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  1. Good morning from Gamecock CentralHere is the schedule for this weekend:Friday, April 26• 7:30 am - Men's Golf: SEC Championship, Round 3• 9 am - Track & Field: 125th Penn Relays, video• 6 pm - Softball: Georgia, SECN• 7:30 pm - Baseball: at Missouri, SECN+, TuneInSaturday, April 27• 7 am - Track & Field: 125th Penn Relays, video• 7:30 am - Men's Golf: SEC Championship, Quarterfinals• 12 pm - Softball: Georgia, ESPN2• 12:30 pm - Men's Golf: SEC Championship, Semifinals, SECN+*• 7:30 pm - Baseball: at Missouri, SECN+, TuneIn* Coverage begins at 4:30 pmSunday, April 28• 7:30 am - Men's Golf: SEC Championship, Finals, SECN• 3 pm - Softball: Georgia, ESPN2• 3 pm - Baseball: at Missouri, SECN+, TuneIn FULL STORY: https://mailchi.mp/gamecockcentral.com/gnt_20190426
  2. Will Muschamp suggests 2 neutral site locations South Carolina would want to open a future season SDS STAFF | April 24, 2019 Will Muschamp visited the Lexington County Gamecock Club Wednesday night in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. He addressed multiple questions from media and the fans, and one in particular from a fan caught our attention. South Carolina’s head coach was asked if the Gamecocks would be interested in opening a future season in Atlanta. Muschamp then singled out two markets that he considers to be “in-state” — Charlotte and Atlanta, and he also noted that the program has discussed a potential kickoff game in Orlando, too. Interestingly, the Belk Bowl was an embarrassing loss for the Gamecocks in Charlotte. The Virginia Cavaliers torched USC 28-0. The Gamecocks did open the 2017 season with a win over N.C. State in Charlotte 35-28. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta would be an awesome venue for the Gamecocks to start a future season. Atlanta is one of the hubs of SEC recruiting, including USC.
  3. Muschamp addresses Valentine, more from spur's Up ByJOHN DEL BIANCO | April 25, 2019 South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp announced injury news and team notes on his first SpursUp Tour stop in North Augusta on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday evening he was home in Columbia speaking to members of the Lexington County Gamecock Club in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Prior to interacting with fans and signing autographs, Muschamp addressed the status of redshirt freshman running back Lavonte Valentine, who missed all 2019 spring football practices due to his participation on the school’s track team. “Lavonte made every effort he could between practices, between days we were off and the time he was away from track and academics to be able to come and meet,” Muschamp said. “As far as that’s concerned he should be caught up pretty well.” While he’s caught up on the language and terminology used on offense, Muschamp says Valentine does have some work to do in the weight room as he’ll transition from a non-contact sport to one that features physicality, especially at his position. “He has to obviously get in the weight room. There is a different thought process as far as track conditioning and the physicality you deal with on the football field,” Muschamp said. “Once he gets done on the track season, which he’s had a really good year we’ll get him in the weight room and get him working. He’ll be here all of May running track and won’t finish that until the second weekend in June and then he’ll be with us full time.” Valentine did not appear in a game during the 2018 season as he was still recovering from a knee injury suffered during his senior year at Melbourne Central Catholic. He was listed at 6-0, 195 pounds on the 2019 spring football roster. Full Story 247sports: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-football-Gamecocks-Will-Muschamp-Lavonte-Valentine--131491887/#131491887_1
  4. He’s South Carolina’s highest rated 2019 offensive lineman. What the coaches see in him BY BEN BREINER APRIL 24, 2019 | charlotteobserver.com When South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford started talking about Jakai Moore’s skills as a football player, he first started talking about his work on the basketball court. “He’s obviously a tremendous athlete,” Wolford said. “He’s a guy that can run the court, 300 pounds, 6-foot-6, can legitimately play left tackle.” Moore was part of a 22-3 team, operating as a solid shot blocker. That was after helping pave the way for a region championship team in football. As a sophomore, he averaged 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Virginia product will join the Gamecocks soon, and he already has one trait the coaching staff likes in all its linemen. He can play more than just left tackle. “I know he can play right tackle,” Wolford said. “I know he can play guard, so he’s a four-position player right there already. He likes football. I think he’s still raw, but the thing about him is when we get him down here in June, we’ll have two months with him, get him ready to go.” The Gamecocks have placed a premium on linemen getting in at multiple spots, with no fewer than six of the linemen who played last year having switched between guard and tackle or guard and center. At the moment, at least three projected 2019 starters have played multiple spots at some points in the past season/spring. Moore was a three-star recruit, the No. 505 player in the country and No. 13 player in Virginia by the 247 Sports rankings. He picked the Gamecocks over Penn State. outh Carolina hasn’t been shy about getting young linemen involved early if they’re good enough. Dennis Daley broke into the lineup a few games into his first season coming out of junior college. Dylan Wonnum took a starting spot halfway through his freshman season. This year, freshman Jaylen Nichols found himself working as a second-string tackle only a few practices into his first spring on campus. Wolford wondered aloud if Moore could follow a similar path. He’s big, quick and will get a few months with the strength staff before August camp starts. Perhaps with work and some things going right, Moore could end up in the two deep or better. “He’s another guy, Jaylen Nichols-type guy as far as a guy who can come in and who knows how fast he learns the plays and how bad he wants it?” Wolford said. “He might go and just sneak up in there.”
  5. He wasn’t taken in the draft, so this Gamecock put his NFL future ‘in God’s hands’ BY BEN BREINER APRIL 23, 2019, THENEWS&OBSERVER When this year’s NFL draft finishes up, former South Carolina football players will be scattered to the winds. A few will have been taken, notably Deebo Samuel, perhaps Dennis Daley, Zack Bailey, Rashad Fenton or someone else. But most of the rest will be signing tentative deals, getting ready to go to camp with this team or that, hoping to earn a spot. It’s the same thing Taylor Stallworth did last season, when the New Orleans Saints gave him a chance. But despite all the unknowns around it, the process didn’t knock him off-kilter. “It wasn’t nerve wracking,” Stallworth said just over a month ago. “I just put it in God’s hands. I know that I was going to be somewhere. I just let God take over.” He and guard Cory Helms signed with the Saints together. Helms was cut, caught on with Cincinnati only to be cut again and spent this past season as a graduate assistant with the Gamecocks. Stallworth caught on, earned his roster spot and thrived. He ended up playing more than 30 percent of his team’s snaps on defense, contributing to a group that went 13-3 on the season. “It was a great year,” Stallworth said. “I feel like I became a whole different player. Being there, learning from the older guys, living up to the older guys that I’ve seen play on TV and have a chance to play with them. It was just a great opportunity. I loved it.” The only part he called nerve wracking was the fallout after the controversial call that helped end the Saints’ season early and deny them a trip to the Super Bowl. He said there was a reset, going from being a “baby” in college to grown up in the NFL. Life was different going against older players who were far more steeped in the game, and the difference when it comes to interior linemen was apparent. “I’ll say, more in-depth with their technique,” Stallworth said. “It’s a lot of guys out there, how they practice, how they work. “Learning them, watching film on them, that was the difference.” For the year, Stallworth made six tackles with one sack, averaging 22.7 snaps per game. He battled injuries his first couple years with the Gamecocks but grew into a starter as a junior and an understated star his final season. His last year, he delivered 30 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries and anchored a run defense that took a considerable jump from the year before (and fell back the next season). He admitted, he didn’t expect to play as much as he did his first year in the league, but called it a great opportunity. This week, he’ll watch teammate go through the same thing he did. Some will get picked, some will wait it out. Before he took on NFL linemen, he went against the likes of Bailey, one of the top Gamecocks linemen in recent years who had to deal with a broken leg this season. It’s not clear if he’ll hear his name called, but Stallworth has faith his teammate will join him in the league soon enough. “Once he first stepped foot at South Carolina, he was special,” Stallworth said.
  6. George Rogers: ‘I think we paved the way’ for today’s NFL Draft BY JOSH KENDALL APRIL 24, 2019 | THE STATE Thirty-seven years ago, George Rogers was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints. It’s long enough ago that Rogers doesn’t remember where he was when he got the call to inform him of the selection. He certainly wasn’t on a sound stage on a television set, which is where around 20 of these year’s NFL Draft hopefuls will be Thursday night when the first round is held in Nashville, Tennessee. “That’s OK. I didn’t want the attention. I still don’t like the attention,” said Rogers, who won the 1980 Heisman Trophy at South Carolina before going on to be the top pick in the draft. “I think we paved the way for the guys to get what they are getting now.” The process then bore little resemblance to now, when it will be televised live over three days. Rogers might or might not watch, he said. “I might get lulled to sleep a little bit by it,” he said. Rogers led the NFL in rushing as a rookie, gaining 1,674 yards. In 1985, he was traded to the Washington Redskins, where he won a Super Bowl in 1987. “I think it would have been great right now to go to New Orleans, but when I got drafted by the Saints, we weren’t winning. Now New Orleans is winning and I would have been in a good situation.” Rogers had 7,176 yards and 54 touchdowns in his career. “That was a long time ago, but was exciting for me,” he said.
  7. 1. 🏈 The word from Muschamp’s Spurs Up Tour stops Will Muschamp began to make his rounds on the road this week, with numerous “Spurs Up Tour” stops planned to fill Gamecock fans in on the 2019 squad. The head coach was in Augusta on Tuesday and made his Midlands stop at The Zone in Williams-Brice on Wednesday.Muschamp hit on several topics with media prior to speaking with fans. What did he say?Cam Smith is cleared, and needs to be readyFour-star defensive back signee Cam Smith will be ready to enroll at USC in the middle of May, Muschamp said. While the head man feels that the Gamecocks’ current secondary is “extremely talented,” he also believes that Smith and others will need to be ready. It’s a group that includes fellow four-stars Jammie Robinson and John Dixon, plus Shilo Sanders.The Gamecocks are getting healthierAfter a nearly unbelievable rash of injuries hit the team in 2018, particularly at safety and defensive end, USC is in a much better spot as the summer approaches. Muschamp said on Tuesday night that only SAM/BUCK Daniel Fennell (ACL) and LB Rosendo Louis (shoulder) would be limited during summer workouts. Offensive lineman Max Iyama also missed spring and is not cleared due to an undisclosed medical condition. OrTre Smith will be cleared on June 3 after missing spring recovering from knee surgery.With the NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, Muschamp is excited for former players, and the program’s future."Their next step is really important. We appreciate all their contributions at South Carolina and wish them the best. They’ll certainly always be part of our program."Next year’s class will probably be indicative of what we’ve done from a recruiting standpoint and a development standpoint and how we continue to close that gap. Our staff has a very impressive track record as far as getting drafted and being developed. We’re looking forward to establishing that here at the University of South Carolina."– Chris Clark Full Story: https://mailchi.mp/gamecockcentral.com/gnt_20190425
  8. If healthy, Davis could help Gamecocks in a big way By HALE MCGRANAHAN 247sports Of the 12 catches Randrecous Davis has made for the South Carolina Gamecocks, there’s one in particular that stands out to coach Will Muschamp. The play happened right in front of the then first-year head coach, who was decked out in his soon-to-be-signature, all-black attire. Some of the details from the catch were a little fuzzy, but it’s hard to blame the guy, as he moves into the summer months before his fourth season at South Carolina. “You think back to Dreak’s true freshman year,” Muschamp said, “When he was healthy.” There’s no confusion about that. Davis didn’t play in another game in 2016, as he dealt with an injury suffered the following week during practice. He’s worked through a series of injuries throughout the following two years and has played in just 19 games for the Gamecocks, during which he’s totaled 123 receiving yards and a touchdown. “Think about the one-handed grab on our sideline, on third-down against East Carolina,” Muschamp said, referring to the third and final reception of Davis’ first season. It was actually on first-down, but the ball was definitely reeled in with one hand. Officials ruled the play incomplete before replay review of the throw from Brandon McIlwain revealed that Davis secured the catch as he got one foot inbounds. The call was eventually overturned. And it was a glimpse at what could be for the former 3-star recruit from Atlanta who committed to Georgia before he signed with South Carolina, though not much has happened since, thanks a litany of ailments. Davis did make a touchdown catch last season, but he played in just five more games after securing Michael Scarnecchia’s 27-yard touchdown pass while South Carolina was up 30 in the fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina. “Finally, Dreak’s getting back to that healthy guy and if he’s able to be (health), he could be a very productive guy,” Muschamp said. The answer was in response to a fan's question about wide receivers, during Muschamp’s first SpursUp Tour stop on Tuesday evening in North Augusta, S.C. Davis wasn’t the only name Muschamp rattled off, as he discussed replacements for Deebo Samuel. Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith, of course, are the top available options at the wide receiver position. Josh Vann and Chad Terrell are in the conversation, too. So is OrTre Smith, who caught three passes for 25 yards in two games last season, before a knee injury forced him out for the rest of the 2018 campaign.S “Getting OrTre Smith is really going to help,” Muschamp said. “We really missed OrTre’s presence, as far as his girth is concerned on the perimeter, so I think it’s going to be a combination of guys that can help us (replace Samuel).”
  9. Senior Rooster

    Block that punt

    By JOHN DEL BIANCO 247sports What’s the biggest momentum swinging play in football? A kickoff return for a touchdown? A pick-six? Punching it in from a yard out on fourth down? All of those are big plays, but South Carolina special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler says it’s none of the above. The biggest momentum play in football is a blocked punt and he has the stat to prove it. (Click to view article)
  10. By JOHN WHITTLE 247sports This is the healthiest that the South Carolina football team has been in a while. When classes begin for Summer I the first week of June, there are only two players who will be limited. Speaking at the first Spurs Up Tour stop event of the year at SRP Park in North Augusta, fourth-year head coach Will Muschamp said that he only expects two players to be limited when classes get back in session in the summer. “I think the only guys who will be limited in June are Rosendo Louis and Daniel Fennell,” Muschamp told a group of reporters on the concourse of SRP Park, prior to the Gamecocks’ baseball game against Charleston Southern. “Everybody else will be good.” Louis had offseason shoulder surgery while Fennell suffered a torn ACL against Clemson. (Click to view full article)
  11. Pair of Pro Football Hall of Famers speak to Gamecocks football team April 23, 2019, | THE STATE South Carolina’s football team got to hear a little bit from two football players who know a thing or two about reaching the pinnacle of the sport. A combined nine Super Bowl rings can attest to that. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp tweeted out pictures of himself and Pro Football Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley, who spoke to the team. USC often welcomes speakers to talk to the team, and recent ones have included Presidential adviser Anton J. Gunn and NFL player Dominique Easley. Haley and Lott were both part of a run of Super Bowl winning teams in San Francisco in the 1980s. Haley won three titles with the Cowboys in the 1990s. Haley grew up in Virginia and played for FCS James Madison. A fearsome pass rusher, he notched more than 100 career sacks in the NFL, making five Pro Bowls and twice winning NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Lott was one of the hardest hitters of all time, a dominant safety who went from All-American at Southern Cal to 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time first-team All-Pro. He intercepted 63 passes in his career and topped 100 tackles five times. South Carolina is coming to the end of its post-spring offseason program. The team will break for Maymester, though 45-55 players will likely stay around to work out. At the end of May, the team will reconvene and add most of its late-enrolling freshmen to start summer conditioning.
  12. By JOHN WHITTLE After 32 games as the starter, South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley seems to be a known commodity. He enrolled a full year early and won the starting job halfway through his freshman season. Since then, the only time he has sat down is due to injury. Heading into his final season with the Gamecocks, Bentley is on pace to sit among the best passers all-time in program history. He already ranks second in career completion percentage, third in total completions and passing touchdowns, fourth in passing yards and fifth in total offense. Bentley improved year over year in passing yards per game, total touchdowns and quarterback rating. Coming out of the final spring practice of his career, Bentley says that he feels like he is more comfortable now than he’s ever been during his time with the Gamecocks. “I think it’s just stillness,” Bentley said. “You look back at last season, towards the end, maybe pressing a little much, at times. Just now, taking the good games I’ve had and building on those, and learning from the bad games. Just feel more calm now, more calm and understanding what the defense is doing. Knowing where our receivers are going to be and get them the ball.” Bentley posted a pass efficiency rating of 145.88 last season with most of his best games coming in the back half of the season. He posted six games with a rating of higher than 151.0, and five of them came over the last seven games. The two outliers were the final two games of the season - Akron and Virginia. Over the course of the spring, various offensive teammates detailed what they saw in Bentley that was different from the end of the 2018 season. FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-football-Different-about-Jake-Bentley-senior-year-131433570/#131433570_1
  13. By JC SHURBURTTFri Apr 19 2019 Glancing at it right now in April, that certainly appears to be the case. That being said, you never really know. It was thought that the 2017 schedule would be tough. Turns out it was not all that bad and the Gamecocks finished 9-4. It was thought that the 2018 schedule was favorable. Turns out there were plenty of improved teams on the roster and for that reason and because of injuries, Carolina finished 7-6.When breaking down those two years in advance, though, it was more of a guessing game. How good will Tennessee and Florida be? In 2017, it was thought that Arkansas would be a tough match-up because of style of play? You know, those types of things. You were not dealing with what could be the three best teams in the country, along with many other tough outs. So it’s with more certainty that this year’s schedule is a beast. The good news is that Carolina head coach Will Muschamp should have his best roster in his fourth season. The bad news is that the teams the Gamecocks play also have very good rosters. Here are 10 takes on the 2019 schedule, which will be discussed ad nauseam this off season. FULL STORY BELOW: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/Digging-into-the-2019-football-schedule-131345530#1194447_1
  14. Bryan McClendon changed about half of South Carolina’s offense. What comes next April 22, 2019 the state South Carolina’s Bryan McClendon faced a tall challenge when he was handed the offensive coordinator job. He was given a unit that by most measures was underachieving. There were pieces in Jake Bentley, Bryan Edwards, a small army of running backs. There’s was an offensive line that hadn’t produced. And there was the task of turning things over while trying to take a step forward. To that end, McClendon had a plan. “When I took it over,” McClendon said. “I didn’t want to completely flip and turn everything.” That’s a difficult thing to do, rewiring a lot of what is already in place, all while turning up the reliance on run-pass option plays. That says nothing of the fact he’d never been a play-caller before, and had his own set of lessons to learn. “I have not seen a first-year offensive coordinator go in and just roll up and down the field on people,” McClendon said. “So what I wanted to do was keep as much as similar as the last system that we kind of went over. So I kind of changed, when it came up to it, I changed about half of the things. This year I’m changing the other half to kind of get everything else kind of converted to make it all work systematically to kind of what we do.” The changes in Year 1 worked to a degree, aided by wide receiver Deebo Samuel coming on down the stretch. South Carolina offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon watches warm-ups for the game against Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, Saturday, October 27, 2018. The Gamecocks jumped from 85th in the country to 22nd in yards per play. They ran 6 1/2 more plays per game, bumped up scoring by 6.1 points per game, all while facing one of the 10 hardest schedules in the country. Samuel is gone, as are the top two tight ends, both serviceable but neither were game-breakers. There’s still an ongoing search for some workhorse tailbacks, as a crowded room was made less so by Ty’Son Williams’ transfer. And there’s installing the second half of what McClendon wanted to put in. “We definitely have put in a lot more this spring than we did last spring,” quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said. The Gamecocks’ schedule projects to be more difficult than it was last year. It will still have players, but none close to the proven game-breaker Samuel was. Bentley is in his final year and is still perhaps short the level of consistency many had sought from him. Will Muschamp came out before the spring and said he thinks this will be his best USC team in his four-year tenure. The offense, which finished in the top 20 nationally by one ranking, will be a part of that, but no matter the changes in scheme, it’s the finer points that will decide if USC can hold onto those gains or perhaps move things further along. “It all gets down to the execution,” McClendon said. “Us blocking and throwing and catching and breaking tackles and all that other stuff.”
  15. Senior Rooster

    The "Red Flag Game" for 2019

    ByJC SHURBURTT 6 hours ago When evaluating a college football schedule, you always look first and foremost at projected strength of opponents, then the “flow” of the docket- in other words where and when the individual contests fall. RELATED: Digging into the 2019 Schedule There are games that you figure will be tough to win. Then there are games you figure a team should win. Then there are toss-ups. Among the toss-up games, there is usually one that commonly is referred to as a “trap game”- a game a team probably should not lose, but potentially could. Trap game probably is a more narrow definition than I prefer. To me, a trap game features a big underdog that is capable of pulling a big upset, more than likely because of the position of the game on the schedule. WHAT IS A “RED FLAG GAME” There is another category within the toss-ups, though. There are “red flag” games. These are the games you look at where you aren’t quite sure who the favorite will be. It’s a contest that is and should be of concern because of the timing, the place and the opponent. Here are some previous “red flag games” for South Carolina the last three seasons. FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/South-Carolina-Football-Gamecocks-Red-Flag-game-for-2019-is-a-road-trip-to-Tennessee-Volunteers-131397165/#131397165_1
  16. ByJOHN DEL BIANCO 3 hours ago South Carolina senior linebacker T.J. Brunson was not cleared to speak over spring camp given he was not cleared to practice due to injury. However, his absence in front of the camera and on the football field did not prevent his leadership and senior determination from going unnoticed. Brunson, a key member of the first signing class head coach Will Muschamp had with the Gamecocks, stood in front of his teammates at one point this spring with a clear message. “T.J. called a senior meeting and laid out the idea that this is our last chance to do it,” senior quarterback Jake Bentley said. “We can’t let little things fall through the cracks and we really have to be particular about what we want and what our goals are and don't let anything stand in the way. If someone is not doing his best to achieve the team goals we have to get him in line.” READ FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-football-Gamecocks-senior-TJ-Brunson--131371836/
  17. Senior Rooster

    NEXT YEAR

    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.
  18. Alabama / Clemson at home or Georgia / A&M on the road?
  19. By JOHN DEL BIANCO Mike Peterson has implemented a race car driver’s mindset in the edge rusher meeting room on South Carolina’s football team. The third-year assistant coach that is in charge of the BUCKs and defensive ends wants his players to operate on and off the football field at the same speed. “I’m on my guys' hard man. I coach them a different way, we practice a certain way, we eat dinner a certain way, we going to hang out a certain way,” Peterson said this spring. “Eat fast, drink water fast, walk fast, talk fast, let’s do everything fast. You never know, you may play fast.” As he’s working to make that a daily routine, Peterson is confident he has the necessary depth at both positions. At BUCK senior D.J. Wonnum leads the group while senior Daniel Fennell will be back on the field at some point later in the year as he returns from an ACL injury. Junior Brad Johnson has played in 24 games over his first two seasons and was named the Co-Most Improved Defender this spring and freshman Rodricus Fitten had a good inaugural camp. Over at defensive end, experience includes junior Aaron Sterling, sophomore Kingsley Enagbare, senior Keir Thomas (when he shifts from tackle to end) and freshman Joseph Anderson. (CLICK TO VIEW ARTICLE) 247SPORT
  20. KEITH FARNER | 9 HOURS AGO SDS While the spotlight during last week’s Garnet and Black game was clearly on the former blue-chip recruits now vying for the backup role to Jake Bentley, Jay Urich stole the spotlight in the Swiss Army knife fashion. The redshirt sophomore stepped out of the shadows of the crowded quarterback race and proved his worth and also garnered high praise from teammates. As a receiver. A humble Urich simply said afterward that he just wanted to help the team, and do whatever coach Will Muschamp and the organization need him to do to contribute. Even after he caught a touchdown pass, Urich still sees himself as a quarterback, as he and Muschamp clarified that Urich would remain in quarterback meetings. Urich will also contribute on special teams. In the spring game, Urich completed 6-of-8 passes for 84 yards, and was also the game’s top receiver as he caught 9 passes for 130 yards. That’s a far cry from his contributions during the 2018 season, was 1 pass for 9 yards against Chattanooga. He also had 1 carry for 14 yards. Urich was previously in the mix to compete for the backup quarterback, but was not considered a serious contender for the No. 2 job. difficult to rep four guys at quarterback. “He’s one of the faster guys on our football team. He competes, he plays hard. … He’s a guy who’s an unselfish football player and we’re excited about his future here at South Carolina.” For his part about playing more wide receiver, Urich added, “if they need me over there, I’m just going to continue to do what I’ve been doing this spring.” A 3-star prospect out of Piedmont, S.C., Urich was the No. 9 prospect in South Carolina in the 2017 class, which included Gamecock commits for 7 of the top 9 players. The 6-5, 205 dual threat QB had 11 scholarship offers, according to 247 Sports, including from the likes of Tennessee, Duke, Appalachian State, Harvard, North Carolina and Northwestern. Even before his breakout performance, Urich clearly gained the respect of his teammates, including veteran offensive lineman Donell Stanley. “We need more guys like Jay,” Stanley said. “Guys that aren’t selfish and stuff. That’s what carries a good football team. I love Jay to death and I talk to him a lot outside of this. What he showed, with him moving out to receiver as a quarterback, that’s not common. You don’t see that a whole lot. So proud of Jay for doing that.” Perhaps Urich’s biggest highlight was a 63-yard touchdown reception on a screen from quarterback Dakereon Joyner. It was the type of play that forced you to take notice and wonder what other possibilities are there to get him on the field. “Honestly, it reminds me a lot of what Bailey (Hart) did, moving from quarterback to receiver, really just speaks a lot about the type of guy he is,” Bentley said. “Not one time did it get him down. He just wanted to help the team and Jay is just one of the best guys on the team, as far as a consistent guy. Really speaks a lot of his character, to do that. He showed out today.” Hart, a walk-on, last season moved from quarterback to receiver to add depth. He appeared in five games, caught 1 pass for 13 yards in the win over Coastal Carolina, and had 1 rush for 5 yards in the win over Missouri. If this spring is any indication, Urich’s contribution in the fall could be significantly more.
  21. By JC SHURBURTT The fourth spring football practice of the Will Muschamp era at South Carolina is in the books and from the looks of it, there has been progress made in a number of areas.Here’s a post-spring look at 10 reasons for optimism for the Gamecocks heading into the summer of 2019. Look for an article outlining 10 reasons for concern in the next 24 hours here on TBS. Huge 10 Section Article Here: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/Ten-reasons-for-optimism-post-spring--131217854
  22. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL GAMECOCKCENTRAL If you had asked J.J. Engabare last spring if, a year later, he’d be coming off a season where he played in 12 games with 20 tackles he’d probably laugh and say no way. But, the now-sophomore defensive lineman did and is better off because of it as he transitions to a new position defensively. “I did not expect to play at all,” Enagbare said, flashing a smile. “I was kind of undersized as a tackle but it was a great experience. I got a lot of knowledge playing early at an early age. I was able to mature faster.” Enagbare came into school as a defensive end and was quickly moved inside to tackle where he played the majority of his freshmen year. Now, he’s moving back outside and has spent the entire spring working with Mike Peterson, who works exclusively with the team’s defensive ends and BUCK players. It’s definitely been an adjustment for Enagbare, having to re-learn some of the team’s concepts from a different position and the intricacies that come with playing against SEC-caliber offensive tackles down-in and down-out. He’s also working to build a relationship with Peterson this spring with the two hoping it will benefit them come the start of the season. “With me as the coach, it’s about getting him to trust me and believe in me. When you have a new guy in your room, that’s one of the most important things you want from your player. You want your player to feel like your coach cares about him,” Peterson said. “Right now I don’t know if he’s all the way in, but I’m sure by the end of the year coach really cares about him. When the player realizes a coach cares about him, you can ask that player to do anything and he’ll be will to do anything for you.” It took some time to adjust to playing defensive tackle as a freshman, coming to South Carolina around 250 pounds before adding about 30 pounds to play on the interior. Now that he’s bumping back outside, he’s slimming down again and is listed at 265 pounds this spring, down 20 pounds from the 285 he was listed at before the Belk Bowl in December. “It was due to our nutrition staff with Kristin Coggin,” Enagbare said. “She does a great job planning what we need to eat and by what time.” Enagbare made the transition back to end because of the Gamecocks’ depth at the position with starters Javon Kinlaw and Keir Thomas coming back and heavy rotation players Rick Sandidge and Kobe Smith still in the fold. They’ll also get Tyreek Johnson off an ACL injury and add four defensive linemen in this class. “I feel like we’re two to three deep,” he said. “We legit have depth this year and have people that can contribute different sets of skills that are going to help the team.”
  23. By JOHN DEL BIANCO South Carolina’s football team doesn’t take the field for real until the last day in August, but that doesn’t mean the 2019 schedule does not have the attention of the program. The Gamecocks possess what is largely considered the toughest schedule in all of college football in the upcoming season. Of Carolina’s 12 opponents, six of them finished in the 2018 season’s final AP Top 25. A seventh in Appalachian State was the top vote getter of teams that did not make the final AP Top 25. An eighth in Missouri was ranked No. 24 in the poll heading into bowl season. “Everyone knows what kind of schedule we have. We have a schedule that can make us or break us,” senior offensive lineman Donell Stanley said this spring. “We have to have the mindset every week of coming out here and wanting to dominate.” While Carolina has been used to facing Top 5 –caliber Clemson and Georgia over the past few seasons, Alabama has been added to the list. Those three finished first, eighth and second in the final rankings and won the national championship, the SEC East and the SEC Championship respectively. Florida finished at No. 7, Kentucky at No. 12 and Texas A&M at No. 16. When asked about the schedule head coach Will Muschamp deferred to his “Every week is a season” motto, also explaining “It's an opportunity for greatness. When you play in the Southeastern Conference you're going to play against quality opponents week in and week out.” (CLICK TO VIEW AND READ ARTICLE) 247SPORTS
  24. 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.

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