Data Scout Notes: 2014: NAC...PWCamp/PMaxwell/PDoak/P2ndM/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: 2ndC/2ndM...2012: NA
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12/30/14 - South Carolina RB Mike Davis announces he will enter NFL Draft...South Carolina junior running back Mike Davis announced Thursday during a media availability that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Davis, the Gamecocks' leading rusher in each of the last two seasons with 1,183 yards in 2013 and 927 yards so far in 2014, will play his final game with South Carolina (6-6) in the Independence Bowl on Saturday. "Yeah, it's officially my last game," he told a group of reporters including Josh Kendall of The State, who captured Davis' comments on camera, after Thursday's practice. "I always want to go out with a bang. I just tell my teammates that I love them. I've enjoyed this long ride. I knew when I was coming down here and I had already made my decision, I even started bringing the camera in and started recording my last moments with my teammates." Davis, who worked his way through an up-and-down junior campaign, is looking to become just the second player in program history with more than one 1,000-yard season. - Adam Silverstein, CBSSports.com
10/22/14 - Mike Davis rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with a 41-10 victory over FCS opponent Furman on Saturday. The Gamecocks (4-3) also got a pair of touchdown passes from Dylan Thompson in putting away the Paladins (2-5), the defending Southern Conference champions who have lost five straight this season. The win moved South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to 51-0 all-time against teams outside the Power 5 or BCS-qualifying conferences. Davis went over 100 yards for the third straight game and fourth time this season. His 5-yard TD run in the opening quarter broke a 7-all tie and put the Gamecocks ahead to stay. He added a 2-yard scoring run just before halftime for a 28-7 lead.
Thompson finished 14 of 22 for 262 yards, his highest total in four games since passing for 271 yards in a 38-35 win over Georgia on Sept. 13. Backup runner David Williams had 110 yards in relief of Davis. It was the first time in seven years South Carolina's had two players rush for over 100 yards. Hank McCloud had 106 yards rushing for Furman, including its lone touchdown as he outran South Carolina's defenders on a 60-yard burst. The Paladins managed just a Hunter Townes' 29-yard field goal the rest of the way. - AP Sports
10/02/14 - South Carolina's Mike Davis believes he's ready to start having the season he and many others expected from him when the year began. The Gamecocks' 1,000-yard rusher was one of the most dynamic backs in the Southeastern Conference a year ago, breaking tackles and breaking long runs to help his team go 11-2. But Davis has been bothered by rib problems and a sore ankle through the first month. He said he feels healthier than he has all season as South Carolina (3-2, 2-2 SEC) heads to Kentucky (3-1, 1-1) on Saturday. "I can tell you I feel better than I had a couple of weeks back," he said this week. That's welcome news for a South Carolina team needing playmakers.
Davis showed signs of the player he was in 2013, putting up 104 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Gamecocks' 21-20 loss to Missouri last weekend. It just Davis' second game of 100 yards this season. He had seven such showings in South Carolina's opening nine games last fall and finished with 1,183 yards, the fourth highest single-season total in school history. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis was considered a likely candidate to jump to the NFL - Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said as much several times this offseason - with a similarly strong season. Davis acknowledge in August that if he performed the way he knew he could, the NFL was his next step. - AP Sports
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