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Grading the Gamecocks improvements all over the field Saturday

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Grading the Gamecocks improvements all over the field Saturday

Sept. 09, 2019

Gamecocks crushed Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Williams-Brice Stadium 72-10 Saturday to earn there first win of the young season.


  • Quarterbacks: Ryan Hilinski stats say it all he had 282 yards on 24-of-30 passing. He threw one pick late in the game. Plus CS  was not the best competition, but it was a good a debut as one could ask for. Now to Dakereon Joyner had 41 rushing yards on his first carry and added another TD. Grade: A+
  • Running backs: Rico Dowdle did some lead-back things with 87 yards and a pair of scores on 10 carries. Tavien Feaster had most of his damage in the passing game had a total 83 total yards. Freshman Kevin Harris converted a key third down and scored three TD's with 147 yards on six carries. Mon Denson also had his third 100-yard game. Grade A+
  • Wide receivers: The production was more balanced out, Bryan Edwards getting 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on his five catches. There weren’t a ton of big plays (four of 15 or more before the game was fully out of hand). Solid day overall. Grade A-
  • Tight ends: Kyle Markway was the team’s No. 2 pass catcher with four balls for 37 yards. Nick Muse added two more catches and nearly had a TD,  he did fumble though. They where solid in the run game. Grade: B
  • Offensive line: They did go against an FCS defense, for the most part the Gamecocks did what they wanted. They ran for 493 yards. The Buccaneers were credited with no hurries or sacks, though one free runner helped force a pick from Hilinski. Grade A


  • Defensive line: The group did their part well. Gamecocks did  where credited for one sack and four hurries. The CSU run game got basically all of its yards on two runs. A solid day after the bad opener. Grade: A
  • Linebackers:  The Buccaneers had minus-2 yards on 15 carries before the fourth. No one player put up big stats, but Jahmar Brown made a nice play in coverage. Grade: B+
  • Defensive backs: Relying on youth will be mistakes.There were a couple of breakdowns with the Gamecocks. Good news here the Gamecocks did intercept three passes and held a pass-heavy offense to a miserable day, with the top top passers being held to 118 yards. Grade: B-
  • Special teams: CSU was kicking away from the Gamecocks best players, so the return game really couldn't do much. There was a missed extra point, a 47-yard field goal and no CSU returns of note. Grade: C


 The Gamecocks were breaking in a new QB, coming off a rather crushing loss. They came out, left nothing to chance and ran away with it, getting two QBs in the mix. Grade: A


Make no mistake about it the Gamecocks played a really bad team Saturday, Most inportsntly Gamecocks put up massive numbers (a school record for yards) and had Ryan Hilinski look a player on a mission. The backups played most of the second half. Pretty good day over all for the Gamecocks. Grade: A+

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