5 For Friday: Group of Five Players to Know in 2016



Some of the more Group of Five adept already know Corey Davis well. His brother Titus rewrote the receiving records at Central Michigan just two years ago.

But the marks Titus set in four years at Central, Corey’s hit in three at Western. Davis hit Kalamazoo the same year as P.J. Fleck, 2013, and his production’s powered the program’s fast rise under its young head coach.

Their combined work building the Broncos influenced Davis’ decision to return for his senior year, as he alluded to the Detroit News in December, saying: “We have a lot more to accomplish, like winning a MAC title.”

The best may well be to come for Western Michigan under Fleck, and ditto for Davis. 5,000-plus career receiving yards are not out of the realm of possibility. He’ll enter 2016 just shy of 3,800, having exceeded 1,400 in each of the last two campaigns.

Only one player in NCAA Div. I history’s reached the 5,000-yard milestone: Nevada’s Trevor Insley, who graduated in 1999 with 5,005 yards. Davis could very well leave WMU college football’s all-time most prolific pass-catcher.