So on Tuesday, there was Davis, sticking out like a sore thumb in his blue No. 3 defensive jersey in a line of pass-catchers all wearing white.
By Thursday's practice, Davis was fitting right in, not only athletically but sartorially. He, too, was wearing white.
"It looked good enough to us on Tuesday that we kept him on offense,'' Holgorsen said. "We'll keep evaluating whether that's a full-time position move. But he did look better moving forward than backwards.''
No matter where Davis ends up, he will have a chance to contribute. Yes, there's a need for much better cornerback play than last season, when West Virginia had pretty much the worst pass defense in all of college football. But the Mountaineers also have a need for receivers, what with the top three from last season all gone, including two of the best who ever played at the school, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
And apparently it's not as if Davis was wowing anyone at cornerback. The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder from Miami was bunched in a rather large group of candidates for playing time there, many of whom had the advantage of experienced gained last season while Davis was with the scout team. Holgorsen said Davis was probably well down on the depth chart when the switch was made.
Besides, Holgorsen isn't convinced that those cornerbacks can't become good players.
"We need guys at corner to step up and be players. We can't get rid of the people we had and bring in six new players. This isn't the NFL,'' Holgorsen said. "We played young corners that are going to get better, that we expect to get better.
"Vernon was somewhere around a third- or fourth-team corner at the time, so we decided to try him at receiver to see if he could crack the depth chart or be a starter. It's probably in the best interest of our football team to have a first-team receiver than a third- or fourth-team cornerback.''
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