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Tyler Davis Making An Impact Sooner Than Expected

Recruited as a quarterback out of the class of 2015, Davis switched to tight end and has been productive immediately.

Davis making a catch against Navy in Annapolis.
Ian Bethune

Tyler Davis was one of the highest-rated incoming recruits for UConn Football in the class of 2015. A star quarterback at Mepham High in Long Island, Davis also played a big role in recruiting other players who eventually signed with UConn in Bob Diaco’s first full recruiting class. He enrolled early to get a head start in school and acclimate to the rigors of the college game, but wasn’t expected to see the field for a while.

Solidly behind redshirt sophomore Bryant Shirreffs as a freshman, Davis entered a competition for the backup job with incoming junior college transfer Garrett Anderson and preferred walk-on freshman Brandon Bisack. He was a distant third on the depth chart last season and struggled in the spring game, but it wasn’t a huge deal because the belief was it would be a few years before his services would be needed.

Instead, he is among the first players in his recruiting class to see significant action for the Huskies.

This offseason, however, the staff approached Davis about switching positions. Diaco explained that the impetus for the change came from Davis’s high marks in athleticism, dedication, and football intelligence. He felt it would be a waste for the team to have a tough, fast, skilled player hanging out on the sidelines as the third-string quarterback. It’s also very possible that one or both of Bisack or, more likely, incoming freshman Donovan Williams, who the coaches have raved about, may have surpassed him at quarterback as well.

Davis selflessly made the move for the team, which was suddenly thin at the F or H-back position. That move has paid off, as he is currently the Huskies’ leading tight end in receptions, yards, and touchdowns through five games this season. The UConn offense has had very few bright spots, despite hopes that some experienced players would step up, but the emergence of Davis has certainly been one of them.