Florida coach Jim McElwain is putting his faith in a true freshman running back in Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.
Malik Davis, who’s been impressive in each of the Gators’ last two games, will get the start against the Commodores over sophomore Lamical Perine and redshirt senior Mark Thompson.
Florida’s depth chart had all three of those backs listed as potential starters for the contest.
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Davis showed big-play potential against Tennessee and Kentucky in recent weeks, flirting with 100-yard performances in both games.
Against the Vols, Davis had 94 yards on 4 carries thanks to a 74-yard run in the fourth quarter that was poked out right before he crossed the goal line, resulting in a touchback.
That clearly didn’t affect McElwain’s trust in Davis, who got 21 carries en route to 93 yards in last week’s dramatic 28-27 win over the Wildcats. No other Florida player had more than 5 rushing attempts.
For the season, Davis is averaging 7.5 yards per carry, fourth-best in the SEC behind only Auburn’s Kam Martin (9.1), Alabama’s Damien Harris (8.1) and Alabama’s Jalen Hurts (8.0).