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  1. Still a long ways to go with thew 2021 class, but we need more DBs.....
  2. Sounds like Coach Muschamp is just trying to excuse the poor tackling away on the opponent having elite players. He's mentioned the idea that it was against very talented players for Alabama several times this week. That's very concerning to me - kinda like a head coach saying that since other teams are more talented than us, then we should lose to them. One, you never say something like that to anyone, if you're the head coach. Two, we've tackled poorly against opponents like UNC, who is supposedly NOT as talented as we are. We've really not had a very strong tackling performance as a team yet with Muschamp as our head coach, that I can recall. And Three, this is his 4th year as head coach. Even if your team is not as talented as a particular opponent, you never concede the fact. You refuse to except defeat at rising to the occasion and competing against anyone. You tell your players that they are as capable of winning the games as any opponent, if they try hard enough and execute. Very concerning to me.....
  3. Wow, we got another commitment? LOL, it's been so long! Powers is a good one, and another solid WR addition to Wyman and Stewart.....
  4. As always need to have a competent Athletic Director in place. We are in a top of the line athletics conference, with stellar funding and support. As long as we stay there, that is going to be the case. So we need an AD who won't sit on his hands and just be happy that he's got a job that he can be happy in, but be aggressive with the opportunity, and work hard to better the football program. I know Coach Tanner was that way when he was the HC of the Baseball program, in regards of THAT program. He needs to treat the FB program - and really, all other programs too - like they are his baseball program. Then, we need to hire a head coach and coaching staff that is a competent staff at all phases. I wasn't all that impressed with the hire of Coach Muschamp, but I was willing to think that he just needed some "trial-by-fire" education as a head coach, and doing that at a proven program like Florida wasn't going to work. I hoped that he learned on the job in Gainesville, and despite getting kicked out there, became a better head coach because of it. I felt that he was very good as a defensive coach - which I felt for USC to stay competitive and successful, it needed strong defenses - and that he was a capable and hard-working recruiter. I also liked that he was young, and felt he had something to prove of himself after the Florida gig, so he wouldn't just settled down and ride the job, but would do everything he could to build the program. I still feel this is the kind of head coach and staff we need for the Fb program. Muschamp hasn't changed my mind in his work ethic, but it seems his recruiting abilities, and that of his staff, are taking some hits to their armor/reputation. The defenses are turning into the weak spots of the Muschamp Gamecocks, kinda like how for much of his time, the offenses were the weak link to Coach Spurrier's teams. Which is strange to figure....
  5. Doesn't sound like we were recruiting him much previously, but now that he's visited and talked with Coach Martin, perhaps things change there. We may still be a bit behind others and need to catch up, but you never know........
  6. When you consider that Ryan is a true freshman - yes, the first game was against Charleston Southern, and we always say "but it's Charleston Southern" - but the 2nd game was against Alabama. Combined, Ryan completed nearly 70% of his passes for over 600 yds, 4 tds and 2 ints. That's pretty damn impressive, no matter what the level of opponent. I am really excited about what the future holds for the FB program!
  7. Hard to get a read on how good Missouri is right now. They are an SEC opponent, of course, and it will be on their field. West Virginia was by far the Tiger’s best opponent in terms of expected talent depth that comes from being a Power 5 opponent, even though it’s in its initial season under the leadership of new Head Coach Neal Brown, formerly of Troy. WVU opened its season against FCS opponent James Madison, and though JMU is a highly–ranked FCS program for 2019, the Mountaineers barely beat them at home 20-13, and were held to only 34 net rushing yards on 24 carries (1.4 YPC average) and a total 294 offensive yards. So WVU was held to only 30 rushing yds in 32 carries by Missouri, which is only slightly better than what a FCS opponent held them to. But was it Missouri’s rush defense, or was it WVU's anemic rush offense? Against North Carolina State last Saturday – a Mountaineer 44-27 win at home – WVU rushed for 173 net yards in 28 carries (6.2 YPC) and 3 rushing TDs, so they are all over the place in just 3 games thus far. Against Wyoming, the season-opener for Missouri that the Tigers would lose 37-31, the Cowboys were primarily a run team, and they gashed the Missouri run defense via 42 carries for 297 net yds (7.1 YPC), and 3 touchdowns. Two Cowboys rushed for 100+ yds in the game. Bryant had a strong passing game for the Tigers – 423 yds, 2 TDs and only 1 INT – but he threw 48 times, completing 31 of them. Missouri gave up a 27-point 2nd Quarter, which had them trailing 27-17 at the Half, and then Wyoming scored the only points – a touchdown – in the 3rd Qtr., so the Tigers went into the 4th Qtr. Down 34-17. Bryant was off the leash with the passing game at that point, as Missouri had to try to score quickly all 2nd Half to catch up, but they failed. Missouri ended up with 537 total yards for the game, but only had 114 net rushing yds on 42 carries (2.7 YPC). Against FCS SEMO, the Tigers only allowed 40 rushing yds and 94 total yds, but it was SEMO - kinda like “it was Charleston Southern”. SEMO was actually a pretty good FCS opponent in 2018...
  8. GAMECOCKFANATICS OFFICIAL PREVIEW & PREDICTION THREAD South Carolina vs Missouri Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2, 0-1) vs Missouri Tigers (2-1, 0-0) When: Saturday September 21st, 2019 Kick-off: 4:00 pm ET Where: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, Columbia, MO TV: SEC Network Alternate The 2019 season continues as the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Columbia, MO to battle with the Missouri Tigers this Saturday at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. This game will be South Carolina's second Southeastern Conference contest of the season, while it is Missouri's first for 2019. The Gamecocks will try to extend their current three-game win streak against the Tigers, on hostile ground in front of Missouri fans at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. The Coaches USC Gamecocks Head Coach: Will Muschamp (age 48), 4th year, 23-19 (51-40 as Head Coach) Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers: Bryan McClendon Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs: Travaris Robinson Quarterbacks: Dan Werner Running Backs: Thomas Brown Offensive Line: Eric Wolford Tight Ends: Bobby Bentley Defensive Line: John Scott Jr. Special Teams/Linebackers: Coleman Hutzler Special Teams/Nickle Backs/Sam Linebackers: Kyle Krantz Outside Linebackers: Mike Peterson Missouri Tigers Head Coach: Barry Odom (age 42), 4th year, 21-20 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Derek Dooley Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Ryan Walters Senior Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line: Brick Haley Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator: Andy Hill Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs: Cornell Ford Linebackers: Vernon Hargreaves Offensive Line: Brad Davis Wide Receivers: Garrick McGee Defensive Backs: David Gibbs Tight Ends: A.J. Ofodile The Series Match-up The Clash of Columbia’s Series currently stand at South Carolina leading 5 wins to 4, with a current win streak of 3 consecutive games. Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp is 4-2 versus Missouri as the top man at both Florida and South Carolina, while Tigers Head Coach Barry Odom is 0-3 thus far versus South Carolina. The series has been a competitive one, with South Carolina scoring a total 164 points thus far, to Missouri scoring 162. The largest victory by the Gamecocks came in 2012 when Connor Shaw set a program record of 20 consecutive pass completions and an overall 95.2 completion percentage (20 for 21), as the Gamecocks won 31-10. The largest victory by the Tigers would come in 2015 with a 24-10 win. Key Match-ups In The Game Both the Gamecocks and Tigers will feature key players that were once teammates at Clemson, but transferred: starting QB Kelly Bryant for Missouri, and #2 RB Tavien Feaster for South Carolina. Missouri awaits South Carolina with a top nationally-ranked offense: the Tigers have the current 26th-ranked Scoring Offense and 34th-ranked Total Offense, while the Gamecocks bring the 30th-ranked Scoring Offense and 25th-ranked Total Offense. So both teams should be featuring strong offenses this Saturday. The big match-up here may be how both teams’ defenses perform: the Tiger’s defense has been solid thus far, with a 24th-ranked Scoring Defense and 4th-ranked Total Defense, featuring the nationally 2nd-ranked Pass Defense. South Carolina’s own defense has not fared as well, with the 81st-ranked Scoring Defense and 107th-ranked Total Defense. Missouri’s own impressive defensive totals come mainly from their last two games, which were versus West Virginia and FCS opponent Southeast Missouri, where the Tigers won 38-7 and 50-0 respectively, and out-gained both opponents 883 to 265. That will help out your team stats. But obviously the key match-ups here will be both teams’ offenses against the defenses – in particular our own offense and rush offense against Missouri’s defense. Key Players For The Game For South Carolina’s offense, freshman QB Ryan Hilinski is coming off his first SEC start, his first ever 300+ passing game, and his first SEC Freshman Of The Week award as a result. Hilinski has passed for 606 total yds in just two games, completing 69% of his attempts, with 4 tds and 2 ints. WRs Brian Edwards (15 receptions for 198 yds and 2 tds) and Shi Smith (13 rec. for 158 yds and 1 td) have been the workhorses in the passing game: hopefully we’ll have others stepping up soon to give those guys and Ryan a helping hand – most notably from Josh Vann (9 rec., 62 yds) and OrTre Smith (4 rec., 42 yds). RBs Rico Dowdle (33 carries for 251 yds and 2 tds) and Feaster (29 carries for 169 yds and 1 td) had strong games against a solid Alabama defense, and hopefully will continue that momentum into next Saturday. Mon Denson (9 carries, 118 yds, 1 td) and Kevin Harris (6 carries, 147 yds, 3 tds – all in one game) will be ready to go. They will face a dominant Missouri defense led by a pair of LBs in Cale Garrett and Nick Bolton, as well as DE Edge rusher Chris Turner. For Missouri’s offense, QB Bryant is the obvious focal point, but they also have RBs Larry Roundtree and Tyler Badie who have combined for 484 net yds at 5.7 YPC, and 6 rushing tds. Badie is also a very dangerous receiver out of the backfield, with 11 catches for 81 yds. That’s 1 reception less than the team-leading receiver Johnathan Johnson, who has caught for 96 yds. Those are the receiving workhorses, but Missouri has some big-play receivers in Jalen Knox (9 receptions for 192 yds), Albert Okwuegbunam (7 rec., 138 yds, 3 tds), and Jonathan Nance (5 rec., 84 yds, 2 tds). Okwuegbunam and Nance have accounted for 5 of Missouri’s 6 total passing tds thus far. South Carolina will counter on defense with leaders Ernest Jones, R.J. Roderick, Javon Kinlaw, DJ Wonnum, Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu. Wonnum has yet to record his first QB sack of the season, although he is tied with Kinlaw with the team lead in tackles for loss, with 3.0 (all 3 of Kinlaw’s TFL have come from sacks). This Saturday would be a good time for him to grab 1 or 2. South Carolina Will Win If Our defense must improve to have a chance. The weakness thus far has been towards the interior, with the Safeties and the Linebackers. Team tackling, a nagging issue during what seems Coach Muschamp’s entire time at USC, also needs to improve. Overall communication needs to improve at the back two levels of defense. The offense under Hilinski’s leadership appears to have settled down a bit. There still are issues with efficiency in the Red Zone, and converting touchdowns instead of field goals. If the offense can continue what started against Alabama, and the defense improves on its execution, the Gamecocks will be eye-to-eye with Missouri all game long, and have a good chance to take the game. Missouri Will Win If If Bryant is able to pick apart our secondary like Alabama was able to, and our own defense is not able to apply any better pressure, it could possibly again turn into a track meet on offense, where our offense can’t keep up. Missouri goes for more down-the-field “catastrophic” plays on offense, than our own offense is designed to try, so unless our defense can step up and contain the Tiger offense in this game, Missouri could move away from us, and secure the win. Gamecock Fanatics Prediction: South Carolina 37 Missouri 28
  9. Certainly have positive expectations for this iteration under Coach Martin. Hopefully there's no injury issues, the team gels quickly at the start of the season, and we have a better non-conference result than what we had last season. Which will be a task because I understand we have a pretty tough non-conf. slate, but then had things gone like they should've last season (Silva starting stronger, Minaya and others not getting injured, Couisnard being allowed to play), we would've done much better in non-conf. last season than we did.....
  10. Can't disagree - I started this as the game was still playing out in the 4th Qtr., and at the early point, I had Hilinski and Edwards tied as honorable mentions. As you said, Edwards was a workhorse for the Gamecock passing game in the first 3 quarters - especially the first half - of the game: he seemed blanketed by Bama double teams all game long, and was catching his passes in heavy traffic, and fought hard to gain extra yds after the catch each time. Late in the 1st half, I was actually worried that we were focusing/relying on Edwards too much in the game, and that he wouldn't have any fuel left for the 2nd half when we really needed him. When I was writing this out to begin with, Edwards at the time was leading the game in receptions, and leading the Gamecocks in receiving yds. Then Shi Smith came on in the 3rd and 4th Qtrs really hard, and ended up leading the team in receiving yds with fewer catches, and scored a touchdown in the game. So I for a bit replaced Edwards with Smith, because scoring points matters in football games, right? But then at the end, I asked myself, "so both Edwards and Smith are neck-and-neck really with each other, and I was going to make either a tie with Hilinski for the honorable mention. But really, is either Edwards or Smith as impactful to the game as Hilinski has been, as a true freshman starting in his very first SEC game?" And my mind started to tell me no, so I just chose to leave both Edwards and Smith out of the mentions, but really all those guys - Dowdle, Hilinski, Edwards, and Smith are very close as the top four impact guys on offense. You can't really go too wrong with any of those 4.....
  11. Overall, I really liked the offense. It stumbled and sputtered down in the red zone too much, and we settled for field goals instead of touchdowns. That's something we'll have to keep working on. But this was Alabama's defense, and Hilinski was starting his 2nd game ever in college, and his first ever SEC game against the nationally 2nd-ranked team. So I take that into account. But otherwise, Hilinski was very impressive executing the offense between the 20s. He moved the offense down the field consistently, was again poised and smooth for most of the game. This wasn't Charleston Southern, this time. And he had his first ever 300+ yard passing game, as a Gamecock. Rico Dowdle made us forget about Feaster for just one game, at least. He rushed for 100+ yds at a high rate (8.5 YPC), and was even effective as a receiver. Edwards and S. Smith stepped up as our top 2 go-to WRs, to combine for 15 receptions out of 19 total targeted plays, for 169 yards - but only 1 touchdown. Otherwise they were pretty strong, but we need more touchdowns than what we ended up with. As for the defense: woof! wasn't really too many good spots for the defense today....best thing I can think of, is that it didn't appear anyone got seriously injured today, if at all. That's good, at least.....
  12. GAMECOCK FANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Alabama Crimson Tide Final: Alabama (3-0, 1-0) 47 – South Carolina (1-2, 0-1) 23 The South Carolina Gamecocks gave a heartened effort against the 2nd-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, but fell short in a 47-23 season-opening conference loss in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama was just too dominating offensively against the Gamecock defense, while the Crimson Tide defense stiffened up just enough in the red zone, holding the Gamecock offense to field goals over touchdowns. It was a game that was not expected by most to go South Carolina’s way, but the Gamecocks still showed they were ready to compete with the Tide. Here’s the Gamecock Fanatics Players for the Game – we’ll start with South Carolina: OFFENSE RB Rico Dowdle: Dowdle came into the 2019 season perhaps being passed over as the marquee back for the Gamecocks, with former Clemson back Tavien Feaster being added to the roster as a graduate transfer. But Dowdle had a stellar day against Alabama, rushing 12 times for a game-high 102 yards, including a big 33-yard gain for the largest run play of the game. Dowdle was also productive in the passing game, with 3 receptions in 4 targeted plays, for 21 yards. Honorable Mention: QB Ryan Hilinski: he stood in against the highly ranked and talented Crimson Tide, for just his 2nd game as a Gamecock, and played solidly, completing 36 passes in 57 attempts for a young career high of 324 yards and 2 touchdowns against 1. DEFENSE LB Ernest Jones: The Gamecock defense was really slapped around in this game. They really were never able to even contain – much less stop – the Alabama offense all game long. Most Alabama offensive scoring drives were of the 5-6-play variety consisting of huge gains, either on the ground or through the air. Despite this, Jones led the defense with 9 total tackles – 6 solo tackles - and 2 tackles for loss. Honorable mention: R.J. Roderick: 8 total tackles – 5 solo – 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB sack OFFENSE QB Tua Tagovailoa: Pretty easy, Tagovailoa completed 28 for 36 passes for 444 yards and five (5) passing touchdowns. His passes were rarely contested by Gamecock defenders, nor came close to being intercepted. Honorable Mention: WR Devonta Smith: 8 receptions for 136 yards, and 2 TDs DEFENSE FS Xavier McKinney: 9 total tackles – 5 solo – with a tackle for loss, and an interception. Honorable Mention: OLB Anfernee Jennings: 6 total tackles – 5 solo – 2 tackle for loss, 1 QB sack, 1 forced fumble
  13. I don't mind the failed fake punt attempt. We have zero defense - if we punted it down to the 1-yard line, they'd just drive 99-yards and score the TD.....
  14. We held them there to just a field goal though, so good job there by the defense. 17-10 Alabama, 13:10 to go in the 2nd Qtr. Lets score a touchdown and tie this thing up!!
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