Mike Davis is a violent and physical running back, and he says things could become scarier in 2014.
Davis recently told ESPN that he’s going to run angry this season and make his presence known.
“I’m going to run angry next season, and everybody’s going to know about it,” said Davis.
Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns in his very first full season with the Gamecocks as the starter. Davis defines workhorse; his 203 carries were good for fourth in the SEC, trailing only Auburn’s Tre Mason, Tennessee’s Rajion Neal and Alabama’s TJ Yeldon.
I like to describe Davis as a bully. He’s one of those players who defenders just get tired of tackling in the fourth quarter, as the continual pounding starts to take its toll on would-be tacklers.
For much of the first half of last season, Davis was the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year and should have garnered more Heisman love than he did. Davis was the SEC’s only player to record two 70-plus yard runs during the season, a season that saw his team win another 11 games.
A hugely overlooked aspect of Davis’ game is blocking and receiving. He reminds me of Marcus Lattimore, the former do-it-all back for South Carolina who nabbed 74 career receptions for 767 yards and three touchdowns. In 2013, Davis caught 34 passes for 352 yards, averaging over 10 yards per reception.
The best thing going for Davis is that South Carolina returns a very veteran and talented offensive line, maybe the best of the Steve Spurrier era. Along with veteran trench play, Davis will have Brandon Wilds (assuming he can stay healthy), Shon Carson and David Williams backing him up and allow him to save some miles on his tread before draft day comes calling.
“You’re going to see a totally different person. I’m not going to lie,” Davis told ESPN. “I did a lot to help myself and better myself this offseason, trying to stay healthy. I’m as healthy as I’ve ever been, and being around our guys has helped me be a better teammate.”
Davis sounds like a man on a mission.
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