Four South Carolina football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-SEC squads, it was announced Wednesday.
The Gamecocks had two players, running back Mike Davis and offensive guard A.J. Cann selected to the first-team unit.
Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was a second-team selection, while defensive end Jadeveon Clowney earned third-team recognition.
Davis, a 5-9, 215-pounder from Lithonia, Ga., leads the SEC in rushing halfway through the season. The sophomore back is averaging 123.7 yards per game on the ground, the nation’s 10th-best mark. Davis is second in the league in all-purpose yards (154.5) and is tied for first in scoring (9.0). He has five 100-yard rushing games in six outings this season, with three runs of over 50 yards.
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Cann, a 6-4, 314-pounder from Bamberg, S.C., is the leader of the offensive line. The junior has helped the Gamecocks average 487 yards of offense per game, nearly 60 yards better than the school record of 429, set in 1995. Carolina has used a balanced attack, averaging 226 yards on the ground and 261 through the air.
Quarles, a 6-4, 298-pounder from Hodges, S.C., leads the Gamecocks with 4.0 sacks and is second on the squad with 5.0 tackles for loss among his 15 stops. The junior has also been credited with two quarterback hurries, a pass break up and a fumble recovery.
Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pound junior from Rock Hill, S.C., has seen his stat line limited this season, but has been a focal point for every offense the Gamecocks have faced. A 2012 unanimous All-American and the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Clowney has a pair of sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss this season, with a team-high four quarterback hurries.
Shaw on watch list
Also Wednesday, the initial Top 30 Watch List for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has been reduced to 15 of the country’s top college quarterbacks, including South Carolina’s senior signal-caller Connor Shaw.
Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pounder from Flowery Branch, Ga., is 22-4 in his career as a starter, including a 13-0 mark at home. He is the first player in Gamecock history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. He is the school’s all-time leader in completion percentage (67.2), is fourth in touchdown passes (42) and fourth in total offense (6,217). He currently ranks seventh in the country in passing efficiency and has the second-longest current streak of passes thrown without an interception.
The Golden Arm Award is presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica. The award has been presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field.