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WWS grad Titus Davis ascends to be among nation's best receivers

After having a breakout season as a senior on the Wheaton Warrenville South’s 2010 state champion football team, wide receiver Titus Davis has continued his upward trend at Central Michigan. Having caught a combined 83 passes for 1,611 yards and 16 touchdowns his first two seasons in a Chippewas’ uniform, the junior hauled in 61 receptions for 1,109 yards and eight TDs this past fall. A first team All-MAC pick this year, the sports management major announced last week that he would return to school for his senior year.

Schmid: How did playing at Wheaton Warrenville South and in the DVC prepare you for the next level?

Davis: In many ways. With our program and our coaches, they got me so ready for the next level. Just their coaching style and the little things I took out of it, it definitely gave me a step up on other guys. They taught me self-discipline and things like that.

Schmid: How special was it to reach the 1,000-yard plateau this year?

Davis: As a wide receiver, that’s what you want. That was my goal going into the season, and, despite missing a game, I was able to do that. The way I look at it now, it is something to build off of and take into next year.

Schmid: You have received a lot of awards and recognition. Did one award mean more to you than the others?

Davis: I think what really stood out to me was the Team MVP award [Herb Deromedi MVP award]. It’s something that is voted on by my peers and my teammates. It showed me the support I have and what they think of me.

Schmid: You lead active NCAA receivers for career yards per reception with 18.9 yards. Does that mean anything to you?

Davis: It’s cool and it’s great to be mentioned among the nation’s top wide receivers. I have to give a lot of credit to our quarterback and to everyone else on the offense. I felt this offense was the perfect fit for the way I played.

Schmid: How have you improved as a wide receiver from high school until now?

Davis: I would say my knowledge of the game. Coming in and playing my freshman year, that set a foundation for me. I was able to see a lot of things, and having that year under my belt really helped my improve mentally. I’ve become better at reading defenses and things like that. I’ve definitely improved on my routes. You won’t cut it in this league if your routes aren’t perfect. And definitely my ability to go up and get the ball, this season I emphasized working on that part of my game.

Schmid: What made you decide to come back for next season and not declare for the NFL draft?

Davis: In talking to my coaches, we had a conference, and they believed I could have left. But I personally wanted to come back, to get my degree and to get more experience under my belt. I want to continue to develop mentally and physically for the next level.

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