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  3. Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State, killed himself in January and was posthumously diagnosed with C.T.E. His brother is a star recruit at the same position. It’s raw and complicated.
  4. South Carolina’s Will Muschamp updates OrTre Smith injury recovery process December 13, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina football has been without a key wide receiving option in OrTre Smith for almost the entire 2018 football season. That was a given as soon as the staff made the call the subluxed kneecap would need surgery. He hasn’t played in months, but he’s on the mend and there’s been solid progress in his coach’s eyes. “Really good,” Muschamp said. “He’s ahead of schedule.” The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder spent most of 2017 as a true freshman starter after Deebo Samuel was lost for the year. He gave USC’s offense a solid option, and projected to be the No. 4 receiver. Then he played in the opener and sparingly against Georgia, and Muschamp announced he’d be out after he didn’t take the field against Vanderbilt. He finished with three catches and 25 yards after 326 yards and three scores on 30 receptions his first season on campus. If he comes back fully healthy, he’ll be a key option in the passing game next season. Deebo Samuel is gone, and there’s still a question about Bryan Edwards. Shi Smith will be back, and there’s an army of options behind him such as Josh Vann, Chad Terrell and incoming freshman Keveon Mullins. So that big possession receiver who still has room to grow, his health will loom large. “Talking to (trainer) Clint Haggard (Thursday) morning, he feels really comfortable about where OrTre is,” Muschamp said.
  5. Man not happy that debo is not playing, he is an important player
  6. South Carolina football has been without a key wide receiving option in OrTre Smith for almost the entire 2018 football season. That was a given as soon as the staff … Click to Continue » View the full article
  7. Muschamp & Mendenhall convene in Charlotte to preview Belk Bowl (AUDIO) DECEMBER 13, 2018 BY WILL PALASZCZUK South Carolina and Virginia meet in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on December 29th. The head coaches of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Virginia Cavaliers held a press availability Thursday in Charlotte to preview the upcoming Belk Bowl matchup at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams are looking to reverse a trend, having never lost a game in Charlotte, with South Carolina playing in its second of three games in as many seasons in the home of the Panthers. Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp updated the lengthy injury report, confirming the absences of DT Javon Kinlaw (hip surgery) and DB Keisean Nixon (neck issue) for the December 29th matchup. Muschamp did say they will get some relief as they expect LB Bryson Allen-Williams, DBs Jaycee Horn and Jaylin Dickerson, along with DE Keir Thomas all to play in the game. Defensive end Aaron Sterling is also a possibility to return for USC. South Carolina Head Coach Will Muschamp and Virginia Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall pose with the Belk Bowl trophy. Among other news items for South Carolina, Muschamp has set a target of “around 20” players expected to sign during the Early Signing Period which begins Wednesday. He said most of those signees will be early enrollees. Muschamp also said the team plans to move into the new Football Operations Building on January 7th upon the players reporting for the Spring semester. The head coach also said he plans to have all members of his coaching staff intact for the bowl and next season, and that no players outside of Deebo Samuel have approached him about skipping the bowl game. To hear the joint press conferences with Muschamp and Virginia Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, click below: Joint Press Conference: South Carolina HC Will Muschamp & Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall Audio Player Will Muschamp also met separately with the South Carolina media below: South Carolina HC Will Muschamp Audio Player South Carolina returns to the practice field on Monday and will practice in Columbia through next Saturday. The Gamecocks will travel to Charlotte on Christmas day, and practice at Charlotte Latin Academy on December 26th and 27th, with a walk-through in at Bank of America Stadium on the 28th in advance of the game the next day
  8. Will Muschamp talks assistant coaching rumors: ‘It’s flattering’ December 13, 2018 THE STATE At various points in the past week, South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley and quarterback coach Dan Werner were considered favorites to take jobs at Auburn and Ole Miss respectively, at least in some corners of the internet. Was Will Muschamp ever worried? “Absolutely not,” Muschamp said Thursday at a press conference for the Belk Bowl. “We’ve got a great place.” Asked if he expected to keep the staff intact, he answered, ‘Right now, yeah.’ Those two were rumored for offensive coordinator jobs, while there was some chatter around current Gamecocks OC Bryan McClendon in connection to the Tennessee opening at the same spot or the East Carolina head coaching job that ended up going to Mike Houston. USC has enjoyed relative stability in this arena. Of the nine assistants who started with Muschamp in Columbia, seven are still with the staff. The only changes were Eric Wolford replacing Shawn Elliott, who became head coach at Georgia State, and Kurt Roper being let go after the 2017 season (McClendon took his job and Werner was added). The team is in the midst of its final drive toward the first signing day, and Muschamp noted the rumblings about Bentley and Werner didn’t cause too much consternation on the recruiting front. “It’s flattering and says a lot about our staff,” Muschamp said. “We’ve had a bunch of coaches get other opportunities, and they’re staying in South Carolina.” South Carolina will face Virginia in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29.
  9. At various points in the past week, South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley and quarterback coach Dan Werner were considered favorites to take jobs at Auburn and Ole Miss … Click to Continue » View the full article
  10. South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Will Muschamp previews his team's Dec. 29 Belk Bowl matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers … Click to Continue » View the full article
  11. One Gamecock shifting to over a spot with Deebo sitting out bowl December 13, 2018 Deebo Samuel wasn’t the tallest outside receiver for South Carolina, but he did his damage despite that. As he sits out the Belk Bowl, a teammate will try to do the same while moving to a slightly different spot. USC coach Will Muschamp said Shi Smith will move from the slot to take Samuels’ spot on the outside. Smith spent time there in the spring and in practice, but has played there sparingly through the season. “Shi is going to play outside,” Muschamp said at a Belk Bowl press conference on Thursday. “I think Josh (Vann) can play inside and still play outside, but we’re going to move those guys around to get the best combination of what we can get on the field.” Muschamp reiterated he expects everyone else to play, meaning Bryan Edwards should give USC a mostly-full receiving group. Smith has been USC’s No. 3 pass-catcher this season, with 39 catches, 597 yards and four touchdowns. USC could go with more two-tight end looks, as it often has through the season, or it could mean much more work for Vann. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound former four-star recruit has caught 18 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Vann made one start this season and played a lot against Akron when Smith was out, and Muschamp is confident in him. “He’s played really well,” Muschamp said. “He’s a guy that had to step up for us in the last ballgame, and will be a guy that, his role will obviously advance for the Belk Bowl.”
  12. Deebo Samuel wasn’t the tallest outside receiver for South Carolina, but he did his damage despite that. As he sits out the Belk Bowl, a teammate will try to do … Click to Continue » View the full article
  13. Will Muschamp talks Belk Bowl, recruiting December 13, 2018
  14. Gamecocks will get visit from blue chip defensive lineman, along with Penn State, Alabama December 13, 2018 South Carolina defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson visited defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., last week. Sorrells is not signing until February. He has visited USC unofficially and he plans to visit USC, Penn State and Alabama in January. The Gamecocks visit probably will be Jan. 18. This season, he had 36 tackles, eight for loss, with two sacks, one interception and one fumble forced.
  15. South Carolina will attempt to get defensive end D.J. Wonnum an additional year of eligibility following an injury-shortened 2018 December 13, 2018 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} "South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Will Muschamp previews his team's Dec. 29 Belk Bowl matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers" “We are going to try to get a medical redshirt for him,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said Thursday at a news conference for the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl. If the medical redshirt season is approved, Wonnum would play next year as a junior again and would have the option of returning for the 2020 season. Wonnum played in only five games this year after suffering an ankle injury in the first game of the season. He had 11 tackles and two sacks and will not play in the Belk Bowl against Virginia after having surgery to repair the injury. The team is also applying for medical redshirts for safeties J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey and linebacker Eldridge Thompson.
  16. Next year we need more than better luck, we need a better team
  17. Gamecocks down 2 more defensive starters for Belk Bowl December 13, 2018 South Carolina will be down two more starting defensive players for the Belk Bowl. Junior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and senior cornerback Keisean Nixon will both miss the Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said Thursday. Kinlaw had surgery recently to repair a labral tear in his hip. “We could have waited until after the bowl, but we wanted to go ahead and get him healthy for his senior season,” Muschamp said. Nixon has a fracture in his neck, which was discovered after the Akron game, Muschamp said. Nixon had experienced soreness and numbness during the season, Muschamp said. “It’s very disappointing for him,” Muschamp said. Muschamp had already confirmed that senior left guard Zack Bailey would miss the Belk Bowl due to a broken fibula he suffered in the team’s regular-season finale, but he offered a glimpse into how the Gamecocks might compensate for his absence. The Gamecocks plan to move junior Donell Stanley to left guard and have some combination of sophomore Chandler Farrell and freshman Hank Manos fill in at center. Aside from the aforementioned injuries, the only other South Carolina player who will miss the bowl game is receiver Deebo Samuel, who is sitting out to prepare for the NFL draft. Who will return off injury list for the Belk Bowl Bryan Allen-Williams, Jaycee Horn, Keir Thomas and Jaylin Dickerson are expected to play, Muschamp said. Gamecocks received good news as defenders Bryson Allen-Williams, Jaycee Horn, Keir Thomas and Jaylin Dickerson will be available for the Belk Bowl. Defensive end Aaron Sterling "should be available" December 29. D.J. Wonnum is still dealing with an ankle injury and at this point will likely apply for a medical redshirt. The Gamecocks (7-5) will take on the Cavaliers (7-5) at noon ET on Dec. 29 in Charlotte.
  18. South Carolina will attempt to get defensive end D.J. Wonnum an additional year of eligibility following an injury-shortened 2018. “We are going to try to get a medical redshirt for … Click to Continue » View the full article
  19. South Carolina will be down two more starting defensive players for the Belk Bowl. Junior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and senior cornerback Keisean Nixon will both miss the Dec. 29 … Click to Continue » View the full article
  20. South Carolina defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson visited defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., last week. Sorrells is not signing until February. He has visited USC unofficially and … Click to Continue » View the full article
  21. South Carolina QB commit Luke Doty grew into cool, calm, in-command passer. Here’s how December 13, 2018 THE STATE A season ago, Luke Doty might not have been able to lead his Myrtle Beach High School football team back as he did this past Friday, showing command in the face of a challenge. The Class of 2020 South Carolina quarterback commit wasn’t even full-time at that position back then. He played some QB, some wide receiver, even a little defense. When the senior ahead of him graduated, the job was his. But that didn’t mean he had all that he needed. Everything that happened this season for Doty — the prolific numbers, the comfort in a high-powered offense, making good in a state title game — that all began in the summer, when he made himself a constant guest of offensive coordinator Wes Streater. “I used to go over to Streater’s house almost every day during the summer,” Doty said. “I almost lived over there. He just sat down with me and really took me through everything, just made sure that I knew the offense just as good or better than they did.” That command showed in the state title game at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium against Greer. The start wasn’t ideal, with 83 yards on the first five drives for an anemic 3.6 yards a play with a pair of sacks that helped snuff out possessions. Then came the drives in rapid succession. Seventy-two yards for a touchdown, then 54, 24 off an interception and finally an 11-play, 70-yard march to put the nail in the coffin. At the center was Doty, fully in command and slinging it around. At game’s start, he was in a deep shotgun set, and still the strong Yellow Jackets line was getting after him. By the end, he was in control. “You could see that composure set in,” Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said, “which has really kind of taken shape in the last three or four ballgames. He just did a great job of distributing the ball and then taking off when he needed to. He’s a special young man.” This from a player who threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions a year ago. In his sophomore season, he produced an interesting all-around line — 703 passing yards, 250 rushing yards, 35 receptions for 391 yards. By the end of his junior season, he’d thrown for 3,037 yards with 36 touchdowns, completing 71.6 percent of his passes. He added 701 yards and seven scores on the ground, including 200-plus yards while upending powerful Hartsville in the Lower State final. His sophomore numbers were those of a player who goes to college as a developmental quarterback or position change candidate. What he did this year, after committing to USC just before the season started, makes him look like a much more formed passer, a dual-threat option on the next level. “I was in a pretty unique position last year,” Doty said. “I was able to play a lot of different positions, wide receiver, quarterback, even some defense at some points. “To come back this year and have control over the offense, have full command over it. It was definitely a learning experience for me through the season. There were ups, there were downs. But I tried to stay level through them all.” On Friday, he had Gamecock coaches watching him in Will Muschamp, QB coach Dan Werner and running backs coach Bobby Bentley. Before the game, the message was to go out there and have fun. While he didn’t take too much note of the coaches during the game, his coach, Wilson said the team got back to having fun during its comeback. He and his team came through a lot, games canceled by hurricanes, a season interrupted. But he grew into a student of the game, in his coach’s words. He’s got one more year of high school, but he got to end this one in the locker room he’ll occupy in college, granted with a different cast. “There’s nothing like it,” Doty said after winning state. “I’ve been in there countless times. Just to come in there with my guys, the guys I’ve been with since this time last year, to be back here in this environment and this stadium, to get a win like this, it means a lot to us.”
  22. Westwood defensive back Cam Smith is gearing up for Saturday's Shrine Bowl. View the full article
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