(Missouri Football App) – Missouri’s very talented defense will have its hands full Saturday.
Even without QB Connor Shaw and the running threat he poses, the Tigers will have to contend with a very good rushing attack. Sophomore running back Mike Davis is coming off a big game against Tennessee; Davis carried the ball 21 times and racked up 137 yards. His performance against the Volunteers was another stand out showing in a season where he has been a model of consistency.
Davis is averaging 6.7 yards per carry in 2013. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game, save for one (Sept 14. vs. Vanderbilt). Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier it is vital for his team to run the ball effectively.
“Any time we win, we generally run pretty well,” Spurrier said.
It is essential that Missouri limit Davis and force South Carolina to put the ball in the hands of backup quarterback Dylan Thompson. Thompson is not as mobile as and Shaw, which provides the Tigers' defensive line with a better chance to create pressure.