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  1. South Carolina poised to open book on training camp with ‘high intensity July 21, 2018 While SEC Media Days mark the unofficial start of football season across the Southeast, the end of summer and start of training camp at South Carolina are marked with Pigskin Poets. For the 22nd consecutive year, Gamecock football players mingled with several hundred excited children, playing Simon Says, reading books and signing autographs at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center on Friday. And while training camp doesn’t begin until Aug. 2, many of the players seemed ready to hit the field. “I think everyone’s excited. A lot of guys have their third year of experience. Everyone’s been working really hard in the offseason, so I think everyone’s excited just to put out everything they’ve been working on,” junior linebacker T.J. Brunson said. Most of the players present Friday were freshmen, who have been busy adjusting to college life and catching up with their more experienced teammates. “They fit right in,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Donell Stanley said. “When they get recruited, (coaches) come around to all of us before they even get here ... asking for some feedback on this guy, is he a fit for our program? And so that’s what we do, and they’ve adjusted well. They’re very talented, as you can see, and they’re ready to work.” Several got a little extra attention Friday, reading books like “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “Yo! Yes?” Freshmen Dakereon Joyner and Jonathan Gipson in particular earned laughs for their renditions. The event, Brunson said, was a welcome distraction before the team plunges back into preparation for the season. “It’s different, going into my third camp, just to take my mind off camp and be able to focus on something else, and being out here is definitely taking my mind off the football side of things,” Brunson said. “It opens my mind to what else is out there, because these kids, they look up to us, and I think it’s really cool we have that type of impact on them.” Not that he’s complaining about the work he and many of his teammates have put in over the summer. The hope, he said, is that that work will translate into a fast start in camp. “I expect for myself to be that leader, to be out there for the third year, to be a leader on defense. I think the coaches expect us to expand on everything we’ve been learning for the past few years, come out to camp with a high intensity,” Brunson said. Stanley said his unit, the offensive line, has hardly taken a break from last season and is prepared for anything after a rocky 2017 in which many players were hurt. “We’ve been here ever since January. We barely had any time off. We committed ourselves to the weight room, because we don’t want to be the weak link on this team. You saw last year, we started nine guys, lots of different lineups and we had to learn to play more than one position, so we have young guys who already are coming in real strong,” Stanely said. “Everybody’s stronger, because we’ve been in the weight room like crazy. We committed ourselves to be here, nobody’s complaining. We’ve been patient, working out.” Brunson expressed confidence that fans will see the payoff of that high intensity and work ethic. “I think that we have a lot more experience and we have a lot more guys, like all 11 on the starting defense. We have guys that we know are going to do everything they can to win. I think, with that being said, there’s going to be a difference on the field this year with plays being made and results, plain and simple,” Brunson said. THE STATE
  2. Gamecock Fanatics would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. GeorgeReis (28)
  3. Still a high 4 star. And #1 drop back passer. I think if you are the #1 drop back passer you should be a 5 star.
  4. The SEC vote is in: Here’s where Gamecocks expected to finish in 2018 July 20, 2018 South Carolina finished second in the SEC East last season, and the media members who cover the conference think they’ll do it again this year. The league released its official media preseason predictions Friday morning, compiled from the just completed SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Gamecocks were picked to finished just behind defending conference champion Georgia in their division. Alabama, the defending national champion, was the media’s pick to win the overall conference crown this year. SEC Media Predictions (First place votes in parenthesis) SEC East Georgia (271) 1,977 South Carolina (8) 1,535 Florida (4) 1,441 Missouri 1,057 Kentucky (1) 874 Tennessee (1) 704 Vanderbilt 392 SEC West Alabama (263) 1,971 Auburn (19) 1,664 Mississippi State (2) 1,239 Texas A&M 1,091 LSU 1,025 Ole Miss 578 Arkansas 412 SEC Champion Alabama (193) Georgia (69) Auburn (14) South Carolina (4) Florida (2) Mississippi State (1) Missouri (1)
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  6. 5 South Carolina players who should have made the All-SEC team July 20, 2018 It is no surprise to see Deebo Samuel’s name in several spots on the preseason All-SEC team released Friday. South Carolina’s senior wide receiver from Chapman was named the “starter” at wide receiver, return specialist and all-purpose player. What is surprising is that only one other Gamecock offensive or defensive player made the first-, second- or third-team. That was senior offensive lineman Zack Bailey. South Carolina still is rebuilding its roster, and the Gamecocks don’t have the top-level talent of an Alabama or a Georgia at the moment, but there are still a few glaring omissions on Friday’s list considering that three teams were announced on each side of the ball. Let’s take a look at the five players not named this week who I think will show up on postseason lists: Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle This will sound like reckless hyperbole. It is not. Javon Kinlaw could be a first-round NFL Draft pick next year. That’s much different than saying he will be. If a long list of things go right, he could be. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior only had 20 tackles (and no sacks) last year, which is why he was overlooked. He’ll have a much bigger year this season. T.J. Brunson, linebacker The junior middle linebacker had 88 tackles last year, and that was with Skai Moore on the team. A 100-tackle season is almost a given this year for the player South Carolina’s defensive coaches have tabbed as the leader of their defense. Sadarius Hutcherson, guard Bailey has been a very good offensive lineman for the Gamecocks for two years now, but the guard head coach Will Muschamp mentioned the most at SEC Media Days was Hutcherson, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound sophomore. Hutcherson was South Carolina’s highest-performing lineman last spring and is expected to have a big fall. Donell Stanley, center The move of the 6-foot-3, 315-pound junior to center may be the most overlooked aspect of South Carolina’s offseason. It’s been a while since the interior of a Gamecocks offensive line has moved the middle of the line consistently enough for South Carolina to establish its inside zone running game. Stanley is helping with that. Bryan Edwards, receiver The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is the best No. 2 wide receiver in the SEC and, along with Samuel, gives South Carolina the best duo of pass-catchers in the conference. Between the first-, second- and third-team, there were six wide receiver spots announced Friday. Edwards should have had one of them.
  7. Voting From SEC Media Days Gamecocks land 3 on the list July 20, 2018 Three members of the South Carolina football team were named to 2018 preseason All-SEC squads, while the Gamecocks were picked to finish second in the Eastern Division, according to the media voting conducted at the SEC Football Media Days in Atlanta this week and was announced today. Senior Deebo Samuel was a first-team selection as a wide receiver, return specialist and as an all-purpose back. Junior punter Joseph Charlton was a second-team selection, while senior offensive lineman Zack Bailey was a third-team pick. Samuel, a 6-0, 210-pounder from Inman, S.C., is one of the most electrifying players in college football. He owns 86 career receptions for 1,194 yards and has scored 15 career touchdowns - seven on the ground, five receiving and three via kickoff return. Samuel is the school’s record-holder in kick returns for touchdowns. Charlton, a 6-5, 188-pound local product from A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, put together a very solid campaign in his first year handling the duties in 2017. He earned the Jim Carlen Award as the MVP on special teams and the Most Productive Player award for special teams. He ranked sixth in the SEC and 30th in the nation in punting, averaging 43.5 yards per punt. The Gamecocks finished 19th in the nation in net punting at 40.5 yards per punt. Charlton logged 15 punts inside the 20, 17 of 50-yards or longer and only four touchbacks among his 55 punts. Bailey, a 6-6, 314-pounder from Summerville, S.C., returned to his more natural position of left guard in the spring after serving as the starting right tackle in 2017. A versatile performer who began his career as a guard, Bailey has also played center. He has played in 34 games over the past three seasons, making 26 starts (15 at left guard, eight at right tackle and three at center). Alabama received 193 votes to be crowned SEC Champion on December 1 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Georgia was second with 69 votes. Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,977 points, including 271 first-place votes, while South Carolina was second with 1,535 points and 8 votes to win the division. Florida was third with 1,441 total points. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,971 total points, while Auburn was second with 1,664. Alabama received 263 first-place votes in the SEC West. Mississippi State was third with 1,239 points. Only six times since 1992 has the predicted champion at SEC Media Days proceeded to win the SEC Championship. EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) Georgia (271) 1977 South Carolina (8) 1535 Florida (4) 1441 Missouri 1057 Kentucky (1) 874 Tennessee (1) 704 Vanderbilt 392 WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) Alabama (263) 1971 Auburn (19) 1664 Mississippi State (2) 1239 Texas A&M 1091 LSU 1025 Ole Miss 578 Arkansas 412 SEC CHAMPION Alabama 193 Georgia 69 Auburn 14 South Carolina 4 Florida 2 Mississippi State 1 Missouri 1 2018 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM OFFENSE First-Team QB Drew Lock, Missouri RB Damien Harris, Alabama RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri OL Jonah Williams, Alabama OL Greg Little, Ole Miss OL Martez Ivey, Florida OL Trey Smith, Tennessee C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama Second-Team QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M WR Terry Godwin, Georgia WR Ryan Davis, Auburn TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia OL Lester Cotton, Alabama OL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas OL Garrett Brumfield, LSU C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia Third-Team *QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State *QB Jake Fromm, Georgia RB Aeris Williams, Mississippi State RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri TE C.J. Conrad, Kentucky OL Matt Womack, Alabama OL Zack Bailey, South Carolina OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss OL Marquel Harrell, Auburn C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M DEFENSE First-Team DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama DL Cece Jefferson, Florida DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State LB Devin White, LSU LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama LB Mack Wilson, Alabama DB Deandre Baker, Georgia DB Greedy Williams, LSU DB J.R. Reed, Georgia DB Deionte Thompson, Alabama Second-Team DL Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia DL Terry Beckner, Missouri DL Derrick Brown, Auburn DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama LB Josh Allen, Kentucky LB Deshaun Davis, Auburn LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Kentucky DB Jamel Dean, Auburn DB CJ Henderson, Florida Third-Team DL Dontavius Russell, Auburn DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn *DL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M *DL Landis Durham, Texas A&M LB Dylan Moses, Alabama LB David Reese, Florida LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas DB Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State DB Marco Wilson, Florida DB Javaris Davis, Auburn DB Santos Ramirez, Arkansas SPECIALISTS First-Team P Corey Fatony, Missouri PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia RS Deebo Samuel, South Carolina AP Deebo Samuel, South Carolina Second-Team P Joseph Charlton, South Carolina PK Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M RS Mecole Hardman, Georgia AP Trevon Diggs, Alabama Third-Team P Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU PK Tucker McCann, Missouri RS Trevon Diggs, Alabama AP Kadarius Toney, Florida * - Indicates a tie
  8. FeatheredCock

    Stanley on Rimington List

    Stanley on Rimington List July 20, 2018 Carolina Standout Among 58 Candidates Considered for Nation’s Top Center COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 20, 2018) -- University of South Carolina redshirt junior Donell Stanley has been named to the 2018 Rimington Award preseason watch list, as announced Friday by the Rimington Trophy Committee. The award is presented annually to the top center in college football. Stanley, a 6-3, 315-pounder enters the 2018 season expected to anchor the center position for the Gamecocks after starting at guard in 2017. The Floydale, S.C., native earned nine starts at left guard last season and three at right guard. For his career, Stanley has appeared in 25 games over the course of four years with the Gamecock program, including 13 starting assignments. The Rimington Award Spring Watch List honors 58 NCAA Division I FBS centers. Stanley is one of seven honorees from the Southeastern Conference. While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner: • Walter Camp Foundation (WCF) • Sporting News (SN) • Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the All- America teams. The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only two-time winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com
  9. FeatheredCock

    Crosby on Mackey List

    Crosby on Mackey List July 20, 2018 Carolina Senior on Preseason Watch List for Nation’s Top Tight End COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 20, 2018) – University of South Carolina senior K.C. Crosby has been named to the 2018 preseason John Mackey Award watch list, it was announced today by the Friends of John Mackey. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. Crosby, a 6-1, 229-pounder from Bamberg, S.C., figures to play a greater role in the offense in 2018 following the departure of first-round NFL draft pick Hayden Hurst. Crosby, who shared the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring Award with offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson, has displayed excellent hands and can stretch the field. He has appeared in 31 games, including 10 starts, and owns four touchdowns among his 25 career catches. The Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 5, 2018 and then presented live on December 6, 2018 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA. Athletics Communications & Public Relations
  10. South Carolina 2018 football season game-by-game predictions July 20, 2018 Now that SEC Media Day's are over it's time for some fun with 2018 predictions. Here is my first look and it will change when I take off my Garnet classes before the start of the season. My early thoughts looking through Garnet classes on 2018 South Carolina ’s football season. Is this the year the Gamecocks win 12? A perfect season heading into the SEC Championship. Could be!! And this is how it could play out. Reminder my predictions are through Garnet classes and please do not take this to the bank. Coastal Carolina, Sept. 1 The Chanticleers are coming off a 3-9 season, and their only other trip to Williams-Brice Stadium ended in a 70-10 loss in 2013. This one won’t be a 60-point win (probably), but it’s a big win for a Gamecocks team that will be looking to prove its offense is improved. Moving on. My pick Pick: South Carolina 56, Coastal Carolina 17 Georgia, Sept. 8 The Bulldogs are back on the early part of the schedule, and that’s good news for South Carolina. Georgia still will be working to figure out how to replace a lot of very important defenders, plus running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The less-good news for the Gamecocks is the Bulldogs have recruited well enough to replace their losses. But at this stage an early season game could give the Gamecocks a win this time around. My pick Pick: South Carolina 21, Georgia 20 Marshall, Sept. 15 This won’t be a walkover win, especially coming off what will be a physical game against the Bulldogs. The Thundering Herd finished 8-5 a year ago and beat a decent Colorado State game in a bowl game. The good news for South Carolina is junior Herd quarterback Chase Litton, who ranked fifth in school history in passing, decided to skip his senior season, so Marshall will be breaking in a new quarterback. My pick Pick: South Carolina 35, Marshall 13 At Vanderbilt, Sept. 22 Breaking news: Ralph Webb is not a Commodore anymore. It seems like Webb has been running the ball for Vanderbilt forever, and SEC defensive coordinators will be glad to see him gone. Commodores quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who had 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year, is back, but Vanderbilt still is Vanderbilt. My pick Pick: South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 17 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. 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 Missouri, Oct. 6 A lot was made of Missouri’s six-game winning streak to end the regular season, but it’s tough to forget how bad the Tigers looked when South Carolina beat them 31-13 early in the season last year. Quarterback Drew Lock is back, and former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley will be coordinating the offense. It will be Dooley’s first job running an offense, so it’s hard to know what kind of system he’ll run. By this point in the season, the Gamecocks will have it figured out, though. My pick Pick: South Carolina 30, Missouri 24 Texas A&M, Oct. 13 The Aggies are the biggest mystery on South Carolina’s 2018 schedule. Texas A&M fired Kevin Sumlin and broke the bank to lure Jimbo Fisher from Florida State. Fisher inherits plenty of talent, which has never been the Aggies issue. If Texas A&M can survive an early season schedule that includes Clemson and Alabama with its confidence intact, the Aggies will be trouble. My pick Pick: South Carolina 27, Texas A&M 24 Tennessee, Oct. 27 Whereas Fisher doesn’t have a lot of rebuilding to do with the Texas A&M program, first-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has a lot of work in front of him. It’s hard to believe Pruitt will get the Volunteers back to being a legitimate threat in the SEC East in one year. My pick Pick: South Carolina 34, Tennessee 20 At Ole Miss, Nov. 3 This will be South Carolina’s first trip to Oxford, Miss., since 2008, and it’s sure to be a hot ticket for Gamecocks fans. It’s also pretty sure to be a win for South Carolina. The Rebels have an open date before this game, but that’s probably not enough to lift a team that will be replacing quarterback Shea Patterson and won’t be eligible for a bowl game again because of NCAA sanctions. My pick Pick: South Carolina 34, Ole Miss 17 At Florida, Nov. 10 The Swamp still is a tough place for South Carolina to play. The Gamecocks have won there twice, and even though those victories have come in their last four trips to Gainesville, Fla., (2014 and 2010), this will be a tough trip. Florida will have had plenty of time to get comfortable with first-year head coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense. My pick Pick: South Carolina 27 Florida 17, Chattanooga, Nov. 17 A 3-8 team a year ago, the Mocs will provide a good breather before the Clemson game. My pick Pick: South Carolina 42, Chattanooga 14 At Clemson, Nov. 24 The Tigers will be going for their fifth consecutive win in this series, and they probably will be favorites to do it. Clemson’s daunting defensive line will be back intact after its three juniors surprised everyone by deciding to return. The big question is who will be playing quarterback for the Tigers at this point. The bet here is on freshman Trevor Lawrence, who’s really good. The Gamecocks also will return a solid defense as well and a potant offense to go along with their defense. The streak stops here. My pick Pick: South Carolina 35, Clemson 27,
  11. Gamecocks are trending up. How far they’ll go in the SEC a hot topic July 19, 2018 The Southeastern Conference will release its media predictions for the 2018 season on Friday. Where South Carolina lands in those projections will be a mark of the Gamecocks’ progress and their perception entering Year 3 under Will Muschamp. Muschamp, South Carolina’s head coach, is pleased with the progress but cares little about the perception. “Goals and expectations are great, but if you don’t understand what it takes to attain those goals and you don’t understand the work and the everyday operation it’s going to take to be successful, then you’ll never achieve those things,” Muschamp said Thursday on the final day of SEC Media Days. “We’re a day-to-day organization. Right now, we’re trying to finish summer, and then we need to have a great training camp.” The Gamecocks finished second in the SEC East a year ago with a conference record of 5-3 to go along with an overall record of 9-4. Chances are, they’ll either be picked second or third in the East heading into this season. Defending conference champion and national runner-up Georgia is the clear favorite in the division with South Carolina and Florida jockeying for the next spot. I voted Georgia first, South Carolina second, Florida third, Kentucky fourth, Tennessee fifth, Missouri sixth and Vanderbilt seventh; but enough people might choose the Gators to give them the No. 2 spot. “I feel like we’re in a much better place right now than we were two years ago, obviously,” said Muschamp, referring to taking over a program that had finished 3-9 in the previous season. “I think we need to have a great training camp to have the type of season we want to have. Our goal does not change. It’s to win the East and win our state. We haven’t done that yet. We have made some progress, but we need to accomplish some things.” What those things could be this season Muschamp didn’t want to speculate, and it was clear he had passed that message on to the players who accompanied him to Atlanta as quarterback Jake Bentley, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and defensive end D.J. Wonnum all pointed toward training camp, which opens Aug. 3, and not beyond in the their media sessions. “I think it’s going to start with having a great training camp this year,” Bentley said (repeatedly), “having the right mindset, not the mindset that I’m tired or I’m sore but that it’s an opportunity to get better.” Muschamp pointed to the 2004 LSU national title team on which he was an assistant coach and other successful teams in his background to illustrate his point on the importance of the month of practice leading up to the Sept. 1 season-opener against Coastal Carolina. “They all had great training camps, and our guys are focused on training camp and having a great training camp,” he said. Of course, the media collected here wanted to talk about the Sept. 8 game against the Bulldogs that will establish the leader in the SEC East. “We know that game is looming, but the winner or loser of that game is not going to determine the East,” Muschamp said. “There’s a lot of football to be played after that game, regardless of the circumstances and the outcome of the game.” For the moment, there’s no football to be played, leaving us to wonder what everyone thinks about the Gamecocks heading into 2018 and how close it will be to reality of what is to come. THE STATE
  12. WATCH: Gamecocks field questions during final session of Media Days July 19, 2018 Jake Bentley during SEC Media Days Deebo Samuel during SEC Media Days D.J. Wonnum during SEC Media Days
  13. FeatheredCock

    2018 Opponent Preview: Georgia

    2018 Opponent Preview: Georgia July 19, 2018 armchairallamericans.com OPPONENT: Georgia Bulldogs WHEN: September 8, 2018 at 3:30 WHERE: Williams Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Georgia leads 50-18-2 LAST MEETING: Georgia beat South Carolina 24-10 on November 4, 2017 in Athens 2017 RECORD: Georgia finished last year 13-2 and 7-1 in the SEC. Head Coach… Kirby Smart is entering his third year and has an overall record of 17-5. Returning Starters… Georgia is returning 13 starters, with eight on offense and five on defense. How did they fare in 2017? In their 2017 campaign, Georgia had one of the best years in their program. In his second year, Kirby Smart led Georgia to a 13-2 record, which resulted from a division and conference win. Georgia also secured the two seed in the playoff where they defeated Oklahoma in a Rose Bowl thriller. They went on to lose against Alabama in the National Championship. Best Returning Player… QB Jake Fromm, Sophomore As a freshman, Fromm took the starting job from Jacob Eason and led the Bulldogs to the National Championship. In 2017, Fromm threw for 2,615 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. There’s a lot of speculation that incoming freshman Justin Fields will take the starting job, but it’s hard to imagine Fromm will lose his starting role. Overall Outlook… This game will have a huge impact on who wins the SEC East because this is the toughest conference game for South Carolina. Besides Georgia and Clemson, South Carolina’s schedule is favorable. If Deebo Samuel manages to stay healthy, the Gamecocks can surprise the college football world. A big home win against the national runner-ups for the Gamecocks early on will send shock-waves through the nation. If Georgia wins, they have a clear path back to the playoff. The ESPN FPI currently gives Georgia a 79.1 percent chance to beat South Carolina.
  14. Good news here Redshirt freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson, who missed all of last season with a shoulder issue, has been cleared for camp.
  15. SEC Network Schedule Analysis at Media Day — 7/19/18 Jake Bentley on Set at SEC Media Day — 7/19/18

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