Mike Davis questionable for A&M

August 20, 2014 

Mike Davis at South Carolina's Saturday practice and scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

Top running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful Mike Davis is questionable for No. 9 South Carolina’s season-opener hosting No. 21 Texas A&M in a week.

“Mike Davis has been hurt, he hasn’t practiced all week,” coach Steve Spurrier told the Sportstalk radio network after Wednesday’s practice. “I don’t know if he’d even be able to start or not. But we got Brandon Wilds, he’s ready to go. Shon Carson, Dave Williams, so we’re in good shape there.”

Wednesday’s practice was closed with no media availability afterward. A USC sports information official was unclear as to why Sportstalk was able to speak to Spurrier at the end of practice.

Davis missed the second straight day of practice with what he described as a rib injury. He told The State on Tuesday night that it wasn’t anything serious. Running backs coach Everette Sands also told The State that it wasn’t anything to worry about.

But Spurrier said, “He hasn’t practiced much, so we’ll see how much he’s ready to play for the game.”

The Gamecocks are already down their starting right guard in Mike Matulis, who suffered a sprained left knee in their last scrimmage. One of his potential backups, Cody Waldrop, has also missed two straight days of practice with an oblique injury. Will Sport has been taking reps at right guard in Matulis’ and Waldrop’s place.

USC’s coaches are scheduled to speak at the end of Thursday’s practice, which begins at 4:15 p.m.

No. 2?: Spurrier also said that the battle for backup quarterback remains unsolved. While Connor Mitch is thought to be the top choice, Spurrier said after Saturday’s scrimmage that Perry Orth would be the guy if the game was on Sunday.

“It’s still up in the air between those two guys, Perry Orth and Connor Mitch,” Spurrier told Sportstalk. “We don’t have to make that decision unless Dylan (Thompson) gets hurt.”

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