On Davis: A physically-gifted junior who will look to secure his spot as one of the nation's premier tight ends in 2005 ... had a breakout year in '04 but coaches expect an even bigger impact as his knowledge of the offense continues to improve ... was more of an H-back last year, lining up at tight end, fullback and wide receiver ... could return kicks this year ... has become a complete tight end as he is now an outstanding blocker ... size and speed create matchup problems ... an Iron Terp with the second-highest strength index on the team ... owns school strength records for a tight end in bench (460), power clean (355), vertical jump (40 inches), index (797), squat (685) and 40-yard dash time (4.41) ... all were recorded in spring of 2005.
2004 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 11 games as an H-back, starting six ... led the Terps with 441 receiving yards (on 27 receptions) with a team-high three touchdown catches ... finished eighth in the ACC with 40.1 receiving yards per game ... (at UVa) ... set a career high with 104 receiving yards on five receptions ... took a pass up the right sideline for a 46-yard reception late in the third quarter ... split a pair of defenders across the middle after catching a pass from Jordan Steffy in the fourth quarter, picking up 43 yards on the play ... (vs. FSU) ... had a career-high six receptions for 99 yards ... took a short Statham pass and ran after the catch for a 33-yard reception, hurdling two Florida State defenders and falling two yards short of the end zone in the second quarter, setting up Maryland's first touchdown ... (at Duke) ... had four catches for 101 yards and three touchdowns ... three touchdowns tied a school single-game record ... was named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week and received ACC Player of the Week honors ... caught a Joel Statham pass 20 yards downfield, stayed in bounds and took it to the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown ... broke three tackles and gained 30 yards after the catch on a five-yard out for a 35-yard touchdown early in the second half ... (vs. NIU)... made his first career start and finished with five receptions for 72 yards ... 39-yard reception in the second quarter was the team's long play from scrimmage and led to a 43-yard Nick Novak field goal.
2003 (Freshman): Saw the most consistent action of any true freshman, playing in all 13 contests ... finished with five receptions for 59 yards and eight solo special teams tackles ... (vs. WVU in the Gator Bowl) ... made his most athletic play of the season, taking a quick out and turning it into a 28-yard gain, making would-be tacklers miss and breaking tackles along the way ... (at EMU) ... first career game with multiple receptions (two) ... second career reception was good for a first down, keeping the Terps' first scoring drive alive ... narrowly missed first career punt block as he nearly got a piece of one in the first quarter ... had two solo tackles on special teams ... (vs. WVU) ... his lone tackle of the game came on a big hit on special teams during the second quarter, forcing the Mountaineers' drive to begin at their own 18-yard line ... (at FSU) ... had his first career reception, which came on a 1-yard pass from Orlando Evans in the fourth quarter ... (at NIU) ... saw action on punt and kick coverage teams in his first career action as a Terp ... the lone true freshman to play in the season-opener.
High School: A 2003 graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. ... a three-year starter who primarily played tight end and safety but also saw time at wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker and defensive end in his tenure ... an outstanding athlete who was clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 10.7 in the 100 meters and posted a 39-inch vertical jump as a prep ... caught 21 passes for 511 yards (24.3 avg.) and five touchdowns as a senior despite missing three games with a deep bone bruise below his knee ... also caught three two-point conversions and returned four kicks (two kickoffs and two punts) for touchdowns ... had 35 receptions for 385 yards and 11 TDs as a junior ... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... rated as the third-best tight end in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... a member of SuperPrep's Elite 50 and that publication's 39th-rated player nationally ... a Mid-Atlantic all-region pick by SuperPrep and the third-best player (at any position) in the region ... second team All-USA by USA Today ... ranked as the fourth-best tight end in the nation and the seventh-best player (overall) in the Atlantic East by Rivals.com ... first team All-Met by The Washington Post ... Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia ... team went 31-5 and won two city championships in his three years at Dunbar ... competed in basketball and track & field ... was the DCIAA champion in the high jump with a leap of 6-5 ... chose Maryland over Florida, Virginia, Purdue and Miami, among others ... high school coach was Craig Jefferies.
Personal: Vernon Davis was born January 31, 1984 ... son of Jacqueline Davis ... an art studio major ... nickname is "The Duke."
Receiving G-GS Rec Yards Avg TD LP 2003 13-0 5 59 11.8 0 28 2004 11-6 27 441 16.3 3 46 Career 24-6 32 500 15.6 3 46