By the time Mike Davis’ time at South Carolina ends, he could surpass predecessor Marcus Lattimore as the greatest Gamecocks running back not named George Rogers.
It’s no surprise to anyone who’s watched Davis this season, his first as the Gamecocks’ full-time ball carrier. The 5-foot-9, 215-pound sophomore has punished the SEC with a conference-high 1,058 rushing yards, 1,384 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. With at least four games left in the 2013 season, Davis is 139 rushing yards from Lattimore’s single-season high of 1,197.
Around the country, people have begun to notice Davis as one of college football’s top running backs.
Davis was one of 10 running backs selected Thursday as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back. The semifinalist distinction is one Lattimore never received at USC, though devastating knee injuries were the most prominent obstacle in his way.
The list will be cut to three finalists Nov. 25 after members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes. A second vote by the committee will determine the winner.
The 2013 Doak Walker Award winner will be announced Dec. 12 live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.
Davis was one of two SEC running backs named a semifinalist, joining Auburn tailback Tre Mason. Below you can find the complete list.
Ameer Abdullah, Junior, Nebraska
Antonio Andrews, Senior, Western Kentucky
Ka’Deem Carey, Junior, Arizona
Mike Davis, Sophomore, South Carolina
Tyler Gaffney, Senior, Stanford
Melvin Gordon, Sophomore, Wisconsin
Tre Mason, Junior, Auburn
Bishop Sankey, Junior, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Junior, Baylor
Andre Williams, Senior Boston College