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  1. Muschamp defends the future and direction of USC Program Nov. 17, 2019 Coach Will Muschamp admitted that where his team sits is not where it should be. The Gamecocks’ history might not include much contending for SEC titles, but missing bowls is never accepted. Muschamp replied to the facts. “It’s frustrating. It shouldn’t happen, call it like it is at South Carolina. Never would’ve envisioned this. This is where we are right now. We’ve got to continue to play hard, coach hard, and get ready to play Clemson.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. 6 South Carolina 4-7 , 3-5 30 Texas A&M 7-3 , 4-2 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 3 0 0 3 6 Texas A&M 3 10 0 17 30 Game Recap: Football | 11/16/2019 | By KRISTIE RIEKEN | AP Sports Writer | USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Mond Leads Aggies to 30-6 Win Over South Carolina BOX SCORE Story Links STATISTICS (PDF) POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) PHOTO GALLERY Next Game: Clemson 11/30/2019 | TBA BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kellen Mond threw for 221 yards and a touchdown and ran for a second score as Texas A&M extended its winning streak to four games with a 30-6 win over South Carolina on Saturday night. Cordarrian Richardson ran for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and added a TD reception to help the Aggies to the victory on a night they piled up 319 yards rushing. With just four wins and one game left the loss guarantees that the Gamecocks (4-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) won't make a bowl game for the first time in four seasons. South Carolina fell to 0-6 all-time against Texas A&M and lost its second straight game this season after falling to Appalachian State last week. The Aggies led by 10 at halftime and neither team could get anything going after the break, combining for six punts in the third quarter. South Carolina went three-and-out twice and the Aggies punted after just three plays once. Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2) was finally able to sustain a drive when it capped a 14-play drive with a 40-yard field goal which extended the lead to 16-3 early in the fourth quarter. The Aggies forced a fourth straight punt by South Carolina after that and Mond made it 22-3 with a 1-yard TD dive with about 10 minutes left. Richardson set up that score when he scampered 31 yards a play earlier. South Carolina went for it on fourth-and-8 on its next drive and couldn't convert. Richardson's long touchdown ran came two plays later to pad the lead. Ryan Hilinski threw for 175 yards for South Carolina in a game where the Aggies held the Gamecocks to just 45 yards rushing. Isaiah Spiller added 129 yards rushing for Texas A&M. The game was tied early in the second quarter after both teams scored a field goal in the first quarter when Mond found Richardson wide open for a 17-yard touchdown reception to give A&M a 10-3 lead. Seth Small missed a 42-yard field goal on Texas A&M's next possession, but made one from 30 yards with less than a minute left in the second quarter to leave the Aggies up 13-3 at halftime. GAME CHANGER Texas A&M made it 10-3 with 11:35 left in the second quarter on a 17-yard pass from Kellen Mond to Cordarrian Richardson, completing an eight-play, 75-yard drive. The Aggies then scored 17 points in the second quarter on its way to the win over the Gamecocks. KEY STAT 260 – The Gamecocks had just 260 yards of offense in the game against the Aggies, completing 15 first downs and converting a pair of field goals on Saturday night. Carolina also had the ball for just 18:21. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will have their second bye week next Saturday and then will return to the gridiron for the regular-season finale against Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff time and television designation are to be determined. Audio Below TE Kyle Markway LB Ernest Jones RB Rico Dowdle & CB Joe Horn
  3. Really do the Gamecocks actually have a chance to make a bowl? Nov. 15, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Carolina clearly faces very long odds here to make a bowl with a 4-6 record at this time and two very tough games ahead starting with a trip to Texas A&M this week, then No. 3 Clemson At WB to close out the regular season. But let's look and see exactly how small that chance is now? For the answer, it’s worth turning to two of the most used projection systems in the sport. ESPN’s FPI offers percentages for each team in each game, and SP+, a product of former SBNation writer Bill Connelly, gives ratings that can be converted into projected win percentages. Based on those systems, South Carolina’s chance at bowling: FPI: 2% SP+: 4.5% FPI gives USC a 22.1% chance to win this week and an 8.9% against the Tigers two weeks later. SP+ has the percentages at 26.6% and 17%, respectively. Should Carolina miss a bowl, it will only be their third time since Steve Spurrier arrived in 2005. The year prior, the team turned down a bowl spot because of the brawl with Clemson. The other two bowl-less seasons were the 3-9 campaign in 2015 when Spurrier resigned halfway through and 2007, when a team with Kenny McKinley, Jared Cook and Blake Mitchell rose to No. 6 after a 6-1 start and lost the final five games to miss out (there were only 32 bowls at that point, so three 6-6 Power 5 teams were left out). Carolina has lost three times as a favorite this season, dropping games to Appalachian State, North Carolina and Tennessee. They have won as an underdog once, topping No. 3 Georgia on the road in what was likely the biggest upset of the season to this point.
  4. Four-star freshman Gamecock receiver could see action this weekend Gamecock wide receiver Keveon Mullins has been a bit of a mystery for the Gamecocks. He was a four-star recruit out of Memphis, the No. 315 player in his recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 206 pounder looked good through that process. He has yet to play in his first 10 games in garnet and black. That might change this weekend.
  5. Muschamp promises for the last two games, what you will see Nov. 14, 2019 Muschamp promises more ‘creativity,’ solving predictability. Can he keep the promises? Coach Muschamp made the promise: more creativity. It is a one-word response and hope for reversing what is ailing the most basic part of his offense. He is a coach who believes in establishing the run, and since that hasn’t come to fruition of late; he aims to see some changes. Muschamp said. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. Muschamp promises for the last two games, what you will see Nov. 14, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Muschamp promises more ‘creativity,’ solving predictability. Can he keep the promises? Coach Muschamp made the promise: more creativity. It is a one-word response and hope for reversing what is ailing the most basic part of his offense. He is a coach who believes in establishing the run, and since that hasn’t come to fruition of late; he aims to see some changes. Muschamp said. “Need to be more creative in the running game” Need to look at different personnel groupings, some different formations to get to the same runs that we’ve been very effective with this season.” This doesn’t necessarily mean tweaking the base schemes, but getting to them in different ways with more window dressing and illusion. The coach said that change shouldn’t be too hard, as compared to installing a whole new concept. Muschamp had been delivering earlier, saying the offense needed to pare down and focus on what the team did well. The team had been relying heavily on its pin-and-pull scheme, mixing a couple other looks in, some with Dakereon Joyner at quarterback. One key reason for needing this is to get a level of balance back in the offense. They Gamecocks averaged 0.8 yards per play against App. State and 2.6 in a loss to Tennessee. The Mountaineers stacked the box and blitzed through to disrupt things frequently. But to get that to fully coalesce, they’ll need one other thing to come into place: some kind of downfield passing game. Muschamp said. “You become very predictable, obviously, when you don’t have a vertical threat. Obviously we think Xavier (Legette) as a young player is very promising and he’s got a huge upside and is going to be a really good football player for us, but (he) just hasn’t done it consistently on our level and it certainly limits you as far as some of the run boxes you’re going to face.” Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith, when healthy, provide some of that downfield threat. But Smith has missed the past two games and Edwards hurt his knee in the second quarter against App. State. Muschamp pointed out, with Smith sidelined, Edwards was also the only receiver the team had who could consistently win one-on-one battles in coverage. Without him, the team was often relying on screens or taking chances with a cast of Legette, a pair of former QBs, an inexperienced Chad Terrell and a walk-on in Trey Adkins. The team is already without receiver Josh Vann and tight end Nick Muse. OrTre Smith is likely out this week, while Chavis Dawkins missed most of last week’s game. Edwards admitted there’s some frustration factor, but the team has to fight through. This year, Carolina ranks 109th in yards per play and points per game against FBS competition. Will be very hard to do now with time is running out to solve things, especially against defenses that rank second (Clemson) and 41st (Texas A&M) in yards allowed per play. So with two games left, the Muschamp is promising to tweak, change and adjust in hopes of recapturing some of the modest offensive successes from early in the year. In closing Muschamp said. “Different formations, getting into some different things, to get to some of the runs that have been very efficient. Because you’re not going to create a whole new run game at this point in the season and we’ve been efficient against really good people of running the football at times. And we’ve got to get back to that.”
  7. Will Muschamp talks Chad Morris Nov. 14, 2019 Muschamp knows Chad Morris from way back. Think before he was a head coach, before he came to Clemson as an offensive coordinator. And well before Muschamp took over a program. Muschamp said. “I know Chad well actually. I was at the University of Texas when he was at Lake Travis High School there in Austin. He did a great job there and then obviously to Tulsa and then to Clemson from there, SMU and Arkansas.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. What Muschamp said about Bentley’s future also look at which Gamecocks players the staff plans to hold out to redshirts Nov. 13, 2019, | GCF Staff Report What Muschamp said about Bentley’s future Because of a crutch to help his surgically repaired foot, Jake Bentley was probably the slowest of the Carolina players to move from the tunnel to the field Saturday and greet Will Muschamp before the Gamecocks played Appalachian State. It was “Senior Night” at Williams-Brice Stadium and Bentley, a four-year player and 33-game starter, took part in the opening ceremony. He wore his No. 19 jersey and carried flowers in his left hand. He smiled when he finally made it to his coach. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Will Muschamp talks Chad Morris Nov. 14, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Muschamp knows Chad Morris from way back. Think before he was a head coach, before he came to Clemson as an offensive coordinator. And well before Muschamp took over a program. Muschamp said. “I know Chad well actually. I was at the University of Texas when he was at Lake Travis High School there in Austin. He did a great job there and then obviously to Tulsa and then to Clemson from there, SMU and Arkansas.” “I’m disappointed,” Muschamp said of Morris’ firing. “That’s kind of the business we’re in right now. You’ve got to win now. That’s part of it. Chad’s an outstanding football coach and he’s an outstanding person. He’ll land on his feet in a good spot.” Morris went 32-0 in two seasons at Lake Travis, less than a 20-minute drive to UT. With future Texas QB Garrett Gilbert and future Texas Tech and Virginia Tech coach Michael Brewer, he put up big numbers before leaving the high school ranks to go to Tulsa for a year and then join Clemson’s staff. Chad Morris History & peek into possible future In many ways, Morris saved Dabo Swinney’s tenure at Clemson. The 2010 season saw the Tigers go 6-7, with the Tigers ranked worse than 85th in the country in yards per play in points per game. They jumped to 41st and 23rd in Morris’ first season, and then to sixth in scoring the season after. Morris was fired Sunday at Arkansas where he went 4-18. He’d turned SMU from a 2-10 team to a 7-5 squad in three years. Morris will almost assuredly land a top-flight offensive coordinator job after what he did at Clemson. Carolina is mired in a bad offensive season and questions have been coming about potential changes to the offensive staff.
  10. What Muschamp said about Bentley’s future also look at which Gamecocks players the staff plans to hold out to redshirts Nov. 13, 2019, | GCF Staff Report What Muschamp said about Bentley’s future Because of a crutch to help his surgically repaired foot, Jake Bentley was probably the slowest of the Carolina players to move from the tunnel to the field Saturday and greet Will Muschamp before the Gamecocks played Appalachian State. It was “Senior Night” at Williams-Brice Stadium and Bentley, a four-year player and 33-game starter, took part in the opening ceremony. He wore his No. 19 jersey and carried flowers in his left hand. He smiled when he finally made it to his coach. What Muschamp said about Jake. “Jake’s been very special to me personally the contributions he’s made to this program, the successful he’s had as a quarterback here at the University of South Carolina.” Bentley entered 2019 with a shot at several school records, but his senior season, of course, ended after one game due to a mid-foot sprain. After a medical redshirt, he’d still have one year of eligibility remaining. It could come at South Carolina. It could come elsewhere as a transfer. Muschamp said Tuesday he wants Bentley to be a Gamecock in 2020, but further discussion concerning such a possibility won’t take place until next month. Muschamp said.“We talked about December. We’ll let the regular season get over and as we move into December, we’ll have those discussions.” Should Bentley, whose father Bobby is Carolina tight ends coach, return to Carolina, the Gamecock QB room could potentially be filled with three players who have taken meaningful college snaps and an incoming four-star freshman. Freshman Ryan Hilinski won the backup job to Bentley in August and then went to No. 1 after Bentley was officially sidelined in September. The freshman, while battling injury, hasn’t missed a start, throwing for 2,077 yards with 11 touchdowns to four interceptions. Bentley’s numbers as a rookie in 2016: Seven starts, 1,420 yards, nine TDs, four picks. Dakereon Joyner, a former four-star recruit out of North Charleston, opted to stay with the Gamecocks after losing the No. 2 job to Hilinski. He’s been rewarded with a variety of opportunities. The redshirt freshman filled in for an injured Hilinski at Georgia and managed much of the second half and overtimes in the upset of the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Joyner is sixth on the Gamecocks in rushing (118 yards on 25 carries) and 11th in receptions (six for 46 yards). He’s completed 13 of 24 passes for 128 yards. Luke Doty is a South Carolina Mr. Football finalist. He suffered a hand injury last week, but that’s not expected to impact his college career. The 6-1, 193-pounder has totaled over 2,200 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior for Myrtle Beach. All three could make a case for snaps next season. And then there’s Bentley, who remains top five all-time in career yards and touchdowns. Muschamp said. “He’s meant a lot to me, personally. The Bentley family’s meant a lot to me, personally. And I appreciate everything he’s done.” Which Gamecocks players the staff plans to hold out to redshirts The Carolina football will likely be down a few players again Saturday against Texas A&M. As the season comes near to its close, there are still some decisions to make on a few freshman redshirts. USC coach Will Muschamp said the aim is to sit the ones they can this week, including safety Shilo Sanders. Glance at the future. On Shilo and others, Muschamp said. “Shilo is gonna be a good player for us. He’s played in four games. We’re holding him right now. But he’s still practicing with us and taking all the reps. “Traevon Kenion and KeShawn Toney have both played in two games. We’re trying to manage that right now. Cam Smith played in three. So we’re going to probably sit him this weekend, and not play him this weekend.” Players can get into four games and still redshirt, maintaining a year of eligibility. An optimistic Muschamp is still holding out hope for a bowl, but a more pessimistic outlook would have Kenion and Toney locked in as redshirts (Carolina would need to upset Texas A&M and Clemson). Carolina has seven true freshmen who have already burned their redshirts. Ten more are locked into redshirts assuming no bowl, including Kenion, Toney and offensive tackle Jakai Moore. The only freshman on the edge Muschamp didn’t mention was running back Kevin Harris, who has played in four games, including the past two, and looks like someone who will continue contributing. Defensive lineman Devontae Davis and quarterback Jake Bentley are locked into redshirts with season-ending injuries, as is defensive tackle Keir Thomas, who missed the first nine games. Defensive end Brad Johnson has played two games and will redshirt if USC does not make a bowl. WILL REDSHIRT: OL Mark Fox WR Keveon Mullins WR Tyquan Johnson Buck Rodricus Fitten OL William Rogers OL Vincent Murphy DL Joseph Anderson ALL BUT ASSURED TO REDSHIRT TE Traevon Kenion - Only played vs. Charleston Southern, App. State. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if USC misses a bowl OL Jakai Moore - Played two games. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if USC misses a bowl PLANNED TO REDSHIRT: DB Cam Smith - Has played in two games DB Shilo Sanders - Has played in four games TE KeShawn Toney - Played two games ALREADY BURNED REDSHIRT (FRESHMEN ONLY): QB Ryan Hilinski DB Jammie Robinson WR Xavier Legette DB John Dixon DT Zacch Pickens LB Jahmar Brown OL Jaylen Nichols IN LIMBO RB Kevin Harris - Has played in four games and will likely play at least one more (Veteran) LB Rosendo Louis - Played in three games and will redshirt if he doesn’t play one of the final two VETERANS WHO WILL REDSHIRT: Buck defensive end Brad Johnson - The junior is injured and missed the past seven games DL Devontae Davis - Injured in the preseason QB Jake Bentley - Injured after South Carolina’s first game and lost for the season Keir Thomas - Hasn’t played this season and thus has already secured a redshirt (USC is also looking for a medical sixth year for Randrecous Davis)
  11. Caslen gives first public comments on Muschamp situation Nov. 13, 2019, | GCF Staff Report University of South Carolina school president Robert Caslen has spoken publicly for the first time about the situation surrounding Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks football program. You can read full story by clicking the link provided: Full Greenville News story. Speaking to the Greenville News, the former superintendent of West Point didn’t rule out change even in the face of a large buyout. He took a down-the-middle approach, looking toward the end of the season for any decisions. Below is some of South Carolina school president Robert Caslen commits: Caslen said. “Coach Muschamp is my coach. That’s the message. He will be my coach through the end of the season. And then, just like any other coach that’s out there, whether it’s a soccer coach, whether it’s the equestrian coach, whatever, they’re going to do an end-of-year assessment, the athletic director does. Then, we’ll see what’s up.” Letting Muschamp go would involve a buyout that could be up to $19 million. Caslen added that investment in letting a coach go is a large one. “If I wanted to do that — I’m not saying I would — but where am I going to come up with $18 million?” Caslen asked. “There’s so much more, as the president of a university, I could do with $18 million than to buy out a coach’s contract. Some of the uses for the buyout could be used for: “I could build a parking garage, or I could revamp the stadium. There are so many more things you could do. So, why would I do that?” At West Point, Caslen oversaw the revitalization of an Army program that had fallen on hard times. Caslen accomplishments at Army: Five months into his tenure, the school fired Rich Ellerson, who went 20-41 in five seasons, 8-28 in the final three. He was the sixth consecutive Army coach to win fewer than 45 percent of his games. The school hired Jeff Monken, a member of Paul Johnson’s coaching tree. The Black Knights won only six games in his first two years, but then won 29 across the next three, including three in a row against Navy, which snapped a 14-game skid. Caslen had been vocal at the time about making that Navy game the highest priority and success flowing from there. He had played for Army in the early 1970s for Thomas Cahill and Homer Smith. Gamecock football wins and loses under the Muschamp era: Muschamp is 26-23 across nearly four years at South Carolina. His team will need a pair of upsets in the next two games to avoid the first bowl-less season of his tenure.
  12. Caslen gives first public comments on Muschamp situation Nov. 13, 2019, | GCF Staff Report University of South Carolina school president Robert Caslen has spoken publicly for the first time about the situation surrounding Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks football program. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  13. What went right what went wrong Saturday night vs. App State Nov. 10, 2019, | GCF Staff Report A look at what went right and wrong for the Gamecocks in the 20-15 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday night. WHAT WENT RIGHT Bryan Edwards: The senior from Conway became the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He finished the game with nine catches for 90 yards and a TD. The Comeback: The Gamecocks couldn’t get much going until the fourth quarter but rallied and came within one play of rallying from an 11-point deficit. Trey Adkins: Redshirt freshman walk-on was pressed into duty with injuries to Gamecock receivers and he came up with two catches, including a 29-yarder to set up a Gamecock field goal. WHAT WENT WRONG Dropped passes: Gamecock receivers left to many balls on the field Saturday night had they had several dropped passes, including one by Xavier Legette that went up in the air and was returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Nicholas Ross. Gamecocks running game: This one bugles the mind. After rushing for 205 yards last week against Vandy, the Gamecocks got just 21 against Appalachian State and were dominated up front. Finishing off drives: Gamecocks drives ending in field goals. The Gamecocks drove inside the Appalachian State 25 on its first two possessions and came up with field goals both times. Third-down woes continue: The Gamecocks all season long has struggled on third down for the season and Saturday was no different. The Gamecocks were 4-of-18 on third downs.
  14. Which Gamecocks have locked in redshirts, who is getting closer this week Nov. 06, 2019 This does not include a bowl game if eligible. The math on Carolina's redshirt situation is built on the large question of the postseason. The Gamecocks have a lot of work to do to make a bowl, needing to take two of three from Appalachian State, Texas A&M and Clemson to get it done. In either case, some Carolina players have already secured redshirt seasons for 2019, while others are right on the edge. Here’s a look at how things stack among scholarship players with either three or four games left: GAMECOCKS WHO WILL REDSHIRT: OL Mark Fox WR Keveon Mullins WR Tyquan Johnson GAMECOCKS ALL BUT ASSURED TO REDSHIRT TE Traevon Kenion - Only played vs. Charleston Southern. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if Carolina misses a bowl Buck Rodricus Fitten - Only played vs. Charleston Southern. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if Carolina misses a bowl OL William Rogers - Only played vs. Charleston Southern. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if Carolina misses a bowl OL Vincent Murphy - Only played vs. Charleston Southern. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if Carolina misses a bowl DL Joseph Anderson - Only played vs. Charleston Southern. Will redshirt if he doesn’t play this week or if Carolina misses a bowl GAMECOCKS THAT HAVE ALREADY BURNED REDSHIRT (FRESHMEN ONLY): QB Ryan Hilinski DB Jammie Robinson WR Xavier Legette DB John Dixon DT Zacch Pickens LB Jahmar Brown OL Jaylen Nichols GAMECOCKS STILL QUESTIONABLE FOR REDSHIRTING: DB Cam Smith - Has played in two games RB Kevin Harris - Has played in three games and will likely play at least two more DB Shilo Sanders - Has played in four games OL Jakai Moore - Played two games TE KeShawn Toney - Played two games (Veteran) LB Rosendo Louis - Played in three games and probably won’t redshirt (Veteran) OL Dylan Wonnum - Will most likely return to the lineup next week, but has only played four games thus far. GAMECOCKS VETERANS WHO WILL REDSHIRT: Buck defensive end Brad Johnson - The junior is injured and missed the past seven games DL Devontae Davis - Injured in the preseason QB Jake Bentley - Injured after South Carolina’s first game and lost for the season Keir Thomas - Hasn’t played this season and thus has already secured a redshirt (Carolina is also looking for a medical sixth year for Randrecous Davis)
  15. The numbers game Gamecocks lost to injury this year? Nov. 06, 2019 Carolina will head into the Appalachian State game this weekend with question marks around top rusher Tavien Feaster and his injured groin. But the good news here is that the Gamecocks are getting six players back after they missed the Vanderbilt game or more For the second consecutive season, it has been that kind of year on the injury front. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. Latest on the injury front: Tavien Feaster to miss game with App. State, Shi Smith questionable Nov. 05, 2019 Gamecocks will be without its top rusher this week against Appalachian State. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced Thursday on his weekly call-in show running back Tavien Feaster didn’t practice Thursday. The tailback has been dealing with a groin issue all week and missed practice on Tuesday as well. “Feaster will be out for this game,” Muschamp said. “I think we have a shot to get him back next week.” Muschamp also said wide receiver Shi Smith is questionable after a hamstring sidelined him last week. Smith is second on the team in catches and receiving yards. “We’re going to see what he can do (Firday),” Muschamp said. “But he is questionable at this time.“ The Gamecocks will get tailback Rico Dowdle back this week after missing nearly three full games with a knee injury. The Gamecocks have Mon Denson, Kevin Harris and Deshaun Fenwick as reserves. Muschamp said Dowdle took every snap in practice, as did Dylan Wonnum, who missed the past five games with an ankle injury. Damani Staley will also be back. Offensive tackle Jaylen Nichols (ankle) will likely be out another week. If Smith can’t go, the team will be operating with a skeleton crew at wide receiver. The team lost No. 3 Josh Vann last week and has yet to find a consistent third receiver. That’s along with tight end Nick Muse, basically a co-starter, who was lost for the year with a torn ACL.
  17. Three Gamecocks Named Finalists for the 2019 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy 11/7/2019 | Football University of South Carolina senior football standouts Bryan Edwards, Javon Kinlaw and D.J. Wonnum are among the 20 finalists named for the 2019 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy presented by Hale's Jewelers, as announced by the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy (South Carolina's Heisman) goes to the most outstanding collegiate player of the year that has South Carolina ties. This year the SCFHOF scouts evaluated over 400 players throughout the nation to name a top 20. The winner is derived from a vote of its members (fan members, sports media, and its Boards and Executive Team). Online voting at will begin November 11, 2019 and close on December 9, 2019. The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy is planned to be awarded at the organization's annual Enshrinement Banquet on April 2, 2020 at the Hilton Greenville. Current Clemson running back Travis Etienne, Jr., Rock Hill native and Oklahoma State standout quarterback Mason Rudolph, and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are past recipients of the trophy. The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy is hand crafted by local artist Ryan Calloway of Creative Iron Works and was put into commission in 2016. This will be the seventh straight year the organization has honored the collegiate player of the year from South Carolina. The SCFHOF encourages the football fans of South Carolina to engage with the vote of this year's recipient, the Class of 2020, and support the organizations community programs by becoming a member at https://scfootballhof.org/membership/join/.
  18. Gamecocks defensive line unselfish play leads with positive results on the field Nov. 06, 2019 Among these three Aaron Sterling, Javon Kinlaw or D.J. Wonnum, there are no numbers on the board to keep account of for sack totals for individuals. Why? They prefer not to make their season production into some kind of position competition. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. Jake Bentley will be among 25 Gamecocks set to walk for South Carolina’s senior day Nov. 05, 2019 QB Jake Bentley will face a choice at the end of the season: Go elsewhere as a graduate transfer, return to compete with Ryan Hilinski or takes his chances in the NFL. But before that, Bentley is getting his Carolina degree and he will be walking on senior day Saturday before the game against Appalachian State. The Gamecocks confirmed that Tuesday. Bentley has not played since the season opener when he suffered a foot injury on the final play. Bentley is fourth on the school’s all-time passing yardage list and third in all-time touchdowns. Walking on senior day is sometimes a sign a player with eligibility left is moving on, but that’s not always the case. Also Saturday’s senior day list are two redshirt juniors — tight end Kyle Markway and offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson. THE REST The 25 players expected to take part in Senior Day festivities include Michael Almond, Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Joseph Charlton, Chavis Dawkins, Mon Denson, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Daniel Fennell, Tavien Feaster, Jaylan Foster, Bailey Hart, Sadarius Hutcherson, J.T. Ibe, Javon Kinlaw, Caleb Kinlaw, Kyle Markway, Matt Oliveira, Kiel Pollard, Kobe Smith, Donell Stanley, Will Tommie, A.J. Turner, Eldridge Thompson and D.J. Wonnum.
  20. What Boom said about 5 Gamecock seniors who have the chance to leave or return Nov. 05, 2019 Coach Will Muschamp said five players who have not exhausted their eligibility — three scholarship ones — will walk for his team Saturday, but none have made their choice about leaving or coming back. The three most notable are senior quarterback Jake Bentley, and two redshirt juniors in offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson and tight end Kyle Markway. Muschamp said the discussion about their futures will take place after the season. “We will have those discussions in December when the regular season is over move forward,” Muschamp said. “But certainly wanted them to have their opportunity to walk if they decide not to come back.” Walk-on receiver Bailey Hart and defensive back Jaylan Foster also have choices to make. Markway confirmed he will walk for senior day but could opt to return. Eleven of the 25 seniors have their degrees and 11 more get them this December.
  21. Latest on the injury front: Gamecocks’ top rusher questionable for Saturday’s game vs Appalachian State Nov. 05, 2019 South Carolina football is set to get running back Rico Dowdle and a slew of other players back off a knee injury this week. But the status of fellow runner Tavien Feaster is now questionable. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Feaster missed practice with a groin issue. That’s one of the few pieces of bad new for a team set to get back a cluster of players. Other Injuries Muschamp said Dowdle, defensive end Brad Johnson, linebacker Damani Staley, offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum, wide receiver Shi Smith, defensive tackle Keir Thomas should be back this week. Offensive tackle Jaylen Nichols remains out with an ankle, while a hamstring issue has running back A.J. Turner is questionable.
  22. Jake Bentley back next year? The plan for that discussion Oct. 29, 2019 Coach Will Muschamp said over the weekend that he doesn’t have an inkling of the plans his opening game starting quarterback, Jake Bentley, has for next season. He had no updates on Bentley’s plan there, but he has his own plan as to how he will approach that conversation at some point. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  23. Transfer tight end Nick Muse his season is done with a torn ACL Nov. 04, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Transfer tight end Nick Muse answered a big question for South Carolina’s football team. Now, after news broke that his season is done with a torn ACL, the Gamecocks yet again face questions at their tight end spots. But now they’re nine games in and might have some true freshmen a little more ready to answer the call. The Gamecocks are down to five available scholarship tight ends. One is starter Kyle Markway. One is former offensive lineman Chandler Farrell. Markway starts and Farrell has played a good bit in spots. Will Register has been a special-teamer for the most part in Year 3 on campus.
  24. Doty, Hilinski will work together while building a friendship Oct. 31, 2019, | GCF Staff Report QB Luke Doty and QB Ryan Hilinski will be teammates stating next year and both will be battling for quarterback spot the next few years at South Carolina. But according to Doty, that won’t get in the way of the friendship the two are building. Doty, the senior quarterback at Myrtle Beach, text Hilinski birthday wishes Thursday on way to Seahawks’ game in Florence against Wilson High. Hilinski turned 19 on Thursday. Doty said after Thursday’s win against Wilson. “Talked to him a bunch and really love being around him. Know we are going to have a great future together. We are still trying to build that bond and get tight right now. It is going to carry on into the future.” Doty said he stayed with Hilinski a few times over the summer and has been at Williams-Brice Stadium to watch him every home game this season. Hilinski took over QB duties when Jake Bentley went down earlier this season and has three years left of eligibility. Doty will arrive at South Carolina in January to begin his college career and welcomes the opportunity to compete with Hilinski and Dakereon Joyner for playing time. Hilinski said. “I think supporting each other in everything that we do. It is going to be a competition but we are going to push each other to get better each and every day. Luke Doty said “If he (Ryan) makes a good ball I’m going to be there for him. Can’t wait for it.” Doty has one more game left in the regular season against North Myrtle Beach next week before the playoffs begin. The Seahawks are No. 1 in Class 4A and are looking for their second straight title. Doty is a finalist for SC’s Mr. Football was named Class 4A Lower State Back of the Year on Friday. Doty said. “Just taking it week by week and trying to find something each and every day to get better at. Doesn’t last forever so trying to enjoy it and have fun.” Doty had more than 300 yards of total offense with three TDs in Myrtle Beach’s 43-30 come-from-behind win. The Seahawks trailed 24-14 at halftime before rallying and clinching the Region 6-4A title. Dotty was a vocal leader on the sidelines during the game, gathering his teammates around him when things weren’t going well. Then in the closing minutes, he gathered his offensive linemen around them thanking them for their performance and about what the postseason means for the team. Doty closed it out by saying. “It just comes with being the quarterback of the Myrtle Beach Seahawks. It is a pretty big role and that is the kind of guy that I am. I am a leader. I can go in, command and take over. I feel like we all did a good job of that tonight. We rallied around each other. I had to rally around my offensive line. We couldn’t get some things going early but I know those guys had my back.”
  25. Jake Bentley back next year? The plan for that discussion Oct. 29, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Coach Will Muschamp said over the weekend that he doesn’t have an inkling of the plans his opening game starting quarterback, Jake Bentley, has for next season. He had no updates on Bentley’s plan there, but he has his own plan as to how he will approach that conversation at some point. Muschamp said. “Jake and I are very close. And he and I will sit down and have a good conversation about what’s best for him and best for South Carolina. When we have that conversation, I’ll be able to update you more.” Bentley has missed South Carolina’s past seven games after a lisfranc foot fracture that required season-ending surgery. That means the senior, who started 33 games across four seasons, will have a decision to make. He’ll have the chance to come back as a redshirt senior, and that in turn leads to some questions. He had dreams of going pro but turned that down after 2018, and the only game he’s played since then was a disastrous loss to North Carolina. He could return and try to take the starting spot, which true freshman Ryan Hilinski has held in his place. He could also test the graduate transfer market and look for a fresh start, as more and more quarterbacks seem to be doing. Bentley’s father, Bobby, is also a staffer with the Gamecocks. Bentley stats: has thrown for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions across his long career. He led the Gamecocks from 2-4 to a bowl as a freshman, nine wins as a sophomore and put up a productive statistical season as a junior. He is third in career touchdown passes and fourth in career yards at South Carolina. Muschamp said he’s received no indication about Bentley’s decision, but when asked if Bentley would be welcomed back, Muschamp said that he would. In the short term, Muschamp said Bentley has just been focused on the day-to-day things he can do for the team, even as he’s not on the field. In closing Muschamp said. “He’s being a great teammate. He’s helping these young quarterbacks. He’s not been able to travel with us. ... Our training staff has not wanted him to do that. “He’s been at all of our home games, all of our practices, all of our meetings and in the training room constantly supporting our guys.”
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