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  1. Former Graduate transfer Nick Harvey finds a new home June 18, 2019 The former top recruit said goodbye to Texas A&M, joined the Gamecocks as a graduate transfer, ready to shore up a thin secondary. In the end, his USC career lasted less than four games, and he’ll finish his career at North Texas. Harvey, who announced his transfer in January, tweeted Monday he’ll join the Mean Green for his final season of eligibility.
  2. Athlon Sports ranks every starting QB in the nation, SEC has 8 of the top 35 You can check out the full list from Athlon Sports here. Here are the rankings for every projected starting quarterback in the SEC: #1 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama #4 Jake Fromm, Georgia #13 Kellen Mond, Texas A&M #19 Feleipe Franks, Florida #20 Kelly Bryant, Missouri #28 Joe Burrow, LSU #29 Jake Bentley, South Carolina #35 Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee #57 Keytaon Thompson, Mississippi State #58 Matt Corral, Ole Miss #63 Joey Gatewood, Auburn #64 Terry Wilson, Kentucky #75 Ben Hicks, Arkansas #76 Riley Neal, Vanderbilt
  3. Who's left on the Gamecock recruiting board for the 2019 class? December 06, 2018 With the start of the early signing period less than two weeks away, we take a quick look at the remaining South Carolina targets we're tracking as Dec. 19 quickly approaches. CHRIS STEELE 5 STAR 6'0" | 175 LBS | CB ST. JOHN BOSCO, BELLFLOWER, CA CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida, Southern Cal and UCLA. Overview: Steele, who has been committed to both Southern Cal and UCLA at various points during his recruiting process, has always been high on South Carolina and particular Travaris Robinson and Will Muschamp. He took an official visit to South Carolina earlier in the process and will host Muschamp for an in-home visit before the early signing period. His recruitment is expected to go to the wire. Decision date: Jan. 5 - All-American Bowl (Steele could choose to still send in his letter of intent during the early signing period) TRON HOPPER 4 STAR 6'2" | 205 LBS | OLB ROSWELL, GA, CLASS OF 2019 VERBAL COMMIT 4/26/2018 FLORIDA The contenders: Florida (committed) and South Carolina. Overview: Hopper, a Gaffney, S.C. native, has been committed to Florida since April, but South Carolina has continued to work him to return to his home state. Hopper took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend and will take his official to Florida next weekend. He'll continue to host visits from both coaching staffs leading up to the early signing period, though it's not a lock that he signs then. Decision date: Currently committed to Florida JASHAWN SHEFFIELD 4 STAR 6'2" | 175 LBS | ATH FREDERICA ACADEMY, SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA CLASS OF 2019 VERBAL COMMIT 6/23/2018 AUBURN The contenders: Auburn (committed) and South Carolina. Overview: We frankly haven't been tracking Sheffield since he committed to Auburn in June, but he appears back on the Gamecocks' radar after offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon conducted an in-home visit with Sheffield early this week. Sheffield says he's not currently commenting on his recruitment, but the uncertainty at Auburn right now makes Sheffield a prospect worth keeping an eye on. Decision date: Currently committed to Auburn JAQUAZE SORRELLS 4 STAR 6'3" | 298 LBS | DT WINTER PARK, WINTER PARK, FL CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Alabama, Penn State, Texas A&M and Oregon. Overview: Sorrells doesn't do many interviews and has been tough to read at times, but South Carolina has been a strong contender since he visited campus in the summer. Sorrells doesn't plan to sign early and will take some official visits in January. He recently told The State that South Carolina and Penn State are his only two definite official visits. Decision date: Sometime after the early signing period JOHNNY DIXON 4 STAR 5'11" | 170 LBS | CB CHAMBERLAIN, TAMPA, FL CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Penn State, Miami and Florida. Overview: Dixon took an official visit to South Carolina over the summer and was back in Columbia for an unofficial visit this past weekend when he got another in-depth look at the program. The four-star cornerback officialed to Penn State in September and is scheduled to take an official visit to Miami this weekend before making a decision and signing early. Decision date: Dec. 19 JAMMIE ROBINSON 4 STAR 5'11" | 190 LBS | S LEE COUNTY, LEESBURG, GA CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Overview: Robinson's recruitment still has a ways to go since he doesn't currently plan to sign during the early signing period. The Gamecocks have long been considered one of his top schools and he officially visited Columbia in the summer. Tennessee, where his old high school coach is now on staff, is a factor, though there's the question of if he can actually sign with the Vols due to NCAA rules prohibiting prospects from signing with schools that have hired their prior coach. Robinson will officially visit Kentucky next weekend. Decision date: Sometime after the early signing period JAYDON HILL 3 STAR 6'0" | 170 LBS | CB BOB JONES, MADISON, AL CLASS OF 2019 VERBAL COMMIT 9/6/2018 FLORIDA The contenders: Florida (committed) and South Carolina. Overview: Hill has been committed to Florida since September but that hasn't stopped South Carolina from continuing to work him as one of their top targets. Hill was in Columbia for an official visit a couple of weekends ago and speaks highly of head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. Hill says that his recruiting process is over with following an in-home visit from Florida head coach Dan Mullen, but Robinson was back visiting with him on Thursday. Hill is an early signee and early enrollee. Decision date: Currently committed to Florida DEQUANTEOUS WATTS 3 STAR 6'2" | 171 LBS | CB MAYNARD JACKSON, ATLANTA, GA CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Indiana, Ole Miss, Pitt and Rutgers. Overview: South Carolina offered Watts last month and had him on campus for an unofficial visit which quickly led to a decommitment from Central Florida. He's seen his recruitment kick up as of late with Auburn and Georgia also reaching out. South Carolina and Indiana are two schools that could get official visits for Watts, who will wait until the February signing period to sign. Decision date: Sometime after the early signing period. JAKAI MORRE 3 STAR 6'5" | 293 LBS | OT PATRIOT, NOKESVILLE, VA CLASS OF 2019 UNDECIDED The contenders: South Carolina, Penn State and Clemson. Overview: South Carolina has been able to consistently get Moore on its campus as he's made stops for summer camp, an official visit, and then an unofficial visit for the Tennessee game when he spent ample time with quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski. Penn State is thought to be the biggest competition for the top linemen and they'll host him on an official visit this weekend. Moore will officially visit Clemson the weekend after. Decision date: ? MATTHEW BEDFORD 3 STAR 6'6" | 260 LBS | OT CORDOVA, MEMPHIS, TN CLASS OF 2019 VERBAL COMMIT 6/16/2018 INDIANA The contenders: Indiana (committed), South Carolina and Mississippi State. Overview: Bedford has been committed to Indiana since June, but recently popped up on the radars for a couple of SEC programs. Bedford officially visited South Carolina this past weekend and then went straight to Mississippi State for an official visit there as well. Bedford hasn't done interviews since that visit and thus there's been very little feedback on where his head is at now. Decision date: Currently committed to Indiana. 3 STAR 6'3" | 290 LBS | OT WEST FLORIDA TECH PENSACOLA, FL CLASS OF 2019 VERBAL COMMIT 6/2/2018 MISSISSIPPI ST The contenders: Mississippi State (committed), South Carolina and Miami. Overview: South Carolina has been pushing hard for the Mississippi State commit for some time and landed an official visit from him during the regular season. The same can be said for Miami, which got Washington on campus for an official visit in October. South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford conducted an in-home visit on Sunday with Washington, who remains a priority target for the Gamecocks. Decision date: Currently committed to Mississippi State.
  4. The kickoff times for the Gamecock's first three games have been established for 2019: The season-opening game versus North Carolina will be played in BB&T Stadium in Charlotte, and will kick-off at 3:30 pm, and televised by ESPN. The 2nd game against FCS Charleston Southern will be in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, and will be a noon kick-off, and televised by SEC Network. The third game with Alabama, of course, will also be in Williams-Brice, and kick off at 3:30 pm, and will be televised by CBS.
  5. I think the hottest game I ever attended was La. Tech game under Lou. that to me was the hottest temperature for a game I can ever remember attending at W-B. Jack Daniels did not help the cause that day. Missable heat humanity for the game and on top of that it was a nail biter to boot.
  6. NFL banned Oklahoma drill from practices. Here’s why Muschamp still believes in it May 29, 219, | THE STATE DESTIN, FLA. The NFL has banned the Oklahoma drill from its practices, leading to natural speculation that college football could one day soon follow suit. That doesn’t concern South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp at all. (READ MORE)
  7. Deion Sanders, DT Cromer see friendship come full circle with Gamecock connection May 26, 2019, | THE STATE D.T. Cromer has put up Deion Sanders in his house, and now he can extend the same offer to Sanders’ son Shilo thanks to South Carolina football. Cromer, who played baseball at Lexington High School and then USC, and Deion Sanders were teammates with the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. It was the last season of Major League Baseball for each, but it started a friendship between the two that came full circle this year when Shilo Sanders signed to play defensive back for the Gamecocks. That means Shilo Sanders and Cromer’s daughter Ashlyn Cromer will both be in Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturdays this fall. Ashlyn is a sophomore cheerleader for the Gamecocks. It won’t be the first time she and Shilo been around each other. That was 18 years ago, when their parents were friends and traveling partners. (READ FULL ARTICLE)
  8. After another transfer, where things stand with Gamecock football scholarship count May 21, 2019 The South Carolina football team lost a transfer in Jonathan Gipson on Tuesday, eighth scholarship player to depart since last season ended. With that in mind, it’s worth seeing exactly where the Gamecocks stack up scholarship-wise. At the moment, it appears USC sits at a total of 83, two under the NCAA limit of 85. That counts everyone still listed on the roster who came in as scholarship players or were publicly awarded scholarships through their careers. (CLICK TO VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. South Carolina’s future at QB one of the best in the country, a national voice says May 06, 2019, | THE STATE Usually, the departure of a talented, veteran quarterback poses a high level of concern for fans of a college football team. In the eyes of CBS writer Barton Simmons, South Carolina’s football team in in good position for the transition. He rated the Gamecocks among the four best teams in the country in terms of the “best succession plans under center.” He ranks USC behind Clemson, which should go from one No. 1 QB recruit to another, Oklahoma, which added a highly sought-after grad transfer and a five-star, and perpetual quarterback factory Southern Cal. (READ MORE)
  10. Five Gamecocks most likely to be drafted in 2020, including one very high May 01, 2019, | THE STATE South Carolina’s recently rough NFL Draft history could be coming to an end next season. Gamecocks senior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is listed as the No. 7 player on the CBSSports.com’s list of top 100 players for the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6, 302-pound defensive tackle from Charleston had 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season despite being slowed by a hip injury that necessitated postseason surgery and required him to miss spring practice. (READ MORE)
  11. Muschamp explains why it’s just a different beast when it comes to QBs and transfers April 29, 2019, | THE STATE South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp wanted to make the point clear. “The quarterback position is just different,” Muschamp said. The question he was asked was a tad meandering. His team had come through the end of spring practice and dodged what can sometimes be a tricky time. Plenty of players transfer as the semester draws to a close, and that can often strike quarterback rooms. The Gamecocks escaped with no attrition on that front. To a degree, the fourth-year Gamecocks coach understands, but he also disagrees with one element of how the situations are discussed. “I get a little frustrated at times with the transfer situations because everyone transfers for a different reason,” Muschamp said. “It’s not all the same reason. It’s not all about playing time. It’s maybe comfort, away from home, or maybe some personal things someone is going through. There’s a lot of different reasons, so you can’t blanket one transfer into all one thing.” That one thing most attribute it to would be playing time. Players see there’s not much of a chance they’ll play, or look ahead and think someone younger is starting to establish themselves, and they start looking around. While Muschamp says plenty of reasons can factor in, he understands the playing time question for passers. “It’s not like you can get in a three-receiver set, a four-receiver set, a five-receiver set,” Muschamp said. “You’ve got one guy who is going to play and take the snap.” The Gamecocks have seen a little attrition since Muschamp arrived. Connor Mitch made it through his first spring with the current staff, but left soon after. Brandon McIlwain came in with Jake Bentley. After Bentley took the starting job as a freshman, McIlwain left in the middle of the next spring practice. But they’ve also seen good retention. Michael Scarnecchia accepted his place backing up a younger player. Jay Urich was recruited in 2017 and started playing wide receiver late in spring (he’s been a special-teamer for a few months). Keeping guys like that isn’t always a given in the modern landscape. After next season, Jake Bentley will be gone. Former four-star recruits Ryan Hilinski and Dakereon Joyner will be separated by only one year. One will win the job, the other will be a backup. Muschamp understands that being a quarterback is part of a player’s identity. It has defined their career, the place they held on teams. Joyner even came out and said if he had wanted to play another spot other than QB, he would be at Clemson or Alabama. As the coach said, it’s different. “In most situations, they’re not going to be able to be like a Jay Urich, who can go play another position and contribute to your football team,” Muschamp said. “That’s what they do and that’s what they’ve grown up wanting to do. So when that situation doesn’t present itself, they look for greener pastures.”
  12. I always hope to win every game each year. That comes from my heart but my head knows it is not likely. After the pitiful finish to last year (Akron barely win/VA misery) what can I really expect Next Year? Some one tell me I have nothing to be worried about.
  13. Alabama / Clemson at home or Georgia / A&M on the road?
  14. NFL players, including Tom Brady, will have to be in approved helmets this season April 13, 2019 washingtonpost.com The 32 NFL players who ended last season wearing helmet models not approved by the league and the NFL Players Association will have no such option this coming season. The grandfather clause allowing players to wear prohibited helmet models has expired, and all NFL players will be required to wear better-performing helmets in the 2019 season. “The prohibited helmets will not be allowed in the locker room,” Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, said Friday. “A player will not be allowed on the field [wearing such a helmet].” Any team that knowingly allows a player to wear a prohibited helmet model would be subject to discipline by the league, Miller said during a conference call with reporters in which NFL and NFLPA safety officials announced the results of their latest round of joint safety-related laboratory testing of impacts on helmets. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly is among the players who must switch helmet models. Brady wore an approved helmet for part of last season but reportedly switched back to his previous Riddell VSR-4 helmet model that is on the list of prohibited helmets. “You’ve seen something a certain way for a long period of time, so I like as much vision as possible with the peripheral vision,” Brady said last summer, according to Boston.com. “It’s all important — it all matters — so, yeah, just making sure it’s kind of similar to what the experience has always been.” The NFL and NFLPA are in their fifth year of testing various helmet models to study how they “withstand impacts comparable to what a player would experience on the field,” said Jeff Crandall, the chairman of the league’s engineering committee. The league and players’ union compile the results, rank the helmets and produce a poster in which helmet models are placed into three categories: green, yellow and red. The best-performing helmets are in the green category. The prohibited helmets are in red. Injury data has supported the results of the testing, according to the safety officials. “The impact tests in the laboratory correlate to the on-field experience,” said Kristy Arbogast, the NFLPA’s engineering consultant. The NFL announced in January that the number of concussions suffered by players was down sharply last season. There were 214 concussions suffered by players during the 2018 preseason and regular season, according to the league’s injury data. That was down from 281 concussions in 2017, a decrease of 24 percent. According to the league, 74 percent of players were wearing the better-performing helmet models in the green category by the end of last season. That was up from 41 percent at the beginning of the season. “The education process was thorough and the players were listening,” Miller said.
  15. Will Muschamp talks What’s the value of a spring game? April 11, 2019 THE STATE More than a few college football spring games have run into trouble this year. A thin roster canceled TCU’s. Weather zapped the Iowa State and North Texas games. Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst turned his into an open practice and canceled one at Pitt a few years ago. South Carolina’s had a listed attendance just under 26,000. On a warm Saturday afternoon, the home side of the lower bowl was mostly full, with a more sporadic crowd on the visiting side. Will Muschamp likes to have his game earlier than most, with barely a two-month gap between bowl and spring practice. His main reason for that seems to run alongside the best reason for a spring game at all. “No. 1, it’s about recruiting,” Muschamp said in an interview with 107.5 The Game. “It’s about getting all those guys on campus, and we’re not competing with 10 other schools on one Saturday. And we had a great crowd Saturday as far as recruiting was concerned. We had a great turnout. A bunch of really good players were here.” The Gamecocks were competing with Clemson and managed to win the attendance of five-star recruit Jordan Burch. There was some sense he favored the Tigers, but he spent the past three weekends in Columbia. It was also a spring game that served as a weekend the Gamecocks hosted Ryan Hilinski in 2018. Soon after, he committed, giving USC a top-50 prospect in the 2019 class. The earlier game also gives one other edge in preparation for the season. “If there is an injury, I’ve got another month before the season starts for a player to be able to get back and perform in the fall,” Muschamp said. He noted that there’s a challenge when it comes to spring in the state. Practice ends fewer than five weeks from the end of the academic semester. To complicate that, the warm weather means more is happening around town. “There’s no good spring weekend in Columbia, South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “They have some golf tournament called The Masters. They protest if I have it that weekend. We’ve got the Carolina Cup. There’s so much going on in Columbia, and that’s a great thing to have.” Spring game attendance is a somewhat silly topic, but in some communities, they become big-time events. Last season, 10 schools claimed crowds of 48,000 or more, five in the SEC, led by Georgia’s 82,184. South Carolina had some folks outside the stadium, enough for a decent crowd around the Gamecock Walk, but there wasn’t a ton of buzz. That said, Muschamp explained his staff is always assessing what their program does, and has an outlook on the timing of the spring game. “It’s working well for us right now,” Muschamp said.
  16. What will constitute Good Season this Year? I think 8-4, plus Bowl win 9-4 would be a Very Good Season. I know many members have a lot of Football expertise so let's hear your thoughts. There are 800(+) members on this board. I want to hear from everyone!!!!!!!!!!
  17. AAF to suspend operations today April 01, 2019 Man that was a quickie Tuesday, reports started surfacing the fledgling spring league will “suspend operations.”
  18. Of course everybody has their thoughts on the game, so I'm no different. I was finally able to sit down and watch it and here's what I took from it. Bentley - he's going to be our starter, he's pretty dang good, but he's going to make mistakes. On the play that Sterling batted down at the line, the back came to the bottom of the screen and the 3 WRs went out to block for a screen. Jake turned to the top of the field to the WR doing a curl, double clutched, and then hit Sterling in the numbers. Maybe it's designed as a fake screen, but it just looked very bad. Hilinski - goes through progressions very well and extremely quickly. Quick release. Basically the same stuff everybody else he saying. There were a few plays that when pressure got there he didn't panic, but he also didn't react. Joyner - you could tell he wanted to show off his arm and all of the work he's put into passing. Early on when a pass would break down you could physically see him almost say "damn it, I wanted to throw." The pass to Pollard that nearly went for a TD was absolutely beautiful. The issue I'm seeing with him is, he's not seeing the underneath defenders. Cook batted one down (which would have been thrown into a very tight spot) and then intercepted one when he did nothing but spy. The other "near interceptions" were on the receivers so I'm not putting that on him. He made some great passes but drops just absolutely killed him. Harris - is going to be really good at carrying the rock. Carroll - if we're honest with ourselves. He should be the starter. Sterling - looks healthy and made some great plays. Pickens - is HUGE. Cook - he is going to be an absolute beast. Boykin - made some great plays down on the goalline. Last season other teams knocked a ton of passes down and Kinlaw was about the only one to do it for us. There were hands constantly in the air knocking balls down or getting in the way. I also liked that the defense did blitz some. Usually the QBs just sit back and sling it, but we brought pressure to see how they'd react. Of course the backup QB debate was the leading story, so I'll just say one thing about that, whether it's Joyner or Hilinski, I think we have the best stable of QBs we've ever had and I would trust either of them out there. I believe Joyner will get the nod, but you still have 4 games that you can use Hilinski. I know Coach Muschamp doesn't mind using young guys if he's the best, but unless there's something major with the season, I can't see burning the redshirt just to be a backup.
  19. A.J. Turner and Mon Denson are the top two running backs coming out of the spring April 08, 2019 Through South Carolina’s spring practice, there was a decent amount of talk about the younger Gamecocks backs, as USC looks for more play-making at that position. But at the end of the day, the two healthy veterans came out on top. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp told 107.5 The Game’s Heath Cline A.J. Turner and Mon Denson exited spring as the top two runners who were available. The question will come with how Rico Dowdle comes back after hardly participating in full-contact play across the 15 practices. “Rico will figure back into that in fall camp,” Muschamp said. “But right now, you would say that A.J. and Mon would be the two best players we have at the position. Rico’s been a very dependable player for us as far as when he’s on the field. “He’s going to have to earn his opportunity in fall camp.” Muschamp also mentioned freshman Kevin Harris and said redshirt freshman Deshaun Fenwick did some nice things in the spring. Denson was South Carolina’s No. 2 runner last season, posting 432 yards on 80 carries. He made a pair of starts in South Carolina’s crowded backfield. Through South Carolina’s spring practice, there was a decent amount of talk about the younger Gamecocks backs, as USC looks for more play-making at that position. But at the end of the day, the two healthy veterans came out on top. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp told 107.5 The Game’s Heath Cline A.J. Turner and Mon Denson exited spring as the top two runners who were available. The question will come with how Rico Dowdle comes back after hardly participating in full-contact play across the 15 practices. “Rico will figure back into that in fall camp,” Muschamp said. “But right now, you would say that A.J. and Mon would be the two best players we have at the position. Rico’s been a very dependable player for us as far as when he’s on the field. “He’s going to have to earn his opportunity in fall camp.” Muschamp also mentioned freshman Kevin Harris and said redshirt freshman Deshaun Fenwick did some nice things in the spring. Denson was South Carolina’s No. 2 runner last season, posting 432 yards on 80 carries. He made a pair of starts in South Carolina’s crowded backfield.
  20. He was bored at a Gamecocks camp. And that showed USC coaches why they wanted him March 26, 2019 When South Carolina football’s coaches get a player in camp, it’s as much about testing attitude and how coachable a player is as it is figuring out a range of physical skills. But what does it say when a player admits he’s bored with the drill he’s in the midst of dominating? Apparently, it can say something pretty good. The Gamecocks will soon enough bring in linebacker Jahmar Brown, a three-star recruit out of Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He has the reputation as a dynamic playmaker who might be a little on the small side. But that camp performance said something. “Jahmar Brown was unbelievable when he came to camp,” linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler said. “We’re in one-on-ones against the running backs, and he’s just locking up every running back that’s trying to run a route against him. He’s like, ‘Coach, this is boring. Can we go over there with the wide receivers?’ ” By any stretch, that’s pretty bold. “He and I go trotting over,” Hutzler said. “I told T-Rob, ‘Coach, he wants to cover a slot.’ And he lines up and plays man-to-man on a slot receiver.” That’s a valuable skill to add to a linebacker group that was a bit lacking in play-making and consistency last season. He projects to the weakside/dime position that plays the most in space and in coverage. Hutzler also praised his intelligence. Last season, Brown rolled up 56 tackles including four sacks and scored three defensive touchdowns as part of a state finalist team in Florida. That included a scoop-and-score TD on national TV. But he’s also listed at 6-foot, somewhere between 195 and 200 pounds. Hutzler was asked about it, he pointed out Skai Moore came in about about 205. “Not to make a comparison, but that’s kind of the mold that I think Jahmar can develop into,” Hutzler said. “We’ll put weight on him.”
  21. QB derby, timeline to narrow things down March 15, 2019 Even with Jake Bentley back for his senior year and firmly entrenched as South Carolina’s starting quarterback, most eyes are still on South Carolina’s signal callers. Four-star recruits Ryan Hilinski and Dakereon Joyner are battling with third-year sophomore Jay Urich for the No. 2 spot behind Bentley. Whoever wins likely has the inside track when the senior departs after 2019, which will signify the first big QB transition under Will Muschamp. Muschamp spoke on Sportstalk and talked a little about the players through five practices. “Jay Urich is a guy that athletically has shown some things,” Muschamp said. “Athletically can run and do some things. I think he’s progressed as a passer.” The coach had spoke about Joyner earlier in the spring, recounting a moment when the electric runner admitted the game has started to slow for him. “Both those guys are making some progress,” Muschamp said. “Ryan has done some really good things for us in five practices. We’re not ready to make any decisions on where those guys are right now.” Hilinski, a top-100 recruit and early enrollee, is more of a pocket passer than the other two and the highest-rated as a recruit. Urich has dabbled a little on special teams, and while Muschamp has held fast that Joyner is a quarterback, at least one expert said his future might be elsewhere. Both Joyner and Urich played in garbage time in one game last season. The coaches don’t want to start making any decisions just yet, but Muschamp does know when he might. “I like to get to the ninth, 10th practice to maybe try to narrow some things down because it’s hard to rep four guys, at the end of the day,” Muschamp said. “Sometimes, it’s hard to even rep three. But it’s certainly hard to rep four. I’m pleased with all three of the young guys and how they’ve performed to this point.”
  22. The things Will Muschamp is looking for from his young QBs this spring March 07, 2019 This time of year can matter for South Carolina’s young quarterbacks. In many ways, it’s among their most valuable time of the year. During the season, only one of them will get a real complement of reps, whoever earns the backup spot behind Jake Bentley. The rest of the year they throw on their own, work in meetings and do what they can, but real life reps are few and far between. And in this limited window, Will Muschamp looks for a few key factors. “Taking care of the football is No. 1,” Muschamp said. “Being productive when they’re on the field is No. 2.” But in truth, it goes beyond that to a matrix of skills and attributes the players are evaluated on every single snap. At the moment, USC has three scholarship passers behind Bentley. Ryan Hilinski is a four-star freshman out of California. Dakereon Joyner was a four-star who came in last spring and has a year in the program, while Jay Urich is in his third year. Both Urich and Joyner got a little action against FCS Chattanooga last year, but both came in as less finished products as passers. Whoever among the three earns the backup role gains a valuable asset in those extra in-season reps, and likely gets an inside track on the job Bentley will leave open after next season. Muschamp said he’d like to see a backup emerge, but didn’t rule out the competition going all the way to August. But for the moment, this is a chance for the staff to evaluate in a way they rarely can. They get reps, practice, team reps, with no stresses of gameplanning or fully picking an option with the season bearing down on them. What’s one thing the staff focuses on, a vital broad and valuable skill? “Decision-making,” Muschamp said. “At the end of the day, it’s, if we call an RPO, does he make the right decision to hand the ball off? Does he take the ball to the right spot. Command of the offense, command of the team as far as that is concerned, communication. There are so many different things, the accuracy of the ball, there’s so many different things that they’re graded on every single play that are obviously very important.”
  23. South Carolina’s competition at left tackle not much of a competition March 06, 2019 South Carolina’s search for a new starting left tackle might be short. In fact, it might be over. Junior Sadarius Hutcherson started spring practice at the position for the Gamecocks, and offensive line coach Eric Wolford thinks Hutcherson is going to stay there. “I’m expecting him to be the left tackle right now, but nothing is ever guaranteed in this game,” Wolford said. Hutcherson has been pretty close, though. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Tennessean has played in 23 of the 26 games of his collegiate career, starting 17 of them, including every game last year at right guard. When Dennis Daley’s graduation left South Carolina without a starter at the offensive line’s marquee position, Hutcherson was the first choice to attempt the job. Through the first four practices of the spring, he has validated that choice. “He’s trained there in the past. It’s not like it’s anything new for him,” Wolford said. “I expect him to do well. We believe in the guy. So far he’s done well and hopefully he’ll continue.” Hutcherson is one the Gamecocks’ top performers in the weight room and also boasts a vertical jump of 31.5 inches, which would have been the sixth-highest jump among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine this year. “That’s pretty good for an offensive lineman,” Wolford said. The transition has been “difficult at times” and “fun at times,” Hutcherson said. “With Dennis Daley leaving I was pretty sure I was going to move over there,” he said. “I had to get used to it a little bit getting into it. I’m pretty sure my skill set will fit in. Wolf does a great job of making us learn stuff like that, especially in the film room.” Run blocking in the position will be no problem for Hutcherson, who is accustomed to the more physical positions on the inside of the offensive line. Pass blocking is the bigger challenge for players making the position change. “Pass pro could be a little harder because you don’t get any help,” he said. “It’s different because now you are more on an island, pretty much by yourself.” Right tackle Dylan Wonnum, sophomore Eric Douglas and early enrollee freshman Jaylen Nichols will also get work at left tackle this spring to build depth at the position. “Our mentality is, Dennis was a great player, he’s gone on to the next level and we expect the next guy to do the same thing and play at a higher level,” Wolford said. “I want Hutch to play better than Dennis. I want Hutch to get drafted higher than Dennis. That’s all of our mentality, and that’s the way it should be. We want to keep getting better.”
  24. Gamecock offensive starter out with injury but expected back soon March 05, 2019 South Carolina freshman center Hank Manos, who started the Belk Bowl, has missed the first week of spring practice due to a foot injury but is expected back soon. “He’ll be fine,” Gamecocks offensive line coach Eric Wolford said. Manos, who was wearing a walking boot Monday, was injured doing a box jump during the team’s conditioning drills, Wolford said. His injury opened the door for former walk-on Chandler Farrell to work with the first team offense for the first three practices. On Tuesday, Eric Douglas took the first-team reps as Wolford looks to build depth at the position. South Carolina hopes to have four centers ready in time for the fall.
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