South Carolina Gamecocks running back Mike Davis is one of the top rushers in college football, so it should come as no surprise that his head coach, Steve Spurrier, expects the junior to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft at the end of the season.
Last season, Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns.
If he can come close to that success again in 2014, then the logical next step would be to take his talents to the next level.
“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told Edward Achoff of ESPN.com. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs.”
South Carolina running backs coach Everette Sands echoed those comments.
“The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL,” Sands added. “Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL.”
It is great to see the South Carolina coaching staff understanding the decision ahead for Davis, and the support that he has from his coaches should help Davis to do what is best for his future. That appears to be going pro and cashing in on his talent.