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Mike Davis | Running Back

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'9 / 223

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South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "is a virtual bowling ball whose strength lies in his determined, powerful downhill running," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"[Davis'] low center of gravity, balance and power make him an ideal finisher," wrote the analyst. "With 'just' 982 rushing yards this season, Davis wasn't able to match last year's breakout performance. His no-nonsense game, however, projects well to the next level." The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis announced last week that he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. This year's running back class is outstanding, featuring elite prospects and good overall depth. That might be bad news for the Gamecock prospect. Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:19:00 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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NFL scouts have questioned South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis' conditioning and focus, calling it the "Clowney syndrome," reports to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Davis failed to crack 1,000 rushing yards in his final collegiate season and last broke the century mark two-and-a-half months ago. We've also been disappointed by the on-field sluggishness we've seen. "Davis has the compact, physical build for the NFL, running behind his pads and low to the ground to violently work off contact and finish runs," Brugler wrote. "He carries the ball with easy burst and an aggressive mentality, but runs into his own blockers too often and his vision and anticipation showed some rust as a junior. Davis has a versatile skill-set to be an effective receiver with soft hands and experience running routes. However, his work ethic and durability need vetting before a team invests a pick as high as his talent says he should go." The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis grades out as as the No. 7 RB in the 2015 class by NFLDraftScout.com, which projects him to go in the top-75. We wouldn't be shocked if he slips into Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 01:26:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis ran for 55 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 24-21 Independence Bowl win over Miami.

He added two receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown. It was another disappointing performance for Davis, who didn't miss a game with injury but nonetheless finished below 1,000 rushing yards in his last collegiate season. He last ran for 100 yards against Furman in mid-October. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis could go in the latter stages of Day 2, and we wouldn't be surprised if he lasts until Day 3, either.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:36:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis confirmed he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Davis' final game will be against Miami, and he and Duke Johnson will be showcasing their skills in the same contest. Davis has not crossed the 100 yard mark in the last five games, however, he still offers late second or third day ability as well as passing down skills.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 02:10:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "has been somewhat of an overlooked prospect due to his mediocre 2014 season," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"In a loaded class of junior running backs, Davis has been somewhat of an overlooked prospect due to his mediocre 2014 season," Brugler writes. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis rushed for 927 rushing yards, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry in 2014, but Brugler notes that "more was expected of Davis," who finished 2013 with 1,183 rushing yards and 5.8 yards per carry. Production wise, it has been a very bad season for Davis. We still contend he has plenty of skill and could warrant a third- or fourth-round draft pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:56:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries in the school's 35-17 loss to Clemson.

South Carolina was down 21-7 at halftime and abandoned the run, instead focusing on a inept passing attack. Production wise, it has been a very bad season for Davis. We still contend he has plenty of skill and could warrant a third- or fourth-round draft pick.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 03:35:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said that junior RB Mike Davis might participate in so-called "senior day" activities this week.

This is most notable because Davis is not, in fact, a senior. Should it be true, it would be a very real sign that the junior is looking toward the NFL Draft in April. The junior/wannabe-senior has rushed for 875 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. It's fair to wonder if the recent knee injury suffered by Todd Gurley might scare some juniors into declaring. The flip-side of this is Marcus Mariota, who suffered through his own knee scares last autumn, opted to stay in school and is now well on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy and a Top-3 selection.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:03:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the school's 20-17 OT win over Florida.

Davis added another 23 yards in the air. The junior was held to a long run of 10 yards and briefly left with an injury. It has not been an outstanding season for Davis and especially not for South Carolina, but expect him to be in the NFL next season.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:52:00 PM

SI.com's Inside Read notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis' college situation is similar to the one former Arkansas RB Knile Davis went through.

Mike Davis is playing on a 4-5 South Carolina squad and to outside observers, his season has been viewed as something of a disappointment given high expectations entering in the preseason. He's rushed for 834 yards and eight touchdowns on 158 carries. One scout compared him to former Arkansas runner Knile Davis. "Everybody thought Knile Davis was terrible. He was fumbling the ball. He was kind of not there. Production was down. Team wasn’t good. Now, look he’s making plays." That same scout projects Davis (South Carolina version) as a third or fourth team pick.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 04:17:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier expects junior RB Mike Davis to participate in Senior Day.

Prospects participating in Senior Day typically means they plan to declare for the NFL draft. Spurrier brought up other names, like running back Brandon Wilds and offensive tackle Brandon Shell and "I am not sure, maybe a few of the defensive guys." The head coach did note it is okay for players to walk twice if they decide to return.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 09:23:00 AM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 69 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's 45-42 overtime loss to Tennessee.

He also had a 34-yard reception. Davis was overshadowed by backup Brandon Wilds, who rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. If Davis' ability was as prestigious as his confidence -- TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported last month that Davis "feels he’ll be as highly rated as Todd Gurley come draft day" -- he'd be a top-10 pick. Back here on earth, he's cracked 100 yards just four times this year, and exceeded 105 yards twice. If South Carolina doesn't make a bowl, Davis might not match last season's 1,183 rushing yards.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 08:13:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 88 yards on 21 carries in the school's 42-35 loss to Auburn.

Davis did most of his damage in the air, catching six passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The six catches include an opening drive 24 yard screen pass that featured a few nifty moves and a 27 yard touchdown catch. These receiving exposures will only help Davis' evaluation.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 09:49:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "feels he’ll be as highly rated as Todd Gurley come draft day."

"I’m told Davis and his people have been vetting agents. I’m also told Davis is not lacking for confidence and feels he’ll be as highly rated as Todd Gurley come draft day," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis recently rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the school's 41-10 win over Furman last Saturday. The South Carolina prospect has been productive as of late and could be a top-75 selection. Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:24:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the school's 41-10 win over Furman.

Davis' highlight of the day occurred on a five yard touchdown run, which saw him throw a Furman defender to the ground with an emphatic stiff arm. Davis is likely NFL bound and has started to produce more in the last three weeks. He could be a top-75 selection. Davis added a 24 yard reception in this contest.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 03:21:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 23 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Kentucky.

He added two catches for eight yards. Davis started off the season slow while suffering from a rib injury -- he was held below 100 yards in three of four games with a high of 101 -- but has been dynamite in the Gamecocks' last two games, rushing for 104 and 183 yards, respectively. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 05:16:00 PM