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  1. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger is the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Kroeger had a 56.8-yard average. Three of the punts were placed inside the 20. He boomed a career-long 70-yard punt. The Commodores had no return yards.
  2. Beamer confirms Cam Smith and Jaylen Nichols are back. Jahmar Brown is “iffy” for Saturday. “A little banged up.”
  3. 2021 Possible wins and loses remaining in the last six games of the schedule Oct. 13, 2021 Through six games, the Gamecocks have largely been what we all expected: some good, some bad and some head scratching moments, But over all for a team that won just two games a season ago and hasn’t won more than four since 2018, a 3-3 start is a step in the right direction. With the back half of the schedule on deck, here’s a look at what our Gamecocks have facing them down the stretch and what ESPN’s Football Power Index thinks about the Gamecocks’ chances in each game. (ARTICLE)
  4. Early look South Carolina vs Vanderbilt football game Oct. 11, 2021 The Gamecocks fell 45-20 to Tennessee last Saturday. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, continues to struggle in the basement of the SEC. What the Gamecocks will see in Vanderbilt...In the SEC, Commodores are last in total offense, last in scoring offense, next to last in total defense, last in pass efficiency, next to last in rush defense. Vandy was shut out by two conference opponents, Georgia and Florida, and has eked out wins over Mountain West Colorado State and now 0-7 UConn. South Carolina carries a 12-game winning streak into this week’s homecoming matchup against the Commodores and has won 26 of the matchup’s 30 all-time meetings. The Gamecocks came up with a 41-7 victory over Vanderbilt last year in Nashville, one of their two wins in 2020. Saturday’s afternoon kick coincides with the the first weekend of the S.C. State Fair. EARLY LOOK GAMECOCKS South Carolina still needs to sort out its struggles on offense. The Vanderbilt game may be its best chance to get things going before the slate intensifies with Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, Auburn and Clemson closing out 2021. Vanderbilt is at 14th of 14 SEC programs in terms of total offense, averaging 310.7 yards and 13.3 points per game, but South Carolina is barely ahead, at 13th in the conference with 335.3 yards and 22 points per game. Take away the 46-0 Week 1 game against now 1-5 FCS opponent Eastern Illinois, and the Gamecocks have mustered just 17.2 points per game. South Carolina had opportunities to score and could’ve kept last week’s Tennessee game within their reach if they had executed a first-quarter goal-line trick play. Instead, it ended with defensive lineman Jordan Burch throwing an interception and a 14-0 deficit quickly turned into 28-0 after a quick Volunteer touchdown drive and a fumbled snap in USC’s next possession. South Carolina improved in the second half of last week’s game but still has plenty of room to grow in terms of consistency and offensive identity. The good news is that Vanderbilt has a laundry list of its own problems, giving the Gamecocks a great chance to sort things out. GAMECOCK PLAYERS TO WATCH RB Kevin Harris: Entering Saturday, the Gamecocks hadn’t run for more than 100 yards since the season opener against FCS foe Eastern Illinois. But against the Volunteers, running back RB looked closer to the form that helped him lead the SEC in rushing a season ago. Harris wasn’t perfect — his 16 carries for 61 yards left something to be wanted. That said, the Georgia native found the end zone twice and dodged tacklers with the strength and speed onlookers grew accustomed to a season ago. South Carolina finished the afternoon with 153 rush yards the most any opponent other than No. 20 Florida has accumulated on Tennessee this season. It’s only one game, so it’s not quite worth overreacting to, but Harris and USC’s running game clearly looked closer to the part on Saturday. QB Luke Doty: Continues to look like the long-term answer under center despite a handful of bobbled snaps and an interception on a two-point conversion try that he attempted to toss out of the end zone. 69 of 119 for 733 yards, three touchdowns and one interception but they’ve been good enough to keep South Carolina in games (think Kentucky three weeks ago). WR Josh Vann: The most productive offensive player, though, Josh Vann. For the year, Vann leads the team in yards from scrimmage with 394, including three carries for 62 yards and 16 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Vann has lost a fumble, but he’s still an elite target. EARLY LOOK VANDERBILT COMMODORES First-year Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea inherited a program with few if any expectations, but Vanderbilt hasn’t shown much proficiency in any phase of competition, especially in conference play. The Commodores have yet to score a single point against an SEC team in 2021. Granted, their first meetings were with top-ranked Georgia and on the road at Florida. Combined, they were outscored 104-0 and outgained 1,011-364 in total offense regardless. Vanderbilt’s 62-0 loss to Georgia was the fifth-worst margin in the football program’s history and the loss to Florida included three missed field goal attempts from 39, 41 and 33 yards. Silver linings aren’t necessarily easy to come by for Vanderbilt. But if there’s anything, it’s that the most recent trip to Florida on Oct. 9 showed a glimmer of hope. The Commodores pressured Gator quarterbacks Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson fairly well, totaling six quarterback hits, and came up with two interceptions. Vanderbilt’s offense, meanwhile, drove all the way to Florida’s 1-yard line before halftime. Vandy’s best touchdown opportunity fizzled out when receiver Chris Pierce lost possession of an end zone reception as he hit the ground on fourth-and-goal. Initially ruled a touchdown, the touchdown was overturned after review. VANDY PLAYERS TO WATCH Will Sheppard, WR: Sheppard is the SEC’s 11th-best receiver through six games, splitting receptions with teammates Chris Pierce, Devin Boddie and Cam Johnson. Sheppard has totaled 333 yards on 31 catches with two touchdowns, averaging 10.7 yards per catch. The 6-foot-3 sophomore’s best game included a 38-yard touchdown reception in Vanderbilt’s 30-28 win over UConn on Oct. 2. Dashaun Jerkins, S: Jerkins intercepted Florida quarterback Emory Jones at the Gators’ 30-yard line last Saturday and has created turnovers throughout his time with Vanderbilt. Last season, the Commodores’ safety forced two fumbles and recovered one, finishing 2020 tied for fifth in the SEC in forced fumbles per game. Ken Seals, QB: Seals is in his second year at the helm of Vandy’s offense and has passed for 1,086 yards through the Commodores’ first six games. In his best game of 2021 against UConn, Seals completed 27 of his 40 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He went 22-of-43 passing for 192 yards with two interceptions against Florida. HOW TO WATCH SOUTH CAROLINA VS VANDERBILT FOOTBALL GAME Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4, 0-2 SEC) Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. When: 4 p.m. Saturday TV: SEC Network THIS WEEK’S BETTING ODDS South Carolina opened as a 16-point favorite against the Commodores, but the line shifted to favoring the Gamecocks by as many as 20 points in other sportsbooks. The VegasInsider consensus was up to USC by 20 Sunday evening but Monday dip to 18.
  5. Shane Beamer said on his radio show Jaylen Nichols may not be able to play this week, but everyone else who was hurt (Cam Smith, Carlins Platel, etc.) should be able to go against Tennessee.
  6. Jahmar Brown on Saturday’s infamous play: Just learn from it. It’s unfortunate that it happened and it could’ve costed my team but I apologized to coach Beamer and my team. All I do can now is flush it, learn from it and move on.
  7. The regression of our OL is baffling to me. Blown assignments and bad technique more common than last year. Wolfie's OL at Kentucky looked much better than ours, I have to say. Luke's second half was his best half throwing as a Gamecock, IMO. Even on both fourth-down throws in the second half, he hit his receivers in the hands both times, IIRC. That said, he has a long way to go and just cant regress to throwing to his third options/RB as a default the way he did in the first half. It is easy to criticize playcalling but honestly much more difficult to know how the players are executing a called play. The first half Luke seemed to bail into his swing route option that they were waiting for every time - I have never seen more completed passes for negative yardage; some of that is a WR corps that struggles to get open and then still struggles at time with drops. But the second half on that first drive he looked totally different, and I had to wonder if that was playcalling or just Luke seeing the primary routes in the called play better? Hard to know, but he sure looked better, and he looked for Muse, who has been conspicuously silent. Last season we were a two win team but had a solid identity offensively as a power running team. We don't really have an identity right now. Clayton White is the best DC we have had here since Ellis Johnson. The defense has been quite good and will only get better as we recruit; the focus on turnovers has been the reason we are 2-2. Zach P. is having his best year, even if his stats might not leap out at you - he has been disruptive on a much, much more consistent basis. Burch on the other hand still seems to disappear, and it was telling to see him come out on many of the third-down plays. Ellis has been a beast, and our LBs are consistently playing MUCH better than last year IMO. Kudos to Parker for nailing that 52-yarder last night. Special Teams have been good.
  8. With game 4 in the loss column, how did South Carolina perform vs. Kentucky Sept. 26, 2021 Positives and negatives from South Carolina 16-10 loss to Kentucky Saturday night. (ARTICLE)
  9. Few Shane Beamer notes from his weekly call-in show Sept. 23, 2021 Gamecocks' will be without WR Xavier Legette this weekend against Kentucky. He was involved traffic accident 2 weeks ago, nothing major; Legette will miss now his second straight game. Beamer on QB Luke Doty's status, Doty was not held back this week practices; expect him along with QB Zeb Noland to be full go this weekend.
  10. Looks close to a full house Saturday night at WB. Gamecocks report Kentucky game near sellout... Gamecock Athletics is preparing for a capacity crowd to start the Shane Beamer era of SEC football in Williams-Brice Stadium. At present, approximately 1,000 tickets remain for the contest.
  11. Football 9/21/2021 2022 Football Schedule Unveiled Two First-Time Opponents Highlight the Non-Conference Slate The University of South Carolina's 2022 football schedule has been revealed by the Southeastern Conference office, it was announced today. Contests against Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee highlight the seven-game home slate. The home schedule also includes a pair of first-time opponents in Georgia State and Charlotte. (ARTICLE)
  12. GamecockFanatics offensive & defensive players of the game vs. Georgia Sept. 19, 2021 On Offensive Player (ARTICLE)
  13. Knowing there is little chance of getting out of Athens with a win, I would dearly love for them to have found SOMETHING they can exploit to put an offensive TD on the board. As long as we got a clean 7 up there, i will be happy. that said, we got the upset two years ago because Kirby is a good recruiter, but not a great game day coach. We get a specials teams score and that might discombobulate Kirby and trickle down to the team.
  14. I have to work every Saturday, so I don't get to watch any games. Don't have ESPN anymore either, so ... Might upgrade to the whole package until the end of the season. We'll see how this Saturday goes. I do listen over a crappy radio signal, FM, but at the length of the signal, and my only thoughts are: I think what might be the best call of the season that will pay dividends all year long was going for 2 points on our first TD of the year. Opposing coaches are going to have to be watching for that every single time now. Tommy and Todd indicated that there was some change to OT rules this season where that was going to be important. So our coaching staff are deeply invested in being prepared according to the newest wrinkles. I am very concerned about the dumb penalties. Thought that would be better by game 2. Just as bad or maybe worse. I missed the early call of the game and apparently there were a couple more targeting calls, that didn't hurt us after reviews, but I can't abide hot dog players who don't care about hurting the other players. DJ Swearinger was a hot dog with just the right amount of mustard. I think we have a D, but we need to work the hot dogging out.
  15. From his Sunday night tele conference “Don’t know why I would,” Beamer said when asked if he’d name a starter ahead of the ECU contest. “I think Coach (Mike) Houston would love that. They’ve got to get ready for Dakereon Joyner. They’ve got to get ready for Luke Doty and Zeb (Noland).”
  16. Jeff Sagarin was the first guy to ever look at college football as a deep dive into "Big Data" as opposed to "gut feelings" by the guys who set the Vegas lines. So while we might be 2-point 'dogs in Vegas vs ECU, Sagarin's ratings, which have been published in USA Today for years, show a different picture, all based on data. Each week, Sagarin updates every college football team using his data structure and equations that input dozens of quantifiables and then spits out a rating for that team. When you compare that two ratings for teams who are about to play each other, and add his always-changing home-field bump number (right now, his data shows home-field advantage to be worth 2.37 points), you get the difference in score between the teams. After Week 1, Carolina is ranked #51 in the country with an overall rating of 73.81. ECU is ranked #112 with a rating of 62.5, meaning that if we met on a neutral site he would expect us to win by about 11 points. Take the home-field into consideration and it becomes a Gamecock win by 9 points. I've always found his stuff fascinating because his numbers often are far different from the polls, especially at the beginning of the year, when so many teams are bumped higher because of reputation than actual numbers (a great example of this is Coastal, who he has ranked at #55). Check out his Week 1 numbers here: http://sagarin.com/sports/cfsend.htm Current Sagarin ratings for the teams on our schedule; you can see how incredibly tough it is: Date Opponent Sagarin Ranking 9/5 Eastern Illinois 221 9/11  @ East Carolina 112 9/18 @ Georgia 2 9/25 Kentucky 28 10/2 Troy 73 10/09 @ Tenn. 50 10/16 Vanderbilt 139 10/23 @ Texas A&M 4 10/30 Open date 11/6 Florida 12 11/13 @ Missouri 27 11/20 Auburn 11 11/27 Clemson 6
  17. ... look like two different players, in a VERY good way.
  18. Game one in the books big win score wise over a very subpar opponent time for a poll vote. Do you feel very optimistic or optimistic that the Gamecocks can win 7 or more or less optimistic and why very or less after tonight's win?
  19. South Carolina football: 5 areas new coach Shane Beamer and Gamecocks must improve in 2021 01/01/2021 Aside from Shane Beamer’s arrival, of course, the most enticing anticipation for 2021 is the promising backfield of Kevin Harris and MarShawn Lloyd, who is expected to return from a torn ACL. (View Article) SDS
  20. Gamecocks' lands veteran ACC receiver via transfer portal 12/31/2020 South Carolina’s ailing passing game received a jolt on Thursday with the announcement that Georgia Tech WR Ahmarean Brown would transfer from The Flats to Columbia via the NCAA Transfer Portal. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. Football 12/27/2020 GCF STAFF REPORT Beamer Names Seven Assistants to Football Coaching Staff Shaw to Continue in Off-the-Field Role COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 27, 2020) -- University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer has named seven assistants who will be part of his initial coaching staff in 2021, pending approval of the UofSC Board of Trustees, which holds its next scheduled meeting on Jan. 4, 2021. (FULL ARTICLE)
  22. Actually less than I thought it would be - but it speaks volumes to where we are as a team.
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