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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 was held to 15 rushing yards on six carries in the team's 52-28 loss to Texas A&M.
Davis dealt with a rib injury prior to this game, however, he mocked reports that stated he might not be 100 percent. Steve Spurrier seemed to think it was not the correct choice for Davis to play the first snap, as Brandon Wilds ended up getting the start and receiving nine carries compared to Davis' six. Wilds was more effective than Davis as well. Don't get us wrong, we still think Davis will have a great season. He is a very good running back prospect. Aug 28 - 10:18 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis as the No. 4 running back prospect.

"Davis was one of the toughest runners in college football last season, not wearing down even while dealing with multiple nagging injuries," McShay wrote. "He grades out well in terms of both agility and power -- he doesn't have elite top-end speed, but he shows a second gear and the acceleration to turn the corner, and he's tough to bring down once he has built up momentum. He is light on his feet and makes efficient cuts in the open field, with an effective spin move. He also does well in the passing game with soft hands and quickness in getting upfield after the catch." Davis has dealt with a rib injury in camp, but HC Steve Spurrier recently said he thinks the junior will be 100 percent for the team's season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 3:43 PM

At his Sunday press conference, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said he thinks junior RB Mike Davis will be 100 percent for the team's season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday.

"We have several good running backs," Spurrier started. "...[We also have] Brandon Wilds, Shon Carson and David Williams, David was held out last year, so we have good running backs." Davis recently mocked the talk that he might miss the season opener via social media. Davis is South Carolina's top offensive player and should be the focal point of their gameplan.
Source: KBTX
Aug 25 - 9:23 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL."

"Davis sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL. When presented with a hole, Davis accelerates through it quickly and has enough straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks, with four of his touchdowns last season coming from 45-plus yards," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement and reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. The Gamecocks prospect ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, rushing for 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns, which is the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:08 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis is questionable for the team's season opener against Texas A&M.

The running back is dealing with a rib injury, but it does not appear to be serious. "Mike Davis has been hurt; he hasn't practiced all week," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "I don't know if he'd even be able to start or not." Rotoworld contributor Cian Fahey recently detailed Davis' game and believes he "will be at his best running behind zone-blocking schemes that let him focus on making one cut before accelerating into space." Davis missed one game last season due to injury.
Aug 21 - 9:47 AM

NFL.com ranks South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis as the No. 19 overall player in college football.

"He reminds me of former Florida Gators star Fred Taylor with his all-around combination of speed and power," staff writer Chase Goodbread said. Davis is overshadowed by Georgia's Todd Gurley when experts discuss SEC running backs, but he shouldn't be forgotten. "He's coming off a monster season and he should be even better in 2014. He has outstanding vision, balance and toughness," Daniel Jeremiah said. The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement and reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "With his speed, he can break a big run off, but he's also stout enough to pound it between the tackles 20 times a game," Bryan Fischer said. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects Davis to declare for the NFL Draft after this season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 3:54 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis said "helping my family" is his primary consideration when considering jumping to the pros.

"I haven't given it any thought. It's always about helping my family," Davis said when asked if he'll leave college early for the NFL next year. His coach, Steve Spurrier, expects Davis to declare for the NFL draft after this coming season. "Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro," Spurrier said last month. "And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs."
Aug 3 - 9:10 PM

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects junior RB Mike Davis to declare for the NFL draft after this coming season.

So long as there isn't an injury or dropoff in production, his coach expects 2014 to mark Davis' last fall in Columbia. "Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro," Spurrier said. "And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs." Davis reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL," USC RB coach Everette Sands said. "Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL." Davis is considered one of the five best draft-eligible RB prospects.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:00 PM

NFL scouts will monitor South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "to see if he can carry the load as a pro," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement. He reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "Davis is a power runner with nifty feet and outstanding balance," Brooks wrote. "He slithers through traffic between the tackles, yet displays the strength and power to run through contact on the second level. As a result, Davis routinely breaks off big gains against loaded defenses geared to stop the Gamecocks' potent running game."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:08 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis is "pretty close" to 100-percent health, according to running backs coach Everette Sands.

Davis enters the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin with 1,134 rushing yards this season. The sophomore, however, averaged just 2.7 yards per carry in the final three games as he suffered from shoulder, rib and ankle injuries. "He's had some really good days of practice here," Sands said. "I am looking forward to him being close to full strength and do some things and get back to that old Mike Davis."
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:43:00 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis rushed for 128 yards on 15 carries in a 34-16 win over Mississippi State.

Davis added 26 receiving yards on two catches. The sophomore uncharacteristically fumbled a few chances away in the past few weeks, but he is back on track and remains one of the top prospects at his position.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 05:32:00 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the schools 23-21 loss to Tennessee.

Davis added 16 yards on two catches. We expected South Carolina to test the edge more often, since Vol linebacker A.J. Johnson struggles to run laterally, but Davis did make the most of many carries. He broke one for a long of 45 yards. He should be mentioned among the top sophomore backs in the country.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 04:34:00 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis took 19 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown in a 52-7 win over Arkansas.

Davis is one of the top running backs in the country, and hopefully he starts drawing his deserved recognition. Davis, who is built like a fire hydrant, is not just a power back despite his tendency to consistently beat first contact. The compact runner has plenty of long speed as well.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 03:40:00 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in a 28-25 win over UCF.

Yeldon, Gurley, and Johnson steal true sophomore running back headlines, but Davis deserves to be in that conversation. The Gamecock is a truck with great vision, patience, and long speed. He's been a nice surprise all season.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 04:13:00 PM

South Carolina sophomore RB Mike Davis rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 35-25 win over Vanderbilt.

These might not be big numbers, but Davis continues to show excellent power running and underrated foot speed. Our own Josh Norris thinks Davis is a better player than Marcus Lattimore was following his first surgery, and the Gamecocks would be wise to ride the sophomore all season.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 09:39:00 AM