South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier hasn’t fully committed to a single thing regarding running back Mike Davis this season.
Spurrier said Davis could miss the Gamecocks’ season opener against the Texas A&M Aggies. A week later the coach said Davis was “sort of doubtful” for the game against the East Carolina Pirates. Davis played in both games.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when Spurrier remained noncommittal when asked about whether or not Davis will go pro after the season.
Steve Spurrier on radio: “Mike (Davis) has indicated he may go pro … I don’t know.”
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) September 11, 2014
Prior to the start of the season, Spurrier proclaimed Davis would go pro “if he has a big year.” A slow start to the season obviously changed the coach’s tune.
After seeing what happened to former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered knee injuries in consecutive seasons before declaring early for the NFL draft, Spurrier and his staff should be pushing Davis out the door toward a professional career.
Davis is currently the Gamecocks’ leading rusher with 24 carries for 116 yards. A strong effort against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs Saturday opposite the Bulldogs’ Todd Gurley will once again place Davis among the game’s top running backs. It was in this contest last year, Davis burst onto the scene with 149 rushing yards. Davis will need to play at a similar level for the Gamecocks to have a chance against Georgia.