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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 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. Dec 25 - 2:10 PM

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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
Dec 17 - 2:56 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.
Nov 29 - 3:35 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.
Nov 16 - 7:03 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.
Nov 15 - 3:52 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.
Nov 12 - 4:17 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.
Nov 5 - 9:23 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.
Nov 2 - 8:13 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.
Oct 26 - 9:49 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.
Oct 24 - 4:24 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.
Oct 18 - 3:21 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.
Oct 6 - 5:16 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 22 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Missouri.

He added two catches for 31 yards. The 104 rushing yards were a season-high for Davis, who suffered from a rib injury earlier this year. Through five games, he has 368 yards on a 4.6 yard per carry average. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Sep 28 - 9:22 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 17 carries for 82 yards in Saturday's win against Vanderbilt.

He added four receptions for 30 yards. Davis' production was expected to spike with Connor Shaw off to the NFL, but he instead failed to exceed 101 rushing yards in four games. It's fair to note that he struggled through a rib injury over the summer, an injury that made him doubtful for the opener. It's possible he still isn't 100-percent.
Sep 21 - 9:45 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 17 carries for 66 yards in Saturday's win against Georgia.

The Gamecocks, given up for dead after their high-profile blowout loss to Texas A&M in the first game of the season, now have quality wins in the last two weeks (they knocked off small-school darling East Carolina in Week 2). They have also won 20 of 21 at home, so this "upset" win wasn't terribly surprising. In the week leading up to the game, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Davis "isn't too far behind" Georgia's Todd Gurley "in terms of natural talent." Gurley very clearly outplayed Davis today.
Sep 13 - 10:35 PM