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Mike Davis had big shoes to fill. And I did expect him to hit the ground running as a force for the Gamecocks' offense.
But did we really think Davis would be this good?
Three games into the season, Davis is averaging 7.6 yards per carry on his 45 attempts for 341 yards. He also has three rushing touchdowns.
Beyond the rushing attack, Davis is potent as a receiver. With 7 receptions for 116 yards, Davis displays his balance and ability to impact the game in a variety of ways.
Of course Davis was going to be a good back. Right now, though, he is proving that he belongs in the ranks of the elite college football running backs.
He torched Georgia for 149 yards on just 16 carries. Davis continues to put the Gamecocks on his back and run all over defenses.
As just a sophomore, Davis had big-time potential to become a star as the year progressed and as he moved into his upperclassman years. Davis has sped up his progress to have an instant impact on the game, though, and has quickly become the centerpiece of the South Carolina offense.
Say what you will about Davis' performance not being that surprising, but Davis is surprising us all due to the speed of his success.