Heading into his third season at Western Michigan University, Corey Davis already has carved out quite the collegiate career.
Named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013 after catching 67 passes for 941 yards and six touchdowns, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver backed that up by being named to the All-MAC First Team last fall after hauling in 78 receptions for 1,408 yards, a yardage total that ranked seventh in the nation and first in the MAC. Davis also tied for third in the country with 15 scores.
He scored a touchdown in 10 straight games to finish the 2014 season and ended the campaign with a 176-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Air Force.
Davis, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers free-agent signee Titus Davis, spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about his and the Broncos’ success last season, his preparations for this season, and the strong Wheaton Warrenville South program.
Schmid: What have you been up to this summer?
Davis: Pretty much a lot of working out, a lot of team workouts. And I’ve been putting in a lot of extra work as well. Our first game [against Michigan State] is going to be a test and we’ve got to be ready for it. I also took two classes [Cultures in Africa and yoga].
Schmid: With camp set to begin this week, how excited are you for the upcoming season?
Davis: We are pumped. As a team, we’ve come so far and we’ve learned from last year. We’ve been working hard and we need to go into that first game confident and ready.
Schmid: Team-wise, going from one win in 2013 to eight, what was last season like?
Davis: It was an experience. Coming off a 1-11 season, we went into the season pretty fired up. It was a pretty good season, but we just have to learn how to finish. The Northern [Illinois] game, we were leading at halftime; the Toledo game, we were right there. We are right there and we are pretty confident going into this season.
Schmid: Coming off a strong freshman season individually, how much did it mean to solidify yourself with a monster sophomore campaign?
Davis: It means a lot, but it’s not just me. My team prepared me and they were with me every step of the way. I owe it all to them. And I’m continuing to work very hard because I want to be the best.
Schmid: How have you improved as a wide receiver since your high school days at WWS?
Davis: I would say attacking the ball and becoming a more explosive wide receiver. At the college level, the defensive backs are all over you. You have to learn to win the 50-50 balls and that is something I continue to work on.
Schmid: So many former WWS players are excelling in college or have excelled. How does that program prepare you for the next level?
Davis: The coaches really care about you and care about your future. They prepare you, not only for the sports aspect but also for the academic aspect. I got a Division I scholarship because of the coaches. They really care about you.
Schmid: How often do you talk to your brother, Titus, and what has he meant to you?
Davis: We talk a lot. We text every day. He’s doing really well down there. And I’ve learned a lot from him. I look up to him and he’s taught me a lot.
Schmid: Have you always been a wide receiver?
Davis: In pee-wee football, I played running back and the summer before freshman year and the first two games I played running back. They then switched me to wide receiver because I was way too tall [for running back]. I loved it right away. The early years, I had trouble catching the ball. I had to work on that and I did.
About Corey Davis
College: Western Michigan
Position: Wide receiver
High school: Wheaton Warrenville South