Quinshad Davis
No. 87     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-05-24) May 24, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: Gaffney, South Carolina
Career information
College: North Carolina
Undrafted in 2016
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2016)*
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable Mention All-ACC (2013)
  • Third Team All-ACC (2015)
  • UNC school record holder with 25 career touchdown receptions

Quinshad Davis (born May 24, 1994) is an American football wide receiver who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He played college football at North Carolina, where he holds the school record for career touchdown receptions.[1] He has also been a member of the Detroit Lions (NFL). He is currently a graduate assistant coach for the University of North Carolina’s football team.

Early lifeEdit

Davis attended Gaffney High School in Gaffney, South Carolina. Davis caught 94 passes for 1,481 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. As a senior, he caught 108 passes for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns and helped lead Gaffney to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the South Carolina state championship game. He received many accolades following the conclusion of his high school football career. Davis was chosen as a Parade All-American and named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of South Carolina.

College recruitmentEdit

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Quinshad Davis
Gaffney, SC Gaffney HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.65 Feb 1, 2012 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (WR)   Rivals: 34 (WR), 223 (National)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

As a freshman, Davis played a considerable amount under first-year head coach Larry Fedora's uptempo, offensively focused offense, and immediately saw considerable success with the Tar Heels. A primary receiving target for quarterback Bryn Renner, Davis appeared in all twelve of UNC's games, starting the final ten games, and catching 61 passes for 776 yards over the course of the season, including five touchdowns. Davis set school freshman records for receptions and yards, and his 61 catches were the second-highest freshman total in ACC history and his 776 yards were fourth-most all-time.

As a sophomore, Davis earned All-ACC honorable mention honors after completing the regular season with 48 catches for 730 yards and a team-high ten touchdowns. His 109 career receptions over the course of his first two seasons are the second-most for a Tar Heel, behind only the 113 receptions set by Hakeem Nicks. Davis also completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Thorpe against the East Carolina Pirates, which marked his first career pass completion.

Davis' junior season saw the Tar Heels add several potent offensive weapons at wide receiver and running back, but the team took a step backward in terms of overall record owing to the team's severe defensive struggles. He finished the season with 41 catches for 470 yards and six scores, tying Hakeem Nicks for most career touchdowns by a Tar Heel receiver. In the Carolina's bowl game against Rutgers, Davis broke his right tibia while attempting to catch a pass in the end zone for a touchdown and had to be assisted off of the field.

The Tar Heels saw their most success during Davis' senior year, during which he was a significant weapon in the potent Carolina offense. Davis started all 14 games of the 2015 season, during which he became the Tar Heels' career leader in receptions and receiving touchdowns, and finished with a team-high 55 receptions for 638 yards and four touchdowns. In perhaps what was the highlight of the season, Davis caught the winning touchdown in Lane Stadium in Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer's final home game. The Tar Heels won the ACC Coastal Division before falling, controversially, to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game by a single touchdown. Davis graduated as UNC's career leader in receptions (a record that has since been surpassed by Ryan Switzer) and career touchdown receptions.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit Lions Edit

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, Davis signed with the Detroit Lions. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Lions.[2]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Edit

On April 12, 2017 Davis and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) agreed to a contract.[3] He was released on June 12.[4]


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