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  1. One of the most important position in CFB is QB play. I started thinking, what other SEC team has a better QB room than the Gamecocks for the next 5-6 years. Hilinski and Doty both should be the real deal! Looking at the SEC landscape, Georgia has nothing behind Fromm, I don’t think Franks is the answer at Florida and not real sure who they got after, A&M got a 4*star QB for 20 class but not sure who is after Monds and they better hope that kid can come in and play if they don’t have someone. Bryant is one year and done, can’t rely on that unless you are OKLAHOMA. Just saying I like where we at in the QB room and to me that’s the most important position in CFB.
  2. What options for another year thin in the secondary for the Gamecocks July 19, 2019 South Carolina football has been here before. After hearing Wednesday’s news on safety Jaylin Dickerson being lost for the season with a bone issue, the Gamecocks again are thin at DB position, down to 10 healthy scholarship. Out off the ten five are potential starters. One is Jamel Cook, a former top-100 recruit who USC coach Will Muschamp said was a work-in-progress after the spring. The other four are true freshmen. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. What options for another year thin in the secondary for the Gamecocks July 19, 2019 South Carolina football has been here before. After hearing Wednesday’s news on safety Jaylin Dickerson being lost for the season with a bone issue, the Gamecocks again are thin at DB position, down to 10 healthy scholarship. Out off the ten five are potential starters. One is Jamel Cook, a former top-100 recruit who USC coach Will Muschamp said was a work-in-progress after the spring. The other four are true freshmen. The spot of having to throw true freshmen into the fire and play a thin group isn’t an uncommon one. And to hear Jake Bentley tell it, those players are showing a little something that will help this season. “They’re super confident,” Bentley said. “That’s one thing that kind of jumps out at you. They’re not backing down from anyone. I think I’ve heard it from all three of them multiple times. ‘Hey man, throw it at me.’ And for a DB to want to get thrown at, it shows a lot about them.” That group is Cam Smith, John Dixon, Shilo Sanders and Jammie Robinson. Smith was the most decorated recruit, a four-star who attended a national all-star game. Dixon built a reputation on his man-to-man coverage skills, while Robinson looks to slot in at either safety or nickel. “They’re all pretty impressive,” No. 1 Gamecocks receiver Bryan Edwards said. “I ain’t going to lie.” A few will likely have to step up into roles in a secondary where the freshmen are almost as numerous as the healthy veterans. The team is counting a good deal on the sophomore cornerback pair of Israel Mukuamu and Jaycee Horn, plus safety/nickel R.J. Roderick, who all carved out their spots by the end of 2018. Safety J.T. Ibe was a grad transfer last season who got hurt, while Jamyest Williams is a former top recruit and starter whose role last year was unsettled before a season-ending injury. That’s every scholarship defensive back who has stepped onto the field in a Gamecocks uniform — give or take tailback A.J. Turner moonlighting there. Muschamp said the great sifting out will come in training camp, when the freshmen, none of whom were in for spring, get to work in pads with the coaches for the first time. “Based on all the information I’m hearing, I’m very excited,” Muschamp said. That leaves Cook as a wildcard of sorts. He’s tall (6-foot-4), fast and rangy, and in the spring game he hammered a receiver coming over the middle. He has the makings of a possible high-level safety, but after the spring game, Muschamp said Cook had been “inconsistent as far as assignment-wise and effort.” The coach said Cook took some steps, but his performance was good at some points and bad at others. Bentley noted the structured approach of one teammate has had a positive effect on Cook’s game. “He’s definitely shown a different mindset,” Bentley said. “I think J.T. Ibe has kind of been there with him to help him along with that.” South Carolina’s dip in defensive backs comes with a little attrition. Jonathan Gipson lasted only one year in the program and left in the offseason. Tavyn Jackson was medically disqualified. Zay Brown moved to linebacker and then left. Junior college players moved through, and several grad transfers failed to make an impact. USC regularly played six or even five defensive backs down the stretch in 2016 and 2017, and last year the team was so banged up it had to pull Turner into action during the bowl game. So unless the starters can play every snap, it falls to Cook and then the freshmen to deliver something as USC again will find itself in a familiar spot.
  4. GamecockFanatics Prediction win's & lose's for 2019 Gamecock Football season July 10, 2019, | by HF Predictions for South Carolina’s tough 2019 football season GCF 2019 predictions for 2019. Let me start out that I do feel it is possibility to have a very nice season even a chance at a 9 win campaign for 2019. Chances to me are 50-50. Lot of good fortunes will have to fall the Gamecocks way, To start with, need to win over one of the top three Bama, Georgia or Clemson to make the 9 wins possible plus other pieces of the puzzle will have to fit like not having a repeat of last years rash of inures which for all purposes desolated the team in 2018. Yes annalist rank the Gamecocks schedule as the toughest but there is wiggle room for a nine win season here and the games I have but in the win column will give the Gamecocks the best chance to reach the 9 win totals with fall practice just weeks away this is a very good time to dive into my prediction for 2019. So here we go. (READ FULL ARTICLE)
  5. South Carolina RB possibilities for 2019 season July 20, 2019 The Gamecocks backfield has looked mostly the same in terms of talent and production in the last few years. The Gamecocks’ talent won’t change in 2019, with one major potential that is if Tavien Feaster joins up, per transfer. Either way, there’s hope the production could in fact change. Here is the run down for 2019, Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner, and Mon Denson return and are all seniors. Three first- or second-year players are there and should at least have the opportunities to show off their skills. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. South Carolina RB possibilities for 2019 season July 20, 2019 The Gamecocks backfield has looked mostly the same in terms of talent and production in the last few years. The Gamecocks’ talent won’t change in 2019, with one major potential that is if Tavien Feaster joins up, per transfer. Either way, there’s hope the production could in fact change. Here is the run down for 2019, Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner, and Mon Denson return and are all seniors. Three first- or second-year players are there and should at least have the opportunities to show off their skills. Let's look at the Gamecocks 2019 possibilities for the 2019 campaign: RICO BREAKS OUT Since he stepped into the lineup in 2016, Dowdle has always flashed talent. He looked like a future workhorse at the very least that season. But he was ineffective early in 2017 and then got hurt. Last season, he averaged 5.3 yards but was highly boom or bust. The staff has long wanted him to take a primary role and deliver as a feature back. He’s got one more chance to be the guy. COMMITTEE ALL YEAR If Dowdle doesn’t take over, it could be more of the same like the past two years. Gamecocks have had eight backs get between 41 and 123 carries, only one north of 100. Injuries have played a key row here, with players having to step forward or leaving the lineup. New running backs coach Thomas Brown said he’d like to rotate two guys, but circumstances might not mean the same two guys week-to-week. Freshman Kevin Harris also showed something in spring, so he could well end up a factor. TAVIEN TO THE RESCUE The biggest question and really could be a big boost is RB Tavien Feaster, If he should join the Gamecocks as a graduate transfer from Clemson late this summer. He will be the most talented back they have, good size for an RB he is 5-foot-11, 216-pounds with the speed to poster the Gamecocks running attack. If he would pick the Gamecocks instead of Virginia Tech, what would be his role in the Gamecock line-up. He is a former top-30 national recruit, he was at best a co-No. 1 back with the Tigers and was eventually passed. He was decently productive in an offense stacked with playmakers. Should he pick the Gamecocks, he would shake things up, but he’s not a guaranteed shoo-in to suddenly grab the top job.
  7. Check out some new faces as the Gamecocks took part in the annual Pigskin Poet, presented by the Richland County Public Library July 19, 2019 GALLERY: Photos: Pigskin Poet .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%}
  8. Kinlaw and Edwards Earn Preseason All-SEC Accolades 7/19/2019 | Football University of South Carolina seniors Javon Kinlaw and Bryan Edwards were selected to the 2019 Preseason Media Days All-SEC teams, the Southeastern Conference announced today. In addition, the Gamecocks were pegged for a fourth-place finish in the East, according to the media that attended the four-day event in Birmingham. Kinlaw, a member of the preseason Chuck Bednarik Watch List which recognizes college football's defensive player of the year, was named to the second-team All-SEC unit. A 6-6, 310-pound senior from Charleston, S.C., Kinlaw has appeared in 25 games over the past two seasons, making 22 starts. He owns 12 tackles for loss among his 58 total stops, including 4.5 sacks, while deflecting eight passes, forcing three fumbles, recovering two fumbles, tallying three quarterback hurries and a pair of blocked kicks. Edwards, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Thursday, was named to the preseason All-SEC third-team unit. A 6-3, 215-pound senior from Conway, S.C., could finish his career at the top of all of the career receiving charts at South Carolina. He enters his final campaign ranked fifth in receptions (163), sixth in receiving yards (2,229) and tied for ninth in receiving touchdowns (16). A big target who possesses excellent size and hands, Edwards has appeared in 38 games, making 37 starts. He has a catch in every game in which he has appeared and has five 100-yard receiving games. SEC Football Media Days concluded on Thursday with media in attendance predicting Alabama to win the 2019 SEC Championship over Georgia in a rematch of last season's dramatic SEC Championship Game. Alabama received 203 votes to be crowned SEC Champion on December 7 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Georgia was second with 49 votes. Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,789 points, including 233 first-place votes, while Florida was second with 1,499 points and 21 votes to win the division. Missouri was third with 1,149 total points, while the Gamecocks were fourth with 883 points, ahead of Tennessee (804), Kentucky (798) and Vanderbilt (358). Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,813 total points, while LSU was second with 1,493. Alabama received 253 first-place votes in the SEC West. Texas A&M was third with 1,268 points. Alabama set a new record with 12 members selected to the First Team. The previous record was 10 by Alabama in 2017. Only seven times since 1992 has the predicted champion at SEC Media Days proceeded to win the SEC Championship Game, including last season's thrilling classic. The game was the most-watched and highest-rated regular-season college football game on any network in seven years with a 10.1 rating and 17.5 million viewers. It also marked the second most-watched SEC Championship ever in 26 years since the game debuted in 1992. EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) Georgia (233) 1789 Florida (21) 1499 Missouri (3) 1149 South Carolina (1) 883 Tennessee (1) 804 Kentucky (1) 798 Vanderbilt 358 WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) Alabama (253) 1813 LSU (5) 1493 Texas A&M 1268 Auburn (1) 1090 Mississippi State (1) 769 Ole Miss 504 Arkansas 343 SEC CHAMPION Alabama 203 Georgia 49 LSU 3 Mississippi State 1 Tennessee 1 Florida 1 South Carolina 1 Auburn 1 2019 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM OFFENSE First-Team QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia RB Najee Harris, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama OL Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU Second-Team QB Jake Fromm, Georgia RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt RB Lamical Perine, Florida WR Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt OL Solomon Kindley, Georgia OL Damien Lewis, LSU OL Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri OL Isaiah Wilson, Georgia C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State Third-Team QB Joe Burrow, LSU RB Larry Rountree, Missouri RB JaTarvious Whitlow, Auburn WR Justin Jefferson, LSU WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina TE *Miller Forristall, Alabama TE *Charlie Woerner, Georgia OL Deonte Brown, Alabama OL Ben Cleveland, Georgia OL Logan Stenberg, Kentucky OL Matt Womack, Alabama C Drake Jackson, Kentucky DEFENSE First-Team DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama DL Derrick Brown, Auburn DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU DL Jabari Zuniga, Florida LB Dylan Moses, Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State DB Grant Delpit, LSU DB J.R. Reed, Georgia DB Trevon Diggs, Alabama DB C.J. Henderson, Florida Second-Team DL Nick Coe, Auburn DL Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina LB Cale Garrett, Missouri LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas LB David Reese II, Florida DB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama DB Xavier McKinney, Alabama DB Kristian Fulton, LSU DB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State Third-Team DL LaBryan Ray, Alabama DL McTelvin Agim, Arkansas DL Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State DL Tyler Clark, Georgia LB Terrell Lewis, Alabama LB Jacob Phillips, LSU LB Kash Daniel, Kentucky DB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri DB Shyheim Carter, Alabama DB Richard LeCounte, Georgia DB Daniel Thomas, Auburn SPECIALISTS First-Team P Braden Mann, Texas A&M PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama Second-Team P Tommy Townsend, Florida PK Anders Carlson, Auburn RS Marquez Callaway, Tennessee AP Kadarius Toney, Florida Third-Team P Arryn Siposs, Auburn PK Evan McPherson, Florida RS Jashaun Corbin, Texas A&M AP Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
  9. Could this be Will Muschamp’s best Gamecocks team? July 19, 2019 Coming into the 2019 season, he thinks he has his best set of ingredients since coming to Columbia. Nearly every player on the South Carolina roster signed on to play for him. And he’s not shy about the quality of the squad he thinks he’s got, led by senior quarterback Jake Bentley. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. Could this be Will Muschamp’s best Gamecocks team? July 19, 2019 Coming into the 2019 season, he thinks he has his best set of ingredients since coming to Columbia. Nearly every player on the South Carolina roster signed on to play for him. And he’s not shy about the quality of the squad he thinks he’s got, led by senior quarterback Jake Bentley. “You’ve got a veteran quarterback returning,” Muschamp said. “I think we’ve recruited very well. We’ve got very good quality depth on our football team. A look at our senior class and you look at guys like Bryan Edwards, who is probably going to leave South Carolina with every receiving record there is. Donell Stanley is a (three-year) starter, Bryan is a four-year starter, Jake is a four-year starter.” Muschamp went on to list a promising left tackle, more offensive line depth, multiple tight ends, receivers, his defensive line and the top-end talent in the secondary. (The linebacker play and defensive back depth were concerning.) The looming question is a schedule that includes the likes of Clemson, Georgia and Alabama. “Hell, schedule’s hard every year,” When someone said he was a bit older than LSU coach Ed Orgeron, he stepped in to fully illustrate the 10-year gap. “He’s a lot older than me, and he looks a lot older than me,” he quipped. He got a little short when someone invoked the phrase “little brother” when talking about Clemson. “We’re not the little brother. We’re not. OK? No.” He’s a man whose team sits in an interesting spot. Experts and media personalities across the sport have declared his team will almost assuredly be better than its record. The Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing campaign, but not at all in a win-or-else situation. And beyond that, he’s coming to an end with the players who comprised his beginning in Columbia. He pointed out his seniors took a leap of faith when they picked his team. They’ve come through a rapid ascent to whatever one considers last season, and now have that final chapter facing long odds. The players who joined him epitomize that. T.J. Brunson and Bryan Edwards were his first recruiting visits the afternoon and night after he was officially introduced. Quarterback Jake Bentley has been to the past three SEC Media Days, making him nearly as much an emblem of Muschamp’s program as Muschamp himself. Now they’ll take that last and next step together. “Because we came in the same time, I think coach has done an unbelievable job of steering the ship in the right direction,” Bentley said. “After the way it was going and getting it turned around, I think the guys that came in as freshmen, not really having an example of a true leader. ... We really had to kind of learn on our own about what true leadership is. “We learned from coach Muschamp.”
  11. Edwards Named to Biletnikoff Watch List 7/18/2019 | Football University of South Carolina senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards has been named to the 2019 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc. announced today. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the season's outstanding FBS receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football's outstanding receiver, not merely college football's outstanding wide receiver. Edwards, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Conway, S.C., could finish his career at the top of all of the career receiving charts at South Carolina. He enters his final campaign ranked fifth in receptions (163), sixth in receiving yards (2,229) and tied for ninth in receiving touchdowns (16). A big target who possesses excellent size and hands, Edwards has appeared in 38 games, making 37 starts. He has a catch in every game in which he has appeared and has five 100-yard receiving games. The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Receivers are frequently added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the College Football Hall of Fame on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7:00 - 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was a consensus All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.
  12. ESPN has the Gamecocks ranked 18th. Thoughts? ESPN Football Power Index - 2019
  13. South Carolina’s early bowl projections July 18, 2019 Gamecock football is being given the benefit of the doubt this offseason, but only in the oddest way. Athlon, College Football News, Sporting News and Brett McMurphy have all released bowl projections at some point this offseason. The Gamecocks appear in all of them: Athlon — Gator Bowl vs. Wisconsin College Football News — Independence Bowl vs. Syracuse Sporting News — Independence Bowl vs. Wake Forest Stadium — Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. South Carolina’s early bowl projections July 18, 2019 Gamecock football is being given the benefit of the doubt this offseason, but only in the oddest way. Athlon, College Football News, Sporting News and Brett McMurphy have all released bowl projections at some point this offseason. The Gamecocks appear in all of them: Athlon — Gator Bowl vs. Wisconsin College Football News — Independence Bowl vs. Syracuse Sporting News — Independence Bowl vs. Wake Forest Stadium — Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska The Independence Bowl is, quite frankly, far from the most prestigious landing spot. The Gator Bowl has been more well-thought-of, though it remains to be seen where it will fall now that it’s scheduled for Jan. 2. But still, that’s 4-for-4, and in a season where someone without a good bit of optimism might easily project five losses off the bat. After the preseason top three, Florida and Texas A&M, USC has to face the trio of Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Mizzou won eight games last season, Kentucky 10, including a fifth win in a row vs. the Gamecocks. The Vols have been loading up on talent and upended Auburn last year with a coach in his first season. Then comes that App State game, a secretly feisty Vandy squad and even UNC, a program that has been down but hasn’t lacked for talent. In short, this schedule is pretty short on truly sure wins and has five games that should be pretty difficult. Yet at the moment, the consensus seems to be the Gamecocks should win six games. That’s not the progress many want to see in Will Muschamp’s fourth season, especially in a year where the coach said he expects his best team yet in Columbia. But it says something. Teams with high-end schedules very often don’t win that many games, especially when the quality goes that deep. That so many think the Gamecocks will make a fourth consecutive postseason shows the program has at least a subtle benefit of the doubt.
  15. Will Muschamp was asked to scout the Gamecocks’ sense of style at SEC Media Days. The USC coach, up against a hotel door that temporarily hid T.J. Brunson, Bryan Edwards and Jake Bentley from reporters, didn’t hesitate to revel perhaps his hottest takes of the afternoon. “I’m a little bit of a Tommy Bahama guy and TJ’s got the nice tie that I like,” Muschamp said on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency. “My wife won’t let me wear that kind of stuff. “Brian looks good. “And Jake’s got these high waters ... What is that?” What is that? It’s part of the reason why the Gamecocks are no longer required to wear suits to noon football games. Bentley on Wednesday rocked khakis that hugged and stopped at his ankle. It’s a popular style in the Carolina locker room — and has been for a few seasons.
  16. VIDEO: South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Brunson at SEC Media Days in 2019 July 17, 2019 South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Brunson at SEC Media Days in 2019
  17. VIDEO: South Carolina's Bryan Edwards SEC Media Days 2019 July 17, 2019 Gamecocks senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, on Wednesday.
  18. South Carolina HC Will Muschamp at SEC Media Days 2019 July 17, 2019 Entering his fourth season at USC, Will Muschamp believes he has his best team yet in Columbia. He’ll need it to survive a schedule ranked #1 for toughness in the country. Muschamp is heartened by the fact he has seniors splashed across his lineup in key spots, like quarterback, receiver, offensive and defensive lines and linebacker. And he feels his secondary will be much improved. Muschamp is 22-17 in three seasons at USC and 12-12 in the SEC. He’s won more league games in his first three seasons than any of his predecessors, and he’s the first Gamecock coach to take his team to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons. But, his fans are still waiting for his first wins over Clemson, Georgia,, Kentucky and Texas A&M. He’ll see all those this season, along with Alabama. The season opens August 31st against North Carolina in Charlotte. ON TAILBACK TAVIEN FEASTER South Carolina football Will Muschamp can’t directly speak about a player who isn’t on his roster. On Wednesday he was asked about how he would handle a player who rolls in for preseason camp as a late-arriving transfer. His staff is still pursuing former Clemson tailback Tavien Feaster, something he hasn’t spoke about or confirmed publicly. The former four-star recruit is looking at the Gamecocks and Virginia Tech. If he comes to Columbia, he’ll join a group of tailbacks that includes seniors Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and Mon Denson. TALKING QB Jake Bentley will be South Carolina’s undisputed starter heading into the 2019 football season. The backup role is anything but undisputed. Redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner and freshman Ryan Hilinski will be battling for the No. 2 job and perhaps an inside track on the starting job next season. The pair split most of the reps in the spring game, and Muschamp has a bit of an idea as to when he wants to make the choice. “We’ll have a scrimmage on the 10th practice and another one on the 15th practice,” Muschamp said. “So hopefully after that 15th practice, we start whittling down. We’ll have another couple fundamental practices before we start in North Carolina. In that period, frame, you’d like to have something there.” Joyner played in one game last season and was a dynamic dual-threat player in high school. Hilinski is more of a pro-style passer, the No. 64 player in his high school class by 247 Sports’ Composite rankings, and showed well in the spring. INJURY NEWS Dickerson will miss the 2019 season with what Muschamp called an “unusual bone growth on his femur which created a labrum in his hip Gamecock offensive lineman Max Iyama has been medically disqualified. “It’s very unfortunate for him and us,” Muschamp said. “He was a really good football player. I’m not going to get into specifics, but he was and is a fine young man and is going to have tremendous success in whatever he wants to do. He’s extremely bright, smart and intelligent and has a lot going for him.” Freshman receiver Tyquan Johnson has qualified and will report to practice. Originally part of the Gamecocks’ 2018 recruiting class, the 6-3, 180-pound Johnson spent the 2018 season on the postgraduate roster at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. OTHER NOTES Muschamp said reserve QB Jay Urich will primarily be at wide receiver this season, too talented to be on the sideline. Said Urich was good with the move. Muschamp said all players who have been recovering from injuries/surgeries will be 100% when they report for practice August 1st. Muschamp on the schedule: "Hell, the schedule is hard every year." But he said he has his best team coming back and is looking forward to it. Muschamp said defensively they weren't very good last season, injuries hurt, but older guys have got to play better this season. Muschamp telling the media they have got to do a better job in the red zone, a better job of protecting the football and eliminated drops. Will Muschamp at SEC Media Days USC at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference South Carolina Gamecocks 7-6 4-4 Lost Belk Bowl to Virginia Will Muschamp 4th season 22-17 12-12 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 30.1 9 56 Rushing Yards per game 152.8 12 91 Passing yards per game 272.8 4 25 Total yards per game 425.6 7 43 Defense Points allowed per game 27.2 11 69 Rushing yards allowed per game 195.3 13 95 Passing yards allowed per game 229 9 65 Total yards allowed per game 424.3 12 84 The Gamecocks return 16 starters; 7 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Jake Bentley 3171 27 14 61.9 RB Games Yards TD AVG Rico Dowdle 12 787 5 5.7 WR Games Yards TD REC Bryan Edwards 13 846 7 55 Shi Smith 11 673 4 45 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Keir Thomas 44 4.5 0 1.5 Javon Kinlaw 30 9.0 0 4.0 T.J. Brunson 106 10.5 0 4.0 Sherrod Greene 73 3.0 1 0 Jaycee Horn 45 4.0 0 2.0 Returning Starters Offense QB Jake Bentley RB Rico Dowdle WR Bryan Edwards WR Shi Smith C Donell Stanley RG Sadarius Hutcherson RT Dylan Wonnum Returning Starters Defense DE Keir Thomas DT Javon Kinlaw DT Kobe Smith LB T.J. Brunson LB Sherrod Greene CB Jaycee Horn S R.J. Roderick Special Teams K Parker White P Joseph Charlton Key Losses WR Deebo Samuel TE K.C. Crosby LT Dennis Daley LG Zack Bailey LB Bryson Allen-Williams CB Rashad Fenton CB Keisean Nixon S Steven Montac
  19. #SECMD19: #Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley (AUDIO) July 17, 2019, sportstalk.com Jake Bentley runs against Florida during 2018 game in Gainesville (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA) USC senior quarterback Jake Bentley has the chance this season to set numerous school passing records. He’s already in the top five in passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, completion percentage, touchdown passes and total offense. But the most important state, of course is wins. Since becoming the starting quarterback, Bentley has a 19-13 record including wins over Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, NC State, Michigan and Arkansas. But, he’s yet to beat Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas A&M. And his last six quarters of work last season produced zero points. For his career, Bentley has passed for 7385 yards with 54 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, and he’s completed 62.8% of his attempts. So, while Bentley has been good, he has not been great. And for the Gamecocks to be great in 2019, against the nation’s toughest schedule, they need Bentley to be great. Bentley made the rounds at SEC Media Days Wednesday and here is some of what he had to say to reporters in the TV room.
  20. South Carolina's SEC Media Day schedule: The Gamecocks' Today SEC Media Days with Will Muschamp and the team's three representatives. scheduled for Wednesday afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. They'll each take their turn bouncing from room to room, radio show to radio show and doing a few different TV spots here and there. Will Muschamp Jake Bentley TJ Brunson Bryan Edwards Will Muschamp SEC Network, Marty and McGee: 2:30-2:50 p.m. Main room (televised on the SEC Network): 4-4:30 p.m. SEC Radio: 4:30-4:40 p.m. SiriusXM Radio: 4:40-4:50 p.m. SEC Network set: 4:55-5:10 p.m. Jake Bentley SEC Radio: 3:30-3:40 p.m. SiriusXM: 3:40-3:50 p.m. TJ Brunson SEC Radio: 4:10-4:20 p.m. SiriusXM: 4:20-4:30 p.m. Bryan Edwards SEC Radio: 3:55-4:05 p.m. SiriusXM: 4:05-4:15 p.m.
  21. Gamecock defensive possibilities for 2019 season July 17, 2019 The South Carolina defense with coach Will Muschamp at the helm: The Gamecocks have had their share of up's and down's due to talent and injuries and coaches, This year all that could change with an influx of talent and being able to stay for the most part injury-free. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. Poll Question of the Week: How many TD passes will Jake Bentley have this season? Jake has had a good spring and summer leading into his final campaign as a Gamecock. Will have to preform to take the team through a very difficult schedule.
  23. Gamecock defensive possibilities for 2019 season July 17, 2019 The South Carolina defense with coach Will Muschamp at the helm: The Gamecocks have had their share of up's and down's due to talent and injuries and coaches, This year all that could change with an influx of talent and being able to stay for the most part injury-free. A brief overview at key aeries that have plagued the Gamecocks under coach Muschamp: The 2016 and 2018 groups were low on options: the former year because of a coaching transition, the latter because of a spate of injuries that decimated the safety spot and wore down the front. The group in the middle proved solid against the run and prevented big plays against the pass. The future looking bright: The group has some good pieces going forward. Second-year defensive backs Jaycee Horn, R.J. Roderick and Israel Mukuamu return on the back end. Both starting linebackers Sherrod Greeneand T.J. Brunson are back, and the team could be in a position to start four seasoned seniors up front — including D.J. Wonnum and Javon Kinlaw — with at least four blue-chip reserves behind them, including five-star Zacch Pickens. Looking at the Gamecocks possibilities for 2019: HOPEFULLY: THIS PLAN COMES TOGETHER South Carolina’s loading up on the defensive line finally pays off. The linebackers — green and inconsistent a season ago — become something more consistent. Enough players step up around the core three of the secondary, including one or two freshmen. That allows the Gamecocks to tackle a difficult schedule with a real, live “Will Muschamp defense.” Stat to watch for: Havoc plays from the front six. A deep defensive line is going to be getting sacks, forced fumbles, and pressures. An active linebacker group making progress will be getting hands-on balls and contributing to the pass rush. OR MAYBE: ANOTHER BEND-DON’T-BREAK CAMPAIGN The Gamecocks have been strapped for bodies in the back seven the past three seasons. If there isn’t progress from the linebackers and more than two or three defensive backs, they’ll be against the wall in terms of bodies yet again. That trends toward a bend-don’t-break back end, mostly against the pass. Stat to watch: Red zone defense and turnovers. South Carolina’s first two defenses made a living tightening up close to the goal line, often by forcing turnovers. Those dried up in 2018, and there wasn’t enough from the rest of the defense to hold up. INJURIES PLAY A KEY FOR 2019: THE INJURY BUG BITES OR DEVELOPMENT HALTS USC could end up starting four senior defensive linemen and boast depth if things break right. But three were hurt at times last season, as was nearly every defensive back and at times some linebackers. If things go that way again, the Gamecocks could find themselves throwing out bodies and hoping for the best. Stat to watch: Number of total players who get starts in the back seven. Trending past 10 is bad. Bonus stat will be yards per carry. When Muschamp defenses have struggled at USC, it’s most apparent against the run.
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