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The team cupboard isn’t exactly left bare when it comes to running back talent. Mike Davis, Shon Carson, Brandon Wilds, and Kendric Salley all have the potential to be elite runners. Each one of them brings something completely different to the table.
Mike Davis is probably the most exciting of the players. He was a top rated back coming out of high school. He has speed, power and attitude. He runs hard and showed some bursts of brilliance in 2012.
His biggest drawback is that he wasn’t used much this year. He had 52 carries for 275 yards. His 5.3 yards per carry average was actually the highest of any of the running backs. He’s a good player who has the opportunity to become great.
Brandon Wilds may be the frontrunner for the starting position going into 2013. He’s big (6’2”, 220) and started five games his freshman year. He rushed for 486 yards on 107 carries with three touchdowns in 2011. He added 136 yards on 15 pass catches.
Needless to say, he was an impressive freshman. A nagging ankle injury led to a red-shirt year in 2012. He’ll be back and ready to roll in 2013.
Shon Carson has terrific speed, but injuries have absolutely decimated his career thus far. In 2011, he was so impressive in camp that he jumped to the number two spot on the depth chart behind Marcus Lattimore.
His impressive speed would be the perfect change of pace from Lattimore’s bruising style. He tore his ACL in the second game of the year and hasn’t been back since.
Not much is known about Kendric Salley other than the “word on the street” that he’s been practicing very well. He has tons of talent and unique size at 5’9” and 205 pounds. He’s built like a bowling ball and could utilize the low center of gravity to gain tough yards.
Needless to say, the Gamecocks will be fine there.