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  1. Congrats to the Thompson family A year and a half ago, former South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson shared a story of personal tragedy when he and his wife Melanie lost an unborn child. On Thursday, he posted family news of an entirely different sort: He’s a new dad. Thompson tweeted pictures of his new daughter Mikaiah Rose with a series of photos.
  2. AUGUST 16, 2019 by GC RAMEY | THESPURSUPSHOW A Smothering Presence: How Israel Mukuama’s Size Could Lead To Big Things For The Gamecock Secondary A quick google search sends a clear statistical message: defensive backs are typically much shorter than the receivers that they match up against. With the average NFL receiver being noted as 6’2″, the comparative size of DB’s, at 5’11”, seems like quite the discrepancy. Despite this apparent limitation, talented secondary players continue to defy the odds and be productive. It appears that the best of the best have a rabid combination of athleticism and sheer will to dominate their assignment. This might explain why size is seemingly irrelevant. However, even so, one has to wonder if a little more height wouldn’t hurt. According to USA Today, 2018’s best defensive back was Greedy Williams of LSU. If you watched any film of him, it is clear that the title is well deserved. Perhaps what helped him at the position the most, is also the one thing that sets him apart from the majority of other defensive backs: his height. At six feet, two inches tall, Greedy Williams was rarely, if ever, the smaller guy in a match up. Combine his natural size with smooth hip rotation and overall quickness, and you have a guy who can afford to play more than a little greedy. So, if a little extra height helped give way to the accolades and productivity that Greedy Williams secured in 2018, what would have been the result if he had been even taller, but with almost as much athleticism and quickness? Let me introduce you to the Gamecock’s own Israel Mukuamu.
  3. AUGUST 19, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 122 | Shaw/Tonka Commit, Kiel’s Injury, More Pre-Season Lists + Nathan Pepper Chris starts the show by breaking down the Gamecocks picking up two big time commits last Thursday afternoon in three start TE Eric Shaw and four star DT Tonka Hemingway. Why is South Carolina’s success recruiting in state so important to the future prosperity of the program? Chris also gives his thoughts on Kiel Pollard’s injury, the Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team, new basketball uniforms and more. Finally, former Gamecocks DT Nathan Pepper joins the show (33:49-1:14:15) to chat about his recruitment to USC, playing for Coach Spurrier, what he learned from the ’06 Clemson game, tearing his ACL in’07, finding redemption in Oxford, his two defensive touchdowns, being a “football dad”, current state of the program and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  4. AUGUST 15, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 121 | Season Sleepers, Recruiting News and More + Hunter Taylor Who are the guys that nobody is talking about who will have breakout years for the Gamecocks? Plus, Chris gives his thoughts on a few USC prospects and their upcoming decisions on where to play college football. Also, news and notes including “BLACK MAGIC”, Evan Hinson, a new sponsorship and more. Finally, former Gamecocks catcher Hunter Taylor joins the show (28:47-1:01:31) to chat about why he chose USC, playing for Chad Holbrook, why he almost transferred, transition to Mark Kingston, turning around the 2018 season, being a game away from Omaha, the injury that ended his baseball career and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play
  5. AUGUST 12, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Talking Gamecocks With Marc Ryan Of ESPN Upstate Joining @MarcRyanOnAir on @ESPNUpstate at 2:20 PM ET to talk #Gamecocks as we creep closer to kickoff in Charlotte, NC. Tune in ⬇️https://t.co/1dqCQ7FvJi Going live at 2:20 PM ET. Click the link to listen live –> https://player.radio.com/listen/station/espn-upstate
  6. AUGUST 12, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 120 | Tank, Tonka and More + Ace Sanders New podcast!!! Note from FeatheredCock Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris breaks down Tank’s decision to commit to Auburn, Tonka Hemingway’s upcoming announcement, importance of landing Jordan Burch and more. Plus, Chris breaks down Xavier Legette and why Jake Bentley’s comments from over the weekend should give fans a ton of optimism about the young freshman speedster. Finally, former Gamecocks playmaker Ace Sanders joins the show to chat about why he chose USC, being underrated as a prospect, playing for Steve Spurrier, ’11 ECU, ’12 Mizzou, ’12 UGA, Clowney’s hit, being drafted by his home state team, why his NFL career faltered, training athletes in his home state and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  7. AUGUST 8, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 119 | Business/Life Updates + Corey Bridges Chris gives major updates regarding TSUS including a new sponsor, the move to Columbia, new plans for content and more. Also, Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 2020 football schedule, Lavonte Valentine transferring, Devonte Davis injury and more. Finally, former Gamecocks WR Corey Bridges joins the show (47:55-1:37:46) to chat about Sparky Woods, scoring a touchdown on his first college snap, playing with Steve Taneyhill and Anthony Wright, being a track standout, running his own business and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  8. TSUS Ep. 118 | Early Camp Impressions, Tank Bigsby Update and More + Jacob August THESPURSUPSHOW Tank Bigsby reveals his announcement date and Chris breaks down USC’s chances, why he feels better than most and his prediction for where the coveted running back prospect lands. Also, early impressions from fall camp including Muschamp’s opening presser, a transfer tight end, defensive line depth and more. Finally, former Gamecocks TE Jacob August joins the show (29:07-1:25:49) to chat about growing up a South Carolina fan, being called “Dan August” by the HBC, Steve Spurrier’s resignation, relationship with Hayden Hurst, Will Muschamp era, his infamous mustache, winning the Outback Bowl, “senior leadership” and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  9. TSUS Ep. 118 | Early Camp Impressions, Tank Bigsby Update and More + Jacob August 15, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Tank Bigsby reveals his announcement date and Chris breaks down USC’s chances, why he feels better than most and his prediction for where the coveted running back prospect lands. Also, early impressions from fall camp including Muschamp’s opening presser, a transfer tight end, defensive line depth and more. Finally, former Gamecocks TE Jacob August joins the show (29:07-1:25:49) to chat about growing up a South Carolina fan, being called “Dan August” by the HBC, Steve Spurrier’s resignation, relationship with Hayden Hurst, Will Muschamp era, his infamous mustache, winning the Outback Bowl, “senior leadership” and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  10. AUGUST 1, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 117 | Fall Camp Preview + Jimmy Legree The Gamecocks are hitting the practice field as fall practice begins Friday. Chris breaks down the start of fall camp including top storylines, position battles to watch and more. Also, your listener questions including Tank Bigsby, running back transfers, pressure on Jake Bentley and more. Finally, former Gamecocks defensive back Jimmy Legree joins the show (40:20-1:29:01) to chat about being an underrated prospect, breaking out in 2012, his first career interception, playing on the “GOON SQUAD” defense, being a part of the winningest senior class in USC history, his time in the NFL and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  11. JULY 30, 2019 | by NOAH PATHEJA | THESPURSUPSHOW How Tavien Feaster’s Presence Changes The Gamecocks Offense And Prospects Of This Upcoming Season After all the rumors and twitter controversy, Tavien Feaster is finally a Gamecock. The official announcement came on Monday afternoon via Feaster’s Instagram. However, a leaked photo that I’m sure you’re all aware of by now completely ripped apart Gamecocks Twitter. After all the mess, South Carolina fans finally have a running back they can be excited about. Arguably the best back USC has had since Mike Davis, Feaster will add to the already deep running back room. He should be a premiere back whose addition will hopefully balance out the offensive attack. So how does this change the offense heading into the 2019 season? Well, Carolina had a total of 1,986 rushing yards last year, which was good for 81st nationally. The Gamecocks also passed for a total of 3,547 yards, good for 28th nationally. Rico Dowdle was the starter last year and rushed for 654 yards. However, he has struggled with injuries his whole career. Mon Denson also showed a couple flashes of excellence, but shouldn’t be looked at as an “every down” SEC caliber back. The lack of a consistent rushing threat has affected the entire offense, especially quarterback Jake Bentley. As much criticism as he has received, a consistent threat in the backfield should help him avoid forcing the ball and making mistakes like he has in the past. A guy like Tavien Feaster should help take some of the pressure off USC senior quarterback Jake Bentley. Feaster is second in career yards per carry in Clemson history, which says a lot. If he can do that at Clemson, he can easily help South Carolina pick up another win or two this year. One fun fact about this Feaster thing: the last time South Carolina played Alabama, the Gamecocks had a solid quarterback (Stephen Garcia), an elite running back (Marcus Lattimore) and a really good receiver(Alshon Jeffery). South Carolina plays Alabama this year. Honestly, I might be having some deja vu when I see Bentley, Feaster and Bryan Edwards on the field this year. Add that to a really talented defense and this team will look very similar to that 2010 team who made the SEC championship. Now, I’m not saying this team will make the SEC championship. The schedule is brutal and there are still question marks to be answered. However, this easily turns a team fighting for bowl eligibility into one that can realistically challenge for eight or nine wins this season. I expect Feaster to rush for 800-1200 yards this season, all depending on how many carries he splits with Rico Dowdle and the rest of a crowded backfield. Either way, expect #4 to make an immediate impact for the Gamecocks this season.
  12. JULY 29, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 116 | 2019 Special Teams Preview, Tavien Feaster + Brandon Wallace New podcast!!! Note from Featheredcock Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris wraps up the “Season Preview Series” by breaking down the Gamecocks SPECIAL TEAMS heading into 2019. Top storylines include Deebo Samuel’s departure, Bryan Edwards’ hold on the punt returner job, top candidates for KOR, Parker White’s progression, why Joseph Charleton isn’t getting enough respect and more. Plus, huge Tavien Feaster news to get to as a leaked picture gives USC fans a good feeling about their chances with the Clemson transfer running back. Finally, former Gamecocks PF Brandon Wallace joins the show to chat about his recruitment to USC, playing for Dave Odom, ’04 NCAA Tournament, winning back to back NIT Titles, being a dominant shot blocker, playing basketball overseas, the evolution of the NBA and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  13. POSTED ON JULY 25, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 115 | 2019 Defense Preview + Corey Miller Part two of the “Season Preview Series” is officially here as Chris breaks down the Gamecocks DEFENSE heading into the 2019 season. Top storylines include beating the injury bug, Javon Kinlaw’s ceiling, why Chris is fired up about this group, linebacking corps, playmakers in the secondary, DJ Wonnum’s impact and more. Plus, Chris gives his prediction for the 2019 unit, including why this year’s defense could be the best fans have seen since the 2013 season. Finally, former Gamecocks LB/DE Corey Miller joins the show to chat about growing up a Gamecock fan, dealing with the death of Joe Morrison, battling injuries, his nine year NFL career, being a staple in the Columbia media, his son’s misrecuitment to USC, life after football and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  14. JULY 23, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Newly Elected President Robert Caslen Makes “Ice Cream” Joke, Clemson Fans Lose Their Minds ICYMI, newly elected President of the University of South Carolina Robert Caslen made comments yesterday morning at his introductory press conference. During that time, he talked about many things: his new role as president, relations with students, comments made back in April and much more. One thing I’m sure he was advised to touch on to get the USC fan base on his side was beating Clemson. Caslen made the joke below, citing any team who beats Clemson be invited to an “ice cream social” at his house: As you can imagine, Clemson fans reacted rationally and didn’t freak out on social media (LOL) Let’s take a look at some of the best Tigers fans showing off their IQ: The amount of “rent free” tweets we got like Clemson writers don’t write an article a day about what someone in Columbia, SC said that day is pretty insane. Clemson fans really don’t understand how warming up to a fan base and making jokes works. Is it though? How many years in a row has South Carolina won the overall Palmetto Series again? And when Clemson students graduate, their first words to a Carolina grad are “can I take your order?”. Pretty riveting stuff. If you’ve made it this far, you’ve more than likely lost a few brain cells in the process. My apologies. Spot the damn ball already.
  15. JULY 22, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 114 | 2019 Offense Preview + Travian Robertson Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! We begin the TSUS “Season Preview Series” as Chris takes a deep dive into the Gamecocks offense heading into 2019. Top storylines include Bryan McClendon, Jake Bentley’s legacy, replacing Deebo Samuel, OrTre is BACK, running game woes, Eric Wolford’s offensive line and more. He also discusses why he thinks the Carolina offense could be better and/or worse this fall and gives his predictions for this season’s unit. Also, your listener questions include WR3, depth behind Jake Bentley, top standout freshman for the future and more. Finally, former Gamecocks DL Travian Robertson joins the show (45:32-2:20:00) to chat about why he chose USC, playing for Brad Lawing, Tajh Boyd calling the defensive line “average at best”, winning the SEC East, beating Bama, playing in the NFL, being a college coach and much more. iTunes Spotify Google Play Stitcher Buzzsprout
  16. JULY 18, 2019, | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 113 | SEC Media Days Recap + Corey Jenkins Chris breaks down the Gamecocks trip to Hoover for SEC Media Days. Hear about everything head coach Will Muschamp had to say including the 2019 schedule, protecting the football, “leave no doubt”, seniors on defense and more. Also, Chris takes your listener questions including Jamyest Williams, Todd Ellis, Clemson’s schedule, the tradition of Carolina and more. Finally, former Gamecocks QB Corey Jenkins joins the show (35:03-1:26:42) to chat about being a first round MLB Draft pick, his path back to college football, growing up a Gamecock fan, beating Clemson, being drafted by the Miami Dolphins, changing positions in the NFL, working under Will Muschamp as a strength coach, his current coaching ventures and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  17. JULY 16, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW Depth Chart Discussion: Three Key Position Battles To Watch As We Get Closer To Fall Practice ICYMI, South Carolina football released their latest two-deep depth chart ahead of SEC Media Days: I asked you, the fans, what were some of the most intriguing position battles you were looking forward to keeping an eye on this fall: This is the one EVERYONE wants to talk about. There’s no doubt the starting quarterback position is set, with Jake Bentley returning looking to rewrite the Carolina record books. However, the Gamecocks find themselves with questions behind him for the first time since the 2016 season. Joyner saw very limited action a year ago, but showed flashes of his athleticism and game breaking ability. Ryan Hilinski, to no surprise, has been a fan favorite since stepping foot on campus in January. Hilinski showed his superb arm talent in the spring game, making difficult throws all over the field. The biggest wild card in this battle will be Dakereon Joyner’s passing. Can the redshirt freshman from North Charleston show enough through the air to give him the nod over Hilinski? Dakereon Joyner should be used a bunch in redone packages, an area where the Gamecocks struggled mightily a year ago. However, I would be shocked if the highly touted blue chipper out of California doesn’t lock down the backup role by August 31st. Running Back SR Rico Dowdle vs. Everyone This battle hinges a lot on what Clemson transfer Tavien Feaster decides over the next few weeks. Either way, let’s go off of what we know: Rico Dowdle (at this point) will probably be your starting running back against UNC in 46 days. Dowdle has been plagued by inconsistency and injuries, having never reached his full potential since bursting on the scene as a true freshman in 2016. Mon Denson, A.J. Turner, Kevin Harris and Deshaun Fenwick round out a very crowded backfield full of guys all looking for carries. I would argue Denson is the most consistent of all the backs. While he’s not flashy, Denson ran with a toughness and tenacity USC fans came to expect from him week in and week out. It appears A.J. Turner’s time being a feature back are over, as Will Muschamp has him splitting time at defensive back as well. Deshaun Fenwick looked good in limited action a year ago, but has been far too inconsistent according to new running backs coach Thomas Brown. That leaves freshman Kevin Harris. Harris is a bowling ball type runner, shedding defenders with his big bodied frame. He impressed coaches this spring and provided fans with a highlight reel run in spring practice. Simply put, the Gamecocks absolutely need more production from this group, no matter who is taking the handoffs. Kickoff Returner SR A.J. Turner vs. JR Shi Smith vs. ??? Gamecock fans truly came to appreciate how much special teams could impact a game over Deebo Samuel’s last two seasons. With Samuel now gone to the NFL, South Carolina is left searching for it’s next playmaker in that department. There are a few guys on this team who have done it before, most notably A.J. Turner, who did have some success in that department in 2016. Beyond that, USC should be breaking in a new face, looking for that guy who can provide a spark in the special teams department. While I do think A.J. is a bit underrated in regards to a big play threat, I don’t think he’s your primary kick returner when South Carolina opens the season against UNC. Names like Shi Smith, Jamyest Williams, Jammie Robinson, Josh Vann, etc. all come to mind as guys who should get a shot to be the guy who returns kicks. It may be impossible to replicate the type of success Deebo Samuel had as a returner. However, the Gamecocks certainly have a plethora of guys to choose from who should be able to make it an easier than expected transition.
  18. JULY 16, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW THE DAILY CROW | Gamecocks Offensive Line Looks To Replace Key Contributors In 2019 Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!!
  19. TSUS Ep. 112 | SEC Media Days Preview + Adrian Morales JULY 15, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW Welcome to talkin’ season. Chris gives a full preview of SEC Media Days in Hoover including his top questions for Will Muschamp, the Jake Bentley disrespect in the pre-season, TJ Brunson’s role as a leader on defense and more. He also goes into details on the Gamecocks newly released two-deep depth chart. How much should USC fans really look into it? Also, Chris reads off your responses in regards to questions you would love to have Muschamp answer if given the opportunity. Finally, former Gamecocks third baseman Adrian Morales joins the show (47:28-2:09:30) to chat about his path to USC, winning back to back national titles, playing for Ray Tanner, life in professional baseball, his current coaching career and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  20. JULY 12, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Q&A With 2020 Quarterback Commit Luke Doty Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Chris sits down with Gamecocks four star quarterback commit Luke Doty to discuss the Elite 11, goals for the upcoming season and more: Q: You recently participated in the Elite 11. Talk about that experience and what did you learn most from it? LD: “The Elite 11 experience is one that I will never forget. The relationships I made and the bonds that were created will definitely last a lifetime. One of the main focuses of the week was having emotional intelligence, and having the capacity to handle tough situations. I think it elevated all of our games and helped us get better throughout the week.” Q: You’ve been 100% committed to the Gamecocks since the start. What’s the biggest reason for that and what do you like most about USC? LD: “USC is home to my family and me. The coaching staff has always been very honest and up front with us and they have always followed through with everything they’ve said. With it being our state university, the connections I can make once I get my degree are endless. I’m eager to start learning from Coach Werner (the QB whisperer) as well!!” Q: What do you feel your biggest strengths and weaknesses are as a QB right now? What are you working on hardest to improve? LD: “My biggest strength as a quarterback is my confidence in my ability to both run and pass the ball down the field; I can sit in the pocket or extend plays with my legs. One of the things I’m really working on is engaging my hips when I throw. This will allow me to deliver a more controlled and accurate ball that has an increase of velocity.” Q: What are your goals for your senior season at Myrtle Beach? LD: “Every year at Myrtle Beach, we always have the same 3 goals: beat Conway, win the region, and win the state championship. All of them are important, but we’re always striving for that last one; winning a state championship. We’ve got a good group of guys coming back this year so I feel confident that we’ve got another shot at it.” Q: You’ve appeared to develop close relationships with some other members of the 2020 recruiting class. Talk about some of those guys and the chemistry you all have. LD: “Throughout this whole process, I’ve definitely gotten pretty close with a lot of the guys that have committed and are close to it. Mike Wyman and Daqon Stewart are two guys that I talk to a lot, and they both do a great job of recruiting as well. Tyshawn Wannamaker is also a guy that I’ve gotten close with. I know he’s gonna have my back and protecting me for the next 4 years so I’m definitely gonna have to take care of him!! Everyone is just really excited to get to USC and get to work; this is a special class!!” Q: Simply put, you’re a guy that will be coming to USC with a lot of hype and expectations. How do you handle that? LD: “I’m not really a guy that listens to the hype and expectations. My job will be to compete my tail off, get better, and learn as much as I can every single day; I’m fired up about it!!” Q: With yourself, Ryan Hilinski, Dakereon Joyner and others, South Carolina should have one of the best quarterback rooms in the country in 2020 and beyond. Talk about your relationship with those guys and how excited you are to get the chance to compete with them. LD: “I’ve developed a close relationship with all of the quarterbacks in the room. Dakereon and Ryan have both helped me out a lot. Whether it be giving me advice or tips on how to balance a busy schedule, or walking me through a play during practice; I know they’ve got my back and I can’t wait to continue to learn from them in a few months. Jay Urich is another guy who I’ve gotten close with. We both train with Ramon Robinson so it’s pretty fun pushing each other during drills and stuff like that.” Q: What are your goals when you get to South Carolina? LD: “A goal of mine when I get to USC is to be the best quarterback and player that I can possibly be. I’m going to put my head down and compete every single day, no matter what. I’m excited for what’s to come!!” Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a Gamecock? LD: “Being a Gamecock is special, especially in the state of South Carolina. Playing at Williams-Brice in front of 80,000 fans, running out of the tunnel to 2001, and seeing the sea of white towels during Sandstorm just gives me chills!! Like I said earlier, the connections that I’ll be able to make at USC will help set me up for my future career and my life after football.”
  21. JULY 11, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 111 | Game By Game Predictions Part Two ft. Brad Crawford of 247Sports + Del Wilkes Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Part two of the most in depth Gamecocks season preview/breakdown you’ll hear is officially here. Chris and Brad pick up where they left off Monday, breaking down the last six weeks of South Carolina’s 2019 football season including massive road trip to Athens, an important three game stretch, the annual rivalry match-up with Clemson and more. Also, Chris answers your questions including Tavien Feaster, SEC/Big 12 football match-ups, best clutch QB in USC history, App State being a trap game and more. Finally, former Gamecocks offensive lineman and professional wrestler Del Wilkes joins the show (1:13:30-2:23:49) to chat about being one of just four all-time consensus Al-Americans at USC, the 1984 “Black Magic” season, playing with George Rogers, his wrestling career as “The Trooper” and “The Patriot” and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play
  22. JULY 10, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA | THE SPURS UP SHOW The Narrative That The Gamecocks Will Be A “Bad” Football Team This Fall Needs To Stop Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Let me start by saying this: I’m sick of everyone on Twitter or the “media” acting like South Carolina is a terrible team and that this season is already a loss. Yes, South Carolina has arguably the toughest schedule in the country. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll be a bad team. Texas A&M also has an extremely tough schedule, but people are saying they’ll still get eight or nine wins. Go figure. One reason why people are lowballing the Gamecocks is because they lost 28-0 in the Belk Bowl last year against Virginia. Look, I get it. That game was embarrassing. However, Carolina had a ridiculous amount of injuries last year and they were missing their key playmaker, Deebo Samuel. You could tell that South Carolina didn’t have a lot of motivation in that game. People for some reason think that game is a precursor to what we’ll see this fall. That’s just a terrible way of thinking to bring into this 2019 season. Speaking of Deebo Samuel, people think South Carolina will struggle because of his departure. Although he was the best offensive weapon for the Gamecocks last year, South Carolina will have plenty of offensive options available. The offense will be led by a senior Jake Bentley, who should be primed to have his best season in garnet and black. Then there is Bryan Edwards, who will be one of the top receivers in the SEC. The running back position is still a mystery, but with Bentley’s progression and capable weapons on the outside, the offense should be fine. I’m not saying South Carolina will be an eight or nine win team. Hell, seven wins won’t even be easy with their schedule. However, USC isn’t going to be a horrible team, especially if they can stay healthy. Their secondary will be heavily underrated with guys like Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and RJ Roderick, who all showed their skills off late last year. The defensive line will be drastically improved, especially with the addition of five-star Zacch Pickens. It’s absurd that people are saying that South Carolina will lose to UNC, who will be relying on a true freshman quarterback. South Carolina will realistically finish with six wins. However, things are bound to change in the case of upsets or blown leads, which have unfortunately been common recently. Muschamp finally has a team that his staff has recruited. Schedule be damned, this year’s slate provides a wealth of opportunity to prove that he and this program are heading in the right direction.
  23. TSUS Ep. 110 | Game By Game Predictions Part One ft. Brad Crawford of 247Sports + Ko Simpson July 08, 2019 | THESPURSUPSHOW by CHRIS Part one of the most in depth Gamecocks season preview/breakdown you’ll hear is officially here. Chris is joined by Brad Crawford of 247Sports to break down the first six weeks of South Carolina’s 2019 season. The guys also discuss most important game this season, toughest three game stretch, biggest opportunity to pull a massive upset and more. Also, Chris answers your listener questions and plays your voicemails in regards to how you think USC will do this fall. Finally, former Gamecocks DB Ko Simpson joins the show to chat (1:24:20-2:10:08) about being an underrated prospect out of Rock Hill, playing for both Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier, being the first SEC Freshman of the Year in USC history, his decision to make an early jump to the NFL, life after football and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  24. 2019 Opponent Preview: Gamecocks Look To Spoil Clemson’s Run At A Second Straight National Title July 05, 2019, | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit!!! OPPONENT: Clemson Tigers WHEN: Saturday, November 30th WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Clemson leads 70-42-4 LAST MEETING: Clemson beat South Carolina 56-35 in Clemson, SC 2018 RECORD: 15-0 (8-0) Head Coach… Dabo Swinney Swinney returns for his 12th year at Clemson overseeing arguably the best program in the entire country. A record breaking extension highlighted the offseason, as the Tigers gave Swinney a 10 year, $93 million dollar deal in April. Now, Dabo looks to return Clemson to the promised land, seeking a third national title in four years. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (7) WR Tee Higgins (Jr.) LG John Simpson (Sr.) C Sean Pollard (Sr.) WR Amari Rodgers (Jr.) RT Tremanyne Anchrum (Sr.) QB Trevor Lawrence (So.) RB Travis Etienne (Jr.) DEFENSE (4) OLB Isaiah Simmons (Jr.) CB A.J. Terrell (Jr.) S Tanner Muse (Sr.) S K’Von Wallace (Sr.) How did they fare in 2018? While it may appear Clemson cruised on the way to a national title, last season did not lack a flair for the dramatics. Veteran signal caller Kelly Bryant was replaced early in the season, leading to his eventual transfer to Mizzou. In stepped Trevor Lawrence, the highly rated recruit out of Georgia to take over the reins for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. Safe to say, the move paid off. Lawrence completed over 65% of his passes, while throwing for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. Clemson’s road trip to College Station early in the season proved as one of its toughest tests of the year, as the Tigers were able to escape with a 28-26 win over the Aggies. It looked as if again Clemson may fall victim to an upset in its annual game with Syracuse. A late touchdown drive was needed to secure the 27-23 win over the Orange. The Tigers cruised through the rest of its schedule, including a 42-10 win over Pittsburgh in the ACC Title. Clemson capped off the magical run by doing what nobody in the country thought it could: by embarrassing the Alabama Crimson Tide by a final score of 44-16 to win the National Championship. Best Returning Player… QB Trevor Lawrence Simply put, Lawrence is one of the best quarterback prospects the game of college football has seen in quite some time. He established himself early as one of the best in the country and only got better as the season progressed. Surrounded by a plethora of playmakers, Trevor’s most impressive attribute last season seemed to be his poise and calm demeanor. A pre-season All-American selection, expect Lawrence to be even better in 2019 as he looks to lead the Tigers to a second straight national championship. Heck, he may even collect a Heisman Trophy in the process. Overall Outlook… The college football world belongs to both Alabama and Clemson right now and we’re all simply just living in it. That’s a harsh reality for Gamecock fans to face, as Clemson showed last season that it could not only compete with Alabama, but flat out embarrass them as well. The biggest question mark facing this Tigers team will be on the defensive side of the ball, as DC Brent Venables looks to replace his entire starting front four from a year ago. Still, Clemson has loaded up at all positions through fantastic recruiting classes and should have no issues finding guys who can produce at a high level. Offensively, the Tigers will be one of the toughest to defend in the country. Outside of QB Trevor Lawrence, they return big time playmakers such as RB Travis Etienne, WR Justyn Ross, WR Tee Higgins amongst a host of others. Anything less than another trip to the CFP in 2019 will be a massive disappointment for a fan base that all but come to expect that on a yearly basis. South Carolina will look to do all it can to end a five game losing streak in the series and spoil Clemson’s chase to a second straight national title. Can the Gamecocks find enough magic on a cold November night in Williams-Brice to pull the upset? While it’s unlikely, a win would most definitely go down as the biggest to date of the Will Muschamp era in Columbia. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 15-0 (8-0)
  25. TSUS Ep. 109 | Jake Bentley, Whit’s An All-Star, Recruiting News & Notes + Weslye Saunders JULY 3, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris breaks down Jake Bentley showing out at the Manning Passing Academy, Whit Merrifield makes the MLB All-Star Game, another DB commit, recruiting news and notes, your listener questions and more. Plus, former Gamecocks TE Weslye Saunders joins the show (27:24-1:22:25) to chat about being highly recruited out of the state of North Carolina, playing as a true freshman, Steve Spurrier, Stephen Garcia, the Whitney Hotel scandal, why he was really dismissed from the team in 2010, playing in the NFL, AAF, #WhyNotWes and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
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