Data Scout Notes: 2014: PWCamp/PMaxwell/PDoak/P2ndM/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: 2ndC/2ndM...2012: NA
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08/25/14 - South Carolina's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Mike Davis, Junior...While Davis' talent is clear, there are certainly areas in which he can improve. Davis wore down last season and coughed up critical fumbles against UCF and Missouri. While a reliable receiver out of the backfield, too often Davis resorted to dropping a shoulder or a cut-block when pass protecting, rather than facing up defenders. Davis has good bloodlines. His older brother, James, was a star running back at Clemson and played three seasons in the NFL with Cleveland and Washington.
At this time, he appears likely to beat his brothers' sixth round grade but it is worth remembering that James, too, looked like a star after his sophomore season, rushing for eerily similar numbers (1,187 yards) on the same number of carries (203). The Gamecocks' star runs with greater power and determination but needs to prove that last year's success was no fluke to earn his lofty placement on NFLDraftScout.com's 2016 RB rankings. Unfortunately, he has been listed as questionable for his first opportunity to do so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/25/14 - South Carolina's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Mike Davis, Junior...While perhaps overshadowed by Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon from a national perspective, Davis was arguably the SEC's most effective back in 2013, his first season as a starter. After ranking fourth on the team in rushing (275 yards, two touchdowns) in 2012, Davis rushed for 1,183 yards (fourth-best in school history), caught 34 passes for another 352 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to earn second-team All-SEC honors. 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. He also shows the patience to allow holes to develop, as well as the vision to attack cut-back lanes. Davis is a natural runner with subtleties to his game that help rack up yardage, including good lateral agility, a dead-leg hesitation move, a quality spin and the determination to keep his legs grinding through contact. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/21/14 - South Carolna RB Davis questionable for opener...South Carolina starting running back Mike Davis sat out practice most of the week with injured ribs and coach Steve Spurrier is taking a wait-and-see approach on his status for next Thursday's opener. "Mike Davis has been hurt and hasn't practiced all week," Spurrier told Sports Talk Radio Network. "I don't know if he'll even be able to start." Davis, a junior, was second-team All-SEC in 2013 and has 1,458 rushing yards with seven 100-yard rushing games and 11 career starts. Last season, he had 203 carries for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns. Minor injuries have slowed Davis in the past. His backups are Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson, both juniors. "We've got Brandon Wilds," said Spurrier. "He's ready to go. We're in good shape there. - The Sports Xchange
08/09/14 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RB Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)...Talented junior tailback who is an all-star candidate after earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2013 when he logged the fourth-most single-season rushing yards in school history... earned a spot on Phil Steele's and Athlon's preseason third-team All-America squad... regarded as a second-team preseason All-SEC selection by both publications... ranks 26th in school history with 1,458 rushing yards... has seven 100-yard rushing games and 11 starts. - South Carolina football
08/09/14 - 2014 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Mike Davis (Jr.), South Carolina...Running back who earned second-team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches, the A.P., Athlon and College Sports Madness... ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, carrying 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns... his 1,183 yards rushing is the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history, behind only George Rogers (twice) and Marcus Lattimore... his 11 rushing TD's tied for the sixth-highest single-season total... the 203 carries was the seventh-highest mark in a season... also caught 34 passes (second on the squad) for 352 yards... was fifth in the league and 37th nationally with 127.9 all-purpose yards per game. - South Carolina football