Notes: Sophomore Davis emerging as star at WR
USF's best depth for 2012 could be at the receiver position, and in talking with first-year position coach Jerome Pathon and offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, that group starts with sophomore Andre Davis, who has emerged as a potential star this spring.
"I don't like to necessarily pinpoint one particular guy, but it's obvious I think to everybody, and a testament to his work ethic and him buying in to what we're doing here, and that's Andre Davis," Pathon said. "He made a really big push during spring ball to put himself in position to be a starter coming into the fall. Working with him, he still has a long way to go, technically speaking, but I'm sure you noticed during our spring scrimmages his uncanny ability to go up and catch the deep ball. ... If he continues on this path, we should expect some pretty exciting things from him this upcoming year."
Davis played last fall as a true freshman from Jefferson, finishing with 22 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns, but USF's coaches have seen progress in his consistency as he's had more time to learn the Bulls' offense and his role in it.
"Andre really has continued to grow," Fitch said. "In spring, he came to work every day. Last summer, he was a true freshman. Some days, he showed flashes, some days he couldn't catch it. You start with a guy like that who has grown a bunch."
In running through the other receivers, Fitch then mentioned Sterling Griffin ("the steady guy"), Terrence Mitchell ("He has an innate toughness"), Deonte Welch ("showed flashes last year ... his big thing is consistency") and Victor Marc ("became a pretty consistent football player").
Other notes from Pathon:
-- On Mitchell bouncing back after missing most of 2011 after suffering a concussion: "The one thing about Terrence is that he's absolutely fearless. He's where he's been working, some in the slot. We're thinking of moving him outside to the Z position. We feel he gives us a better ability to compete out there."
-- On Griffin: "Sterling struggled a little bit in spring ball. He had some personal issues going on ... as all personal issues have a way of working themselves out. At times, that managed to find its way onto the field a little bit for him, but now he's back on track. He's been having a really solid offseason. We look for him to solidify himself once again, because he's been a great player for us in the past.
-- On freshman D'Vario Montgomery: "D'vario's going to be another great addition to our receiving corps. He brings size and speed and strength. He's a very physical player, and that's a dimension we need for our receiving corps. ... He's doing a good job of coming in, studying film, trying to get up to speed so he has that ability to compete in the fall."
-- One one area of focus for improvement in 2012: "What can we do better to help our team win? I think that's going to be converting those third-down conversions. There were opportunities there for us. We didn't make good on them."