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Texas Tech receiver Jordan Davis is looking to become the next in a line of smaller targets like Wes Welker and Eric Morris to excel in the Red Raiders system.

Texas Tech walk-on receiver earning praise

Jordan Davis has made the most of his chances during fall camp

Posted: August 13, 2012 - 5:06pm  |  Updated: August 14, 2012 - 12:16am
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Walk-on Jordan Davis could join the line of undersized but productive receivers at Texas Tech. Head coach Tommy Tuberville has invoked the name "Wes Welker" when talking about Davis.
Walk-on Jordan Davis could join the line of undersized but productive receivers at Texas Tech. Head coach Tommy Tuberville has invoked the name "Wes Welker" when talking about Davis.
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The Wes Welker comparison was bound to come for Jordan Davis.

The Texas Tech sophomore inside receiver stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 174 pounds, with the same curly locks that Welker sported during his career in Lubbock. So it wasn’t a surprise when coach Tommy Tuberville evoked the name of the former Red Raider great when he was asked to describe Davis last week.

“That’s definitely a guy that I look up to,” said Davis, a walk-on who redshirted last season after transferring from Southwestern Oklahoma State. “Those Danny Amendola, Wes Welker-type guys, they’re just quick, reliable guys, so that’s nice to hear.”

But Davis has heard a different comparison in practice lately.

“Papale!”

That was the shout from fellow receiver Javon Bell and others after a deft catch from Davis on Monday morning, a reference to former Philadelphia Eagles backup receiver and special teams player Vince Papale, who was the subject of the 2006 film “Invincible.”

Davis doesn’t have a bartender-to-hometown-NFL-hero story like Papale, but coaches and teammates have been impressed with the similar work ethic and toughness Davis has displayed.

Tuberville said he asked his son Tucker, a freshman quarterback, who stood out to him during voluntary summer workouts, and Davis’ name was the first to pop up.

“He said, ‘You’re going to have a tough time keeping Jordan off the field,’” Tommy Tuberville said, recalling the conversation with his son. “He catches it. He’s physical. He’s gained a lot of weight. The thing about it is, when you get out here and your quarterbacks know you’re going to catch it when they throw it, who are you going to throw it to?

“You’ve got to earn that reputation, especially as an inside receiver. It means in practice you catch the ball.”

Davis didn’t even start playing receiver until his senior year at Arlington High. He was a cornerback as a sophomore, then played safety his final two seasons. He chose Southwestern Oklahoma State because it was the only school that gave him the chance to play offense.

“I had always wanted to play receiver,” Davis said. “I knew that would be my best bet in college, but our offense (at Arlington) was so good. I would have started (on offense), but they didn’t need me. They needed me on defense because our defense wasn’t very good, so I kind of had to quarterback the defense.”

After catching 20 passes for 225 yards as a freshman in 2010, Davis sent his game tape to the Tech coaching staff. The coaches liked what they saw, but could offer Davis a position as only a preferred walk-on.

Like many players in those shoes, Davis has an uphill battle in front of him to find consistent reps. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said on Saturday that he wants a five-player rotation to start the season at the slot positions. The candidates include Austin Zouzalik, speedy redshirt freshmen Jakeem Grant and Javares McRoy, as well as Alex Torres, Tyson Williams and receiver/tight end hybrid Jace Amaro.

Even with such a crowded group, Brown said Davis has given himself a chance to compete for playing time.

“He’s winning a lot of his one-on-one matchups, and he’s getting bigger,” Brown said. “He’s definitely improved through the first five practices. He’s very smart, knows how to get open and he has a great initial burst and really good hands.”

Davis said he doesn’t pay too much attention to where he’s slotted on an ever-evolving depth chart, focusing instead on making the most of every chance he’s given.

Sort of like that Papale character.

“You can’t let it get to your head too much,” Davis said. “You can’t really go wrong if you’re just playing hard. If you play hard, then good things are going to happen. If things don’t go your way, you have to get over it and tell yourself you have to step up the next time.”

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he cant redshirt

he's already been redshirted so i dont see why he shouldnt see the field this season

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@runninsked

All positive comments will get a thumb down by the room temperature IQ group.

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Shhhh!

Dont comment, especially about last season, Nashville doesnt want to hear reality. On a positive note, we've heard alot of positive about this kid. He may well be the next Welker. No doubt there were those who heard Welkers name and asked "why the hell would (former head coaches name omitted to appease the Hance handful) spend a scholarship on this kid?" And we all hope he does as well as #83.

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@coyote

Guess you just identified yourself as a Leacher. Why would a positive comment get a thumbs down Leacher?

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Ah!

You got me! What portion of my post identified me as a Leacher? I dont give a crap if YOU were the head coach. Its just that you Hancers get your panties in a bunch at the mere mention of (you know who's) name. Or dont subscribe to the theory that "why, heck yeah, were alot better team since the coaching change!" And I dont play the grade school thumbs up / down. If your comment is stupid, as evidenced above, I'll let you know but it wont be with a thumb. My comment regarding Jordan Davis was sincere and positive. It was about him, not you. Imagine that. And your Hancer party line response of insulting and labeling folks "Leachers" is as silly as your "room temperature IQ" attempt at humor. I have to constantly remind myself that those insults are all you and the other 3 Hancers have. No facts brought to the table, just labels and ill conceived insults. I should probably thank you for just proving that point.

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coyote

Your entire post tells me your a Leacher. Stop pretending.

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So

You cant be specific. Whats it like to be so consistently wrong? I appreciate your not denying that youre a died in the wool Hancer. No truth on your side, buddy, sorry.

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So

So what part of entire do you not understand?

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@nashvilleraider coyote

lets act like grown ups not like kids please.

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What about it makes me a leacher, hancer?

You got no proof, like with this entire issue. If all you have is your opinion, you got nothin.

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What about it makes me a leacher, hancer?

You got no proof, like with this entire issue. If all you have is your opinion, you got nothin.

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Talk to the Hancer

I just made a comparison of this kid to Welker, and Captain Hancebot, came runnin in holdin bill214's hand calling names. And just being an all around mean guy. I mean my feelings are hurt. He said mean things and his little clone did too. I was just minding my own business, wanting Tech to win like they once did in the not too distant past.

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Wishes

They are never going to win like they used to. Different coaching staff and different players. We could go 12-0 and it wont be like it used to be. Either get on the bus are get off. This ship has sailed. Stop living in the past. If you want yesterday then go watch reruns of old games. Tubs may or may not be here next year but who ever it is will coach their own way.

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Ok

When I say "win like they used to", I meant WIN " not the style. Man it doesnt take much for a comment to fly over your head. Im tired of this. I had fun. I'll make you look stupid again tomorrow, ok? In the meantime you can look in the Lubbock Online Archives and read about Mr Hance to keep your hand busy. Bye, Nashville!

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