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Notre Dame WR Avery Davis: 'I couldn't let that opportunity pass'

September 13, 2020

Avery Davis has gone with the flow over his career at Notre Dame. The senior receiver has bounced around from quarterback to running back to receiver to cornerback to running and back to a receiver. 

The position movement wasn't because he couldn't get the job done, but out of team need. Davis might be the ultimate team guy as he sacrificed development to better the team over his carer, but on Saturday, he got his chance to shine. 

Davis caught a 17-yard touchdown from Ian Book to pull away from Duke in the fourth quarter and it had been a long time coming. It was also fitting as Davis shined when his team needed him as he has done over the last few years without the glory of a touchdown. 

"It was a seam, man coverage, so it was me versus him," Davis explained. "He pedaled me pretty well, but when the ball was in the air, I just needed it. I couldn't let that opportunity pass." 

The Texas native made two catches for 26 yards on Saturday and the Irish won 27-13. Davis knows the passing game needs to improve and has confidence it will in time. 

"In the passing game, I think we have a lot of potential," said Davis. "I think we were trying to emphasize the run heavily and we executed well in that regard. In the passing game, we have a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to getting that going further in the season."

Quarterback Ian Book finished 19-of-31 for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception and Davis was pleased with what he saw from his signal-caller. 

"I think he managed the game very well," Davis stated. "He got the ball to the right players. I think he did a good job. He led us to a win." 

As for the game, Notre Dame hosted just over 10,000 people and the atmosphere surprised Davis. 

"Honestly, I was expecting a lot less," laughed Davis. "I didn't think there would be that many people in there. To see them, hear them and feel their energy was really exciting - really appreciate it."

It might not have been the cleanest game, but Davis was more than happy to take the 14-point win and build off the positives. 

"It was a blessing to be back out there," said Davis. "I don't think it was difficult to get a groove. It was difficult to get into a flow. Intensity wise and attention to detail and excitement wise, we weren't lacking in that. We were very excited to get out there." 

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