GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore tailback Mike Davis — a longtime Florida commit before flipping to South Carolina late in the 2011 recruiting cycle — poses a major challenge for UF’s leaky run defense Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN2) in Columbia, S.C.
Davis tops the SEC in rushing with 1,058 yards, averaging 6.37 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns.
“He’s a really good player, a guy we thought a lot of coming out of Stephenson (Ga.) there in Atlanta,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “He is having an outstanding year and certainly has been a huge difference in [South Carolina’s] run game, especially losing [Marcus] Lattimore last year.”
Davis, a 5-9, 215-pound hammer, is also South Carolina’s second-leading receiver with 29 catches for 326 yards.
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Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis would make his first career start against the Gamecocks. … Sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison (torn meniscus) is expected to return to action at the start of spring practice next year after injuring his knee in the loss to Vanderbilt.