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Mike Davis running with chip on shoulder vs. Florida


Mike Davis won't just be running Saturday against Florida. The South Carolina sophomore will be running mad.

Davis has left no question that he felt Florida's recruitment of him was less than honest. And although he's not speaking as freely about the subject now as he once was, Davis nevertheless identified Florida as a marked opponent this week via his Twitter page.

So who spilled the bad blood? unearthed this quote from Davis, now nearly two years old, about his decision to switch to the Gamecocks.

"I lost trust in the (Florida) coaching staff after I was lied to that me and Matt Jones were the only two running backs they were recruiting," he said. "Then you send a tight ends coach to my house, not even the position coach, and then you send the whole offensive coaching staff to (five-star running back recruit Keith Marshall's) house the next day. I thought all the things (Florida coaches) came to my house and told me and my mom was a lie. I lost trust. You can't play for coaches that you don't trust."

According to the story, Davis' older brother James, a former top recruit himself who played at Clemson, indicated his little brother was still carrying the grudge.

"I think it was kind of a slap in the face, and Mike felt the same," the elder Davis said to

Muschamp was diplomatic when asked about Davis earlier this week, commenting on how much the UF staff thought of him as a recruit. Davis is one of only 16 rushers in the NCAA that already have rushed for 1,000 yards, with Davis checking in at No. 13 at 1,058. That leads the SEC, just ahead of Auburn's Tre Mason.

The teeth of the Florida defense, expected to be the team's staple strength, have gone dull in recent weeks.

And Davis believes he's just the man to find out how dull.

*Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter **@ChaseGoodbread.*

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