For the South Carolina Gamecocks, 2013 did not end with a shot at an SEC title. But, the season did lead to the emergence of a superstar-caliber running back in Mike Davis.
Used somewhat sparingly, Davis strung together a monster season in his first year as the premier back. Considering that he had to fill fan favorite Marcus Lattimore's role on the team, Davis succeeded with flying colors.
As the future of the offense and an elite SEC back, Davis has superior value to be a Heisman contender in 2014. In fact, his name came up at times regarding the 2013 Heisman mix.
With a full year as the workhorse back and in an offense that recognizes his potential, Davis and the Gamecocks should start up the 2014 Heisman campaign.
Can he stampede his way to a rare Heisman victory for a running back and join South Carolina legend George Rogers as the second winner in school history?
Here's the early start to the 2014 Mike Davis for Heisman campaign.