College Station, Texas on Nov. 24, 2018: Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond takes the snap. Quickly surveying the field, he finds a tightly covered Quartney Davis in the middle of the end zone. Sprawling for a miraculous 19-yard touchdown catch, Davis ties the game with zeros left on the clock, taking an LSU defender down with him in the process.
It’s an incredible turn of events after the Aggies had seemingly lost the game, but a review had given them one more chance. Davis took advantage.
Fast forward a few hours and the game remains tied. Going into a record-setting seventh overtime, Davis once again finds a way to put the team on his shoulders, catching what would turn out to be the game-winning score (followed by a two-point conversion).
After over five hours of action, the exhausting grind is over. Davis’ NFL journey, however, has just begun.
When you plug in Davis’ film, the first thing that stands out isn’t his size, speed or marginal stat line. Rather, unlike most collegiate wideouts, it’s his crisp movements and overall quickness that define Davis. For his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, the receiver is exceptional at cutting off breaks with an elite pace using his technique and body control also serving as quality traits. According to Houston-based footwork coach Rischad Whitfield (also know as “Footwork King”), his unique prowess in these areas is no accident.
“Quartney has a lot of sudden quickness,” Whitfield explained. “If you watch closely to a lot of the games he plays, he can’t be pressed. His releases off of the line are just insane.”
After years of training the Texas A&M receiver — it dates back to his sophomore year in high school — Whitfield’s praise didn’t stop there.
“I’ve been training with Quartney for so long that he’s able to come out here in Houston where I’m training pros, and gets to workout with a lot of professional receivers like Emmanuel Sanders, Marcus Johnson, and Eric Ebron. I’ve also trained a lot with Oklahoma’s Ceedee Lamb (who many consider the top receiver in the draft class). Being out in this environment he knows how to play fast and with pace. He belongs with all those names.”
Coming from someone who has helped coach NFL stars like Odell Beckham and Joe Haden, that praise is certainly worth listening to, especially when it matches up with the film. In Davis’ case, it more than does.
“He’s a special player,” Whitfield concluded. “I just don’t understand how more people aren’t talking about him.”
Senior Bowl Stardom?
Starting the New Year off right, Davis accepted a Senior Bowl invitation on Jan. 1. Now, the Aggies WR isn’t actually considered a senior, but having graduated as a redshirt junior, he fits the criteria needed to perform at the event. This presents Davis with the perfect platform to try and shed his “sleeper” draft tag. After all, recent years have seen technicians like Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel and Hunter Renfrow all shine down in Mobile, Alabama.
With his work with Whitfield and his immense talents, Davis can be the next name in that line, potentially playing himself into a Day-2 selection in a deep receiver class. I would expect him to dominate in one-on-one drills in Mobile, similarly to that fateful night in College Station last November.
Let’s hope it ends with similar success.