practice). Chance Stewart is a really good quarterback as well. I don't really prefer who is (under center) since I am confident in both men (under center). I'm really happy with the group of wide-receivers we have right now (despite the departures). We work hard and we're going to compete every single day and I'm really proud of our group."
And Davis also has the added bonus of getting to renew his sibling rivalry with brother Titus in November one last time before Titus' graduation from rival Central Michigan. For Corey, getting to play against his brother has always been something special and fun.
"Having Central as our rival and having (Titus) there is really fun. We have a lot to prove this year seeing how we lost to (CMU), but this year is a new year. We're going to come out with a win."
And as for who's better between the two brothers, Davis' well-spoken verses couldn't hide the playful rivalry with Titus.
"Oh yeah, it's me. My brother is a great guy and is a great receiver, but it's me."
Davis and his fellow Western Michigan Broncos open up their season in just over a week and a half from now at Purdue. Davis should be the focal point again on this WMU team as they look to climb from the cellar and return to being a mainstay in the MAC West picture.