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  1. Coach Muschamp Sunday evening teleconference notes & audio Oct. 20, 2019 Muschamp: Dowdle had MRI at 2:00 PM today, results not back yet, Turner has a hamstring bothering him. Jamel Cook has been dismissed from the team. Muschamp: Did talk to SEC commissioner and the head of officiating yesterday about the work of the officials in yesterday's game. Muschamp: They allowed only two explosive plays on defense until the fourth quarter and felt good about that. Muschamp: His guys competed hard, proud of effort, had their chances but didn't get it done. Have to improve in passing game in a number of areas, have to narrow down to find what they can do well in the passing game. Muschamp: They need to find some stuff that Hilinski can do better in the pass game. They did drop balls yesterday and not run some routes correctly. Audio: Coach Muschamp
  2. Javon Kinlaw Earns Midseason All-America Recognition Gamecock Defensive Tackle Considered Among Nation’s Best University of South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has put together an outstanding first half of the 2019 football season, earning Midseason First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Midseason Second-Team All-America recognition from The Athletic, it was announced today. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Football 10/15/2019 Javon Kinlaw Earns Midseason All-America Recognition Gamecock Defensive Tackle Considered Among Nation’s Best University of South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has put together an outstanding first half of the 2019 football season, earning Midseason First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Midseason Second-Team All-America recognition from The Athletic, it was announced today. Kinlaw, a 6-6, 310-pound senior from Charleston, S.C., has been an unstoppable force in the middle of the Gamecocks' defensive line all season. He has recorded 18 tackles, including an SEC-leading 5.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries. He also has a pair of fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. Earlier this week, he was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week. Kinlaw and the Gamecocks (3-3, 2-2 SEC) will be in action again on Saturday when they host No. 9 Florida (6-1, 3-1 SEC) in an SEC Eastern Division showdown. Game time from Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia is set for noon ET and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
  4. Gamecock freshmen who has burned their redshirt and those approaching the 4 game limit Oct. 04, 2019 With Jammie Robinson, Ryan Hilinski, Zacch Pickens and Xavier Legette already stepping into major roles. The NCAA now allows four games before a player burns his redshirt, so it’s worth looking at who is on track to save a year of eligibility. GAMECOCKS WHO ALREADY BURNED THEIR REDSHIRT LB Jahmar Brown, played in five games - He’s not been a huge contributor on defense, but he’s gotten some work there and on special teams. DT Zacch Pickens, played in five games - The five-star freshman has 11 tackles and a QB hurry. DB Jammie Robinson, played in five games - He started the opener and has been a top-end member of the secondary. WR Xavier Legette, played in five games - The athletic pass catcher showed well after enrolling in the summer and has been a rotation player. DB John Dixon, played in five games - He actually started the opener and has been a consistent presence. CLOSE TO BURNING REDSHIRT (HAVE PLAYED IN FOUR OR THREE GAMES) QB Ryan Hilinski, played four games - He’s the projected starter the rest of the way. So this is just about getting to the Georgia game. PLAYERS NOT ON TRACK TO REDSHIRT OL Jaylen Nichols, played two games - He was on the redshirt track until Dylan Wonnum got hurt and he was thrust into the lineup. If Wonnum is out three weeks, there’s a chance Nichols only plays four. But if it’s four or something else happens, he won’t. PLAYERS ON TRACK TO REDSHIRT ... FOR NOW OL Mark Fox, played in zero games - Has yet to play. WR Keveon Mullins, played in zero games - Has yet to play. WR Tyquan Johnson, played in zero games - Has yet to play. DB Cam Smith, played one game - Put this as the most tenuous. Will Muschamp said he’d come on in practice before the Kentucky game, but he didn’t play. His only game was against Charleston Southern, but he’s the next man up in a thin secondary. DB Shilo Sanders, played one game - He’s here because he has only played against FCS Charleston Southern. He could also be called upon to shore up the back end of the defense. TE Traevon Kenion, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. Buck Rodricus Fitten, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. RB Kevin Harris, played in two games - Seemed unlikely to redshirt until a ligament surgery ended his season early. LB Derek Boykins-Brooks, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. OL Jakai Moore, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. OL William Rogers, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. TE KeShawn Toney, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. Caught a pass. OL Vincent Murphy, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern. DL Jospeh Anderson, played one game - Got in against FCS Charleston Southern.
  5. Carolina Calls Thursday Night report "QB Ryan Hilinski’s ready to go" Sept. 26, 2019 Gamecock QB Ryan Hilinski’s health has been “outstanding” ahead of Saturday’s game against Kentucky. That’s the latest word from Will Muschamp on Carolina Calls radio show Thursday night. For the Gamecocks fans, that’s great news after Hilinski missed practices last week in the run-up to the game at Missouri with elbow soreness. Hilinski still wound up starting for USC in the 34-14 loss, but he had the worst game of his young career, completing just 13 of 30 attempts for 166 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hilinski’s struggles raised a few questions about his health moving forward, but Muschamp repeated throughout the week that he was fine and said Thursday that he took every rep in preparation for the Wildcats. Muschamp also said he thought Hilinski’s poor performance against Mizzou was the result more of his missed practice time than his elbow.“Last week, he didn’t throw Wednesday and Thursday. We knew he was going to play in the game, but we felt like we needed to shut him down,” Muschamp told Carolina Calls host and former South Carolina QB Todd Ellish. “He had some tendinitis in his elbow, so when you take a freshman and you’ve played the position and you know better than I do, as far as the progressions and the different reads you gotta go through, you gotta be so accurate, especially in tight coverage. They played a lot of man coverage. “And to take two days off and not throw at all and not even really go through the mental progressions — he threw on Friday, we knew he was fine going into the game ... but that does affect you. It’s about the preparation through the week and it certainly affected him.”
  6. Bentley Named Semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy 9/25/2019 | Football University of South Carolina senior quarterback Jake Bentley is one of 185 semifinalists named for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda, it was announced today. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. Bentley Named Semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy 9/25/2019 | Football University of South Carolina senior quarterback Jake Bentley is one of 185 semifinalists named for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda, it was announced today. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. On the field, Bentley posted a 19-14 record as a four-year starting quarterback before he suffered a season-ending injury in the 2019 season opener against North Carolina. He ranks near the top in nearly all the quarterback career records at South Carolina. Off the field, he is a two-time team captain, won the Leadership Award for the Offense in both 2017 and 2018, was the 2019 Harold White GPA Award winner for the offense, has been on numerous academic honor rolls, and was the 2017-18 SEC Sportsmanship Award winner. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 30th Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators. "These 185 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "For more than 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program has showcased more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. And we are excited to celebrate the 30th year of the William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda, which honors the best of the best. This year's semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders." Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000. This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $11.7 million. "The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist's achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The
  8. WATCH: Will Muschamp & selected players with transcript & notes Sept. 24, 2019, | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information Head Coach Will Muschamp Weekly News Conference Transcript - Thanks, Steve. Somebody leave their cell phone here? Oh, it's tape recording, my bad. High tech stuff here. Good start this morning on Kentucky. A good football team, and we need to have good preparation. Was very pleased with practice this morning. Need to have another good Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and lookin' forward to gettin' under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium. There's nothing like a night game at Williams-Brice. I know our players are excited about it. You can feel a buzz in the building this morning about comin' back home in front of our fans, and I know that it'll be great environment for our football team. You got a lot of respect from Mark Stoops in his seventh year there are Kentucky and the job he's done offensively. They lost Terry Wilson earlier in the year at the quarterback position, and Sawyer Smith's come in as a transfer from Troy. He's done a nice job for them. You know, Lynn Bowden's a guy that really jumps off the tape at ya as a very good player. We'll play him at quarterback, running back, plays him in the slot, gets the ball to him. He's a returner. He's really electric with the ball in his hands. An outstanding competitor, and a really really good football player, but both backs, Rose, and Smoke are good players. We recruited Kavosiey here at South Carolina. Got a lot of respect for him. They're big and physical on the offensive line. We got a transfer Ahmad Wagner from I believe a basketball player from Iowa. Six five, 240-pound guy, a mismatch on the edges a little bit, as far as jump balls and those things are concerned, but a really good football player and has made a bunch of plays for him here in four games into the season. Defensively, very big up front and stout. I mean, they're 360 at the nose, 300 plus at the two end positions. Mostly a three down structure. They play some four down, and very active at linebacker in the secondary end. You know, really good on special teams. Injury-wise, really Hank Manos is really struggling with his ankle. We may do the ankle cord surgery. So, he'd be about four weeks before he'll be back in that situation, and other than that, I think we're ready to go. So, I'll open up for any questions. - [Reporter] Will with Jam deciding to leave, how does the secondary reshuffle? I mean, it's a man down, but how do you guys up and handle that loss? - No different than we have before. We'll be fine. - [Reporter] Was his decision to leave a surprise to you? - No, he just wants another opportunity, want a better, another situation. So, we support him 100%, love coachin' Jam, but we're movin' forward. - [Reporter] What do you wanna see more from your team offensively heading into this week, and what have conversations with Bryan been like going into I guess Kentucky? - Well, you know, I think, first of all, you know, startin' the game out much better than last week is a major issue, you know, and we've talked in terms of runnin' the ball to help Bryan more in some situations. You know, you go back and evaluate you know last week's game. You know, the first 26 plays, 17 of 'em were called runs or RPOs. Based on how they played us and whether we're reading a first-level defender and an RPO, a second-level defender, an apex player or whatever the read may be, you know, Ryan made really good decisions as far as throwin' in those situations. I thought he made really good decisions. Now, we weren't always accurate with the throw. We didn't always win on the top end of the route, create enough separation, and we had a couple protection issues. So, there was three-fold, you know, some issues as far as the breakdowns that we had, but certainly, being able to run the football, you know, like the Alabama game certainly is gonna help. Now, you also go back, let's flip, let's go back to Alabama game to start the game, a 14-play drive. You know, 10 of those were passes. We had a fourth and one speed option. We had one hard-call run and two RPOs, which we handed the ball off based on the look that we got. So, you know, we started extremely well in that ball game throwin' the football and doin' the things that we felt that were most comfortable for Ryan and his third start. So, we'll continue to explore those things based on what Kentucky does and put us in the best situation to get out to a good start, and I think part of that is gotta be runnin' the football. There's no question. - [Reporter] Is changin' play caller something you've ever considered on offense? - No. - [Reporter] Is it something you would consider during a season, or you believe in, do you ever think there's value in change for change's sake in something like that to shake things up? - No, I mean, we're gonna make decision what's best for our football team. - [Reporter] From an offensive game planning standpoint, do y'all evaluate during the season how y'all prepare for a game where there's play calling or putting together the game plan, or is that something y'all may look at in a by week for example, or is that something you assess after a season? - No, I think that's something you evaluate on Sunday. You know, every week that you take a look at what worked, what didn't work. Going into the game, what was our thought process, you know? What were we thinking here? Did we not get the certain look that we thought we would get? Did they change some things up? Did they do some things differently? Did we just get physically whipped to the point of attack? You know, what are all the variables? And the first thing you do as a play caller is you look in the mirror, and what do we need to do to be more successful? You know, gettin' out to a good start, obviously, was really important on the road. You know, I go back to last year. In 13 games, we scored on our first drive in seven of the 13 games. That's a very high percentage of starting out the right way. In our first three ball games, we scored on the first series on all three ball games. That's really good football. Obviously, this past week, we didn't do a good enough job offensively. Game plannin', you know, and adjustin' within the first half to get more things goin' offensively, and that was the evaluation. So, then, from there, you know, I think a little of it was physical, we got whipped up front. A little of it was inaccuracy in throwin' the football. A little of it was not winning on the top of some routes that we need to be able to win in some one-on-ones because based on how they were playin' us, they were challenging us to throw the football, and we didn't win well enough early in the ball game. We made some adjustments at halftime. We came out, and we hit a screen pass for 75 yards. We take the next possession all the way down the field, and unfortunately, have a turnover there goin' in, but no, John, those are all things that we evaluate, you know, on Sunday about what went right, what went wrong, and then, the more important is the why. You know, was it a scheme issue? Was it a planning issue? Was it a physical issue? And those are all questions that you gotta be real honest with yourself 'cause it's easy to say well, we got whipped. Well, you know, let's be realistic here. Are we askin' the player to do something he can't do? You know, those are all questions that we get asked, and really, John, in all three phases, you know. - [Reporter] Well, with Ryan's injury, how do you manage his workload this week? How has he looked? And I assume that he's good to go for Saturday night? - Absolutely, he made every throw today. He looked great, and there's been absolutely no cut of reps or anything, he looks great. - [Reporter] With Jamyest's departing, how does that change dynamics in the secondary at all, and does anyone get more, does the work get kind of distributed over the guys who've been playing? Or does anyone else kind of step into the mix? - Well, the guys who have been playing, we'll just continue to roll the guys we're playing. - [Reporter] Will, you know, with the linebackers, you said that need to get better production. Has there been one thing over these last four games, one thing that they haven't been doing consistently enough? - You know, I just think in fittin' in the run game. You know, the run fits have gotta be right, and sometimes we've lost our eyes on some things and we gotta just clean up some fits in the run game to make sure we're right in those situations 'cause we really, you know, you really know in our first four ball games, Jevon and Kobe, I thought Zacch, I thought Rick Sandidge played his best game Saturday, and Zacch Pickens continues to come on for us, but Kobe and Jevon have played at a high level. - [Reporter] Coach, you know, when Ryan's havin' the half that he had, the first half, then, havin' the game collectively that he had, in the position where you wanna be a perfectionist, this is only his second start. What's the message that you have to him to kinda keep him motivated to move on from that one, and just you know take the highs with the highs and the lows with the lows? - Well, it was his third start, but you know, that's part of being the quarterback at South Carolina. You know, he and I had a conversation late Saturday night. Unfortunately, with being the startin' quarterback, you get way too much credit when the things go right and go correct and then are goin' your way, and you're gonna burden the blame when it's not goin' your way, and that's part of being the quarterback. You know, he's a mentally tough guy. You know, he's a mentally tough man. He's been through an awful lot, and you know, the way I saw him respond on Sunday and the way I saw him respond Monday and Tuesday he's been really good, and I thought he had a really good practice today. But you know, be careful what you ask for. You wanna be the startin' quarterback at South Carolina? That's part of it, and you gotta deal with the criticism, and that's part of the position. That's fair, and he understands that. He understands that. - [Reporter] Concerns you had about the secondary from the Alabama game, how well did they address that in Missouri game? Did you feel like they made, they played better? - I thought we made some improvements. You know, at the end of the day, we played 54 snaps in the first half, and that's far too many snaps. And I think I've addressed that, but you know, we've got a, we plan on playing 90 snaps in the game, and we've gotta put ourselves a position to stay on the field more offensively and not play as many snaps as we played, but I thought we made some improvements. - [Reporter] When your background as the head coach is in a specific position area, do you find your eye naturally going there more? Do you deal with that group more than you deal with other groups? How does that work? - Oh yeah, I mean, I coach on defense, and I meet with the defense and game plan, and obviously, as far as plannin' to win the game, we meet as a staff, and we talk about the things we need to do in order to win the game, whether it's in all three phases, offense, defense, and special teams, but certainly, I spend more time with the defense. - [Reporter] The defensive back specifically? - Sure. - [Reporter] When they're struggling, is that more frustrating for you because that is your area, and that's where your background is? - Yeah. I mean, what are you tryin' to punish me or what? - [Reporter] No, I'm just wonderin' how it works? Do you get more-- - Yeah, it pisses me off. - [Reporter] Do you find yourself gettin' more involved in that sort of scenario, or do you-- - I'm always involved. It's not a situation where all of a sudden you wanna start gettin' involved, I've been involved the whole time, and I take a lot of the burden on myself. - [Reporter] Joseph Charlton had another really good game the other night. How valuable is a guy like that, particularly when offense is struggling a little bit? - Yeah, when, you know, you flip the field, and we never wanna punt and have the ball on our side of the 50, and I think he flipped it every single time and actually out-punted the coverage a couple times there. It was a tough cover, and we have Xavier and A.J., and Shi and J.C., and I think even Bryan took a rep as a gunner as far as guys, you know, that's a 70-yard sprint to go cover a really good return guy in the Southeastern Conference, so. But Joe's puntin' the ball really well. He's been a weapon force to be able to flip the field, the hidden yards, and the vertical field position, and he's done nice job, really nice. - [Reporter] Coach, because of the situation you guys are at, being pushed back in the corner, what would you tell fans in terms of being able to come out this week, and how important is that gonna be for you guys first night game at home? - Well, we're excited. A night game at Williams-Brice is a special special, there's nothing like it, and I've coached in a lot of arenas, and there's no doubt that that's as good as anywhere in the country. Our guys are excited about it, and you know what? Our fans will be great. They'll be supportive. I don't need to tell 'em anything. I know they'll be excited to see the play, and we really really appreciate their support. And it starts with which they'll be a packed house for that, and we just appreciate all the positive support they're givin' us right now. - [Reporter] Will, everybody's frustrated with the running game. How has Tavien handled that considering he's the guy that transferred? - He's been great. He's been great. I mean, at the end of the day, we've actually run the football pretty well 'til Saturday, you know, so I've been, you know, you go 150 or whatever we did against Alabama, there's not many teams that've done that. So, very disappointed with the inability to run the ball Saturday. - [Reporter] How does he look Sunday and today? - Good, yeah, yep. - [Reporter] I had a quick question on the pass that got picked off against Missouri on the goal line? It looked like the edge defender kind of sunk in to open up the window for that slant. I guess was that kind of the case, and with it getting picked off, was the ball maybe a little too far inside, or did the guy just kind of bounce out and sort of make that play? - They zoned us on that situation, and we were expecting man coverage, and we probably should've handed the ball off. - [Reporter] With the new redshirt rule, there's obviously, you see some guys four games into the year with the whole redshirt, is that a concerning trend for you in terms of just being a football coach, or is it something you just have to live with with this new rule? - Collin, I think it's something you just gotta live with as part of where we are in college football right now, so. - [Reporter] Donell said there were some communication issues on the offensive line last week. What kind of adjustments you need to see there? - Well, we practice with crowd noise, you know, every, startin' in training camp, you know. Those are things we really work on as far as the communication and bein' on the same page or whatever combo and two and who we're workin', whether that be an A-block, B-block, or C-block or whatever the case may be out front. And we did have a couple mishaps on the offensive line, which we just can't happen, you know? The closest two knit units on the team need to be the offensive line and the secondary because they've gotta work cohesively together. And what we try to do, and normally, it's a negative play if they're on the same page, but we, that has not been an issue for us, and then, we're gonna continue to work through ti. - [Reporter] Will, I'm sure turnover margin is not where you want it to be. I'm sure you emphasize ball security every single day. Is there anything you can do to kinda get those numbers turned around, or is it just up to the guys to say hey, it's time that we do this? - Well, I mean, again, I think that number one, we need to be more opportunistic defensively. You know, and taking the ball away. You know, Aaron Sterling had a great strip on their side of the 50 the other day. The tackle was secured, and he went in for the strip, and then, it was an outstanding play. You know D.J. Wonnum does just a very instinctive play on the interception, but we need to be more opportunistic defensively, and when we don't have the ball and gettin' the ball off people, and certainly taking care of the football, but it's hard to win on the road, when you give up 14 points, you know, and your defense isn't on the field. That's very difficult so those are things that we've gotta, and it's the most important thing in the game, the ball and explosive plays, that ratio dictates who win and loses games, and right now, we're on the negative side of that. So, on both situations. - [Reporter] A couple of things, has anybody else come to you to have the conversation like Jamyest had about transferring after four? - No. - [Reporter] And have you gotten what you expected out of J.C. and Israel so far at the corner position, and does Israel maybe get a look more at safety with Jamyest leaving? - Well, Israel actually played safety against North Carolina and Charleston Southern in both of those games, and he'll continue to rep, I believe he even got some snaps at Alabama. I don't know that for sure, but I know in the first two games, but he always reps back there and helps us back there with John, you Cam Smith emergence has come on. I thought he had a really good day this morning. You know, A.J.'s gotten healthy so he's another guy that's gonna be back in the fold at the corner position. But you know, John, it's always about puttin' the best four, best five, and best six guys out there. You know, I think J.C. and Israel can play better than they've played in the first about four ball games. - [Reporter] Will, with the one and three start and five straight loses to Kentucky, how much pressure is on this coaching staff right now to win this game Saturday? - We have pressure every single week. Every single week, there's a lot of pressure, and you know what? There's more pressure internally than there is externally, I can assure you of that. - [Reporter] Do you consider this a must-win game Saturday-- - They're all must-win games. Every single game, you know what next week's gonna be? Well, that's when we're open. The next week's gonna be? Must-win, and we need to kick open's ass too. - [Reporter] With Sawyer Smith in there, does that change Kentucky's offense and all, and just in your experience, how unusual is this sort of run into a backup quarterback with the kind of experience he has? - Well, he has legs. I wouldn't say he's Terry Wilson, but he has legs. He's been able to extend plays for them. He was a really good runner at Troy. So, we've done a lot of research as far as those things are concerned so I don't know that how much it changes, you know, what they do, they wanna run the football play action, and that's kinda their mantra since Eddy's been there. So, but I don't know how much it changes it. - [Reporter] Will, kind of specific here, but you guys had the goal line stand in on one of those plays, the running back tried to jump over the pile. Is that a play that when you're coaching your running backs, your Thomases, do you guys teach your guys to do that, or is that just something that they kind of make up their mind to do? - No, that's something that we've, you know, done before. You know, I think, I believe it was Rico two years ago that, you know, a lot of it is schematically, you know, a lot of, some defensive lines like ours, when they get inside the two and inside the one knee run, meaning they're gonna submerge the line. They're gonna try and create a new line of scrimmage. They wanna knock everything back, take the legs out of the offensive line and to eliminate a crease in the run defense, and the ball's gotta be run on the perimeter is what probably should happen. And then, in the situation, let the linebacker go clean, play up over the top. So, that's kind of what they obviously, you know, havin' some familiarity with me, knew probably what we were gonna, you know, from a fundamentals and technique standpoint gonna do, and that's what they called. T.J. Brunson made a really good play comin' over the top and knockin' him back, and Zacch Pickens, you know, cleaned him up a little bit there. - [Reporter] Coach, lookin' at Kentucky's offense, I think they have seven drives of 75 plus yards, a four of 90 plus, how concerning is that to you, and what's the key sort of to gettin' your defense off the field? - Well, you know, third down is gonna be critical in this game. You know, sometimes, you know, third down can in some instances can be a little misleading, but when you play a team like Kentucky, you've gotta get off the field on third down because they're gonna, you know, they're a team that's totally content runnin' the ball 40 plus times in the game, and so, you gotta understand that mindset and mentality, and there's gonna be some third and threes, some third and twos, some third and fours, and you've gotta win on those situations 'cause that's where they keep the drives alive, and they keep expending the time, and that's somewhat of their makeup and what they wanna do offensively so you gotta get off the field on the third down. Third down's important all the time, but especially when you play a team like this that's willin' to be very patient, and when you get inside third and three to six, you know, they're willin' to run the football. And those are things that a lot of teams, once it becomes third down, a run won't be called, and in this ball game, that's different. All right, y'all have a good one, all righty. Will Muschamp on on junior defensive back Jamyest Williams has entered the transfer portal Williams’ decision after four game means he will be able to take a redshirt season and preserve a year of eligibility under NCAA rules implemented in 2018. It also comes within a day of Houston announcing two players, including senior quarterback D’Eriq King, will sit out the rest of the year, redshirt and come back in 2020, highlighting the ways the rule, mostly intended to help freshman development, can be used by older players. Williams was USC’s fifth-leading tackler with 16 total stops but had not recorded any interceptions or breakups. On if he was surprised by Williams’ decision: He just wants another opportunity, wants a better, another situation. So we support him 100%, loved coaching Jam, and we’re moving forward. On whether new players will have to step up in his absence or current contributors will have to step up more: The guys that have been playing, we’ll just continue to roll with the guys we’re playing. On whether Williams’ decision to leave is part of a concerning trend of older players deciding to leave in the middle of the season to preserve redshirts: It’s something you just got to live with, it’s part of where we are in college football right now. On if any other players have approached him about transferring after four games: No COACH PLAYERS
  9. Jamyest Williams transferring what will the Gamecock secondary look like? Sept. 24, 2019 So far this season a rotation of seven players had mostly covered five spots (two cornerbacks, two safeties, one nickelback) starting with Williams, senior J.T. Ibe, freshmen Jammie Robinson and John Dixon and sophomores Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and R.J. Roderick. Williams is gone, the team’s fifth-leading tackler, good news here is that the defensive back situation isn’t quite as dire as it got towards the end of 2018, but it’s still pretty thin. Behind the six players left from the above group, redshirt junior Jamel Cook has seemingly failed to develop into the consistent contributor Muschamp wanted, senior A.J. Turner has only played special teams since changing positions from running back to corner, and freshmen Shilo Sanders and Cam Smith haven’t played an FBS opponent yet. Muschamp said he didn’t expect Williams’ departure to give the guys who haven’t played much more of an opportunity. “The guys that have been playing, we’ll just continue to roll with the guys we’re playing,” he said. At another, though, he hinted at several players who could see their role increase in the coming weeks. “Cam Smith has emerged, has come on. I thought he had a really good day this morning. You know, A.J. has gotten healthy, so he’s another guy that’s going to be back in the fold at the corner position. ... It’s always been about putting the best four, the best five and the best six guys out there,” Muschamp said. Smith was actually the highest-rated defensive back recruit in the freshman class but wasn’t on campus for spring practice. Turner was listed as the primary backup for both corner positions at the beginning of the season. Their emergence may have earned them more playing time regardless of Williams’ transfer, but now that it’s happened, they’ll likely play crucial roles even if they’re not in the starting lineup. “Just going out there and doing the same work we do,” Horn said of the secondary’s mentality moving forward, “There’s one man down, next man up and that’s the mentality we have.” And among the players already seeing regular snaps, roles may shift as well. Mukuamu was seen as a potential safety in high school thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame but played corner all of last year, establishing himself as a talented prospect at that position. With the lack of quality depth coming into the season already, though, he spent time at safety and even played there against North Carolina and Charleston Southern. He’ll continue to get reps back there moving forward, Muschamp said. All in all, depth across the defense proved to be crucial this past Saturday against Missouri. Muschamp cited fatigue as one of the main reasons USC’s defense gave up costly conversions in the second half — Mizzou dominated time of possession and Carolina eventually broke down. This Saturday’s opponent, Kentucky, averages 71.5 plays per game to Missouri’s 80, and South Carolina then has a bye week to rest and prepare for the back half of its schedule. Even still, having capable backups and starters capable of staying on the field for long stretches will be key as the Gamecocks prepare for passing attacks like Clemson, Texas A&M and Florida.
  10. Jamyest Williams transferring what will the Gamecock secondary look like? Sept. 24, 2019 So far this season a rotation of seven players had mostly covered five spots (two cornerbacks, two safeties, one nickelback) starting with Williams, senior J.T. Ibe, freshmen Jammie Robinson and John Dixon and sophomores Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and R.J. Roderick. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  11. WATCH: Will Muschamp & selected players with transcript & notes Sept. 24, 2019 (VIEW ARTICLE)
  12. Gamecocks adds pair of games for 2023 season South Carolina football has added a pair of opponents to its 2023 schedule, according to a report from FBschedules.com — the Furman Paladins and the Liberty Flames will play the Gamecocks in Williams-Brice Stadium. Those games tentatively fill out USC’s schedule for that season. The Gamecocks had already scheduled two nonconference games for 2023 — a neutral-site contest against North Carolina to open the season in Charlotte, and the annual game with Clemson, scheduled that year to take place in Columbia. In addition, South Carolina is set to play SEC opponents Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt at home and Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M on the road. Citing contracts obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, FBschedules.com reports that South Carolina will play Liberty $1.5 million and Furman $500,000 for the respective games. The Furman game will take place on either Sept. 9 or Sept. 23, 2022, and the Liberty game will take place on Nov. 4, 2023. Liberty, led by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, is in its first full season as an FBS program and is currently 2-2 as an independent. The Flames and South Carolina have never faced off on the football field. Furman, an FCS program, has earned attention this season by pushing FBS programs Georgia State and Virginia Tech in competitive losses. The Paladins are currently ranked No. 15 in the nation in their division and have played USC 49 times over the years, with the first meeting coming in 1892 and the most recent coming in 2014.
  13. South Carolina-Missouri report card Sept. 22, 2019 Gamecock football takes one on the chin Saturday afternoon losing 34-14 to the Missouri Tigers standing with a 1-3 record. QUARTERBACKS The elbow issues might had an affect on Ryan Hilinski play on the field, but regardless he flat-out struggled. He connected on only four of his first 15 passes. He had 166 yards, hit only 43 percent of his passes. Dakereon Joyner showed a few flashes, though an early stint was a struggle. Getting back into the game earns a little credit not much to see here over all with both. Grade: F- RUNNING BACKS There wasn’t a lot of totting the rock for either Tavien Feaster or Rico Dowdle, only 14 total carries, three produced 5 or more yards and then there was the fumble. Grade: F WIDE RECEIVERS Bryan Edwards’ was the only standout for the offense Saturday he had a 75-yard touch down that helped lifts this group out. Chavis Dawkins produced a little more than usual and a lot of guys got involved. One big issue was some plays left out on the field, not easy plays, but ones that could bolster a struggling QB. Grade: C- TIGHT END Kyle Markway was one of the few on offense Saturday, He had few diving catches. Nick Muse had one nice gain. Generally the blocking in the running game wasn’t great all day. Grade: B- OFFENSIVE LINE Hilinski was hurried often hit often. Joyner’s only early drop back ended with him getting hammered. The run game was not great either. All told poor showing on the line Saturday. Grade: F- DEFENSIVE LINE They got pinned a couple times on some counter runs, but generally the play here was pretty decent. To give them a good showing for the day. Kelly Bryant did get sacked twice and hurried a few other times. They also anchored a really difficult goal line stand. Grade: B LINEBACKERS This group had some trouble tackling, The theme for 2019, which produced a few of the Tigers’ 14 chunk plays.But have to give them credit, they also were key to a solid defensive performance. Grade: C- DEFENSIVE BACKS Ugly duckling. Some of those missed tackle issues also cropped up here another theme to 2019, but they did get some drop passes help aided in helping in coverage. Could of been worse their. The shoe-throwing penalty late in the game also didn’t help. Grade F SPECIAL TEAMS Punter Joseph Charlton was a weapon, to be sure. Parker White missed his only kick, one a bit out of his range. Missouri prevented any returns, and had one very good return. Grade: B COACHING The tackling issues remain big hurdle for 2019, also there were many issues for the offensive problems as well, they all stood out and were very glaring. Overall, things just didn’t go smoothly in a must-win game. Grade: F OVERALL The team fought back in for a moment, and there’s some credit deserved there. But it was followed by poor decision and mistakes that carried through the whole game. The performance was simply uneven, and downright poor in some spots. Still a team trying to find itself. Grade: F
  14. LISTEN: Will Muschamp conference call Hilinski’s elbow is fine, Kevin Harris for the season & Hank Manos out with an ankle injury Sept. 22, 2019 The USC football team is reeling after Saturday’s loss at Missouri. The Gamecocks are 1-3 and haven’t defeated an FBS opponent since the middle of last season. They are 0-2 in the SEC and will face Kentucky at home Saturday night hoping to break a five game losing streak to the Wildcats. On his conference call Sunday night, Will Muschamp said quarterback Ryan Hilinski’s elbow is fine but freshman running back Kevin Harris will miss the rest of the season after surgery for a torn tendon off his pubic bone. Also, center Hank Manos probably is out this week with an ankle injury. Will Muschamp conference call
  15. Gamecocks secondary what it needs to fix Sept. 19, 2019 The stats made it clear, and coach Will Muschamp acknowledge. Gamecocks defensive backs struggled mightily against Alabama. Quick look back at last week. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski passed the ball well. The Gamecock running game was solid. The defensive line mostly held the Crimson’s Tide rushers in check. But ‘Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa passed for 444 yards and five touchdowns, tying or exceeding his career bests in both categories, and Carolina lost, 47-23. Jaycee Horn words speak volumes “We’re disappointed in ourselves. As a competitor, you never want a game like that to be solely on you. And it’s tough to say, but it was,” sophomore cornerback “ .Little plays turned into big plays, you know, they took a couple slants to the house and that’s mostly on the secondary, like coach said. We did a good job of stopping the run game, offense did a pretty decent job. You got to pick it up in the secondary, that’s the bottom line.” North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell also exposed some of those flaws in Gamecocks secondary in Week 1, and the Gamecocks currently rank second-to-last in the SEC in passing defense. Now, as South Carolina prepares to face a Missouri team that likes to throw the ball, the defensive backs know they have to improve, quickly. Make their stand. J.T. Ibe added to what Horn had to say. “I don’t think we played good by any standards. Obviously we gotta step it up, we gotta tackle better, we gotta cover better, pay attention to the details, focus on alignment and technique better. “Honestly, we all underplayed ourselves. Eye control was a big one, tackling was huge, and just winning our one-on-ones.” Problems with tackling were a common complaint from fans after Alabama managed to generate 15 chunk plays against USC, but both Muschamp and sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu mentioned others issues as crucial to improve upon this week. Mukuamu said “Just effort, better eyes and technique, just executing the calls. “Sometimes we were just looking at the quarterback instead of the receivers, so just focusing on the receivers and going out there and playing what we see.” Still, tackling, or a failure to do so, will always be a major concern for Muschamp. It’s a problem that got plenty of attention in 2018 as South Carolina’s battered defense limped to the end of the season, and it’s already come back to haunt the Gamecocks twice this season. But Muschamp pushed back slightly on the idea that it would be any bigger of an emphasis heading into the Mizzou game. Muschamp said. “Really, in the big picture, we had about 11 missed tackles for (Alabama). There were some really good players out there that we were missing on. So again, we’re going to continue to coach, and we need to bring our feet, we need to quit worrying about trying to get the ball off people and secure tackles and then try to get the ball off people. And that’s something that’s not just being coached this week, it’s been coached for a long time. But players have to make. snapshot decisions on game day. And sometimes it’s easy to be critical of a player in a situation when you’re going up against an elite player and trying to get him on the ground. So we’ll continue to coach it.”
  16. Gamecock coach & players know the importance of the Missouri game Sept. 18, 2019, | GCF Staff Report "We’re desperate,we need a win" that's the theme this week for the Gamecocks as they have the nation’s toughest strength of schedule entering the season, the Gamecock football team’s margin for error is razor thin in 2019 made thinner with the season opener loss to the Tarheels. If they do not start winning this weekend could potentially face a losing record for the second time in 15 years. Senior center Donell Stanley acknowledged as much Saturday in the aftermath of USC’s 47-23 loss to Alabama that dropped Carolina’s record to 1-2 a quarter of the way through the regular season. “Moving forward,” Stanley said, “we’re going to be desperate, we’re going to be hungry. We need wins.” It starts this week with a road matchup against SEC East rival Missouri, then continues Sept. 28 at home against Kentucky. Both represent challenging but winnable games for Muschamp’s team that are crucial the Gamecocks’ bowl chances. They are also key to one of Muschamp’s favorite mantras/goals — Beat the East and win the state. “Oh yeah, definitely,” redshirt freshman quarterback Dakereon Joyner said when asked if the Gamecocks are desperate. “Like coach said, everything in our team goals are still out there; beating the East and winning the state. And this is our first SEC East game, especially on the road. We want to send the seniors out right, start it off well and then win the East.” Question beckins what does a desperate team look like? Answer “A dangerous team, and you’ll see what it looks like Saturday,” Joyner said. Muschamp has seen that in training, describing “really good work for a Tuesday practice,” and after this past Saturday’s game in the locker room, where the Gamecocks refused to take away any moral victories from a loss to the No. 2-ranked team in the country. Muschamp said. “I think we played a really good team on Saturday, I think our guys played their (butt) off. Unfortunately, we didn’t make enough plays that we needed to make to win the game. So when you’re in the locker room when the game’s over, and you see the guys obviously hurting, that’s not a good thing, but it’s a good thing. And it bothers them. “We have really good leadership, we have a very good culture in this organization. And the leadership’s in a really good spot. Meeting with those guys on Sunday and talking about where we are and being realistic and understanding it’s not where we want to be and it’s not where we thought we were going to be, but this is where we are right now. So understand where we are and what we’ve got to do to crawl out of it, and that’s what we’re going to do.” If the Gamecocks manage one win over the next two weeks, they’ll need four more wins to go to a bowl and have seven games to get there, including matchups with ranked opponents Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson. That would require them to pull at least one upset while still beating Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Appalachian State. Win both of these next two games, and the path becomes easier. So even though it’s still early in the season, sophomore cornerback Jaycee Horn doesn’t see this game against Missouri as a chance to reset the narrative on the season. There’s no time for that. “I mean, it’s for the East. We can’t lose. It’s not really us trying to make a statement. We’re desperate right now, we need a win. Things didn’t start how we wanted to, so we got to come out fast and physical and play good these next two weeks,” Horn said.
  17. Grading the Gamecocks vs Alabama Sept. 16, 2019 Gamecocks again had another mixed bag of results Saturday in its 47-23 loss to No. 2 Alabama. The offense played well in spurts and the playing calling was maybe as aggressive as ever in Will Muschamp’s for seasons at the helm here. But the defense, the secondary and linebacker play in particular, wasn’t very effective. Here are the grades from Saturday's loss. Quarterbacks: Ryan Hilinski proved last week wasn’t a fluke and he belongs at No. 1. Barring injury, this is his team to lead moving forward. It was still a controlled passing game without many shots downfield, but Hilinski played well in his first SEC action. He completed 36-of-57 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. His 31-yard touchdown pass to Shi Smith into double coverage was a thing of beauty. He did have a fumble and interception though. Grade: B Running Backs: Rico Dowdle played well with 102 yards on 12 carries but his inability to score late in the first half that would have made it a one-score game was a huge momentum shift going the Gamecocks way. Tavien Feaster was a non-factor early and finished with 12 touches, but many of those were late in the game. Feaster needs to be more involved in the offense, especially in the passing game. Grade: C- Wide Receivers: Bryan Edwards set a career-high with nine receptions. Smith had the highlight reel touchdown catch in the second quarter and had a team-high 90 yards receiving on six catches. OrTre Smith and Josh Vann combined for six receptions but only 37 yards. Outside of Edwards and Shi Smith, it was a rather routine game. Grade: B+ Tight Ends: Markway led the way with five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, while Muse added four catches for 21 yards. The one drawback is Markway had the questionable holding call that negated Parker White’s 33-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal in the first quarter. Grade: C Offensive line: They allowed three sacks but Hilinski was pressured a number of times and took several shots. Protection has to improve on the running game they averaged 4.7 yards per carry with Dowdle going over 100 yards for the first time since the Tennessee game last year. Grade: D Defensive line: One of the better performances on the defensive side. They basically put six guys in the box a lot of times and forced Alabama to rely on the passing game. They only allowed 3 yards per rush, but they didn’t generate much pass rush. That allowed QB Tua Tagovailoa sit back and pick the secondary apart. Grade: C+ Linebackers: Ernest Jones led the team with nine tackles, but he and T.J. Brunson were still part of problem with the secondary. Alabama hit a lot of seam routes that turned into big plays. Deeper drops into the zones could have possibly prevented that. Grade: D Defensive backs: In drastic need of repair. Maybe an argument that Alabama has the best receiving corps in the country, and the Gamecocks secondary would not disagree. Tagovailoa set a career-high with 444 passing yards and averaged 15.8 yards per completion. The Crimson Tide had scoring pass plays of 24, 81, 42, 42 and 11 yards, which tied for most passing touchdowns in a game for Tagovailoa. It was the third most-ever passing yards in Alabama history. Grade: F Special Teams: If the trick plays would have worked, this grade would be much much different. Muschamp called a fake field goal, a fake punt and an onside kick, all which ended up not working in the Gamecocks favor. Also, the Gamecocks had a procedure penalty that negated a punt being downed at the Alabama 1-yard line. White did kick field goals of 44, 28, and 48 yards. Grade: C Coaching: The game plan and play-calling are what fans have been wanting; unfortunately the execution was poor. They tried though. Good news here is the more comfortable Hilinski becomes, the more they can open things up. Defensively, they could have mixed things up to make Tagavailoa move some in the pocket, but now teams will probably attack a vulnerable secondary going forward. Grade: B Overall: At the end of the day, it’s still a 24-point loss to an SEC team, Yes they are the No. 2 ranked team in the country. There are winnable games coming on the horizon, starting with a trip to Missouri this Saturday Gamecocks are 10 point dogs. The coaching staff and players are going to have to find a way to make something good happen in the first true road game of the season. Grade: C-
  18. Grading the Gamecocks vs Alabama Sept. 16, 2019 Gamecocks again had another mixed bag of results Saturday in its 47-23 loss to No. 2 Alabama. The offense played well in spurts and the playing calling was maybe as aggressive as ever in Will Muschamp’s for seasons at the helm here. But the defense, the secondary and linebacker play in particular, wasn’t very effective. Here are the grades from Saturday's loss. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. QB Ryan Hilinski: ‘I am wearing Tyler on my jersey Sept. 14, 2019 South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski wears No. 3 for a reason. The Gamecock freshman, who made his first college start last week, dons No. 3 to honor his late brother Tyler Hilinski. Ryan spoke of that special bond between him and his brother during a segment on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday. The feature showed how the Hilinskis have dealt with Tyler’s death and their journey that led them to South Carolina. “I know it is just a jersey. I am wearing Tyler on my jersey. But I am wearing it for all the people who are going through things in their life,” Hilinski said in the piece. Tyler Hilinski will be remembered at the start of the third quarter Saturday against Alabama. The plan is for fans in Williams-Brice to stand for the first play of of the third quarter and raise up the number three. .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%}
  20. Jake Bentley dealing with injury that ended his senior season Sept. 10, 2019 The surgery to his foot is going to put quarterback Jake Bentley on the shelf for the rest of what should have been his senior season. Bentley got a second opinion on a mid-foot injury last Friday, a week after hurting it against North Carolina, and USC coach Will Muschamp announced his season was over this Sunday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. Founders Zone Naming Rights Partnership Announced 9/11/2019 | Football | GCF Staff Report Founders Federal Credit Union and the University of South Carolina Athletics Department have announced a five-year partnership awarding naming rights of The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium to Founders Federal Credit Union. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. Founders Zone Naming Rights Partnership Announced 9/11/2019 | Football | GCF Staff Report Founders Federal Credit Union and the University of South Carolina Athletics Department have announced a five-year partnership awarding naming rights of The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium to Founders Federal Credit Union. The Zone will now officially become Founders Zone. Founders is the first naming partner to be associated with The Zone. The partnership includes naming rights and other partnership benefits for Founders. "This partnership strengthens our commitment to the university, community and our market area in Columbia. Relax ... welcome to Founders Zone," said Founders President and CEO Bruce Brumfield. The Founders Zone continues a partnership between Founders and USC Athletics that began with the naming of Founders Park baseball stadium in October 2015. At the time of the naming announcement, it was one of only three on-campus college baseball stadiums that had corporate naming rights. "We value our partnership with Founders Federal Credit Union and the commitment they have made to Gamecock Athletics," said USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "Founders is a great friend to Gamecock Athletics." Fans with tickets in the Founders Zone saw the new branding at the Charleston Southern game this past weekend. The Founders Zone Details Built in 1995 11,000 square feet of climate-controlled space Premium seating area with just over 1,500 seats Spans the south end zone between the lower and upper levels Amenities include outdoor, covered seating, indoor television monitors, inclusive catering, individual lockers for storing beverages and personal belongings Direct access via elevator and escalator Founders Federal Credit Union The credit union, one of the largest and most innovative in the nation, was founded in 1950 in Fort Mill, South Carolina to provide financial services to the employees of Springs Industries, Inc. Founders serves over 221,000 members and more than 30 locations. The credit union has over $2.4 billion in assets.
  23. Transfer TE Nick Muse finely makes his debut on the field for Gamecocks Saturday Sept. 07, 2019 The Gamecock junior transfer tight end received the word late Friday afternoon from the NCAA granted Muse his waiver allowing him to see action for the first time this Saturday. He made the best of it while on the field. Muse did have to shack off a fumble on his first catch but he did finish with two catches for 22 yards. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  24. Freshman Hilinski's Debut Leads South Carolina to 72-10 Win With Videos Coach & Selected Players Sept. 07, 2019 South Carolina fans gave quarterback Ryan Hilinski even more love than a second string QB typically gets in his first start and the freshman with the inspiring backstory responded with a storybook debut. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  25. Transfer TE Nick Muse finely makes his debut on the field for Gamecocks Saturday Sept. 07, 2019 The Gamecock junior transfer tight end received the word late Friday afternoon from the NCAA granted Muse his waiver allowing him to see action for the first time this Saturday. He made the best of it while on the field. Muse did have to shack off a fumble on his first catch but he did finish with two catches for 22 yards. Muse played two seasons at William & Mary, an FCS school, before deciding to transfer to USC. A move that normally requires a student-athlete to sit out for one season. The 6'3", 232lbs was in uniform Saturday for the Gamecocks and saw action in the 72-10 victory. “When I heard the news, it was about 5:30 (Friday) and we had a meeting at 6,” Muse said. “It was exciting. All my teammates were loving it and enjoying it.” “It was a humbling experience,” Muse said of the fumble. “It is like getting your toes in the water. I missed the UNC game and I was waiting for months to see if I could play or not. Then I play and that is the first play. It is humbling, but I enjoyed it though. I came to the sideline with a grin on my face, knowing I am going to do my job next time.” Gamecock coach Will Muschamp talked after the game about how happy he was to have Muse in the lineup Saturday and going forward. Muse provides depth for the Gamecocks at tight end. The Gamecocks lost projected starter Kiel Pollard to a career-ending spinal condition. USC also lost Evan Hinson, who decided to transfer and focus on basketball. “I don’t feel there is any pressure on me at all,” Muse said. “I played college ball for two years. I know William & Mary is not 90,000 people watching. But there are some athletes everywhere. I am enjoying it for the most part. Muschamp has a lot of faith in me so that is a good thing. (Tight ends coach) Bobby Bentley respects my game and he knows what I can do to help the team out.” Last season for William & Mary, Muse had 30 catches for 453 yards in seven games. 2019 USC vs Charleston Southern - Nick Muse 12 Yd Reception Video Provided by SFCocking

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