Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback Avery Davis is very clearly lagging behind Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book in the quarterback competition this spring, but the coaching staff continues to indicate that his playmaking ability is too great to hide him on the bench for another year.
Brian Kelly has stated on multiple occasions this spring that the Irish will do what they can to create packages that utilize Davis’ athleticism, and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long followed suit on Thursday.
Long called Davis a “very explosive young man” and claimed that he had surpassed all expectations this spring, according to a report from Mike Vorel of the South Bend Tribune. So expect to see the former 4-star recruit from Texas with the ball in his hands in 2018.
Now, the next logical question is how exactly will they incorporate him into the offense?
Will they create specific packages for him as a quarterback? Or could they line him up in the backfield as a running back or out wide as a receiver and try to find ways to isolate him in space?
While the Irish are willing to let everybody know that they intend to find Davis playing time in 2018, they haven’t yet been willing to divulge those sorts of details. But with the spring game on April 21, perhaps we’ll get a glimpse into how Davis will be used next Saturday.