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Josh Davis

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 191 | College: Marshall
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Positives … Has good upper body muscle definition, an adequate bubble and big calves …

Durable player who never missed a game because of injuries … Shows quickness off the snap and accelerates instantly … Uses that speed to get off the line of scrimmage, displaying an effective swim move to escape the press coverage … Does a nice job of finding the open spot in the zone and seems to always know where to be on the field …

Gets good separation on both long and short routes … While most of his catches are in the short area, he has the strength and double moves to escape the defender and gain yardage after the catch … Gets down the seam quickly on deep throws, following the ball in the air well … Uses his leaping ability to high for the pass and has the natural hands to scoop out the low throws … Runs with very good balance … Adequate down field blocker who works hard to help clear a lane for the ball carrier.

Negatives … Needs to show better crispness in his route running, as he tends to round them and take soft angles … Despite all of his receptions, he has only adequate hands, as he will drop or double catch some passes, especially those going over the middle … Not the type that like contact and is reluctant to make the catch in a crowd or venture over the middle of the field … Played most of his career working in the slot, but will have to move outside at the next level due to a lack of courage for the middle area … Has the quickness to be effective on deep routes, but has been relegated to short area duty, as he needs to refine his mechanics and show better precision coming out of his breaks.

2004 Season

All-Mid American Conference choice … Started every game, leading the team with 66 catches for 823 yards (12.5 avg) and six touchdowns … Also carried the ball eight times for 33 yards and a score … Went over 100-yards receiving in three games.

2003 GAME Analysis

Hofstra … Opened the season with 7 catches for 83 yards and a 27-yard touchdown.Tennessee … Hauled in 6 catches for 123 yards and a 65-yard score.Troy State … Grabbed 12 passes for 177 yards and a 79-yard touchdown.Kent State … Had 8 receptions for 144 yards and touchdowns of 18, 27 & 3 yards.Buffalo … Collected 55 yards on 5 catches. Miami (Ohio) … Gained 48 yards on 6 grabs. Central Florida … Caught 7 passes for 28 yards.

2003 Season

Among the top receivers in the nation, averaging more than six receptions per game for almost 100 yards per game, Josh earned All-MAC first-team honors … Started every game, gaining a career-high 1,191 yards with five touchdowns on 75 catches (15.9 avg) … Had 14 punt returns for 93 yards and a 15-yard kickoff return … Had ball security issues, as he fumbled seven times, with four miscues being recovered by the opposition.


Appalachian State … Opened the season with 11 grabs for 264 yards and a 76-yard touch-down, returned a punt for 8 yards and one kickoff for 15 yards … Also ran for a 10-yard score … However, he did fumble twice.

Virginia Tech … Turned the ball over on a fumble and snared six passes for 72 yards.

Central Michigan … Made seven catches for 101 yards. Akron … Grabbed 8 passes for 144 yards, but fumbled once.

Buffalo … Snatched 4 passes for 98 yards and a 63-yard score, but turned the ball over once on a fumble.Ball State … Totaled 128 yards on eight receptions, 7 yards on a reverse and 24 yards on two punt returns.

Toledo … Grabbed six passes for 99 yards and returned two punts for 14 yards, but turned the ball over twice on fumbles.

2002 Season

Combined with teammate Darius Watts to form one of the most lethal pass-catching duos in all of college football … First team All-MAC selection after finishing the year second in the league in both receptions and yards … His 79 receptions are tied for the sixth most in a season in school history and set a new NCAA record for receptions in a season by a freshman (since broken) … His 961 yards ranked as the 11th best season total in school history … Ranked 16th in the nation in receptions per game and 35th in receiving yards per game … Turned in three 100-yard receiving games … Gained 21 yards on two reverses and 132 yards on 20 punt returns … Also gained 84 yards on six kickoff returns (14.0 avg).


Florida … Began his career with 67 yards on seven grabs.

Bowling Green … Snared ten passes for 92 yards and a game-winning 10-yard score with 2:48 left in a 37-31 decision.

Buffalo … Scored on a 19-yarder as he hauled in nine passes for 69 yards.

Central Michigan … Totaled 175 yards on ten receptions, including an 86-yard touchdown and returned four punts for 36 yards.

Miami (Ohio) … Grabbed nine passes for 102 yards and returned four punts for 21 yards, but fumbled once.

Youngstown State … Amassed 82 yards on eight catches with a 14-yard score.

2001 Season

Redshirted, did not play.

Injury Report

2002: Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early October, but did not miss any games.


Sports Management and Marketing major … Son of Daisy and Paul Davis … Nicknamed "J.D." … Born Joshua Demond Davis on 12/11/80 … Resides in Hickory Grove, South Carolina.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash … Right-handed. COMBINE: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash … 2.67 20-yard dash … 1.61 10-yard dash … 4.24 20-yard shuttle … 7.2 three-cone drill … 37.5-inch vertical jump … 9'10" broad jump … 32-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … 17 Wonderlic score.


Played for coach John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy, catching 28 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns.


Attended York (S.C.) High School, playing football for coach Steve Boyd … Standout three-sport star … Twice named All-Area in football and basketball and was an All-State selection in both football and track as a senior … Player of the Year in track and Offensive Player of the Year in football as a senior … Chosen Special Teams Player of the Year in football as a junior and the National Guard Player of the Year as a senior … Placed first in the upper state track championship in the 100 and 200-meters as a senior and was also first in the state track meet in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters … Had 42 receptions for 829 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, and also returned five punts for touchdowns … During his senior season, he had 52 receptions for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns while returning four punts for scores … Played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star game and scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass.


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