The Texas Longhorns had a disappointing 2012 season (by Texas standards) and are looking to pick up the pace in 2013 to put more points up on the board. Their retooled offense will be helped by the return of wide receiver Mike Davis, who should emerge in 2013 as the best wide receiver in the Big 12.
Despite inconsistent quarterback play last season, Davis still earned a reputation as a big-time deep threat, racking up 939 yards on just 57 catches, averaging 16.5 yards per catch. He caught 11 passes longer than 30 yards, good for No. 3 in the Big 12, and had just three games last season where he averaged fewer than 10 yards per catch.
That big-play production almost sent Davis to the NFL, but he decided instead to return to Austin for his senior season. He will be rewarded for that decision with Mack Brown‘s unending gratitude (or at least he should be) and by becoming the featured deep-ball threat in an offense that has committed to putting more points up on the board in a hurry.
Brown has stated several times this offseason that he wants his offense to become more up-tempo. The goal of any up-tempo offense is to catch defenses off-guard and out of position so that they can break open big plays with more regularity. A big-play receiver stands to reap big-time rewards in that kind of system.
He’ll be even more important following the thinning out of the Longhorns’ receiving depth after Cayleb Jones did his best UFC impression on a Texas tennis player’s jaw. With fewer reliable targets in the passing game heading into next fall, the Longhorns’ passing game will be geared toward Davis even more.
Texas has too much talent to stay down forever. While there are still questions to be answered on the defensive side of the ball, the offense should grow into one of the best in the conference (if only to cover up some defensive deficiencies). That opens the door for Mike Davis to break out as the best receiver in the Big 12, and challenge for the best in all of college football.