One of the positions to watch at USC this spring was running back spot. With Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles no longer around to carry the load the battle was on to see who would emerge as the primary back. Now that spring is in the books we have the answer: Mike Davis
“I just wanted to come up and try to separate myself from other people and kind of stand out so I can get the starting job,” Davis said. “I was told today that I have the starting job so far.”
There is still a long way until the season starts in August, but Davis did enough to separate himself from Brandon Wilds and Kendrick Salley for the top spot on the depth chart. Davis made the most of his two carries in the Garnet and Black game Saturday, finishing with 40 yards and a touchdown.
Wilds carried the ball seven times for 31 yards. Salley was the leading rusher in the spring game with 47 yards on 12 carries. He also scored a touchdown.
Davis has picked up a high-profile endorsement from Lattimore. The former Gamecock said he thought Davis was the best running back in the country.
“Marcus helps me out a lot. He’s like my brother. Every time Marcus comes up here we hang out. Marcus, we don’t always talk about pass protection and football. The first thing Marcus always asks me about is how my family is doing. He’s that type of person. He’s a family guy. That’s the type of things he helps me out with.”