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Gators to face former commit Mike Davis at South Carolina



At one time, Mike Davis was one of the top commitments in Florida's 2012 recruiting class.

Until he changed his mind and decided to attend South Carolina.

On Saturday night, a hobbled, desperate Gators team will face Davis and the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.

Davis leads the SEC in rushing with 117.6 yards per game, and will face a Florida defense that has struggled against the run the past few games, but is still ranked No. 2 in the SEC in rush defense allowwi 109.7 yards per game.

Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said Davis poses a significant challenge.

"He's a really complete back," Durkin said. "I think he's their second-leading receiver and obviously in the backfield he's had some long runs in every game. He finishes runs well. He's a powerful guy, breaks tackles. He's got some top-end speed. He's hit some long ones on teams where maybe because of his size or whatever he doesn't look like a speed guy, but he's got speed. He can break it."

Davis was orally committed to the Gators for nearly a year before he changed his mind in December of 2011. Florida coach Will Muschamp said there are no hard feelings and he's not surprised at the success Davis is having with the Gamecocks.

"He's a really good player, a guy we thought a lot of coming out of Stephenson (Ga.) there in Atlanta," Muschamp said. "He is having an outstanding year, certainly has been a huge different in their run game, especially losing Lattimore last year. Miles has done a nice job for them as well. He's been hurt a little bit. Mike's been a really good palyer for them."


[Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30am]


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