September 21, 2013

Record-breaking effort

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For a player who didn't think he would see much action until later in the year, freshman wide receiver Reggie Davis came up bigger than he ever dreamed in Saturday's 45-21 win over North Texas.

One game after Justin Scott-Wesley wowed the fans at Sanford Stadium with an 85-yard touchdown catch against South Carolina, Davis did him one better, hauling in a school-record 98-yarder against the Mean Green, one of two huge grabs the Tallahassee native made on the afternoon.

"Once I caught it and I saw the safety dive and fall, I knew I had it," Davis said. "I was going to the house."

Later, Davis grabbed a 36-yarder, giving him 134 worth of receiving yards on his first two collegiate catches.

"I was more nervous than he was, probably," quarterback Aaron Murray. "When you've got a guy with that kind of speed you don't want to underthrow him. You've just to let it go, let it fly because he's going to run under it. He ran a great route, made a great catch."

Murray won't be forgetting the 98-yarder to Davis anytime soon.

Not only did it give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead, but it was the 100th-touchdown pass in the career of Murray, who completed 22-of-30 passes for 408 yards and three scores.

"Reggie did a nice job on that route and Murray did a nice job waiting for him to clear on the second window," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "I'm just proud of him, I'm proud of all the guys. There's still some things we've got to correct, but there's a lot of positives that we could draw from."

Davis laughed when asked he was happy to one-up Scott-Wesley, also was also a state track champion while attending Mitchell County High.

"I don't know," he said laughing. "Justin's a good receiver too who also works hard. We're just both trying to make plays."

Davis, who starred at Tallahassee's Lincoln High, was just grateful to hear his number called.

It's something he didn't see coming.

"I didn't think today was going to be my opportunity, I was just going to be patient and wait," he said. "But it was and I'm thankful for that."

So how fast in Davis?

According to the freshman, his fastest time in the 100-meter is a swift 10.4 seconds.

"I ran the 40-yard dash last year in 4.52 seconds or something like that," he said. "But I'm working on getting that down, too."

His 36-yarder from Murray in the fourth quarter during Georgia's fifth-touchdown drive of the afternoon almost went for a score as well.

"Reggie's a smart guy that's handled his assignments very well since he's been here. He's a talented guy that we wanted to play the first week but didn't get him in the game," Bobo said. "He played last week and had the drop, but we didn't lose confidence in him and made it a point to play him this week. He did a nice job responding."

Look for Davis to get plenty more opportunities in the weeks to come.

"Aaron does a nice job of continuing to throw to the open receiver that's dictated by the coverage," Bobo said. "He's got guys in position to make plays and those guys are making plays when their number is called, just like Reggie did today."

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