Davis Staying In School
By Jimmy Robertson
January 10, 2001

Tech wide receiver André Davis put an end to all the speculation surrounding him and the NFL when he announced Wednesday that he was coming back to Virginia Tech for his senior season. The redshirt junior had said in earlier reports that he was coming back to Tech, but rumors to the contrary ran rampant the week before the Gator Bowl and many Tech fans worried that he would forgo his final year.

"I have decided to return to Virginia Tech for my senior year. I feel that I have to work on a couple of things to get better as a player," Davis said. "Even if Michael Vick does not return, I still feel I can accomplish some things to get in a position to be a first-round draft pick [in 2002].

"I will be driving back to Blacksburg [from Niskayuna, N.Y.] tomorrow [Thursday] and will be at the team meeting on January 15. You can count on that."

Davis (6-1, 196) enjoyed a record-breaking season last season. He set the Tech single-season marks for receiving yardage (962) and yards per reception (27.5) and tied the single-season mark for touchdown receptions (9). He also became the first Tech receiver ever to have five 100-yard receiving games.

But injuries plagued Davis this season. Davis suffered a heel injury during the West Virginia game and missed the Pittsburgh game the following week. Then against Miami, he sprained his ankle, which cost him the rest of the season. He had surgery on Jan. 3 to tighten the ligament in his ankle and to remove some scar tissue. He should be ready for spring practice.

In all, Davis played just 15 snaps the final four games of the season. Davis, who is on track to graduate this spring with a degree in residential property management, caught 24 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also finished second in the nation in punt returns, averaging 22 yards per return, and he returned three for touchdowns, tying the Tech single-season mark held by Frank Loria.

In the Gator Bowl, Davis caught two passes for 70 yards, including a 55-yarder. He also returned one punt.