South Carolinas Mike Davis leads the SEC and is 11th in the country in rushing this season with 117.6 yards per game. In the Gamecocks victory against Mississippi State, the USC sophomore running back joined the teams prestigious 1,000-yard club.
Davis has 166 carries for 1,058 yards this season, with at least four games remaining to pad his total. Davis is the eighth player in South Carolina history to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing in a season, and The State reached out to some of those former Gamecocks to get their opinion of Davis.
I think he should get the ball more, thats what I think about him. Hes a great running back. Hes showing hes got the speed. Marcus Lattimore was great running back, and and I dont think he has the speed Davis has. Hes got some speed like I had. I wasnt slow. I dont remember getting caught from behind. Might have, but dont remember it. Davis also has some wiggle. He can make a move on you. If he aint a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy next year, they ought to cut it out. I dont want to the be only one to win the Heisman Trophy at South Carolina. Its been fun, but nobody else can ever be first. There aint no question, I think hes got Heisman Trophy ability, but hes not going to get it getting 12 and 15 carries. You have to run him 22, 25 times a game so he can get some yards. They are running 13 and 15 times and ,letting the other guy come in and run 10. When I was playing, you stayed out there on the field. Give it to No. 28 and tell them to get out of the way. You have to throw the ball some I know, but Im talking about give it to him some times in a row. Not two or three timese in a row. Hes got to run it like 10 times in a row if hes making yards. Youve got to get that lather up. Get that sweat going, then you are running.
I get to watch every game on Saturdays. Honestly, Im not surprised that it happened. Hes got everything you want in a running back. If he keeps his head straight, and he doesnt look at all the hype that hes going to receive next year, hes going to go down as one of the best running backs ever in the SEC. First of all, hes got everything you want in a running back quickness, speed, power. And he uses it while hes running. For example, when he gets the ball, and he sees the seam, hes going to hit it with his quickness, with his speed, with his power. He can bring it inside, cut it inside. Hes got great feet, too. His footwork is, I think, thats what separates him from everybody else.
Hes a very good runner. If he sticks around, he might get a few more records. Hes a good combination. Hes got the running back genes, the power, speed, quickness, great eyesight. Hes what you want in a back. I think its a little tougher (to rush for 1,000 yards today) because you dont have your traditional backfield so much. They use a fullback, but heres a guy pretty much playing in a passing offense. There is a lot of zone blocking and running. I dont know if I could run in that offense. I dont know if hell get enough touches to be able to (contend for a Heisman Trophy in the future).
-- Josh Kendall and David Cloninger
USCS 1,000-YARD RUSHERS
Gamecocks running backs who have gained more than 1,000 yards in a season:
|1. George Rogers (1980)||1,894|
|2. George Rogers (1979)||1,681|
|3. Marcus Lattimore (2010)||1,197|
|4. Kevin Long (1975)||1,133|
|5. Duce Staley (1996)||1,116|
|6. Clarence Williams (1975)||1,073|
|7. Derek Watson (2000)||1,066|
|8. Mike Davis (2013)||1,058|
|9. Harold Green (1987)||1,022|
|10. George Rogers (1978)||1,006|