GamecockFanatics offensive & defensive players of the game vs. Georgia
Sept. 19, 2021
On Offensive Player
WR Josh Vann: Vann had some bad plays including a false start penalty, a drop on a deep pass, and a taunting penalty after a long catch that might have been costly in a closer game. But he also provided most of the offense. Vann was able to get behind the defense repeatedly and finished with three catches for 128 yards. Through three games, the senior wide receiver has been the Gamecocks most dependable target. He reeled in a 61-yard pass by Noland on the team’s first drive to set up a field goal, and he nearly came down with a similar catch from the arm of Doty before a replay review ruled that the ball touched the ground. Vann paced the Gamecocks in receiving with 128 yards on three catches, adding a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
On Defensive Player
DB Jaylan Foster: "Special Teams Former walk-on who used the NCAA ruling to return for a sixth year... placed on scholarship" ..On a night when the Gamecock defense simply couldn’t get off the field, the senior safety Foster provided two of the few USC highlights, intercepting a Stetson Bennett pass in the first half and picking off a JT Daniels pass in the third quarter for his second and third picks of the young season. Foster had two interceptions, one-off each quarterback. He also had seven tackles.
Worthy of a Helmet Sticker
QB Luke Doty debuts: Silver linings are hard to come by in a blowout loss, but in a bit of good news for the Gamecocks, Doty made his season debut after missing the first two games of the season due to a foot injury. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, a hand injury to starter Zeb Noland is what prompted Doty’s early entrance into the game. The sophomore completed 13 of 26 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but his offensive line gave him little room to work against Georgia’s ferocious defensive line