It’s absolutely possible Mike Davis returns for his senior season, but it sounds less and less likely every time Davis opens his mouth.
We spoke with South Carolina’s junior running back last night and recounted all the details here.
This morning, let’s address Davis’ apparent decision by saying it’s absolutely the right one.
No position in professional football has become more commoditized than running back. The physical toll the game takes on running backs, combined with that league’s shift toward the passing game, means the difference between college football’s best running back and its 50th-best means little to NFL teams. Pro teams don’t really expect a running back to last more than three years, so why burn a high draft pick on a guy who is not an otherworldly talent and why worry if you get an SEC back in the third round or wait until the fourth to get the best back in the MAC.
If Davis believes he’s going to be a first round draft pick, he’s going to be disappointed in May, but the truth is he is unlikely to improve his draft status much no matter what he does next year. In fact, he mentioned last night that returning for a senior season actually hurt his brother James’ NFL Draft stock.
Mike Davis looks like he’s leaving, and he should be.
Around the SEC:
What the heck is game control? Dan Mullen doesn’t know either, but he’s glad his Mississippi State Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 in it. That fact might get the Bulldogs into the College Football Playoff even without an SEC title.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall wants to be a quarterback in the NFL, but he seems to know that’s unlikely.
Once again, Georgia must figure out a way to move forward without Todd Gurley.
Vanderbilt has kicked a running back off the team.