|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200 | College: LSU|
Davis is a well-built target who runs precise routes, and many experts consider him to have the best hands of any receiver in the Southeastern Conference. A tireless worker, he spent part of the 2006 summer running routes and catching passes from Peyton and Eli Manning at the annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Davis was rated the state of Louisiana's best receiver at O. Perry Walker High School. He Earned National blue chip honors and was a Super Prep All-American pick as a senior. Rivals.com rated him the No. 12 receiver in the country.
Known for his versatility, Davis competed as a split end, quarterback, placekicker and punter during his final season. He caught 82 passes for 1,171 yards (14.3 avg) and 16 touchdowns that year, leading the Chargers to the Class 4A state championship game.
He also rushed for 93 yards and passed for 483 yards in 2002. As a junior, Davis caught 46
passes, including 15 for touchdowns, and served as the backup quarterback for the Class 4A runner-up squad.
Davis enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003. He appeared in nine games, including six on offense, as he sat out several games with a broken bone in his right elbow. He finished his first season with seven catches for 63 yards (9.0 avg). He played in 12 games as a sophomore, starting eight times at the "X" receiver position. Davis caught at least one pass in every game, finishing with a team-high 43 receptions for 649 yards (15.3 avg) and a touchdown. He also made two tackles and gained 5 yards on a reverse.
Davis missed two games in 2005 due to a concussion and plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He started five of 11 games he appeared in, ranking second on the team with 35 catches for 559 yards (16.0 avg) and a pair of touchdowns. In 2006, he started the team's first eight games, leading the Tigers with 41 receptions for 595 yards (14.5 avg) and two scores. He also gained 108 yards with a touchdown on six punt returns (18.0 avg).
In 2006, Davis earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. He started 12 games at the "X" receiver position, missing the Alabama game with a knee sprain. He ranked third on the team with 56 receptions for 836 yards (14.9 avg) and four touchdowns. He added 142 yards and a score on 11 punt returns (12.9 avg) and gained 15 yards on four reverses.
In 44 games at Louisiana State, Davis started 25 times. He became the seventh player in school history to gain more than 2,000 yards receiving in a career, catching 141 passes for 2,107 yards (14.9 avg) and seven touchdowns. Davis added 20 yards on five carries (4.0 avg) and returned 11 punts for 142 yards (12.9 avg) and a score. He also recorded two tackles.
Positives: Added needed upper body muscle tone during the 2006 off-season Is a very quick open-field runner who gets under the ball instantly, making good body adjustments to be in position to make the catch Aggressive blocker who does a nice job of locating and stalking second level defenders Plays with good lower body strength and explosion to break tackles and separate Uses his arms well to get a clean release off the line and has the lateral agility to slip past and avoid the jam Utilizes an effective swim move in his release and a stutter-step to shake off the cornerback Explodes coming out of his breaks and knows how to use his burst to ride up on a defensive back in attempts to gobble up the cushion Knows how to set the defender up with his head fakes and change of direction agility Does a good job of making body adjustments when working in the red zone Uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball Very effective at getting low for the underneath throws and has the ability to pluck the ball away from his frame Can easily separate from a lethargic cornerback when running into the deep secondary to get under the ball His leg drives lets him consistently break tackles and he has the loose hips and juking moves to make the initial tackler miss Once he finds the crease, he can gain valid yardage with the ball Effective position blocker with the ability to sustain, rather than just get in the way and pester Does a very good job of adjusting to the ball in flight, as the has the second gear needed to get to the pass in a hurry Has the size to separate from single defenders working in the short area and the leg strength to drive through tackles His vertical speed allows him to consistently stretch the field and he has the acceleration to gobble up the defender's cushion to get on top of his man.
Negatives: Still developing his frame and has a small bubble with adequate calf muscle definition Despite his frame and aggression as a blocker, he seems hesitant at times to work in a crowd and compete for jump balls Needs to be more alert on the field, as he does a poor job of coming back for the ball when the quarterback is pressured Even with his above average timed speed, he doesn't demonstrate a quick thrust coming off the line to challenge the defensive back tends to make soft angle cuts and is slow to regain his acceleration when he has to stop, catch and then run with the ball Has natural hands to catch the low and chest-high balls, but will struggle some with his timing and elevation going for the high throws Gives a poor effort, keeping his arms short and lets the ball come into his body rather than extend for it when working through a crowd (has some upper body stiffness that limits him in adjusting to the ball at its highest point) Will throttle down and take plays off when he is not involved in the action.
Compares To: ROBERT FERGUSON-Green Bay-Like Ferguson, when Davis' head is in the game, big things can happen. He just needs to run consistent routes and needs to be more alert when his quarterback is flushed out of the pocket, as it is rare to see him come back for the ball. He also must show better courage going for the ball in a crowd.
Davis' 141 receptions rank seventh on the school's all-time record list behind Wendell Davis (183, 1984-87), Michael Clayton (182, 2001-03), Josh Reed (167, 1999-2001), Eric Martin (152, 1981-84), Jerel Myers (149, 1999-2002) and Dwayne Bowe (154, 2003-06)
Also ranks seventh in school history with 2,107 yards receiving, topped only by Reed (3,001), Davis (2,708), Martin (2,625), Clayton (2,582), Tony Moss (2,196) and Bowe (2,033) Of the 141 passes thrown to Davis the last two seasons, he caught 91 and had 11 deflected by the opposition Caught at least one pass in each of his last 35 games Produced 62 first-down catches over the last two years, converting 15-of-32 third-down plays he was involved in Has gained at least 20 yards on 24 of his last 91 catches.
All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection as a receiver by The NFL Draft Report and second-team choice by the league's coaches as a return specialist Started twelve games at the "X" receiver position, missing the Alabama contest after suffering a knee sprain vs. Tennessee Ranked seventh in the SEC in receptions per game (4.67) and eighth in receiving yards per game (69.67) Finished with 56 catches for 836 yards (14.9 avg) and four touchdowns Took over punt return duties later in the season, gaining 142 yards with a score on eleven attempts (12.9 avg) Also gained 15 yards on four reverses (3.8 avg) Of the 79 passes thrown to Davis, three were deflected by the opposition and 38 resulted in first downs Converted 6-of-13 third-down plays and had 17 catches for 20 yards or longer Came up with key receptions to set up twelve touchdown drives.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Louisiana-Lafayette Craig opened the season in fine fashion, as all four of his receptions resulted in first downs. He gained 82 yards, with two of his catches going for longer than 20 yards in a 45-3 rout Late in the second quarter, he had 29 and 20-yard grabs on successive plays to set up QB JaMarcus Russell's 28?yard touchdown toss to Dwayne Bowe with 0:54 left in the first half Davis set up Alley Broussard's 7-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard catch of a third-and-9 toss from QB Matt Flynn during that 70-yard, 13-play drive Craig extended his string of catching at least one pass to 24 games Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Michael Adams-Seven tackles (5 solos).
Arizona Davis caught only two passes, but both were good for first downs, including a 15-yarder that helped convert a third-and-7 play late in the second quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#5-Antoine Cason-Two tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery.
Auburn Craig hauled in seven passes, four good for first downs, as he totaled 96 yards in a 7-3 loss. Three of his receptions gained at least 20 yards On the team's final drive, QB JaMarcus Russell's long pass down the left sideline to Davis fell incomplete, but two of the same variety for 20 and 21 yards to Davis got LSU to the Auburn 40. Russell, who had orchestrated six fourth-quarter comebacks in 18 career starts, then stepped up in the pocket to hit Dwayne Bowe for a 21-yard gain to the 19-yard line with only 14.2 seconds left in the game. A penalty pushed LSU to the 24-yard line with one play left and 2.5 seconds. Russell's pass to Davis on the left sideline was caught with no time remaining -- four yards short of the end zone -- when he was tackled before he could take a step toward the goal line Craig talked about that final play, stating, "I ran the wheel route. I was trying to get the back corner pile-on. Unfortunately, the ball got there too late. It was kind of a flat throw, but it was a good play call. They had put defensive ends and (JaMarcus Russell) may have been under pressure, but I had a feeling I was close enough. We have practiced that situation every Monday and Thursday. I knew we would go down the field and the red zone became a lot tougher. It was a low throw on the final play, but it was not JaMarcus' fault. I was expecting it to be a jump ball in the end zone." Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Aairon Savage-Three solo tackles, one pass deflection.
Tulane Davis added four first downs among his six catches for 86 yards, coming up with big plays that set up three touchdown drives in a 49-7 trouncing. He also gained 8 yards on a reverse Davis extended his string to 27 games with at least one catch when he snared a 21-yarder midway through the first quarter that set up a 17-yard touchdown run by Early Doucet His 13-yarder and 12-yard grab on a second-and-goal play got the ball to the Tulane 4, where JaMarcus Russell then hit Doucet with a 4-yard scoring strike to cap a17-play, 80-yard drive before halftime Davis then snatched 20 and 11-yard passes to pave the way for Charles Scott's 7-yard scoring run that ended a 6-play, 71-yard drive in the third quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Jeremy Foreman-Two tackles (one solo-also stopped Davis from catching two other passes).
Mississippi State Davis produced the first 100-yard game of his career when he ran under six passes, five good for first downs, as he amassed 101 yards with a touchdown in a 48-17 victory LSU needed only six plays on their opening drive to score, as QB JaMarcus Russell connected with Craig for 20 yards, Dwayne Bowe for 25 yards then Davis again for nine yards to end the six-play drive and give the Tigers the first score He added a 21-yarder in the second quarter that was downed at the MSU 8, where Russell then hit Bowe with a 6-yard touchdown Craig kept a late second quarter drive alive with a 30-yard catch on a third-and-17 play Davis talked about Russell's play after the game, saying, "He did really well today. Going 18-20 is great. I think he threw 14-straight completions, with a performance like that, what else can you ask for? Our receivers all had a great game. I believe it comes down to us communicating so well. We worked hard in the summer and fall camp to get to where we are right now. We just have to continue to stay on the same page and move forward." Head to Head Competition-CB#23-David Heard-Four assisted tackles, one stop for a 2-yard loss.
Florida Davis not only caught eight passes for 85 yards, but drew Gator defensive backs into two penalties, but the Tigers fell to the Gators, 23-10 Five of his receptions were good for first downs, with two helping convert third-down plays He kept an early first quarter drive alive with a 27-yard gain on a third-and-4 sideline toss from JaMarcus Russell that set up the QB's 2-yard scoring lob to Jacob Hester Head to Head Competition-CB#22-Reggie Lewis-One solo tackle (prevented Davis from getting to three other passes).
Kentucky Handling punt return duties for the first time in his career, Craig gained 27 yards on two attempts and caught four passes for 59 yards His longest catch was a 32-yarder late in the first quarter and his longest punt return was a 27-yarder in the second quarter Davis also extended his consecutive catch string to 30 games Head to Head Competition-CB#32-Trevard Lindley-Two tackles (one solo-also stopped Davis from getting to two other throws).
Fresno State Craig "Buster" Davis returned a punt 77 yards for a score and later caught a 30-yard touchdown pass for LSU, finishing the day with 122 all-purpose yards on four catches for 57 yards, three returns for 77 yards and one reverse for a 2-yard loss Midway through the first quarter, Davis fielded a 50-yard punt at the LSU 23 and took off for the races, weaving through traffic for a 77-yard scoring return The return for a score was LSU's first since Skyler Green returned an Auburn punt 66 yard on October 22nd, 2005. Davis' return is the longest punt return by an LSU player since Green returned a kick 80 yards against Florida on October 11th, 2003 In the third quarter, he had 8, 13 and 6-yard catches to set up Alley Broussard's 21-yard touchdown run that ended a 6-play, 67-yard drive In the fourth quarter, he broke free from cornerback Marcus McCauley to snare a 30-yard scoring strike from JaMarcus Russell that gave LSU a 38-6 lead Head to Head Competition-CB#17-Marcus McCauley-Three tackles (2 solos), one pass deflection (covered Davis on two other incomplete throws).
Tennessee Davis gained 42 yards on three receptions, including a 23-yard touchdown pass from QB JaMarcus Russell less than a minute into the second quarter that capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive He also returned one punt for 4 yards, but on mid third quarter punt, Davis called for a fair catch at the LSU 33, only to get hit by the Vols' Ja'Kauri Williams on the play, resulting in a Tennessee penalty and LSU's ball at their own 48. Davis would suffer a knee sprain on that play and did not return to the game Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Jonathan Wade-Four tackles (3 solos), a fumble recovery (stopped Davis from getting to two other throws).
Alabama Did not play (knee).
Mississippi Davis returned to action and the receiver caught five passes for 77 yards, including a long reception of 24 yards, in the overtime win over the Rebels He also returned two punts for 11 yards Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Trumaine McBride-Five tackles (4 solos-also prevented Davis from catching four other passes).
Arkansas Davis accumulated 72 yards on three receptions, one of which was a 47-yard touchdown strike from QB JaMarcus Russell with 10:55 remaining on the second-quarter clock. The drive covered 64 yards in five plays He also returned one punt for 19 yards vs. Arkansas' special-teams coverage Record Watch- With a 20-yard catch in the second quarter Davis became just the seventh player in LSU history to record over 2,000 receiving yards for his career Head to Head Competition-CB#9-Matterral Richardson-Five solo tackles, one pass break-up.
Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl) Davis closed out his career with 50 yards on four catches, 8 yards on one rushing attempt, and was held for no gain on his only punt return of the game Midway through the first quarter, he picked up 8 yards on the ground and had a 12-yard reception (the 12-yard grab extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 35) to set up an 11-yard touchdown toss from JaMarcus Russell to Dwayne Bowe that ended an 8-play, 80-yard drive Head to Head Competition-CB#30-Mike Richardson-Six tackles (4 solos), a stop for a 1-yard loss, a 20-yard interception return.
Davis played in eleven games, starting five contests at "X" receiver He sat out the Mississippi State game due to a concussion and did not play vs. Florida due to left foot plantar fasciitis He still finished second on the squad with 35 receptions for 559 yards (16.0 avg) and a pair of touchdowns Of the 62 passes targeted to him, eight were deflected by the opposition Davis totaled 24 first-down grabs, converting 9-of-19 third-down plays Seven of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer He had great success inside the red zone, where he caught 5-of-6 passes thrown to him.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Arizona State Davis accounted for two first downs among his four catches for 49 yards in a 35-31 decision Midway through the first quarter, he had back-to-back first downs on 14 and 18-yard receptions, but left the game when he received a helmet-to-helmet hit on the 18-yarder that resulted in a concussion Head to Head Competition-CB#8-Keno Walter-White-Five tackles (3 solos), one pass deflection (covered Davis on two incomplete passes).
Tennessee Davis managed 68 yards on three catches, but was still feeling the effects of his concussion, as he dropped three other balls Davis pulled down a 47-yarder in the second quarter that set up JaMarcus Russell's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, making up for a pass interference call vs. Craig on a third-and-3 pass from Russell to Joseph Addai in the first quarter that saw that play nullified Head to Head Competition-CB#18-Jason Allen-Eight tackles (4 solos), one forced fumble (also stopped Davis from getting to three other throws).
Mississippi State Sat out the game due to lingering effects from a concussion suffered in the season opener vs. Arizona State (9/10).
Vanderbilt Davis returned to the lineup with two catches for 13 yards before leaving the game late in the second quarter with a left foot injury Head to Head Competition-CB#14-Josh Allen-Six tackles (3 solos-other Vandy defenders deflected three passes away from Davis and prevented him from getting to one other throw).
Florida Sat out the game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Auburn Davis came off the bench to gain 68 yards, as all three of his catches resulted in first downs in a tough 20-17 overtime loss At the start of the second half, Craig dropped a third-and-3 toss from JaMarcus Russell, forcing the Tigers to punt Later in that quarter, he hauled in a third-and-5 toss down the left sideline for a 41-yard gain to the Auburn 19, setting up Russell's 18-yard scoring strike to Dwayne Bowe that ended a 7-play, 80-yard drive LSU held the first possession in overtime and could have scored a touchdown when Russell found two LSU receivers standing alone in the middle of the end zone. But, Davis and Early Doucet ran into each other causing the ball to deflect from Doucet's hands and fall harmlessly to the turf Head to Head Competition-CB#4-David Irons-Five tackles (3 solos), one pass deflection.
North Texas State Back in the starting lineup, Davis responded with five receptions for 97 yards. Four of his catches resulted in first downs The Tigers scored 3:20 into the contest when Joseph Addai crossed the goal line from 3-yards out, ending a 7-play, 69-yard drive. QB JaMarcus Russell and Davis were very friendly during the swift scoring possession with the quarterback finding the receiver twice for a combined 40 yards .
Later in the game, LSU claimed possession standing on its goal line but quickly found breathing room thanks to a 37-yard, second-down carry by Justin Vincent. Russell found Davis across the middle of the field for 41 yards two plays later and LSU had traveled from 1-yard line to 1-yard line in five plays. Vincent gained the final yard on the next play, capping the 99-yard, six-play drive that ended with 29 seconds left in the third quarter and gave LSU a 35-3 lead Head to Head Competition-CB#34-Jamel Branch-Five solo tackles, one pass deflection.
Appalachian State Davis was held to 34 yards on three catches, as he failed to convert two third-down plays Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Jerome Touchstone-Five solo tackles.
Alabama Davis came off the bench to catch four passes for 58 yards, but failed to get to six other throws, including one that was deflected in a 16-13 overtime victory Taking the ball on the their 20-yard line the Tigers drove 70 yards on passes to Craig Davis (23 yards) and Justin Vincent and another 20 rushing yards by Vincent. The Tigers came up short on three tries before handing the ball to Vincent who punched it into the end zone for the 1-yard score on fourth-and-1. The score was the first against the Alabama defense in 15 quarters Head to Head Competition-CB#9-Anthony Madison-Nine tackles (6 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss, one pass deflection (also stopped Davis from getting to five other throws).
Mississippi Craig accounted for first downs on all three of his receptions, good for 45 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter, coming on a third-and-goal toss from JaMarcus Russell in a 47-0 shutout. That score was set up when Russell connected with Davis for a 32-yard reception. Four consecutive rushes by Justin Vincent advanced the Tigers to the Rebel 3-yard line when the first quarter ended. On the second play of the quarter, Davis earned his first touchdown reception of the season on a perfect pass from Russell over the top of the Ole Miss defense A third-straight drive without a first down allowed LSU to start its fourth-straight drive in Ole Miss territory at the 44. However, on the second play of the drive, Davis bobbled a long pass by Russell at the goal line and Rebel safety Charles Clark intercepted the ball in the end zone for a touchback
Craig made up for that miscue with a 10-yard grab down to the Ole Miss 2, where Joseph Addai then capped the 9-play, 45-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Trumaine McBride-Five tackles (4 solos), one pass deflection.
Arkansas Davis caught two passes for 16 yards in limited duty, as he dropped one other ball and had two others deflected Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Chris Houston-No tackles, one pass deflection.
Georgia (Southeastern Conference Championship Game) Craig's only reception helped convert a third-and-10 play into a 12-yard gain and a first down in the second quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#23-Tim Jennings-Six tackles (5 solos), a 12-yard sack, two stops for minus 14 yards, a 15-yard interception return.
Miami (Peach Bowl) Back in the starting lineup, Davis hauled in five passes, including three that were good for first downs, gaining 99 yards with a touchdown On the game's second play from scrimmage, he made an 18-yard snatch His second quarter 11-yard grab kept the drive alive and Davis capped it with a 51-yard touchdown reception Head to Head Competition-CB#22-Kelly Jennings-One solo tackle.
Davis played in twelve games, starting eight contest He led the team with 43 receptions for 649 yards (15.3 avg) and a touchdown, catching at least one pass in every game He also recorded two tackles (one solo) and gained 5 yards on a reverse.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Arkansas State All four of Craig's catches were good for first downs, finishing with 73 yards.
Mississippi State Davis added 93 yards on five receptions, but midway through the first quarter, he turned the ball over on a fumble after a 9-yard grab.
Georgia Craig snatched four passes, three for first downs, as he totaled 48 yards After a 19-yard punt, LSU got the ball at the Georgia 37 with 10 seconds to play in the first half. QB LaMarcus Russell then hit Davis with an incredible catch on the sideline with five seconds to play for a gain of 24. Chris Jackson hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired and the momentum seemed to be switching for the Tigers who went to the dressing room down, 24-10.
Troy Craig accounted for a season-high seven receptions for 81 yards Four of his catches were good for first downs.
Vanderbilt Davis added 47 yards on two catches, including a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter that capped an 81-yard, 6-play drive.
Mississippi Craig caught two passes for 37 yards.
Arkansas Followed with 70 yards on five catches and also assisted on a tackle.
Iowa (Capital One Bowl) Davis caught two passes for 12 yards and made a solo tackle, but left the game when he was knocked woozy on a vicious hit from defensive end Matt Roth while trying to block on a 3-yard run by tailback Joseph Addai early in the fourth quarter.
Davis was hampered by an early season right elbow fracture that limited him to nine games (six on offense) He managed to catch seven passes for 63 yards (9.0 avg) His first career catch was a 9-yarder vs. Western Illinois Added 42 yards on five grabs vs. Louisiana Tech and had a 12-yard reception vs. Mississippi.
2003: Did not play in the team's first two games vs. Louisiana-Monroe and Arizona after he broke a bone in his right elbow during a mid-August scrimmage.
2004: Missed most of the fourth quarter of the Capital One Bowl vs. Iowa (1/01/05) when he was flattened by defensive end Matt Roth trying to block on a running play.
2005: Suffered a concussion vs. Arizona State (9/10). He played the following week, but then sat out the Mississippi State game (10/01) due to lingering effects from the injury Missed part of the Vanderbilt (10/08) game and the following week vs. Florida with left foot plantar fasciitis.
2006: Sat out the Alabama game after suffering a knee sprain when he was hit calling for a fair catch in the Tennessee game (11/04).
2007: Suffered a right groin strain participating in agility tests at the Combine.
Campus: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash (indoor turf) 315-pound bench press 405-pound squat 275-pound power clean 31 1/4-inch arm length 9 1/4-inch hands Right-handed Wears contacts 18/34 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash 1.61 10-yard dash 2.63 20-yard dash.
Attended O. Perry Walker (New Orleans, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Frank Wilson, III Rated the state of Louisiana's best receiver, he earned national blue chip honors and was a Super Prep All-American pick as a senior Rivals.com rated him the No. 12 receiver in the country and Davis added the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team, The Times-Picayune's Top 25 Blue-Chip and The Shreveport Times' Top 20 honors Known for his versatility, Davis competed as a split end, quarterback, placekicker and punter during his final season Caught 82 passes for 1,171 yards (14.3 avg) and 16 touchdowns that year, leading the Chargers to the Class 4A state championship game Also rushed for 93 yards and passed for 483 yards in 2002. As a junior, Davis caught 46 passes, 15 for touchdowns and served as the backup quarterback for the Class 4A runner-up squad.
Communication Studies major Son of Sanedra Berry and Craig Davis, Sr Nickname is Buster Born Craig Davis, Jr., on 10/02/85 in New Orleans, Louisiana.