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  1. University of South Carolina 2019 Preseason Football Information Student-athletes will officially report for fall camp on Thursday, August 1. The first practice will be Friday, August 2. The team will conduct its practices at either the practice fields, behind the Long Family Football Facility located at the west end of Gamecock Park, in the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility or at Williams-Brice Stadium. Most practices will last approximately two hours. Media Day is set for Thursday, August 1, from 3-5 pm. Head coach Will Muschamp will hold a press conference beginning at 3 pm in the defensive team/media room, located on the second floor of the Long Family Football Facility. Media should park on the north end of the Long Family Football Facility, enter through the media door in the middle of the north end of the facility, and take the elevator to reach the defensive team/media room. Requested and approved student-athletes will be available from 4-5 pm in the Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility. No true freshmen or assistant coaches will be made available on media day. Media members will be allowed to observe and photograph (still and/or video) the team stretching period along with the first three periods of practice on August 2, 6, 9, 14 and 15. No live streaming is allowed. Those media members attending the practice should congregate by the doors on the east end of the Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility and will be escorted in when the flex period begins. Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, August 10, at the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility. The event will run from 3-4:30 pm. This is an opportunity for our fans to engage with the student-athletes and not considered a "media opportunity" to interview the student-athletes or coaches. Photo Day is scheduled for Friday, August 16, with team, group and individual photos taking place on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium from 7-8 pm. No interviews will be allowed during this time. No practices will be open to the public unless later determined otherwise by Coach Muschamp. Coach Muschamp will hold his weekly press conference on Tuesdays during the season in the defensive team/media room, located on the second floor of the Long Family Football Facility, beginning at 12:30 pm. The first weekly press conference will be held on Tuesday, August 27. There will be no press conference during the two off weeks. In-season player interviews will also be conducted on Tuesdays following the morning practice at the same location. Coach Muschamp will take part in "Carolina Calls" with Todd Ellis on Thursdays during the season from Wild Wing Café in the Vista. The radio call-in show runs from 7-8 pm. The first show is scheduled for August 22. The second show, slated for August 29, will be the kickoff party with cheerleaders, Cocky and the band. The Will Muschamp Television Show airs at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 pm on Sundays on Fox Sports Southeast and at various times on local affiliates throughout the Palmetto State beginning August 25. Please check local listings for your area. PRESEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITYNOTE: All practices are closed to the general public. Times/availability subject to change. Thursday, August 1 - Players Report; Head Coach Will Muschamp Press Conference - 3 pm - Media Room at Long FB Ops Building; Player Interviews - 4-5 pm - Spurrier Indoor Facility. Friday, August 2 - Practice #1 - 9 am (Open to media for stretch and first three periods only; Kyle Krantz available in the media room after practice)Saturday, August 3 - Practice #2 - 9 am (Bobby Bentley available in the media room after practice)Sunday, August 4 - Practice #3 - 9 am (No media availability)Monday, August 5 - Practice #4 - 9 am (John Scott Jr. and requested defensive players available in the media room after practice)Tuesday, August 6 - Practice #5 - 9 am (Open to media for stretch and first three periods only; Thomas Brown and requested offensive players available in the media room after practice)Wednesday, August 7 - No Practice - Scheduled Day Off (No media availability)Thursday, August 8 - Practice #6 - 8:55 am (Coleman Hutzler and requested defensive players available in the media room after practice)Friday, August 9 - Practice #7 - 8:55 am (Open to media for stretch and first three periods only; Dan Werner and requested offensive players available in the media room after practice)Saturday, August 10 - Practice #8 - 8:55 am (No media availability); Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day, Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility, 3-4:30 pmSunday, August 11 - Practice #9 - 2:40 pm (No media availability)Monday, August 12 - Practice #10 - 3:30 pm - Scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium (Will Muschamp available in the media room at the stadium after practice)Tuesday, August 13 - No Practice - Scheduled Day Off (No media availability)Wednesday, August 14 - Practice #11 - 8:55 am (Open to media for stretch and first three periods only; Mike Peterson and requested defensive players available in the media room after practice)Thursday, August 15 - Practice #12 - 8:55 am (Open to media for stretch and first three periods only; Eric Wolford and requested offensive players available in the media room after practice)Friday, August 16 - Practice #13 - 2:40 pm (No media availability); Photo Day - 7- 8 pm, Williams-Brice StadiumSaturday, August 17 - Practice #14 - 3:30 pm - Scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium (Will Muschamp available in the media room at the stadium after practice)Sunday, August 18 - No Practice - Scheduled Day Off (No media availability)Monday, August 19 - Practice #15 - 3:30 pm (Travaris Robinson and requested defensive players available in the media room after practice)Tuesday, August 20 - Practice #16 - 3:30 pm (Bryan McClendon and requested offensive players available in the media room after practice)Wednesday, August 21 - No Practice - Scheduled Day Off (No media availability)Thursday, August 22 - Practice #17 - 9:25 am - Fall Classes Begin (No media availability); Coach Muschamp at Carolina Calls from Wild Wings Café, 7-8 pmFriday, August 23 - Practice #18 - 9:05 am (No media availability)Saturday, August 24 - Practice #19 - 10:45 am (No media availability)Sunday, August 25 - Practice #20 - 7:55 pm (No media availability)Monday, August 26 - No Practice - Scheduled Day Off (No media availability)Tuesday, August 27 - Practice #21 - 9:05 am; (Requested players available in the media room after practice; Coach Muschamp weekly press conference, 12:30 pm in the media room)Wednesday, August 28 - Practice #22 - 9:05 am (No media availability); Coach Muschamp on SEC teleconference, 12:10 pmThursday, August 29 - Practice #23 - 9:50 am (No media availability); Coach Muschamp at Carolina Calls from Wild Wings Café, 7-8 pmFriday, August 30 - Walk-thru - 2:10 pm (No media availability); Depart for Charlotte - 4:30 pmSaturday, August 31 - South Carolina vs. North Carolina, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 3:30 pm, ESPNSunday, September 1 - Practice - 5:00 pm (No media availability); Coach Muschamp teleconference, 6:30 pm; TV Show, 11:30 am
  2. The challenges for five senior Gamecocks July 22, 2019 Gamecocks longing for the day when again they can have highly-grade defensive lineman like Clowney and Ingram wearing the Garnet and Black again. The Gamecocks just might have the pieces to return to up-front dominance, but that relies on a pair of factors. Let's take a look at the production needed for that to happen in 2019. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. GamecockFanatics Prediction win's & lose's for 2019 Gamecock Football season July 10, 2019, | by HF Predictions for South Carolina’s tough 2019 football season GCF 2019 predictions for 2019. Let me start out that I do feel it is possibility to have a very nice season even a chance at a 9 win campaign for 2019. Chances to me are 50-50. Lot of good fortunes will have to fall the Gamecocks way, To start with, need to win over one of the top three Bama, Georgia or Clemson to make the 9 wins possible plus other pieces of the puzzle will have to fit like not having a repeat of last years rash of inures which for all purposes desolated the team in 2018. Yes annalist rank the Gamecocks schedule as the toughest but there is wiggle room for a nine win season here and the games I have but in the win column will give the Gamecocks the best chance to reach the 9 win totals with fall practice just weeks away this is a very good time to dive into my prediction for 2019. So here we go. (READ FULL ARTICLE)
  4. Gamecock defensive possibilities for 2019 season July 17, 2019 The South Carolina defense with coach Will Muschamp at the helm: The Gamecocks have had their share of up's and down's due to talent and injuries and coaches, This year all that could change with an influx of talent and being able to stay for the most part injury-free. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. South Carolina QB possibilities for 2019 season July 16, 2019 The South Carolina football team heads into the 2019 season with close to as stable a situation as can be asked for at the quarterback spot. But if college football has taught us anything, life rarely turns out the way we expect in the preseason. Right now the Gamecocks have Jake Bentley in charge of the offense. He’s coming off a season with the third-most yards and second-most touchdowns of any Gamecock football history. He’s also sitting fourth in program history in career yards and touchdowns, within striking distance of both. That said he does have 14 interceptions which now he is tied for 10th-most in program history and fourth-most in the country. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE)
  6. Gamecocks biggest weight gainers, losers since the spring July 15, 2019 GAMECOCKS BIGGEST GAINERS: DE Tyreek Johnson up 15 pounds, 255 to 270 LB Damani Staley up 15 pounds, 220 to 235 RB Caleb Kinlaw up 12, 190 to 202 DL Joseph Anderson up 10, 270 to 280 WR Darius Rush up 10, 185 to 195 K Will Tommie up 10, 160 to 170 Buck Rodricus Fitten up 10, 235 to 245 TE Evan Hinson up 10, 235 to 245 LB Eldridge Thompson up 10, 215 to 225 DL Jabari Ellis up 8, 272 to 280 DT Javon Kinlaw up 8, 302 to 310 OL Sadarius Hutcherson up 8, 312 to 320 DL Zacch Pickens up 7, 293 to 300 K Alexander Woznick up 7, 158 to 165 TE Kyle Markway up 7, 243 to 250 DL Devontae Davis up 7, 284 to 291 BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSERS: Buck Daniel Fennell down 20, 245 to 225 OL Jordon Carty down 13, 323 to 310 RB Kevin Harris down 10, 235 to 225 DL Cameron Johnson down 8, 310 to 302 TE Traevon Kenion down 7, 242 to 235 WR Josh Vann down 7, 192 to 185 RB Lavonte Valentine down 5, 195 to 190 P Christian Kinsley down 5, 250 to 245, LB Noah Vincent down 5, 220 to 215 DE Kingsley Enagbare down 5, 265 to 260 LB T.J. Brunson down 5, 235 to 230
  7. "According to both my S&P+ estimates and Sports Reference's SRS ratings, the best South Carolina team of all time took the field in 1987. Joe Morrison's squad boasted a 3,000-yard passer in Todd Ellis, an all-world receiver by the name of Sterling Sharpe and a defense with two All-Americans -- defensive back Brad Edwards and defensive tackle Roy Hart -- and two more soon-to-be draftees in the secondary. The Gamecocks averaged 28.4 points per game (18th in what we now call FBS), and a defense they called Black Death allowed just 11.8 (fourth). The best South Carolina team ever went just 8-4. The Gamecocks' schedule featured trips to Georgia (which finished the year ranked 13th), Nebraska (sixth) and national champion Miami, plus a visit from Clemson (12th) and a Gator Bowl matchup with LSU (fifth). Outside of these five games, they went 7-0 and outscored opponents by an average of 41-7. They beat Clemson by two touchdowns, too. They scared the hell out of Miami but fell by four points after a late turnover on downs, blew a series of scoring chances in a seven-point loss to Georgia, and led by eight in Lincoln before a late Nebraska charge. This was an obviously good team, and with an easier schedule, they would have made a run at 10 wins and a top-10 finish. The 2019 South Carolina team might wish it had the 1987 schedule. Will Muschamp's fourth SC squad will face each of the projected top three teams in S&P+ (Alabama Sept. 14, at Georgia Oct. 12, and Clemson Nov. 30), plus four others projected 21st or higher. A majority of SC's schedule will come against top-25 caliber teams, and that's before we get to home games against Appalachian State and Kentucky and a neutral-field game against a mystery of a North Carolina team. South Carolina is projected 18th, and there's at least a chance that S&P+ is underestimating the Gamecocks due to the "basically every single defender got hurt last year" factor. They have massive experience at quarterback (barring injury, Jake Bentley will finish his career as SC's all-time leading passer), in the skill corps (Rico Dowdle and Mon Denson combined for 1,086 rushing yards last year, and Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith had 100 catches for 1,519) and in the defensive front seven (11 of 13 players with at least three tackles for loss are back). In areas in which the proven talent is minimal (offensive line, secondary), tons of players saw the field and got some level of experience. Quantity makes quality a bit more likely. This could be a rock-solid team. It'll have to be to go even 6-6 or 7-5. So here's the major question facing Muschamp and company this fall: How in the world do you define success? Muschamp, of course, will talk about wanting to compete and win every game and whatnot, and that's fine -- coaches say unrealistic things all the time. But it's hard for anyone to talk themselves into 7-5 being a truly successful year, even if it would be. And it's even harder when your in-state rival is winning national titles. Muschamp's done a solid job in Columbia. He inherited a 3-9 mess from Steve Spurrier, and though the team improved to 6-7 in his first year, it was mainly because of narrow wins over bad teams. But the Gamecocks jumped to 41st in S&P+ in 2017 thanks to a resurgent defense, then improved to 20th last fall because of a drastically improved offense. Muschamp offenses have been notoriously stultified through the years, but to his credit, he asked offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon to spread things out and increase the tempo last year, and it worked. SC ranked 11th in adjusted pace* and 34th in the percentage of solo tackles created** and improved overall. The arrows haven't all been pointed in the same direction just yet, but the biggest driver of SC's record has been the schedule. It has gotten harder each year Muschamp has been in Columbia, and that will almost certainly continue. But on the bright side, it might not be possible to get any more difficult than this year's slate. All downhill from here!" Pretty fair assessment, to be honest. Makes a good points about "how do you define success right now at USC?"
  8. Bentley among the 3 players for the Gamecocks heading to the SEC Media Days, full run down here July 10, 2019, | GCF Staff Report, | HF South Carolina football’s SEC Media Days contingent will have at least one familiar face next week. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  9. Gamecock commit Luke Doty becomes USC’s second consecutive Elite 11 quarterback July 04, 2019 South Carolina QB commit Luke Doty continues to see his stock rise in the class of 2020, earning Elite 11 status at the quarterback camp in Texas on Wednesday. In Day 2 rankings released by the Elite 11, Doty, a Myrtle Beach native, checked in at No. 4. After Day 3, he slipped to No. 7, then No. 10 after Day 4. Doty is the program’s second Elite 11 passer in a row, joining Ryan Hilinski. Other Elite 11 passers who ended up Gamecocks were Brandon McIlwain (2015), Stephen Garcia (2006) and Blake Mitchell (2002). Doty is currently the No. 84 recruit in the 2020 class and the No. 4 dual-threat passer.
  10. Better or worse? Previewing South Carolina's defense in 2019 June 28, 2019 One of Will Muschamp’s favorite phrases of the past recruiting cycle and offseason is the Gamecocks’ ability to develop competitive depth, especially on defense. The Gamecocks had a crush of injuries in 2018 on defense, and even played a walk-on in the secondary late in the season. Of the 18 players who had surgery, 16 played defense. That hit to the depth chart was one main reason the Gamecocks had the second-worst rushing defense in the SEC last season as they gave up 195 yards per game. They also gave up 27.2 points per game, which was 11th in the SEC, the most under Muschamp and a full touchdown worse than 2017. Muschamp helped the defense by landing 5-star DL Zacch Pickens, arguably the best prospect out of the Palmetto State since Jadeveon Clowney. Pickens was ranked the No. 8 player in his recruiting class by 247 Sports. Another area that’s been much-maligned in recent years is the secondary, but Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and R.J. Roderick are among the players looking to make an impact and turn around the pass defense’s reputation. The Gamecocks return seven starters from the 2018 defense. Will they be better in 2019? That’s what we’re trying to find out. Pressuring the QB: Better Even with Pickens having an expected learning curve as a defensive line freshman, the most talented and experienced pass rusher, D.J. Wonnum, remaining healthy could be a game changer. Wonnum played just 5 games last season, and the Gamecocks won 4 of them. He had just 2 sacks, both against Tennessee, a year after he had 6 sacks, including 5 against SEC opponents. Wonnum is a potential all-SEC player as he looks to return to the 2017 form where he was picked as a team captain and generated 57 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss. The Gamecocks still have Javon Kinlaw, who has 22 starts in 25 games in two seasons. He controls the interior and had 4.5 sacks last season. And they return T.J. Brunson at linebacker, and he chipped in 4 sacks. Brunson led the team with 106 tackles last season. He also was named a team captain in 2018, and has started every game the past 2 seasons. For his career, he has 15 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) SDS FREE
  11. Let’s take a look at each stretch of games. Which one will define the 2019 season? June 25, 2019, | THESPURSUPSHOW | By Chris Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! vs. Bama, @ Mizzou, UK An opportunity against the nation’s best, a swing game and a must win. What’s not to like about this stretch? First, can South Carolina go “toe to toe” with one of the nation’s elite in a nationally televised game at Williams-Brice? Can Jake Bentley and co. play their best in a big game? Those questions and more will be answered when the Crimson Tide come to town. It’s CBS’ “Game of The Week”, which means the stage will be set for either a massive upset or more of the same against the nation’s elite. Next up, the annual “Battle For The Mayor’s Cup”. This really just has the feeling of one of those swing games that could make or break South Carolina’s season. Clemson transfer QB Kelly Bryant has instilled a lot of optimism in CoMo and many are picking the Tigers as their dark-horse in the SEC. Still, this is a swing game I feel South Carolina fans still expect to win. A loss here could seriously put a shot at bowl eligibility at risk this fall. Finally, will South Carolina end this miserable losing streak to Kentucky? Simply put, this season will be a complete failure if the Gamecocks fall to UK for a sixth straight season. Carolina gets the Cats at home and without stars from before such as Benny Snell and Josh Allen. USC needs to find a way to beat Kentucky and beat them soundly to put this streak to rest. @ UGA, vs. FL, @ UT This stretch to me will truly signify where South Carolina is in the SEC East pecking order. First, the Gamecocks travel to Athens to do battle between the hedges. Similar to the early season match-up against Alabama, this game will provide South Carolina with yet another opportunity to show it can compete on the national stage against the nation’s elite. Fair or not, games like this will be huge in shaping Jake Bentley’s legacy as he finishes his career in garnet and black. Next up, can the Gamecocks avenge last years collapse in Gainesville? Carolina led the Gators by 17 points with just over four minutes left to go in the third quarter before completely falling apart defensively. Florida is another team in the SEC East riding into this fall with a lot of optimism, with some picking the Gators as a pre-season Top 15 team. Getting UF at home should give South Carolina a good chance to make up for last year’s debacle. Finally, USC travels to Knoxville, a place it has only won three times in its history. Will Muschamp will look to improve on his own record against the Vols, going for his eight straight win to remain perfect against the orange and white. One of South Carolina’s greatest achievements over the last 10 years or so is the way it was able to overtake Tennessee in the SEC East hierarchy. While there is some optimism on Rocky Top behind second year head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Carolina needs to squash all hopes of a Tennessee football resurgence (for now) and secure a big road win. vs. App State, @ Texas A&M, vs. Clemson There can’t be a conversation about the most important three game stretch of the season without mentioning the annual rivalry clash with Clemson. Before that, however, the Gamecocks face off against a pesky Appalachian State team that won 11 games a year ago, including a 45-13 win over MTSU in the New Orleans Bowl. Even with first year head coach Eli Drinkwitz, the Mountaineers will be a sexy upset pick this off-season for November’s showdown in Columbia. Next up, South Carolina travels to College Station to face an Aggies team it has never beaten in school history. With the losing streak to TAMU sitting at five games, this feels like another ugly streak South Carolina needs to find a way to get rid of. Finally, the annual showdown with Carolina’s bitter in-state rival. This game arguably sits as South Carolina’s best chance to pull a monumental upset in 2019, getting the Tigers in Columbia to end the year. While the result wasn’t what anyone wanted, the Gamecocks showed fight in last year’s game, scoring 35 points and Jake Bentley throwing for over 500 yards. A crazy night in a rivalry game could spring South Carolina to the “signature win” Will Muschamp has been looking for since he stepped on campus. Verdict: @ UGA, vs. FL, @ Tennessee First off, let me express just how surprised I was at the results of the above poll. I really REALLY thought fans were going to cite the three game stretch against Bama, Mizzou and UK simply because of the five game losing streak to the Cats. While I would agree that one is massive, the most important three game stretch of the 2019 season in my opinion comes against three very familiar SEC East foes. With all due respect, wins against teams like Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mizzou, etc. should be forgone conclusions beginning in 2019 and beyond. Otherwise, I fear this program simply is not headed in the direction you or I hoped it was. Where does South Carolina sit in the SEC East pecking order? How close realistically are the Gamecocks to contending with Georgia for the SEC East Title? I think this three game stretch will truly give us a sense of where this program is as a whole when it comes to SEC pecking order. If South Carolina goes 2-1 or better, it truly reaffirms that the program is trending upward and has solidified itself above Tennessee and right with if not above Florida. Go 1-2 or worse? A road trip to Atlanta, GA in December may be a lot farther off than fans might have hoped.
  12. Newest Gamecock excited to face his brother at Clemson, if the NCAA allows June 23, 2019 When transfer tight end Nick Muse picked South Carolina football as his transfer destination, he added a little something to the family dynamic. Siblings on opposite sides of one of college football’s fiercest rivalries. Nick’s brother Tanner is an All-ACC safety for Clemson. He’s entering his fifth year on campus and his third year starting. And if the NCAA allows, the 2019 regular season could end with Muse covering Muse in Williams-Brice Stadium. “It’s exciting,” Nick Muse said. “Hopefully I’ll be eligible this year. We’ve got to do the waiver to get me eligible. But it’s exciting man. You always dream of playing big-time ball on Saturdays or Sundays with your brother. Playing against him is just about the same thing.” That waiver might be the hold up. The NCAA has been capricious with them to say the least. The most recent examples have been Tate Martell getting eligible at Miami immediately (citing issues with Urban Meyer’s coaching staff), while Illinois transfer Luke Ford was denied (he has a grandfather who is sick but doesn’t live close enough to factor in for the NCAA). (CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE) THE STATE
  13. Where Will Muschamp ranked among SEC coaches and nationally June 22, 2019 Earlier this season, Will Muschamp took the title (belt?) for most SEC man alive, a distinction Sports Illustrated gave for his connections to five conference schools. But where does South Carolina football’s head man stack up against the best coaches in his conference? Sporting News took a shot at answering the question. The magazine’s Bill Bender put Muschamp as the No. 8 coach in the conference, coming in behind Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Muschamp was ahead of Mississippi State’s Joe Moorehead and Missouri’s Barry Odom. Nationally, Bender had Muschamp 36th, right behind Dave Doeren (North Carolina State) and Dino Babers (Syracuse). The rankings include career accomplishments, so Muschamp’s tenure includes the 11-win year at Florida, and the rough two seasons to follow with the Gators. Muschamp’s career 57.3 winning percentage is ahead of Stoops (48.0) and LSU’s Ed Orgeron (53.2) both ranked ahead of him. Behind him, only Moorehead has a better percentage, coming from one 8-5 season. Muschamp had slipped a few spots (from 32nd) since last year, as the Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing 7-6 campaign. In three season in Columbia, USC has bowled three times, winning six, nine and seven games. He came to USC after a one-year stint running Auburn’s defense.
  14. JUNE 17, 2019 | by NOAH PATHEJA | THESPURSUPSHOW Why South Carolina Will Absolutely Not Lose To UNC To Open The 2019 Season While many have found it trendy to pick UNC to upset the Gamecocks, I absolutely believe there is zero percent chance that happens. Here’s why: We love openers South Carolina has been known to show up in season openers, especially when it’s in Charlotte. The last time the Gamecocks opened up in Charlotte was 2017, when South Carolina beat NC State 35-28 in a game that a lot of people thought NC State would win. More of the same for Heels UNC is coming off of a terrible 2-9 season that led them to hire Mack Brown as their head coach. A lot of people think that he’s enough to turn the program into ACC contenders in one year. Brown already coached UNC from 1988 to 1997. Yes, he did drastically improve the program, but that was over time. In his first two seasons at UNC, they went 1-10 each year. This combined with the fact that Brown hasn’t coached for four years leads me to believe that UNC won’t be spectacular in the season opener. Lack of experience Last year’s UNC team was not good on either side of the ball, but everyone seems to think that bringing in quarterback Sam Howell will make the team immediately turn around. Howell was the number three dual threat quarterback in the 2019 class, but it takes time for a player to develop, except in very few cases like Trevor Lawrence last year. Last year, UNC was 82nd in total offense and 72nd in total defense. They brought in a decent class, which was ranked 32nd overall, but I only see two guys on there who could potentially make an early impact and that’s Howell and four-star linebacker Eugene Asante. I don’t think UNC has enough to turn around in one game and beat South Carolina. Turn the page to a solid 2019 squad As for the Gamecocks, everyone is focusing on where they left off, which was an unmotivated loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. South Carolina clearly didn’t want to be there, and the amount of injuries didn’t help. The problem is that a lot of people see this as foreshadowing for the 2019 season. Yes, South Carolina has probably the hardest schedule in the country, but I can’t see them losing to UNC. Everyone thinks that South Carolina will struggle offensively because they lost Deebo Samuel and Jake Bentley is inconsistent. However, Bentley has thrown for seven touchdowns and only one interception in the two season openers he’s played in. You could also add in his two touchdown and no interception performance in his first ever game he played. South Carolina also returns Bryan Edwards, who will be one of the best receivers in the SEC. They also bring back younger talents like Shi Smith and OrTre Smith as well as Josh Vann. South Carolina also brings back a healthy defense which will be led by defensive lineman DJ Wonnum. The secondary will also be stacked with guys like Jaycee Horn, who made the Freshman All-SEC team last year, as well as guys like Israel Mukuamu, RJ Roderick and Southern California transfer Jamel Cook. Conclusion Obviously anything can happen, but if I were to bet on this game, I would bet South Carolina to cover the spread which currently stands at -7.5. Muschamp will have a gauntlet of a season to get through, but UNC is a game that South Carolina should win, and they need to win if they want to make a bowl game this season.
  15. Maryland grad transfer long snapper Matt Oliveira announced he will play his final season with Gamecocks. He started 36 games for Terps as long snapper. Native of New Jersey. 3 time academic all Big 10.
  16. Coaches preaching pad level. So what does that mean? May 26, 2019 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will talk about “pad level” often when discussing where his younger players need to improve. At least a few of his assistants will mention it during their biannual chats with the media. (READ MORE)
  17. Here’s what Muschamp thinks about the Gamecocks’ running back recruiting efforts May 28, 2019 DESTIN, FLA. The Southeastern Conference’s annual administrative meetings at a luxury beachfront hotel are usually the space for weighty questions on sometimes arcane issues, but South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp got an easy one on Tuesday as the meetings started. (READ MORE)
  18. Gamecocks Dot Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Teams 5/23/2019 | Football Eight University of South Carolina football players dot the 2019 preseason All-SEC units as selected by Athlon Sports, it was announced today. The Gamecocks had two players, wide receiver Bryan Edwards and defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw, earn second team recognition. Edwards, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Conway, S.C., caught 55 passes for 846 yards a season ago, and has 163 career receptions for 2,229 yards. He is among the school's all-time career leaders in receptions (5th), receiving yards (6th), and receiving touchdowns (t9th) with 16. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  19. Will Muschamp, Mack Brown reflect on time at Texas, preview Week 1 meeting in Charlotte May 11, 2019, | SDS South Carolina and North Carolina will meet in Charlotte in Week 1 of the 2019 season. Head coaches Will Muschamp and Mack Brown spoke to the Charlotte Country Club Friday to help preview the Aug. 31 neutral-site clash. The two coaches know each other well. Muschamp was Brown’s defensive coordinator and the head-coach-in-waiting at Texas. “He was great. I think it was great for both of us,” Muschamp told the club, per The Big Spur’s Hale McGranahan. “Our third year, we didn’t have as good a football team as we wanted to have. I think that put some stress on us from the standpoint of, number one, because our fanbase was asking, ‘Do we really want this guy to take over our program? And when are we getting rid of the other guy?’ “I think that created some difficulties, not between he and I, but as far as those questions. You get tired of hearing that, but that was part of it. It was a wonderful situation at Texas and I got a great opportunity to go to Florida, a place that I had grown up. I think Coach Brown understood the opportunity I had in front of me.” Brown sees a different Muschamp now at South Carolina. In between departing Texas and returning to North Carolina, Brown was an analyst at ESPN which gave him the opportunity to watch Muschamp as the head coach of the Gamecocks. “He’s much more settled now,” Brown said. “He’s still passionate, but he’s controlling everything now. At Texas, he just had the defense, so he could go crazy, go wild and butt his head on the sideline and get the blood coming down. I called his spring game a couple of years ago for ESPN and it was a lot of fun to see him with his team, see how he was coaching them and the respect they have for him. He’s got a really good staff. I’m really proud of the head coach that he’s become.” Even though Brown has been able to watch Muschamp closely, Muschamp says South Carolina will have some new looks come August. “Everybody is going to change a little bit schematically, whether the coaching staff is back from the year before or not,” Muschamp said. “You study the tendencies offensively, defensively and from a special teams standpoint – what you think – and you kind of go from there. You’ve got to be ready for the unexpected and adjust to those situations in game.”
  20. Gamecocks looking for a difference-making back. This is the plan to fix that May 11, 2019 LAGRANGE, GA. In far west Georgia, nearly to the Alabama line, only 55 miles from Auburn’s campus, South Carolina assistant football coaches Bryan McClendon and Bobby Bentley are well-known. “Those guys work very hard at what they do and they are very passionate about South Carolina football,” Callaway High School head coach Pete Wiggins said. “They are putting their time in.” (READ MORE)
  21. He’s a fast, powerful athlete and he might answer a big Gamecocks offensive question May 06, 2019, | THE STATE Jovaughn Gwyn’s cameo appearance in the South Carolina 2018 football season was most notable because it happened at all. His coach, Will Muschamp, promised he’d get a chance to play in his first game on campus if things got out of hand. They did against Coastal Carolina, and the true freshman, who picked USC on signing day and enrolled in the summer, got his first few career snaps. (READ MORE)
  22. Low NFL Draft picks ‘will change,’ Muschamp says April 24, 2019,/ THE STATE The 2011 South Carolina football team that started the Gamecocks’ streak of three consecutive 11-win seasons had 15 NFL Draft picks on the roster. Will Muschamp’s first three teams as South Carolina’s head coach have had four. (READ MORE) NFL DRAFT TV SCHEDULE Thursday, 8 p.m., Round 1: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes Friday, 7 p.m., Rounds 2-3: ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes Saturday, noon, Rounds 4-7: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes
  23. Muschamp talks Gamecocks 2019 football slate April 24, 2019 South Carolina’s spring speaking tour has only started and Gamecocks head football coach Will Muschamp already is a little tired of answering questions about his team’s 2019 schedule. “It’s tough every year,” Muschamp told reporters prior to speaking the Augusta and Aiken Gamecock Clubs as part of his annual Spurs Up tour. “Our schedule is difficult every year. I don’t understand why everyone is making a big deal about it. Success to us is winning our state and winning the East. That gives you the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff, and that’s what our expectation is every year.” When the fan portion of event began, the subject came up again. “Everybody asks me about the schedule,” said Muschamp, who spoke before the Gamecocks baseball team played Charleston Southern in SRP Park. “Hell, the schedule is hard every year. It is what it is. They are looking at their schedule saying, ‘Damn, we have to go to Williams-Brice.’ That’s what I want them saying.” Muschamp, who will speak in Columbia at Williams-Brice Stadium on Wednesday night, is really going to be tired of the subject by the time the 2019 season kicks off Aug. 31 against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. South Carolina’s 2019 football schedule was ranked the second-hardest in the country by Bleacher Report. The Gamecocks play three of the nation’s top four teams — according to ESPN’s offseason Top 25 — in Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. They also play at Texas A&M and host Florida. The Gamecocks finished 7-6 last year. Muschamp is 22-17 overall and 12-12 in the SEC in three years at South Carolina. “At this time, there are some things to be excited about,” Muschamp said. “The competitive depth we have on our team. We have a deeper roster than we have had before, especially on both lines of scrimmage, which excites you. You have to be strong there. May, June and July are critical for us. You get better or worse every single day. That goes back to your leadership and your competitive depth. Guys know they have to work.” NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley addressed the Gamecocks in Columbia on Tuesday. “Charles Haley said it best: ‘Hoping and dreaming and wishing ain’t going to get you anywhere in life,’ ” Muschamp said. “Our guys aren’t hoping or wishing or dreaming. They are ready to get to work.” Lott had a word of advice for South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley, Muschamp said. “Jake asked Ronnie Lott about the great quarterback-receiver combinations you’ve been against. What’s the No. 1 thing they have done well?” Muschamp said. “He said the No. 1 thing is the quarterback took care of the football, and Jake has got to be better with that.” 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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