No. 13 South Carolina offense running the show
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:59:28 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina has displayed an offensive surge that even "Fun-n-Gun" creator Steve Spurrier didn't fully see coming from the No. 13 Gamecocks.
Especially when it comes to the play of tailback Mike Davis. The sophomore has a pair of 75-yard runs, including one for a touchdown against North Carolina, and is leading the SEC with 9.4 yards per carry.
"Mike's speed is something we didn't really know about until he got ahead of those North Carolina guys and nobody caught him," said head coach Steve Spurrier. "That's when we realized, hey he's got some speed that maybe we all didn't know about."
With a defense led by All-American Jadeveon Clowney, the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) figured they'd win the way they had the past few years -- by locking down opponents and getting just enough points to leave victorious.
Instead, it's the offense that's making big plays and getting South Carolina ahead in games with the early struggles of Clowney and the defense.
Even Davis' teammates find themselves admiring his handiwork.
"He's brought a different style of running. I find myself during plays, after he breaks long runs, I find myself watching him," said offensive guard Ronald Patrick. "The way he plays is amazing. He has some wheels on him."
Through two games this season, Davis has rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns. The five-foot-nine, barrel-chested 215 pounder has also caught four passes for 49 yards.
"I don't think people underestimate my speed," said Davis. "It's probably because of my size people don't think I'm as fast."
In addition to Davis's contributions, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has three touchdowns and has completed 60 percent of his passes.
The Gamecocks are hoping the offense can continue its production when they host Vanderbilt Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.