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Davis developing at WR

Marcus Davis played quarterback in high school but was moved to wide receiver when he got to Virginia Tech. Then, last spring, he moved back to quarterback to compete for the No. 2 job. This year, he is back at wide receiver.

In the past two weeks, Davis, a redshirt freshman, has seen more playing time at wide receiver and attributed it to developing a comfort level after finally settling on a position.

“I think I’ve came a long way from summer time,” Davis said. “The playbook is easier, so it’s not a lot of thinking. It’s playing. It’s coming to me a lot easier now.”

Although Davis has not yet emerged as a wide receiver – he has only three receptions for 104 yards this season – he has been on the field more in recent weeks. He played 25 snaps against Maryland last weekend and had one catch for 15 yards. He played 19 snaps against East Carolina on Nov. 5 and had one catch for nine yards.

At 6 feet 4, Davis is a tall target who said he prided himself in his speed. Coaches have praised his athleticism, but it was a learning experience adjusting to the new position. Davis has made it a point to watch the Hokies’ other wide receivers to try to pick up nuances of how they play.

“But when it comes down to route running, it’s a learning thing,” Davis said. “You can’t explain it. You’ve got to have a feel for it.”

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he noticed that things started to click for Davis in a particular practice two weeks ago. Taylor recalled how Davis hauled in anything thrown his way during that practice, making over-the-shoulder catches and snagging passes in traffic.

“He has always caught my attention as far as size,” Taylor said. “We know he’s very athletic. It was just a matter of him learning the plays and him getting comfortable in the offense.”

The No. 16 Hokies (7-3, 4-2) take on North Carolina State (4-6, 1-5) on Saturday.

By Mark Viera  |  November 20, 2009; 3:09 PM ET
 
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