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  1. Sunday afternoon recruiting updates DECEMBER 9, 2018 Roswell, GA LB Tyron Hopper took his official visit to Florida over the weekend. He has been a Gator commitment and Sunday he told the Florida Rivals site he’s “thousand percent” committed to Florida. He took an official visit to USC for the Akron weekend. USC offered 2020 WR Kentron Poitier (6-4 190) of Miami. Auburn, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse are some of his other offers.
  2. Hometown kicker will be a Gamecock December 09, 2018 kicker Alex Herrera on Sunday announced a commitment to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Herrera (6-0, 175) averaged 41.3 yards a punt in 2018, was 10-of-13 on field goals and 27-of-29 on extra points. He played quarterback for the Vikings early in the season. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards. Herrera will play in the Metro Senior Bowl on Dec. 22 in Columbia and the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 5. According to the 247Sports composite, Herrera is the No. 23 kicker in the class of 2019 and the No. 64 overall recruit from the state of South Carolina. Herrera doesn’t have a scholarship offer from South Carolina, so it’s unclear if he recently received one or if he’ll join the team as a preferred walk-on.
  3. How McIlwain, Nunez and other Gamecocks transfers did in 2018 December 09, 2018 Transfers are a fact of life in college football. Players want more opportunities, have grade issues or something goes wrong. In Will Muschamp’s first three seasons at South Carolina, transfers have happened often. Looking back at some of the players who left, stayed in college football, and what they did in the 2018 season. ▪ QB Brandon McIlwain, Cal – For a moment in the middle of the year, he’d worked his way into starting, then had his role reduced to running QB and hardly played down the stretch. In some ways that mirrors his lone Gamecocks season. He finished 80 for 129 for 763 yards with two touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 104.4 rating. He ran for 402 yards and four touchdowns. He had one 300-yard passing game and two 100-yard rushing games. ▪ QB Lorenzo Nunez, Southeastern Louisiana – The former passer did a little of everything in nine games for the Lions. He ran for 147 yards and a touchdown, threw for 58 on seven passes and caught 15 yards for 120 yards and a pair of scores. ▪ LB Jalen Dread, North Alabama – Made 28 tackles with a fumble recovery for a 7-3 FCS independent team. ▪ LB Sherrod Pittman, Tennessee Martin – Made 21 tackles, one for loss, with an interception in 11 games with two starts ▪ DE/LB Boosie Whitlow, Louisville – Made four tackles in six games ▪ DB Antoine Wilder, North Carolina A&T – The graduate transfer ended up leading the Aggies with 58 tackles. He had five tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakup-ups and led the No. 5 scoring defense in FCS. ▪ WR Jerad Washington, Jacksonville State – Caught 10 passes for 97 yards. ▪ WR Shaq Davidson, Jacksonville State – caught 21 passes for 243 yards on four touchdowns in nine games. ▪ OL Pika Leota, Benadictine College – Named second-team all-conference for a 13-1 NAIA program which will play for an FCS title on Dec. 15. ▪ WR Jalen Christian, William & Mary – Caught 14 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown for a 4-6 team. ▪ WR Christian Owens, Georgia State – Caught 12 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. ▪ OL Trey Derouen, Buffalo – Started one game and played six for a 10-3 team.
  4. Belk Bowl: Saturday, December 29 12:00, ABC, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC SOUTH CAROLINA Will the Gamecocks play up to their potential? They got rolled by Clemson, but the passing game blew up. They had Florida dead, right up until they collapsed in the loss. There wasn’t a win over a bowl team after beating Missouri in the first weekend of October, and there isn’t a truly strong win on the slate. Will Muschamp isn’t going to get fired with a loss, but lose, and he’ll be at the top of every offseason Hot Seat list. VIRGINIA The Cavaliers will always bring the fight and the effort, but are they going to be good enough if South Carolina plays at its best? The Cavaliers had some fun moments with wins over Miami and North Carolina, but it was always a fight to generate points. Losing three of the last four games – all in crushing fashion, including the overtime rivalry loss to Virginia Tech – the Cavs need this win. QB Bryce Perkins is fun, and the team plays close games. MY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA 35 VIRGINIA 21
  5. looking like Coach Bobby Bentley being courted by Auburn as OC. That is what has been floating around on all the boards. Malzahn is really on a very big hot seat. If Bently takes it might well be a very short term. If it does go down that way look for Marcus Lattimore to step in an be the new RB coach. We sell see, has to play out.
  6. FeatheredCock

    Bobby Bentley being courted by Auburn as OC

    Per Twitter Bentley Expected turned down job The Spurs Up Show‏ @TheSpursUpShow Dec 5 PODCAST | Akron Recap, Post-Season Awards Show + Former #Gamecocks QB @PerryOrth10 LISTEN : https://thespursupshow.com/2018/12/05/akron-recap-post-season-awards-show-former-gamecocks-qb-perry-orth/ … RATE/SUBSCRIBE : https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-spurs-up-show/id1441899352?mt=2 … #SpursUp
  7. Sunday morning recruiting notes December 09, 2018 USC offered 2020 WR Kentron Poitier (6-4 190) of Miami. Auburn, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse are some of his other offers. USC target LB Tyron Hopper, a Florida commitment, did take his official visit to Florida over the weekend.
  8. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No 5 Michigan Wolverines Game info Who: South Carolina (4-4) at No. 5 Michigan (9-0) When: Noon Saturday Where: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan KenPom prediction: Michigan 76, South Carolina 59 TV: Fox Sports 1 Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: South Carolina leads, 3-2 Last meeting: Nov. 23, 2016— South Carolina won 61-46 in Columbia STORYLINES 1. Wrong opponent at the wrong time South Carolina is off to its worst start since Frank Martin’s second season as USC coach. Its loss to previously 2-6 Wyoming on Wednesday featured 17 missed 3-pointers, 16 turnovers and a blown halftime lead. And now comes a legitimate Final Four contender. The back-end of a home-and-home series comes at contrasting times for these programs. Michigan already has wins over Villanova (by 27 points), Providence (by 19), North Carolina (by 17) and Purdue (by 19). National runners-up last March, the Wolverines appear ready for another deep postseason run. The Gamecocks, who also have No. 4 Virginia and Clemson left on the non-conference schedule, are looking at a below .500 record entering SEC play. 2. Shooting struggles vs. stout defense The Gamecocks have shot below 30 percent from 3 in four games this season, including the cold display against Wyoming’s 2-3 zone. They’re next-to-last in the SEC in overall field goal percentage. “Couldn’t make layups, couldn’t make 3s,” Martin said Wednesday after the Gamecocks went 22 of 66 from the floor. “Can’t go on the road and win if you can’t make layups. And you got to make some 3s.” Michigan enters Saturday as the No. 1 defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency rankings. How can USC create easy offense? Perhaps by establishing pace. The Gamecocks, according to KenPom, play at the nation’s 26th-quickest tempo. Michigan is No. 334 in KenPom’s tempo ratings. Getting transition looks will be key for USC. 3. Canada connection On the Saturday slate, there’s few college basketball games featuring better freshmen facing one another. USC’s A.J. Lawson (49) and Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis (50) are not only among The Athletic’s top 50 prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft, they’re both from Ontario. Lawson ranked as Canada’s fifth-best prospect in the 2018 class and Brazdeikis ranked sixth, according to NorthPoleHoops.com. MICHIGAN Coach: John Beilein (808-461 in 41 seasons overall; 12th season at Michigan — 257-143) Projected starters: G Jordan Poole (11.9 points per game), G Charles Matthews (13.3), G Zavier Simpson (6.8), F Ignas Brazdeikis (17.0), C Jon Teske (8.1) Last game: Beat Northwestern 62-60 on Tuesday in Evanston, Illinois KenPom ranking: 4 (No. 19 in offensive efficiency, No. 1 in defensive efficiency) Notes: The Wolverines went 1-1 against the SEC last season, including a 99-72 win over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. ... Michigan is No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense (52.7 points per game), field goal percentage defense (35.3) and assist to turnover ratio (1.6). It’s second in the league in scoring margin (plus-19.2). ... The Wolverines have won 23 of their past 24 games, with the only loss coming to Villanova in the 2018 national championship. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (234-148 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 117-94) Projected starters: G T.J. Moss (7.0), G A.J. Lawson (14.9), F Keyshawn Bryant (8.0), F Chris Silva (10.3), F Maik Kotsar (7.9) Last game: Fell to Wyoming 73-64 on Wednesday in Laramie, Wyoming KenPom ranking: 104 (No. 173 in offense efficiency, No. 45 in defense efficiency) Notes: In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Gamecocks have been outscored by 21 points this season. They’re plus-52 in the other 30 minutes. ... Silva set a season-high for shot attempts (14), but a near season-low for field goal percentage (21.4) at Wyoming. ... After logging a combined 73 minutes against Wofford and Coastal Carolina, Hassani Gravett played a season-low 18 minutes in the Wyoming loss. He scored two points.
  9. Three-time 2,000-yard runner, Tennessee Mr. Football visiting Gamecocks this weekend December 08, 2018 South Carolina football already has one running back recruit in its 2019 class, but could be in the market for another. And they have a prolific talent on campus today. Former Michigan commit and four-star Tennessee tailback Eric Gray tweeted pictures from a photo shoot at USC on Saturday. Several recruiting sites reported he’d visit on Friday. Gray, who claims offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, LSU and Miami among others, is among the most accomplished high school players in his state’s history. He’s won the Mr. Football award three times, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark each season. This year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pounder had 2,499 yards and 40 touchdowns in 12 games for Lausanne Collegiate School. He committed to Michigan on Nov. 26 and decommitted on Dec. 1. He’s currently the No. 172 player in his class in the 247 Sports composite rankings and the No. 4 all-purpose back. The Gamecocks currently have a bit of a logjam at the running back position. USC has four juniors, who comprise the primary rotation. Freshmen Deshaun Fenwick and Lavonte Valentine both redshirted this season, and Kevin Harris is a current commit. That puts USC with at least seven going into next season, and four about to come off the roster.
  10. South Carolina 89 Michigan Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 36 42 78 Michigan 42 47 89 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 12/8/2018 2:30:00 PM | By: NOAH TRISTE (Associated Press) GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information No. 5 Michigan stays unbeaten, tops South Carolina 89-78 Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 18 points and 12 rebounds BOX SCORE Next Game: Virginia 12/19/2018 | 7 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Jordan Poole scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, and No. 5 Michigan remained unbeaten with an 89-78 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks (4-5) scored more points than any team all season against Michigan. But the Wolverines (10-0) were ahead by six at halftime, and they led comfortably for most of the second half. Iggy Brazdeikis scored 17 points and Jon Teske added 15 for Michigan. Chris Silva led South Carolina with 18. Michigan was coming off its first close game of the season - a two-point win at Northwestern on Tuesday night. The Wolverines were uncharacteristically careless against South Carolina, turning the ball over 11 times in the first half. Still, Michigan went on a 13-2 run near the end of the first and led 42-36 at halftime. Poole went to work in the second half with a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk, putting the Wolverines up 56-45. The sophomore guard scored 15 points in the first 10 minutes of the half.KEY STATS > Michigan had 30 free throw attempts (23 makes) to Carolina's 14 – the Wolverines were also +13 in rebounding margin (37-24). KEY STATS> Michigan had 30 free throw attempts (23 makes) to Carolina's 14 – the Wolverines were also +13 in rebounding margin (37-24). NOTABLES> Senior forward Chris Silva had his third double-double of the season (18th career) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He matched a season-high with seven made FGs. > Junior big man Maik Kotsar matched a career high with 16 points, going an efficient 7-for-10 from the field. > Freshman wing Keyshawn Bryant had a strong second half, scoring all 13 of his points (6-for-9) the final 20 minutes. He played a career-high 31 minutes in his third-straight start.> Freshman guard A.J. Lawson finished with 10 points, his seventh game of the season in double figures. He led the team with five assists and three steals.> The Gamecocks dominated the paint, outscoring Michigan 44-26.> Carolina shot 52 percent (32-for-62) in the game (57 percent in the second half), the first team to shoot greater than 45 percent against the Wolverines this season. Michigan ranks in the top-five nationally in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense.UP NEXTThe Gamecocks have some time off before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 19 against No. 4 Virginia. The non-conference clash, which tips at 7 p.m. ET, will be televised on the SEC Network. Carolina has a quick turnaround, as it squares off with in-state rival Clemson at Colonial Life Arena on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
  11. FeatheredCock

    Gamecock Football Awards Announced

    Football 12/8/2018 10:25:00 AM Gamecock Football Awards Announced Allen-Williams, Bailey, Bentley and Brunson Named Team Captains GCF Staff Report | December 08, 2018 The University of South Carolina football program held its Senior Banquet at the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium on Friday night. The following awards were presented: Coaches' Awards Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award........................ Donell Stanley, Jay Urich, Malik Young, Danny Gordon Community Service Award................................................................................ Spencer Eason-Riddle Strength & Conditioning Award................. Sadarius Hutcherson, Kyle Markway, Bryan Edwards Comeback Player of the Year Award............. Deebo Samuel, Bryson Allen-Williams, K.C. Crosby Offensive Scout Team Award............................................................................................ Hank Manos Defensive Scout Team Award.................................................................. Jason Senn, Javion Duncan Special Teams Scout Team Award.................................................................................... Jaylan Foster Nutrition Award.................................................................................................................. T.J. Brunson Players' Choice Awards Unselfish Teammate - Offense.................................................... Michael Scarnecchia, Jacob August Blake Camper, Dennis Daley Unselfish Teammate - Defense................................. T.J. Brunson, Rashad Fenton, Steven Montac Unselfish Teammate - Special Teams............................... Kiel Pollard, Keisean Nixon, Ben Asbury Tenacity Award - Offense.................................................................................................... Zack Bailey Tenacity Award - Defense................................................................................. Bryson Allen-Williams Tenacity Award - Special Teams......................................................................................... Kiel Pollard Most Valuable Player - Offense (Steve Spurier Award)............................................... Deebo Samuel Most Valuable Player - Defense (Joe Morrison Award)......................... T.J. Brunson, Javon Kinlaw Most Valuable Player - Special Teams (Jim Carlen Award)............ Joseph Charlton, Parker White Leadership Award - Offense............................................................................................... Jake Bentley Leadership Award - Defense.............................................................................................. T.J. Brunson Leadership Award - Special Teams...................................................................................... Kiel Pollard Most Explosive Player - Offense..................................................................................... Deebo Samuel Most Productive Player - Defense............................................................. T.J. Brunson, Jaycee Horn Most Productive Player - Special Teams....................................................................... Deebo Samuel Steve Wadiak MVP Award............................................................................................. Deebo Samuel Rex Enright Captains' Award..................................................... Bryson Allen-Williams, Zack Bailey Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson PLAYERS MENTIONED #4 Bryson Allen-Williams LB 6' 1" 230 lbs Redshirt Senior #45 Ben Asbury LS 6' 0" 205 lbs Redshirt Senior #78 Zack Bailey OL 6' 6" 314 lbs Senior #19 Jake Bentley QB 6' 4" 224 lbs Junior #63 Blake Camper OL 6' 8" 309 lbs Senior #3 K.C. Crosby TE 6' 1" 229 lbs Redshirt Senior #61 Javion Duncan DL 5' 11" 273 lbs Redshirt Senior #89 Bryan Edwards WR 6' 3" 220 lbs Junior #47 Jaylan Foster DB 5' 10" 184 lbs Redshirt Sophomore #17 Danny Gordon QB 6' 0" 211 lbs Redshirt Senior
  12. 89-78 Michigan comes out on top. Well at lest Gamecocks keep it in 10 point range loss against a top 5 team.
  13. South Carolina football names permanent team captains for 2018 season & other awards December 08, 2018 A new set of players will have their picture up in the South Carolina football hall of captains. The Gamecocks held their team banquet on Saturday night and handed out end-of-season awards. That included permanent team captains, which went to Bryson Allen-Williams, Zack Bailey, Jake Bentley and T.J. Brunson. The team rotates who is captain on a game-by-game basis, and elects the permanent ones at year’s end. The rest of USC’s awards: Coaches’ Awards Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award: Donell Stanley, Jay Urich, Malik Young, Danny Gordon Community Service Award Spencer Eason-Riddle Strength & Conditioning Award: Sadarius Hutcherson, Kyle Markway, Bryan Edwards Comeback Player of the Year Award” Deebo Samuel, Bryson Allen-Williams, K.C. Crosby Offensive Scout Team Award: Hank Manos Defensive Scout Team Award: Jason Senn, Javion Duncan Special Teams Scout Team Award: Jaylan Foster Nutrition Award: T.J. Brunson Players’ Choice Awards Unselfish Teammate - Offense Michael Scarnecchia, Jacob August Blake Camper, Dennis Daley Unselfish Teammate - Defense T.J. Brunson, Rashad Fenton, Steven Montac Unselfish Teammate - Special Teams Kiel Pollard, Keisean Nixon, Ben Asbury Tenacity Award - Offense Zack Bailey Tenacity Award - Defense Bryson Allen-Williams Tenacity Award - Special Teams Kiel Pollard Most Valuable Player - Offense (Steve Spurier Award) Deebo Samuel Most Valuable Player - Defense (Joe Morrison Award) T.J. Brunson, Javon Kinlaw Most Valuable Player - Special Teams (Jim Carlen Award) Joseph Charlton, Parker White Leadership Award - Offense Jake Bentley Leadership Award - Defense T.J. Brunson Leadership Award - Special Teams Kiel Pollard Most Explosive Player - Offense Deebo Samuel Most Productive Player - Defense T.J. Brunson, Jaycee Horn Most Productive Player - Special Teams Deebo Samuel Steve Wadiak MVP Award - Deebo Samuel
  14. Gamecocks lose another Four-star in commit Jamario Holley is no longer included in team's recruiting class December 08, 2018 As early signing day approaches, South Carolina has a new spot to fill in its 2019 recruiting class. The Gamecocks removed 4-star receiver Jamario Holley from their group of incoming recruits, according to a tweet from SportsTalkSC that credited the news to GamecockCentral. Holley is reportedly dealing with academic issues, which prompted South Carolina to move on from the local prospect. Holley, who currently attends Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina — about 70 miles from Columbia — was the sixth-best recruit in the Gamecocks’ 2019 class, according to 247Sports.com’s composite ratings. Ranked as the No. 3 player in the state and 46th-best receiver nationally in 2019, Holley has been committed to South Carolina since early February. Losing the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver drops the Gamecocks’ incoming class to just 16 players. Holley’s other top interests are SEC-heavy — he has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee as well as Florida State and Virginia Tech.
  15. The five biggest surprises from South Carolina’s football season December 06, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina’s regular season is finished. The Gamecocks (7-5) will play one more game, against Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, but most of what their season will be remembered for has already happened. With that in mind, here are the five biggest surprises from the 2018 football season: The offense against Clemson It is still stunning that South Carolina gained 600 yards against the No. 2 Tigers and their second-ranked defense. Muschamp’s first two teams gained 425 yards against Clemson combined. The Tigers boast one of the most decorated (and rightly so) defensive lines in recent college football history, and South Carolina scorched them. It was enough to make a 21-point loss, and a fifth loss in a row to Clemson at that, almost palatable to swallow for South Carolina fans. In terms of cementing confidence in first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and giving the Gamecocks something positive to build on in the offseason, it was tremendously important. The injuries There were a couple of areas where the Gamecocks just couldn’t afford many if any injuries if they were going to have a competitive defense, those being at defensive end and in the secondary. Both were leveled by injuries. Five safeties suffered season-ending injuries, including the two graduate transfers brought in during the offseason because the safety depth was poor before all the injuries. At defensive end, the top three players — D.J. Wonnum, Bryson Allen-Williams and Aaron Sterling — missed a combined 15 games during the regular season. Michael Scarnecchia Throughout the offseason, many South Carolina fans thought the senior backup was just keeping the clipboard warm until freshman Dakereon Joyner unseated him, so the first surprise was how early and how definitively Scarnecchia locked up the No. 2 job. The second surprise, of course, was the Missouri game. Filling in for an injured Jake Bentley, Scarnecchia threw for 249 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and led a dramatic comeback victory in a second half rain storm. His performance has been somewhat forgotten because of how well Bentley played in the second half of the season, but Scarnecchia’s moment came in a moment when South Carolina badly needed him. Parker White White was terrible as a freshman, hitting only 14-of-25 kicks and leaving fans wondering what the Gamecocks were going to do for a kicker in 2018. Instead of being undone by the failure, though, White bounced back to hit 13-of-15 kicks this year, including a 33-yarder with two seconds remaining that gave the Gamecocks their 37-35 win over Missouri. His 84 points this season put him in the top 10 of single-season scoring seasons in USC history. Who would have thought that would happen a year ago? Jaycee Horn The true freshman defensive back started nine games this year not because injuries left South Carolina shorthanded but because he was one of the best defensive backs on the team the minute he got to campus. Horn finished the regular season with 39 tackles, eight pass breakups and a sack. The son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn could be a first-team All-SEC cornerback next year. He’s that good.
  16. South Carolina junior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw out for the Belk Bowl? December 06, 2018 Another South Carolina star looks like he will be missing the bowl game. South Carolina junior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw responded to a fan on Twitter who said, “Heal up big guy. (Stinks) we wont have you for the bowl,” with “I appreciate it.” The Gamecocks (7-5) will take on Virginia (7-5) on Dec. 29 in the Belk Bowl in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Kinlaw, 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, had a procedure to repair a hip injury that has bothered him for much of the season, TheBigSpur.com reported. A USC spokesman would not confirm or deny that report, stating that all announcements on player updates would come from head coach Will Muschamp. Kinlaw had 38 tackles, including a team-high 4 1/2 sacks, during the regular season. He had been the only starting defensive lineman who made it through the entire season without missing a game due to injury. Kinlaw announced via Twitter earlier this week that he planned to return to the Gamecocks for his senior season. Senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel announced earlier this week that he will not play in the Belk Bowl so that he can concentrate on preparing for the NFL Draft.
  17. Dutch Fork reigns supreme again in 5A 59-20 over TL Hanna (VIDEO) DECEMBER 8, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LEAVE A COMMENT Dutch Fork continued its dominance of high school football in South Carolina Friday night thrashing TL Hanna 59-20 at Williams-Brice Stadium to win its third straight state championship and fourth overall. The Silver Foxes scored 49 straight points to break open the game, 14 of those points coming on scoop and scores by the defense. Here's my recap of the game. … [Read More...] Chester claims 3A championship 34-28 over Dillon (VIDEO) DECEMBER 7, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LEAVE A COMMENT Chester won its first state championship since 1963 Friday night in Columbia with a 34-28 win over Dillon. The Cyclones had to stave off a Wildcat rally in the final minutes that saw the potential winning drive end with a sack at the Chester 24 yard line. David Shelton joined me to recap the game. … [Read More...] Myrtle Beach wins 4A state championship (VIDEO) DECEMBER 7, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LEAVE A COMMENT Myrtle Beach defeated Greer 37-21 to win the 4A state football championship Friday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. It's the 8th state title for the Seahawks. Junior quarterback led a third quarter rally of 21 straight points with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. He finished 24-35 for 244 yards. David Shelton joined me for a recap. … [Read More...]
  18. Gamecock recruiting notes December 08, 2018 GamecockCentral reported RB Eric Gray of Memphis, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee and a former Michigan commitment, will take an official visit to USC this weekend. He rushed for 2500 yards and 40 touchdowns this season. According to GamecockCentral, long time USC commitment WR Jamario Holley of Northwestern is no longer a part of the class due to academic reasons. USC offered 2021 QB Brock Vandagriff (6-2 183) of Bogart, GA. Georgia, Auburn, Florida and LSU are among his offers. Four USC commitments are scheduled for official visits with the Gamecocks this weekend…CB Cam Smith, DE Rodricus Fitten, WR Keveon Mullins and TE Keshawn Toney. Other scheduled official visits for this weekend include USC target WR Xavier Legette of Mullins to Tulane, USC target OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA to Penn State, USC target OL Matthew Bedford of Memphis to Indiana and then to Memphis, USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami to Boston College, TE Jimmy Fritzsche to Connecticut and USC target RB DJ Williams of Sebring, FL to Alabama. Oklahoma was in Thursday to see CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. He’s also a USC target. USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami will take an official visit to Boston College this weekend. He’s also been to Kansas State and Nebraska and is also looking at NC State.
  19. WATCH: Zacch Pickens take it to the house in State championship game December 08, 2018
  20. WATCH: Gamecock commit QB Luke Doty reacts to winning the state title at Williams-Brice December 07, 2018 | Couresty of THEBIGSPUR
  21. The statistical quirk that shows something about what USC is getting in Zacch Pickens December 07, 2018 One might look at five-star South Carolina commitment Zacch Pickens’ stats and get a little worried at the sack numbers, only five for one of the top recruits in the land. But if they shift their eyes over to the tackle numbers, something pops out, and the explanation behind it tells something about what the Gamecocks will get in the 6-foot-5, 283-pounder from T.L. Hanna. Some five-stars will rest on their laurels. They’ll rely on talent, run hot and cold in terms of effort. But opponents aren’t giving Pickens anything easy. So he’s had to work in different ways. Heading into Friday’s state title game against Dutch Fork, he leads Hanna in tackles with 82. This stands out for several reasons. First, few defensive linemen lead a team in tackles. Second, he often doesn’t play that much (11 plays in one game) because Hanna is winning games by 34.8 points a game. Lastly, teams are doing everything possible to not let the play get to the big man with a big reputation. “He’s made the most of his opportunities,” Yellow Jackets coach Jeff Herron said. “I don’t think there’s been a pass attempted this year that they haven’t double-teamed him. Everybody has changed how they’re blocking him in passing situations. Nobody runs to his side. So he’s leading the team in tackles, catching people from behind usually.” That’s wheeling off double teams, triple teams and pursuing downfield. That’s finding the angles and flat out chasing folks down. Few top linemen are doing it consistently, let alone ones in the 280-pound range. But Pickens likes doing it. “I want every single tackle,” Pickens said. “If you’ve got the ball, I want to tackle you. And that’s like the best thing I like to do is tackle. My favorite thing to do.” He’s also been a force in the run game in limited use, averaging 8.9 yards a carry with 21 touchdowns, one every 4.5 carries. He’ll enter a crowded room with South Carolina’s defensive line. USC is set to return its top four end/Bucks (D.J. Wonnum, Aaron Sterling, Shameik Blackshear, Brad Johnson) and the top six interior linemen (Javon Kinlaw, Keir Thomas, Kobe Smith, Rick Sandidge, Kingsley Enagbare, Josh Belk). At his size, with the potential to get bigger, he projects as an inside player, assuming the staff continues moving big ends there, as Thomas, Enagbare and injured freshman Tyreek Johnson did. But Herron still feels he has the ability to perhaps be an edge rusher (Pickens plays a lot of end in three-man lines in high school). Herron has him for one more game, and appreciates the motor a player already blessed with talent has shown, even in situations that would frustrate many players. “You see somebody his size running that fast, it can be intimidating.” Herron said. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of that, I’ll assure you.”
  22. Gamecocks Face No. 5 Michigan In Ann Arbor Saturday Men's Basketball | 12/7/2018 GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information Story Links GAME NOTES LIVE STATS TWITTER UPDATES WATCH (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) ANN ARBOR, Mich. - South Carolina concludes its road swing on Saturday when it faces No. 5/5 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Tip time for the matchup is scheduled for Noon ET on FS1.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina travels to Michigan for a Saturday matchup against the fifth-ranked Wolverines, the first contest between the two schools in Ann Arbor since December 1975. Carolina looks to avoid back-to-back losses after suffering a 73-64 loss at Wyoming on Wednesday night.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson scored 15 and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Carolina against the Cowboys, but a 17-4 run through the first six+ minutes of the second half would give Wyoming the lead for good. The Gamecocks connected on just three 3s in the contest, and just one in the second half.> Senior forward Chris Silva scored 11, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three steals vs. Wyoming. Over the course of the last two games, Silva has recorded nine blocks, including a career high six vs. Coastal Carolina on Nov. 30.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin has known Michigan head coach John Beilein for several years, however, the relationship between the two was strengthened when the duo shared the sidelines - and a dorm room - as assistant coaches for USA Basketball at the 2013 World University Games in Kazaan, Russia.> Last time out vs. Michigan, paced by Sindarius Thornwell's fourth 20-point game of the season, and a stifling defensive pressure throughout the game, South Carolina held No. 25/24 Michigan to just 19.2 percent (10-52) from the field en route to a 61-46 victory in Columbia on Nov. 23, 2016. The Wolverines finished with just two assists after averaging 14.3 in their first four games. Carolina held Michigan's leading scorer, Zak Irvin, to just five points and 2-of-13 shooting. The five points were 9.5 under his season average of 14.5 entering the game. The Gamecocks would go on to defeat No. 18-16 Syracuse three days later in New York. LAST TIME VS. THE WOLVERINES> The Carolina defense held Michigan to just 46 points in the last meeting between the two schools - and the Wolverines have scored over that mark in every contest since - a span of 83 games.THROUGH THE FIRST EIGHT GAMES...> Carolina is yet to win consecutive games, having traded wins and losses through the first eight games of the season ... Rookie guard A.J. Lawsonpaces the Gamecocks with 14.9 points per game, and his 3.4 assists per game are also a team high ... Senior forward Chris Silva (10.3) and senior guard Hassani Gravett (10.0) are also in double figures ... Eight different Gamecocks average at least 7.0 points per game, and eight average 20+ minutes per contest ... Gravett (14) and Lawson (13) have combined for 27 of Carolina's 59 3-pointers on the year; Campbell has nine, and Haase and Moss have eight each ... In its three games away from home, Carolina is averaging 73.7 points per game.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 29-38 (.432) against ranked opponents as ahead coach. His teams have four wins over opponentsranked in the top five, and two wins over opponentswho are ranked No. 1.> According to KenPom.com, Carolina is 19th in the country with an average possession length of 15.0 seconds. Carolina is also fourth in the nation in two-point field goal defense, opponents are hitting just 39.4 percent of their two-point attempts.MARTIN - BEILEIN CONNECTION> Prior to Carolina's matchup with Michigan during the 2016-17 season, Gamecock head coach Frank Martin said that he has known Michigan head coach John Beilein for several years, however, their time coaching together with USA Basketball during the summer of 2013, and their 18 days sharing a dorm room in Kazan, Russia, for the World University Games, strengthened their relationship. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> Carolina is 4-4 on the year, and 0-1 in road games following Wednesday's loss at Wyoming.> Saturday's matchup is Carolina's first vs. an opponent ranked in the top five of the AP poll since facing No. 2 Gonzaga in the 2017 National Semifinal in Phoenix.> A win at Michigan would mark Carolina's first over an AP top-five opponent since posting a 68-62 win over No. 1/1 Kentucky on Jan. 26, 2010.> Carolina out-rebounded Wyoming 43-31 on Wednesday, holding the Cowboys to just one offensive rebound (team rebound). > Last season, Carolina averaged 66.8 points per game in road contests, with Silva averaging a team high 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in those contests. The Gamecocks were 4-8 on the road last season with wins at Wofford, FIU, Georgia and at nationally ranked Florida.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes eight newcomers to its roster this season, including a pair of transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden(transfer/George Washington/guard), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss (freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson(freshman/forward) join the Garnet and Black this fall.SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES> Michigan is ranked No. 5 in both polls this week and the Wolverines are currently riding a nine-game win streak to open the season. Michigan is 5-0 at home this season.> UM's last two contests have been Big Ten matchups, with the Wolverines posting a 76-57 home win over Purdue, and most recently a 62-60 win at Northwestern on Tuesday night.> UM is led by head coach John Beilein in his 12th season.> Dating back to last season, Michigan has won 23 of its last 24 games.> The Wolverines advanced to the national title game in 2018, suffering a 79-62 loss to national champion Villanova.> Leading the way for Michigan this season is a trio on the offensive end, as Ignas Brazdeikis (17.0), Charles Matthews (13.3) and Jordan Poole (11.9) are all in double figures.> The Wolverines are holding opponents to 52.7 points per game this season, 35.3 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range.
  23. Friday Recruiting Report December 07, 2018 Four USC commitments are scheduled for official visits with the Gamecocks this weekend…CB Cam Smith, DE Rodricus Fitten, WR Keveon Mullins and TE Keshawn Toney. Other scheduled official visits for this weekend include USC target WR Xavier Legette of Mullins to Tulane, USC target OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA to Penn State, USC target OL Matthew Bedford of Memphis to Indiana and then to Memphis, USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami to Boston College. Oklahoma was in Thursday to see CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. He’s also a USC target. USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami will take an official visit to Boston College this weekend. He’s also been to Kansas State and Nebraska and is also looking at NC State.

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