Transfer TE Nick Muse finely makes his debut on the field for Gamecocks Saturday
Sept. 07, 2019
The Gamecock junior transfer tight end received the word late Friday afternoon from the NCAA granted Muse his waiver allowing him to see action for the first time this Saturday. He made the best of it while on the field. Muse did have to shack off a fumble on his first catch but he did finish with two catches for 22 yards.
Muse played two seasons at William & Mary, an FCS school, before deciding to transfer to USC. A move that normally requires a student-athlete to sit out for one season. The 6'3", 232lbs was in uniform Saturday for the Gamecocks and saw action in the 72-10 victory. “When I heard the news, it was about 5:30 (Friday) and we had a meeting at 6,” Muse said. “It was exciting. All my teammates were loving it and enjoying it.”
“It was a humbling experience,” Muse said of the fumble. “It is like getting your toes in the water. I missed the UNC game and I was waiting for months to see if I could play or not. Then I play and that is the first play. It is humbling, but I enjoyed it though. I came to the sideline with a grin on my face, knowing I am going to do my job next time.”
Gamecock coach Will Muschamp talked after the game about how happy he was to have Muse in the lineup Saturday and going forward. Muse provides depth for the Gamecocks at tight end. The Gamecocks lost projected starter Kiel Pollard to a career-ending spinal condition. USC also lost Evan Hinson, who decided to transfer and focus on basketball.
“I don’t feel there is any pressure on me at all,” Muse said. “I played college ball for two years. I know William & Mary is not 90,000 people watching. But there are some athletes everywhere. I am enjoying it for the most part. Muschamp has a lot of faith in me so that is a good thing. (Tight ends coach) Bobby Bentley respects my game and he knows what I can do to help the team out.”
Last season for William & Mary, Muse had 30 catches for 453 yards in seven games.
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