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Marcus Davis could break out for Virginia Tech

When asked who might have a break-out season for Virginia Tech, Bryan Stinespring, the Hokies offensive coordinator, did not hesitate: "Marcus Davis. Xavier Boyce."

Virginia Tech's young wide receivers have shown tremendous upside because of their athleticism and they both could be poised to have big seasons in Blacksburg.

"I think Marcus's confidence level is just sky rocketing right," Stinespring said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "Now that’s the biggest thing he was missing. One of the most physically talented kids I’ve been around. I think his confidence at receiver is growing. It’s still got a ways to go, but I think he’s brings an athleticism, size variable. I like that entire group."

Davis, who played quarterback in high school, was moved to wide receiver when he got to Virginia Tech and then back to quarterback last spring. In the 2009 season, he moved back to wide receiver and started to emerge at the position. He finished with five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

At 6 feet 4 and 234 pounds, Davis has an ideal body for wide receiver; he is big, physical and long. But his development depended more on learning the nuance of route-running, coming in and out of breaks and developing a comfort with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

This spring, Davis, who is listed as the second split end on the depth chart behind Jarrett Boykin, has shown the coaches that his first year back at wide receiver befitted his football acumen, and that he could be ready for a big season in 2010.

Also, Boyce, who is listed with D.J. behind Davis, has the prototype build (6-4, 225 pounds) and speed to be a dangerous wide receiver. Boyce, who will be a third-year sophomore in 2010, has developed nicely after a developing year in 2009. He caught 8 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

"I think those two guys have a chance to make a name for themselves," Stinespring said.

By Mark Viera  |  April 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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