Offensive & Defensives GamecockFanatics Players of the Game vs. East Carolina
Sept. 12, 2021 /HF
The offense had a poor showing in both halves but in the second half came to life just enough to ink out a 20-17 victory over ECU by hitting a walk-off field goal with redshirt senior Parker White.
Zeb Noland started and struggled mightily early but rounded into a little bit better performance in the second half. He’d end with a respectable stat line, completing 13-of-24 for 189 yards, an average of 7.9 yards per attempt with a touchdown and an interception, and engineered three straight scoring drives to end the game in what was a 20-17 Gamecock win
Who stood out enough to be named player of the Game on offense?. Missing was the leading rusher from last year RB Kevin Harris. Simply could not break out in his first performance of the season. Due to health issues, Harris did not play in the Gamecocks opener last week against Eastern Illinois’. RB MarShawn Lloyd also had a poor game along with RB ZaQuandre White.
The offensive line play was a major factor here. But one player did stand out on offense. Freshman Juju McDowell all 170lbs and at 5-9 stood out among the giants on the field with his presence being felt on the field.
To help win the game against ECU the Gamecocks rode the legs of Juju McDowell. Who gained 45 yards on six carries on South Carolina’s final 10-play drive – to set up White’s winning field goal. Yes, Parker hit the winning field goal with a sore loin pull but I am going to hand the player of the game to Juju.
Offense player of the game: RB Juju McDowell
Worthy of a Helmet: Kicker Parker white
The defense had A type performance for the game, with for the most part ineffective offense that sputtered all day long causing the defense to spend a lot of time on the field against ECU.
With the defense, it was hard to pick out one player who stood out. Middle linebacker Damani Staley: the son of former Gamecock RB Duce Staley really had the pivotal play by intercepted a pass in the second quarter and raced 63 yards for a touchdown. Gamecock's offense struggled throughout the game, showing no signs of life, and was on life support for the most part of the game. His interception started the turnaround point so GCF will follow suit and hand him the defensive player of the game vs. ECU.
Defensive player of the Game: Middle linebacker Damani Staley
Worthy of a Helmet: The defense unit