It’s been a roller coaster of a day for one member of the Longhorns football team. Earlier this afternoon it was reported that Texas Longhorns wide receiver, Mike Davis, had decided to forgo his senior season enter this year’s NFL draft. Soon after it was reported, rumors began to surface that Davis may be having a change of heart. Tonight, the news out of Austin is that Davis told the coaches that has indeed decided to stay on the Forty Acres and play for the Longhorns his senior year.
I am sure it’s an incredibly tough decision, so I can understand the back-and-forth and mixed emotions. However, in this case, Davis made the right decision to give it another year at the collegiate level before making the move to the professional ranks.
Davis was the team’s leading receiver last year, hauling in 57 catches and finishing just shy of the 1,000-yard mark, racking up 939 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the Horns most dangerous deep threat, and he and quarterback David Ash connected on several big plays throughout the year, most notably on the final, come-from-behind drive against the Oklahoma State Cowboys to seal the victory in Stillwater.
On the other hand, there were times this season that Davis simply disappeared for long stretches. It’s difficult to say if this was due to the game plan, the quarterback’s inability to get him the ball, or Davis himself. He dropped more passes than he should have, and he was incredibly inconsistent. Nevertheless, Davis showed fans glimpses of the potential he has.
Davis issued a statement early Wednesday night regarding his decision, which now appears to be final:
I am sorry for the confusion today. I want everyone to know that I’m coming back for my senior year. I’m excited to be getting back with my teammates, Coach Brown, and the whole staff when the semester starts up next week. I am really looking forward to another year as a Longhorn.
I think Davis, not to mention Longhorn fans and coaches, will be glad that he decided to return for another year. After showing flashes last year, he is poised to have the break-out season that we have all been waiting for.