11 days to Camp Rantoul

11 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 11: Jon Davis, tight end

Why he’s important: The talent is tantalizing. After catching 22 passes for 187 yards in 2011, injuries wrecked his 2012. The number of catches he made last fall dropped down to nine receptions for only 88 yards, which was lower than his rushing totals (102 yards on 21 carries). Davis led the team in rushing with 54 yards against Western Michigan on only six carries. He can line up in the backfield, on the line or split out wide. Essentially wherever Bill Cubit wants to use him, he can, but Davis missed the spring with injuries. The key question for Davis this month is if he can remain healthy. If he is and can replicate the numbers he posted his freshman season in 2013, it’s a bonus for Illinois. Will enter camp listed as the starter at tight end, and could line up at fullback if Cubit wants a blocking back in front of Donovonn Young or Josh Ferguson.

Fast fact: The Tony Gonzalez fan and sports management major was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year.

Tomorrow: No. 10