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  1. North Carolina State Wolf pack in 1965. Gamecock win 13-7. Went 5-5 for the season, a win over the Tatars 17-16!! So, when was the first game you saw at W-B?
  2. One understated position battle to watch for South Carolina football May 22, 2019 It pits a former starter and upperclassman against a former blue chip recruit in his second year at South Carolina and perhaps even a freshman fresh on campus. This isn’t the highest profile position battle for the Gamecocks football team, but shoring up the bigger end spot could go a long way to fixing USC’s defensive issues up front. The top two contenders are Aaron Sterling and Kingsley Enagbare, both former in-demand recruits. “Both of those guys did a lot of good things for us,” defensive line coach John Scott Jr. said. “I think both of those guys will have an opportunity to really help this football team. I think both those guys are really good football players too.” Coming out of spring, there wasn’t much clarity as to who might’ve had the edge. Sterling took the first-team reps in the spring game, but Enagbare possesses a good bit of talent. Sterling opened 2018 as a somewhat surprising starter at an undersized 245 pounds. He made 15 tackles and a sack but was limited to eight games and battled a knee injury. Enagbare, a four-star recruit ranked in the top 270 players in his class, came into college as an end, but was moved inside because the team boasted depth on the outside. He made 20 tackles, three for loss and a sack, occasionally playing outside, and was moved back to end full time this offseason. “Great competition,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “Really excited about them. Joe Anderson, a young player coming in our program too. But we’ve got great competition up front.” Anderson, a freshman, is 6-foot-3, 270 pounds. He anchored a state champion defense in Tennessee and had 16 tackles for loss while battling through injuries. A top-150 recruit, he joins a growing group of blue chip players on the defensive line. The staff plans to rotate players up front plenty, so it might be more about who plays most, but the position took a hit coming off a solid 2017 season. That year, Keir Thomas, now a tackle, started nearly every game at that big end spot, sharing time with Dante Sawyer. The pair combined for 78 tackles, five sacks and six forced fumbles. That end position operates as a stouter presence compared to the more versatile Bucks on the other side and in three-down looks play heads-up on opposing linemen absorbing blocks. At the moment, it seems Sterling and Enagbare are the top two options, but they’ve got a ways to go before settling things heading into the season. “We’ll see more with that battle as we go into fall camp,” Scott said. “But I think both of those guys played really well for us in the spring, which is really good.”
  3. No, Muschamp is not on the hot seat. But he needs to do this to give fans hope May 16, 2019, THE STATE Will Muschamp needs a moment. South Carolina’s head football coach is not on the hot seat and will not be on the hot seat at any time during the 2019 season, no matter what kind of comments come up during what Steve Spurrier so aptly called “taking season.” But he does need a moment. Not a moment to catch his breath, but a moment to hang his hat on. The schedule that awaits the Gamecocks this fall has been well-chronicled and will continue to be the biggest story of the offseason and probably the preseason. ESPN has projected it to be the toughest in the country. South Carolina will not be, and should not be, picked to contend in its division. The hot seat talk started this week with SEC Network personality Paul Finebaum, who said on a Birmingham, Alabama, radio show that “the seat probably should be (hot).” Finebaum sets the narrative for the conference as much as anyone in the country. He also said this: “When you’re in Year 4, you really ought to just knock off on the excuses.” Muschamp is among the highest-paid football coaches in the country and under contract through 2024. It is not realistic to expect him to post a double-digit win season this year, but it is reasonable to expect this team will give its fans a glimpse of what Muschamp and his staff expect the future to be. There will be five opportunities to do that this season. (No, snapping an embarrassing five-game losing streak against Kentucky doesn’t count.) Here they are: ▪ At home against Alabama on Sept. 14: The Crimson Tide was No. 1 in the nation the last time it played in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks won that game 35-21, and it remains Alabama’s most recent loss to an Eastern Division opponent. Nick Saban’s team probably won’t be ranked No. 1 in the second week of the season, but it probably will be No. 2. ▪ On the road against Georgia on Oct. 12: The Bulldogs won’t be far behind Alabama. Georgia is expected to enter the season in the top five, maybe as high as No. 3. South Carolina has lost four in a row and five of the last six in this series, and former Muschamp teammate Kirby Smart sits directly in the Gamecocks’ path to Atlanta. ▪ At home against Florida on Oct. 19: The Gators are ranked No. 8 in ESPN’s offseason Top 25. Dan Mullen’s first season ended with 10 wins, although one of them was a gift from the Gamecocks (a 35-31 Florida win in Gainesville, Florida, on Nov. 11). ▪ On the road against Texas A&M on Nov. 16: The Aggies are No. 11 in the ESPN Top 25. Like Florida, they have a big-name coach in his second year. Texas A&M was 9-4 in Jimbo Fisher’s first year and has never lost to the Gamecocks. ▪ At home against Clemson on Nov. 30: The defending national champion. South Carolina’s most bitter rival. The Tigers’ current five-game winning streak. This one is self-explanatory. Let’s assume a 6-6 overall record and 4-4 SEC record in the upcoming season. That’s very doable, and it would leave Muschamp 28-23 overall and 16-16 in the SEC. A .500 record in the SEC is not what any USC fan is shooting for, but it’s something only one USC coach (Spurrier at 44-40) has managed to best in his career. What Muschamp needs to do this year is not win nine games. It’s win a big game. South Carolina needs to win at least one of its big five games this fall for its fan base to maintain a warm and fuzzy feeling about its head coach. Otherwise, the hot seat talk will come back fast and furious this time next year.
  4. He got thrown in the fire as a true freshman. The progress he showed Gamecock coaches May 19, 2019 Hank Manos was given a tall order at the end of South Carolina’s football season. The freshman from Chapin High School had hardly played. He’d got some time at guard as Chandler Ferrell was the team’s center when other interior linemen got hurt. But in the bowl game against Virginia, he was tasked with starting at center. He admitted he battled nerves but got through those, and then got this spring to build on the experience. Well, part of the spring. “Unfortunately, he got rolled up on pretty good one day,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “But I thought he played well at the center position. He started the bowl game for us and didn’t blink.” South Carolina’s offensive line is always a question in terms of who plays where because of the habit of working players at multiple spots. But signs point to Manos being the top candidate to start in the middle. When healthy he worked there with the first team in open practice periods. Last year’s starter, Donell Stanley said he was moving back to guard to open things up for Manos. The former wrestling state champion came to South Carolina a semester early, and had to work to change his body coming out of that sport with its weight limits. He was up around 20 pounds by the middle of spring. Eric Douglas started at center in the spring game, though he’ has the ability to be a utility lineman and play just about anywhere. The Gamecocks could also likely shift Stanley back inside if needed. But Muschamp sounded upbeat about Manos’ work in spring, injury-limited or not. The player he trusted to make his first start in a bowl game seems to have more room to grow going forward. “I think he’s a guy that progressed and continues to work,” Muschamp said. “He’s got the right kind of mentality and work ethic and the right kind of edge. I’ve very pleased with his progress.”
  5. He’s one of the top scouting minds in NFL history. Where he has Jake Bentley ranked May 17, 2019, | THE STATE Getting a proper feel for the draft potential of South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is a bit tricky. He is on track to set several of the Gamecocks’ all-time records. He stepped into a tough spot early and led the team to three bowls. And he’s got the size and build NFL teams often look for. But he’s also been inconsistent, especially when it comes to throwing interceptions. But that hasn’t deterred legendary NFL personnel man and analyst Gil Brandt from thinking highly of him. Brandt listed Bentley as his No. 4 quarterback in the 2019 draft behind Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Michigan’s Shea Patterson and Iowa’s Nate Stanley. Bentley chose not to enter the 2018 draft with the goal of hitting a few more milestones in his career.
  6. Steele's transfer "a colossal disaster" for Gators: SDS CHRIS STEELE’S DECISION TO LEAVE FLORIDA TOOK COURAGE, AND IS A COLOSSAL DISASTER FOR THE GATORS As if losing Bowman weren’t bad enough, the Gators received even more awful news earlier Thursday when the story broke that Chris Steele, the crown jewel of Florida’s 2019 recruiting class and one of the most promising players in spring practice, announced he would transfer without ever playing a down in Gainesville. Steele entered the transfer portal, citing, according to the Gainesville Sun’s Zach Alboverdi, a dispute with the coaches over a roommate situation, as the reason. The roommate? Jalon Jones. Alboverdi reported, and SDS confirmed through multiple sources, including one with the University Police Department,that Steele had concerns about Jones that predated the early April sexual battery incidents wherein Jones was implicated. Steele, who is listed in the police reports as a prospective witness on account of living with Jones, expressed concern about Jones’ behaviors to the Florida coaching staff as early as late January, per SDS sources. According to Alboverdi’s report, Steele asked to be assigned a different roommate, citing his own concerns about getting into trouble by association. The staff punted on the request, telling Steele they would move him in the summer. As it turns out, Steele was right, and the summer was too late. The whole incident infuriated Steele’s family, who encouraged him to come home to California. If you are Chris Steele or his family, the decision makes sense, both financially and from a common-sense safety standpoint. From a safety perspective, Steele’s family entrusted Mullen and the coaching staff with their son’s well-being, future and safety. Steele sensed danger and asked the staff to remove him from what he viewed as the problem. The staff, mystifyingly, declined to act. From a financial perspective, Steele is a high-level defensive back prospect likely destined for the NFL in 3 seasons. The last thing a player like that needs is NFL teams asking character questions at draft time simply because his name popped up in a sexual battery investigation. Steele, sensing a problem, asked to be removed from that danger. It’s difficult to blame Steele for perceiving Florida’s lack of action as a sign that Florida didn’t necessarily value Steele’s future. Make no mistake: This is a colossal disaster for Mullen and Florida. From a football standpoint, Steele was going to play early and often next season. Florida lacks secondary depth, as Georgia exposed last fall, and Steele showed all spring that he was simply too fast and too good to keep on the sideline for long. But forget the football piece. Mullen arrived in Gainesville talking about restoring the “Gator standard,” not only on the field, but off it. Mullen inherited a broken culture in the wake of a credit card scandal that rocked the roster the year before. Restoring Florida’s credibility off the field mattered and, to parents entrusting coaches with their children, was critical. The Steele fiasco is a setback. When Scott Stricklin speaks about “making Florida football fun again,” he’s doubtlessly referencing the Spurrier era, which had its share of barbs and bravado, but always on a foundation of integrity. Where I come from, that matters. Maybe that type of cultural rebuild was never in the cards for Mullen, who is, after all, an Urban Meyer protégé. Mullen was instrumental in Florida winning two national championships under Meyer, to be sure, but was also in Gainesville during a time of substantial off-field discontent, plagued by a string of off-field incidents and arrests. The Gator Standard needs to be better than it was under Meyer. From the looks of it, the Gator Standard needs to look like Chris Steele. His decision to ask to have his roommate changed took character and it took courage. It’s the type of decision the Gator Standard should be about. When that was met with procrastination, Steele’s worst fears were confirmed. Now Steele is gone, and Mullen will pay the price. Will he learn from it?
  7. Gamecocks add Akron to 2024 nonconference schedule May 15, 2019 The Gamecocks are now halfway done building the program’s 2024 nonconference football schedule as Akron has been added to the list of South Carolina’s future opponents. South Carolina is now set to host Akron Sept. 21, 2024, in Williams-Brice Stadium. This game joins the annual Clemson game for South Carolina as the only two on the program’s nonconference slate for the 2024 season. This news comes after Akron played in Columbia last season. South Carolina ended up beating Akron 28-3 on Dec. 1. The Gamecocks added the game late in the year after the Marshall game was canceled. The 2018 contest was the first between the two football programs. “This past year we had the opportunity to play in Columbia and experience one of the classic venues in the SEC,” Larry Williams, Akron’s AD said via a release. “Athletic Director Ray Tanner and his entire staff really demonstrated that Southern hospitality. So impressed were we that we seized the chance to provide that same experience to a new cohort of Zip student-athletes, some of whom will likely be from a reasonable proximity to Columbia.”
  8. South Carolina enters race for former Clemson 5-star tailback Tavien Feaster May 09, 2019 South Carolina football has offered former Clemson tailback and current graduate transfer Tavien Feaster, he confirmed to The State on Friday afternoon. Rivals reported the news first. He also had been linked to Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama by various reports. Feaster entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal last month. Feaster ran for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three seasons at Clemson. His best year was 2017, when he posted 669 at 6.3 yards per carry. Coming out of Spartanburg High School, he was the No. 29 player in the country in his class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings that factor in all recruiting networks. He was named the state’s Mr. Football after the 2015 season. The Gamecocks certainly could use more dynamic talent in the backfield, and Feaster is nothing if not fast. On Friday morning, Will Muschamp was asked about the possibility of adding to his roster with a graduate transfer. “Any time you’ve got a chance to improve your roster, you try to,” Muschamp said. “That’s an everyday process for us.” The Gamecocks currently have no open spaces in their 2019 class, having signed the full 25 players that can be counted toward it. They would, however, be able to add a player in August and count him toward the 2020 25-man initial scholarship limit. Muschamp is set to return three of his top four rushers from each of the past two seasons. But from the group of A.J. Turner, Rico Dowdle and Mon Denson, no player has stepped up and taken control of the top running back spot. All three ran for between 294 and 654 yards last season. South Carolina added a pair of August players last year, counting the scholarships for Josh Belk and Jamel Cook as part the 2019 class. They also added safeties J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey, neither of whom had big impacts last season. Feaster battled injuries last year with the Tigers and in the spring acknowledged that the 2018 season was tough on him. Had he returned to Clemson, he would be the only senior running back in the room and would battle for playing time with Travis Etienne, a junior who will open the season a likely Heisman candidate, and Lyn-J Dixon, a sophomore who led the team in yards per carry last season.
  9. Gamecocks line coach gives update on four-star, five-star freshmen May 13, 2019, | THE STATE To a degree, South Carolina defensive line coach John Scott Jr. could measure his youngest charges in “Ohs” and “Oooos.” He’d joined a staff that brought in four-star defensive line recruit Joseph Anderson and five-star Zacch Pickens. Both signed early. Both were fully involved in spring practice, a petri dish of sorts for a young player getting a first taste of facing college opposition. It means there were some better days, some that showed how far they have to go. “There were some days where you’re like, ‘Oh, he’s swimming today.’” Scott said. “And there were days after getting it a little bit where you’re like, ‘Oooo, that’s pretty good.’” He praised their athleticism and pop, and South Carolina will likely not be short on that in the defensive front. The pair project to be in the mix of what the staff believes is a deep defensive front. But first, they had to truly experience that this isn’t high school anymore. “It was great for them, as we always say, to go in there and get your nose bloody a little bit,” Scott said. “Get your feet wet and acclimated to SEC big-time football up front, and I think both those kids are going to be fine.” Anderson made a pair of tackles and broke up a pass in the spring game. Pickens registered no stats, but did get the first snaps with the second-team defense. Pickens came to Columbia as the most decorated recruit since Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-3, 293-pounder was rated the No. 8 recruit in the country by the 247 Sports composite rankings off an 87-tackle, six-sack senior season, which also saw him play running back. Anderson wasn’t quite as highly rated (No. 134 nationally), but at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds could be a factor at the team’s big end spot. He had 60 tackles, 16 for loss, and three sacks as a senior, anchoring a dominant state championship defense and battling through an elbow injury. The South Carolina defensive line took a step back last season after a solid 2017 campaign. Injuries were a factor, especially at the end spots, as was needing to rely on a pair of true freshman tackles at points. At the very least, the team won’t be relying on those admitted talented freshmen. This spring they got their first taste of 700-pound power conference double teams. On some days, they got those “Oooos” the coaches want, on others they looked like players getting that first taste of life at this level. “When you get doubled in the SEC, you can’t hide,” Scott said.
  10. WATCH: Deion Sanders raves about South Carolina By JOHN DEL BIANCO The University of South Carolina has Hall of Fame football player Deion Sanders blown away. Sanders has been in Columbia over the last 24 hours as his son, Shilo Sanders, is settling in on campus. FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-football-Deion-Sanders-Gamecocks-Shilo-Sanders--131900299/
  11. Sterling, Enagbare battling it out at defensive end .auto-style1 { font-size: medium; } .auto-style2 { font-size: medium; font-weight: bold; } .auto-style3 { border-style: solid; border-width: 5px; margin: 5px; } Wes Mitchell • GamecockCentral.com t's not one of the most talked about position battles, but make no mistake there's an intense jockeying for starting position at the true defensive end spot in South Carolina's scheme. FULL STORY: https://southcarolina.rivals.com/news/sterling-enagbare-battling-it-out-at-defensive-end
  12. ByJOHN DEL BIANCO 11 hours ago On back-to-back weekends Blake Camper will be all smiles. The South Carolina offensive lineman scored an NFL opportunity last weekend by signing with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent. This weekend he’ll walk across the commencement stage as a graduate of the University of South Carolina. FULL STORY: https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-football-Blake-Camper-offensive-line-Los-Angeles-Chargers-undrafted-free-agent-131703247/
  13. Three Gamecocks defenders who shined in the spring May 01, 2019 South Carolina football’s spring practice was the start of things, but certainly far from the end. Players will mostly have to prove their mettle in August to lock down big roles, but they can show a little something across the month of March. But that didn’t stop WIll Muschamp from picking out a trio of players who showed him a little something the last time the team took the field. He pointed out linebacker Ernest Jones and defensive tackles Rick Sandidge and Jabari Ellis as players who made “tremendous strides” in the spring. Jones didn’t have a spring at all last season, as the early enrollee had a back injury keep him out. He saw his role increase late in the season and saw a lot more work in spring. “Ernest Jones. I think his ability to — obviously, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity — T.J. (Brunson) not going through spring, I think, really helped Ernest,” Muschamp said. “He had to play the Mike (linebacker). He had to make all the calls and Ernest is really smart. “I think that was really good for him, to see him step forward like that.”The coach pointed out the second-year player was tasked with many of the communication responsibilities the staff throws on its middle linebackers and he came through well. Sandidge came to Columbia as the highest-rated recruit in his class. He was thrown into the fire because of depth issues, a situation Muschamp called a bit unfair.“His play, from fall to spring practice, was drastically different,” Muschamp said. “As far as his pad-level, consistency in performance.” Sandidge made 19 tackles last season, 2 1/2 for loss. And he wasn’t the only lineman Muschamp spoke highly of. “Jabari Ellis is a guy that I think made huge strides,” Muschamp said. Ellis didn’t play much early, at least until injuries started to hit South Carolina. He made six tackles with a sack in four games. “Those would be three that just jump off the page at me,” Muschamp said.
  14. 49 of 144 Underclassmen Went Undrafted This is an alarming number of guys that just threw away a year of college football. Of course, they can still sign as free agents, and I’m sure most, if not all, will. But man...that’s 34%. The list of players is below:
  15. South Carolina's Dennis Daley has been drafted in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers (No. 212 overall).
  16. Second South Carolina player taken in 2019 NFL Draft April 27, 2019 Rashad Fenton became the second former South Carolina player selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Fenton, a 5-11, 188-pound cornerback from Miami, was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 29th pick of the sixth round, No. 201 overall. Fenton had three interceptions for the Gamecocks last season and five in his career. He had 123 career tackles.
  17. Where things stand for Gamecocks speed back Lavonte Valentine April 26, 2019 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp wanted to make this clear: There will be no limitations put on second-year tailback Lavonte Valentine. Granted, he hardly participated in spring ball while running track, but the coaches saw a player who did what was needed to make up for that. “Lavonte made every effort he could,” Muschamp said, “between practices, between days that we’re off and time when he was away from track and academics to be able to come over and meet. “As far as that’s concerned, he should be caught up pretty well.” If he eventually works his way into the lineup, opponents might have some trouble catching up with him. His best moment this spring has been a 10.57 100-meter dash, an impressive time by any measure. Muschamp said Valentine will be delayed in joining the full-time weight program, as track is slated to run through early June. The coach praised his work with the track team thus far. Even with track, he got in meetings with new running backs coach Thomas Brown to stay caught up on spring. Valentine hasn’t been able to see the field much since he arrived on campus. He tore his ACLduring his senior season of high school. It kept him off the practice field in spring and limited him through much of summer. He worked in practice through the season but never played in a game and then settled into track this semester. His last healthy high school season, he put up 884 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per carry. South Carolina has a set of backs, including seniors Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and Mon Denson, but no one quite has the potential as a burner that Valentine does. The Gamecocks have not been consistently explosive on the ground in a few seasons. For the moment, he’ll be out honing that speed, far away from anyone who wants to hit him. But then, he’ll have to reacclimate to the sport that’s his main pursuit. “He’s got to obviously get in the weight room because there’s a different thought process,” Muschamp said, “as far as the track conditioning is concerned and the football and physicality.”
  18. Stephen Davis Jr. returning to football? April 24, 2019 Davis Jr. was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and signed with Auburn in the summer of 2016. He left Auburn in February of 2017 and enrolled at South Carolina that summer, joining the Gamecocks as a walk-on running back. Davis Jr. then left South Carolina’s program that August, before rejoining the Gamecocks for spring practice in 2018. He played defense for the Gamecocks that spring before leaving USC for good in the summer of 2018. Davis Sr. said that his son is no longer enrolled at South Carolina but is training to make a return to football. He mentioned North Carolina A&T and South Carolina State as possible landing spots for Davis Jr. “Right now we’re working on him transferring to a couple of schools. He’s working out and doing great,” Davis said. “Great kid. I’ve never had no problems out of him. Stand-up kid. He’s just got to find his way.”
  19. 2019 NFL Draft: Where are South Carolina alums projected to be selected? April 22, 2019 We’re officially double-digit hours from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft. Predictions will be made, as will trades. Rumors will be started. Stories will be told. What was thought to be fact will be proven untrue. Draft boards and rankings will be finalized. And, most fun of all, analysts — and fans in their basements — will turn in final mock drafts. A handful of South Carolina alumni — including receiver Deebo Samuel, offensive linemen Dennis Daley and Zack Bailey, linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and cornerback Rashad Fenton — hope to hear their name called. The draft begins Thursday, April 25 with the first round, starting at 8 p.m. Rounds 2-3 will take place Friday, April 26, starting at 7 p.m., and rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday, April 27, starting at noon. The entire draft will be televised on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Live stream options also will be available. Here’s where several mock drafts and projections have the Gamecocks being selected, as well as some analysis behind the reasoning. Deebo Samuel (WR) NFL.com, Chad Reuter (April 19): Round 2 (No. 34), Indianapolis Colts. “Andrew Luck is thrilled after the team lands a receiver who can work all parts of the field.” CBSSports.com, R.J. White (April 20): Round 2 (No. 36), San Francisco 49ers. “The 49ers snag an impact receiver at No. 36 in a class loaded with late-first/early-second talents in the draft. Samuel will help take the load off Marquise Goodwin, who has played 16 games just once in his career.” Drafttek.com (April 17): Round 2 (No. 36), San Francisco 49ers. “Locked into the 36th pick for this mock, the 49ers opt for former Gamecock WR Deebo Samuel. Though he may seem like a trade-back target with so many pass catchers still available, Samuel fits a similar profile to Brown: a physical, versatile WR who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in the middle of the field. Samuel may not have off-the-charts size, speed, or athleticism, but is solid in all three areas, extremely tough to tackle, and has huge 10-inch hands that proved reliable throughout his colligate career.” — Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst WalterFootball.com (April 21): Round 2 (No. 38), Jacksonville Jaguars. “The Jaguars need to give Nick Foles a viable No. 1 receiving threat, as they are very lacking at the position. Deebo Samuel has been enjoying a tremendous pre-draft process, thriving in both the Senior Bowl and the combine.” NBC Sports Washington, Ben Standig: Round 2 (No. 47), Carolina Panthers. “The Panthers could certainly justify selecting a linebacker, safety or even a receiver to replace Devin Funchess. Samuel posted solid stats during his senior season (62-882-11) but it wasn’t until the 6-foot-0 target rocked the Senior Bowl that first-round talk began.” Draftsite.com: Round 2 (No. 52), Pittsburgh Steelers. Tankathon.com: Round 2 (No. 56), New England Patriots. 247Sports, Lance Cartelli (April 3): Round 2 (No. 57), Philadelphia Eagles. Bleacher Report, Matt Miller (March 25): Round 2 (No. 62), New Orleans Saints. Zack Bailey (OL) NFL.com prospect grade: 5.08. “Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster.” Mike Garafolo, NFL Network reporter (March 30): Garafolo called Bailey a “projected early third-day pick,” meaning he could be taken as early as Round 4. WalterFootball.com: Bailey checks in at No. 22 on the website’s list of top guards and projects he could be drafted as early as the sixth round. Dennis Daley (OL) NFL.com prospect grade: 5.80. “Chance to become NFL starter.” WalterFootball.com: Daley checks in at No. 13 on the website’s list of top tackles and projects he could be drafted as early as the third round. “After a strong senior season, Daley received an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and in the 2019 NFL Draft’s weak offensive line class, he could rise. The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has good size to him and started two straight seasons for South Carolina. Team sources tell me that Daley could be a mid-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They really like his skill set, but his inconsistencies and playing down to some competition make him a very frustrating prospect for some scouts.” -- WalterFootball.com. CBSSports.com, R.J. White (April 20): Round 5 (No. 146), Philadelphia. * “…the Eagles trade back a few spots for an extra late pick, then take a developmental tackle in Daley as insurance for [Jason] Peters.” Drafttek.com (April 17): Round 6 (No. 197), Philadelphia Eagles. NFL.com, Chad Reuter (April 19): Round 6 (No. 212), San Francisco 49ers. Bryson Allen-Williams (LB) NFL.com prospect grade: 4.90. “Should be in an NFL training camp.” Rashad Fenton (CB) USA Today ranks Fenton the 33rd best cornerback prospect in the draft. NFL.com prospect grade: 4.97. “Should be in an NFL training camp.”
  20. Gamecocks have high hopes for two sophomore receivers Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL South Carolina is returning a lot offensively, with just one glaring piece from last year’s improved offense missing. Yes, the Gamecocks are going to be without offensive Swiss Army Knife Deebo Samuel, but have a few young receivers they’re excited about in Josh Vann and Chad Terrell they hope with both ready to take their games to the next level. FULL STORY: https://southcarolina.rivals.com/news/gamecocks-have-high-hopes-for-two-sophomore-receivers
  21. Coach’s corner: What South Carolina football is getting in its latest commit April 20, 2019 THE STATE Dudley High School football coach Steven Davis has watched Mike Wyman come into his own. He watched the tall wide receiver blossom, bursting onto the scene as a sophomore (averaging 26 yards a catch), then growing into a highly touted college recruit and now, as of Tuesday, a South Carolina football commit. “It’s a tremendous honor to have a kid of that talent to play for me,” Davis said. “We’ve had several guys who’ve come through our system now, who are playing D-I ball, playing professional-level ball. So hopefully he’ll be the next one.” The high school has produced the likes of Clemson All-American Jeff Davis and 10-year NFL player Marques Douglas. In an offense that hasn’t thrown it a ton, Wyman had 478 yards as a sophomore and 664 last season. Davis spoke to The State and broke down some key aspects of the newest member of South Carolina’s class. On his reputation as a “humble kid” “He can turn it on on the field. As a matter of fact, I had to get on him a couple times while he’s on the field. Between those whites, he’s a football player. Outside those whites, he’s just a tremendous young man. He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’-type guy. As much as I get on him in practice or during games, he’s ‘yes sir, no sir,’ and that’s to all the coaches. But that just goes to show the type of relationship and the way his mom has raised him.” On the kind of player South Carolina is getting ‘Great talent. Like I said, he’s just got to stay humble, continue to work hard and not get distracted. If he will continue to do those things, the sky could be the limit because he’s got perfect size, he’s got great speed, great hands, ball skills. He’s got everything you’re looking for. Now he’s just got to work hard and continue to get better each day.” On the offense he plays in and its run-heavy reputation “People think that … if we’ve got somebody who can throw the ball, we’ll throw it. If that year, we’re better running, we’ll run it. What we want to do is control the ball.” On Wyman not having a ton of targets and being willing to block “That’s the great thing about him. He’s going to do what’s asked, but when he does touch the ball, it’s such an impact. And I think that’s going to be the same thing on the next level. When he touches it, it’s such an impact, and that’s what you’re looking for.” On how South Carolina recruited Wyman “Just showing him a lot of love and really letting him know that he’s their man. He was one of their top targets at that position. They got on him early, one of his first D-1 offers, and they just stayed, pushing him and pushing him, showing him that, ‘We want you.’ I think that’s what it takes, especially when you’re dealing with that level because everyone is coming after you. He had like 40 offers. You’ve got to kind of see through who is genuine.”
  22. Third-year South Carolina defender puts name in NCAA transfer portal April 16, 2019 In his first two years on campus with South Carolina football, Zay Brown didn’t step on the field during a game. On Tuesday, he put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. A South Carolina spokesperson confirmed the news. Brown came to the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s second recruiting class. He started his career as a safety, but was moved to linebacker. Brown was one of six defensive backs in South Carolina’s 2017 recruiting class. He was ranked No. 1464 in the 247 Sports composite ratings. As a high school senior he had 80 tackles and three interceptions for Clarke Central High School. He played for David Perno, who had been a longtime baseball coach at Georgia. At 5-foot-11, 207 pounds, he’d been moved to linebacker last August and was playing the dime role.
  23. ‘Who gives a crap?’ How former Gamecocks would attack USC’s upcoming schedule April 12, 2019 THE STATE It took him three seasons, but Blake Mitchell eventually started an exclusive club of South Carolina quarterbacks. When Mitchell threw for 174 yards to lead USC’s upset of No. 11 Georgia on Sept. 8, 2007, he had QB’d the Gamecocks to wins over Tennessee (in 2005), Florida (‘05), Clemson (‘06) and the Bulldogs. He was the first Carolina signal caller to do that in a career — and was eventually joined by Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. “We had good teams,” Mitchell said Saturday before USC’s spring game at Williams-Brice Stadium. “It wasn’t me. I was just the quarterback. It was a full team effort. We had great players those years. It was fun. “It is a big accomplishment, but I’m looking to see these guys do bigger and better things, beat everybody, (go) undefeated.” Jake Bentley is a couple victories shy of the same accomplishment. All he needs to do is guide the Gamecocks past Clemson and Georgia this fall. Of course, you can find the Tigers and Bulldogs among the national title favorites. What awaits South Carolina is perhaps the toughest schedule in America. Six opponents won 10 or more games last season. Five of them — Alabama (No. 1), Clemson (2), Georgia (3), Florida (9) and Texas A&M (11) — appear in the top 15 of Sporting News’ latest preseason poll. How would past Gamecocks approach this daunting slate? The State asked Mitchell, Steve Taneyhill and Ryan Brewer. Mitchell: “It’s tough. You just embrace it head on, accept the challenge and go out there and play as hard as you can every game.” Taneyhill, USC QB from 1992-95: “It would be exciting to know you’re gonna play probably the No. 1, the No. 2 and the No. 3 ranked teams in the country, two of them here (Alabama, on Sept. 14, and Clemson, on Nov. 30, are at home). One of them early in the year and odd things can happen early in the year. But it’s a tough schedule. “The only thing I worry about a little bit is our depth here. We’re not as deep as those teams and that catches up. But we do get Alabama early, so you never know. And it’s here. … I would look at it as, wow, we got Alabama here. Hopefully it’s a night game, this place is gonna rock. That’s how I would look at it. And I would have confidence we’re gonna win. On the outside looking it, you don’t see that maybe, but I’m pretty sure the players will be ready to go. “But that schedule is gonna be tough.” Brewer, USC running back from 1999-2002: “I’d love it. I’d love what’s going on with this facility, what’s going on with this team, this coaching staff. It would be a dream to play for these guys. They’re my type of guys, just in your face, high-pressure, high-energy, which I love. “The schedule, you embrace it. Everybody’s ‘Ohh, tough schedule,’ who gives a crap? You got to beat the best to be the best, so I’d embrace that to the fullest out here. So it’s time to shine, time to step up.” 2020/2019/2018/2017/2016 Date Opponent Location Time 8/31 vs N. Carolina Ch., N.C. 9/7  Charleston S. Col., S.C. 9/14 Alabama Col., S.C. 9/21 at Missouri Col., Mo. 9/28 Kentucky Col., S.C. 10/5 Open date - - 10/12 at Georgia Ath., Ga. 10/19 Florida Col., S.C. 10/26 at Tenn. Knox., Tenn. 11/2 Vanderbilt Col., S.C. 11/9 Appalachian St. Col., S.C. 11/16 at Texas A&M Col.St.Tex. 11/23 Open date - - 11/30 Clemson Col., S.C.
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