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GWINNETT GRADS: Norcross' Davis steps into key role for UConn

The Associated Press Connecticut wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) runs with the football at South Florida safety Mark Joyce (26) after making a third quarter reception last week in Tampa, Fla. Davis had 113 receiving yards in Connecticut's 13-6 loss.

The Associated Press Connecticut wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) runs with the football at South Florida safety Mark Joyce (26) after making a third quarter reception last week in Tampa, Fla. Davis had 113 receiving yards in Connecticut's 13-6 loss.

Geremy Davis learned patience early in his college football career.

A redshirt his first season at Connecticut, Davis played sparingly last season as a freshman. He caught six passes for 73 yards in a backup role to a redshirt senior, relegating him to a less substantial role than he was used to on the football field.

The former Norcross standout, though his team is struggling, plays a much bigger role this season.

"I'm just continuing to do the best I can," Davis said. "Unfortunately, the team is not winning, but I've made a big step from my freshman year to my sophomore year. To actually get to contribute and be a starter, I'm blessed to have that opportunity, to be on the field and help my team win just like high school."

Entering a Friday night game vs. Pittsburgh, Davis leads UConn in receptions (36) and receiving yards (547). His biggest game was a nine-catch outing for 123 yards and a score against Western Michigan.

Always a strong and physical receiver, the 6-foot-1 Davis has improved those skills, too. He played at 200 pounds in high school --now he's 215.

"I'm definitely stronger," Davis said.

"I've gotten bigger here but I credit Rob Livingstone, my weight training coach at Norcross, for starting me off in the weight room and helping me get here."

As gratifying as his personal success is, Davis and his teammates are disappointed in their win-loss record. The Huskies are 3-6 and 0-4 in the Big East, but their hopes are to win out and sneak into a bowl game.

"We pretty much have to stay confident, stay positive and keep working hard," Davis said. "We have three games left and we just need to take it one game at a time."

FOOTBALL

Ross sets record, earns honor

Buford grad Alex Ross, a redshirt freshman at Coastal Carolina, set a Big South Conference freshman record with 404 total yards during last weekend's 55-33 win over Gardner-Webb.

Ross completed 16 of 30 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 62 yards as a replacement for injured starter Aramis Hillary.

Ross was named the Big South freshman of the week for his performance.

Quick hits

Central Gwinnett grad Malachi Jones, a freshman wide receiver, caught a nine-yard touchdown pass just before halftime to help Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern 31-28 last Saturday. He finished with four catches for 22 yards. ... Greater Atlanta Christian's Colton Chapple threw for three TDs and ran for another in Harvard's 69-0 rout of Columbia. His effort broke the school record for TD passes in a season, upping his total to 21. He was 14-for-19 passing for 204 yards before sitting out the entire second half.

SOCCER

Baker, Adeshigbin honored by SEC

A pair of Gwinnett grads, Georgia goalkeeper Ashley Baker and Missouri forward Taiwo Adeshigbin, were named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team for women's soccer this week. Each SEC school had one selection on the 14-member team.

Baker, a Parkview grad, is on the team for the third straight season. Adeshigbin, a Central Gwinnett grad, is SEC newcomer Missouri's first-ever selection to the community service team.

Melton sparks upset

Appalachian State's Matthew Melton, a freshman from North Gwinnett, sparked his team to an upset of the College of Charleston in the first round of Southern Conference Tournament.

Down 1-0 in the 76th minute, Melton made a run down the right side and crossed to a teammate for a goal. It was his second assist of the season.

Appalachian State then lost on penalty kicks to Wofford.

WRESTLING

Hunt shines in The Citadel Open

Dacula grad Zeke Hunt, a junior at Cumberland University, reached the finals of the 174-pound division last weekend at The Citadel Open in Charleston, S.C.

Hunt won four straight matches to reach the finals before dropping a 4-3 decision in the championship match.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via email to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com.