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Notre Dame Football: WR and Captain Avery Davis is returning to the Irish in 2022

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A captain returns for a 6th season

NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver and captain Avary Davis announced his plans to return in 2022.

Davis suffered a knee injury in the win over the Navy Midshipmen — which just adds to his incredible journey while at Notre Dame. The former 2017 4-Star recruit from Texas started his career at Notre Dame as a quarterback, but as the roster ook on transfers and injuries during his time, Davis was moved to running back, cornerback, safety, and finally to wide receiver in 2020 where he started to develop as a reliable option in the slot.

In that 2020 season, Davis caught 24 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns — and will always be remembered best for his long pass reception towards the end of the Clemson game to help the Irish get the victory over the #1 team in the country.

In 2021 Davis was named a captain and was part of one of the more inexperienced receiver groups the Irish have fielded in recent memory. Before his injury, Davis 27 balls for 386 yards and 4 touchdowns.

This only leaves the announcement (of sorts) of Joe Wilkins for us to know what the Irish receiving group returns this spring. The Irish may still add a grad transfer and/or 2022 recruiting class member to the position group, but the front line guys are the front line guys.

2022 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
Quarterback Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus III Drew Pyne - -
Running Back Jadarian Price, Gi'Bran Payne Logan Diggs, Audric Estime Chris Tyree - -
Tight End Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman - -
Wide Receiver Tobias Merriweather Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas - - Braden Lenzy, Joe Wilkins, Avery Davis, Matt Salerno
Center Ashton Craig Pat Coogan - Zeke Correll Jarrett Patterson
Guard Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler - Andrew Kristofic, Josh Lugg
Tackle Joey Tanona, Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker - -
Defensive Tackle Donovan Hinish, Tyson Ford Gabriel Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross, Jacob Lacey Jayson Ademilola, Chris Smith
Defensive End Aiden Gobaira Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Isaiah Foskey, Osita Ekwonu Justin Ademilola
Linebacker Nolan Ziegler, Joshua Burnham, Junior Tuihalamaka, Jaylen Sneed Prince Kollie - Jack Kiser, Marist Liufau, JD Bertrand Bo Bauer
Safety Jayden Bellamy Justin Walters Xavier Watts, Ramon Henderson, Brandon Joesph - D.J. Brown, Houston Griffith
Cornerback Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Chance Tucker, Philip Riley Clarence Lewis Cam Hart TaRiq Bracy
Specialists Bryce McFerson (P) Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS) - Michael Vinson (LS), Blake Grupe (K)
Totals 22/85 (22) 45/85 (23) 60/85 (15) 71/85 (11) 86/85 (15)