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Steve Spurrier expects Mike Davis to turn pro after season

Mike Davis

South Carolina RB Mike Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a sophomore. If he has a similar junior campaign, Davis won’t return to Columbia for his senior season.

“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff after his annual media golf event Thursday. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs.”

After Spurrier watched former RB Marcus Lattimore suffer two major knee injuries, which put his potential professional career in jeopardy, the coach’s only recourse is to recommend Davis leaves after this season, whether he has an outstanding year or not.

“The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL,” South Carolina running backs coach Everette Sands told Aschoff. “Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL.”

South Carolina will help Davis by employing a running back rotation this fall with fellow juniors Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson in the backfield. This will prevent some of the wear and tear other feature backs around the country will experience.

While Davis isn’t considered the top running back prospect potentially available for the 2015 NFL draft — that distinction belongs to Georgia’s Todd Gurley — his size (5-9, 223) coupled with a physical running style projects well to the next level. Early projections rank Davis as a Top 5 prospect at his position prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Davis’ ability to play at a high level and avoid injuries will set him up to make an easy decision after the season.

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10 Responses to “Steve Spurrier expects Mike Davis to turn pro after season”
  1. floridacock says: Jul 27, 2014 7:56 PM

    Spurrier knows who should go and who should not. Players need to listen to him. The ones who don’t, wish they had.

  2. onlyoneleft says: Jul 27, 2014 8:55 PM

    Who has him as top 5 at his position?

  3. kitwor says: Jul 28, 2014 6:36 AM

    David Williams should also be a part of the Gamecocks backfield

  4. jonkybon says: Jul 28, 2014 7:24 AM

    Too funny how people actually think The Ole Drunk Sack still has anything to do with the day to day operations of the Jailcocks.

    If Cock Lovers had a clue, they’d know Spurrier Jr (a very fine coach and HC in training) runs the team. They wheel Slurrier out for public speaking, recruiting and as the face of the team. If you doubt me, hang out at the Augusta CC a few days. If there is no media attraction else where, Slurrier will be there.

    If they didn’t wear their jersies, I doubt Slurrier would know Mike Davis from Brandon Wilds or any of the other RBs.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Jul 28, 2014 9:47 AM

    Out on work release again, eh Jonk?

  6. dmvtransplant says: Jul 28, 2014 10:13 AM

    @ floridacock

    If that were true, please explain Spurrier’s time in the NFL and the former gators he had on the time that couldn’t play at the next level?

  7. jets12 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:26 PM

    Jonkybon is a known liar and hypocrite. He should worry more about the inmates that call the University of Georgia home than what Spurrier does or doesn’t do.

  8. onlyoneleft says: Jul 28, 2014 9:33 PM

    jonkybon tells the truth about Slurrier.

  9. bryanhamade says: Jul 29, 2014 9:37 PM

    “Who has him as top 5 at his position?”

    Everyone. Name four backs that will go pro next year better than him outside of Gurley.

  10. bryanhamade says: Jul 29, 2014 9:38 PM

    The Jailcocks? We have had literally zero arrests this offseason. What the hell are you smoking?

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