Felton Davis - Star In The Making

Felton Davis - Star In The Making

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Felton Davis - Star In The Making

Budding superstar is ready to make Spartan offense more powerful with versatile skill set, imposing presence, and fascinating hair.

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Felton Davis stands 6’4″ when he’s loafing around in his kitchen.

When Felton Davis is imposing himself while completing a pass route as Brian Lewerke is determined to move the chains on a 3rd and long situation midway through the 4th quarter, Davis might as well be 6’9″.

Davis had a breakout junior season in 2017 by hauling in a team leading 55 receptions to go along with a team leading 776 total receiving yards and a team leading 9 touchdowns.

But if you’re looking at these numbers and you aren’t all that impressed since your vision is impaired or you aren’t capable of recognizing a football talent when it punches you in the face, consider this:

Of Felton Davis’s 55 catches, 43 of those catches were for either a first down or a touchdown.

The fact that Davis’s average yards per catch – 14.1 – isn’t even the most compelling part of his stat line says a lot about what this guy can do for the Spartans as they prepare for a run at the Big Ten Championship and more.

If you need to see Davis pass the “eye test,” take a look at this rip of grabs the guy made in the endzone last season –

I’ve read some national analysis that Michigan State needs to find a way to extend its passing game in 2018 so that there is more of a regular deep threat present throughout the ball game.

I’ll agree with that analysis.

In 2017, Brian Lewerke used Cody White and Felton Davis as guys who were extremely reliable in crucial 3rd down situations along with crucial late game moments where heroics were necessary.

In an effort to minimize the need for late game heroics, Lewereke needs to utilize both White and Davis as long ball threats so that the shorter and mid-range route areas can soften up a bit.

Felton Davis has the speed and the body to be the long ball threat that the offense could use.

In each of the two seasons that Plaxico Burress spent terrorizing defenses as a Spartan, he exceeded 1000 receiving yards and his yards per catch were worthy of All American status (1013 and 15.6 in 1998; 1142 and 17.3 in 1999, respectively).

It is not at all crazy to believe that Felton Davis can be another version of Plaxico Burress in 2018.

Here’s a former Spartan to whom we can make a fair comparison, perhaps, in terms of making the necessary jump from junior year to senior year – Devin Thomas.

Consider that Devin Thomas was a two-year player for Michigan State and, in his sophomore year (2006), he recorded minimal numbers as a receiver with a total of 6 catches for 90 yards.

Thomas benefitted from Mark Dantonio’s arrival in 2007 – and Dantonio’s quick recognition of Thomas that led to a question Dantonio asked himself, “Why in the hell did this guy only have six catches last year?” – and his numbers exploded as the offensive strategy basically featured him as a priority.

In 2007, Devin Thomas hauled in 79 passes for 1260 receiving yards for a 15.9 yards per catch average with 8 touchdowns.

Thomas played in the NFL for six seasons and helped the New York Giants win a Super Bowl when they defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Felton Davis has an opportunity to explode on to the college football scene in 2018.

Brian Lewerke is going to get him the ball.

Davis is going to haul Lewerke’s passes in and damage is going to be done.

Like a lot of Spartans, experts across the nation probably don’t know much about this guy right now – and if they know anything at all about it, it’s that he has long hair that sticks out of the back of his helmet.

Opponents are going to know all about him this Fall.

And if Davis can assert himself in the way we think he will, Michigan State’s offense will attain juggernaut status to those paying attention.

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