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  1. Muschamp says Gamecocks played with an edge, “need to do that every week” Sept. 23, 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp believes he brought a motivated group into Nashville which defeated Vanderbilt, and emphasized during his Sunday teleconference the need to have that continue. Will Muschamp celebrates during South Carolina’s 37-14 victory over Vanderbilt. (Chris Gillespie/Gamecock Central) The Gamecocks used the comments from Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason, saying the game would need to be a “street fight”, as the motivation they needed to earn their first road and SEC victory. USC has a similar, yet different task this week, facing a Kentucky team away from home that’s defeated them in each of the last four matchups. Muschamp called running back Benny Snell “a violent runner”, and said the Wildcats still have a lot of players they have had a hard time handling since he’s been at South Carolina. Injury-wise the Gamecocks came out of the Vanderbilt game well, as CB Rashad Fenton (injured during the game) and DT Josh Belk were both back at practice Sunday for USC. Tight end KC Crosby broke his finger in the Vandy game, but Muschamp said, “he should be fine,” and able to play with it taped. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who went out with what looked like a scary injury late in the game, continues to be fine. Muschamp said after the game Saturday he could have returned to action if needed. One player who wasn’t listed on the initial injury report is WR OrTre Smith, who Muschamp said is dealing with pain from a genetic issue subluxing one of his knee caps. Muschamp said Smith has been extremely limited since August, and could have played in an emergency. The Head Coach did not want to speculate on a next step for Smith until consulting with team doctors this week. Muschamp’s Sunday Teleconference
  2. WATCH: Highlight Videos vs Vanderbilt Sept. 23, 2018 SFCocking 2018 USC vs Vanderbilt - Bryan Edwards 22 Yd Reception 2018 USC vs Vanderbilt - Rico Dowdle 20 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Vanderbilt - Javon Kinlaw Sack/Fumble, Aaron Sterling Fumble Recovery 2018 USC vs Vanderbilt - Jake Bentley 19 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Vanderbilt - Ty'Son Williams 22 Yd Run
  3. How good can South Carolina’s offense be? Performance vs. Vanderbilt a good clue Sept. 23, 2018 THE STATE Put aside that it was Vanderbilt. Put aside that the Commodores had their issues the past two seasons. Put aside the fact there’s still plenty the Gamecocks have to clean up. This looked like on Saturday, just maybe, the offense South Carolina football fans have been waiting for. The numbers from USC’s 37-14 win are pretty good: 534 yards, 7 per play, nearly 80 snaps, even after the rain made things more run-heavy and sloppy for the final quarter and a half. But there was something beyond that, something apparent in the first drive of the second half. “It’s all on film,” Bentley said. “We had the opportunity to really use tempo against them, and that’s what we did coming out in the second half. That was our plan going into it.” That theme of moving the ball was something South Carolina’s players returned to. The ball moves, the tempo picks up and the high-speed attack works. South Carolina opened the third quarter going 61 yards by lining up and snapping at great speed (a few miscues shore circuited things). The Gamecocks were doing the same on their second possession, before a lightning delay brought things to a halt. And that’s to say nothing of the game’s opening drive: 75 yards in three plays (plus a penalty) not even taking a full minute off the clock. What helped was the chunk plays. Against Coastal Carolina and even against Georgia, the Gamecocks weren’t bad at moving the chains. But there weren’t the long gains, the ones that bail a team out from making 10-plus play drives. Five USC passes gained 15 or more yards. Eight runs got 10 or more. The tempo helped wear down the Commodore defense and get it out of position at times. “You hit some plays, you get the chains moving, and then you see the defense may be fatigued,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. That’s to say nothing of a tidy 273 rushing yards on 5.7 yards a carry. The question now turns toward doing it consistently. The Gamecocks did all that with a smattering of self-inflicted wounds. Next week at Kentucky will be a challenge to say the least, and the SEC slate will have plenty more after. And getting to that level takes everyone. It takes backs breaking tackles like they did Saturday. It takes receivers winning battles. It takes Jake Bentley orchestrating it all, and it takes the five men up front, not only plowing people over, but doing the smallest thing to make speed ball go. “The linemen did a great job of getting set,” Bentley said. “It really all starts with them. “However fast we’re going depends on them. … It was a great job by everyone to just execute all the time. It’s something we practice all the time. Being able to execute that fast, it’s going to be a big force for us going forward.”
  4. USC-Vanderbilt report card: Bounce-back effort makes the grade Sept. 23, 2018 With South Carolina football’s 37-14 win against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the books, it’s time to grade the Gamecocks. Quarterbacks Was there a play where Jake Bentley underestimated a linebacker in zone’s leaping ability? Yes. But he hit 19 of 28 passes. He had 261 yards, including a set of deep strikes to Shi Smith and a dart to Bryan Edwards. Then throw in leading the offense to a banner day and running for 45 yards, you’ll take it. Grade: A- Running backs As the weeks went on, Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp went from blaming his line for a sub-par running day against Georgia to challenging his backs. They stepped up, with the trio of Rico Dowdle, Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner combining for 224 yards at 6.2 per pop. The two fumbles in the rain were concerning. Grade: A- Wide receivers Shi Smith posted easily his best career day, and to the naked eye it looked as if his two biggest plays were him just throwing good moves in one-on-one coverage. Deebo Samuel got a lot of work, while Edwards had a solid game. A few backups got targets. Grade: B+ Tight ends The run blocking overall seemed good, but the pass game didn’t focus on them too much. K.C. Crosby, who left the game with an injury, and Kiel Pollard each caught first-down passes, and the ground game certainly looked well-blocked. Grade: B Offensive line The group felt challenged after Georgia. They laid waste to a Vanderbilt, plowing the way for 273 rushing yards at 5.7 per carry. Jake Bentley was hardly pressured and only sacked once. Overall a good day. Grade: A Defensive line This group caused some havoc. Javon Kinlaw had two sacks. Bryson Allen-Williams added a hurry. There were some issues against the run early, as Jamauri Wakefield got 5.1 yards per carry, but in the end the Gamecocks shut that down too. Grade: A- Linebackers There was a spate of tackling issues that led to five 10-yard runs and let Vanderbilt move the ball for stretches. There was also bad blown coverage from what looked like Sherrod Greene that set up one of the Commodore touchdowns. Grade: C- Defensive backs Facing a potential NFL quarterback, the Gamecocks forced Kyle Shurmur into a 18 for 38 day, which included a pick and 4.7 yards per attempt. There might have been a few rocky moments, but considering top cornerback Rashad Fenton missed much of the game, it was a pretty good game. Grade: A- Special teams Parker White went 3 of 3 on field goals, all inside 37 yards. He didn’t get many touchbacks, but only one Vandy drive that started with a kickoff began past the 25. Punter Joseph Charlton put two of three punts inside the 20. The return game didn’t yield much, but neither did Vandy’s. Grade: B+ Overall There were probably enough miscues and points left on the field to earn a B+ (USC could’ve probably scored 50 if it was more on point). But one also has to factor in the moment. Gamecocks fans and players had to stew on the Georgia loss for an extra week. Coming out with a big offensive day and comfortable win carried weight beyond just the result on the field. Grade: A-
  5. One Gamecock’s performance vs. Vanderbilt rated the best in the country Sept. 29, 2018 At times during the game, it seemed South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw was unblockable Saturday against Vanderbilt. It turns out, the experts at Pro Football Focus agree. They gave Kinlaw the best grade of any player in the country this week, a 97.1 out of 100. The next best was Texas State tight end Keenen Brown at 95.4 “South Carolina dominated from the start against Vanderbilt and Kinlaw was a massive part of that effort,” PFF’s Cam Mellor wrote. “On just 25 pass-rushing snaps from the interior of the defensive line, Kinlaw recorded two sacks, one QB hit and an additional hurry while he also forced two fumbles on the afternoon.” Kinlaw had to miss most of the fourth quarter after a right leg injury that appeared to be serious, but turned out to not be bad at all. For the season, he has 13 tackles (second on the team), 4 1/2 tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks. The Gamecocks visit the Kentucky Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  6. South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats "Will the Gamecocks Win or lose Saturday?"
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  8. PREVIEW COMMING At Kentucky, Sept. 29 The optimism surrounding the Wildcats’ football team seems a long time ago, but it was only this time last year that people thought Kentucky was going to turn the corner. It hasn’t happened yet getting close though. Quarterback Stephen Johnson graduated, and one-time USC target and UK backup Drew Barker decided to transfer. Running back Benny Snell will lead the Kentucky offense, and the Gamecocks will beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2013. My pick. Pick: South Carolina 28, Kentucky 27
  9. Scouting South Carolina’s next opponent: Kentucky Sept. 29, 2018 South Carolina (2-1 1-1 SEC) at Kentucky (4-0, 2-0) When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Kroger Field, Lexington TV: SEC Network Three storylines 1. After Georgia, Kentucky was likely the SEC game South Carolina fans had circled next on their schedule in the preseason. The Wildcats have owned the Gamecocks of late, taking the last four matchups. It’s UK’s longest winning streak over an SEC East opponent not named Vanderbilt since the 1940s. “I don’t need South Carolina to motivate me,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in July. 2. UK’s 23-13 win over USC last year in Columbia included Deebo Samuel’s season-ending leg injury. The full-circle return comes after Samuel caught seven passes for 56 yards in the Vanderbilt win. Samuel has a somewhat subdued 145 receiving yards through three games this season. That’s good for third on the team. 3. South Carolina is seeking consecutive road wins for the first time in the Will Muschamp era. The Wildcats are 3-0 at home this year, including a statement 28-7 win over No. 14 Mississippi State on Saturday night. Who’s the second-best team in the SEC East after Georgia? This game could go a long way toward answering that question. Three Kentucky players to watch 1. Kentucky running back Benny Snell has started this season looking like the SEC’s best at his position. He’s averaging 135 yards a game after another 165 yards and four touchdowns against Mississippi State. The junior has run for 175 yards and three scores in two career games against the Gamecocks. 2. Not lost in Snell’s performance Saturday, the Wildcat defense limited a previously electric Mississippi State offense to over 380 yards and 40 points below its season averages. Linebacker Josh Allen is the unit’s ringleader. After two tackles for loss, a sack, quarterback hurry and pass breakup against the Bulldogs, the All-American candidate told reporters, “I felt like they couldn’t block me.” 3. UK quarterback Terry Wilson was one of the most coveted junior college prospects on the market this past recruiting cycle. The January enrollee won’t wow you with passing numbers (Jake Bentley has thrown for 317 more yards than Wilson in one less game), but he’s enough of a running threat to take some attention off Snell. Wilson is second in the SEC among QBs with 241 yards.
  10. South Carolina Notches 37-14 Win Over Vandy With Videos Game Recap: Football | 9/22/2018 | Associated Press POSTGAME: Will Muschamp on Vanderbilt — 9/22/18 POSTGAME: Parker White, Jake Bentley on Vanderbilt — 9/22/18 POSTGAME: Shi Smith, Rico Dowdle on Vanderbilt — 9/22/18 POSTGAME: Bryson Allen-Williams, Zack Bailey on Vanderbilt — 9/22/18 POSTGAME: Javon Kinlaw on Vanderbilt — 9/22/18 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back from their hurricane-forced break, routing Vanderbilt 37-14 Saturday. South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had its game against Marshall canceled by Hurricane Florence , leaving the Gamecocks looking for a 12th game this season. The Gamecocks hadn't played since being routed 41-17 by now-No. 2 Georgia on Sept. 8 . They showed no rust as South Carolina won its 10th straight and 17th in the last 19 years against Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks scored the game's first 10 points and then reeled off 20 straight after Vanderbilt got within 17-14 late in the first half. South Carolina could have had a bigger margin of victory but lost two fumbles inside the Vandy 30 in the fourth quarter after a 39-minute lightning and rain delay. Rico Dowdle ran for a TD and 112 yards, and Mon Denson and Ty'Son Williams each ran for touchdowns. Parker White kicked three field goals for South Carolina. Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1) felt pretty confident coming into its SEC opener after coming up just short in a 22-17 loss at No. 8 Notre Dame last week . The Commodores couldn't match Bentley and the Gamecocks who outgained them 149-32 in the first quarter and finished 534-284 in total offense. Ke'Shawn Vaughn scored on a 2-yard TD run after an interception. Kyle Shurmur added a 2-yard TD pass for Vanderbilt. The Commodores struggled with snapping the ball and even switched right guard Bruno Reagan over to center late. It didn't help with a bad snap on third down and Vanderbilt trying to chip away at the Gamecocks' lead late. GAME CHANGER South Carolina led Vanderbilt, 20-14, going into halftime. The Gamecock defense forced Vanderbilt into a punt on the Commodores first possession of the second half, then used a 10-play, 61-yard drive to take a nine-point lead after a 36-yard field goal by Parker White. Carolina added a third-quarter touchdown from Mon Denson and a late touchdown by Ty'Son Williams for the final scores of the contest. KEY STAT 534 to 284 — The Gamecock offense put up 534 yards of offense, 261 of those in the air from Jake Bentley, and had a 100-yard rusher (Rico Dowdle) and a 100-yard receiver (Shi Smith). Meanwhile, the Gamecock defense held Vandy to 284 yards and a pair of turnovers. UP NEXT South Carolina heads to Lexington, Ky., for a conference matchup with Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 29. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and will be televised on SEC Network. Knockout blow: How Commodores’ coach pushed Gamecocks’ buttons NASHVILLE, TENN. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason promised South Carolina a street fight here Saturday. Eventually, the Gamecocks won by technical knockout. South Carolina (2-1 overall, 1-1 SEC) dominated the Commodores (2-2, 0-1 SEC) throughout the game but couldn’t land a knockout punch until late in the fourth quarter of a 37-14 victory. “We heard about it, and yeah we took it personally,” South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley said of Mason’s comments. “He called us out to come fight, and that’s what we did. We can play in a stadium, in a backyard, in the street. We ran for 270 yards so I think the o-linemen took it more personally than anybody else.” The Gamecocks ran for 273 yards specifically, more than they have against an SEC opponent since Oct. 4, 2014 against Kentucky. In total, South Carolina out-gained the Commodores 534-284 on the way to their 10th straight win this series. “We took it very personally,” offensive lineman Zack Bailey said. “You want to try and call somebody out, you better know who you’re calling out before you call them out. That’s the bottom line. We took it to them.” Mason wore a work shirt and name tag to his regular Tuesday press conference to illustrate the type of game he expected. “Some of you guys don’t know who (former MAA fighter) Kimbo Slice is. Hopefully, you do,” Mason said Tuesday. “This isn’t a sanctioned fight. This a street fight. This is the SEC. It’s time to put on the hard hat, (grab) the lunch pail and get to work.” Those comments were played over and over for the Gamecocks this week, including Saturday before they took the field. “Every day since he said it, we heard it,” said Rico Dowdle, who pantomimed a boxing combination after scoring on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp “said he called us out. Once he said it, we came out with a street fight mentality. My score I did the thing. The guy wants to say something like that, just go attack them.” It was the first time South Carolina has surpassed 500 yards in an SEC game since Nov. 1, 2014, against Tennessee. “I feel sorry for (Mason) now,” Bailey said. “He probably wishes he could take that back. It was personal for us.” Muschamp would not acknowledge using Mason’s comments as a motivational tool. When asked after the game about them, he said only, “We rushed for 273 yards.” However, his true feelings were clear the moment South Carolina pulled up to Vanderbilt Stadium with buses identified by signs in the front window that read “Street Fight.” The Gamecocks averaged 7 yards per play and only three turnovers, eight penalties and a five-of-12 ratio on third down conversions kept the game from being a bigger blowout. Vanderbilt pulled within three at 17-14 on a 2-yard scoring reception by Kalija Lipscomb, but South Carolina closed the game on a 20-0 run from there. “You could tell what type of day it was going to be before the game,” said defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. “You could tell just going around looking at guys in the hotel. I could tell it was going to be a good day. (Mason) tried to show he was fired up about the game or whatever but the end result is the end result.” South Carolina was playing for the first time since losing 41-17 to Georgia on Sept. 8. The Sept. 15 game against Marshall was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. In the two weeks between games, public opinion began to turn against the Gamecocks. South Carolina was favored to win at kickoff but the line fell throughout the week, and all four pickers on ESPN’s popular “College Gameday” crew predicted Saturday morning the Commodores would win. A new star in the receiver spotlight? Shi Smith has career day in win over Vandy NASHVILLE, TENN. Before the regulars made their mark, Shi Smith was the first South Carolina receiver to come alive Saturday in USC’s 37-14 win over Vanderbilt. Deebo Samuel, as he usually does, did a little bit of everything with his 95 yards on nine touches. And Bryan Edwards, Samuel’s top sidekick, was again solid with three grabs for 47 yards. But Smith, the sophomore who can occasionally feel forgotten, was truly the Gamecocks’ spark at Vanderbilt Stadium. Five minutes hadn’t passed in the second quarter and Smith already had a career-high for receiving yards. He finished with 119 and a touchdown on five catches. Move over Samuel and Edwards, make room for Smith? “I’m prepared,” Smith said when asked if he wants to share a spotlight with his more-known position mates. “I mean, I’ll do everything I need to do to be prepared for it. But I’m just going to stay humble and do what I need to do to do my job.” Momentum for Saturday’s performance had been building since August. In preseason camp, USC quarterback Jake Bentley told reporters he sensed an definite advancement in Smith’s game. “He’s made some plays where you just go ‘Wow, that’s a big-time play,’ ” Bentley said then of the former three-star recruit from Union, S.C. Naturally, Bentley was hardly surprised by Saturday’s show. The two connected on the game’s third play from scrimmage — an easy 38-yard scoring strike to the right pylon. “Day in and day out in practice, he brings the right mentality,” Bentley said of Smith. “He works hard every day. Watching the Georgia game, he got open a lot, so we knew he had the ability to get open a lot this game. “It was a point of emphasis all week to get him the ball. We knew he had a chance to make explosive plays and that’s what he did.” The Bentley-Smith duo nearly combined for another TD in the second quarter, but settled for a 52-yard gain after Smith was stopped at the Vandy 2-yard line. Of Bentley’s first six completions, four of them went to Smith. Credit a chunk of that to favorable matchups, said Carolina coach Will Muschamp. Smith often found himself in single coverage against a Vandy slot cornerback. “(Smith’s) a really good player,” Muschamp said. “We felt really good about the matchup in the slot. We’ll feel good about that matchup a lot of weeks. He’s a good football player. We’ve got some weapons on offense, (but) we’ve got to continue to get him the ball.” In two career games against Vandy, Smith has 10 receptions for 195 yards and two scores. “I feel very confident,” Smith said. “We’ve been working every day in practice. (Bentley) told me it was going to happen, and we went out there and made the plays. Thumbs up, thumbs down: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Thumbs Up Jake Bentley to Shi Smith By halftime, South Carolina’s quarterback (Bentley) had found the young receiver for a pair of massive gains. They tormented Vanderbilt slot corners to the tune of 119 yards on five catches. Rico Dowdle did the most damage with 112 yards on 20 carries, but the game was a nice return for A.J. Turner. He was a top runner the past two seasons but had a quiet start this year. He finished with 64 yards on nine carries that included sprints of 19 and 15 yards. Javon Kinlaw, the terror South Carolina’s top defensive tackle didn’t finish the game after a toe injury put a scare in him. Even in an abbreviated game, he had two strip-sacks, another tackle for loss, a pass breakup and five total tackles. The up-tempo attack USC’s high-paced attack seemed to be working on all cylinders. The Gamecocks ran nearly 80 plays. They broke out 534 yards. They went quick on the opening drives of both halves and did their damage. Thumbs Down That tackling South Carolina gave up five runs of 10 yards or longer, and four passes of at least 15 yards. A lot of that came from issues with tackling, something USC still needs to clean up. Closing the deal The Gamecocks built an early lead and let the Commodores keep it close for a while. There were a few chances squandered before finally closing the door. Fumbles USC looked to be in position to close things down in a big way. Then Dowdle fumbled in the red zone, and Turner lost it late in a big run. The rain factored in. Just staying healthy For stretches, South Carolina lost Kinlaw, Dowdle, Bryan Edwards and didn’t have Rashad Fenton for most of the game. USC has some pieces, but it’s not in position to take a ton of attrition.
  11. Will Muschamp assesses South Carolina's recruiting needs, 2019 class Sept. 22, 2018 South Carolina coach Will Muschamp took some time to discuss his 2019 recruiting class during Thursday night’s “Carolina Calls.” “We feel really good about, No. 1, in our state — five young men we’ve offered all committed to us. We’re excited about that,” Muschamp said on his weekly radio show. Muschamp isn’t only focused on having the top-ranked recruiting class in the state, though. He also noted the Gamecocks’ need to explore more of Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, but he seemed pleased overall with South Carolina’s efforts so far. “I feel really good about where we are,” he said. “Recruiting is a marathon. You’ve got to continue to run the race, as you get into to December, obviously with the early signing day, then you focus on the guys that are maybe still out there in February.” The Gamecocks are certainly running well, as South Carolina’s most prized recruit thus far is five-star defensive end Zachh Pickens from nearby Anderson, S.C. The report also mentioned seven four-star prospects that are committed for 2019, including wide receivers Jamario Holley and Traeyvon Kenion, among others. The Gamecocks’ in-state class features Holley and Kenion, as well as Keshawn Toney, a three-star tight end out of Willison, S.C. According to the report, South Carolina currently holds the seventh spot for 2019 recruiting classes in the SEC. South Carolina isn’t currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, but as a dark-horse contender for the SEC East, they should be well on the way with a new batch of Gamecocks.
  12. Will Gamecocks be rusty? And other storylines for a matchup with Vanderbilt South Carolina plays Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Here are the top five storylines headed into the game: Will Gamecocks be rusty or ready? Teams usually relish an open date, but not when they’re early in the season, of the unexpected variety and coming off a disheartening loss. South Carolina likely would have benefited from playing Marshall last week from a confidence standpoint if nothing else. Head coach Will Muschamp was happy with how his team handled the cancellation of the game and the ensuing practices, in which he and the players said he turned up the intensity. Still, it feels like a long time since the Gamecocks have taken the field, and it will be interesting to see how they look when they do. Where’s the running game? Two games in is too early to make a determination, especially when one of those games came against the best team in the division, but South Carolina at the moment finds itself in a familiar spot – 12th in the SEC in rushing offense. The Gamecocks are averaging 158.5 yards per game on the ground. The Commodores are 11th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 131.7 yards per game. Muschamp and first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon agreed that the Gamecocks should have been more “hard-headed” in the run game against Georgia. Expect them to be very stubborn about it Saturday and don’t be surprised if South Carolina ends up with between 40 and 50 carries. Is this road back to winning streak? A trip to Nashville, Tenn., is a nice way to ease into the road schedule because the Commodores home stadium is hardly daunting. In fact, the trouble at Vanderbilt is more often that the traditionally smaller crowd and quieter venue makes it difficult for teams to get up for games. Still, there are the same logistical challenges that come with any road game, and the Gamecocks have enough new faces in the rotation that the adjustment could have an effect on how they play. Muschamp’s first win at South Carolina came at Vanderbilt, but he’s only won two conference road games since then. Can Gamecocks disrupt Kyle Shurmur? South Carolina will be without starting defensive end D.J. Wonnum (ankle) again, and the Gamecocks defensive line had depth issues even when Wonnum was healthy. Muschamp’s biggest defensive concern Saturday has to be the thought of veteran Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur sitting in the pocket with plenty of time to find a good handful of targets. If South Carolina can’t get pressure on Shurmur, he will pick them apart in small chunks all day long, keeping the ball out of the hands of the Gamecocks’ offense. Will the bottom fall out? It’s an exaggeration to say the momentum of the last two seasons of South Carolina football would fall completely apart with a loss to Vanderbilt, but it’s not a huge one. If the Gamecocks want to prove they have taken a step back into conference contention, they can’t lose to the Commodores or Kentucky next week. You simply can’t be on the right side of the division if you’re looking up at Vanderbilt or the Wildcats. South Carolina has won nine straight against Vanderbilt. If it doesn’t make it 10 on Saturday, it will feel like the sky is falling for a lot of people.
  13. USC basketball targets taking visits Sept. 22, 2018 6-7 Quincy Guerrier of Quebec, who has a USC offer, will take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend. He has visited Oregon and is scheduled to visit Illinois October 5th.
  14. USC target CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, GA will visit Tennessee this weekend Sept. 22, 2018 USC target CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, GA will visit Tennessee this weekend. He has taken an official visit to USC and was also in for unofficial visits in June and for the Georgia game. He has also been to Georgia unofficially.
  15. USC offered 2020 DE Myles Murphy Sept. 22, 2018 USC offered 2020 DE Myles Murphy of Greensboro, NC. Some of his other offers are Virginia Tech, Florida, NC State, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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