COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - University of South Carolina tailback Mike Davis was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 27th pick of the fourth round, the 126th pick overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Despite playing just three years in the Garnet & Black, Davis a 5-9, 223-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., ranks ninth on Carolina's all-time rushing list with 2,440 yards. He also ranks in the Carolina top-10 in rushing touchdowns, average yards per carry and touchdowns scored. He matched Brandon Bennett, Harold Green and Marcus Lattimore with 11 career 100-yard rushing games, behind only George Rogers. Davis added 70 career receptions for 755 yards and two scores.
Davis led the Gamecocks in rushing in each of the past two seasons. Hampered by nagging injuries for much of the 2015 campaign, Davis still led the team with 199 carries for 982 yards rushing, falling just 18 yards short of joining George Rogers as the only players in school history to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Davis had his best season in 2013 when he earned second-team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches, the AP, Athlon and College Sports Madness. He ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, carrying 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 TDs. His 1,183 yards rushing was the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history, behind only George Rogers (twice) and Marcus Lattimore, while his 11 rushing TDs tied for the sixth-highest single-season total.