One of UNLV football's top groups this spring has been its wide receivers.
Alumni showing up to see the happenings under new head coach Tony Sanchez.
A dozen former Rebels timed and measured by scouts from nine NFL teams.
More than one Rebel invited to Indy for first time since 2010.
Football, USATSI Gallery -- 11/8/14
USATSI Gallery -- 10/25/14
Fresno State at UNLV; photos by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
UNLV vs. Arizona
UNLV @ North Texas
UNLV: A tall, physical Texan who left as one of the best receivers in school history ... Just the fourth Rebel overall and first since 2007 to be invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl ... The first offensive player from UNLV to appear in the Senior Bowl since running back Ickey Woods in 1987 ... Earned his bachelor's degree in only 3.5 years ... Finished his career ranked second in school history with 2,785 receiving yards and fourth in catches with 186 ... Ranked second in career 100-yard receiving games at UNLV with 11 and third in career touchdowns through the air with 22 ... Caught at least one pass in the final 34 games of his collegiate career ... Turned in a record-breaking junior season that helped the Rebels make their first bowl game in 13 years ... Shattered the school record for receptions in a bowl game with 10 vs. North Texas in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium during the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day ... The only Rebel in history to catch three touchdowns in one game three times in a career -- doing all three in 2013 ... His 2,144 combined yards in 2012-13 made him the first player in school history to go over 2,000 yards through the air in a two-season span ... Chosen to represent the UNLV offense at the 2014 Mountain West Conference Media Days event in Las Vegas ... The former state champion in the triple jump chose the Rebels over offers that included a track scholarship from Texas A&M.
2014: After turning in one of the most dominant offensive campaigns in Rebel history, Davis returned for his senior season as a potential All-America, Biletnikoff Award and Mountain West Player of the Year candidate ... One of 77 college football players named to the 2014 official watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best player ... Named to the Biletnikoff Watch List in mid-July ... A unanimous Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection by Lindy's, Athlon and Phil Steele's ... Lindy's also named him "Best Deep Threat" in the Mountain West in 2014 ... Phil Steele's listed him as the No. 28 WR in the nation ... Began his senior season by posting his eighth 100-yard receiving game with eight catches for 100 at Arizona ... Against Northern Illinois in Game 3, he posted his ninth career 100-yard game with six grabs for 150 yards ... His honors aspirations, however, were derailed when he suffered an injury in the NIU game, which limited him the following week at Houston and kept Davis off the field completely for five total games ... Returned to the field on Nov. 8 vs. Air Force and caught six passes for 114 yards and a score, marking his 10th career 100-yard effort ... Posted his 11th career 100-yard game with five catches for 163 yards at Hawai'i on Nov. 22 ... His night on the islands included a career-long 81-yard reception that was the longest by a Rebel since 1997 ... Despite missing nearly half the season, Davis ranked second on the team with 34 catches for 599 yards to go with four touchdowns to earn Honorable Mention All-MW ... Posted four of his 11 career 100-yard efforts in the seven games in which he appeared and his 17.6 yards-per-reception average was a career-high.
2013: Named Second Team All-MW and team Co-MVP for offense after catching 87 passes (third in UNLV history) for 1,290 yards (second) while shattering the program record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 14 (previous record was 11 by Sam "Disco Kid" Greene set in 1980) ... Ranked seventh in the nation with 14 TD catches, and 23rd with 6.69 receptions per game ... His four scoring catches against San Diego State in Game 12 tied the school's single-season record (Henry Bailey in 1994 and Nate Hawkins in 1971) ... Named MW Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30 after posting a career-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help UNLV rally past New Mexico 56-42 ... Davis was remarkably the first Rebel receiver to earn the conference's weekly honor since Nate Turner in 2000 ... Caught more than six passes in nine of 13 games ... Hit the 100-yard mark five times ... Finished with 140 and three TDs on seven grabs vs. Central Michigan in Game Three ... Hauled in eight for 141 vs. Hawai'i in Game Six ... Posted eight for 121 yards and two scores in win at UNR in Game Eight ... Brought down eight for a season-high 171 yards and four scores vs. the Aztecs ... Named Preseason Third Team All-Mountain West by Athlon and Phil Steele's.
2012: Posted a breakout season that saw him lead the team with 61 receptions for 854 yards while starting all 13 games ... The 61 catches tied for the 12th-most in Rebel history ... Ranked second in the Mountain West and 77th in the nation with an average of 65.7 yards per game ... Caught at least one pass in every game and grabbed at least five in eight of them ... In a memorable performance at LA Tech in Game Six, Davis set a season high for receptions and career-high for yards with seven catches for 180 yards in the first half alone and finished with eight for 186, which was the ninth-most in a game by a Rebel and the most since 1996 ... Scored a touchdown in four games (Minn., at LTU, at SDSU and vs. UNM).
2011: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 11 games, including starting three ... Made his first career start at Wyoming in Game Seven ... Caught four passes for 42 yards as a rookie ... One of 13 UNLV football players named to the 2011 Academic All-Mountain West team ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout ... Ranked the No. 183 WR prospect in the nation by Scout.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of North Shore HS ... Lettered three times as a tight end under coach David Aymond ... Averaged more than 20 yards per catch in helping the Mustangs go 11-2 and earn a district title as a senior ... Named all-district and all-state in the triple jump and also played basketball at NSHS.
PERSONAL: Devante Davis was born Oct. 13, 1992, in Houston ... The son of Tamara and Andre Davis ... Has three brothers and two sisters ... Earned his bachelor's degree in public administration in December 2014.