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2016 MAC Player Countdown #2: Corey Davis, WR, WMU

He's a big-time NFL prospect. But he's also got one more year to set the MAC on fire.

Davis scoring a touchdown in last year's season opener
Davis scoring a touchdown in last year's season opener
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There's no beating around the bush, Corey Davis is primed to go down as one of the greatest wide receivers in Western Michigan and MAC history. Heck, he's already passed Bronco and NFL great Greg Jennings for career reception yards, and needs only seven touchdowns on the year to surpass Jennings for his career in that category. In the WMU team preview, Justin Coffin mentioned what's needed statistically for Davis to become to the MAC's best ever. If Davis can nab just 410 yards on the year, he'll pass fellow Bronco Jordan White (2007-2011) to be the conference's most prolific receiver in terms of yardage.

Davis went for 100+ receiving yards in 9 of 13 games for Western last year, including against MAC West powers Northern Illinois and Toledo. The Broncos will need him to be big in those division games again this year. I'm also planning on the Broncos' coaching staff developing a strategy to unleash Davis against Georgia Southern (on September 24th). He was held to just two receptions and 16 yards against Eagles last year, his only real blemish on the season. That game was a disaster for the whole squad though, the Broncos got destroyed 43-17.

How does Davis stack up nationally? Well he was fifth in the country in 2015 in total receiving yards -€” only BGSU's Roger Lewis passed him in the MAC. A quick Google search and you'll find all sorts of watch-lists (including preseaon All-American) and potential draft positioning for Davis. He's the real deal and it's going to be a crazy amount of fun to watch him work this year.

Davis has been ramping up yardage and receptions year by year during his tenure in Kalamazoo. Sixty-seven receptions, 941 yards as a freshman: HO-HUM. Seventy-eight receptions, 1,408 yards as sophomore: A BREEZE. Ninety receptions, 1,436 yards last season: BOOM.

Keep in mind though that Davis's performance last year was in concert with a 1,377-yard season from Daniel Braverman (now with the Chicago Bears). The Broncos don't exactly have someone who can pick up right where Braverman left off. Will that let defenses key-in more on the Davis-to-Terrell connection? Will the Bronco running game still give Davis enough breathing space to get those big-yardage games? Or will Davis's pure strength and breakaway speed be enough to keep him competitive regardless? We'll see as the season goes.

A lot of people have pegged Davis as the prototypical deep threat WR, but it's clear he has more to offer. He's shown off multiple examples of getting open on crossing routes, and several touchdowns in his career have developed from breaking free on bubble screens, or shaking off a defender within a few yards of the line of scrimmage and then taking it to the house. Maybe with the super-quick Braverman on the roster last year, Davis got kind of lumped into that "deep-threat" narrative in a relative sense. This year we'll notice his size, speed, and versatility on display all at once.

In the 2013 season, Davis scored a touchdown at Northwestern that put the Broncos up 10-3 in the second quarter. I was at that game, and he pointed directly at me and my Bronco t-shirt as he ran into the southern endzone of Ryan Field. Despite being five years his senior, I was giddy as a damn school kid. In his last college season, expect Davis to be pointing at a lot of fans during a lot of runs into the endzone.