INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Davis has a pretty good sense of humor.
He told reporters Thursday at the NFL Combine that he admires the play of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
When asked if he’s ever spoken with Lynch, he answered with a simple, “No.” Then he added, “Have you guys been able to talk to him?”
Lynch’s unwillingness to speak with reporters has developed into a cultural phenomenon, particularly his oft-repeated “I’m only here so I don’t get fined” at the Super Bowl last month. That said, Davis respects how the player nicknamed “Beast Mode” performs on the field.
“He’s a great player. I like the way he runs. That anger style,” said Davis, who decided to forgo his senior year at University of South Carolina to enter the draft.
Davis battled some minor injuries last year, but is fully healthy now and said he will do all of the drills at the Combine. His production dipped last year from 1,183 yards as a sophomore to 927 on 17 fewer carries. But his decision to enter the draft early had nothing to do with yards; it had to do with dollars and the opportunity to help his mother. She had received an eviction notice and Davis was able to get her into a new house.
“I know a lot of people weren’t happy about it, but they didn’t know the reason I came out,” Davis said. “I think a lot of people will respect that once they know.”
Davis isn’t big at 5-foot-9 and 217 pounds, but he said coaches have told him that he can be an every-down back in the NFL because of his ability to run and catch the ball and block.
“I just want to show the coaches my face and talk to them and do the interviews and impress the coaches and tell them why I want to be on their team,” Davis said. “The coaches understood a lot about injuries and they focus a lot on how do you play when you’re injured. Are you going to sit out or play through injuries.”
•Former Gamecocks tight end Busta Anderson suffered a pair of triceps injuries last year — one in April and another in October. Last April, it was a partial tear of his right triceps muscle followed by a minor left triceps injury that caused him to miss two games. The right arm injury required surgery in December.
Anderson (6-5, 244) still believes he’s a complete tight end who can catch and block and is a natural route runner.
“That’s something I work on after practice,” Anderson said. “We do the route trees. I can split out, stay in line.”
Anderson will do most of the drills at the combine but will wait to run the 40-yard dash and bench press until his pro day April 1.
Anderson, whose given name is Rory, said teams like him but want to see him get on the field.
“I like to block, which is good and a lot of these receiving tight ends and basketball tight ends don’t like to stick their nose in there,” said Anderson, who contemplated trying to play both football and basketball at South Carolina. “I want to get in there and down-block in line.”