The North Carolina Tar Heels are looking to make a run to the ACC title game in 2013, and head coach Larry Fedora wants to pick up the pace of the offense to get there. For it to work, the offense, and passing game in particular, will have to take a step forward under quarterback Bryn Renner. That means Fedora has to find some leadership in his receiving corps and Quinshad Davis has to be the man for the job.
Davis broke out during his freshman season in 2012 and led the Tar Heels in receptions, yards and touchdowns when he hauled in 61 passes for 776 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Sean Tapley comes into 2013 as the No. 2 leading returning receiver after catching 26 passes in 2012, so Davis is far away the No. 1 option for Renner next fall. His ability to continue to grow and develop his game will go a long way in determining just how successful UNC can be.
But for his sophomore season, the Heels will need him to not only raise his game on the field, but also become a better leader off of it. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson has raved about his performance as a freshman and how he surprised everyone with his ability with the football, but said that he was just showing up and following the group in 2012. Anderson challenged Davis to step up as a leader this spring and take charge of the receiving group and by all accounts he has responded.
There will be plenty of inexperience catching passes in 2013 for the North Carolina Tar Heels, so they need a proven playmaker like Davis to step up not only on game days, but also on the practice field. He will be the example that the rest of the receiving corps will try and match, and how well he carries them along with him will be the ultimate determining factor for how far the Heels will go next fall.