Mike Davis was born in Lithonia, Georgia on February 19, 1993. A running back for the South Carolina Gamecocks, he earned second team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a sophomore in 2013. His older brother, James Davis, was a running back at Clemson University, before entering the National Football League in 2009.
Davis attended Stone Mountain, Georgia's Stephenson High School as a youngster, where he developed a reputation as one of the country's most talented running back prospects. He rushed for 368 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore, before exceeding the 1,000 rushing yards mark for the first time in his junior year, contributing 10 touchdowns along the way.
As a high school senior, Davis logged 1,923 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, earning 5-A All-State selection and appearing at the U.S. Army All-American Game at the end of the season. Rated as a four-star prospect and a consensus top 10 running back nationally, he initially intended to play football at the University of Florida. However, Davis subsequently had a change of heart and enrolled at the University of South Carolina instead.
In his true freshman year, Davis served as backup, but was able to secure some playing time, making his debut in the season opener against Vanderbilt. Although his time on the field was limited, over the duration of the season, he was able to register 275 rushing yards and two touchdowns from 52 carries. Davis' best individual performance of the season came against the UAB Blazers, when he managed four carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, including an eye-catching 50 yard run.
Prior to his sophomore season in 2013, Davis was named as South Carolina's starting running back. He went on to appear in 12 games throughout the year, starting 11 of them. In total, Davis recorded seven 100 yard rushing games, ending up with a 98.6 yard rushing average. He finished with 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns from 203 carries and his rushing yards total for the year currently ranks as the fourth-highest single season total in the history of the program. The Associated Press and the league's coaches named him second team All-SEC and he was also a semi finalist for the annual Doak Walker Award, given to college football's top running back.
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