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  1. Doty just simply isn’t the best option at QB. He was when Zeb was hurt. He has one ugly win against Troy to show for 8 career games where he played the majority of the snaps. Right now Zeb gives us the best chance to win now. We need wins now to help with recruiting. I saw us at 4 wins in the preseason. We could get 5-6 if we stick with Zeb. Doty and it’s 4-8 guaranteed. It still may happen with Zeb, but the team plays much better with him under center. Gamecocks need to hit the portal hard and get an SEC QB. Hopefully, 4 star commit Braden Davis can learn enough to gain important playing time. Just got to get an SEC QB here. like fast, like yesterday not fast enough.
  2. Drink responsibly. Nothing like a bunch of drunk hicks throwing beer cans at you. Pitafull Tennessee.
  3. 2 Ex-Gamecock quarterback's strike gold with portal moves Oct. 18, 2021 Over in the Big Ten, QB Ryan Hilinski worked his way to becoming Northwestern’s starting quarterback after not playing in the Wildcats’ first two games. The former Gamecock has started Northwestern’s last three matchups and has helped the Wildcats improve to 3-3 after their 1-2 start. QB Jake Bentley has continued to have one of the best seasons of his six-year collegiate career with the Sun Belt Conference’s South Alabama. He’s led the Jaguars to a 4-2 record off a career-best 68.2% completion percentage, totaling a conference-leading 1,505 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Bentley’s 389-yard performance in South Alabama’s 41-14 win over Georgia Southern last weekend was the third-most productive of any quarterback in the country last week. He completed 24 of his 31 passes and scored three touchdowns. Bentley spent four years at South Carolina from 2016-19. After passing for over 7,500 yards and 55 touchdowns with the Gamecocks, Bentley suffered a season-ending foot injury in USC’s 2019 season opener against North Carolina and elected to transfer to Utah in the PAC-12 conference for 2020. OTHERS: Korey Banks, WR (NC A&T): 17 catches for 173 yards in 6 games Derek Boykins, LB (Charlotte): 7 tackles in 3 games Stephan Davis Jr, LB (NC A&T): 2 tackles in 2 games John Dixon, DB (Penn State): 4 tackles in 5 games Deshaun Fenwick, RB (Oregon State): 50 carries for 318 yards in 6 games Joseph Anderson, DE (Purdue): 4 tackles in 4 games Jammie Robinson, DB (Florida State): 45 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 passes deflected in 6 games Shilo Sanders, DB (Jackson State): 25 tackles, 2 forced fumbles in 6 games Keir Thomas, DE (Florida State): 16 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass deflected in 5 games Keshawn Toney, TE (UT Chattanooga): 4 receptions for 61 yards in 3 games Jamyest Williams, RB (Georgia State): 43 carries for 239 yards in 6 games, made a position change from defensive back.
  4. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger is the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Kroeger had a 56.8-yard average. Three of the punts were placed inside the 20. He boomed a career-long 70-yard punt. The Commodores had no return yards.
  5. New CFP Championship odds from BetOnline: Georgia 11/10 Alabama 12/5 Ohio State 8/1 Oklahoma 12/1 Cincinnati 16/1 Michigan 33/1 Heisman Odds: Matt Corral 7/4 Bryce Young 2/1 CJ Stroud 8/1 New LSU coach: Lane Kiffin 5/2 Luke Fickell 11/2 Billy Napier 7/1 Jimbo Fisher 15/2
  6. NCAA Stats this week: Clemson Total offense 115, Total defense 24 CCU Total offense 2 Total defense 6 Gamecocks Total offense 102, Total defense 34
  7. 2018 3-star LB Rosendo Louis has entered the portal as a grad transfer after totaling 16 tackles and 1 TFL during his South Carolina career
  8. Wash rinse got to stay with a OC just too much musical chairs. Problem is no one has the patients to let that happen.
  9. Understand but this program needs to move ahead of the Vanderbilt of the world. Saturday just showed how far this program has to go. Gamecocks proved Saturday that they are at best 13 or 14 team in the SEC. I just hope the program has hit rock bottom now and can start the long crawl up the hill. 4-3 yes happy with that better then 2 or 3 wins a season the Gamecocks have had last few season. Just hope the coaching staff can do better and players as well. We just have to hang in hope for the best. GO COCKS!!
  10. New Jersey RB watches Gamecocks Saturday By SPORTSTALK/ October 18, 2021 3 star RB Kanye Udoh (6-0 200) of Richland, NJ made his second trip to the Palmetto State for an unofficial visit this past weekend. In September he was at Clemson. Saturday he was at USC. He’s not hearing much from the Tigers, but USC running backs coach Montario Hardesty is interested, and that resulted in the invitation to come in for the game. “Coach Hardesty looked at my mid-season film and he said he liked it a lot,” Udoh said. “He started recruiting me and talking to my parents. He was telling me some things that they do, and he wanted me to get there for a game, meet me in person and let me see the school.” Udoh did meet with Hardesty, and he did get a look at things around the football operation. “I really liked it a lot,” Udoh said. “The vibe was great. The fans were amazing. And I got the chance to go around the football facilities.” The question now for Udoh as it pertains to the Gamecocks, will Hardesty get back to him with an offer? “He said that the rest of the coaching staff will look at my film before he offers me,” Udoh said. “He said he likes me a lot and wants me to come back for an official. I feel good towards them. Definitely good people over there.” Udoh, who just went over 1000 rushing yards on the season, said of the schools he’s been offered by Maryland, Army and Delaware are in touch the most. He also has been offered by Boston College, Syracuse, Connecticut, Buffalo, West Virginia, Nebraska, Rutgers, Massachusetts and Temple. Clemson and USC have been his only game visits this season, but he plans to visit Pittsburgh this Saturday for the Clemson game. Udoh said he’d like to make a decision soon, possibly within a month.
  11. Shane Beamer: Sunday Night Conference Calls Quotes and Audio (Zeb Noland will be our starting quarterback this week at Texas A&M)" Oct. 17, 2021 On Sunday, head coach Shane Beamer held his weekly teleconference with the media to reflect on the improbable victory and to glance ahead to Saturday’s road trip to Texas A&M. During the call, Beamer announced that Doty reinjured his foot in the win and that Noland will once again start for the Gamecocks. Noland led Carolina to wins over Eastern Illinois and East Carolina to open the season. Taking over for starting QB Luke Doty, the graduate transfer led the Gamecocks on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a game winning touchdown pass to Xavier Legette, which lifted USC to a 21-20 victory over the Commodores. In the process, recording the program’s 100th SEC victory since joining the league in 1992. Beamer: on Marshawn Lloyd, he's beat up with a little bit of an ankle issue. Same with Zaquandre White. "We hope all those guys will be able to go this week." Beamer: "Luke Doty reinjured his foot and he's iffy for this Saturday. Zeb Noland will be our starting quarterback this week at Texas A&M." Shane Beamer: "A lot to improve on and a lot to correct from last night. When you turn the ball over four times, it's going to be hard to win football games. We gave them 17 points off turnovers and still found a way to win the game. Beamer: "At the end of the day, it's a win. Our kids work way too hard during the week and 365 days a year to not celebrate every win." Beamer; says his team is beat up (injury wise) coming out of the game. Jaylen Dickerson has an ankle sprain, he's "iffy" for this week. Kevin Harris has a "little bit of an ankle, but we think he'll be fine." Beamer: says Noland's workload won't change much at all for this week as the starter. He's been competing with Luke for that job each week. Beamer: not happy with the 10 penalties against Vanderbilt, but easier to deal with because the majority weren't pre-snap penalties. Beamer: says he's not getting more frustrated with the offense for a lack of scoring. "I look at the explosives we created last night. We had 10 explosive plays last night. I'm not saying 21 points is enough, it's not. We've got to be able to score points more consistently. COACH BEAMER
  12. GamecockFanatics Offensive & Defensives Players of the Game vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 LUKE DOTY PERHAPS NOT AS HEALTHY AS WE THOUGHT Let me start off by giving credit to Doty for fighting through whatever pain he’s dealing with. Beamer has said for weeks that his starting signal-caller is starting to get more and more comfortable with putting pressure on and running on the foot that held Doty for the most part of fall camp and the first two games of the season. Saturday was the first major indication onlookers got that the former Myrtle Beach High School star is still laboring. It’s not clear if Doty aggravated anything on Saturday, but if his health is an indication, there could be a QB change in store next weekend. With that out of the way let’s look at the Gamecocks top performers from Saturday. GCF offensive player of the game goes to QB Zeb Noland QB Zeb Noland: Zeb was inserted into the game at the 1:36 mark in the 4th quarter; QB Luke Doty threw two fourth-quarter interceptions while the Gamecocks fell behind 20-14 to Vanderbilt. This is how the final 1:36 played out. Noland delivered immediately, connecting on five of eight passes for 75 yards and throwing a game-winning touchdown to receiver Xavier Legette with just 37 seconds left on the clock. Zeb's first and only drive Worthy of a Helmet sicker TE Jaheim Bell & RB ZaQuandre White TE Jaheim Bell: Bell made his biggest play late in the first quarter on an explosive 82-yard touchdown reception. Bell caught the ball near midfield then raced to the end zone, stiff-arming a Vanderbilt defender to set up the score. However, Bell did fumble the ball in the second half after a 28-yard catch and run, ending a very promising drive. Bell finished for the day with a team-leading 136 yards on six catches. RB ZaQuandre White: White in the second half of the game and emerged as the Gamecocks leading rusher after only a handful of carries. Juju was ruled out shortly before the game, and Harris didn’t carry the ball in the second half after running the ball six times for 35 yards in the first half. Harris was injured in the first half. White finished with 65 yards on 12 carries. GCF Defensive player of the game goes to DL Zacch Pickens DL Zacch Pickens: The former five-star recruit played like a five-star Saturday on the defensive line for the Gamecocks, leading the team with seven while also recording a sack and two QB hurries. The junior made his mark late in the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal attempt by Vanderbilt. Pickens stuffed running back Rocko Griffin with a massive hit one yard behind the line of scrimmage.
  13. How did the South Carolina perform vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 The Gamecocks’ were able to pull out a 21-20 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday closing minutes of the Game. Yes their where heroes but also not. Here's a look of positive and negatives takeaways. Gamecock Positives: DL Zacch Pickens: The former five-star recruit played like a five star Saturday on the defensive line for the Gamecocks', leading the team with seven while also recording a sack and two QB hurries. The junior made his mark late in the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal attempt by Vanderbilt. Pickens stuffed running back Rocko Griffin with a massive hit one yard behind the line of scrimmage. QB Zeb Noland: O, so close to suffering a loss to Vanderbilt, if it was not for the heroic’s of Zeb. He was inserted into the game at the 1:36 mark in the 4th quarter; QB Luke Doty threw two fourth quarter interceptions while the Gamecocks fell behind 20-14 to Vanderbilt. This is how the final 1:36 played out. Noland delivered immediately, connecting on five of eight passes for 75 yards and throwing a game-winning touchdown to receiver Xavier Legette with just 37 seconds left on the clock. TE Jaheim Bell: OC Marcus Satterfield had said earlier in the week that the versatile tight end Bell is one of the team’s most dynamic runners in space and that the Gamecocks wanted to get him the ball more. Gamecocks where able accomplished that mission early, passing to Bell on the very first play of the game and using him frequently in the screen game. Bell made his biggest play late in the first quarter on an explosive 82-yard touchdown reception. Bell caught the ball near midfield then raced to the end zone, stiff-arming a Vanderbilt defender to set up the score. However Bell did fumble the ball in the second half after a 28-yard catch and run, ending a very promising drive. Bell finished for the day with a team-leading 136 yards on six catches. RB ZaQuandre White: His last carry was Week 3 at Georgia till this Saturday, White in the second half of the game and emerged as the Gamecocks leading rusher after only a handful of carries. Juju was ruled out shortly before the game, and Harris didn’t carry the ball in the second half after running the ball six times for 35 yards in the first half. Harris was injured in first half. White finished with 65 yards on 12 carries. Gamecock Negatives: QB Luke Doty: The game started out good for Doty, who had thrown a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. In the second half, Doty started to struggle with overthrows receivers, missing a couple of wide-open targets for first downs. Those overthrowing issues bit Doty and the Gamecocks in a major way in the fourth quarter, allowing Vanderbilt to take a six point lead. When Doty threw two interceptions to give the ball right back to the Commodores. Doty had only thrown one interception on the season before Saturday’s game. Doty finished with 242 passing yards Doty was replaced by Noland on the game’s final drive of the game that gave the Gamecocks a victory. Pass-blocking: Miscommunication along the offensive line has been big issue for most of the season. The line did a solid job of opening up running lanes; it also left QB Luke Doty vulnerable on more than one occasion. Example, On a particularly play late in the first half, both Eric Douglas and Jovaughn Gwyn blocked the same Vanderbilt lineman, giving linebacker Anfernee Orji a clear shot at Doty. Orji landed a sack, and Doty was originally ruled to have fumbled the ball, but after a review, he was penalized instead for intentional grounding. The secondary: Vanderbilt hadn’t produced a play of more than 40 yards all season, but in the first quarter alone, the Gamecocks allowed passes of 44 yards and 50 yards to receivers Cam Johnson and Will Sheppard, both receivers flying past the Gamecock defense. Those passes came from the right arm of Vanderbilt’s second-string quarterback, sophomore QB Mike Wright, who filled in for injured starter Ken Seals. In the third quarter, cornerback Darius Rush missed a tackle on Sheppard, allowing him to break free for a 52-yard score. Offensive game plan: another failure offensively and finish drives, the Gamecocks seemingly made the adjustments early on against Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks marched down the field on their opening drive, highlighted by a 25-yard catch by WR Josh Vann, and a long touchdown pass to TE Bell gave the Gamecocks at that time a 14-3 lead with 5:07 to play in the first quarter. But after that the Gamecocks could never seem to click afterward. In a key moment, Gamecocks went for a 4th-and-4 play at the Vanderbilt 13-yard-line in the second quarter, opting to push for a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal which nearly cost them the game if not for QB Zeb's last minute drive. Doty threw the ball behind the sticks, the Gamecocks turned over on downs, and Vanderbilt proceeded to climb back into the game and take a lead.
  14. 2024 6-4 Austin Swartz of Charlotte made an unofficial visit to Gamecocks Friday.
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