As debuts go, Lavel Davis Jr.’s first game with the Virginia football team was more of a cannonball than a simple splash.
Davis announced his arrival to the college ranks in a big way with 4 catches for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns on Saturday against Duke. Those weren’t garbage time touchdowns either. Both scoring plays came in the fourth quarter and helped the Cavaliers rally for a second half victory, 38-20.
Davis became the first player in program history to record 100+ receiving yards in his collegiate debut and Virginia data wonk Danny Neckel Tweeted that he’s one of only 14 players – and the only freshman – to have a game with 100+ receiving yards and 2 touchdowns this season. The performance lit up the message boards and social media. In turn, the freshman became a fast star for the UVA fan base.
With heightened recognition comes additional attention from fans and opponents alike. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said that can be a test for a young player.
“Probably the bigger challenge is, a player that’s...
Subscribe to read full story
Tired of low effort articles and clickbait? So are we. Subscribe to read great articles written by a full-time staff with decades of experience.
Already a subscriber? Login Here