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Hoganman1 last won the day on September 9 2018

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  1. This upcoming season is going to be really tough. Our new young talent will have to mature quickly. I think we all were totally shocked by the Belk Bowl, but there are still a lot of positives for 2019. I'm especially interested in how our running backs fare with a new coach. I feel like Mon Denson could emerge as our best back. While I really like Dowdle and Turner, Mon showed a slightly higher degree of toughness. I'm not a stat guy, but I'm betting his yards-after-contact numbers were very high. Also, I feel like Edwards and the Smiths will all have breakout seasons. The biggest key for the defense will be keeping everyone healthy. The one good thing about last seasons injuries was our young defensive backs got a baptism under fire.
  2. You're right. I was just over on the Cocky Talk site and a lot of them want to fire Muschamp and bench Jake. While it was a poor performance against a really good team, it's not the end of the world. It seems like more and more "fans" tend to overreact after both wins and losses. We have a lot of games left and we just have to wait and see what happens.
  3. Thanks for your comments. I'm old and I've been a Gamecock fan since the 60s . Full disclosure; I didn't go there. I graduated from Erskine College in '72, but I was always a loyal fan. I actually attended the last Big Thursday game with Clemson. I have to say that since we joined the SEC I've always said I'd rather beat Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee than Clemson. I'm sure some of that comes from the fact that I've lived in Charlotte since '77. My children and their spouses went to either UNC or NCSU so I still have plenty of reasons to pull against the Tigers. All that being said I consider Georgia to be our arch rival. This year beating them will hopefully punch our ticket to Atlanta. A lot of my friends up here in ACC country ask me if and when we will play Alabama again. My response is always, December; I hope.
  4. Well it looks like everything, including history, is against us. However, this is college football and anything can happen. I liked what I saw last week even if we were playing a lesser opponent. Remember how our opening games seemed to always start with a delay penalty and even in those 11-2 years we always looked frantic in the first quarter. None of that appeared last Saturday. Here's hoping we can be as cool and methodical tomorrow. We will need a few breaks to go our way, but we can do this. BEAT THE DAMN DAWGS!!!!
  5. Your article says ranked 25th, but the poll says 24th. I assume the poll is correct.
  6. I understand all the optimism but having been a fan for 50 years, I have to be realistic. I think the key games will be Georgia, Texas A&M, and Clemson. I think we'll win one of those. I also fear the hiccup against a team we should beat like Ole Miss. Nine or ten wins will still be a great season. Especially if we beat Georgia and win the East.
  7. Yes, this season surprised a lot of people. Coach Muschamp is working really hard to build back our program. Of course, there are many "doubters" out there. We tend to forget that it took Dabo almost seven years to get the Tigers on top and they're not in the SEC. It's true the East isn't what it was a few years back and the West just keeps getting stronger. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic,but I think we will contend next year. As we all know, winning helps recruiting and this group we now have came in after a 3-9 season. Spurs Up!!!
  8. I agree on moving Bentley back to RB coach. While it frequently works in high school, having a father coach his son isn't a good idea. Also, how would Joiner feel coming into that situation. While I think she was both out-of-line and wrong, everyone remembers McIlwain's mother's outburst on social media last year. Coach Muschamp is wise to make sure there is no hint of nepotism on the staff. Frankly I'm excited about both Werner and McClendon. I wish they could find away to get Ellis Johnson back on the staff, but I'm partial since he's my distant cousin. Go Cocks!!!
  9. Thanks. I was really glad to find this site. I've been going to Cocky Talk and while it's OK, there are a lot of negative posts there. I realize that's impossible to avoid, but I'm hoping for more positive and intelligent discourse here. We're all "expert" coaches in our own minds. Heck I've won at least thirty national championships in my imagination. Looking forward to reading and posting going forward.
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