August 3, 2006

Davis will pursue magical 1,000 yard mark

It was thought last spring that Mike Davis and Cory Boyd would engage in a spirited battle for the starting tailback job during fall camp.

But, like the quarterback battle won by Blake Mitchell last fall, the competition was over before it really began.

The winner: Davis.

Head coach Steve Spurrier anointed Davis the starter about a month ago, largely because of his consistent performances over the course of the 15 workouts this spring and a potentially career-defining performance during the summer conditioning period that caught Spurrier's attention.

But life as a major college running back hasn't always been this pleasing for Davis, entering his sophomore season.

Davis had to rebound from a slow start to finish his freshman campaign strongly. He was the Gamecocks' leading rusher with 666 yards and five touchdowns in nine starts. About 62 percent (413 yards) of that total came over the final four games of the year.

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