Davis to start at runningback for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - As South Carolina continues to get ready for next week's season opener, the No. 6 Gamecocks have found the team's starting runningback.

Mike Davis is the probable starter against North Carolina according to runningbacks coach Everette Sands.

However, Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson are also expected to see playing time.

"We'll see all three, but right now Mike is a little bit ahead. He's going to be the starter," said Sands. "But those guys know they're going to play. We have to have all three of them to be as successful as we can be. (Mike) made a few more plays in the scrimmages. All of them are getting better in the pass protection. They can all get it done, he just made a few more plays."

Sands indicated all three would see action early in the season opener.

Davis has 275 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his USC career. Wilds redshirted in 2012 after notching three 100-yard rushing games in five starts as a freshman while stepping in for an injured Marcus Lattimore.

Carson has seen limited action in his first two seasons at South Carolina. He has played in just three games after battling knee and wrist injuries.

The Gamecocks also received some positive news on the defensive side of the ball. Senior defensive end Chaz Sutton was able to get in some limited work with the defense. Sutton has been sidelined with a sprained foot.

Receiver Bruce Ellington and tight end Rory "Busta" Anderson remained sidelined with hamstring issues on Tuesday. Earlier this week, head coach Steve Spurrier projected they would be practicing again at some point this week.

The Gamecocks return to practice Wednesday morning. The session is closed to the public.