By David Caraviello (Post and Courier)
2013: Running back who earned second-team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches, the AP, Athlon and College Sports Madness... ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, carrying 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 TDs... his 1,183 yards rushing was the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history, behind only George Rogers (twice) and Marcus Lattimore... his 11 rushing TDs tied for the sixth-highest single-season total... the 203 carries was the seventh-highest mark in a season... also caught 34 passes (second on the squad) for 352 yards... was fifth in the league and 37th nationally with 127.9 all-purpose yards per game... logged seven 100-yard rushing games... recorded the first 100-yard game of his career in his first career start in the opener vs. North Carolina... finished with 115 yards rushing, including a 75-yard touchdown run... it was the longest run from scrimmage by a Gamecock since Bobby Wallace went for 88 in 2006... carried 16 times for 149 yards and a touchdown at Georgia... had a 75-yard run in that contest, the second-straight week he went for a 75-yard scamper... became the first player in Carolina history with two 75-yard runs in a career... rushed for 77 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 67 yards in the win over Vanderbilt... set career highs with 26 carries for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the win at UCF... 150 of his rushing yards came in the second half... tied the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game... included was a 53-yard TD burst, his third carry of the season that went more than 50 yards... named the National Running Back of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his efforts at UCF... rushed for 106 with two touchdowns against Kentucky... carried 19 times for 129 yards and a TD at Arkansas... rushed 21 times for 137 yards, including a 45-yard scamper and a score at Tennessee... limited to 51 yards on the ground at Missouri, but logged career-highs with 10 receptions for 99 yards, accumulating 150 all-purpose yards... went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark with a 128-yard effort against Mississippi State... named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award... did not play against Coastal Carolina... scored his team-leading 11th touchdown against Clemson... recognized as the "Most Improved" running back during the spring.
2012: Ranked fourth on the squad with 52 carries for 275 yards as a true freshman... scored twice... averaged 5.3 yards per carry... one of four true freshmen to play in the season opener at Vanderbilt... rushed four times for 84 yards, including a 50-yard gallop and a touchdown against UAB... saw more action later in the season after the season-ending injury to Marcus Lattimore... had 13 carries for 53 yards and a score against Arkansas and 12 carries for 43 yards against Clemson.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 1,923 yards and 21 touchdowns on 213 carries as a senior at Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., graduating in 2012... team went 9-2... also rushed for over 1,000 yards, including an eight-yard average, and 10 touchdowns as junior... carried 42 times for 368 yards and four scores as a sophomore... coached by Ron Gartrell... played in the U.S. Army All-American Game... named to the AAAAA All-State team by the AJC and selected to the 2011 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... a four-star prospect, the seventh-best running back in the country, the eighth-best prospect in Georgia and the nation's 63rd-best player overall, according to Rivals.com... given four stars, rated the 10th-best running back in the country and No. 71 overall by Scout.com... rated four stars and the third-best player in Georgia, the fifth-best running back in the country and the 45th-best player overall by 247Sports.com... considered a four-star prospect, the sixth-best running back in the nation, the sixth-best player in the state and the 62nd-best player in the country by ESPN.com... number 97 on the PrepStar Dream Team... originally committed to Florida over two dozen offers including Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and Clemson, before casting his lot with the Gamecocks.
PERSONAL: Mike Davis was born February 19, 1993... is a brother of former Clemson running back, James Davis... is a sociology major.