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  2. Gamecocks to Host Texas A&M Saturday 3:30 Kick Set for Williams-Brice Stadium 10/12/2018 GAME NOTES ***South Carolina vs Texas A&M*** South Carolina comes home to Williams-Brice Stadium to take on the Texas A&M Aggies before an off week. Here’s what you need to know about the game: Game info Who: Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-2, 2-2) When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) Series history: The Aggies lead the series 4-0. The first meeting was in 2014, an upset that knocked USC off a perch as a preseason top-10 team TV: SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour, play-by-play; Matt Stinchcomb, analysis; Kris Budden, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 105/XM 190 Line: Texas A&M by 2 Weather: Sunny, with a high near 75. Temperature should be around 75 at kickoff, 70 by the time the game ends. Chance of rain will be less than 5 percent. What’s at stake With the Missouri win, South Carolina has the inside track to at least making a bowl. A win against the Aggies would give the Gamecocks a great chance at seven wins and a decent one at eight if they take care of business. The question also looms as to how Jake Bentley looks coming off missing a game with a knee injury. He’ll be facing a well-coached defense with a lot of talent. The Aggies are looking for more proof of concept in Jimbo Fisher’s first season. They’ve got four wins, and still have Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU on the schedule. Another win would help before that stretch run. South Carolina players to watch 1. USC quarterback Jake Bentley is on track to start and is once more a question mark after missing the past game with a knee injury. Without him, Michael Scarnecchia threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, leading USC on a game-winning drive. 2. Top South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel had probably his best game of the season against the Tigers, and he might have a good chance to do more damage. He has 26 catches for 294 yards and a pair of scores, and Texas A&M has been prone to allowing big plays. 3. Junior linebacker T.J. Brunson has had a rough go of things of late, struggling with gap control along with the rest of USC’s defense. He’ll be tested by Trayveon Williams, a 200-pound bull averaging 120 yards a game. Brunson has 30 tackles, 3 1/2 for loss and one pass break-up on the season. Texas A&M players to watch 1. Junior running back Trayveon Williams leads the SEC in rushing yards and is second in the conference in touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound back possess both impressive speed and a tough running style that could spell trouble given how both Missouri and Kentucky were able to impose their will at times along the line of scrimmage against USC. 2. Junior tight end Jace Sternberger has a nose for the end zone — he has five touchdowns in six games for A&M. The 250-pounder also leads the Aggies in receiving yards and will likely be a matchup nightmare for a Gamecocks secondary that has struggled to find stability at the safety position. 3. Senior defensive back Donovan Wilson has already twice been ejected for targeting this season, yet he is still one of the Aggies top tacklers, has one of A&M’s two interceptions on the year and can terrorize teams behind the line of scrimmage and in the open field. Were it not for an injury last season, he would likely be in the NFL right now. As it is, he is a volatile, explosive player who could hurt Carolina, or his own team. South Carolina depth chart OFFENSE WR Deebo Samuel Josh Vann WR Bryan Edwards Chavis Dawkins WR Shi Smith Randrecous Davis OT Blake Camper Dylan Wonnum OG Zack Bailey Eric Douglas C Donell Stanley Chandler Farrell OG Sadarius Hutcherson Jordan Rhodes OT Dennis Daley Malik Young QB Jake Bentley Michael Scarnecchia Dakereon Joyner RB Rico Dowdle OR Ty’Son Williams OR A.J. Turner TE Jacob August Kyle Markway TE Kiel Pollard Defense DE Bryson Allen-Williams Brad Johnson DT Javon Kinlaw Kobe Smith DT Keir Thomas J.J. Enagbare DE Aaron Sterling Shameik Blackshear WLB Sherrod Greene Damani Staley MLB T.J. Brunson Rosendo Louis SLB Daniel Fennell Bryson Allen-Williams CB Keisean Nixon Jaycee Horn S Steven Montac Javon Charleston S Jamyest Williams Nick Harvey CB Rashad Fenton Israel Mukuamu Nickel Jaycee Horn Jamyest Williams PK Parker White Alexander Woznick KO Alexander Woznick Parker White P Joseph Charlton Michael Almond LS Ben Asbury Matthew Smith KOR Deebo Samuel A.J. Turner PR Bryan Edwards Nick Harvey H Danny Gordon Michael Almond The teams, by the numbers USC A&M Points/Game 30.0 33.33 Opp. Points/Game 25.8 20.17 Yds. Rushing/Game 169.2 220.8 Opp. Yds Rush/Game 194.0 82.5 Yds. Pass/Game 255.8 270.67 Opp. Yds. Pass/Game 168.4 244.83 Avg. Yds./Game 425.0 491.5 Opp. Total Yds/Game 362.4 327.3 YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2 SEC) host the #22/22 Texas A&M Aggies (4-2, 2-1 SEC) in the middle game of a three-game homestand for the Gamecocks. Game time is set for 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, Oct. 13, and the contest will be televised on SEC Network. IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW: SEC Network has the telecast for this week's contest. Taylor Zarzour will handle the play-by-play with Matt Stinchcomb serving as the analyst. Kris Budden will work the sidelines. This will mark the fourth time in six games this season that this crew has covered the Gamecocks. Carolina is a perfect 3-0 in games this crew has called. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 604-575-44. SEC HISTORY: The South Carolina Gamecocks are in their 27th year in the Southeastern Conference. Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 92-119-1 (.436) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 37-31 (.544) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark and sole possession of second place in the SEC East in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC. GAMECOCKS AND AGGIES: This is the fifth meeting on the gridiron between South Carolina and Texas A&M. The Gamecocks are still looking for their first win over their "permanent" SEC Western Division rivals from College Station. The two schools met for the first time in 2014 in Columbia, with A&M rolling up a 52-28 win in the season opener for both teams. The teams met for the first time in College Station in 2015 with the Aggies winning again, this time by a 35-28 count. A&M left Williams-Brice Stadium with a 24-13 victory in 2016, the last time they met in Columbia. Last season, the Aggies overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to win by a 24-17 count in College Station. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Carolina opened up a 17-7 third quarter lead and led 17-10 heading into the final period before Keith Ford ran for two scores as the Aggies (4-1, 2-0 SEC) rallied for a 24-17 win in College Station on Sept. 30, 2017. Jake Bentley therw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked seven times in the contest. A&M outgained the Gamecocks (3-2, 1-2 SEC) by a 151-7 margin in the fourth quarter. Kellen Mond completed 19-of-27 passes for 159 yards and rushed 16 times for 95 yards for the Aggies. THE LAST TIME THEY MET HERE: No. 9/10 Texas A&M improved its record to 5-0 with a hard-fought 24-13 win over South Carolina in Columbia on Oct. 1, 2016. The Gamecocks needed just 13 seconds to get on the board, as A.J. Turner went 75 yards to paydirt on the game's first play from scrimmage. Turner finished the game with a career-high 113 yards on 10 carries. A&M marched right back down the field for a game-tying touchdown on its first possession. The teams went into halftime with the game still deadlocked at 7. A&M scored on its first drive of the second half to take a lead it would not relinquish. Carolina's Elliott Fry sandwiched a pair of 43-yard field goals around another Aggie TD, keeping the Gamecocks within striking distance until Daniel LaCamera booted a 35-yard field goal with 1:41 to play to seal the victory. FACING THE LONE STAR STATE TEAMS: Carolina is 3-8 all-time against teams from the Lone Star State, going 1-0 against Texas, 1-2 against both Baylor and Houston, and 0-4 against Texas A&M. The Gamecocks' 2015 trip to College Station marked their first venture into the state of Texas since dropping an 18-17 decision to Baylor in Waco on October 2, 1976. A TEXAS THREESOME: The Carolina roster features three players who list Texas as their home state. Linebacker Eldridge Thompsonplayed his prep ball in Memphis, but his mother and sister now make their home in Houston. Graduate transfer safety J.T. Ibe played his high school ball in Mansfield, Texas and earned his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston. Graduate transfer defensive back Nick Harvey lists Lancaster, Texas as his hometown. He played for Travis High School in Richmond, Texas, before spending 2014-17 as a member of the Texas A&M football squad. He earned his undergraduate degree from A&M in university studies with a concentration in agriculture and life sciences. MORE ON HARVEY: This is a game that Carolina defensive back Nick Harvey had to have circled on his calendar. The Lancaster, Texas product played 38 games for the Aggies from 2014-16, including 13 starts. He recorded 109 tackles during his tenure at Texas A&M under head coach Kevin Sumlin. He was redshirted during the 2017 season. CHAMP VS. THE AGGIES: South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is 1-2 vs. A&M. He was a 20-17 winner in College Station in 2012 while leading the Florida Gators, and is winless in two tries leading the Gamecocks.
  3. Scouting South Carolina’s next opponent: Texas A&M Oct. 08, 2018 Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-2, 2-2) When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Williams-Brice Stadium TV: SEC Network Rankings: Texas A&M re-entered both the coaches poll and the AP poll at No. 22. South Carolina received votes in both. Three storylines ▪ Do the Gamecocks have a quarterback controversy on their hands? Junior starter Jake Bentley missed this past Saturday’s game against Missouri with a knee sprain, and senior Michael Scarnecchia excelled in his place, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-35 passing, with no interceptions. Bentley, meanwhile, wasn’t excellent when he was playing — 232 yards per game with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Coach Will Muschamp hasn’t tipped his hand either way. ▪ Was the Missouri win for real? Saturday’s victory over Mizzou was desperately needed for South Carolina’s confidence (and bowl hopes). But it came in truly bizarre fashion — last-minute field goals, drenching rain, lightning delays, lots of penalties, technical difficulties with headsets and so on. And so while the Gamecocks are obviously happy to have the win, it’s difficult to decide what lessons to take from it. Texas A&M may provide more clarity. ▪ Texas A&M is still looking for its first road win in the Jimbo Fisher era. Not to mention, Fisher and Muschamp have history. Both are members of the Nick Saban coaching tree, and they squared off every year back when Fisher coached Florida State and Muschamp led Florida. Fisher came out ahead in those four matchups, 3-1, but Muschamp is more settled in his current job amd will have home field advantage. Three Texas A&M players to watch ▪ Junior running back Trayveon Williams leads the SEC in rushing yards and is second in the conference in touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound back possess both impressive speed and a tough running style that could spell trouble given how both Missouri and Kentucky were able to impose their will at times along the line of scrimmage against USC. ▪ Junior tight end Jace Sternberger has a nose for the end zone — he has five touchdowns in six games for A&M. The 250-pounder also leads the Aggies in receiving yards and will likely be a matchup nightmare for a Gamecocks secondary that has struggled to find stability at the safety position. ▪ Senior defensive back Donovan Wilson has already twice been ejected for targeting this season, yet he is still one of the Aggies top tacklers, has one of A&M’s two interceptions on the year and can terrorize teams behind the line of scrimmage and in the open field. Were it not for an injury last season, he would likely be in the NFL right now. As it is, he is a volatile, explosive player who could hurt Carolina, or his own team.
  4. Texas A&M, Oct. 13 One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win It’s awfully nice for Texas A&M when it doesn’t have to face Alabama or Clemson. It might have needed a whole lot of work to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season, but it did it. And now, it’s starting to play and appear to be one of the four best teams in the SEC. How did the Aggies do it? They slowed down Benny Snell and the Cats’ ground game, allowing just 70 yards with a great day from the line. Amazing at getting behind the line, DE Kinglsey Keke, LB Otaro Alaka and company have come up with 42 tackles for loss so far, and they all dominated the UK offensive front. A&M stuffed Alabama for just 109 yards on the ground, and stopped Clemson for 115. South Carolina might be getting back Jake Bentley at quarterback, but he’s going to have to carry the offense – there won’t be any Gamecock ground game. One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win The Texas A&M defensive line might be amazing, but the offensive line is more than happy to give up sacks, allowing 21 so far. QB Kellen Mond has been excellent so far as he grows into the star of the A&M offense more and more, but he can be pressured into mistakes. A&M has an issue so far with turnovers – Mond has thrown five picks over the last three games – and so far, USC has allowed just three touchdown passes. That might not seem like a big deal, it shut out Missouri’s Drew Lock and kept Georgia’s quarterbacks to just one score. USC might have issues in the time of possession battle, but the D is amazing on third downs – it’s not going to allow Mond and the A&M passing attack to take over. – Free daily ATS lock pick just released: ‘100% confidence release!’ What’s Going To Happen The Aggies are a solid team. 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. Texas A&M has survived an early-season schedule that includes Clemson and Alabama with its confidence intact, the Aggies will be trouble this Saturday at William Brice Stadium. A&M has the right fit to go into South Carolina and pull off a tough win. The Aggies lead the SEC in third down conversions and time of possession, the pass rush is good enough to screw up the Gamecock backfield, and the best-in-the-nation punting game should help them own the field position battle. South Carolina might not always be amazing, but it has ways of slugging out close wins. This week, the Gamecocks will be able to do enough on D, Bentley will come up with a good day. I aspect an all-out war in another game, with a win, pulled out with time running out. Pick: South Carolina 27, Texas A&M 24
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  6. Five Burning Questions for South Carolina vs. Texas A&M October 12, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina (3-2, 2-2 SEC) plays No. 22 Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. Here are the five burning questions that will determine if the Gamecocks can win: How effective will Jake Bentley be? The Gamecocks regular starting quarterback returns to action Saturday after missing last week due to a Grade 1 (the least serious version) MCL sprain in his left knee. He will wear a brace on his left knee today and how it affects his accuracy and mobility will be worth watching early. Senior backup Michael Scarnecchia played well enough filling in for Bentley last week (249 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) that South Carolina now knows it has a viable option if Bentley struggles. Head coach Will Muschamp has praised Bentley’s command of the offense throughout the season, but his numbers (928 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions) haven’t been great. Can South Carolina stop the Aggies run game? Texas A&M is fifth in the SEC in rushing with 220.8 yards per game. Aggies running back Trayveon Williams leads the league with 720 yards, and that’s with 40 percent of his snaps coming against Alabama and Clemson. Last year, Williams had 14 carries for 98 yardsagainst the Gamecocks, and the USC rush defense was better last year. South Carolina is next-to-last in the conference in rushing defense this year, allowing 194 yards per game on the ground. The Gamecocks have stressed doing “simple better” to improve their run defense, but that’s something they have been trying to do for a while without success. Can South Carolina run the ball? Two years ago against the Aggies, junior running back A.J. Turner had a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. The Gamecocks had only 86 yards on 34 carries after that in a 24-13 loss. In the last two games, South Carolina has averaged 3.12 yards per carry. Overall, the Gamecocks are 11th in rushing with 169.2 yards per game. The Aggies, meanwhile, lead the SEC in rushing defense, allowing only 78.8 yards per game despite facing the Crimson Tide and Tigers, two of the nation’s top 27 rushing teams. Can Gamecocks beat a ranked team? The Muschamp era turned around on Oct. 29, 2016, when a 2-4 South Carolina team beat No. 18 Tennessee 24-21 in Williams-Brice Stadium with Bentley making his first SEC start. Since then, though, the Gamecocks are 0-7 against ranked teams. It’s informative, although not encouraging, to remember that that 2016 Tennessee team was in the midst of a tailspin that would see it lose to Vanderbilt later in the season. There’s another losing streak to snap as well. South Carolina is 0-4 all-time against Texas A&M. When will Deebo Samuel break out? The Gamecocks senior wide receiver doesn’t have a 100-yard receiving game this season. Saturday would be a good place to start. The Aggies pass defense seems to be their biggest weakness, allowing 244.8 yards per game and an SEC-worst 8.6 yards per attempt. Samuel has 36 touches this season and is second on the team in all-purpose yardage with 88 yards per game. (Running back Rico Dowdle, who leads the team in touches with 87, leads the team with 88.6 yards per game.) However, he’s yet to look as explosive as he did a year ago. Of the team’s 38 explosive plays, Samuel has been involved in only four of them, three receptions in the last two weeks and a carry against Coastal Carolina.
  7. Texas A&M Q&A: Five things to know about South Carolina’s opponent October 12, 2018 The State Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, took time this week to answer a few of our questions about the Aggies as they prepare for Saturday’s game with South Carolina. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. SEC Network will televise. 1. Six games in, what has surprised you most about the Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M? Fisher’s ability to inject some toughness this quick into a program needing a heavy dose. Some of the longtime Alabama beat writers at halftime of the Aggies’ game at Bryant-Denny Stadium said this looks like a different A&M program from top to bottom – and they’re right. The players have bought in quickly, which doesn’t always happen. 2. South Carolina went 0-4 against the Kevin Sumlin-led Aggies. What are some notable differences with with the Fisher-led Aggies? Their ability to control the clock. Sumlin wasn’t big on TOP, and his defenses occasionally paid the price. The Aggies are dominating TOP against opponents to date, in emphasizing a ground game – one led by a newfangled (but old school) fullback – that A&M rarely utilized to its potential under Sumlin. 3. As USC can attest to, holding Kentucky’s Benny Snell to 60 yards is no small feat. What kind of a statement did coordinator Mike Elko and the A&M defense make last week? Has Elko surpassed expectations to this point? Elko has definitely surpassed expectations, considering A&M fans for the past 20 years have heard how the latest defensive coordinator (and the last was longtime SEC stalwart John Chavis) was finally going to change things with the gang once known as the “Wrecking Crew.” Elko did inherit a solid line from Chavis, but it also took players like senior tackle Daylon Mack, a former five-star prospect, to go all in for the new approach to work. Halfway through the season, it’s working better than most anticipated, especially against the run. 4. Kellen Mond last impacted an SC team on Sept. 8 when he tossed for 430 yards in a narrow loss to Clemson. How would you evaluate his progress to this point? Not as fast as some A&M fans would like, but it’s easy to forget he’s a sophomore who didn’t have the benefit of a redshirt year. Mond’s disposition is cool and collected, and that approach has helped him overcome potential disasters, like fumbling in the fourth quarter against Kentucky (and then the Aggies pulled out the victory in OT). His progress has been steady, although fans might have been thrown off by a superb showing against Clemson in the second game of the season. 5. What is A&M’s biggest strength? Weakness? Strength: The ability to control the game, particularly in chewing up clock on offense, which has surprised plenty of folks around College Station (including yours truly). Weakness: The secondary has shown dramatic improvement in the last two games, so this nod will need to go to the defense’s overall inability to create turnovers. A&M has caused two turnovers in six games, three less than anyone else in the league – making their overall defensive success that much more surprising to this point.
  8. South Carolina commit Zacch Pickens has career night on ground for TL Hanna October 13, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina commit Zacch Pickens showed off his running skills again and quarterback commit Luke Doty had a hand in all three of Myrtle Beach’s touchdowns Friday night. Pickens, a five-star defensive line commit, had a 79-yard run and also had a 1-yard TD run in TL Hanna’s 60-22 win over Wade Hampton. The 79-yard run was Pickens’ longest of his career. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder capped off the drive with a 1-yard run for his 10thtouchdown of the season. Pickens’ 80 total yards also was a career-high. On defense, he had three tackles and a sack. Doty, the junior and Class of 2020 commit, was 24-of-37 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 45 yards and a score in the 21-0 win over Marlboro County. Class of 2019 quarterback commit Ryan Hilinksi had his game postponed Friday because of weather in Southern California. Orange Lutheran’s game against JSerra will be made up Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST. Northwestern receiver Jamario Holley had the game-winning touchdown for the second straight week. Holley’s 11-yard catch from Dustin Noller with 8:42 left was the difference as Northwestern defeated Nation Ford, 21-20 for its second straight win. Holley finished with two catches for 18 yards. How other Gamecock commits fared this week: Class of 2019 Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Plays Army Prep on Saturday Rodricus Fitten (Washington HS, Ga.) – Off this week Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Off this week Kevin Harris (Bradwell Institute, Ga.) – Team off this week Ryan Hilinski (Orange Lutheran, Calif) – Game against JSerra postponed because of weather. Will be made up Saturday with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. EST Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, N.C.) – Game postponed because of Hurricane Michael. Keveon Mullins (Whitehaven, Tenn.) – Off this week Keshawn Toney (Williston-Elko) – Missed game with injury Class of 2020 Mecose Todd (Villa Rice HS, Ga.) – Off this week.
  9. High School Football Scoreboard Week 8 OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Here are reported high school football scores across South Carolina ABBEVILLE 36 SILVER BLUFF 7 AC FLORA 42 ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON 7 AIRPORT 37 AIKEN 34 ANDREW JACKSON 41 LEWISVILLE 6 ANDREW JACKSON ACADEMY 64 FAITH RIDGE 0 ANDREWS 40 LATTA 12 BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 31 WOODLAND 7 BAPTIST HILL 78 CHARLESTON CHARTER 0 BATTERY CREEK 13 RIDGELAND-HARDEEVILLE 12 BEAUFORT ACADEMY 60 CATHEDERAL 6 BELTON-HONEA PATH 27 PICKENS 10 BERKELEY 48 JAMES ISLAND 21 BETHUNE-BOWMAN 42 CROSS 0 BISHOP ENGLAND 33 ACADEMIC MAGNET 6 BLACKVILLE-HILDA 23 ESTILL 0 BOILING SPRINGS 42 HILLCREST 21 BROOKLAND-CAYCE 31 MIDLAND VALLEY 13 BUFORD 43 CAROLINA CHRISTIAN 12 CA JOHNSON 14 EAU CLAIRE 10 CANE BAY 42 STRATFORD 28 CARDINAL NEWMAN 38 WILSON HALL 28 CAROLINA FOREST 56 ST. JAMES 13 CARVERS BAY 68 JOHNSONVILLE 0 CE MURRAY 22 BRANCHVILLE 12 CENTRAL 49 CHESTERFIELD 0 CHESNEE 54 CAROLINA ACADEMY 26 CHESTER 21 CAMDEN 19 CLARENDON HALL 36 WARDLAW ACADEMY 0 CONWAY 21 SOUTH FLORENCE 13 DANIEL 45 WALHALLA 14 DILLON 48 AYNOR 0 DIXIE 56 WARE SHOALS 8 DORMAN 45 BYRNES 31 DUTCH FORK 51 LEXINGTON 7 EASLEY 24 GREEENWOOD 21 EASTSIDE 56 BLUE RIDGE 22 FIRST BAPTIST 46 HEATHWOOD HALL 0 FLORENCE CHRISTIAN 24 DILLON CHRISTIAN 7 FORT DORCHSTER 56 STALL 6 GAFFNEY 48 RIVERSIDE 14 GARRETT 28 NORTH CHARLESTON 6 GOOSE CREEK 13 WANDO 6 GRAY COLLEGIATE 43 CALHOUN COUNTY 22 GREENVILLE 52 TRAVELERS REST 17 GREER 55 BEREA 0 HAMMOND 41 LAURENCE MANNING 23 HANAHAN 18 GEORGETOWN 8 HARTSVILLE 14 WILSON 13 HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN 15 COLLETON PREP 13 HILTON HEAD PREP 30 DORCHESTER ACADEMY 22 HUNTER-KINARD-TYLER 30 DENMARK-OLAR 0 INDIAN LAND 57 KEENAN 0 IRMO 42 LUGOFF-ELGIN 22 JEFFERSON DAVIS 83 LAURENS ACADEMY 44 KINGSTREE 27 EAST CLARENDON 13 LAKE CITY 6 MARION 3 LAKE VIEW 37 GREEN SEA-FLOYDS 22 LAMAR 42 TIMMONSVILLE 8 LANDRUM 49 CHRIST CHURCH 14 LAURENS 42 JL MANN 14 LIBERTY 33 WEST OAK 7 LORIS 36 CHERAW 28 LOWER RICHLAND 22 LAKEWOOD 14 MANNING 28 WACCAMAW 7 MAULDIN 13 SPARTANBURG 7 MAY RIVER 30 BEAUFORT 7 MCBEE 36 GREAT FALLS 0 MULLINS 32 HANNAH-PAMPLICO 30 MYRTLE BEACH 21 MARLBORO COUNTY 0 NEWBERRY 49 CLINTON 12 NINETY SIX 35 BATESBURG-LEESVILLE 12 NORTH AUGUSTA 34 SOUTH AIKEN 24 NORTH CENTRAL 15 LEE CENTRAL 12 NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 41 DARLINGTON 7 NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 50 CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 18 NORTHWESTERN 21 NATION FORD 20 OCEANSIDE COLLEGIATE 55 PHILLLIP SIMMONS 0 ORANGEBURG PREP 42 SPARTANBURG CHRISTIAN 0 PEE DEE ACADEMY 41 WILLIAMSBURG ACADEMY 8 PENDLETON 45 CRESCENT 7 PINEWOOD PREP 42 NORTHWOOD ACADEMY 0 PORTER GAUD 51 AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 6 PROVIDENCE HOME SCHOOL 48 CONWAY CHRISTIAN 14 RICHARD WINN 48 CALHOUN ACADEMY 6 RIDGE VIEW 28 WESTWOOD 7 RIVER BLUFF 28 CHAPIN 17 ROBERT E. LEE 27 CAROLINA ACADEMY 16 ROCK HILL 27 CLOVER 17 SALUDA 41 FOX CREEK 0 SENECA 45 POWDERSVILLE 21 SOUTH POINTE 68 RICHLAND NORTHEAST 0 SOUTHSIDE 50 BROOME 0 SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 39 BLACKSBURG 0 SPRING VALLEY 31 WHITE KNOLL 9 ST JOSEPH’S 23 MCCORMICK 0 ST. JOHN’S 53 MILITARY MAGNET 13 ST. JOHN’S CHRISTIAN 54 HOLLY HILL 0 STROM THURMOND 18 GILBERT 13 SUMMERVILLE 40 WEST ASHLEY 16 SUMTER 29 BLYTHEWOOD 17 SWANSEA 22 PELION 12 THOMAS HEYWARD 40 BETHESDA 0 THOMAS SUMTER 32 THE KING’S 20 TIMBERLAND 48 BURKE 0 TL HANNA 60 WADE HAMPTON 22 TRINITY-BYRNES 45 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 14 UNION COUNTY 48 MID-CAROLINA 8 WADE HAMPTON HAMPTON 70 LAKE MARION 26 WAGENER-SALLEY 20 RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA 6 WEST FLORENCE 63 SOCASTEE 15 WHALE BRANCH 29 ALLENDALE-FAIRFAX 7 WHITMIRE 46 CALHOUN FALLS 0 WILLISTON-ELKO 46 NORTH 0 WOODMONT 31 WESTSIDE 28 WOODRUFF 52 EMERALD 14 WREN 45 PALMETTO 21 WW KING 34 TRI-ACADEMY 0 YORK 24 LANCASTER 17
  10. Big West Coast offer for Hilinski Oct. 13, 2018 Stanford Thursday offered USC QB commitment Ryan Hilinski according to 247Sports. Unofficially, that gives him 9 offers from Pac-12 schools. Hilinski, despite offers still coming in, has never wavered from his Gamecock commitment.
  11. Weekend visits; Local PK visits USC Oct. 13, 2018 It also was reported earlier in the week that RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte will be in Columbia Saturday on an unofficial visit. Among the visitors scheduled for USC this weekend is CB Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX. He’s coming in for an official visit. He’s the son of Deion Sanders. 2021 SAF Jordan Burrell and his brother 2021 WR Joshua Burrell of Blythewood plan to visit USC Saturday for the Texas A&M game. They visited Virginia Tech last weekend. PK Alex Herrera of Spring Valley visited USC last weekend for the Missouri game. That was his second visit this season with the Gamecocks. “Truly really enjoyed my visits there. I was able to stand on their sidelines and enjoy the locker room after. Coach Hutzler has been in contact with me throughout this process which has guided me and he has been very helpful. He has offered me to come back to any game. They are still assessing their kicking needs for 2019.” Herrera will visit Virginia this Saturday. He’s also heard from Charlotte, East Tennessee State and VMI.
  12. Gamecocks land potential replacement for Chris Silva OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Leveque Forward Chris Silva will take his dunks, rebounds and defense to the pro level next season leaving USC will some big shoes to fill. Gamecock coach Frank Martin feels he filled those shoes Friday with a commitment from 6-9 Wildens Leveque, a native of Brockton, MA but a student at the Gould Academy in Maine. Leveque narrowed his list to USC, Massachusetts and VCU and he took officials visits to all three. The Gamecocks got the final visit last weekend and Leveque saw enough on his first and only visit to Columbia to feel it would be a good place to call home the next four years. Leveque also got to watch the Gamecocks practice, watch Silva work and watch have Martin runs things in his system. “He just likes me as a player. He sees I had a lot of growth in my game,” Leveque said. “He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva. “I like the evolution of Silva, how he’s just gotten better every year and now he has a chance to play in the NBA. I like how they’ve got their bigs running the floor, give them a break whenever they’re tired, play with a high motor. I play pretty similar.” Leveque knows Martin coaches with intensity in practice and games and expects the same intensity on the court from his players. He’s fine with. “Coach Martin is similar to my AAU coach, I like the way he coaches,” Leveque said. “Scream at me, yell at me, bench me every time I do something wrong. Come back in and try and be better.” Leveque averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds per game last season. He does not carry a national ranking by Rivals. He’s the second 2019 commitment for the Gamecocks joining 6-2 guard Trae Hannibal of Hartsville.
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    Gamecocks to Host Texas A&M Saturday

    Gamecocks to Host Texas A&M Saturday 3:30 Kick Set for Williams-Brice Stadium 10/12/2018 GAME NOTES YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: The South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2 SEC) host the #22/22 Texas A&M Aggies (4-2, 2-1 SEC) in the middle game of a three-game homestand for the Gamecocks. Game time is set for 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, Oct. 13, and the contest will be televised on SEC Network. IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW: SEC Network has the telecast for this week's contest. Taylor Zarzour will handle the play-by-play with Matt Stinchcomb serving as the analyst. Kris Budden will work the sidelines. This will mark the fourth time in six games this season that this crew has covered the Gamecocks. Carolina is a perfect 3-0 in games this crew has called. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 604-575-44. SEC HISTORY: The South Carolina Gamecocks are in their 27th year in the Southeastern Conference. Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 92-119-1 (.436) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 37-31 (.544) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark and sole possession of second place in the SEC East in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC. GAMECOCKS AND AGGIES: This is the fifth meeting on the gridiron between South Carolina and Texas A&M. The Gamecocks are still looking for their first win over their "permanent" SEC Western Division rivals from College Station. The two schools met for the first time in 2014 in Columbia, with A&M rolling up a 52-28 win in the season opener for both teams. The teams met for the first time in College Station in 2015 with the Aggies winning again, this time by a 35-28 count. A&M left Williams-Brice Stadium with a 24-13 victory in 2016, the last time they met in Columbia. Last season, the Aggies overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to win by a 24-17 count in College Station. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Carolina opened up a 17-7 third quarter lead and led 17-10 heading into the final period before Keith Ford ran for two scores as the Aggies (4-1, 2-0 SEC) rallied for a 24-17 win in College Station on Sept. 30, 2017. Jake Bentley therw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked seven times in the contest. A&M outgained the Gamecocks (3-2, 1-2 SEC) by a 151-7 margin in the fourth quarter. Kellen Mond completed 19-of-27 passes for 159 yards and rushed 16 times for 95 yards for the Aggies. THE LAST TIME THEY MET HERE: No. 9/10 Texas A&M improved its record to 5-0 with a hard-fought 24-13 win over South Carolina in Columbia on Oct. 1, 2016. The Gamecocks needed just 13 seconds to get on the board, as A.J. Turner went 75 yards to paydirt on the game's first play from scrimmage. Turner finished the game with a career-high 113 yards on 10 carries. A&M marched right back down the field for a game-tying touchdown on its first possession. The teams went into halftime with the game still deadlocked at 7. A&M scored on its first drive of the second half to take a lead it would not relinquish. Carolina's Elliott Fry sandwiched a pair of 43-yard field goals around another Aggie TD, keeping the Gamecocks within striking distance until Daniel LaCamera booted a 35-yard field goal with 1:41 to play to seal the victory. FACING THE LONE STAR STATE TEAMS: Carolina is 3-8 all-time against teams from the Lone Star State, going 1-0 against Texas, 1-2 against both Baylor and Houston, and 0-4 against Texas A&M. The Gamecocks' 2015 trip to College Station marked their first venture into the state of Texas since dropping an 18-17 decision to Baylor in Waco on October 2, 1976. A TEXAS THREESOME: The Carolina roster features three players who list Texas as their home state. Linebacker Eldridge Thompsonplayed his prep ball in Memphis, but his mother and sister now make their home in Houston. Graduate transfer safety J.T. Ibe played his high school ball in Mansfield, Texas and earned his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston. Graduate transfer defensive back Nick Harvey lists Lancaster, Texas as his hometown. He played for Travis High School in Richmond, Texas, before spending 2014-17 as a member of the Texas A&M football squad. He earned his undergraduate degree from A&M in university studies with a concentration in agriculture and life sciences. MORE ON HARVEY: This is a game that Carolina defensive back Nick Harvey had to have circled on his calendar. The Lancaster, Texas product played 38 games for the Aggies from 2014-16, including 13 starts. He recorded 109 tackles during his tenure at Texas A&M under head coach Kevin Sumlin. He was redshirted during the 2017 season. CHAMP VS. THE AGGIES: South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is 1-2 vs. A&M. He was a 20-17 winner in College Station in 2012 while leading the Florida Gators, and is winless in two tries leading the Gamecocks. THE LAST TIME OUT: In a wet, wacky and wild game, the Gamecocks outlasted the Missouri Tigers by a 37-35 count last Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium to retain the Mayor's Cup for the third-consecutive year. Mizzou rolled up 490 yards of offense, including 286 on the ground, but scored just three touchdowns in eight redzone opportunities to keep the Gamecocks in the contest. Drew Lock was limited to just 17-of-36 passing for 204 yards with two interceptions. Michael Scarnecchia completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start for the Gamecocks. Tucker McCann connected on 5-of-6 field goal attempts for the Tigers, including a 57-yarder with 1:18 to play, but Carolina sophomore Parker White countered with three field goals of his own, including a 33-yarder with two seconds remaining in the contest for the game-winner. Part of the game was played in a downpour, and the five hour and 13 minute contest was also delayed by lightning. 400 HOME WINS: Carolina posted its 400th win at home with last week's win over Mizzou. BREAK THE TREND: With Texas A&M entering the contest as the No. 22 team in the country in both major polls, Carolina will be looking to knock off a ranked opponent for the first time since a 24-21 win over No. 18 Tennessee on Oct. 29, 2016. Since that time, the Gamecocks have dropped seven-straight games to ranked opponents, including a pair of contests (No. 3 Georgia and No. 17 Kentucky) this season. Only two of those seven losses (No. 4 Clemson in 2017 and No. 3 Georgia in 2018) came in Williams-Brice Stadium. SECOND HALF ADJUSTMENTS: The Gamecocks have allowed just 12 second-half points in their last seven quarters played after intermission. After holding Kentucky to just 75 yards in the second half while limiting Benny Snell to just 21 yards on 15 carries, the Gamecocks shut down Missouri's Drew Lock last Saturday. The senior quarterback completed just 3-of-14 passes for 20 yards with two interceptions after intermission last Saturday. He finished his career with a 1-3 mark against South Carolina with four touchdowns and six interceptions. THIRD DOWN IS OUR DOWN: The Gamecocks limited Missouri to just 4-of-16 on third-down conversions, including 0-for-7 in the second half. For the season, Carolina has held its opponents to 25.0 percent (15-of-60) on third down conversions, the nation's fourth-best mark. Last season, the Gamecocks struggled getting off the field on third down, allowing conversion on 39.8 percent of their opportunities. Here are the top 2018 national rankings: 3RD-DOWN CONVERSION PCT.-DEFENSE RK SCHOOL G CONV. ATT. PCT. 1. Miami (Fla.) 6 17 86 19.8 2. Texas A&M 6 16 70 22.9 3. Syracuse 6 19 83 22.9 4. South Carolina 5 15 60 25.0 5. Fresno State 5 18 71 25.4 IN AND OUT OF THE POLLS: The Gamecocks began the 2018 season just outside the top-25, ranking 26th in both the Associated Press and Coaches' polls. South Carolina moved into the No. 24 slot in both polls after a season-opening win over Coastal Carolina. It was the first time it had been ranked in the AP top-25 since September of 2014. After a loss to No. 3 Georgia, the Gamecocks fell back out of the top-25 in the national polls. With a 3-2 mark, the Gamecocks are receiving votes in both polls this week. OUR QB IS A BENTLEY: Junior quarterback Jake Bentley started each of the first four games before a knee injury sidelined him for the Missouri contest, snapping a streak of 24-consecutive starts. The 6-4, 224-pounder from Opelika, Ala., owns a 15-9 record as a starting signal-caller. Bentley was impressive in the season-opening win over Coastal Carolina, completing 22-of-29 passes for 250 yards with a career-best four touchdowns. He completed 30-of-47 for 269 yards with a touchdown and two picks against Georgia and was 19-of-28 for 261 yards with a TD and an INT at Vanderbilt. He struggled at Kentucky, completing just 13-of-28 for 148 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions before leaving the game with a knee injury. For the season, he is 84-of-132 (63.6 percent) for 928 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. He ranks sixth in the SEC in passing yards per game at 232.0 and fifth in total offense at 254.8. On the Carolina career charts, he ranks second in completion percentage, tied for sixth in pass completions, eighth in pass attempts, tied for eighth in passing touchdowns, ninth in passing yards and 10th in total offense. FOUR SCORES AND FOUR YEARS AGO: Jake Bentley threw four touchdown passes in the season-opening win over Coastal Carolina. He connected on scoring tosses of 8, 24, 22 and 8 yards out to four different receivers. The last Gamecock quarterback to throw four or more TD passes in a game was Dylan Thompson, who threw 5 touchdown passes at Auburn in 2014. MILESTONE REACHED: Junior Jake Bentley became just the ninth quarterback in school history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in his career with his effort at Kentucky. Only four Gamecocks have eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark - Todd Ellis, Steve Taneyhill, Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. A SCAR IS BORN: Fifth-year senior Michael Scarnecchia made the first start of his career last week against Missouri in place of an injured Bentley, and made it a memorable one. The 6-3, 216-pounder from Fleming Island, Fla., completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers in the 37-35 win. He connected on touchdown passes of 5, 17 and 8 yards, and led the Gamecocks on a 9-play, 53-yard drive in just over a minute, setting up the game-winning field goal with just two seconds remaining in the contest. BE LIKE MIKE: Prior to his heroics against Missouri, Michael Scarnecchia had seen limited duty in his career. He entered the season having appeared in just three games, completing his only pass attempt, a 9-yarder, back in 2015. He was 7-of-12 for 89 yards and a touchdown this season heading into the Missouri game. He tossed his first career TD strike in the win over Coastal Carolina, hooking up with Randrecous Davis from 27-yards out. Scarnecchia, who earned a finance degree in May, was recognized as the 2017 Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete. He is on record naming Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Shakespeare as the three people he would most like to have dinner with. JUNIOR RUSHING QUARTET: The Gamecocks feature a stable of four junior running backs. Carolina is averaging 4.5 yards per rush after averaging just 3.9 yards a year ago. • Rico Dowdle has started all five games. In the season opener vs. Coastal Carolina, he responded with 105 yards on 15 carries, a 7.0-yard average, with one score, and also caught a 22-yard TD pass, then went for a season-high 112 yards in the win at Vanderbilt, his fifth-career 100-yard rushing game. He has 332 yards, already surpassing his 2017 season total. With 1,347 career yards, he ranks 28th in school history. • A.J. Turner ranks 37th on Carolina's all-time rushing list with 1,159 yards. Turner is averaging 6.2 yards per carry this season and is also one of the squad's top special teams performers. • Ty'Son Williams, who spent one year at North Carolina before transferring to South Carolina, had one of his better games as a Gamecock in the opener against Coastal, rushing 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. He is second on the squad in rushing with 207 yards and averages 5.3 yards per carry, with a pair of touchdowns. He had 15 carries for 51 yards against Missouri after missing the Kentucky while nursing an ankle injury. • Mon Denson has been slowed all season with a hamstring injury. He had his best game of the season at Kentucky, rushing seven times for 32 yards, but did not play against Mizzou. He is also a solid special teams contributor. SAMUEL IS KING: One of the most electrifying players in college football is 6-0, 210-pound senior Deebo Samuel. Samuel earned numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC accolades as a wide receiver, kick returner and all-purpose performer. In 2016, Samuel had 1,320 all-purpose yards and became one of just six Power 5 players in the past five years to record a passing, rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the same season. He scored six TDs in three games a year ago before suffering a season-ending leg injury. In the 2018 season opener against Coastal, Samuel caught a game-high seven passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for 11 yards and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards. He threw his second-career TD pass against Georgia. He had seven receptions for 56 yards at Vandy and returned a kickoff 34 yards. He hauled in a 58-yard TD pass at Kentucky. He caught four passes for 88 yards and a score and added a 32-yard kick return against Mizzou. With 26 receptions, he has easily surpassed his 2017 total of 15 catches. His 5.2 receptions per game ranks fourth in the SEC, while his 58.8 yards per contest ranks eighth. He has scored 18 career touchdowns (8 receiving, 7 rushing and 3 kickoff returns). SAMUEL REMAINS PERFECT: Do-it-all performer Deebo Samuel tossed a 13-yard scoring strike to Bryan Edwards against Georgia. Samuel's only other career pass was a 33-yard touchdown to Edwards against Clemson in 2016. His career pass efficiency rating is a gaudy 623.4. NO SECOND FIDDLE: While Deebo Samuel received much of the preseason accolades, and rightly so, junior Bryan Edwards is statistically the Gamecocks' top receiver. Just a junior, Edwards could rank among the top wide receivers in school history before he is through. He posted game-highs with seven catches, 111 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Georgia. It was his third career 100-yard receiving game. He had seven receptions for 73 yards and two scores against Missouri. He leads the team with five touchdowns and has caught a pass in all 30 games in which he has appeared for the Garnet & Black, sixth on the all-time list. He ranks seventh in the SEC with 4.8 receptions per game and seventh with 61.8 receiving yards per game. HE'S NOT SHY: Shi Smith is the third wideout for the Gamecocks. The sophomore has hauled in 18 passes for 263 yards this season, a team-best 14.6-yard average. he went for 119 yards and a score on five receptions vs. Vanderbilt this season. REPLACING HAYDEN: The Gamecock offense has four upperclassmen capable to fill the tight end vacancy created when All-SEC performer Hayden Hurst went to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. Seniors K.C. Crosby and Jacob August, and juniors Kyle Markwayand Kiel Pollard all have seen extensive action, with Pollard catching his first career touchdown in the season-opening win over Coastal Carolina. Crosby has been limited the last two weeks after undergoing surgery on a fractured finger and August sat out the Missouri game with a concussion. Markway, who hails from St. Louis, stepped up with a key 27-yard reception in the game-winning drive against his home-state Tigers. O-LINE EXPERIENCE: Despite losing a pair of starters in Cory Helms and Alan Knott off the offensive line from a year ago, the Gamecocks front unit boasts a wealth of experience with 96 combined starts. Senior left guard Zack Bailey owns the most starts on the team with 31 and has been given some preseason All-SEC recognition. Fifth-year junior Donell Stanley moves to center this season where he is a Rimington Award candidate. He has made 18 career starts. Senior left tackle Dennis Daley, a former junior college transfer, moved into the starting lineup early in the 2017 season and has now made 16-straight starts. Highly-regarded redshirt sophomore right guard Sadarius Hutcherson and senior right tackle Blake Camper, have each made nine starts. Senior Malik Young, who is listed with the second-team unit, has made 13 career starts. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: Offensive line coach Eric Wolford has started the same five linemen in each of the season's first five games. That's quite a change from last season, when Wolford worked nine different players into the starting front five due to numerous injuries. Two different players started at left tackle, left guard and right guard, and four different players started at right tackle. Only center Alan Knott started every game among the O-linemen. GIVING PROTECTION: Carolina has allowed eight sacks through five games, with four of those coming at Kentucky. THE LONG ARM OF KINLAW: Junior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is a force in the middle of the line. Down to around 305 pounds after coming in a year ago at about 340, Kinlaw is on track to have a big year. He has been credited for 20 tackles, and is first on the team in sacks (2.5) and forced fumbles (2) and second in tackles for loss (5.0), and quarterback hurries (3). He was the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance in the win at Vanderbilt. B-A-W IS B-A-C-K: After missing much of last season following a season-ending shoulder injury, senior Bryson Allen-Williams is back and better than ever. Listed as the starter at SAM linebacker, Allen-Williams can also put his hand in the dirt and give Carolina a solid rush off the edge. He has recorded 23 tackles, including a team-leading 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a team-leading four quarterback hurries. He had one of his best efforts last week against Missouri as he logged six tackles, all solo stops, including a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack, along with two quarterback hurries. Off the field, he is the Vice Chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council. MISSING WONNUM: Junior Buck D.J. Wonnum was selected a team captain a year ago as a sophomore, and is the leader up front. A two-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Wonnum was voted the Gamecocks' Most Productive Defensive Player in 2017 after logging 13.0 tackles for loss, including 6.0 sacks. He had three tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the season opener before leaving with an ankle injury. The injury has kept him off the field since that time. GETTING IN THE SACK: The Gamecocks have eight sacks through five games, with Javon Kinlaw (2.5) and Bryson Allen-Williams (2.0) doing most of the damage. Here are the numbers: SACKS 2018 CAREER D.J. Wonnum 0.0 7.5 Bryson Allen-Williams 2.0 6.5 Keir Thomas 0.5 4.5 Daniel Fennell 1.0 4.0 Javon Kinlaw 2.5 2.5 T.J. Brunson 0.5 2.5 Aaron Sterling 0.0 2.0 Jaycee Horn 1.0 1.0 Brad Johnson 0.0 1.0 Steven Montac 0.5 0.5 Rashad Fenton 0.0 0.5 BRUNSON JUST MAKES STOPS: Junior linebacker T.J. Brunson picked up right where he left off from a season ago. Brunson, who was the first player that Coach Muschamp recruited upon his hire, was second on the squad with 88 tackles a year ago. He earned a spot on the AP's All-Bowl team following his 13-tackle, two-sack performance in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan. He is leading the team with 30 tackles on the season, including 23 solo stops. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: True freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn earned a starting assignment in the season opener. He became just the seventh true freshman to start for the Gamecocks in the season opener since the 2009 season joining Stephon Gilmore(2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014), Al Harris Jr. (2014) and Bryan Edwards (2016). DON'T MESS WITH THE BULL: Freshman Jaycee Horn may have had his best performance in the win over Mizzou. He was credited with four pass break ups in the contest. He also logged three tackles, including a key diving trip, forcing Damari Crockett to step out of bounds on the 11-yard line instead of taking it in for a touchdown. The Tigers ended up not scoring on that drive, which was a key turning point in the game. FENTON ISLAND: Senior cornerback Rashad Fenton has three of the team's five interceptions this season, giving him five in his career, one more than Bryson Allen-Williams for the most among active players. He had interceptions in three consecutive games, picking off Georgia's Jake Fromm, Vanderbilt's Kyle Shurmur and Kentucky's Terry Wilson. He leads the SEC and is tied for fourth in the nation with his three picks, all coming in consecutive games. Here are the team's season and career interception numbers: INTERCEPTIONS 2018 Career Rashad Fenton 3 5 Bryson Allen-Williams 0 4 Jamyest Williams 1 3 Steven Montac 0 3 Keisean Nixon 0 2 Sherrod Greene 1 1 Nick Harvey 0 1 KICKING IT WITH PARKER: Redshirt sophomore Parker White held off challenges from sophomore Alexander Woznick and graduate transfer Shane Hynes to reclaim the starting placekicking duties. He has been successful on 26-of-27 attempts this season, going 8-for-9 on field goal attempts (including a career-high tying 3-for-3 at Vanderbilt and vs. Missouri) and 18-for-18 on extra points. For his career, he is 22-of-34 on field goal attempts, including 16-of-18 from inside 40 yards, and a perfect 44-for-44 on extra points. WINNER, WINNER: Parker White, the sophomore from Mount Pleasant, S.C., tallied 13 points in the Gamecocks' 37-35 win over Missouri. He hit on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from a season-long 42 yards on two occasions, and a 33-yard game-winner with just two seconds remaining. All three of his field goals came in the second half when the field conditions were soggy due to a rainstorm, and gave the Gamecocks the lead (24-23, 34-32 and 37-35). It was the second game-winner in the final seconds of his young career (also vs. Louisiana Tech in 2017). I'M CHARLTON YOUR PUNTER: Junior Joseph Charlton handles the punting chores for the Gamecocks and is an All-SEC candidate. Last season, Charlton averaged 43.5 yards on 55 punts with a long of 73 yards. He had just four touchbacks, logged 15 punts inside the 20 and boomed 17 punts of 50 yards or more. The Gamecocks ranked 19th in the nation in net punting with a 40.5-yard average. He has booted a 16 punts this season for a 43.3-yard average, ninth in the SEC, with a long of 66. 11 of the 16 have been fair catches, with just one (his 66-yarder) resulting in a touchback. BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID: Senior kick returner Deebo Samuel had two chances to return kickoffs last season and took them both to the house from 97 yards away, turning the trick against NC State and Missouri. He is the only player in school history to log three kick returns for scores in his career, and is the school's all-time leader in kickoff returns with a 31.3-yard average. His six returns for a 22.2-yard average this season ranks tied for fourth in the SEC. LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Deebo Samuel owns 25 career kick returns, giving him enough chances to qualify for the school's career kickoff return record. With 782 yards and a 31.3-yard average, Samuel is well in front of challengers Rashad Fenton (24.8 from 2015-18) and Kent Hagood (24.7 from 1981-85) as the school's record-holder. TOUGH SLATE: Eleven of Carolina's 12 opponents have at least a .500 record so far in 2018. The 12 opponents have combined for a 48-20 record, a .706 winning percentage. FRESH FISH: The Gamecocks have played 11 true freshmen this season. In addition to Jaycee Horn who was a starter, R.J. Roderick, Josh Vann, Israel Mukuamu, Rosendo Louis Jr., Kingsley Enagbare, Ernest Jones, Jovaughn Gwyn, Dylan Wonnum, Rick Sandidgeand Josh Belk all have seen game action. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: The Gamecocks are without the services of fifth-year senior running back Caleb Kinlaw and true freshman defensive tackle Tyreek Johnson, both of whom suffered torn ACLs during fall camp. Redshirt freshman defensive back Tavyn Jackson was forced to retire from football due to a medical issue, but will remain on scholarship. True freshman Jovaughn Gwyn had season-ending surgery on his foot. Sophomore wide receiver OrTre Smith is out for the season after surgery to fix a kneecap issue. HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY: Two former walk-ons, redshirt senior long snapper Ben Asbury and redshirt sophomore center Chandler Farrell, were rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being placed on scholarship for the 2018 season. CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The Gamecocks do not pick permanent team captains until the end of the season. However, they return two of the four captains from 2017, Jake Bentley and D.J. Wonnum. Bentley and Wonnum became just the second and third sophomores to gain the distinction of team captain, joining Hayden Hurst (2016). Here the game captains: COASTAL: Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Deebo Samuel, Donell Stanley GEORGIA: Bryson Allen-Williams Jacob August, K.C. Crosby, Steven Montac VANDERBILT: T.J. Brunson, Bryan Edwards, Daniel Fennell KENTUCKY: Bryson Allen-Williams, Zack Bailey, Dennis Daley, Javon Kinlaw MISSOURI: Daniel Fennell, Kiel Pollard, Deebo Samuel, Donell Stanley 2017 IN REVIEW: South Carolina football concluded its 124th season of intercollegiate football in 2017 with a record of 9-4, including a 5-3 mark in the SEC. The Gamecocks won nine or more games for just the seventh time in school history. Five of those seven seasons have come in the last eight years. South Carolina defeated Florida and Tennessee, two of the big three SEC East rivals, in the same season for just the fourth time. Two of the Gamecocks' four losses were to teams that participated in the College Football Playoff (Georgia and Clemson). The season culminated with a New Year's Day Outback Bowl win over perennial Big Ten power Michigan by a 26-19 score, as Carolina rallied from a 19-3 third-quarter deficit. PROGRAM ON THE RISE: The Gamecocks increased their overall win total from three in 2015 to six in 2016 to nine in 2017. Carolina is one of only three NCAA FBS programs and the only one in the Power Five to have a multiple-win improvement in each of the last two regular seasons. WHERE THERE'S A WILL: South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is in his third season in Columbia. Coach Muschamp posted a 15-11 ledger in his first two seasons guiding the Gamecocks. Only Joe Morrison (15-8 in 1983-84) and Steve Spurrier (15-10 in 2005-06) won as many games in their first two seasons at Carolina. COACHING CAROUSEL: Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper was relieved of his duties on December 6, 2017. Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon coordinated the Gamecocks' offense and called the plays for the 2018 Outback Bowl game versus Michigan. He was given the full-time coordinator's role in January. Veteran offensive coach Dan Werner was selected to coach the quarterbacks for the 2018 season. Kyle Krantz moved into an on-field role as the additional 10th coach. He will assist with the special teams and coach the nickelbacks and Sam linebackers. CLASS BREAKDOWN: The 113-man roster consists of 20 seniors, 25 juniors, 24 sophomores, 15 redshirt freshmen and 29 true freshmen. TOTING THE SHEEPSKIN: Six Gamecocks earned their undergraduate degree in May, including Bryson Allen-Williams, Ben Asbury, Jacob August, Javon Charleston, K.C. Crosby and Michael Scarnecchia. Malik Young earned his degree in August. Additionally, Nick Harvey (Texas A&M) and J.T. Ibe (Rice) joined the team as graduate transfers. Another 13 Gamecocks are slated to finish up their bachelor's degree in December, including Zack Bailey, Dennis Daley, Javion Duncan, Daniel Fennell, Danny Gordon, Caleb Kinlaw, Javon Kinlaw, Steven Montac, Christian Pellage, Deebo Samuel, Donell Stanley, Eldridge Thompson and Ty'Son Williams. GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE: The Gamecocks ranked in a tie for fourth in the nation and second among FBS schools in the latest graduation success rate data. Carolina checked in with a 98 percent GSR, behind only Dartmouth (100), Harvard (100) and Northwestern (99). UP NEXT: The Gamecocks will enjoy a scheduled bye week next week. They will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they host the Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium in another SEC Eastern Division battle. Tennessee leads the all-time series by a 25-9-2 margin, but the Gamecocks have won each of the last two meetings and five of the last eight.
  14. Gamecocks waiting on the word from Scott OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Donta Scott 6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia has been one of USC’s top targets for over a year. Scott is ranked 141st nationally by Rivals and USC recruiter Perry Clark has been the front man for the Gamecocks recruiting efforts. They’ll learn Sunday or Monday if those efforts paid off. Scott took official visits to USC, La Salle, Temple, Seton Hall and Maryland. The USC visit last weekend was not his first to see the Gamecocks. He was in the house last November when the Gamecocks opened the season at Wofford’s new arena and then came down to Columbia for the weekend. “Oh, he loves South Carolina,” said Howard Hudson, coach of Scott’s AAU team, the Philly Pride. “He loved it because the coaches and everybody in this were just treating treating him well.” Scott saw the Gamecocks practice last year on his visit and got another look inside the program last weekend. “You know, a lot of people were saying Frank was tough and he watched one of the practices,” Hudson said. “I asked him how was practice, and we watched it last year, so he knew kind of what what it was about, and he said it was not a problem. Scott has not yet made his decision and all five schools he visited are still in it. This weekend will be used for decision making with an announcement Sunday or Monday according to Hudson. “South Carolina and Maryland really stood out,” he said. “Comfortable around the players and comfortable around the coaches. Perry did a real good job for South Carolina. He’s been talking to Donta for over a year and a half.” Hudson said Maryland was in Tuesday for a final visit with Scott. USC coaches had their in-home visit last week. As for what will be deciding factors, Hudson sees three. “The coaches, the team’s playing style and the academic support for him.” Scott attends the same school in Philadelphia from where the Gamecocks recruited guard David Beatty. USC women’s coach Dawn Staley, who is a native of Philadelphia, also talked with Scott on his official visit.
  15. USC #Gamecocks one of the early offers for Tennessee corner OCTOBER 11, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Link: sportstalk De’Arre McDonald USC has a commitment out of Murfreesboro, TN for the 2019 class in DE Joe Anderson, who will visit Saturday for the Texas A&M game. And the Gamecocks’ area recruiter Bobby Bentley is now going after Anderson’s 2020 teammate cornerback De’Arre McDonald. Bentley recently offered and McDonald, with Anderson’s heavy influence, is looking hard at the Gamecocks. “Running back coach (Bentley) talked to me and said he had heard a lot about me and came to watch me play,” McDonald said. “After the game, Joe told me that they liked me and would be in contact soon. Two weeks later they offered me. It was unbelievable, it was crazy. He (Bentley) said he liked how I move and I have great size to be a corner and I move well. He said they want me to be a Gamecock.” McDonald recently visited Louisville and he has an offer from the Cardinals. He also plans to visit USC at some point. “I’ve been talking with Coach Bentley and he informed me they are giving me a full ride and really want me to come visit and start a bond with them and see how they are and get a feel for each other,” McDonald said. The Gamecocks have been attempting to upgrade at the corner position thru recent classes and McDonald is confident he could be an early contributor. He has three interceptions this season. “I’m an athletic player, I can make tackles in open field and I cover well,” he said. “I’m still working on my speed. I’m just an overall good corner, I do everything maybe better than what normal corners do.” As for his pal Anderson and his efforts to persuade him to join him in Columbia, McDonald said he’s listening. “He talks to me as much as possible, he tells me all the time to come and visit with him just to see how it is. He wants me to be on the same team. We talk here and there, we talk a lot. That’s my guy.” McDonald actually grew up in Detroit and is a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. He only recently moved to Tennessee so he’s not latched on to any one team in the SEC area, at this point.
  16. South Carolina made his final three, and he’s announcing Friday Oct. 12, 2018 Shortly after making his official visit to South Carolina, Wildens Leveque is set to make his college decision. The big man from Gould Academy in Maine tweeted Thursday evening that he will announce Friday where he’s headed next. USC is one of three finalists, joining VCU and UMass. The listed 6-foot-10, 230-pounder is rated by 247Sports as the No. 64 power forward in the 2019 class. After visiting Columbia last weekend, he told Sports Talk’s Phil Kornblut that the trip -- which included seats to USC’s football win over Missouri -- went “really well.” “I got to experience everything, got to experience a good game of big time football,” Leveque said. “Never been to a official football game before, so that’s pretty exciting. I love the coaching staff, players are really good people.” USC coach Frank Martin, who teamed with assistant Chuck Martin in first seeing Leveque over the summer, is pitching Levque as a potential replacement for the soon-to-be departing Chris Silva, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. “(Frank Martin) just likes me as a player,” Leveque told Kornblut. “He sees I had a lot of growth in my game. He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva.” Leveque visited VCU and UMass on consecutive weekends in September before ending his trips at USC. (A once-planned visit to Penn State for Oct. 13 won’t happen.) Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. The son of Haitian immigrants, Leveque is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Martin, a former assistant at Northeastern University, has found success at recruiting that area of the country to USC. (See Silva and Alanzo Frink as recent examples.) Gould coach Cory McClure is a former assistant at the University of New Hampshire. They’ve known each other for close to 20 years. “There’s a comfort level with me, comfort level with his AAU coaches in a way that maybe some other coach from down south we wouldn’t have that level of comfort with,” McClure said last month. “Not to say that South Carolina wouldn’t be appealing, but it’s made more appealing by who’s running the ship.” This could be a big weekend for the Gamecocks as Philadelphia swingman Donta Scott, another USC target, is expected to choose his school by Sunday. Carolina has one pledge in its ‘19 class -- Hartsville point guard Trae Hannibal.
  17. When Will Muschamp explained QB plan this week, he wanted Scarnecchia to leave mad plus updated Gamecock injury report October 11, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina coach Will Muschamp told his quarterbacks early in the week how things would be Saturday against Texas A&M. Jake Bentley was likely going to be healthy, and thus would step back into the lineup, even after Michael Scarnecchia had a strong first start against Missouri. Then Muschamp told Scarnecchia something he wanted to see. “I told him when I met with he and Jake in my office, ‘I want you to leave pissed off. I want you to be upset,’ ” Muschamp said on his weekly call-in show. “Mike’s not that type of young man. He looked at me and said, ‘I want to do what’s best for the team and I want to win.’ ” The coach reiterated that Bentley’s experience was a key factor in his decision, specifically that he has played a lot of good football for USC. Scarnecchia had a strong outing Saturday, completing 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He led USC on a game-winning drive, hitting a pair of big passes in the closing seconds to set up a late field goal. For the season, Bentley has 928 yards and seven touchdowns, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. He’s also thrown six interceptions, two against Georgia and three against Kentucky. Scarnecchia had been established as the No. 2 for the past two seasons, a player who the staff felt is could rely on (though he had never threatened Bentley for the top spot). Coming out of being sent back to the backup role, Scarnecchia could have been sore. But Muschamp said that wouldn’t be like him, despite the call to be a little mad. “That’s the kind of young man he is,” Muschamp said. “That’s what makes him who he is.” Gamecocks will be without valuable running back, special teamer against Texas A&M October 11, 2018 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp addressed his team’s injuries ahead of Saturday’s home game against Texas A&M. Players he mentioned included: ▪ A.J. Turner won’t play because of a concussion ▪ Wide receiver Bryan Edwards practiced all week on a sprained ankle ▪ He said Jake Bentley was healthy and good to start. The expectation was starting assuming he was healthy. Muschamp said the hope is for linebacker Eldridge Thompson to get another year after a shoulder ended his season. Turner has 131 yards on 21 carries this season. He had four carries against Missouri. He’s one of the team’s best coverage guys on several special teams units and has worked some as kick returner.
  18. South Carolina reveals uniform combination for Texas A&M game October 11, 2018 With the potential of an East Texas-style shootout, the South Carolina football team will be the men in black. The Gamecocks revealed the look for Saturday’s game with Texas A&M: Black pants, black jersey, white helm
  19. Multiple metrics agree: Gamecocks have played one of hardest schedules in the country Oct. 11, 2018 THE STATE Looking at South Carolina’s football schedule, there’s the two big ones, but it doesn’t look all that hard. Georgia is awesome. Kentucky has been awesome. But there’s a Sun Belt team and Vanderbilt. The jury is still out on Missouri. But it turns out, that makes one of the toughest schedules in the country. USC’s slate ranks among the seven most difficult in the land by three major numeric systems. The Sagarin ratings: fifth nationally Bill Connolly’s S&P+: Seventh Sports Reference’s simple rating system: Second It’s worth looking at exactly what makes it so challenging. Here are each opponent’s rank in Sagarin/S&P/ Sports Reference Georgia: 5/3/1 Kentucky: 21/24/10 Missouri: 37/23/25 Vanderbilt: 69/75/45 Coastal Carolina: 112/102/70 So by that metric, USC has played three teams at worst in the top 40, at best in the top 25. That includes four power conference games, and that likely helped because most teams will at least have two, most likely more, smaller-conference teams on the schedule, and perhaps an FCS as well (USC will have an FCS opponent and likely another mid-major when a replacement is set for the Marshall game). It’s worth noting, most teams that play the tougher schedules don’t have sterling records. USC at 3-2 in some ways might be an accomplishment in itself. A few Gamecocks asked about the schedule difficulty had different outlooks. “We’ve kind of played some SEC games,” running back Ty’Son Williams said. “A lot of SEC games early. So the SEC, it’s a grind.” Linebacker T.J. Brunson went directly to not making it an excuse, saying even if it was a hard schedule, the results speak to USC more than the opposition. “I feel like everyone can be beaten,” Brunson said. “Like everyone on our schedule. At the end of the day, we just have to continue to prepare the way that we’ve been preparing and execute.”
  20. Gamecock Recruiting Notes Oct. 11, 2018 Spring Valley PK Alex Herrera made an unofficial visit to USC last Saturday. He is ranked 15th as a placekicker and 25th as a punter by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camps. USC commit DE Joe Anderson will visit this weekend for the Texas A&M game.
  21. Gamecocks land another for baseball Oct. 11, 2018 The USC baseball team landed a commitment from 2021 RHP Caleb Gampe of Hollidaysburg, PA.
  22. 2018 South Carolina Mr. Football Finalists Revealed (AUDIO) OCTOBER 10, 2018 BY WILL PALASZCZUK LINK: SPORTSTALK The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association released the five finalists for Mr. Football in the Palmetto State on Wednesday. South Carolina commit DL Zacch Pickens of TL Hanna highlights the finalist list, along with Appalachian State commit OT Wyatt Tunall of Chester and Liberty commit QB Johnathan Bennett of Summerville. Undecided prospects RB Ailym Ford of West Florence and QB Darius Tyrell Jackson of Wren round out the list of five. Pickens is bidding to become the second straight prospect (Former Fort Dorchester QB Dakereon Joyner) and ninth overall to pledge to the Gamecocks and win the award. The last Mr. Football to leave the state to compete collegiately was James Madison QB Gabe Moloney, an alum of Northwestern High School. Seven former recipients have played or are currently playing in the National Football League. The Mr. Football Award will be presented at halftime of the Touchstone Energy North-South Game on December 15th at Brooks Stadium in Conway. The game and the presentation will air live on select South Carolina Radio Network affiliates. Broadcast information will be made available closer to the event. Shell Dula reveals 2018 Mr. Football finalists on SportsTalk
  23. LISTEN: SEC Teleconference Call With Muschamp & Jimbo Fisher Oct. 10, 2018
  24. Gamecocks invite South Aiken QB to Saturday’s game Oct. 10, 2018 2020 South Aiken QB (6-4 200) Jesse Sanders plans to attend Saturday’s game at USC with Texas A&M at the invitation of the Gamecocks. “My interest level with the Gamecocks is the highest out of the other few colleges that are recruiting me, It has always been my dream school and after getting an invite to the game, it has boosted my interest even more than before. I can’t wait to go this weekend.” Sanders said USC offensive recruiter Bryan McClendon came by his school and told him he liked his film and the fact he’s a two-sport athlete. He also plays baseball. He’s also listed as a receiver for the Thoroughbreds. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State are two others he’s been talking to.
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