GCF Players of the Game vs. Kentucky
Sept. 26, 2021
There were definitely some things to feel good about, but also more issues from past weeks that were left unresolved and need fixing. One positive was that the secondary looked like they got it together after being shredded by Georgia. Really hard to find a bright spot on offense to pick out a player, But Juju did some and QB Doty showed what he is capable of. Hope to see much more out of Doty and see him hit those long throws down the field.
DB Jaylan Foster: Had a great night, Foster leads in interceptions in the SEC, Foster was able to get his fourth takeaway of the young season in the first half against Kentucky, by picking off a deep shot by Kentucky quarterback Will Levis near the end zone. But the offense couldn’t take advantage of the turnover on the offensive end; Foster’s pick helped keep Kentucky from recording a possible 2nd TD for the night.
RB Juju McDowell: Gamecock's offense struggled all night long to get anything going in the first half; it wasn’t because of the freshman RB Juju effort. He lined up at slot receiver and also took part in the backfield along with starter Kevin Harris, Juju used his explosive speed to pick up chunk gains. In the first half, McDowell produced 32 of the Gamecocks' 80 yards of offense Saturday night.
Worthy for a Helmet Sticker:
Defense: Much of the rushing offense was on Kentucky’s first drive in the half-finished with 109 yards. On the first drive, the Wildcats rushed eight times for 65 yards, punching in a 15-yard touchdown on a rush by Kavosiey Smoke. Tailback Chris Rodriguez rushed for 31 yards on his first three carries. The good news after that the defense did a better job of containing Rodriguez in the middle part of the game, but he help the Wildcats finished with 144 rushing yards. What the defense lacked last night, it made up for in turnover. Gamecocks won the turnover battle 3 to 0 and still lost the game. The defense would set up the offense with great field position, and they would be unable to finish or even get points on the board.