Gamecocks vs ECU: Mike Davis is our player of the game

There are a few candidates for the South Carolina Gamecocks’ player of the game from the contest against the Pirates on Saturday night.

You could look on defense, where the team forced two turnovers and blocked a field goal. Or on offense at numerous positions: Shaq Roland had a career game, Pharoh Cooper a solid night catching and blocking, even on special teams with Elliot Fry perfect on kicks all night.

My player of the game is split: I liked Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds. Combining for 150 yards, with 101 belonging to Davis, while adding two touchdowns, both contributed late during a key fourth quarter drive that lasted nearly 11 minutes, leading to the field goal to put the game away. Mike Davis got the scoring started for the Gamecocks, breaking loose into the Pirate secondary for 36 yards into the end zone. Davis would score again from two yards out in the second quarter, minutes after almost scoring on a reception.

Both Davis and Wilds had catches–Davis with three receptions for 28 yards and Wilds with one for nine yards–proving they can both be key check downs out of the back field, which will be more than essential next week versus Georgia.

Maybe Mike should hold more of the player of the game title, but with the dose of Wilds in the rotation and Davis not being 100% healthy, Wilds did help wear down the ECU defense to contribute to Davis and his success.