Kalamazoo — Corey Davis was taking a few extra minutes to work on his game during practice this month.
A physical 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver, Davis was about 10 yards away from a teammate, turning around at the last second to grab a quick pass to test his reflexes … and a drop was nowhere in sight.
In fact, there haven't been many drops during Davis' career — he is the nation's active leader in receiving yards (3,602).
And today, Davis and his Western Michigan teammates get to showcase their talents against Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl — and hopefully bring home the program's first bowl victory in history.
"He's really developed into a complete receiver, an all-around receiver," Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said of Davis, who has 82 receptions for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. "I think he's one of the best receivers in the country."
With those kinds of numbers, the NFL could be calling Davis, a junior.
"I'd take him right now," said Fleck, a former receivers coach for the Buccaneers. "He might have an option to go (after this season), but I think people that leave early these days have to be sure they are a guy who will be a first- or second-round pick."
But Davis has some unfinished business on hand.
"We have a lot more to accomplish, like winning a MAC title," he said.
Western Michigan, which won a share of the West Division title this season, hasn't won the Mid-American Conference championship since 1988.
"I feel we had a great year and we accomplished a lot," Davis said. "The next year coming up, there's new goals to set and more to accomplish, but we really want to win this bowl. It would be emotional."
The emotions already bubbled over earlier this season for the Broncos.
And Davis was a big part of the reason.
After opening the season with an impressive showing — 10 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Michigan State — Davis proved to be a big-time receiver during an upset at then-No. 24 Toledo the day after Thanksgiving. He finished with six receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns (30 and 76 yards).
"The win over Toledo was my highlight," Davis said. "It's the first win over a Top 25 opponent in program history, so that's big for our confidence — and we needed it."
What Western Michigan needs now, however, is to win the Bahamas Bowl.
And that could hinge on Davis' performance — whether it's his final one for the Broncos or just a beginning to a future that looks bright.
"It's very humbling to see how far I've come and all the people who have helped me throughout the course of my life," Davis said.
"The coaches have definitely helped ... I've been a lot better at catching the ball and my route running has gotten a lot better. I put a lot of emphasis on that during the offseason."
A look at Corey Davis' receiving career at Western Michigan:
Year, Games, Receptions, Yards, TDs
Freshman, 11, 67, 941, 6
Sophomore, 12, 78, 1,408, 15
Junior, 12, 82, 1,253, 11
Totals, 35, 227, 3,602, 32
Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
Kickoff: noon Thursday, Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Records: Western Michigan 7-5, Middle Tennessee 7-5
Line: Western by 4.5
Series: First meeting.
Key matchup: Western Michigan WRs Corey Davis and Daniel Braverman vs. Middle Tennessee secondary. Davis and Braverman each have exceeded 1,200 yards receiving this season, which marks the first time since 2010 that two Football Bowl Subdivision teammates have reached that mark. They're facing a Middle Tennessee defense that has 16 INTs, tied for 15th among all FBS teams. FS Kevin Byard has 19 career interceptions, which matches the highest total among active FBS players.
Players to watch: Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill. Son of Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill, Brent has thrown for 3,678 yards, putting him 379 yards shy of the NCAA freshman record set by Florida State's Jameis Winston in 2013. Western Michigan WR Corey Davis has accumulated 100 yards receiving in six straight games and has 3,602 career yards receiving to lead all active FBS players. His 32 TDs rank him second among all active FBS players, behind only Baylor's Corey Coleman.