Per report: USF running back Willie Davis to transfer

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Football

Per a report from Corey Bender of Scout.com, redshirt sophomore running back Willie Davis has decided to transfer.

The 5’9″ 213 lb. running back out of Lithonia, GA had 39 carries for 139 yards last season, he also had 7 receptions for 51 yards. Davis’s biggest run was a monster 16-yard run against Uconn that got the Bulls off of their own goal line and kept that drive alive (one of our two wins last year).  Davis pretty much carried half of the UConn defense on his back during that carry. Davis showed flashes of power last season, but saw varying playing time behind Marcus Shaw and Darius Tice as the year went on.

With Davis leaving (per the report), that leaves the Bulls with another inexperienced backfield entering the 2014 season. Sophomore Darius Tice returns as the leading rusher from the 2013 season with 35 carries for 141 yards.

How big of a loss is this? It’s hard to say at this stage. On paper, it does take away a running back with some experience (leaving the returning experience thin), but moving forward into the 2014 season, the Bulls will have a very loaded backfield with several backs pushing for playing time. Darius Tice, Sta’fon McCray, Michael Pierre along with incoming freshman Marlon Mack and D’Ernest Johnson gives the Bulls a loaded backfield heading into the fall, making carries scarce. Davis was part of the team during the spring, but was absent later towards the end of the spring practices. This could be when he made his decision.

I’ve found it odd that Davis has not been listed on the 2014 USF football roster for some time, although it could have been a website/clerical issue. If the report is true, it would explain why he hasn’t been listed.

Update: Joey Knight confirmed that Willie Davis is leaving the program.

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