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  1. Minor change to Williams-Brice coming this year. 2019 could be a different story In 2019, after South Carolina’s football coaches move from the Floyd Football Building to the new $50 million football operations center, things could get interesting. Tanner again: “As football moves over to the football operations center, we hope to convert some space for future amenities.” “It would be premature to go on record about anything that may be done with the space that will become available once football transitions to its new facility,” a school spokesman wrote. That leaves the ideas up to us, fanatics. So, with that space available in two seasons, what could South Carolina add that would mean the most for Gamecocks fans?
  2. Minor change to Williams-Brice coming this year. 2019 could be a different story June 17, 2018 The University of South Carolina is making an addition at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2018 season, but, to be honest, it’s a boring one. Gamecocks fans will see a new concession stand on the stadium’s East end when the new season begins. “We’re trying to alleviate some traffic over there,” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner said. That’s nice, but also ... yawn. That’s just the 2018 season, though. In 2019, after South Carolina’s football coaches move from the Floyd Football Building to the new $50 million football operations center, things could get interesting. Tanner again: “As football moves over to the football operations center, we hope to convert some space for future amenities.” Future amenities? That’s exciting. “Future amenities” could be anything. “Future amenities” could mean a waterslide or a carousel where all the animals are fighting chickens. It could mean a Pregame Will Muschamp Dunking Booth or the Steve Spurrier Storytime Amphitheater. South Carolina officials declined to discuss what the actual plans for that space might be. “It would be premature to go on record about anything that may be done with the space that will become available once football transitions to its new facility,” a school spokesman wrote. That leaves the ideas up to us, folks. South Carolina’s coaches now occupy a three-story structure that sits behind the student section at the stadium’s north end zone. Head coach Will Muschamp’s office on the top floor is visible from the field and has an outdoor deck from which the game can be viewed. So, with that space available in two seasons, what could South Carolina add that would mean the most for Gamecocks fans? How about a sports bar and restaurant? The SEC is allowing schools to experiment with selling alcohol at certain contained locations on game days, so South Carolina could open something along the lines of The 72 Club at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins. The Minnesota Vikings have the Viking Voyage , which includes free, interactive experiences for fans. The San Diego Padres have a beach . The Jacksonville Jaguars have a swimming pool and cabana area . There are plenty of interesting things South Carolina could do with enough money, but it feels like the most likely outcome is the space will be used as premium seating and game day amenities for the school’s top donors. Again, yawn. Bring on the waterslide. THE STATE
  3. In a few day's the 2018 class will be in the books which as of now looks like a very good class. Now time to move on to the 2019 kids. With early signings pointing to what could be one of the best in the past 5 years. Below is the recruiting commits as of today. Great start for 2019 Linebacker Ahdarrious Gee Cordele, GA 6'1" 190lbs July 22, 2017 Linebacker Rodricus Fitten Altanta, GA 6'3" 220lbs September 13, 2017 Offensive Line Jaylen Nichols Charlotte, NC 6'5" 290lbs December 12, 2017 Offensive Line Mark Fox Jr. Miami, FL 6'5" 290lbs January 24, 2018 Defensive End Devontae Davis Aiken, SC 6'5" 250lbs January 24, 2018 Wide Receiver Jamario Holley Rock Hill SC 6'0" 180lbs February 02, 2018 Offensive Line Vincent Murphy Fort Lauderdale, Fla 6'3" 285lbs February 03, 2018
  4. Could the Gamecocks play their top 4 receivers together? McClendon not ruling it out June 13, 2018 The modern structure of college football offenses will put South Carolina in an odd spot in 2018. The vast majority of current offenses play with three receivers and one tight end, or a pair of each. This is even more prevalent in high-tempo spread offenses, like the one USC is installing this offseason, as a versatile tight end can operate in the box and expand the possibilities in the running game and split out in a four-wide look. That was easy last season with Hayden Hurst, who bridged the gap between big inside receiver and capable run blocker. How it works this season will be less clear, as four of the top five tight ends are either more suited for slot work or as in-line blockers (the fifth has hardly played). And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big roles. Usually the idea of just throwing out the top big-name pass-catchers is more the realm of fans building fantasy lineups. But new Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon won’t rule it out. “Regardless of what it might do, I want the 11 out there that’s going to give us the best chance to win,” McClendon said. “So whether it’s two tight ends, four wide receivers, whether it’s three running backs, whatever it might be.” There aren’t a ton of teams these days that will go with true four-wide looks, though several Air Raid offense schools still stick to that approach. USC has a bounty of riches at the position, with all of last year’s starters coming back, plus adding Samuel, who missed the final 10 games of 2017. Samuel looked like one of the best playmakers in the country, with six scores in three games. Edwards has 108 catches and 1338 yards in his first two seasons. Both Smiths more than held their own when thrown in as freshmen. And the team still has options in Randrecous Davis, Chavis Dawkins and a trio of freshmen coming in that includes four-star Josh Vann. It remains to be seen how South Carolina’s offense will look going forward. The coaches have promised speed and tempo. There will be a larger reliance on run-pass option plays. But will there be a chance to roll out more receivers, or backs or tight ends? “I want the 11 out there that’s going to give us the best chance to win,” McClendon said. “And then if something happens to that 11, all right, now what’s the best next set of 11 that gives us the best chance to win. Not so much in the, hey, I’m going to plug this guy in and just keep the system rolling. That might be the case sometimes, it might not.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=c And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big roles. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy py
  5. It was definitely easy to get excited about Smart and Herman, but I was genuinely having mixed feelings, But when WM landed the job and because I like defensive-minded HC's and I had really wanted Spurrier to bring him in the season prior to be DC. But with time to see him in action, last two years has totally turned around for me my thinking. Seems he is the man for the job. Anyway, WM hit the ground running in terms of hard work on the recruiting trail. Since then, hundreds of names of recruits have popped up on Tony's daily scoops. There have of course been some that have gotten away - Tindall, Thomas, Nasrildeen, etc. - but 2 names I remember from the beginning were Pickens and Savion Jackson, their class seemed so far away at the time. This is really the 1st class for this staff where there has been enough time to ID some guys early and build a relationship with them, and we're seeing it pay off in a major way. After the Gamecocks put up another 9+ wins this season, I don't see this train slowing down. Exciting times for Gamecock football.
  6. This'll be pretty much a commitment watch thread Every time there is a SpursUp Gamecocks get a commit #spursup hashtag on Twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/spursup
  7. Preview 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks. It's Not Pretty, But ... May 26, 2018 If a team goes 9-4 and no one hears it, did the season really happen? It’s hard for South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp to get a whole lot of national love – if any – partly because there’s no real star power, and partly because it’s hard to get fired up about a team that scored 17 points or fewer in six of its last 11 games. The Muschamp no-flash, no-glitz style of aggressive defense, opportunistic offense, and good special teams is good enough to hang around and beat just about anyone, but it also manages to keep both teams in the game, and … Whatever. The Gamecocks went 9-4. South Carolina shouldn’t have lost at home to Kentucky, and there’s no real excuse for losing to last year’s Texas A&M team. There were too many fights, too many struggles, and too many rough performances in tight battles. But good luck trying to figure out how the Gamecocks got by NC State in the opener, and you’re forgiven if you turned away from the Outback Bowl vs. Michigan before the late comeback. South Carolina’s offense was one of the worst in the SEC, there wasn’t enough of a downfield passing game, the pass rush was mediocre, and the O was the third-worst in the conference when it came to third down conversions. There weren’t enough first downs, there were too many first downs allowed, the rushing game didn’t work, there were a few too many interceptions, and … Again, whatever. 9-4. But now comes the interesting test for the Muschamp era. South Carolina benefitted from a down Florida, a miserable Tennessee, and not having to play Alabama, Auburn or LSU from the West. But this year, even with an improved SEC East, the Gamecocks should be far better, and maybe even more interesting and exciting The offense isn’t going to blow up and start cranking up a high-powered, hurry-up spread thing, but it’ll open it up a little more and come out of its shell. And why not? Jake Bentley is a strong veteran quarterback, Deebo Samuel is back as part of a loaded receiving corps, and the ground game should be even stronger with a strong rotation to balance things out a bit. There aren’t any superstars on the defensive side, but it’s a Will Muschamp team – it’ll be fine. The D that was so good at taking the ball away – it led the SEC – has to replace a few good defensive backs, and not having LB Skai Moore around is a problem, but the no-name group will get the job done. So there might be more offense, and there might be more from the defense, and there might even be more shocking wins – watch out, Georgia, in that season-opener. And there will be a little more pizzazz. But as long as the Gamecocks win at least nine games again, they’ll be loud enough. What You Need To Know About The South Carolina Offense – Get ready for the slow, stodgy and safe South Carolina offense to start to have more fun with Bryan McClendon now the full-time offensive coordinator. No, the Gamecocks aren’t going to start winging it around the yard, but the attack that finished 12th in the SEC and struggled to make things happen down the field will open it up a little bit. Considering the passing talent returning, that’s a good thing. Jake Bentley is going into his third season as the main man at quarterback, and he’s got the skills to do a whole lot more. He threw 12 interceptions, but he was steady, accurate enough, and now looks ready to start averaging around 250 yards a game because … – The receivers should be fantastic. Losing NFL tight end Hayden Hurst hurts, but leading receiver Bryan Edwards is back, OrTre Smith is a big target and Shi Smith is a quick one – both are coming off of solid freshman seasons – and best of all, Deebo Samuel is returning. Unstoppable before suffering a leg injury, he adds a superstar playmaker back to the mix after only playing in three games. – The ground game struggled, averaging just 122 yards per game. But there should be more from a deep backfield getting back the four top backs – all juniors – to roll in a rotation. Ty’Son Williams and leading rusher A.J. Turner can each bust out big runs, with Williams bringing a big more pop. The rushing attack will go with the hot hand. Now the O line has to do its part. It wasn’t awful, but it was hardly dominant. Three starters return, starting with Dennis Daley likely to work at left tackle again, Zack Bailey can see time at guard or at right tackle, and there’s enough versatility with the rest of the line to put the best five blockers on the field and be fine. Biggest Key To The South Carolina Offense Do whatever is needed to keep the chains moving. The big problem with South Carolina playing it relatively safe is that it didn’t work. The Gamecocks didn’t win the time of possession battle, and there weren’t enough long drives. The offense stalled way too often, struggling to hit the 40% mark on third downs, having a hard time moving the ball in tough wins over Tennessee, Florida and Michigan. Oddly enough, USC’s two best games of the season on third down tries – 62% against Georgia and 56% against Kentucky – were losses, but to do what Will Muschamp wants in the overall scheme of things, moving the chains is a must. What You Need To Know About The South Carolina Defense – Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson didn’t get much of a pass rush, and the D was just okay by SEC standards, but it was dominant at taking the ball away – leading the conference with 28 – and always seemed able to come through in key moments. With six starters back, and a whole lot of other good parts to rotate in, at the very least, the USC defense isn’t going to take any sort of a step back. However, four of the top seven and seven of the top 12 tacklers are gone. – The linebacking corps loses leading tackler Skai Moore, but Bryson Allen-Williams is getting another year after missing most of last year with a shoulder injury. He can play anywhere in the mix, but leader T.J. Brunson is the man in the middle, finishing second on the team with 88 stops. Overall, this is a versatile group that can all pop and can all fill in where needed. – The pass rush has to be better after coming up with just 26 sacks on the season, but leading sacker D.J. Wonnum is back on one end after making six sacks. The tackles aren’t as bulky as they were last year, with 302-pound Javon Kinlaw a factor and Keir Thomas a tweener who’ll be a dangerous interior factor in the backfield. This group has to be far better to pressure quarterbacks and help the new parts in the secondary. Safeties Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith are done, but corner Rashad Fenton is back on one side, and there are three okay options to find a good option on the other. Nickel Jamyest Williams – who came through with 38 tackles as a freshman – should rise up at one of the safety jobs. Biggest Key To The South Carolina Defense It’s all relative, but a bigger pass rush would be nice. The 26 sacks might have been paltry compared to what the rest of the SEC was able to do, but that’s a lot for a South Carolina defense that spent years without hitting the quarterback enough. A long way from the days of Jadeveon Clowney and the 43 sacks the 2012 Gamecocks cranked up, the pass rushers haven’t been there over the last few years. Last season, 15 of the sacks were in three games – with seven against Tennessee – but this is a slightly smaller defensive front that should move a bit better. Best South Carolina Offensive Player WR Deebo Samuel, Sr. If the Heisman was handed out after Week 3 of the 2017 season, Samuel would’ve at least been worthy of several votes in an MVP sort of way. The 6-0 210-pounder made five catches in each of the first three games for 250 yards and three scores, caught two touchdown passes against NC State, hit Missouri for a rushing touchdown, and returned two kickoffs for scores … and then was lost for the year with a broken leg against Kentucky. He was close to coming back, but wasn’t quite right. On the plus side, one of the SEC’s most explosive players didn’t turn pro early, 2. QB Jake Bentley, Jr. 3. WR Bryan Edwards, Jr. 4. WR Shi Smith, Soph. 5. OT Dennis Daley, Sr. Best South Carolina Defensive Player DE D.J. Wannum, Jr. There’s no argument if you want to put LB T.J. Brunson here, and a slew of other possibilities are about to rise up. The 6-5, 258-pound Wonnum is back after leading the team with six sacks and 13 tackles for loss, and was fourth on the team with 57 stops. A very smart, very dangerous all-around lineman, he’s always active, and he’s a consistent factor on a line that needs to secure the other parts. 2. LB T.J. Brunson, Jr. 3. CB Rashad Fenton, Sr. 4. LB Bryson Allen-Williams, Sr. 5. DT Keir Thomas, Jr. Key Player To A Successful Season OT Dennis Daley, Sr. The offensive line wasn’t a massive problem, but it also wasn’t enough of a plus throughout last season. Just enough veterans are back to build around, and the production should be fine as long as the left side is locked down. It starts with the 6-6, 312-pound Daley, a former JUCO transfer who took over the left tackle job early on and did a nice job for a line that was okay in pass protection. If he’s getting the job done and the position is settled again, the other puzzle parts should fit just fine after fall camp. Key Game To The South Carolina Season Georgia, Sept. 8 The Gamecocks have lost three straight in the series against Georgia and four of the last five, including last year’s 24-10 loss in Athens. This time around, it’s the SEC opener, USC will have had a warm-up against Coastal Carolina to get ready, and there’s a chance to take over the East right away with Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Missouri to follow. There’s no Alabama or LSU on the slate, and Texas A&M and Tennessee are home games. If the Gamecocks are good enough to beat the Dawgs, they’re good enough to win every game on the slate up until the regular season finale against Clemson. 2017 South Carolina Fun Stats – Fumbles: Opponents 22 (lost 14) – South Carolina 10 (lost 5) – Field Goals: Opponents 21-of-24 – South Carolina 15-of-28 – USC 1st Quarter Scoring: 51 – USC 2nd Quarter Scoring: 89 South Carolina Prediction: What’s Going To Happen The Gamecocks were able to win nine games despite having a whole slew of issues. This year’s team will be far better on third downs, more explosive with the passing game, and with a lot more scoring. The USC team that was able to keep winning despite scoring an average of 24 points per game will bump that up by maybe ten points – the O will start to be very un-Will Muschamp-like. The defense won’t be the best in the SEC, but there won’t be any meltdowns and it’ll be efficient enough to keep taking the ball away when needed. Yeah, this is when it’s time to get excited about South Carolina, and yeah, with Georgia coming to Columbia, this might be the SEC’s relative sleeper in the chase. Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 7 This one should be easy. As long as there aren’t any massive hiccups, the Gamecocks should beat Coastal Carolina, Marshall and UT Chattanooga at home, and should get by Vanderbilt and Kentucky on the road. That’s five wins if everything goes right. They should be able to handle Missouri at home, and at least split home games against Texas A&M and Tennessee. Even budgeting in a possible rough performance loss at Ole Miss, and/or a loss at Florida, and with losses predicted to Georgia and at Clemson, getting past seven wins won’t be a problem.
  8. Travon Walker on his official visit with USC this weekend
  9. 2018 Gamecock Football Scholarship Breakdown Last updated: April 25, 2018 * indicates former walk-on - Players in RED are new additions to the team for the 2018 season Pos. # Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen First year QB 4 ScarnecchiaM BentleyJ UrichJ JoynerD RB 6 DowdleR WilliamsT TurnerA DensonM FenwickDValentineL WR 10 SamuelD EdwardsB DawkinsC SmithO SmithS TerrellC DavisR VannJRushDJohnsonT TE 6 CrosbyK AugustJ* PollardK MarkwayK HinsonE RegisterW OL 17 BaileyZ DaleyD YoungM StanleyD CamperB PellageC HutchersonS PutnamW DouglasE RhodesJ CartyJ CarlayS CampbellWGwynJIyamaMManosHWonnumD DT 5 KinlawJ SmithK EllisJ WebbM SandidgeR DE 10 WonnumD ThomasK FennellD BlackshearS SterlingA JohnsonB GentryG EnagbareKGibbsJJohnsonT LB 8 Allen-WilliamsB ThompsonE BrunsonT GreeneS StaleyD BowenD JonesELouis S/N 8 MontacS IbeJ CharlestonJ* WilliamsJ DickersonJ BrownZ GipsonJRoderickR CB 6 FentonR NixonK BanksK JacksonT MukuamuIHornJ ST 2 HynesS CharltonJ OFF DEF SPT TOT 43 37 2 82 7 6 1 14 12 9 1 22 7 7 0 14 6 5 0 11 11 10 0 21 85 - 82 = 3 under the scholarship limit of 85 Note: For purposes of this breakdown, it is assumed that all signees (except JUCO transfers) will redshirt, which is why they are listed under the 'First year' column. Players under the 'First year' column will be moved to the 'Freshmen' column as they play during the 2018 season. Additions/deletions since the end of the 2016 season 04/24/18 - Removed Antoine Wilder, transferring 04/24/18 - Removed Aaron Thompson, transferring 03/30/18 - Removed Bryce Thompson, will not enroll 03/13/18 - Removed Trey Derouen, no longer on team 03/10/18 - Added J.T. Ibe, graduate transfer 02/27/18 - Removed Jerad Washington, transferring 02/27/18 - Removed C.J. Freeman, transferring 02/07/18 - Added Rick Sandidge, commitment 02/04/18 - Removed Terry Googer, career-ending injury 02/03/18 - Added Dylan Wonnum, commitment 01/02/18 - Removed Ronald Jamison, Marlon Character, Lamarius Benson 12/20/17 - Removed Kaleb Chalmers, transferring 12/20/17 - Added Jovaughn Gwyn, commitment 12/20/17 - Added Rosendo Louis, commitment 12/18/17 - Added Jaycee Horn, commitment 12/13/17 - Added Bryce Thompson, commitment 12/09/17 - Added Israel Mukuamu, commitment 12/08/17 - Added Shane Hynes, graduate transfer 11/22/17 - Added 2018 commitments as of Nov. 22 (Lamarius Benson, Wyatt Campbell, Marlon Character, Jabari Ellis, Kingsley Enagbare, Deshaun Fenwick, Jesus Gibbs, Jonathan Gipson, Maxwell Iyama, Ronald Jamison, Tyquan Johnson, Ernest Jones, Dakereon Joyner, Hank Manos, RJ Roderick, Darius Rush, Lavonte Valentine, Josh Vann) 11/22/17 - Added Tyreek Johnson, grayshirt from 2017 class 11/22/17 - Removed Hayden Hurst, expected to enter NFL Draft 11/22/17 - Removed 2017 seniors (Cory Helms, Ulric Jones, Jamarcus King, Alan Knott, Chris Lammons, Skai Moore, D.J. Park, Dante Sawyer, D.J. Smith, Taylor Stallworth) 08/22/17 - Added Javon Charleston, placed on scholarship 08/22/17 - Removed Chris Smith, medical hardship 06/07/17 - Removed Pete Leota, transferring 05/02/17 - Removed Stephon Taylor, transferring 05/02/17 - Removed Dexter Wideman, transferring 03/01/17 - Removed Brandon McIlwain, transferring 02/06/17 - Removed Boosie Whitlow, transferring 02/06/17 - Removed Tyreek Johnson, will grayshirt 02/03/17 - Removed Sherrod Pittman, transferring 02/03/17 - Removed Jalen Dread, transferring 02/01/17 - Added Brad Johnson, commitment 02/01/17 - Added Jordon Carty, commitment 02/01/17 - Added Aaron Sterling, commitment 02/01/17 - Added Javon Kinlaw, commitment 02/01/17 - Added Jordan Rhodes, commitment 01/28/17 - Removed Kyshaun Bryan, de-commitment 01/22/17 - Removed Hamsah Nasirildeen, de-commitment 01/12/17 - Added Jordan Rhodes, commitment 01/08/17 - Added Jacob August, placed on scholarship 01/04/17 - Removed Jasper Sasser, graduate transfer 01/04/17 - Removed David Williams, graduate transfer
  10. Will Muschamp gives a snapshot of what he's got behind Jake Bentley May 30, 2018 South Carolina football knows what it has at the helm of its offense in quarterback Jake Bentley. What’s behind him for the past year, that’s been more of a question, at least to those outside the program. Bentley stayed healthy, so it didn’t quite come up, but the trio of passers behind him are far from proven. But Will Muschamp believes in the group. “I feel really good about Michael Scarnecchia,” Muschamp said at a Spurs Up Tour stop. “He has sped his game up. He hasn’t taken a lot of snaps. Especially my first year, he had labrum surgery. He took no snaps. And then last year, you saw him continue to develop and the game slow down for him. He throws it extremely well, and he certainly is our backup quarterback.” Scarnecchia was the No. 2 behind Bentley last season and took only a handful of snaps in garbage time. He was handpicked by Steve Spurrier as a recruit late in the former coach’s tenure and played sparingly in his first two seasons, before the shoulder injury. After Perry Orth’s graduation and Brandon McIlwain transferred to Cal, the backup job fell to him; and going into next season, the two passers behind him are both in the developmental mold. Jay Urich spent last season developing as a redshirt. Dakereon Joyner came in a four-star, dual-threat player who won Mr. Football in South Carolina. Both have upside as runners. Both have work to do as college passers. “Both guys are are really good athletes,” Muschamp said. “But both guys can throw the football, and can function very well and win for us. If they’re going to be our quarterbacks, it’ll be a little change for us because it’s going to be a little more of a quarterback-driven run game than what we are right now. But that’s fine, we can win doing it that way.” There were points last season when the Gamecocks took the reins off Bentley and let him do some things in the running game. It was somewhat limited, especially against top defenses, as the depth behind him was unproven, but he did run for six scores and averaged 6 yards per non-sack carry. After next season, the team will add four-star recruit Ryan Hilinski into the mix, though if Bentley has a very good year in Bryan McClendon’s new offense, the NFL could be a possibility. But with Dan Werner now handling the QB room, Muschamp focused on a few requirements from the group. “We want toughness at the position,” Muschamp said “We want leadership at the position, and we want a winner at the position. THE STATE
  11. Way-too-early betting odds for South Carolina's games with Clemson, Georgia May 24, 2018 If South Carolina's 2018 football season can go from potentially good to potentially great, USC will have to pull an upset in one of the two biggest games on the slate. And according early betting lines from book at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, the Gamecocks will be a double-digit underdog in both. A list of "games of the year" has South Carolina as an 11-pound 'dog against the Bulldogs in Columbia and Clemson as a 19-point favorite when the Palmetto Bowl is played in the Upstate. USC was recently installed as a 30-plus point favorite in its opener. The Gamecocks have lost four in a row to the Tigers, three of them by at least 18 points. USC lost the past two meetings with Georgia by 14 points each and has dropped four of five. Some pundits have projected a possible 10-win regular season for the Gamecocks, as beyond the two big games, there's a lot of teams with new coaches on the slate. USC broke with a 9-4 season last fall. through
  12. Will Muschamp asked about legalized sports gambling, alcohol sales May 22, 2018 FLORENCE, S.C. — On occasion, politics and sports cross paths. South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp experienced this firsthand on Tuesday, before a Gamecock Club tour stop. The third-year coach was first asked about the potential for legal sports gambling and what it could mean for college football. His answer was similar to the one he offered a week ago. “I think it’s a little bit too early to make any judgments now, to be honest with you, from the standpoint of not knowing how each state will regulate how things will go, so I think it’s a little bit early and premature to comment on it,” Muschamp said. “I haven’t researched it very much, to be honest with you. I haven’t put a lot of time into it.” Muschamp did say he believes there should be a universal model for the NCAA to follow, as it relates to team intel. He was asked, specifically, about injuries. “I think, obviously, that’s something that would be fair across the board, but I haven’t done too much research,” he said. The final political question was about alcohol sales at college sporting events. “I don’t have any problem with it, as long as they don’t allow people to bring guns into the stadium. That’s not a good mix,” Muschamp said. “But I don’t have any problem with it at all. You’ve got to look at different ways you’ve got to create, as an athletic department, to generate revenue, so I’m all for it.”
  13. Early spread for South Carolina football opener against Coastal Carolina May 22, 2018 The third year of Will Muschamp’s tenure as South Carolina football coach opens with a home showdown against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 1 — and the Gamecocks are heavily favored. According to vegasinsider.com and betonline.ag, South Carolina is a 30.5-point favorite over Coastal Carolina. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Williams-Brice Stadium. The spread was announced on Monday, but has not changed within the first day it was posted. During a recent booster club speaking stop in Greenville, S.C., Muschamp was asked about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports gambling to become legal. According to Josh Kendall of The State, the Gamecocks’ coach didn’t have much to say about the issue, which the NCAA has also addressed. “I really haven’t researched it all,” Muschamp said. “I don’t know the impact it’s going to have. I do think people were betting on college games before they legalized. That’d be a guess.” South Carolina is undefeated in season openers under Muschamp. The first win, a 13-10 result on the road against Vanderbilt, was the first of six that season for the Gamecocks. In 2017, South Carolina beat North Carolina State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., 35-28. A week after South Carolina’s 2018 opener against Coastal Carolina, SEC play kicks off at home against Georgia on Sept. 8. The homestand concludes with Marshall on Sept. 15. South Carolina then hits the road for consecutive dates against SEC East foes Vanderbilt (Sept. 22) and Kentucky (Sept. 29). In October, the Gamecocks have another three-game homestand: Missouri (Oct. 6), Texas A&M (Oct. 13), Tennessee (Oct. 27).
  14. Gamecocks Open SEC Tournament Tuesday vs. Missouri The Gamecocks and Tigers are the final game of the day at Hoover Met Stadium GCF Staff Report May 21, 2018 South Carolina vs. Missouri Watch Live Stat Live Audio Twitter Instagram PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Tuesday South Carolina Carmen Mlodzinski (Fr. RHP) 2-5, 4.93 ERA, 34.2 IP, 15 BB, 34 SO Missouri TJ Sikkema (So. LHP) 3-5, 3.41 ERA, 66.0 IP, 19 BB, 75 SO GAME INFO Date: Tuesday, May 22 First Pitch: TBD Location: Hoover Met Stadium, Hoover, Ala. Broadcast: SEC Network Series: SC leads 13-7
  15. This incoming USC freshman expecting 'a whole bunch of rehab' this summer May 20, 2018 Incoming South Carolina wide receiver Josh Vann recently had shoulder surgery but expects to be ready to compete when the Gamecocks' fall practice begins in August. “I know when I get there it’s going to be a whole bunch of rehab, so I’ll try to go as fast as I can with that so I can get back to how I was and a lot better,” Vann said. Vann, 5-10, 175 pounds, was a four-star prospect who will start school at South Carolina on June 4. He caught 46 passes for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Tucker High School. “I know I’m excited,” Vann said. “I’m a little nervous being away from home, but I’ll just have to overcome that. I’ll be all right.” Vann expects to start his college career as a slot receiver, and his high school head coach, Bryan Lamar, agrees. “He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s not really a make-you-miss guy as much as he is a guy who can go and get it,” Lamar said. “He’s not really a shifty, change-of-direction guy as much as he is great hands, great speed, great body control.” Vann did not receive a playbook from the Gamecocks prior to his arrival on campus, but he did get a workout plan, he said. “That was about it, get me ready for at least half the stuff, or maybe a quarter of the stuff I’ll do when I get up there,” he said. Vann will move to Columbia on May 30, he said. He believes he’s joining a team that is close to breaking through in the SEC, he said. “There might be some people that are like, 'They still have a ways to go,' but I feel like they are right there,” he said. “Last year they had a winning season and this year we have a bunch of good recruits, a bunch of four stars, wasn’t that many five stars but stars really don’t matter to me. It’s about who’s going to show up and show out.”
  16. Ignore hype, don’t take the cheese May 20, 2018 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp warned his first Gamecocks team to not get suckered into taking the cheese. “Everybody is patting you on the back, telling you how good you are,” he told the team in 2016, after a home win over Tennessee. “But understand, this football team coming in here is certainly capable. Their last SEC win was against us, so we needed to understand that and don’t take the cheese.” The team responded with a 31-21 win over Missouri. This summer, offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon might want to dust off the mouse traps and utilize the tactic for his wide receiver room Led by senior Deebo Samuel, junior Bryan Edwards and sophomores OrTre and Shi Smith, South Carolina’s wide receiver unit is thought to be among the best in the country. McClendon, who’s entering his third season as the Gamecocks wide receivers coach, doesn’t want the group to buy into the offseason hype they’re expected to receive over the next few months. “We talk to them about it a bunch,” McClendon told reporters on Thursday. “And as much as I love you guys, I just don’t look at it. Obviously, that’s a different time and age, because a lot of guys look at it, but the one thing that you have to make sure that they understand is that’s not reality, in the sense of you’ve got to go out there and earn what you get, at the end of the day, so nobody is going to go out there and play you a certain way because they read something about you. “You are what you do and that’s what’s on film. If you can’t get off the press on film, you’re not going to get off the press very well. … It’s understanding that the reality comes and you are what you repeatedly do. That’s what we preach.” Returning to strength South Carolina’s wide receivers weren’t at full-strength at any point during spring practice. Far from it, actually. Leg injuries limited Samuel throughout the 15 practices. Edwards (shoulder) missed time, so did Randrecous Davis (groin), Chad Terrell (knee) and Chavis Dawkins (undisclosed). The Smiths and freshman Darius Rush were the only scholarship wide receivers believed to go from start to finish without injury. “The good thing is it gave a lot of guys meaningful reps that wouldn’t have gotten those reps if [other] guys were healthy,” McClendon said. “Shi had to go play outside and that’s huge. Now he can go be the next guy up at any position or compete for a job outside. I think it helped a lot of guys having to spread their wings a little bit and get their feet thrown to the fire.” McClendon, of course, hopes to have a full arsenal when practice resumes later this summer. “It will be good to have them all back,” he said. “It was kind of the position we were in this past year with guys going down and guys having to step in and play before they were ready to. The good thing about this, it was only practice and you could go in and be with them every step of the way.”
  17. Gamecocks face College of Charleston in Spirit Communications Park The Gamecocks and Cougars face off Wednesday night at 7 p.m. GCF Staff Report May 09, 2019 South Carolina vs. College of Charleston Game Notes / ​Watch / ​Live Stats / ​Live Audio / ​Twitter / ​Instagram GAME INFO Date: Wednesday, May 9 First Pitch: 7 p.m. Location: Spirit Communications Park, Columbia, S.C. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus Series: SC leads 50-8 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Wednesday South Carolina Carmen Mlodzinski (Fr. RHP) 2-4, 4.02 ERA, 31.1 IP, 15 BB, 28 SO Charleston Evan Sisk (Jr. LHP) 8-3, 2.95 ERA, 73.1 IP, 15 BB, 64 SO
  18. Jay Urich continues battle for spot on QB depth chart May 08, 2018 Redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Urich entered his first South Carolina football spring practice focused on growing into his role. Realistically, he understood that beating out Jake Bentley, the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback for the last 20 games, would be tough to pull off in 15 practices. Still, off to work he went. “For me, I’m spending a lot of time just thinking. I think the best way for me to go about it is to do what I can do, focus what I can focus on, work hard and develop a little more in the film room,” Urich said, at the start of spring practice. “Try to learn a little bit more from Jake and just do what they ask me to do, so if that’s backup or third-string, I’m going to be good.” While it’s uncertain — at least in the public eye — where Urich sits on the quarterback depth chart, the pecking order at top is clear: Bentley is No. 1, followed by redshirt senior Michael Scarnecchia, who was named the backup by South Carolina coach Will Muschamp. Urich completed 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards with an interception in the Garnet and Black spring game. He also rushed 8 times for 38 yards. Freshman Dakereon Joyner, with whom Urich is competing with for the third-string job, also struggled in the spring game. “They’re going to be good players,” Muschamp said. “At the end of the day, the game is going to slow down for them. I’m excited about both guys.” For Urich, Year 1 at South Carolina was an important time in his development. “I think I’m pretty different,” he said. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the film room. Being able to learn a lot from Jake and Scar specifically, and Danny [Gordon] and all those guys. Being able to learn from them, run game and stuff, has been helping me. “I think being able to throw the ball, I think I’ve progressed in that area.” SECCOUNTRY
  19. Gamecocks return to Founders Park, host NO.4 Ole Miss this weekend The Gamecocks will play their next eight games in Columbia, starting with a weekend series vs. Ole Miss GCF Staff Report May 03, 2018 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Ole Miss Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Live Audio / Twitter / Instagram GAME INFO Date: Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 6 First Pitch: 7/4/12 p.m. Location: Founders Park, Columbia, S.C. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus (Fri. & Sat.), SEC Network (Sun.) Series: SC leads 35-23 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Logan Chapman (Fr. RHP) 3-0, 4.53 ERA, 43.2 IP, 22 BB, 40 SO Ole Miss Ryan Rolison (So. LHP) 6-3, 3.26 ERA, 66.1 IP, 26 BB, 82 SO Saturday South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 4-5, 4.94 ERA, 51.0 IP, 32 BB, 73 SO Ole Miss Brady Feigl (Jr. RHP) 7-3, 3.38 ERA, 64.0 IP, 19 BB, 58 SO Sunday South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 6-3, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 20 BB, 54 SO Ole Miss James McArthur (Jr. RHP) 5-0, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP, 28 BB, 42 SO
  20. Gamecocks return to Founders Park, host NO.4 Ole Miss this weekend The Gamecocks will play their next eight games in Columbia, starting with a weekend series vs. Ole Miss GCF Staff Report May 03, 2018 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Ole Miss Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Live Audio / Twitter / Instagram GAME INFO Date: Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 6 First Pitch: 7/4/12 p.m. Location: Founders Park, Columbia, S.C. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus (Fri. & Sat.), SEC Network (Sun.) Series: SC leads 35-23 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Logan Chapman (Fr. RHP) 3-0, 4.53 ERA, 43.2 IP, 22 BB, 40 SO Ole Miss Ryan Rolison (So. LHP) 6-3, 3.26 ERA, 66.1 IP, 26 BB, 82 SO Saturday South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 4-5, 4.94 ERA, 51.0 IP, 32 BB, 73 SO Ole Miss Brady Feigl (Jr. RHP) 7-3, 3.38 ERA, 64.0 IP, 19 BB, 58 SO Sunday South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 6-3, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 20 BB, 54 SO Ole Miss James McArthur (Jr. RHP) 5-0, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP, 28 BB, 42 SO
  21. Gamecocks return to Founders Park, host NO.4 Ole Miss this weekend The Gamecocks will play their next eight games in Columbia, starting with a weekend series vs. Ole Miss GCF Staff Report May 03, 2018 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Ole Miss Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Live Audio / Twitter / Instagram GAME INFO Date: Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 6 First Pitch: 7/4/12 p.m. Location: Founders Park, Columbia, S.C. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus (Fri. & Sat.), SEC Network (Sun.) Series: SC leads 35-23 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Logan Chapman (Fr. RHP) 3-0, 4.53 ERA, 43.2 IP, 22 BB, 40 SO Ole Miss Ryan Rolison (So. LHP) 6-3, 3.26 ERA, 66.1 IP, 26 BB, 82 SO Saturday South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 4-5, 4.94 ERA, 51.0 IP, 32 BB, 73 SO Ole Miss Brady Feigl (Jr. RHP) 7-3, 3.38 ERA, 64.0 IP, 19 BB, 58 SO Sunday South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 6-3, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 20 BB, 54 SO Ole Miss James McArthur (Jr. RHP) 5-0, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP, 28 BB, 42 SO
  22. FeatheredCock

    ESPN Post Spring Top 25

    25. South Carolina Previous rank: 25 After winning nine games in coach Will Muschamp's second season, the Gamecocks went through a makeover on offense. Quarterback Jake Bentley is back after starting 20 games the past two seasons, and new offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner want to speed up the tempo. Bentley will welcome back star receiver Deebo Samuel, who scored six touchdowns in the first three games before suffering a broken leg. The Gamecocks need to run the ball more consistently; Ty'Son Williams, A.J. Turner and Deshaun Fenwick were battling for the tailback job during the spring. The Gamecocks will have to replace two starters on the defensive line, linebacker Skai Moore and three starters in the secondary. Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams returns after missing most of 2017 with a shoulder injury. http://www.espn.com/college-football...ng-2018-top-25
  23. What South Carolina's two grad transfers mean for the 2018 defense May 02, 2018 South Carolina football had some uncertainty on the back end of its defense going into 2018. So USC added a pair of seasoned defenders. Texas A&M cornerback Nick Harvey committed to the Gamecocks on Wednesday, filling out USC’s 2018 recruiting class. He joins Rice grad transfer J.T. Ibe, a safety who announced early in March that he would join the program. Both hail from Texas. Both had sizable roles early in their college careers. Both are stepping into positions where USC has talented options, but not much experienced depth. What to know about them: The Harvey file Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 185 Stats last season: Injured and redshirted (as a junior, had 66 tackles and 10 passes defended) Career starts: 13 (saw extensive action as a reserve in 13 games in 2015) Primary position: Cornerback How much is he needed: USC has Rashad Fenton as an anchor on one side, but the other is a question. Keisean Nixon is the most advanced player, but Will Muschamp likes him at nickel. Up next is an oft-injured second-year player (Tavyn Jackson), a former receiver (Korey Banks) and two true freshmen (Israel Mukuamu, Jaycee Horn) Hometown: Lancaster, Texas How early did he play at his first school: He played in every game as a true freshman and was the Aggies' top secondary reserve as a sophomore in 2015. The Ibe file Height: 6-foot Weight: 200 pounds Stats last season: 42 tackles, three pass breakups, one forced fumble Career starts: 27 Primary position: Safety How much is he needed: Will Muschamp has said USC has one solid option at safety in Steven Montac. Jaylin Dickerson has potential but needs to stay healthy. Jamyest Williams projects to see more time there. Javon Charleston is a former walk-on, and young players Zay Brown, R.J. Roderick and potentially Jonathan Gipson (who might be an option at corner) will likely also be in there. Hometown: Mansfield, Texas How early did he play: He was sixth on his team in tackles as a true freshman, starting nine of 12 games. Both players provide a veteran boost for a secondary that lost three multi-year starters in Jamracus King, Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith. USC has also been strapped for bodies each of the past two seasons, often relying on five or six defenders to play every snap at up to five positions. Position breakdown (scholarship players): Corners Senior Rashad Fenton (Two-year starter) Senior Keisean Nixon (Can play nickel) Redshirt sophomore Korey Banks Redshirt freshman Tavyn Jackson Freshman Israel Mukuamu Freshman Jaycee Horn Safeties Senior Steven Montac (eight starts the past two years, can play nickel) Redshirt junior Javon Charleston Sophomore Jamyest Williams (2017 starting nickel, can still play there) Redshirt freshman Jaylin Dickerson (projected to have a big role last year before an injury) Redshirt freshman Zay Brown Freshman R.J. Roderick To be determined Freshman Jonathan Gipson THE STATE
  24. Gamecocks head to Nashville for SEC series vs. Vanderbilt The Gamecocks and Commodores start a three-game series in the Music City Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern GCF Staff Report April 28, 2018 South Carolina at No. 17 Vanderbilt Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Live Audio / Twitter / Instagram GAME INFO Date: Friday, April 27-Sunday, April 29 First Pitch: 6:30/2/1 p.m. CDT Location: Hawkins Field, Nashville, Tenn. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus Series: SC leads 56-32 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Logan Chapman (Fr. RHP) 3-0, 3.29 ERA, 41.0 IP, 20 BB, 40 SO Vanderbilt Drake Fellows (So. RHP) 4-3, 3.03 ERA, 59.1 IP, 26 BB, 69 SO Saturday South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 4-4, 4.05 ERA, 46.2 IP, 30 BB, 67 SO Vanderbilt Patrick Raby (Jr. RHP) 2-4, 2.47 ERA, 47.1 IP, 19 BB, 40 SO Sunday South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 6-3, 4.18 ERA, 51.2 IP, 19 BB, 54 SO Vanderbilt Mason Hickman (Fr. RHP) 7-1, 3.69 ERA, 46.1 IP, 13 BB, 44 SO
  25. Gamecocks head to Nashville for SEC series vs. Vanderbilt The Gamecocks and Commodores start a three-game series in the Music City Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern GCF Staff Report April 28, 2018 South Carolina at No. 17 Vanderbilt Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Live Audio / Twitter / Instagram GAME INFO Date: Friday, April 27-Sunday, April 29 First Pitch: 6:30/2/1 p.m. CDT Location: Hawkins Field, Nashville, Tenn. Broadcast: SEC Network Plus Series: SC leads 56-32 PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Logan Chapman (Fr. RHP) 3-0, 3.29 ERA, 41.0 IP, 20 BB, 40 SO Vanderbilt Drake Fellows (So. RHP) 4-3, 3.03 ERA, 59.1 IP, 26 BB, 69 SO Saturday South Carolina Adam Hill (Jr. RHP) 4-4, 4.05 ERA, 46.2 IP, 30 BB, 67 SO Vanderbilt Patrick Raby (Jr. RHP) 2-4, 2.47 ERA, 47.1 IP, 19 BB, 40 SO Sunday South Carolina Cody Morris (So. RHP) 6-3, 4.18 ERA, 51.2 IP, 19 BB, 54 SO Vanderbilt Mason Hickman (Fr. RHP) 7-1, 3.69 ERA, 46.1 IP, 13 BB, 44 SO

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