Reviewing Georgia State’s list of impact players: No. 8 Robert Davis

Georgia State Panthers wide receiver Robert Davis (19). (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

Georgia State Panthers wide receiver Robert Davis (19). (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

Before the season I listed the 10 players who I thought would most impact Georgia State’s football season.

Over the next 10 days, I’ll review the list and detail how each player performed in the 1-11, 0-8 in the Sun Belt campaign.

As they were listed, we will count down from 10 to 1.

We started with No. 10 Matt Hubbard and continued with No. 9 Shawayne Lawrence.

We move on to….

No. 8 Robert Davis

Here’s what I wrote:

How can Davis make a difference? As noted by Georgia State, only four freshmen wide receiver in Division I had more yards and only eight had more receptions than Davis last year. He has the size, speed and is developing the experience to become a go-to receiver for whomever wins the quarterback position. Working with position coach Tim Lappano, who has coached greats such as Calvin Johnson, could see Davis take the next step.

Best-case scenario: Davis at least matches his stats in every category because the Panthers are able to spread the ball around to Lynquez Blair, the tight ends and the running backs. The best, best-case scenario would see him develop into an all-conference selection.

Davis showed maturity last year in knowing how to use his body to hold off smaller defenders to catch back-shoulder passes along the sidelines. Can he do the same to catch passes across the middle?

Worst-case scenario: Davis’ production last year was partially the result of teams focusing on stopping Albert Wilson. But Wilson is gone. With more focus on him, Davis can’t shake free to equal last year’s stats. With no go-to guy, the passing game can’t get going and defenses can focus more on the run.

Davis had some maturity issues on the field last season, geting called for at least one personal-foul penalty. If frustrated this year, he will need to find another way to release that emotion.

Of course, there’s a lot more that will go into Davis’ production. The quarterback play needs to be solid, which depends upon the line.

So, was it the best-case scenario or worst-case scenario?

The best-case scenario.

Davis caught 50 passes for 732 yards and two touchdowns, compared to 44 receptions for 711 yards and four touchdowns his freshman season.

Davis was the focus of most defenses, but still mostly matched his stats as a freshman. Additionally, the passing game was able to work Donovan Harden, Joel Ruiz and LynQuez Blair into the attack to the tune of 3,348 yards passing with 23 touchdowns.

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