Remember when we were all left in the dark concerning Jadeveon Clowney’s nagging injuries last season and whether or not he would play each week?
It’s happening again with a preseason Heisman candidate, but this time, the player is on Steve Spurrier’s side of the football and he hasn’t questioned his work ethic, yet.
Last week, the Head Ball Coach said South Carolina running back Mike Davis was questionable before the season opener after missing substantial practice time with bruised ribs, but he played against Texas A&M and didn’t look his best in minimal action.
On Sunday, Spurrier listed Davis as ‘sort of doubtful’ for this weekend’s matchup with East Carolina.
He backpedaled Tuesday, saying this: “I think he’s going to be available now. He’s got some treatment on his bruised ribs. There’s a good chance he’ll be available.”
Which one is it?
Maybe it’s best Spurrier no longer answers questions about injuries, keeps it in-house and just takes the wait and see approach on gamedays.
When he’s done that, the plan has worked.
Last fall, Spurrier said Connor Shaw didn’t need surgery but listed his veteran leader as doubtful in prep for the Mizzou. Shaw ended up playing through pain during the fourth quarter and overtime, propelling the Gamecocks to victory.
During the 2012 campaign, South Carolina’s all-time winningest quarterback was a game-time scratch against Clemson, an update Spurrier kept from the media — and Dabo Swinney — throughout the week. Dylan Thompson started and led his team to a win.
It could be worse — we could all be waiting on a verbal barb from the HBC about Davis’ less-than-ideal work ethic if he stays on the mend. That would be the Clowney-approach, but we’re not there yet.
Ineffective during the second half of last season, Davis wasn’t himself down the stretch and was bothered by ankle and shoulder problems that caused him to miss the Coastal Carolina game.
Pressed to speak on his running back’s recent injury history on Tuesday, Spurrier said he wasn’t worried about it becoming an issue.
“Well, he has been banged up a little bit,” Spurrier said. “He pulled a hamstring during the summer and missed about half the workouts during the summer. He was running full go before he had the bruised ribs. He should be back ready to go.”
We’ll know more about Davis, who practiced on Tuesday, after the East Carolina game, but at this point we know very little other than his occasional tweets.
Good day of Practicing and running full speed
— IG Mike28Davis (@Mike28davis) September 3, 2014