The No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks begin their season one week from Thursday and they might not be at full strength when the Aggies come to town. On Wednesday, Steve Spurrier stated that star running back Mike Davis is hurt and has not practiced all week.
Here’s a statement from Spurrier via GoGamecocks.com. "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.”
Mike Davis has sat out of practice to an apparent rib injury. Steve Spurrier could be supplying a little gamesmanship to give the Aggies something to think about leading up to the season opener.
As Spurrier reiterated, South Carolina has plenty of running backs to fill in for an injured Davis if he’s unable to go. Still, it seems very unlikely that South Carolina will be without Davis for a long stretch. Running backs coach Everette Sands told The State that Davis should be fine and there’s not much to worry about with the injury.
Steve Spurrier may not start Mike Davis in the beginning, but he still may receive the bulk of the carries if he’s deemed 100 percent. The way Texas A&M’s defense performed last year, this is definitely a game Mike Davis doesn’t want to miss. Texas A&M’s rush defense was shredded in 2013, and there could be potential for a 200 yard game to open the season.
According to GoGamecocks.com, South Carolina’s coaches will address the media on Thursday afternoon.
Mike Davis tweeted a funny statement about missing the first game of the season. It honestly says everything about the preparation for South Carolina and what they are planning to do next Thursday.
How effective Davis is depends on the severity of his rib injury. If it’s something slight and overblown, he will be completely fine.
Mike Davis rushed for 1183 yards last season, while scoring 11 touchdowns. He also averaged a gaudy 5.7 yards per carry in 2013.