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  1. Photo Day: South Carolina took a break from the grind of Fall Camp to host Photo Day at Williams-Brice Stadium August 17, 2019 | 247sports CLICK TO VIEW: South Carolina took a break from the grind of Fall Camp to host Photo Day at Williams-Brice Stadium
  2. Gamecock football ticket sales out-do 2018 August 15, 2019 South Carolina football’s ticket office The school announced it had surpassed its 2018 total of 47,381. Earlier in the process, the team announced it was well ahead of its numbers, and it still has more than two weeks before the opener (the team can often sell tickets through the first few weeks of games). One key factor helping sales was a high-grade home schedule at Williams-Brice. USC will host the Alabama Crimson Tide for the first time since 2010 and the annual rivalry game with Clemson. USC’s 2018 total was the lowest since 2010 and had marked the fourth year in a row that it had fallen. Average attendance is dropping all over college football as the sport grapples with the ease of watching on high-quality TVs.
  3. VIDEOS INCLUDED: Wednesday Gamecocks practice observations & more August 14, 2019 Gamecocks came out at practice wearing black helmets for its 12th practice of the preseason. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. PRACTICE VIDEO: Gamecocks came out wearing black helmets for today's practice August 14, 2019, |Video provided by 247sports The day after South Carolina’s “Black Magic” throwback uniform was unveiled, the team donned black helmets for its 12th practice of the preseason. Coach Will Muschamp opened the start of practice to media.
  5. Gallery 1: Photo Gallery - Fan Appreciation Day Gallery 2: South Carolina Football Fan Day Photos
  6. WATCH: Quarterbacks hit their targets August 09, 2019
  7. Gamecock Practice notes & observations for 08/09/2019 August 09, 2019 A few observations from Will Muschamp’s team on the field: ▪ Turnovers, block shedding, the finer points of blocking on kick returns. It was loose enough that at one point in a defensive circuit, safeties Jamyest Williams and J.T. Ibe were intermingled with a linebacker group. ▪There were a few notable missing faces. Wide receivers Tyquan Johnson and defensive linemen Kingsley Enagbare and Keir Thomas remain sidelined with the group of injured players, and defensive tackle Tyreek Johnson was also there. Also not spotted were transfer running back Tavien Feaster, whose Clemson graduation was Friday, freshman linebacker Derek Boykins and tight end Kiel Pollard. ▪The tight ends group had easily its biggest player in offensive lineman Chandler Ferrell, who squeezed into a No. 31 jersey and was working at that spot. Ferrell is a former walk-on who played the interior offensive line spots up to this point. ▪ The running backs and quarterbacks were working on some interesting handoff drills, making the handoff, then catching a pitch and either running or dropping back and looking to throw. Later on, they were working on bootlegs passes after pitching the ball to the outside. ▪ In one of the block-shedding drills when players lift a sled and throw it down, it’s apparent Eldridge Thompson is a pretty strong guy. He had a lot of force on those throws. ▪ RJ Roderick and Shilo Sanders went head-to-head a few times in a spirited battle during a coverage drill. Neither one dominated but they were talking a lot of smack. NOTES: ▪ South Carolina’s annual Fan Appreciation Day is 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the football indoor facility and features student-athletes from football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. ▪ The Gamecocks’ first preseason scrimmage is Monday afternoon. It is closed to the public.
  8. Gamecock running back Lavonte Valentine enters transfer portal August 06, 2019 Gamecock running back Lavonte Valentine is set to leave the Gamecocks. The redshirt freshman has entered the transfer portal. The highly rated speedster from Florida had enrolled at USC at the start of spring in 2018. A torn ACL his senior season of high school kept him out of practice that spring, and he spent last season as a redshirt, not seeing time in a game. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Is it possible that they might not win an SEC game this year? Should South Carolina & Mizzu be a toss up game? Kelly Bryant isn’t half the QB Drew Lock was AND they lost their phenomenal WR Emanuel Hall. Drew Locke carried that team last year and Clemson carried Kelly Bryant, he still struggled with throwing to NFL players. When an 18 year old boy runs a Jr QB off the roster. That tells you that KB is a below average QB. Clemson fans will even tell you this! He would be 3rd string on our team. Their best recruiting class was #37 in the past 4 years and lost some legendary coaches. We manhandled them last year with a backup QB and no defense. We’re improved across the board and they’ve regressed substantially. Im sure we’ll find a way to make it a game as the Gamecocks always do but. We should beat them in all facets of the game. Quit with the nonsense
  10. No Change to Alcohol Sales Policies at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2019 7/9/2019 | Football, | GCF Staff Report COLUMBIA, S.C. - There will be no changes to alcohol sales policies at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2019 season, University of South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced today. As in previous years, the sale of alcoholic beverages will only be done in premium seating areas for the upcoming football season. (READ MORE)
  11. No Change to Alcohol Sales Policies at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2019 7/9/2019 | Football | GCF Staff Report COLUMBIA, S.C. - There will be no changes to alcohol sales policies at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2019 season, University of South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced today. As in previous years, the sale of alcoholic beverages will only be done in premium seating areas for the upcoming football season. South Carolina Athletics has been examining all facets of selling alcohol in general seating areas, including points-of-sale, processing sales, impact on other venue services, security, sponsorships and other customer service processes that would impact the fan experience. The Southeastern Conference rescinded its ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in public areas at home athletics events in its annual meetings in late May. "Our staff has been studying the logistics of selling alcoholic beverages at our venues in anticipation of the SEC policy change," said Tanner. "We continue to examine all of the issues as it relates to game operations and fan experience and will not make any decisions on whether to sell alcoholic beverages in general seating of our venues until our study is complete." Any updates to the current stance on alcohol sales will be made prior to the start of each sport's season. "We take pride in providing a quality gameday experience for all fans that come through the gates at our athletics events," added Tanner. "We will be strategic and thoughtful when implementing alcohol sales at our athletic venues in an effort to benefit the overall fan experience." Ray Tanner said in a radio interview on 107.5 FM on Tuesday South Carolina will not sell alcohol outside of premium areas for the 2019 football season at Williams-Brice Stadium as it continues to evaluate the SEC’s new alcohol policy, athletics director Ray Tanner said in a radio interview on 107.5 FM on Tuesday. That is a continuation of South Carolina’s previous setup when the SEC did not allow beer and wine sales in general seating areas. Tanner said this policy decision only extends to the upcoming football season and added that USC continues to consider potential alcohol sales at basketball and baseball games in 2019-2020 and for football games starting as soon as the 2020 season. “You’re gonna have people that are gonna say, ‘Why aren’t we doing this? We should be doing it right now,’ and we’re not there yet,” Tanner said. There’s a lot (with) the president, the board of trustees, we’re not there logistically. A lot of things have to happen. We’ve been anticipating there’s gonna be a change, and we’ve taken a look at it, but there’s a lot of work to be done yet.” Williams-Brice Stadium is set to undergo renovations before the 2020 season which will increase the number of premium areas in the stadium where alcohol could be served under the current policy regardless. When asked how far along South Carolina is in its decision-making process, Tanner said the athletics department was “probably, maybe more than halfway on putting all the information together,” before that information is handed to the university president and board of trustees to make a final call. “There’s gonna be pros and cons, there’s gonna be people that say we haven’t had alcohol in the seating bowl in forever, we’ve done OK. And then there’s others that are gonna say well, the fan experience would be increased if I had the opportunity,” Tanner said. From a financial standpoint, Tanner raised the possibility that increased revenue from selling alcohol might be partially or significantly offset by the commitments that come along with it. “Is it an opportunity to make a lot of money? We don’t know that for sure,” Tanner said. “You’re gonna have to increase security, you’re gonna have to probably have some renovations, you’re going to have to invest in this opportunity to change the way you’ve been doing business, so we don’t have all the answers yet, but we’ll get them before a decision is made going forward.
  12. An early look at 2019 Gamecock Football Schedule plus where the program stands as of 2018 and beyond under Coach Muschamp December 30, 2018, Gamecockfanatics Corner by Henry Fusco An early look at South Carolina’s tough 2019 football schedule The Gamecocks’ 2018 season is now in the books With a disappointing 28-0 loss vs Virginia in the Belk Bowl, (shut out for the first time in bowl history)has been ten years since the Gamecocks the last shutout. Gamecocks finish the season 7-6. Now let's look ahead to 2019, a season in which South Carolina will play Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson, all of whom could be ranked in the top five at the time of the game. It would mark the toughest season on paper since South Carolina played No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 Ole Miss in the 2009 season. Here’s a look at each game of next year’s regular season: North Carolina, Aug. 31, Charlotte, N.C. The Tar Heels will be coming off a 2-9 season but should be energized by the re-hiring of head coach Mack Brown, at least for one game. The Gamecocks are 3-1 all-time in Bank of America Stadium with only loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. Gamecocks will be playing their second straight game in the home of the Carolina Panthers coming off the disappointing loss in Dec. 29 Belk Bowl. Early Prediction Win Charleston Southern, Sept. 7, Columbia The Buccaneers finished 5-6 this season. This is a paycheck game for them and a win for South Carolina. Early Prediction Win Alabama, Sept. 14, Columbia South Carolina is the last SEC East team to beat the Crimson Tide. That victory came on Oct. 9, 2010 in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama was the defending national champion and on a 19-game winning streak entering that game. The Tide is expected to be the defending national champion and on a 19-game winning streak coming into this game. Early Prediction Loss Missouri, Sept. 21, Columbia, Mo. The Tigers probably will start Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback. Bryant threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 Clemson win over South Carolina in 2017. That will make what has become one of the Gamecocks’ weirdest rivalries interesting for another year. Early Prediction Loss Kentucky, Sept. 28, Columbia Five. That’s how many consecutive games the Wildcats have now won over the Gamecocks. South Carolina has beaten Tennessee and Florida three times each in that same time span. It’s an unfamiliar world in which the Gamecocks are above the Volunteers and Gators in the SEC East but being dominated by Kentucky. The good news is tailback Benny Snell will be gone (and the Wildcats just lost a commitment from a four-star running back). Early Prediction Win Georgia, Oct. 12, Athens, Ga. This rivalry seems like it’s going to be very little fun for South Carolina or anybody else in the SEC East for a while. The Bulldogs are on a 13-game winning streak against the rest of the division and figure to be stronger in 2019 than they were in 2018. Early Prediction Loss Florida, Oct. 19, Columbia The Gators probably will have found a quarterback that Dan Mullen likes by this point, and it probably will be Emory Jones. Mullen has proven dangerous when he has the right quarterback in place, but the Gamecocks have won three of their last four against Florida in Williams-Brice Stadium. Early Prediction Loss Tennessee, Oct. 26, Knoxville, Tenn. The Gamecocks have beaten the Volunteers three straight times for just the second time in school history. Another win would establish a record winning streak against Tennessee and keep South Carolina a step ahead in the competition to challenge Georgia in the division. Early Prediction Loss Vanderbilt, Nov. 2, Columbia The Gamecocks are on a 10-game winning streak in this series. The Commodores are expected to again be the Commodores in what will be the latest-in-the-season meeting ever between these teams. Early Prediction Win Appalachian State, Nov. 9, Columbia It’s possible, if only slightly so, that this will mark a reunion with former USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. Elliott is now the head coach at Georgia State and his alma mater is looking for a new head coach. There’s no evidence that Elliott wants the job or would get it if he did, but his name will be mentioned. Early Prediction Win Texas A&M, Nov. 16, College Station, Texas The Aggies are 5-0 all-time against South Carolina, and this game won’t be any easier. Quarterback Kellen Mond, a junior next year, will be in his second straight season with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, and Kyle Field is an intimidating environment. Early Prediction Loss Clemson, Nov. 30, Columbia South Carolina is making progress against its in-state rival, but the hard facts are that the Tigers have won five in a row, the most recent by 21 points in a game during which the Gamecocks offense could not have played much better. Will Muschamp eventually will have to turn this rivalry around, but it probably will not come in this game. Early Prediction Loss What to expect This slate probably makes a 9-3 season the best case scenario for South Carolina, which would have to turn around its fortunes against both Texas A&M and Kentucky and beat Florida and Tennessee again just to make that happen. At this time I can not see that scenario working out. Worst case 5-7 most plausible 7-5. Would need wins on the road against Mizzu, Texas A&M or Tennesse would be the best cases for this to play out. Florida will be a home game vs Florida. But you will be looking at another top 10 teams to face off again. SEC EAST EARLY PREDICTION My outlook will be a Georgia and Florida runs for the east title. With a much improved Tennessee team and Mizzu battling for 3rd and 4th place, While South Carolina, Kentucky & Vanderbilt jocking to stay out of the cellar. 1 Florida 2 Georgia 3 Tennessee 4 Mizzu 5 South Carolina 6 Kentucky 7 Vanderbilt My outlook for 2019 wins & loses 2019 Schedule UNC- W Charleston Southern- W Alabama -L Mizz- L Kentucky-W UGA- L Florida -L Tenn- L Vandy- W App St- W Texas A&M-L Clemson-L 5-7 could happen easily, optimistically with improvements along the lines OL and DL plus Linebacker and a much-needed running game to help out with QB play will make the difference from a 5-7 to a possible 9 win campaign. Good chance this year Gamecocks beat Kentucky because of all the losses on offense and defense should be enough to break that losing streak. But the others for the most part no. Only other the Gamecocks can break another losing streak would be Texas A&M. But we will all have a better feel when spring practice arrives and get to see where the Gamecocks improved on. This is really just a very early glimpse for 2019 season. Will Muschamp's first 3 years were better than Steve Spurrier's, but can he keep it going? Will Muschamp is comfortably in his second stint piloting a program that Steve Spurrier once led to some of the best seasons in program history. On the surface, it might seem that Muschamp is struggling to keep up with Spurrier’s accomplishments, both in recruiting and on-the-field results, overall and against the likes of rivals like Clemson. Spurrier’s South Carolina tenure is perhaps most known for the three consecutive 11-2 seasons, the 2010 SEC East title and a 5-0 stretch of double-digit wins against Dabo Swinney and Clemson. Not to mention four consecutive bowl victories. But all of that success started well into Spurrier’s stay in Columbia. So, how to Muschamp compare to Spurrier’s first three years coaching the Gamecocks? For starters, Muschamp recently received a contract extension, and his top assistants received raises. With the Belk Bowl against Virginia on tap in Charlotte on Dec. 29, Muschamp is 22-16 and is the first Gamecocks coach to make a bowl game in each of his first three seasons. You remember Spurrier with a slew of program-defining stars, like in-state recruits Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, D.J. Swearinger, Marcus Lattimore, A.J. Cann, DeVonte Holloman and Bruce Ellington. Or even out-of-state recruits-turned stars like Melvin Ingram, Connor Shaw, Ace Sanders, Mike Davis and Pharoh Cooper. But for Spurrier, the groundwork was laid by the likes of Jared Cook, Kenny McKinley and Ryan Succop, who were some of the notable recruits in Spurrier’s first class in 2005. That first team under Spurrier made a name for itself with a 5-game winning streak midway through the season, all in conference play, punctuated with a win against No. 12 Florida, coached by Urban Meyer. Similarly, but not quite to the same level, Muschamp’s first season featured wins over Tennessee and Missouri with new QB Jake Bentley. Bentley was part of a first recruiting class with other notable prospects like WR Bryan Edwards and RB Rico Dowdle, DE D.J. Wonnum and LB Javon Kinlaw. Each has made big plays already in their still blossoming careers. Muschamp delivered a better second season than Spurrier in 2006, though the Head Ball Coach beat Clemson, the Gamecocks finished 8-5, with three SEC wins, and a win over Houston in the Liberty Bowl. Muschamp in 2017 finished 9-4 and 5-3 in the SEC, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. But aside from the ongoing issues with Kentucky, South Carolina again lost to Georgia and Clemson, a hill that will likely define Muschamp’s tenure in Columbia. The topsy-turvy Spurrier tenure included QB Blake Mitchell being suspended after he was arrested for punching a bouncer in a Five Points bar, but he became one out of three quarterbacks in Gamecocks history to beat Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson in his career. Spurrier also brought in the others: Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. Bentley still has plenty of work cut out for him in those areas. In Spurrier’s third season, there was a glimpse of a troubled ending. The Gamecocks started 6-1 but lost five straight down the stretch and missed a bowl game. Muschamp, meanwhile, landed a 5-star defensive end and a quarterback for the future as the crown jewels of a solid recruiting class. The Gamecocks drew national attention with their performance at Clemson, though it didn’t deliver a victory, it showed optimism for the coming years. Here is a breakdown of how Spurrier and Muschamp compare in their first three seasons: Results Spurrier: 21-16 (1-1 in bowls) Muschamp: 22-16 (1-1 with Belk Bowl pending) Recruiting rankings (247Sports Composite) Spurrier: 18th overall, 6th in SEC (2005), 33rd overall, 9th in SEC (2006), 7th overall, 4th in SEC (2007). Muschamp: 25th overall, 10th in SEC (2016), 21st overall, 8th in SEC (2017), 18th overall, 7th in SEC (2018). Future The one difference Muschamp must contend with is the consistent recent dominance of Clemson being in the top 5 nationally, something Spurrier never had to contend with, partially to his credit. Muschamp has yet to come within striking distance of beating Georgia, while Spurrier beat Mark Richt in his third season, in Athens, no less. There have only been four times since Spurrier took over that South Carolina beat Clemson and Georgia in the same season. Even before Spurrier’s retirement season when he registered 2 wins, he averaged 7.2 wins in his non-11-2 seasons. Interestingly, Muschamp is averaging 7.3 wins per season, with the Belk Bowl pending. Sure, Muschamp could pull off the rare double dip of beating Clemson and Georgia in the same season, likely on the strength of big games from Zacch Pickens and Ryan Hilinski. But the more likely scenario is a string of seasons with win totals in the 7 to 10-win range. Spurrier set the highest bar any coach in program history has. Muschamp cleared it through 3 years, but the challenge is about to rise.
  13. DT Javon Kinlaw Gamecocks best defender on the defensive line for 2019 July 09, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Coming into the 2019 season, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has a case as the Gamecocks’ most decorated returning defender. In preseason teams from CFN and Phil Steele, Kinlaw was either a first-team All-SEC player or a borderline All-American. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder is an explosive presence on the interior defensive line. Athlon Magazine put Kinlaw among its Top 50 Underrated Players for 2019. Other SEC players such as Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden and Tennessee’s Ty Chandler also made the cut. “South Carolina fans know all about Kinlaw,” Athlon’s Steven Lassan wrote. “But the senior is likely to raise his profile on a national level with a huge senior year. The South Carolina native recorded 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 10 tackles for a loss in 2018. He’s one of the league’s top interior defenders going into 2019.” Those 4 1/2 sacks were just outside the top-20 in the SEC. That tackle for loss numbers were right there as well. And that’s in a season when Kinlaw got dinged up early on and was nursing a hip injury most of the way. Kinlaw committed to Will Muschamp’s first class in 2016, but had to spend a year in junior college. He was 340 pounds when he arrived on campus, but dropped to around 300 by the middle of the season, emerging as a starter in 2017. If things go to plan for USC, Kinlaw should have a lower workload than he did this past season. Injuries along the line ate into the depth (often moving swing lineman Keir Thomas outside), and Kingsley Enagbare and Rick Sandidge were true freshmen backing him up. Now the team has Sandidge, Zacch Pickens, Devontae Davis, Tyreek Johnson and several big ends that can slide inside behind Kinlaw and Kobe Smith.
  14. Offseason Look: South Carolina’s coaching staff July 06, 2019 . South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp has plenty of experienced options to choose from, as he looks to firm up the safety position in 2019. The Gamecocks fourth-year coach would prefer to have all of them healthy and available this season, which wasn’t always the case a year ago. In fact, it was one of the biggest storylines in 2018. Rice graduate transfer JT Ibe (knee), Jamyest Williams (shoulder) and Javon Charleston (foot) all suffered season-ending injuries. Jaylin Dickerson, who’s battled shoulder injuries throughout this career, also missed time because of injury. By the end of the season, Muschamp was counting on two freshmen (RJ Roderick and Jonathan Gipson) and a walk-on (Jason Senn), to help fill out two-deep at the position. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  15. Offseason Look: Gamecocks defensive players July 04, 2019 Several members of the South Carolina football team were spotted around the practice facility throughout last month during the Will Muschamp Football Camp. In the second installment of this two-part series, TheBigSpur takes a look at 10 players from the defensive side of the ball that we spotted during Muschamp Camp.(CLICK TO VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  16. Corner Backs Lets take a look at where things stand at each position now July 04, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Lets take a look at where things stand at each position now that fall practice will be here before you know it.. • Two seniors depart the roster from last season in Rashad Fenton, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs recently, and Keisean Nixon, an undrafted free agent signing for the Oakland Raiders. Both of those players were starters during their careers for the Gamecocks, but Will Muschamp has a couple youngsters with experience who will be counted on to lead this unit. • Those two players are Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu, former big-time recruiting acquisitions for Muschamp. Both players factored in as true freshmen, particularly at season’s end when the injuries were piling up for USC. Horn and Mukuamu are extremely close and two of the hardest workers on the team, in addition to having ample talent. Muschamp has spoken numerous times of the strong springs that both had. Both stayed healthy this spring, and it’s paramount that continues this summer and throughout the season. • It would be fair, along those same lines, to consider the depth at this position a concern. Behind Horn and Mukuamu, it gets dicey in terms of proven players. Other “true” corners on the roster this spring were walk-ons. Jamel Cook and Jamyest Williams have corner experience during either practice or games at USC, but both are slated to play safety at this time. • The lack of depth makes it all the more important that some newcomers arrive ready to play. There’s a tremendous opportunity for four-stars Cam Smith and John Dixon from the 2019 class to step in and contribute early this season as backups. Both will enroll at some point this summer. Ditto for three-star signee Shilo Sanders, who will likewise draw a strong look in preseason camp to see if he has a chance to help early. Four-star Jammie Robinson has corner coverage skills, but seems more destined to start out at nickel or safety right now.
  17. Gamecock poll 2019 season will be here before you know it: Poll Question: Which team opponent will the Gamecocks most likely to upset this season? Well, I am going with Clemson. Just have a feeling going to be our day at the COCKPIT. OK pick and tell us why?
  18. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy ‘impressed’ by Jake Bentley at Manning Academy July 03, 2019 Longtime NFL scout Jim Nagy was part of organizations that won four Super Bowls and playing in two more across 18 years.After this weekend, he’s impressed with South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley. The rising Gamecock senior was at the Manning Passing Academy. He ended up winning the “Air it Out” accuracy competition. He also got the attention of Nagy. Bentley has struggled with consistency at times in his career. Overthrows and interceptions were a problem in the first half of 2018, but he balanced out in the second half to round out one of the most productive seasons in program history.
  19. Records that are goal reachable for 2019 Gamecock Football June 29, 2019 Gamecocks are going to be entering one of its most daunting football seasons in recent memory, these records are in danger of falling: (CLICK TO VIEW)
  20. Records that are goal reachable for 2019 Gamecock Football June 29, 2019 HF | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks are going to be entering one of its most daunting football seasons in recent memory, these records are in danger of falling: CAREER RECEIVING YARDS Senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards has 2,229 yards in three seasons. It would take a big season, but he could catch Alshon Jeffery’s school record of 3,042 yards. CAREER PASSING YARDS Bentley’s longevity has put him in position to break Ellis’ school record of 9,953 career passing yards as well. He has 7,385 yards headed into the 2019 season so if he matches last year’s total of 2,794 yards, he would become the first South Carolina player and 10th player in SEC history with more than 10,000 career passing yards. (Bentley also could break the school’s career completion and attempts records.) WINS IN A DECADE The Gamecocks have won 67 games since the 2000 season. With two more wins, they will have their winningest decade in history. The current record is held by the 2000-2009 teams that won 68 games. CAREER QUARTERBACK STARTS If senior Jake Bentley starts 12 or more games this year, he will break Todd Ellis’ school record for quarterback starts. Ellis started 43 straight games from 1986-1989. Bentley has started 32 of the last 33 games for the Gamecocks. CAREER PUNTING YARDS Senior Joseph Charlton has averaged 44 yards per kick during his career. If he can keep up or better that pace, he will leave as the school’s all-time leader, replacing the man he replaced in the position, Sean Kelly (43.3 yards per punt).
  21. Better or worse? Previewing South Carolina's defense in 2019 June 28, 2019 One of Will Muschamp’s favorite phrases of the past recruiting cycle and offseason is the Gamecocks’ ability to develop competitive depth, especially on defense. The Gamecocks had a crush of injuries in 2018 on defense, and even played a walk-on in the secondary late in the season. Of the 18 players who had surgery, 16 played defense. That hit to the depth chart was one main reason the Gamecocks had the second-worst rushing defense in the SEC last season as they gave up 195 yards per game. They also gave up 27.2 points per game, which was 11th in the SEC, the most under Muschamp and a full touchdown worse than 2017. Muschamp helped the defense by landing 5-star DL Zacch Pickens, arguably the best prospect out of the Palmetto State since Jadeveon Clowney. Pickens was ranked the No. 8 player in his recruiting class by 247 Sports. Another area that’s been much-maligned in recent years is the secondary, but Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and R.J. Roderick are among the players looking to make an impact and turn around the pass defense’s reputation. The Gamecocks return seven starters from the 2018 defense. Will they be better in 2019? That’s what we’re trying to find out. Pressuring the QB: Better Even with Pickens having an expected learning curve as a defensive line freshman, the most talented and experienced pass rusher, D.J. Wonnum, remaining healthy could be a game changer. Wonnum played just 5 games last season, and the Gamecocks won 4 of them. He had just 2 sacks, both against Tennessee, a year after he had 6 sacks, including 5 against SEC opponents. Wonnum is a potential all-SEC player as he looks to return to the 2017 form where he was picked as a team captain and generated 57 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss. The Gamecocks still have Javon Kinlaw, who has 22 starts in 25 games in two seasons. He controls the interior and had 4.5 sacks last season. And they return T.J. Brunson at linebacker, and he chipped in 4 sacks. Brunson led the team with 106 tackles last season. He also was named a team captain in 2018, and has started every game the past 2 seasons. For his career, he has 15 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) SDS FREE
  22. Every summer Gamecock football head coach Will Muschamp has taken the team on the short bus trip over to Fort Jackson for team-building workouts. They’re put through the wringer by Army officers at the base in order to push them, make them work together and make them come together as a group June 23, 2019
  23. Better or worse? Previewing South Carolina's offense in 2019 June 18, 2019 Previewing South Carolina's offense in 2019 Replacing the fireworks and contributions of Deebo Samuel will be difficult, but South Carolina has more than a few veteran returnees for the offense this season. Jake Bentley, of course, is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the SEC, and he has several veteran targets back, including Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith. Did you know? SC averaged 30.1 PPG in 2018, almost 6 points more than 2017 and by far the most under Will Muschamp. South Carolina ranked No. 9 in the SEC in scoring in 2018, averaging 30.1 points per game, but struggled to find consistency. The Gamecocks looked strong against the likes of Missouri, Ole Miss and even Clemson, in a loss. But they stumbled against Georgia, Kentucky, and especially in the bowl game loss to Virginia. Bentley’s 14 interceptions were well-documented, and 6 of those came inside the 20-yard line. (READ FULL ARTICLE) SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH
  24. Jake Bentley Poised for Grand Finale By BJ Bennett \ June 12, 2019 SouthernPigskin.com Statistics are just the starting point when it comes to Bentley's clout in Columbia. Having already made his mark, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is on the verge of making history. With 7,385 passing yards to date, he needs only 2,618 more to join the likes of Aaron Murray, Danny Wuerffel and the Manning brothers and become just the 10th SEC quarterback ever to reach 10,000 career yards; Bentley threw for 3,171 in 2018. The rising senior is already prominently featured on many of the Gamecocks' all-time lists. He, with a schedule for the ages upcoming, is poised to add to those totals, and his legacy, this fall. Bentley, entering what he hopes will be a grand finale, has helped lead South Carolina to three consecutive postseason berths, earning Outback Bowl MVP honors as a sophomore. With a 19-13 record as a starter, he is merely one win away from becoming the sixth Gamecock signal caller to win 20 games. More than just that milestone appears to be on the horizon. Fresh off one of the most productive seasons South Carolina has ever seen, throwing 27 touchdown passes, Bentley's shadow is only growing entering his final year. Even with some volatility, Bentley's recent numbers put him in rare company a season ago. So, too, does his experience. For frame of reference, the only returning Power Five quarterbacks who threw for a minimum of 3,170 passing yards and 27 touchdowns last year are: Bentley, Stanford's K.J. Costello, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. In fact, Bentley, counting yardage compiled while at a P5 school, is the highest level's active passing leader. (CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE)

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