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  1. Wow it is here, down to the last game in a very disappointing season for the Gamecocks which now stand at 4-7 with the biggest game of the season next in arch rival Clemson. Question now is can the Gamecocks beat Clemson and savage the season that for all purposes most just would like to forget at this point. Been a long time since a Gamecock victory over Clemson in recent history. Question abound about the head man and staff and possible changes coming in at season end. But for now let's get ready to play Clemson in 2 weeks.
  2. POLL OF THE WEEK: What awaits the Gamecocks next two games 4-7 let me say it one more time 4-7. 5th year in with this staff and this is the best they can do. Will just making changes in the staff along maybe fix the issues? Tendencies here say no. Just look at Booms stay at Florida. One very good year and then all down hill to his firing. Are we seeing the same result here? To me yes. That said, question on everybody's mind can this coach and his staff win one or the 2 games remaining on the Schedule?
  3. Looking at the rest of the schedule best case worst case outcomes Oct. 29, 2019 A few weeks ago, after a big Gamecock upset over Georgia, it looked like the Gamecocks were a lock to go to a bowl game. Sitting at three wins halfway through the year, six wins seemed like a guarantee with three of the final five games incredibly winnable. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. Looking at the rest of the schedule best case worst case outcomes Oct. 29, 2019 A few weeks ago, after a big Gamecock upset over Georgia, it looked like the Gamecocks were a lock to go to a bowl game. Sitting at three wins halfway through the year, six wins seemed like a guarantee with three of the final five games incredibly winnable. But now things have changed over the past two weeks. The Gamecocks now are (3-5, 2-4 SEC) have lost two straight games and now face a razor thin margin for error with four games left if they want to make a bowl game for the fourth-straight year. So let's take a look at that upcoming schedule and examine the best and worst outcomes facing the Gamecocks to get to a bowl game. Remaining games: home games against Vanderbilt (Nov. 2) and No. 20 Appalachian State (Nov. 9) before their final road game against Texas A&M (Nov. 16), a bye and the regular season finale against No. 4 Clemson (Nov. 30). BEST CASE Would be to win out, which means snapping losing streaks to A&M and Clemson, and finish 7-5 (4-4 SEC) with a trip to Nashville, Memphis or Jacksonville this winter. A 6-6 year with wins over Georgia and Texas A&M or Clemson and a bowl game should inspire some confidence heading into 2020 and would be the 2nd best if the Gamecocks don't win out. WORST CASE Losing out, finishing 3-9 (2-6 SEC) would obviously be worst case, Pay the 22 million and move. on bad, but it'll be hard for the Gamecocks to do that with the likes of Vanderbilt in town Saturday. But, if the Gamecocks win this week, worst-case after that would be to lose out. That'd mean a home loss to a good but albeit non-Power 5 team in App State and a sixth-straight loss to both Texas A&M and Clemson to finish 4-8 (3-5 SEC). The offense continuing to struggle for long stretches of games and the defense playing hot and cold like it did the last few weeks could compound the situation as the season goes on. BEST CASE TO BECOME BOWL ELIGIBILITY Only can afford one more loss, must beat Vanderbilt which they should be a win, the Gamecocks are heavy favorites. App State isn't a slouch; this I am afraid to say could be stubbing my toe. Texas A&M is a team the Gamecocks have struggle with and never beaten since they joined the SEC in 2014 and Clemson is still one of the better teams in the country. Now getting bowl eligibility, the Gamecocks need to win their next two games and split their final two, which would require snapping half-decade losing streak to either A&M or Clemson. Texas A&M has looked beatable so far this year and ESPN's FPI gives South Carolina just shy of a 22 percent chance to win, as opposed to 10.4 percent chance to beat Clemson. That happens; the Gamecocks go 6-6 with a trip to a mid-level bowl like the Gator, Liberty or Music City bowls.
  5. ESPN, Sports Illustrated projecting still have the Gamecocks to make a bowl Oct. 05, 2019 The map for the Gamecock football to make a bowl this season followed a rocky start. Gamecocks now stand at 2-3, USC needs four more victories. The Gamecocks look to be favored against Vanderbilt and Tennessee. They likely will as well against an Appalachian State team that’s 4-0 and topped the UNC team that upset South Carolina to start the season. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. Gamecock freshmen who has burned their redshirt and those approaching the 4 game limit Oct. 04, 2019 With Jammie Robinson, Ryan Hilinski, Zacch Pickens and Xavier Legette already stepping into major roles. The NCAA now allows four games before a player burns his redshirt, so it’s worth looking at who is on track to save a year of eligibility. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. ESPN, Sports Illustrated projecting still have the Gamecocks to make a bowl Oct. 05, 2019 The map for the Gamecock football to make a bowl this season followed a rocky start. Gamecocks now stand at 2-3, USC needs four more victories. The Gamecocks look to be favored against Vanderbilt and Tennessee. They likely will as well against an Appalachian State team that’s 4-0 and topped the UNC team that upset South Carolina to start the season. If the Gamecocks win those three, they still need to beat Florida at home, Texas A&M on the road or one of the pair of remaining top-three teams in Clemson and Georgia. That is not east. ESPN’s FPI has the Gamecocks projected in the 5-7 range, with a 32.6% chance to beat UF and 25.3 % to beat the Aggies. The Gamecocks are still in the hunt and alive in latest bowl projections. Two ESPN writers, one insider from Stadium and one from Sports Illustrated still hold fast to South Carolina making a bowl. Projections: ▪ ESPN (Kyle Bongura): Gator Bowl vs. Indiana (Jan. 2, 7 p.m.) ▪ ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 30, 4 p.m.) ▪ Stadium (Brett McMurphy): Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska (Jan. 2, 7 p.m.) ▪ Sports Illustrated: Liberty Bowl vs. Kansas State (Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m.) ▪ Bleacher Report: Music City Bowl vs. Florida State (Dec. 30, 4 p.m.)
  8. Gamecock football 2019 looking at what has transpired since July Oct. 01, 2019 What has transpired so far through this season for the Gamecock? Let's start with Tavien Feaster. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Gamecock football 2019 looking at what has transpired since July Oct. 01, 2019 What has transpired so far through this season for the Gamecock? Let's start with Tavien Feaster. JULY 29: TAVIEN FEASTER TRANSFERS One of the summer highs was Clemson graduate transfer tailback Tavien Feaster officially joining The Gamecocks. The Tiger-to-Gamecock transition is a very unusual one, and it has had an impact on the South Gamecocks backfield before anyone even hit the field for real practice. AUGUST: TIGHT ENDS INJURES WEAKEN KEY POSITION The Gamecocks spent most of the off-season with four veteran tight ends, none were stars but tow of them was reliable. In a few weeks, they were down to just two. First to go was No. 1 tight end Kiel Pollard. He announced a spinal condition was going to end his career. That came a few days after news No. 3 tight end Evan Hinson was next. He would miss the start of the season after heart surgery. Before the opener, Hinson to move on by transferring to play basketball at Austin Peay. It left Kyle Markway as the only player at the position with any real experience. A former walk-on offensive lineman (Chandler Farrell) had to slide over to help. AUG. 31: THE NICK MUSE WAIT The Gamecocks had to wait, all of fall camp to find out if William & Mary transfer tight end Nick Muse would become eligible for the 2019 Gamecocks. After the Pollard and Hinson news, he was badly needed. Long wait it was, which went into the start of the season The team waiting on news from the NCAA. The opening game, Muse drove up to his family home for the North Carolina game, hoping he might get a last-second pregame reprieve. Instead, his family went to the game, while he watched at home, 20 minutes away, with his dog. SEPT. 2: JAKE BENTLEY’S SEASON ENDS, HILINSKI STARTS News started to come out in the late afternoon of Monday, Sept. 2, that QB Jake Bentley had a foot injury and was set to miss some time 6 weeks. He suffered a lisfranc injury just at the end of the North Carolina game. Head coach Will Muschamp initially said it would be at least a month before the quarterback could return. A week later he said Bentley would have surgery and end his season. Bentley’s injury changed the dynamics of the season and the course of one of the more prolific careers in program history. He came in as a senior, ready to chase some of the program’s career passing records. Instead, a freshman is stepping in and showing well, leaving what looked like a program bedrock in a limbo of his own. It also forced Ryan Hilinsk, a top-70 national recruit into the action his second game on campus. He’d spoken during his recruitment about playing this season if Jake Bentley had gone pro, and ended up with his chance in an unexpected way. SEPT. 20: HILINSKI’S ELBOW ISSUES ARRIVES Gamecocks managed to get through the Alabama week and most of Missouri week somewhat uneventfully. The main topics of discussion that week was “Remember the 2010 upset?” followed by “Hilinski looked good against ‘Bama” and then “What’s it like to face Kelly Bryant in a different uniform?" And then the Friday afternoon before the Missouri game, word again leaked out this time Hilinski, was in the conversation His performance against the Tide showed he could be the new man at QB. Then, the word was he was dealing with an elbow injury. First, it was just rumored, then some reports he actually missed practice. (After the game, it was revealed he’d hardly practiced at all). The school said he was in Columbia, Missouri and ready to go, but the morning of the game, Muschamp said the QB was dealing with elbow tendonitis. Hilinski had a sub-par game (13-30, 166 yards), and that set off another round of questions around playing him and what came next. SEPT. 23: JAMYEST WILLIAMS GOES PORTAL The new NCAA redshirt rule is making it more common for players now a day's to announce a decision to transfer four games into the season. But it didn’t seem likely that a player who started three of four games would make the call. Yet it did happen late on a Monday night, reports broke that Gamecocks safety Jamyest Williams was going to put his name in the transfer portal. One of the early big recruits in the Muschamp era at South Carolina, Williams had started as a freshman but struggled to overcome his size or find a consistent spot. His departure left the team with even a thinner defensive back rotation than before. SEPT. 26: JOYNER ANOTHER QB INJURED Round three with injured quarterbacks. Usually, a backup quarterback sitting out isn’t the biggest blip, but this was a notable one. Why? Joyner had been a focus of fascination ever since arriving as an explosive four-star passer. He lost the backup battle to Hilinski. Instead of transferring, he accepted a move to wide receiver and then found himself a QB backup as well after Bentley’s injury. The Thursday before the Kentucky game, reports trickled out Joyner was nursing a hamstring injury. Muschamp confirmed it and said Joyner was being held out of the Kentucky game for precautionary reasons. It meant Jay Urich, who also had moved over to a receiver, was now the No. 2 QB. The third-stringer was a walk-on. IN CLOSING The Gamecocks 2-3 now taking a week off before heading to Athens to face Georgia. Been a rocky start for the first 5 games. Hopefully some of the drama that has played out due to injuries and transfers. Gamecocks will be shooting for a win against Georgia, A win would even the Gamecocks at 3-3, But will not be an easy task against the number 3 team in the nation. If the Gamecocks lose and come out with just a few bumps and bruises they still have a shot at a bowl game for 2019. they would need 4 more wins to reach the number need to go bowling. Best chances of winning 4 would be wins against the, following Tennessee., Vanderbilt, Appalachian St. with those three no 4 wins would be Florida at home or A&M on the road.
  10. Gamecock season off the tracks Sept. 22, 2019 The moments said it all when done as the sun set on Saturday and for the most part the hopes of a winning season left in the dark of night. New University of South Carolina president Robert Caslen said it all in the moment as he walked down the sideline, with comforting slaps on the shoulder for cheerleaders and Cocky. Linebacker Ernest Jones smashed his helmet on a bench. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  11. Can the Gamecocks find 6 wins to be Bowl eligible for 2019 season? Sept. 14, 2019 Gamecocks stand at 1-2 heading up to the other Columbia to face Mizzu. I see 5 games left in the season as winnable, the Gamecocks could end the season at 6-6 if no slip ups and if one possible upset then the Gamecocks would bounce up to a 7-5 season for 2019. winnable games left on schedule include Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Appalachian St. Only potable upset to me is Florida here at home. 6-6 or 7-5 with an upset. Georgia , Clemson and Texas A&M not really going to happen now. GFC poll of the week can the Gamecocks win 6 or 7 games to go bowling in 2019?
  12. Gamecock season off the tracks Sept. 22, 2019 The moments said it all when done as the sun set on Saturday and for the most part the hopes of a winning season left in the dark of night. New University of South Carolina president Robert Caslen said it all in the moment as he walked down the sideline, with comforting slaps on the shoulder for cheerleaders and Cocky. Linebacker Ernest Jones smashed his helmet on a bench. Gamecock quarterback Ryan Hilinski wore a scowl coming off the most-struggle-filled game of his very young career. As the Gamecocks left the field, a Missouri fan on one side shouted at Muschamp, while a Gamecock fan on the other side shouted for players to keep their heads up. At the end of the game, The Gamecock season is changed, perhaps irreparably. Gamecocks now sits at 1-3. The schedule offers little in the way of safe haven. The only non-SEC games left are Clemson and Appalachian State, a team that just edged a UNC squad that already upset South Carolina. Muschamp had this to say after a humbling loss. “Just going back to work,” Muschamp said. “That’s all we can do right now. Let’s get back to work and try and find a way to get a win.” The chances for a bowl are now is in the wind for the most part. Hilinski looked like a player whose elbow was bothering him, as news broke before the game that he was limited in practice during the week. Barring a miraculous finish, this season will end without a bowl. It will represent a second year in a row when the Gamecocks win total drops. The next week, likely the next month, will be filled with fans asking about Muschamp’s job security and his buyout. Such is life in the SEC. Such is life when the start of the season goes wrong. As Gamecock fans wait on any chance of a turnaround, there are a few spots to watch for what comes next. ▪ Ryan Hilinski? The freshman struggled mightily in his first road start. Muschamp said it wasn’t particularly linked to elbow issues that bothered him during the week, but his passing wasn’t as crisp as usual. Either way, the team has to figure out what it has in him, as he likely defines whatever comes next. ▪ Can this offensive line get things fully in order to make a run in turning around the season at hand? The Gamecocks have been up and down, often more down, up front all through the Muschamp era. This year’s unit has shown moments but had a mess of issues Saturday. All the lead tailbacks leave after the season, but nearly every lineman is set to come back. ▪ Where is this defense, so many struggles on a unite that was suppose to be the strong hold for 2019? The Missouri game saw South Carolina’s defense battle for long stretches, and then break down in critical moments. The struggles often came with tackling, where misses and broken tackles turned modest gains into large ones. The team has the talent, including a lot of young talent, to field a solid unit there, and perhaps that group can find itself going forward. ▪ Finding play-makers to lead the team out of the slump they find themselves in?: Every back of note is set to run out of eligibility. Top receiver Bryan Edwards will depart, and one can’t rule out Shi Smith looking at the NFL. Kyle Markway and Nick Muse are making bids at tight end, but the team will need backs and receivers to step up. Their approach won’t change, even if the season very much did with Saturday’s outcome. When asked if major changes were needed, Muschamp gave a flat, “No.” Should the team just turn it over to the young guys, Still questions to be answered across the next eight games. Edwards said. it best “I’m going to be ready to play, and I expect everybody else to be ready to play and come out hungry and come out ready to fight, man, because ain’t no quit in this team and ain’t no quit in me.” The Gamecocks themselves, they’re vowing to fight, to do what is needed to turn things around with three top-10 foes still on the docket. That starts next week with Kentucky at home.
  13. Can the Gamecocks take any encouragement with a 24 point loss to Alabama? Sept. 15, 2019 Carolina was a 26-point underdog Saturday. In the end, the Gamecocks covered the spread, but lost to the No. 2 Tide, 47-23. They became Alabama’s 25th straight SEC East victim. So are you allowed to be encouraged by a lopsided loss to a giant? (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. Can the Gamecocks take any encouragement with a 24 point loss to Alabama? Sept. 15, 2019 Carolina was a 26-point underdog Saturday. In the end, the Gamecocks covered the spread, but lost to the No. 2 Tide, 47-23. They became Alabama’s 25th straight SEC East victim. So are you allowed to be encouraged by a lopsided loss to a giant? Most Gamecock fans didn’t have the Tar Heels topping the Gamecocks on Aug. 31. No one had the Gamecocks upsetting the Tide two weeks later either. But here South Carolina was late in the first half, driving with a chance to cut the Bama lead to seven at the break. said USC coach Will Muschamp. “I thought we made some nice strides today. We didn’t get what we wanted, and that’s to win the game.” That theme of “no moral victories” was present with each South Carolina post-game interview. Players echoed their coach’s message. For all the good they did, the Gamecocks still had too many red zone shortcomings (see coming up empty with on that 77-yard march at the end of the second quarter), too many missed tackles and too many untimely penalties. Added together against a team like Alabama and you’re destined for a sound beating. The Tide, with five-star talent at all positions, does this to opponents. Its average margin of regular season victory since the beginning of last season is now 35.8 points. We learned both good things (Hilinski’s 324 yards in his second career start) and bad things (allowing Tua Tagovailoa’s 444 yards) about the Gamecocks on Saturday. The key is how they spin it forward. At the start of the season, no one was circling Alabama as a must-win. At 1-2 — and with the quest for bowl eligibility still on everyone’s minds — that label can applied on the next two match-ups. Hosting the Tide was fun. Traveling to Missouri (Sept. 21) and then hosting Kentucky (Sept. 28) was always more important. “Moving forward,” said senior center Donell Stanley, “we’re going to be desperate, we’re going to be hungry. We need wins.”
  15. Gamecock players have a game plan for preparing against Alabama Sept. 11, 2019 Gamecock players are facing one of the toughest task early in there schedule against No. 2 Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, but it’s something they’ve prepared for and welcome. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. Gamecock players have a game plan for preparing against Alabama Sept. 11, 2019 Gamecock players are facing one of the toughest task early in there schedule against No. 2 Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, but it’s something they’ve prepared for and welcome. “You come to the SEC to play the best competition and Alabama will probably be the best competition that we will probably face so it’s exciting,” WR Bryan Edwards said, according to Josh Kendall of The Athletic. The veteran added that freshman QB Ryan Hilinski told coaches that he’s comfortable playing fast. “When we go fast, we get a lot of busted coverage.” Edwards didn’t quite buy into the term mystique when describing the Crimson Tide. “A what?,” he said, according to David Cloninger of the Post and Courier. “I mean, they’re Alabama, they’re a great team. I don’t really know what a mystique is … ” For his part, though, LB Ernest Jones admitted it is a barometer. “This is definitely the measuring stick,” he said. “We are excited. You can tell the energy is there. We are ready to play. I’m excited. I know they’re excited.” Jones added that he’s aware that Nick Saban is undefeated (16-0) against his former assistants, including 2-0 against South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, but Jones said he wouldn’t bring it up. Newcomer RB Tavien Feaster, a Clemson transfer, has experience against the Crimson Tide. He had 3 carries for 11 yards last season in the national championship game. The year before, he had 4 rushes for 10 yards. “They’re gonna come at you…gotta be prepared,” Feaster told reporters today, including Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia.
  17. Dowdle: One-two punch with Feaster could be among country's best Sept. 04, 2019 One game into his timeshare with Tavien Feaster, Rico Dowdle believes the South Carolina Gamecocks running back duo is on track to have a productive season. The seniors combined for 24 carries and 134 yards with a touchdown in the 24-20 loss to North Carolina. Among SEC rushers with at least 10 carries in Week 1 (and zero), Dowdle and Feaster are ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the league’s yards per carry category. Of course, there’s just a slight difference between Dowdle (5.64) and Feaster (5.54). (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  18. Jake Bentley dealing with injury that ended his senior season Sept. 10, 2019 The surgery to his foot is going to put quarterback Jake Bentley on the shelf for the rest of what should have been his senior season. Bentley got a second opinion on a mid-foot injury last Friday, a week after hurting it against North Carolina, and USC coach Will Muschamp announced his season was over this Sunday. Some of his team mates had this to say concerning Jake: Tailback Rico Dowdle had this to say about his team mate. “Jake is a very strong person. I hate it for him, but he’s been every meeting. He’s taking it how he’s supposed to take it. You just can’t get down on yourself, obviously, dealing with injuries and just got to keep going and gonna get better each day. And like I said, he’s taken it very well, handled it very well. Still in all the meetings, still being vocal as much as he can be when he’s around the building and things like that.” Dowdle acknowledge the team knew it was a strong possibility after the initial diagnosis had him out for at least a month and a half. The team prepared for every outcome and has a good deal of confidence in Bentley’s replacement, Ryan Hilinski. Bentley career at South Carolina. He came into this season with more than 30 starts and 19 career wins under his belt. He’d taken the Gamecocks to three bowl games and was within striking distance of program records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Now he has to support the team in a different way. He can still lend his perspective to Hilinski and backup quarterback Dakereon Joyner, seeing a little something with veteran eyes they might not. linebacker Ernest Jones has talked to Jake and had this to say about the long time starter. “He’s a positive guy. We’re all behind him. It kind of sucks. It hurts. He’s a leader of this team. He’s done a lot for this program and we’re thankful for everything he’s done. He’s taken it well though. He’s not too down on himself. There’s a plan for everybody and that just so happened to be him.” Jones added Bentley is still part of the team, ‘whether he knows it or not,’ and he’s still a No. 1 guy. For the rest of the year, it should be Hilinski’s show. The former top-75 recruit showed well in his first game against an FCS opponent but will get dunked into an SEC schedule with Alabama this week. Bentley will have a chance at a final college season in 2020, but how things settle with that season are yet to be seen. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards declined when asked to compare Hilinski and Bentley as leaders. He said this year, they don’t have Bentley. It’s not so tough to deal with, and they just have to look forward. “He’s not there, so we’ve got to move on,” Edwards said. “I’m out there catching passes from Ryan, so it’s not tough to see or gauge or anything like that.”
  19. The Gamecocks are going into its first big-time matchup of the year with a mostly clean bill of health Sept. 10, 2019 Coach Will Muschamp on defending Tua Tagovailoa: Have to be disciplined in rush lanes. Tua has uncanny ability in off-rhythm plays. Have to restrict lanes up front and maintain coverage. Coach Will Muschamp on working under Saban: You treat every game the same … A large % of what we do came from Nick (spring install, player evaluation) I learned a lot, but this is about Alabama's 11 and South Carolina's 11. I haven't worked with Nick since 2005. Muschamp on tackling: Emphasized every day … if you stop moving your feet, you have 0% chance of tackling a good athlete. We also want to leverage ball the right way. If you don't make tackle, you must leverage the ball (force runner to change direction) the right way. Injury notes from Will Muschamp: WR Randrecous Davis ran today but don't know what his availability will be, RB Deshaun Fenwick may be out, DL Keir Thomas still out. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said his ankle infection will still keep him off the field as USC is set to face the Tide. The coach said it would take two weeks from his initial announcement to have a tangible update on the situation
  20. Football 9/9/2019 | GCF Staff Report Carolina and Mizzou Set to Tangle at 4 pm ET on Sept. 21 The South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers will meet at 4 pm ET (3 pm CT) on Saturday, Sept. 21, the SEC office announced today. The Eastern Division showdown will be televised on either the SEC Network or SEC Net Alternate. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. Football 9/9/2019 | GCF Staff Report Carolina and Mizzou Set to Tangle at 4 pm ET on Sept. 21 SEC Network or SEC Net Alternate to Televise SEC Eastern Division Showdown The South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers will meet at 4 pm ET (3 pm CT) on Saturday, Sept. 21, the SEC office announced today. The Eastern Division showdown will be televised on either the SEC Network or SEC Net Alternate. The Gamecocks have won the last three games in the battle for the Mayor's Cup to take a 5-4 lead in the all-time series between the two schools that call Columbia home. Carolina owns a 2-1 mark when playing the Tigers in the Show Me State, including a 31-13 win in 2017. That game will begin a stretch of six-consecutive games against SEC Eastern Division opponents for the Gamecocks. Carolina (1-1) will host second-ranked Alabama (2-0) on Saturday, Sept. 14, while Missouri (1-1) hosts Southeast Missouri State (1-1). Here is the SEC television schedule for Saturday, Sept. 21: Tennessee at Florida 12:00 ET ESPN, ESPN2 or SECN* LSU at Vanderbilt 12:00 ET ESPN, ESPN2 or SECN* Southern Miss at Alabama 12:00 ET ESPN or ESPN2* California at Ole Miss 12:00 ET ESPNU Auburn at Texas A&M 3:30 ET CBS Kentucky at Miss. State 4:00 ET SEC NETWORK or SEC NET ALTERNATE* South Carolina at Missouri 4:00 ET SEC NETWORK or SEC NET ALTERNATE* San Jose State at Arkansas 7:30 ET SEC NETWORK Notre Dame at Georgia 8:00 ET CBS
  22. Grading the Gamecocks improvements all over the field Saturday Sept. 09, 2019 Gamecocks crushed Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Williams-Brice Stadium 72-10 Saturday to earn there first win of the young season. OFFENSE Quarterbacks: Ryan Hilinski stats say it all he had 282 yards on 24-of-30 passing. He threw one pick late in the game. Plus CS was not the best competition, but it was a good a debut as one could ask for. Now to Dakereon Joyner had 41 rushing yards on his first carry and added another TD. Grade: A+ Running backs: Rico Dowdle did some lead-back things with 87 yards and a pair of scores on 10 carries. Tavien Feaster had most of his damage in the passing game had a total 83 total yards. Freshman Kevin Harris converted a key third down and scored three TD's with 147 yards on six carries. Mon Denson also had his third 100-yard game. Grade A+ Wide receivers: The production was more balanced out, Bryan Edwards getting 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on his five catches. There weren’t a ton of big plays (four of 15 or more before the game was fully out of hand). Solid day overall. Grade A- Tight ends: Kyle Markway was the team’s No. 2 pass catcher with four balls for 37 yards. Nick Muse added two more catches and nearly had a TD, he did fumble though. They where solid in the run game. Grade: B Offensive line: They did go against an FCS defense, for the most part the Gamecocks did what they wanted. They ran for 493 yards. The Buccaneers were credited with no hurries or sacks, though one free runner helped force a pick from Hilinski. Grade A DEFENSE Defensive line: The group did their part well. Gamecocks did where credited for one sack and four hurries. The CSU run game got basically all of its yards on two runs. A solid day after the bad opener. Grade: A Linebackers: The Buccaneers had minus-2 yards on 15 carries before the fourth. No one player put up big stats, but Jahmar Brown made a nice play in coverage. Grade: B+ Defensive backs: Relying on youth will be mistakes.There were a couple of breakdowns with the Gamecocks. Good news here the Gamecocks did intercept three passes and held a pass-heavy offense to a miserable day, with the top top passers being held to 118 yards. Grade: B- Special teams: CSU was kicking away from the Gamecocks best players, so the return game really couldn't do much. There was a missed extra point, a 47-yard field goal and no CSU returns of note. Grade: C COACHING The Gamecocks were breaking in a new QB, coming off a rather crushing loss. They came out, left nothing to chance and ran away with it, getting two QBs in the mix. Grade: A OVERVIEW: Make no mistake about it the Gamecocks played a really bad team Saturday, Most inportsntly Gamecocks put up massive numbers (a school record for yards) and had Ryan Hilinski look a player on a mission. The backups played most of the second half. Pretty good day over all for the Gamecocks. Grade: A+
  23. Ryan Hilinski’s debut was just the beginning Sept. 08, 2019 His day was near as perfect as one could write it. He hit his first 12 passes. When it looked as if he was only feasting on short throws, he hit a 60-yard bomb for a touchdown. The team scored 70-plus points and posted its most yards ever. No it was not against Alabama, but you play whoever is in front of you that day. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  24. Will Muschamp Sunday night conference call with injury list Sept. 08,2019 | sportstalk.com USC coach Will Muschamp Sunday night during his conference call with reporters said quarterback Jake Bentley has had surgery on his foot injury and will not play again this season. Bentley was injured on the last play of the season-opening loss to North Carolina. Bentley suffered a lisfranc injury and had a couple of opinions about the medical process before deciding to have the surgery. Bentley is a fourth-year senior who has not redshirted, so he would have the option to return for the 2020 season. Muschamp said he and Bentley have not discussed the future plans yet saying that it’s a tough time for Bentley and his family right now. Some other injury notes: OL Eric Douglas, who has a foot injury, did not practice today but is expected to practice Tuesday and Wednesday. WR Randrecous Davis was running in practice today with the training staff. RB Deshaun Fenwick was not at practice today due to a family issue but will be back for practice Tuesday. Also dealing with a shoulder injury. CB AJ Turner had thumb surgery but practice today and will be fine. DE Brad Johnson did not practice tonight due to a groin injury. Will Muschamp conference call
  25. Ryan Hilinski’s debut was just the beginning Sept. 08, 2019 His day was near as perfect as one could write it. He hit his first 12 passes. When it looked as if he was only feasting on short throws, he hit a 60-yard bomb for a touchdown. The team scored 70-plus points and posted its most yards ever. No it was not against Alabama, but you play whoever is in front of you that day. Muschamp said. “I thought Ryan played extremely well in the game. He started 12 for 12 in the game. Very accurate with the football, quick with his decisions, decisively where he was taking the football. We played well around him, obviously. There’s no pressure all day, “But he played well, first start.” It was a good showing, no doubt, but it’s only one step that the true freshman quarterback toke today with more to come. Hilinski, has been loaded with promise and expectations from the first day he step foot on Campus. Gamecock fans were mad at Jake Bentley. They wanted Hilinski sight unseen, and the sight they got Saturday was pretty good, but in the context where pretty good is expected. (Muschamp directly said as much). Now Hilinski heads into the week after the promising start, but his path to achieve even more promises will be daunting with the schedule at hand. Next up Alabama who makes some great QB's look extremely ragged. Ryan biggest challenge yes, but only one of several the young QB will face this season. Bentley's first start, good remember along with others: In the beginning. Bentley’s first afternoon was a big day as well came against UMass. Brandon McIlwain’s and Lorenzo Nunez’s first starts felt like they had promise. Syvelle Newton threw for 324 yards. Steve Taneyhill threw 14 times total. This Quarterback could have a diferent out come in the long run. Why would Ryan's track record could have a better outcome in the long run? Coach Muschamp saw something in the young QB. Muschamp said." Hilinski might be built a little differently, forced to grow up faster because of the tragedy that befell his family with his brother’s suicide. But in the afterglow, it’s worth holding fast to the fact Ryan’s Hilinski’s USC story wasn’t written Saturday and won’t be written next Saturday. If Bentley’s path is any indication, Hilinski’s story won’t fully be written and judged for years down the line. Yet for the first go, he left a sweltering Williams-Brice Stadium awash in adulation with fans and teammates singing his praises. “He was going through his reads,” receiver Bryan Edwards said. “He wasn’t staring one guy down or anything like that, just doing what he was coached to do and going out there and executing.” Corner Jaycee Horn added: “He has great arm talent. He can throw it from any angle, and it gets there as y’all have seen today. Just happy for him.”
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