ATHENS - When freshman receiver Reggie Davis arrived this summer, Georgia backup quarterback Hutson Mason didn't know who he was. Neither did a lot of people. And then Davis started running routes.
"He made a nice name for himself real quick when he ran a go route," Mason said.
Davis wasn't one of the big names in Georgia's 33-man signing class this year, or even one of the more well-known among the 16 who arrived this summer, after the early enrollees. The freshman class had a more famous Reggie (Wilkerson, the cornerback) and a more well-known Davis (Jordan, the tight end.)
But the Tallahassee, Fla., product has been mentioned quite often by veterans as a freshman who has impressed in practice. The receiver position is quite deep, but Davis is finding a way to squeeze in for second-team snaps, helped by some minor injuries to other receivers, according to junior receiver Michael Bennett.
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"He's pretty lanky. Shorter, a little skinner. But he can fly," Bennett said. "He's really good on those deep routes."
Davis is listed at 6-foot and 159 pounds, making him one of the team's smallest receivers.
"You can flick him," Mason said. "But he can move."
Davis was rated a four-star prospect by some recruiting sites, and a three-star by others. But like Georgia sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley, Davis was a star on the track, leading a 400-meter relay team to a Florida state championship last year.
"Me and (receiver) Rhett McGowan were talking the other day, he's a guy that has the ability to be a deep threat," senior tight end Arthur Lynch said. "And he's willing to learn. He understands the idea of humility and he takes coaching very well. But on top of that he has a different kind of skill-set and package that you don't see very often. (He's) not necessarily big, but he makes the tough catches and isn't afraid to go across the middle."
Some teammates have said Davis (6-0, 159) resembled the way Malcolm Mitchell (6-1, 190) was as a freshman.
"Raw. Just real raw," Mitchell said, describing himself as a freshman and Davis now.
Davis doesn't have the same ability as Mitchell to be an "explosive, jump-ball kind of guy," according to Lynch. But they both are good downfield route-runners with the same ability to make the over-the-shoulder catch.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see him getting reps, whether it be early in the season, or down the stretch the way (Chris) Conley did his freshman year," Lynch said.