2014 SEC Top 100 Countdown: No. 5 Mike Davis, South Carolina
We’ve reached the Top 10 of our Top 100 SEC players list and will unveil the remaining players daily leading up to opening night on Aug. 28.
5. Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina
What’s not to love about the Gamecocks’ bundle of muscle, human wrecking ball? The Georgia native’s elusive enough to put bearing down safeties on skates (see Tennessee film), can shake off a linebacker with his strength and has breakaway speed NFL scouts are raving about. Signed in 2012 to eventually replace Marcus Lattimore as South Carolina’s featured back, Davis got his first real chance last fall during his sophomore campaign after competing for the job with Brandon Wilds. He’ll get even more of the pie this season and is the centerpiece of a new-look offense featuring Dylan Thompson sans Connor Shaw at quarterback and the emerging Pharoh Cooper taking Bruce Ellington’s place.
Banged up with nagging shoulder and ankle issues, Davis tailed off a bit down the stretch in 2013, but still managed to finish with 1,183 yards — the fourth-best single season in school history — and 11 touchdowns. He caught at least two passes in nine games and became the security blanket underneath on third-and-a-couple situations.
2013 statistics: 203 carries, 1,183 yds, 11 TD; 34 catches, 352 yds
2014 projection: 239 carries, 1,256 yds, 10 TD; 36 catches, 399 yds, 2 TD