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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

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said "We all expect to be back next season, and we’ll go from there."

The low-rolling whispers about the Ol' Ball Coach potentially stepping down rose to a consistent chatter after Spurrier walked out of a press conference without taking questions following the team's loss to Kentucky."I know it’s normal any time a coach has done it as long as I have, and when his team’s not doing very well, that there’s going to always be that speculation," Spurrier later told ESPN. "I’m just trying to stay out of all that conversation right now. That’s why I’m sticking to my only real comment about it, and that is that we all expect to be back." His team is 2-5 in the SEC and ranked 107th in the nation in terms of points allowed.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 14 - 5:03 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

Florida HC Will Muschamp believes South Carolina redshirt senior AJ Cann is "probably the best guard in the league."

The only competition might come from Alabama's Arie Kouandjio and Texas A&M Jarvis Harrison, who recently moved to left tackle. Cann has played at a high level for most of the season, although he does have a habit of overextending.
Nov 12 - 1:47 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said that there would be a place with the school for former South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore.

Lattimore announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. His career was derailed by a gruesome knee injury in 2012. The 49ers drafted Lattimore, but the back was never able to take the field with the team. "Getting my knee fully back to the level the NFL demands has proven to be insurmountable," Lattimore said. He'll return to South Carolina to finish earning his degree. Coach Spurrier said, "If [Lattimore] wants to come back and work at the University of South Carolina, certainly the president, athletics director or myself -- whatever we could find job-wise for him here, we would certainly do that."
Nov 5 - 7:44 PM

South Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson "is an enigma" for CBS Sports Dane Brugler as as a NFL prospect.

"South Carolina LT Corey Robinson is an enigma for me as a NFL prospect. Gets away with a lot of mistakes due to his natural length/size. Improved in 2014," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-8, 341-pound Robinson is easy to dream on, with an enticing blend of size, strength and surprising athleticism. Moving forward, Robinson will need to clean up his technique to be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Nov 5 - 3:28 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 HC Steve Spurrier said that he planned on remaining at head coach in 2015.

"The plan is to definitely be back here and so forth," said Spurrier. This is the most that Spurrier would say about his expectations for 2015. South Carolina has been one of the biggest disappointments in the college game this season, as they began the season with title hopes and have floundered to a 4-5 record. The team is last in the SEC defensively. "I was telling our coaching staff, 'I think Taylor Swift’s got a song called ‘Shake it Off,’" Spurrier said. "That’s what we’re trying to do, shake it off and get ready for the Florida Gators next week." It is, indeed, a dark season if Spurrier is reaching to Taylor Swift for inspiration.
Nov 4 - 5:48 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman Na'Ty Rodgers has been reinstated.

Rodgers did not dress for the Gamecocks' loss to Kentucky, and had reportedly been dismissed from the team on Sunday for unspecified reasons. "He had some problems with some team policies and so forth," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "I think we all felt it was better if he moved on." The reports indicated that Rodgers would transfer. This is now no longer the case, as he was back with the team on Monday. He is also being moved from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive, according to a team source. Rodgers was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. His college career is off to a strange start.
Nov 4 - 5:00 PM

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 redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "was dominant in every area" on Saturday versus Auburn, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The [Gamecocks] rolled up 535-yards of combined offense as Cann opened massive holes for the running game while easily handling opponents to protect his quarterback," Pauline wrote. "He’s a thick and powerful blocker that has no problem holding the point of attack. Better in a small area, scouts love Cann, who should be off the board by the time the third round ends next April." The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann has started for the Gamecocks since Day 1. He is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month.
Oct 27 - 10:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has been "slightly disappointed" with South Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson, though NFL scouts apparently disagree with him.

"A year ago at this time I was touting Robinson as one of the better offensive tackles in the nation and graded him as a first round pick," Pauline wrote. "I’ve been slightly disappointed in his play this season as I expected more dominance and progress from the massive blocker. That opinion is not shared by a number of area scouts who have given Robinson high grades for his play in 2014. How high are those grades? At this point the first round grade I gave him a year ago seems on the mark, though its likely to be later in the frame." The 6-foot-8, 341-pound Robinson is easy to dream on, with an enticing blend of size, strength and surprising athleticism. He needs to clean up his technique, however.
Oct 27 - 5:34 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


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