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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

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

ESPN's Kevin Weidl says South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson "needs to show he's ready to be the guy for SC."

"Inconsistent tape last year," the analyst tweeted. "Fortunately will have a strong supporting cast." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced in January that Thompson would take over for Connor Shaw. Thompson threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his two starts, both wins, last season while filling in for an injured Shaw. "The loss of Connor Shaw not only in terms of his play but the absence of his grit and leadership can't be overestimated for SC," Weidl added. The Gamecocks face another rough schedule with road games at defending SEC champion Auburn, Florida, and a rematch with Clemson in Death Valley.
Aug 24 - 10:55 PM

South Carolina senior S Brison Williams is "considered a jack-of-all-trades," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Williams is the veteran of South Carolina's defense and is considered a jack-of-all-trades who can line up either safety position, as well as cornerback," Rang wrote. In two years as a starter, Williams has collected 84 tackles, seven passes broken up and three interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder has already made 24 career starts.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 11:22 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior DT J.T. Surratt is "too short to get into quarterbacks' field of vision to deflect passes and has shorter-than-ideal arms," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Surratt is the only returning starter of an amazing defensive line that last year was led by Jadeveon Clowney. "Surratt possesses a thick, powerful frame that helps him anchor against the run," Rang wrote. "He uses his natural leverage advantage to get under the pads of opponents and he locates the ball quickly. He is strong enough to stand his ground and grab runners attempting to slip past him for tackles near the line of scrimmage. Surratt's plays with a high-revving engine, showing good effort in lateral and downfield pursuit, as well as surprising agility and acceleration for his stubby frame." The fifth-year senior collected 33 tackles, including four for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Though Rang likes his effort, he believes the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Surratt "does not possess ideal length."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 9:23 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior OT Brandon Shell needs to work on his technique, writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Hall of Famer Art Shell's nephew "is every bit as athletic as his counterpart" Corey Robinson, writes Rang, "but isn't yet as sound, too often dropping his head on contact (inviting swim moves) and catching rather than controlling his opponents." Shell has already made 23 starts despite having two seasons of eligibility remaining. "The tools are certainly there to develop," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 7:17 PM

South Carolina senior TE Rory Anderson is a "hybrid" type who can both catch and block, observes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

A torn right triceps late in spring practices tempered some of the expectations being placed on Anderson this fall. He's iffy for the team's opener August 28 against Texas A&M, but will play in 2014. Over 38 career appearances (13 starts), Anderson has averaged 17.8 yards per reception (39 receptions for 694 yards and eight touchdowns). "Anderson has good initial burst and agility to gain separation off the line of scrimmage and showed good hands on the tape reviewed," Rang wrote. "Unlike many other 'hybrid' tight end/receivers across the country, Anderson seems to enjoy the physical battles at the line of scrimmage, showing surprising strength and tenacity while blocking. He is quick and competitive when sealing the edge and works to sustain his blocks."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 6:16 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme."

"Cann is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme. He lumbers rather than springs off the snap and struggles to beat secondary defenders to the action," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 314 pound Cann has been a mainstay for South Carolina at left guard, as he has started 38 of 39 games, since redshirting back in 2010.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:24 PM

Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson's "combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Robinson isn't a future Pro Bowl left tackle but his combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL, where he could compete for a starting spot (likely at right tackle) early in pro career," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-8, 341 pound Robinson is "surprisingly coordinated" with his massive frame and "extends his left leg deep behind him to help protect the edge, making him more effective against speed rushers," Rang notes. Robinson will have to improve his technique to be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM

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

ESPN's Kevin Weidl "can't stop watching" South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann.

"Strong inline power with natural flexibility in lower half," Weidl wrote. "Big big fan." Cann strongly considered turning pro over the winter, requesting feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. He decided to return to school for his final season of eligibility and was named to Phil Steele's and Athlon's preseason first-team All-America and first-team All-SEC squads. NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 2 senior OG in the country.
Aug 7 - 8:14 PM

After South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier suggested a position switch, redshirt sophomore QB Brendan Nosovitch is considering a transfer.

Nosovitch is "weighing his options," per Spurrier and did not participate in Thursday's practice. Nosovitch was once a high profiled quarterback recruit but is listed as fourth on the depth chart. Apparently he has impressed as a tight end and Spurrier has called him an "athlete," but that position is also deep for the Gamecocks.
Source: The State
Aug 7 - 10:31 AM


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