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Brendan McAlinden

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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #3 Avery Davis, Wide Receiver

After four years of back and forth, this wide receiver has found his place, and he’s hungry.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will, once again, take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2021 season.

#3 Avery Davis, WR

Avery Davis is no stranger to change. He spent his 2017 freshman season as a scout team quarterback, eased into a running back role his sophomore year, then spent his junior year as a cornerback and a receiver, and headed into his senior year to land in his current wide receiver position. It should come as no surprise that it was during the season of COVID chaos that Davis truly found his flow and comfort level as one of the Fighting Irish.

Clemson v Notre Dame Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images

In the season opener against the Duke Blue Devils, Davis came through for his team and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass. In a March IndyStar article, Davis said,

“But then after the Duke game and seeing that I could have success against somebody other than my team — because prior I had success in practice, but that’s not where it counts the most. It’s really in the games.”

The confidence boost carried over into his performance against the Clemson Tigers. Davis claimed a 53-yard reception and caught Ian Book’s final-seconds touchdown pass to bring the thriller into overtime.

The Restaurant That Fits

For Davis, I’m going with Five Guys. It’s this wide receiver’s fifth season wearing the gold and blue, and from season to season, he’s bounced from position to position so many times, he may as well have been five different guys. However, he has adapted every time and has used the pressure to grow.

2021 Outlook

While it was a definite journey to 2021 for Davis, fans can expect him to be an impact player in the season ahead. His showing against Clemson proved his confidence boost wasn’t all in his head. While he may have to shake off some leftover impostor syndrome, Irish fans know Davis can make a catch under pressure.

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