GamecockFanatics Offensive & Defensives Players of the game vs. Troy
Oct. 03, 2021
First off was a crazy game. It was another tough day at the office for the Gamecock rushing attack that just still cannot get going in Year 1 under offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. Defense is still the heart of the team while the offense still struggles to do anything on the ground and scores field goals instead of TD’s. So let’s dip in here and see who stood out to be the players of the game vs. Troy
Quarterback Gamecocks came into the year expecting to lean on its running game (more on that in a minute), but the Gamecocks have gotten a surprisingly reliable passing effort from Doty since he returned from injury. Luke Doty can sling the football; Saturday was no different. Maybe a little too hard with long passes being overthrown to his receivers. The former four-star recruit created new career highs in single-game passing yards, attempts, and completions as he finished 20 of 34 for 255 yards and one touchdown. Discount the overthrows well enough for him to be the offense player of the game considering really, no one else can match that at this time.
Offense player of the game: QB Luke Doty
While Harris looked better, The Gamecocks' 102 rushing yards were skewed some as receiver Josh Vann notched two carries for 52 yards on a pair of gadget plays. Saturday, he was hampered by a groin injury he suffered earlier in the week. Despite being limited, Vann finished as the Gamecocks' leading rusher and recorded another three catches for 45 yards to finish second among the Gamecocks’ nine pass catchers against Troy.
Runner up, worthy of a helmet sicker: WR Josh Vann
Now for the defense, The Gamecocks defense keeps creating turnovers. Turnovers are equal parts skill and luck, but South Carolina keeps finding them. Saturday, the Gamecocks won the turnover battle for the fourth time this season as defensive coordinator Clayton White’s unit reeled in two interceptions and picked up a pair of fumbles. Jaylan Foster continues to play at a first-team All-American level as he notched a forced fumble on Jahmar Brown’s crazy fumble return touchdown that was called back when Brown dropped the ball before the goal line. David Spaulding also rebounded from an up-and-down open to his season as his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown swung South Carolina to a 10-point halftime lead when Troy drove deep into Gamecocks territory before the break. Again, turnovers have a bit of luck to them, but the Gamecocks defense continues to make plays when afforded opportunities.
Defensive player of the game: Defense
Beamer ball continues in special teams' show. Shane Beamer’s father, Frank, made a nearly five-decade career out of spectacular special teams' play. The younger Beamer has brought that same fervor for special teams here in his tenure at the helm of the Gamecocks'. Before Brown narrowly missed on a game-changing touchdown, he pushed a blocker into Troy punter Luke Magliozzi to block the kick and set up a 48-yard Parker White field goal. White, too, has had a superb start to the 2021 season as he’s a perfect 9 for 9 on field-goal attempts — including a career-long 54-yarder that brought South Carolina within a score of Kentucky late last week. The senior kicker cashed in on all three of his attempts against Troy from 23, 37, and 48 yards. The 37-yard kick pushed South Carolina’s final lead to nine points and gave the Gamecocks some much-needed breathing room in a game that had little of it.
Runner up, worthy of a helmet sicker Special teams