Mike Davis named to Phil Steele Midseason All-American team

GoGamecocks staff reportsOctober 18, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks running back Mike Davis (28) breaks free from the grasp of Arkansas linebacker Austin Jones (49) on a big run in the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Saturday, October 12, 2013.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina sophomore running back Mike Davis has been selected to Phil Steele’s third-team Midseason All-American squad, it was announced Friday.

Davis, a 5-9, 215-pounder from Lithonia, Ga., leads the SEC in rushing halfway through the season. The sophomore back is averaging 123.7 yards per game on the ground, the nation's 10th-best mark. Davis is second in the league in all-purpose yards (154.5) and is tied for first in scoring (9.0). He has five 100-yard rushing games in six outings this season, with three runs of over 50 yards.

Davis is joined by Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey as the running back tandem on the third team unit. First team running back honors went to Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Washington’s Bishop Sankey. Andre Williams of Boston College and Lache Seastruck of Baylor were selected as the second-team running backs.

Davis and LSU's Jeremy Hill (fourth team) are the only SEC running backs on Steele's midseason teams.

Earlier this week, Davis and junior offensive guard A.J. Cann were midseason first-team All-SEC selections. Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was a second-team pick, while junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney garnered third-team honors, according to Steele.

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