“I knew there would be a lot of competition at my position, but that’s one of the main reasons I came here,” Davis explained. “There were so many talented young receivers that I knew if I got a chance to play it would mean that I had to work hard to get there.”
After joining the Golden Bears at the start of training camp last fall following two moderately successful seasons at Hawai’i, Davis did that just that when he toiled on the scout team all season long. While the team’s other receivers were piling up enough catches and yardage to make then freshman quarterback Jared Goff the school’s all-time single-season leader in passing yards and passes completed, the only numbers Davis was racking up were the countless times he elicited “oohs and aahs” from the scout team.
Goff was another player who took notice.
“I wasn’t over there but I would hear stories about the catches Trevor would make on the scout team,” Goff said. “I’d hear them go crazy and I knew Trevor had made another catch. He’s a solid target that I can rely on and he can make every catch on the field. We’re on the same page with everything.”
Goff is not the only one to give Davis a ringing endorsement.
“I knew after the first route I saw him run last summer in camp that he was going to be just fine for us,” said Rob Likens, the team’s outside receivers coach.
Even though his position coach and quarterback have known all along what the Bears have in Davis, it is only this week that he has been able to begin fully exhibiting his skills with the team’s first unit as a starting outside receiver.
“I thought he had a good day Monday,” head coach Sonny Dykes said of Davis’ first practice in the role. “And he kind of picked up where he left off today.”
Davis was on the receiving end of several Goff completions during Wednesday’s workout, getting a chance to see the first-team reps he knew he would have to work so hard for when he joined the program.
“Everyone thinks I came to Cal because it’s close to home,” said Davis, who spent his prep career at Alhambra High School in nearby Martinez. “But that had nothing to do with it. The big thing to me was that there was a lot of competition among the receivers. I knew that it would push me to become a better player. I knew getting to the level of being a No. 1 receiver here would be really hard because there are so many good receivers here. I think our receivers are the best in the Pac-12. If you can do it here, you can have a good chance to do it anywhere and in the NFL, which is my goal.”
But before he sets his sights on playing at the next level, Davis is enjoying the home he has found at Cal and is grateful to the coaching staff that took him in.
“I’m into honesty and they have been honest with me the entire time,” Davis said. “I know that they are going to play the best players. When I’m in competition with the other receivers on the team, I know that if I’m not the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart that it’s nobody’s fault but my own.”
Davis, who lived at his family’s home in Martinez last fall but has since moved in with fellow wide receiver Bryce Treggs and running back Jeffrey Coprich, says he’s been comfortable at Cal since the beginning.
“It just seemed like the right fit here,” Davis said.
Indeed, he has fit right in – right in to a featured role on the team’s offense.