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  1. Five offensive storylines to follow entering spring practice February 22, 2019 South Carolina begins spring football practice on Wednesday. The Gamecocks were 7-6 a year ago. The spring game will be held April 6 at noon and broadcast by the SEC Network. Here are the top five storylines surrounding the Gamecocks offense headed into spring: THE BACKUP QUARTERBACK If South Carolina coaches get their wish, no quarterback other than senior Jake Bentley will play a meaningful snap in 2019. There is not a competition for the starting job, but the backup spot looks totally up for grabs. The contenders are redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner, sophomore Jay Urich and early enrollee freshman Ryan Hilinski. Joyner was South Carolina’s Mr. Football in 2017; Hilinski was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country last year. If Hilinski jumps in line and wins the backup job, it could prompt Joyner to change positions or even consider a transfer. For that reason alone, it’s likely the Gamecocks will exit spring without naming a No. 2 at the position. WIDE RECEIVER SHAKEUP Leading receiver Deebo Samuel is gone, clearing the way for Bryan Edwards to take on the No. 1 target role in his final season. Edwards has had at least 44 catches and 590 yards in his previous three seasons and seems up to the task. The bigger questions are what OrTre Smith will look like after missing most of last year with a knee injury, whether Shi Smith can take up all the slack left by Samuel’s exit and if sophomore Josh Vann can go from a freshman who showed flashes to a reliable No. 3 or 4 target. WHO WILL PLAY LEFT TACKLE? Sadarius Hutcherson, who has played guard the last two seasons, probably will get the first look. The junior doesn’t have a typical tackle frame, but he’s been the team’s most consistent lineman the last two years. Sophomore Dylan Wonnum, who started seven games as a true freshman at right tackle, could also get a look on the left side. Sophomore Jordan Carty and redshirt freshman Max Iyama also are options, Muschamp said. RICO DOWDLE’S LAST STAND The senior running back has a new position coach in Thomas Brown, who already has hinted that all the tailbacks underachieved last season, and no longer has competition from Ty’Son Williams, who is transferring, and perhaps A.J. Turner, who ended last season playing defensive back. Brown wants a clear No. 1 running back to emerge, and it seems like the decks are clearing for Dowdle to be that person. He’s had six 100-yard games in his career and had a career-high of 226 in 2016, but he’s also gone through periods of ineffectiveness. He’s got one more chance to have a statement season. WILL A TE EMERGE FROM PACK? In 2018, South Carolina went from Hayden Hurst, a first round NFL Draft pick, to tight end-by-committee, and it will probably rely on that same approach again this season. Jacob August is gone, but Kiel Pollard, K.C. Crosby and Kyle Markway all return. Meanwhile, tight end Evan Hinson has given up basketball to focus solely on football and to try and gain a larger role. Pollard led that group with 15 catches for 181 yards last year. Crosby added 11 catches for 101 yards.
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  4. South Carolina Early Look At 2019 Schedule "Spring Addition" February 22, 2019 You’ve heard this before, but South Carolina has the pieces to be dangerous. QB Jake Bentley has plenty of talent to work with, but the O line needs a little tweaking. The defensive side is great up front but has a whole lot of work to do in the secondary. (MORE)
  5. South Carolina Early Look At 2019 Schedule "Spring Addition" February 22, 2019 You’ve heard this before, but South Carolina has the pieces to be dangerous. QB Jake Bentley has plenty of talent to work with, but the O line needs a little tweaking. The defensive side is great up front but has a whole lot of work to do in the secondary. USC might be better, but … Alabama, at Missouri, at Georgia, Florida, at Tennessee, at Texas A&M, Clemson. Can the Gamecocks be good enough to win at least four of those, and not trip up against a Kentucky, North Carolina, or Appalachian State? The projected win total will be among the bigger investment question marks of the offseason. – It’s a rough non-conference slate, considering the Gamecocks are opening things up against Mack Brown’s North Carolina team in Charlotte to kick things off. Charleston Southern is the break, but Appalachian State in early November is certainly no peach, and then there’s that massive matzo ball at the end of the regular season when Clemson comes to Columbia. – Not only do the Gamecocks have to face the defending national champs, but they get the brutal break of dealing with Alabama from the West to kick off SEC play. At least that’s at home, unlike the road game at Texas A&M to close out the conference season. – They aren’t a slew of good breaks against the East, either. Florida is a home game, but so are the Vanderbilt and Kentucky games, meaning USC has to go on the road to play Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee. Out of the final ten games, the Vols are the only team that didn’t go bowling. Regular Season Play Early Spring Win Total Outlook: 7-5 Last Year Record: 7-5
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    Key areas to keep an eye on during spring practice

    Yes OL is a bit of a worry. Running back is solid, not great hopefully in the 2020 recruiting cycle the Gamecocks can have a big upgrade. I feel good about the Gamecocks wideouts.
  7. DE Tonka Hemingway gives an update February 22, 2019,| Phil Kornblut Sports Updates It’s a wonder DE Tonka Hemingway of Conway can find any time to deal with his recruiting. He went right from football season to basketball season. And when his basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs this week, he stepped directly into baseball. He’s a first baseman and catcher. As for his recruiting activities, Hemingway said his most recent visit was to Wake Forest a couple of weeks ago. “It was a good experience,” Hemingway said. “They have a lot of good things to offer me. I like their facilities and all the new ones that are being built.” Hemingway said he doesn’t have anything else set for visits right now but he plans to see Duke and North Carolina at some point. He also plans to return to USC as soon as he can. USC remains in regular contact with Hemingway and Will Muschamp is encouraging him to come to Columbia and help in his building process. He’s also hearing from defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and new defensive line coach John Scott who he has not yet met. “They like me and they want me to come there. They want me to come the new facility that they got built,” he said. Clemson, Hemingway said, has not been in touch outside of some letters, but he said he does plan to get up there for a visit. He said Clemson coaches came thru his school in January and talked to his coaches. USC and Wake Forest are the two showing Hemingway the strongest interest at this point. He also has offers from Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Duke, Ole Miss, Louisville and others. Hemingway say he’s not seen enough of the schools to settle on favorites right now. “I’m just trying to visit the schools and get to know and find out what type of environment that I like.” He said he plans to make his commitment the week of his first game in August.
  8. Gamecock Friday morning recruiting news February 22, 2019 Gamecocks offered CB Clark Phillips of La Habra, CA. Clemson also has offered along with Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Tennessee, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, BYU and others. Gamecocks offered 2022 QB Gunner Stockton of Tiger, GA. Gamecock target LB De’Rickey Wright of Attallah, AL was offered by Notre Dame and LSU.
  9. Yes, this loss has put a dent in the Gamecock quest to win the SEC regular-season title.
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  12. THE DAILY CROW | Chris previews the Gamecocks weekend series against Utah Valley February 21, 2019 What does South Carolina need to work on before next weekend’s rivalry series? Chris previews the Gamecocks weekend series against Utah Valley.
  13. One metric has South Carolina as a top-20 team in 2019 … but that schedule February 21, 2019 THE STATE South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said he expects the 2019 Gamecocks to be his best team yet in Columbia. The S&P+ projections, a system devised by SBNation’s Bill Connolly, seem to agree. The metric, which weighs recent success, returning production and recruiting, has USC projected as the No. 18 team owing to strong recruiting (19th) and a high level of recruiting production (20th, although that might not account for Ty’Son Williams leaving). The system was bearish on Muschamp’s first two teams, which overachieved, and was less high than most on the 2018 squad that fell short of expectations. And while the numbers expect a top-20 offense and top-40 defense, the schedule will likely mean a team that ranks among the top 20 in efficiency might not have a record to match. The No. 1, 2 and 3 teams in the projections? They’re on the Gamecocks schedule. Also on there: No. 6, 14, 16 and 21, all on the road. Using S&P+, one can even get a sense of how the lines against FBS team might look for the Gamecocks. ▪ Vs. North Carolina (in Charlotte): South Carolina favored by 11.7 ▪ Vs. Alabama: South Carolina a 17.5-point underdog ▪ At Missouri: South Carolina a 5.6-point underdog ▪ Vs. Kentucky: South Carolina favored by 9.1 ▪ At Georgia: South Carolina a 18.8-point underdog ▪ Vs. Florida: South Carolina a 6.7-point underdog ▪ At Tennessee: South Carolina a 1-point underdog ▪ Vs. Vanderbilt: South Carolina favored by 12.7 ▪ Vs. Appalachian State: South Carolina favored by 7.5 ▪ At Texas A&M: South Carolina a 6.8-point underdog ▪ Vs. Clemson: South Carolina a 12-point underdog That puts USC as an underdog seven times, though in four of those games it’s by less than one touchdown. In the four FBS games in which the Gamecocks are favored, two are against Kentucky, which South Carolina hasn’t beaten since 2013, and Appalachian State, an 11-win team in 2018 that is now breaking in a new coach. The Gamecocks return more than a few solid pieces. They’ll have three of their top four backs from the last few years, four of their top five most targeted pass catchers, three returning offensive linemen, OrTre Smith coming off injury and Jake Bentley back. Replacing Deebo Samuel is a big question, but considering the hype that’s built around the group each of the past two seasons, it could be a solid unit. The defense was badly banged up by injuries and struggled late, but could reap the benefit of younger players seeing time. Seventeen players who made at least 10 tackles last season return, including almost the entire linebacker group, a set of talented defensive backs and a line that includes eight players who were four- of five-star recruits. All this leaves the question of what will count as progress in Muschamp’s fourth season. His second year was a surprise, when a schedule softened and a bowl victory provided a ninth win. His third season opened with expectations, but came apart with inconsistent play, injuries and a slate that grew much harder than expected. USC played the 10th-hardest schedule in the country last season, and it only projected to get harder. Even if the team gets stronger, it might not show just yet.
  14. Which Gamecocks gained and lost the most weight this offseason? February 21, 2019 South Carolina football released its full roster for 2019 spring practice this week, and that meant an important batch of data. Who among these Gamecocks are bigger or smaller? The listed weight changes were as high as 22 pounds lost or 21 gained. Twelve played moved at least 10 pounds in one direction or the other, five who are scholarship players. Biggest weight gainers: DL Cameron Johnson up 21 from 289 to 310 Buck Donovan Writ up 18 from 222 to 240 Defensive back Jamel Cook up 16 from 186 to 202 Kicker Eddie Buckhouse up 13 from 147 to 160 Wide receiver Bailey Hart up 12 from 173 to 185 Linebacker Noah Vincent up 11 from 209 to 220 Wide receiver Trey Adkins up 11 from 158 to 169 Defensive tackle Rick Sandidge up 10 from 285 to 295 The most interesting changes here are Sandidge and Cook. A transfer from Southern Cal, Cook was pretty skinny at his previous weight and 6-foot-4 pounds. Getting to 202 won’t make him a massive body, but couldn’t hurt in run support when he finally sees the field. Sandidge was always going to be a more explosive interior presence than a space-eater, but moving closer to 300 can’t hurt in the thick of the action. Biggest weight losers: Tight end Patrick Reedy down 22 pounds from 270 to 248 Defensive end Kingsley Enagbare down 20 pounds from 285 to Defensive end Tyreek Johnson down 15 from 270 to 255 Linebacker Eldridge Thompson down 14 pounds from 229 to 215 The last three are notable because each could factor in some way or another. Enagbare and Johnson were both bigger defensive ends who bulked up to play tackle. Dropping the weight could help fit them back at the end spots potentially. The Thompson situation is also worth watching as he was undersized out of junior college and missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
  15. South Carolina Gamecocks Football Roster Last updated: Feb. 21, 2019 *=redshirted ^=walk-on $=former walk-on #=scholarship transfer # Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Class Stars RR Hometown (last school) 3 Ryan Hilinski QB Fr. 6-3 230 2019 4 6.0 Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran) 3 Javon Kinlaw DT Sr. 6-6 302 2017 3 5.7 Charleston, S.C. (Jones CC) 4 Jaylin Dickerson S So*. 6-1 190 2017 3 5.6 Southern Pines, N.C. (Pinecrest) 4 Darius Douglas QB So.* 6-0 196 ^ Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley) 5 Rico Dowdle RB Sr. 6-0 210 2016 3 5.6 Asheville, N.C. (A.C. Reynolds) 5 Keir Thomas DE Sr. 6-2 276 2016 3 5.7 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central) 6 T.J. Brunson LB Sr. 6-1 235 2016 3 5.6 Columbia, S.C. (Richland Northeast) 6 Josh Vann WR So. 5-10 192 2018 4 5.8 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) 7 Jaycee Horn CB So. 6-1 200 2018 4 5.8 Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta) 7 Dakereon Joyner QB Fr.* 6-1 205 2018 4 5.8 North Charleston, S.C. (Fort Dorchester) 8 Randrecous Davis WR Jr.* 5-10 190 2016 4 5.8 Atlanta, Ga. (Mays) 8 D.J. Wonnum B/S Sr. 6-5 255 2016 3 5.5 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson) 10 R.J. Roderick S So. 6-0 200 2018 3 5.6 Summerville, S.C. (Cane Bay) 10 Jay Urich QB So* 6-5 205 2017 3 5.7 Greenville, S.C. (Wren) 11 Corbett Glick QB Fr.* 6-1 200 ^ Columbia, S.C. (Hammond) 11 Eldridge Thompson LB Sr.* 6-1 215 2017 3 5.5 Houston, Texas (Coffeeville CC) 12 Kevin Pickens S Sr.* 5-8 185 ^ Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna) 13 Shi Smith WR Jr. 5-10 186 2017 4 5.8 Union, S.C. (Union County) 14 Deshaun Fenwick RB Fr.* 6-1 225 2018 3 5.7 Bradenton, Fla. (Braden River) 15 Evan Hinson TE Jr.* 6-4 235 2016 3 5.6 Deltona, Fla. (Deltona) 15 Aaron Sterling DE Jr. 6-1 246 2017 4 5.8 Atlanta, Ga. (Tucker) 16 Rodricus Fitten B/S Fr. 6-1 235 2019 3 5.7 Atlanta, Ga. (Booker T. Washington) 16 Bailey Hart WR Jr.* 6-3 185 ^ Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 18 OrTre Smith WR So.* 6-4 224 2017 4 5.9 Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 19 Jake Bentley QB Sr. 6-4 220 2016 4 5.8 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika) 19 Brad Johnson B/S Jr. 6-2 245 2017 3 5.7 Pendleton, S.C. (Pendleton) 20 Joseph Charlton P Sr.* 6-5 193 2015 3 5.5 Columbia, S.C. (A.C. Flora) 21 Jamyest Williams S Jr. 5-8 176 2017 4 5.9 Dacula, Ga. (Grayson) 23 Derek Boykins LB Fr. 6-1 226 2019 3 5.6 Concord, N.C. (Central Cabarrus) 24 Israel Mukuamu CB So. 6-4 205 2018 3 5.7 Bossier City, La. (Parkway) 25 A.J. Turner S Sr.* 5-10 190 2015 3 5.7 Clifton, Va. (Centreville) 26 Zacch Pickens DE Fr. 6-3 293 2019 5 6.1 Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna) 28 Joe Thomas RB Fr.* 5-9 180 ^ Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek) 29 J.T. Ibe S Sr.* 5-10 195 # Mansfield, Texas (Rice) 30 Damani Staley LB Jr. 6-0 220 2017 3 5.5 Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View) 31 Jamel Cook CB Jr.* 6-4 202 # Miami, Fla. (Southern Cal) 31 Lavonte Valentine RB Fr.* 6-0 195 2018 3 5.7 Melbourne, Fla. (Central Catholic) 32 Caleb Kinlaw RB Sr.* 5-10 190 ^ Goose Creek, S.C. (Pearl River CC) 33 Zay Brown LB So.* 5-11 207 2017 3 5.5 Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central) 33 Slade Carroll RB So.* 5-9 202 ^ Lexington, S.C. (Lexington) 34 Mon Denson RB Sr.* 5-10 210 2015 3 5.7 LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange) 35 Trey Adkins WR Fr.* 5-10 169 ^ Simpsonville, S.C. (Hillcrest) 35 Daniel Fennell B/S Sr.* 6-2 245 2015 3 5.7 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) 36 Jonathan Gipson S Fr.* 6-1 190 2018 3 5.6 Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek) 36 Christian Kinsley P Jr.* 6-2 250 ^ Lexington, S.C. (Kennesaw St.) 39 Kevin Harris RB Fr. 5-10 235 2019 3 5.7 Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell Institute) 39 Dawson Hoffman S Fr.* 5-11 204 ^ Spartanburg, S.C. (Dorman) 40 Eddie Buckhouse K Fr.* 5-8 160 ^ Florence, S.C. (Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate) 41 Caleb Jenerette TE So.* 6-2 228 ^ Aynor, S.C. (Aynor) 42 Rosendo Louis LB So. 6-2 247 2018 3 5.6 Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach) 42 Alexander Woznick K Jr.* 5-11 158 ^ Greenville, S.C. (Eastside) 43 Parker White K Jr.* 6-5 201 ^ Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 44 Sherrod Greene LB Jr. 6-1 228 2017 3 5.7 Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount) 45 Spencer Eason-Riddle LB Jr.* 6-0 225 ^ Raleigh, N.C. (Leesville Road) 45 Bailey Rogers WR Jr.* 5-9 169 ^ Piedmont, S.C. (Furman) 46 Patrick Reedy TE Fr.* 6-7 248 ^ Columbia, S.C. (Cardinal Newman) 46 Noah Vincent LB Fr.* 6-1 220 ^ Buford, S.C. (Buford) 47 Cole Hanna K Fr.* 5-7 178 ^ Norcross, Ga. (Norcross) 47 Jordan Villafane DB So.* 5-10 175 ^ East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Bloomsburg) 48 Sean McGonigal LB So.* 6-1 225 ^ Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach) 48 Will Tommie K Sr.* 5-10 160 ^ Greenwood, S.C. (Tusculum) 49 Khris Pam DB Jr.* 6-0 180 ^ Greenwood, S.C. (Tusculum) 50 Griffin Gentry DE Jr.* 6-1 270 2016 2 5.3 Birmingham, Ala. (Homewood) 50 Sadarius Hutcherson G Jr.* 6-4 312 2016 3 5.6 Huntingdon, Tenn. (Huntingdon) 51 Maxwell Iyama T Fr.* 6-5 315 2018 4 5.8 Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel) 51 Donovan Wirt B/S So.* 6-2 240 ^ Raeford, N.C. (UNC-Pembroke) 52 J.J. Enagbare DT So. 6-4 265 2018 3 5.7 Atlanta, Ga. (Hapeville Charter) 52 Jaylen Nichols T Fr. 6-5 315 2019 3 5.5 Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park) 53 Ernest Jones LB So. 6-2 230 2018 3 5.5 Waycross, Ga. (Ware County) 54 Jovaughn Gwyn G Fr.* 6-2 305 2018 4 5.8 Charlotte, N.C. (Harding University) 57 Jazuun Outlaw DE Jr.* 6-2 235 ^ Dillion, S.C. (Dillon) 59 Alex DeLoach B/S So.* 6-3 210 ^ Summerville, S.C. (Ashley Ridge) 60 Chandler Farrell C Jr.* 6-3 289 $ Summerville, S.C. (Summerville) 61 Cameron Johnson T Jr.* 6-6 310 ^ Bennettsville, S.C. (Marlboro County) 68 Wyatt Campbell G Fr.* 6-6 310 2018 3 5.5 Elgin, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin) 70 Hank Manos C Fr.* 6-4 287 2018 3 5.6 Chapin, S.C. (Chapin) 71 Eric Douglas G So.* 6-4 300 2017 3 5.7 Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek) 72 Donell Stanley G Sr.* 6-3 322 2014 4 5.8 Floydale, S.C. (Latta) 73 Summie Carlay G So.* 6-5 295 2017 3 5.7 Laurens, S.C. (Laurens) 75 Jordon Carty T So.* 6-7 323 2017 3 5.7 Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (South Broward) 76 Jordan Rhodes G So.* 6-4 325 2017 2 5.4 Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside) 79 Dylan Wonnum T So. 6-5 311 2018 4 5.9 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) 81 Darius Rush WR Fr.* 6-2 185 2018 3 5.5 Greeleyville, S.C. (C.E. Murray) 82 Keshawn Toney TE Fr. 6-2 235 2019 3 5.6 Williston, S.C. (Williston-Elko) 83 Chavis Dawkins WR Sr. 6-2 220 2016 2 5.4 Duncan, S.C. (Byrnes) 84 Kyle Markway TE Jr.* 6-4 243 2015 3 5.5 St. Louis, Mo. (St. John Vianney) 85 Michael Almond P Sr.* 6-3 222 ^ North Augusta, Ga. (Westminster) 86 Chad Terrell WR So.* 6-3 216 2017 4 5.8 Bogue Chitto, Miss. (North Paulding) 87 Kiel Pollard TE Sr. 6-1 232 2016 4 5.8 Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County) 88 Will Register TE So.* 6-4 245 2017 4 5.8 Chapin, S.C. (Chapin) 89 Bryan Edwards WR Sr. 6-3 215 2016 4 5.8 Conway, S.C. (Conway) 90 Rick Sandidge DT So. 6-5 295 2018 4 6.0 Concord, N.C. (Concord) 92 Tyreek Johnson DT Fr.* 6-3 255 2018 Sumter, S.C. (Lakewood) 93 Joseph Anderson DE Fr. 6-3 270 2019 4 5.9 Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland) 94 M.J. Webb DT So.* 6-3 294 2017 4 5.8 Rutledge, Ga. (Morgan County) 95 Kobe Smith DT Sr. 6-2 297 2016 3 5.7 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer) 97 Devontae Davis DE Jr. 6-3 284 2019 3 5.7 New Ellenton, S.C. (Georgia Military) 99 Jabari Ellis DT Jr.* 6-3 272 2018 3 5.7 Vance, S.C. (Georgia Military)

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