AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn wide receiver coach Kodi Burns wasn’t too concerned when underclassman Kyle Davis missed all of spring football and was absent from the Plains earlier this year.
Now, as the Tigers are days away from their first game, it seems Burns was right to be so calm. Davis has impressed in a relatively short time around new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
“I’ve seen a guy that’s hungry, a guy that’s excited to be there,” Lindsey said. “He’s a really good competitor. Obviously, he’s very talented, for sure. I think he’s done a nice job of transitioning back into football mode. Camp is pretty long so I think now he feels like he’s back in a groove and got himself back into good shape. Looking for big things out of him.”
Davis’ smooth return could be big for an Auburn offense hoping to balance its run-pass attack in 2017.
The Loganville, Ga., native introduced himself to Auburn fans immediately with a spectacular one-handed grab against Arkansas State last season. The play landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10 and kept him somewhat in the spotlight for the remainder of the year.
During 13 games as a freshman Davis caught 12 passes for a total of 248 yards, adding two touchdown scores.
When coach Gus Malzahn spoke about Davis in early August, he said the rising sophomore was “starting to get back into shape.” Even then, coaches weren’t worried.
“He’s a very confident player,” Malzahn said. “He’s a big, physical guy. I think without going through spring I like where he’s at. He’s got to continue to improve, but he’s pretty good at the 50/50 balls that are thrown up.”
With rave reviews from all of his offensive coaches, it’s likely Davis will be back in the mix rather quickly when the Tigers start their season this weekend. Last time he was playing a game in Jordan-Hare Davis caught a touchdown score against Alabama A&M. It only makes sense he’ll try tp pick up right where he left off against Georgia Southern.
“ Kyle is a phenomenal athlete and done everything I’ve asked him to do,” Burns said. “He’s just got to continue to progress. We’ve just got to get him developed into a true receiver, which he is, and continue to hard every single day and I think he’ll be ready to go.”
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