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  1. Will Muschamp talks assistant coaching rumors: ‘It’s flattering’ December 13, 2018 THE STATE At various points in the past week, South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley and quarterback coach Dan Werner were considered favorites to take jobs at Auburn and Ole Miss respectively, at least in some corners of the internet. Was Will Muschamp ever worried? “Absolutely not,” Muschamp said Thursday at a press conference for the Belk Bowl. “We’ve got a great place.” Asked if he expected to keep the staff intact, he answered, ‘Right now, yeah.’ Those two were rumored for offensive coordinator jobs, while there was some chatter around current Gamecocks OC Bryan McClendon in connection to the Tennessee opening at the same spot or the East Carolina head coaching job that ended up going to Mike Houston. USC has enjoyed relative stability in this arena. Of the nine assistants who started with Muschamp in Columbia, seven are still with the staff. The only changes were Eric Wolford replacing Shawn Elliott, who became head coach at Georgia State, and Kurt Roper being let go after the 2017 season (McClendon took his job and Werner was added). The team is in the midst of its final drive toward the first signing day, and Muschamp noted the rumblings about Bentley and Werner didn’t cause too much consternation on the recruiting front. “It’s flattering and says a lot about our staff,” Muschamp said. “We’ve had a bunch of coaches get other opportunities, and they’re staying in South Carolina.” South Carolina will face Virginia in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29.
  2. South Carolina struggled at linebacker. This versatile commit is ready to help December 06, 2018 THE STATE WEDDINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA Derek Boykins was still sweating in the cold. The Central Cabarrus linebacker had just watched his high school football career end, coming in a loss that wasn’t all that close. His time as a Viking was finished, he’d never again play with the kids he grew up with, but it was a moment where attention turned forward toward becoming a South Carolina Gamecock. And he had something he looked forward to. “The competition,” Boykins said. “Hard-nosed, everything the next level brings.” The 6-foot-1, 224-pound linebacker has the ability to be a flexible option for the Gamecocks in the near future at a position that has had its share of struggles. But he might give USC something more, something beyond the production on the field. “He’s the heart of our program,” Central Cabarrus coach Ken McClamrock said. “He’s everything that you want in the weight room. He’s everything you want in the fieldhouse. He’s everything you want in your program. He leads. He works his butt off. He leads by example. He’s our hardest worker. “We’re going to miss him a lot.” The multi-year starter made 79 tackles, including eight for loss with two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior, and his recruiting stock took off soon after that season. He is currently the No. 27 outside linebacker in the country in the 247Sports composite rankings. As a senior, he led the Vikings to their best record since 2013, posting 117 tackles, six for loss, four sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, five QB hurries, one receiving touchdown and one blocked punt he returned for a score. The range of stats, between the interceptions, the sacks and the hurries show a player who can work in coverage or get after the passer a bit. All the while, South Carolina has had questions at the linebacker spots. T.J. Brunson and Sherrod Greene will be returning starters next year, but had their share of issues. The depth behind them was hurt this year when Eldridge Thompson’s season was ended by a shoulder, and by the end of the regular season, freshmen Rosendo Louis and Ernest Jones were seeing a lot of time. But Boykins didn’t pay much attention to all that. Asked about looking at the position he’ll soon play, he said he just trusts Will Muschamp and Coleman Hutzler to put him in the right spots. That wasn’t his focus. “He never lost sight of his teammates and his brothers here,” McClamrock said. “He never was looking ahead down the road. His feet were planted firmly with us. That’s the kind of kid that South Carolina is getting.” McClamrock said he had paid a little more attention to the situation his now-former charge is going to step into. Boykins said his focus before signing early and enrolling in January will be running and staying in shape. He expects to bring an array of talents to USC’s linebacker spot. “I’m real versatile on defense,” Boykins said. “Wherever you put me at, I can learn fast, real coachable.” But it goes even a little beyond that, according to his coach. “He’s explosive,” McClamrock said. “He’s a great leader, and what I’ve told coach (Bobby) Bentley and I’ve told coach Hutzler and coach Muschamp is from Day 1, I can’t guarantee the first week of January he’s going to be the fastest or the strongest or the best player. But I can guarantee he’s going to find who is and he’s going to be right there beside him.”
  3. South Carolina Will Face Virginia in 2018 Belk Bowl GCF Staff Report | December 02, 2018 Kickoff Set for Saturday, December 29, at Noon The Belk Bowl announced today that the South Carolina Gamecocks will face the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2018 Belk Bowl. Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday, December 29. The game, celebrating its 17th year, will be televised nationally by ABC. For the 2018 Belk Bowl, South Carolina is designated the away team and Virginia is designated the home team. [MORE]
  4. What changes could Muschamp’s coaching staff see this offseason? November 28, 2018 South Carolina offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon has become a bit of a name in the coaching carousel rumor mill. In the past, Will Muschamp’s defensive coordinator, Travaris Robinson, was the subject of similar talk. So what does the head coach think of any potential shifts in his staff? “We’re on the verge of some really good things here,” Muschamp said. “Moving into the new operations facility, the Ken and Cyndi Long Operations Center, opens the first of January. We’re on the verge of some special things here. Our staff, I don’t anticipate any changes.” McClendon’s name was thrown out for a potential opening at East Carolina should Scottie Montgomery get fired. In his first year running the offense at South Carolina, McClendon helped lift the team from 85th in yards per play to No. 20 in the country. McClendon is also known as one of the top recruiters on the staff and has assembled a cadre of blue chip wide receivers, the position he works most closely with. Robinson was giving a raise last season, putting his salary at $1.2 million a year. Defensive coordinator Lance Thompson was rumored to be connected to the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator opening last season. USC has enjoyed relative stability on the coaching staff across Muschamp’s three seasons. Of the nine assistants who started with him, seven remain. The only changes were Shawn Elliott taking the Georgia State job and getting replaced by Eric Wolford, and Kurt Roper getting let go, which made room for McClendon to move up and Dan Werner to start working with quarterbacks. But for the moment, Muschamp sees things staying stable. “I know our guys are working extremely hard,” Muschamp said. “Excited about our future.”
  5. A former offensive starter is now working with South Carolina defense November 27, 2018 South Carolina junior running back A.J. Turner might have to be known as South Carolina junior defensive back for the rest of the season. Turner, who has started 11 games at running back in his career, practiced with the Gamecocks defense on Tuesday. “AJ. Turner is going to rep at nickel back for us this week,” head coach Will Muschamp said. “On special teams, you see that instinctively he’s able to make plays and feel blocks. He has the ability to be a good man coverage guy so we are going to give him the opportunity to play on the defensive side of the ball this week.” Turner is fourth on the team in rushing this season with 294 yards on 46 carries. He led the Gamecocks in rushing last year with 531 yards and has 1,322 for his career. “A.J. has been kidding with me for three years about playing defense,” Muschamp said. “It’s nothing that he has not done at running back, but there’s an opportunity for him to help us this week on defense, and we’ll see how it goes moving forward. A.J. is extremely bright. He will learn it.” Defensive lineman Kobe Smith noticed the veteran Turner at Tuesday’s practice. “They moved him to defense to play a little bit over there,” Smith said. “That’s pretty much it.” Muschamp and the South Carolina defensive coaching staff have considered moving offensive players to defense for weeks as injuries continue to mount on the defensive side of the ball. The Gamecocks have lost five safeties to long-term or season-ending injuries and three of the team’s top four defensive linemen will be out until at least the bowl game due to injuries. Tight end Kiel Pollard said he hasn’t been asked to play defense. “He hasn’t come to me yet, but I would,” Pollard said. “I’d be happy to play defense. Probably linebacker.”
  6. What Muschamp thought of first action for Gamecocks QBs Joyner, Urich November 18, 2018 THE STATE In the fourth quarter against Chattanooga, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp told offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon to not switch things to clock-killing mode. The Gamecocks were up by 46 points, but they had another goal in mind. Giving reserve quarterbacks Dakereon Joyner and Jay Urich their first real chance. “I told B-Mac, they may get mad, but we’re going to run our offense,” Muschamp said. “Throw the ball. Let Jay and Dakereon throw it. I know it was late, but if we get these guys an opportunity to go play, let’s let them go play.” The pair of young athletic signal callers had never taken snaps in live games before. They went into it with a piece of advice from their starter. “One thing that I told them was just, cherish the moment,” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “You only get one time of getting out there for the first time.” Joyner, a four-star freshman and former South Carolina Mr. Football, made his long-awaited debut with 10:38 left in the fourth. Urich got to play on the final three snaps. Bentley had taken things to the fourth quarter. Michael Scarnecchia got one drive on his senior night, and then the kids took over. All told, the pair ran or threw the ball on 11 of 12 offensive plays while they were in there. Both are natural scramblers, and that was on display. “It’s awesome to see them get in there, their hard work paying off and getting to experience what it’s like to be on the field,” Bentley said. “I thought they did some good things, I thought they were playing fast. Taking off and running is part of it. That’s making fast decisions and not holding onto the ball. They were able to move the ball and I thought they did some really good things.” Joyner, who won’t lose his redshirt because of the NCAA’s new four-game rule, hit 1 of 2 passes for 1 yards, but also ran for 24 on three carries, including a pair of 11-yard runs. Urich connected with redshirt freshman tight end Will Register for a 9-yard pass (Register’s first career catch in his first career game), and broke a 14-yard scramble. Joyner got particular attention as one of the top recruits in the current freshman class. He’s been considered a threat with the ball in his hands by several experts, plus the defense that has to match him on scout team. “He’s dangerous in space,” middle linebacker T.J. Brunson said. “He’s a really shifty guy. He knows how to make you miss. He’s definitely given us really good looks throughout the season, day-in and day out. Just seeing it on the field, it isn’t surprising.” South Carolina’s quarterback situation will shift this offseason. Scarnecchia, a steady backup who won the Missouri game, is out of eligibility and off to law school. There’s a chance Bentley goes pro, but after some early struggles, that’s a big question. Four-star Ryan Hilinski is coming in, but he has publicly said he expects to redshirt if Bentley is still around. And that leaves Urich and Joyner, young interesting passers set to find a spot on the new depth chart, getting their first experience under the Williams-Brice lights. “We need to give them live snaps in front of people,” Muschamp said.”The game will continue to slow down for both guys. Wish we could’ve gotten them both more snaps. But it’s exciting to get them out there.”
  7. New faces debuted for the Gamecocks on Saturday? November 18, 2018 South Carolina’s football staff was proud of the way it got to empty the bench in the season opener against Coastal Carolina. That didn’t hold a candle to the way they got guys in during Saturday’s win against Chattanooga. A slew of freshmen played, as did an army of backups. The NCAA’s new four-game redshirt rule allows for players to avoid the choice of getting a little work and losing a year of eligibility, and USC took full advantage. “I was happy they played,” USC coach Will Muschamp said. “I think it’s awesome for them to be able to play. I think that’s where you really improve as far as gameday is having the opportunity to step out there.” Freshmen who made debuts Quarterback Dakereon Joyner – The former Mr. Football had 24 rushing yards and threw a pair of passes Running back Deshaun Fenwick – Ran for 112 yards and a touchdown Safety Jonathan Gipson – Made two tackles and broke up a pass Center Hank Manos Walk-on wide receiver Joe Thomas
  8. Jaycee Horn holding his own as a true freshmen November 15, 2018 The usual risk with a freshman defensive back in college football is a simple one: For any good plays, there’s usually a big one allowed to match. But that’s not the case for South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. Try to burn him. Teams have. But according to numbers from CFB Film Room, he’s quietly done everything asked. The first thing that stands out, he’s not given up a gain of 20 or more yards, all season. That’s despite working in the slot against some shifty receivers, and often having to kick outside against the taller ones. Based on those numbers, opponents connected on only 43.8 percent of the passes that went his way. He’s contested more than one third. He came to Columbia as a four-star prospect, one of the top players in the 2018 class. He’s delivered on more than that. A Day 1 starter, the son of NFL Pro Bowler Joe Horn has been one of USC’s most consistent and reliable defenders. For the season he has 38 tackles and eight pass breakups.
  9. As losses vs. ranked teams mount, what exactly is Will Muschamp's ceiling? November 13, 2018 SDS When the clock hit zero in Gainesville on Saturday, reality set in for South Carolina. Another ranked team, another loss. The latest was even more crushing than usual after Will Muschamp blew a 17-point lead in the final 16 minutes against his former team. It marked the fourth time in as many games this year that the Gamecocks dropped to a ranked opponent, and it was actually the ninth consecutive loss to a Top-25 foe dating to 2016. Not since Muschamp’s first year in Columbia have the Gamecocks taken down a ranked team (and it was against Butch Jones, so there should probably be an asterisk on that one). A 1-11 record vs. Top 25 teams in his first 3 years isn’t ideal. With a road trip to unbeaten Clemson in a couple weeks, the odds of that getting better before bowl season aren’t great. As a result of that woeful record against quality foes, South Carolina hasn’t been recognized as one. The Gamecocks spent a total of 1 week of the Muschamp era in the Associated Press Top 25 … which ended when they got their teeth kicked in by Georgia at home in Week 2. With Muschamp staring at a mediocre Year 3 that’ll ultimately fall short of high preseason expectations, the question is not about his job security. Someone a year removed from being an SEC Coach of the Year candidate doesn’t deserve that, especially if you look at what he inherited. But it’s perfectly fair to ask the question now — what’s South Carolina’s upside with Muschamp? One of my unpopular offseason takes was that I thought the Gamecocks overachieved in 2017 and that they were due for some regression. I repeatedly brought up the stat about going 6-1 in 1-score games. South Carolina only faced 2 ranked teams in 2017 and was outscored by an average of 19 points. So yeah, even with all of that offensive talent returning combined with the upgrades to the offensive coaching staff, I questioned how South Carolina was going to take another next step. Muschamp’s defense was young and I thought the division would be tougher than it was last year. That’s the thing that probably doesn’t sit well long-term with Gamecocks. With new coaches, Florida and Tennessee already look like they have higher ceilings than South Carolina. After all, the Gators and Vols each have multiple wins against ranked opponents this year. This year hasn’t exactly been a good sign that Muschamp’s group will rise above mediocrity in what looked like an extremely winnable division when he arrived. There’s also the “here we go again” concern. Muschamp, as many remember, took that major Year 2 leap at Florida. In Year 3, the Gators went from contender to 4-win team. Ultimately, he couldn’t get close enough back to contender status in Year 4 to warrant him keeping his job. Even he admitted that. Obviously expectations at South Carolina aren’t that high and to be fair, the Year 3 drop-off won’t be nearly as drastic as it was in Gainesville. That’s why Muschamp shouldn’t be a “hot seat” candidate this offseason. But in the coming months, expect to see plenty people in the anti-Muschamp crowd throw these numbers out: .ms-elegant-main { border: 2.25pt double black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-tl { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-left { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-top { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-even { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } Will Muschamp First 3 seasons at Florida First 3 seasons at SC Overall record 22-16 20-15 SEC record 13-11 12-12 Winning division records 1 1 Record vs. ranked teams 4-11 1-11 A look at those numbers and it’s natural to wonder just how high Muschamp’s upside is. The other part of this that I haven’t brought up yet is the recruiting. Muschamp recruited well at Florida, and some argued that Jim McElwain’s consecutive division titles to start his tenure were a result of that. Maybe that’s true. It’s amazing to think that there were still players that Muschamp recruited who partook in Florida’s comeback win on Saturday. Muschamp is in position to sign his fourth Top 25 class at South Carolina. If he can finish better than No. 18 — that’s where the 2019 class is ranked nationally — he’ll have one-upped South Carolina’s recruiting every year since he’s been there. The fact that he has commitments from blue-chip quarterback recruit Ryan Hilinski and 5-star defensive end and South Carolina native Zacch Pickens bodes well for this year’s class. Muschamp also signed an extension in January that’ll keep him under contract through 2023, which bodes well for him continuing to make strides on the recruiting trail (there’s still probably a ceiling of somewhere around No. 15 nationally given what Clemson is right now). That’s the good news. But the bad news is that until South Carolina starts beating at least some ranked teams, many will question how much the recruiting rankings really matter. In Muschamp’s 3 full recruiting cycles at Florida, he signed 3 top-9 classes, 2 of which were in the top 3. Still, when those recruits should have been the heart of his roster in 2013 and 2014, his teams were 1-6 against ranked opponents. That wasn’t just because of Muschamp’s quarterback issues. That’s all in the past, though. There’s no guarantee that history repeats itself as South Carolina continues to rebuild its roster after Steve Spurrier let it deteriorate. Let’s not forget that coming into this season, South Carolina was ranked No. 119 in percentage of returning defensive production. The Gamecocks do have promising young defensive players in the secondary who figure to be the backbone of an improved defense in 2019. And while the Gamecocks still struggle to run the ball too much, one should feel better about the overall direction of the offense under Bryan McClendon and Dan Werner compared to the previous staff. That’s true regardless of if Jake Bentley returns for his senior season (I expect he will). So what does that all add up to? I honestly think that South Carolina’s ceiling is as a fringe Top 25 team that can beat at least 1 ranked foe per season. The Gamecocks simply don’t have the upside they did under Spurrier, which is fine. It doesn’t mean Muschamp is a bad coach and that he should be replaced. The fact that his arrival happened to coincide with Clemson and Georgia turning into juggernauts is going to continue to frustrate the fan base. If Florida sustains its place as a top-15 program as many expect it will, it’ll be even tougher for some to accept the Gamecocks playing second fiddle. But keep this in mind: A little over 2 years ago, we were talking about a program that was off to a 2-4 start and looking like it was destined for its second consecutive season in the East cellar. Muschamp has indeed raised the expectations in Columbia. Only time will tell if he can actually beat some quality foes and raise them again.
  10. Will Muschamp was asked about bringing DJ Durkin to Columbia. How he answered November 13, 2018 THE STATE Will Muschamp and DJ Durkin are friends and former coworkers, and South Carolina’s football coach has previously defended Durkin in the wake of disturbing allegations made against his program at Maryland. But now Durkin has been fired from Maryland after an internal review in the wake of player Jordan McNair’s death concluded that Durkin presided over a culture where players were afraid to speak out about abuses by members of the coaching staff. And Muschamp, who, before the review was released, blasted anonymous sources criticizing Durkin as “gutless,”publicly declined to say whether or not he would hire Durkin on his staff at USC if there was an opening. “I’m not going to get into hypotheticals,” Muschamp said in response to the question at his Tuesday press conference. “Yeah, he’s a very good friend, he’s been through a very difficult situation. It’s a tragic situation for everybody involved, stating with the McNair family and what they’ve been through. It’s just a tragic situation, I don’t know any other way to say it. But I don’t deal in hypotheticals.” Muschamp’s initial comments defending Durkin, who was his assistant and then defensive coordinator at Florida for four years, came in August, after an ESPN report detailed allegations of a toxic culture at Maryland. They were criticized by some who felt Muschamp was discrediting the allegations without considering the fear of retribution the anonymous sources faced. Shortly after that, Muschamp seemed to walk back his statement slightly, expressing sympathy for the family of McNair, who died of heat stroke in May during a team workout, and saying he was defending Durkin as a friend who had trouble believing the allegations of abuse. The question of when or even if Durkin will coach again is still very much up in the air — Kansas athletic director Jeff Long quickly shot down rumors that his school discussed its coaching vacancy with him. Of course, South Carolina does not have any openings at the moment that Durkin could fill — all of the Gamecocks’ defensive coaches have been with the program since 2016 or earlier — though Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Muschamp’s former boss, has helped several coaches looking to rebound from personal and professional setbacks by hiring them as analysts who can help game plan and break down film but can’t coach on the field or recruit.
  11. Gamecock veteran on having to sit out: ‘I went home, and I was just real sad’ November 08, 2018 THE STATE There’s a certain unbalance that comes with playing football on the college level. Players spend the offseason working. There are endless lifts, practices, film sessions, all that. And it all builds to what? Twelve games a year, maybe 13, maybe more if a team is lucky. So each one carries weight, each chance to a player has a level of preciousness. This season, Gamecocks tailback A.J. Tuner felt the weight of being deprived of it. The fourth-year junior got hurt early, then suffered a concussion that knocked him out against Missouri and kept him out against Texas A&M and through the bye week. He was finally cleared before Tennessee, but didn’t actually get a carry until the last week’s Ole Miss game. And that kind of thing wears on a player, feeling games slipping away. “To be honest, it was definitely hard on me, being hurt,” Turner said. “There’s not a lot of games in the season. At first I was really kind of bummed about it. I still am. I missed games. You don’t really get this year back. At the end of the day, I’m here. I’m still here. I’m still standing. I’m healthy. Not everybody can say that. No everybody has that ability.” There’s a factor of the unknown with a concussion. It’s not a knee or an ankle with a clearer timeline. Gamecocks safety Nick Harvey has been out a month with one, with no end in sight. Turner said the uncertainty left him down, but going through that means he takes less for granted. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp pointed out Turner is that breed of player who just loves playing any way he can. He’s not been as large a part of the rotation because of USC’s running back depth, so he helps on four special teams units, doing the dirty work that often goes unnoticed. “It’s a frustrating time,” Muschamp said. “As much time as we put in as players through the offseason program and the lifting and all the commitment that you have, to just have 12 opportunities that you can go out there and play and you get some of those opportunities taken, it’s very frustrating. People have no idea the amount of time these young men put in.” Quarterback Jake Bentley said he saw teammates supporting Turner and making sure he remained part of the group. Players doing their rehab work are often off to the side, and there can be some isolation in that. “I think it’s a testament to the group of guys that’s in the running back room,” Bentley said. “All those running backs pick each other up. “I think that’s one of the hardest things when someone gets hurt, kind of not feeling like they’re part of the team anymore. But the running backs just do an outstanding job of staying together. Bentley added he’d seen some of the running backs join Turner in “the pit,” a sand pit where players not in full practice work with strength staffers. Turner has been a fixture in USC’s backfield for three years now. He was the opening-day starter in 2016 as a redshirt freshman, beating out veterans such as David Williams. He watched Rico Dowdle take the top spot in the second half of that season, but ended up leading the 2017 Gamecocks in carries, becoming the last back standing after injuries and other factors. This season, working behind Rico Dowdle and Ty’Son Williams, he has 26 carries for 148 yards. He’s been one of USC’s more explosive backs and scored his first touchdown of the year against Ole Miss last week. The Gamecocks will go into this week’s showdown at Florida with Williams nursing a broken hand and Dowdle on a bum ankle. That likely means more Mon Denson and more Turner, something that’s not much of a surprise as the team often seems to turn to him. But whatever the workload, just being out there will be enough. “Just wanted to be out there so bad,” Turner said. “I know there’s days I went home and I was just real sad that I couldn’t play. I’m here now.
  12. Josh Belk makes a visit to Clemson ... while the Gamecocks play Ole Miss Nov. 03, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina football defensive tackle Josh Belk wasn’t set to travel with the Gamecocks to Ole Miss as he’s still working on conditioning issues and an ankle injury. Instead, he apparently took in a game Saturday at Clemson, USC’s archrival and the school where he started his career. ABC Columbia’s Greg Brzozowski posted a video to social media of Belk on the field after Saturday’s Clemson game against Louisville. Belk enrolled at Clemson last January, then left at the end of the semester and joined the Gamecocks in August. Belk played in USC’s first two games against Coastal Carolina and Georgia. Then he hurt his ankle and has not played or made the gameday dress roster in weeks. Belk was a four-star prospect, ranked No. 102 in the final 247Sports Composite rankings for 2018, seventh among defensive tackles and second in the state. South Carolina was recruiting him hard through 2016 before he committed to the Tigers in late January of 2017. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman finished his senior season with 116 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, seven caused fumbles, a recovered fumble and a pass deflection. He was a U.S. Army All-American. He committed to USC in June and was ruled eligible just before the season opener. The 6-foot-3, 359-pounder is still listed on South Carolina’s roster. USC coach Will Muschamp praised Belk’s progress late last month. “He’s doing a really good job,” Muschamp said. “Josh is in a really good place for me right now. We need to get him in shape and we need to get him healthy, and that’s the most important thing and that’s what we’re working through right now.”
  13. South Carolina Home Football Game vs. Marshall Canceled From USC Sports Information COLUMBIA, S.C. – In light of the shifting forecast and probable path of Hurricane Florence, the University of South Carolina has canceled the football game versus Marshall that was scheduled to be played Saturday evening at 7:30. The Gamecocks will look for an opportunity to play a 12th regular season game later this season. "Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast," said Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by President Pastides, Coach Muschamp, our Board members and myself." The decision comes hours after revised forecasts show the potential for a greater impact on South Carolina from Hurricane Florence. The cancelation of the game will free up hotel rooms across the Midlands for evacuees and allows emergency personnel to be utilized in areas impacted by the storm. "Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick and I have been in constant contact throughout the week about the game," added Tanner. "We are in total agreement that this is the correct decision." The Gamecocks return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Vanderbilt. The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET.
  14. Defensive back Tavyn Jackson medically disqualified August 19, 2018 Just before the 2018 season, the South Carolina football team has lost a member of its defensive backfield. Second-year defensive back Tavyn Jackson posted on his Instagram he’s stepping away from the team for health reasons. He had been out of practice with what coach Will Muschamp called “heat issues.” “To start this off, I’ve been experiencing hard times since I’ve arrived to college but always managed to see through,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “I appreciate all of the support from my family, friends and teammates. Without you guys especially my teammates I wouldn’t have gotten this far. The decision was made based on my future and what will come. I have been medically disqualified to play football again due to my sickle cell but USC is still honoring my scholarship and I’ll finish school with a degree. I thank everyone and keep me in your prayers. Spurs Up.” Jackson’s post said the school will honor his scholarship, likely meaning a medical disqualification. He was moved from corner to safety just before August camp. Gamecocks are still looking for the right mix at safety, with Jamyest Williams, Nick Harvey and a now-healthy J.T. Ibe likely battling for a spot next to Steven Montac.
  15. Gamecocks plan to boost revenue, recruiting in vacated Williams-Brice space August 01, 2018 The area that soon will be vacated by South Carolina’s football coaches will be re-purposed for fan amenities, Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner said Wednesday. “We’ll try to occupy the space to accommodate our fan base and improve the fan experience,” Tanner said. “In premium areas, you can certainly have alcohol but also televisions. We will take that space and retrofit it.” The team’s football coaches are scheduled to move out of the Floyd Football Building when USC’s new football operations building is complete at the end of the year. The three-story Floyd Building sits on the north end of Williams-Brice Stadium. “There are some things moving forward in the stadium that will create some revenue for us,” head coach Will Muschamp said. The changes won’t be made until the 2019 season at the earliest. The space will be available once the football team moves into its $50 million football operations building, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. As for the rest of the stadium space currently used by the football team, it will remain in the hands of the football program in some capacity. The current football weight room and meeting space on the south side of the stadium will be retrofitted to house an improved game day recruiting area, Tanner said. The current football training room still will be used by the football team as a game day training area and the current football locker room will remain for game day.
  16. Jake Bentley's busy summer takes him to top of athletic department June 28, 2018 South Carolina’s starting quarterback has a new job this month. Junior Jake Bentley is serving as the Gamecocks interim athletics director while full-time athletics director Ray Tanner is in Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series. At least that’s how Bentley sees it, he joked with Paul Finebaum on Finebaum’s radio show Thursday afternoon. “I guess I’m taking over the athletic department for a few days for him,” said Bentley, who is serving an internship in Tanner’s office this month. “I think I’m just going to leave it alone, make sure things don’t fall apart until Coach Tanner gets back.” It’s been a busy month for Bentley, who will return this fall after starting 20 consecutive games and throwing for 4,214 yards, 27 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in the last two seasons. Bentley just completed his stint as a counselor at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy, where he befriended Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm and Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham. “We are so close because you really go through the same issues and the same experience during your college career,” Bentley told Finebaum. “There are a lot of things we can relate to.” The college quarterbacks at the event worked with brothers Peyton and Eli Manning and also coached their own groups of high school and youth players. Bentley’s team was 3-0 in 7-on-7 competition, he said. “I guess you can call us the Manning Passing Academy 7-on-7 champs,” he said. Finebaum attempted to get Bentley talking about South Carolina’s Week 2 matchup against Fromm’s Bulldogs, but Bentley wouldn’t bite. “Whether we go 2-0 to start the season or whatever, we have to keep playing,” he said. “There are going to be 10 other games after those first two. Definitely got to start off strong and see where it can take us.” Bentley did heap praise on Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp when asked. “He’s really just a player’s coach,” Bentley said. “You can ask any guy on our team and they really love Coach Muschamp. He always has our best interests in mind. He challenges us, but he’s definitely a coach that cares for us and wants the best for us.” South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley works with campers on Friday at the Manning Passing Academy. THE STATE
  17. Dan Werner's unique coaching start helps explain South Carolina offense June 28, 2018 Dan Werner couldn’t have had a childhood that better prepared him to be a college football coach. A college football player? That’s a different story. Werner played high school football for his dad George’s team at Dowagiac High School in Dowagiac, Mich., across Lake Michigan from Chicago. George Werner ran the Houston veer offense, and his son played wide receiver. That meant Dan Werner’s high school football career consisted mostly of blocking, not the type of the thing that makes an impressive recruiting highlights tape. “I wasn’t fast enough to play wide receiver or big enough to play tight end” in college, Werner said. So Werner’s playing career ended after high school, making him a rarity, a successful collegiate coach who never played the game at the collegiate level. “Maybe early in my career it was a factor, but I don’t know that for a fact,” Werner said. “Nobody ever questioned me about it. Once I started proving myself, it definitely wasn’t a factor anymore.” Werner, who has made stops at Alabama, Ole Miss and Miami among many other places, is set to begin his first season as South Carolina’s quarterbacks coach this fall. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said Werner’s lack of a collegiate playing career made no difference in the hiring process. “It’s not a prerequisite for the job,” Muschamp said. “Dan’s track record speaks for itself.” Washington State head coach Mike Leach, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze are among the notable recent coaches who never played college football, but it’s a small fraternity. “I’m sure there are more, but I think it’s less than most people believe,” said Vince Thompson, media relations director for the American Football Coaches Association. South Carolina's Jake Bentley and coach Dan Werner Tim Dominick tdominick@thestate.com After high school, Werner attended Dowagiac Junior College for one year and then transferred to Western Michigan. “I could have walked on, but I decided I didn’t want to go be a blocking dummy. Looking back on it, I wish I had,” he said. “If I had it to do over again, I would have gone and walked on at Western Michigan and seen what happened.” But at the time, it looked like the Werner family might be getting out of the football business entirely. George Werner had recently left coaching to join his father’s business in St. Louis, and Dan Werner was planning to major in business at Western Michigan. “I realized that while people in my class were reading the Wall Street Journal, I was reading the sports page so it wasn’t a good fit,” Werner said. About the time he was wondering about his future, his dad came back to high school coaching. “That pretty much sealed the deal,” Werner said. Dan Werner decided then and there he wanted to be a football coach, and he wanted to start immediately. While still in college, he took a job as the offensive coordinator of the eighth grade team at a local junior high school. The next year, he was promoted to offensive coordinator of the freshman team. “I got paid $300 for the whole season,” he said. “I thought I’d hit the lottery. I got paid to coach football. At the time I knew I wanted to coach and I saw that I could get jobs that actually paid money and everything, and I could get started in the profession I wanted. I had buddies that did play (college football) and they learned their position but they didn’t learn why they were learning certain plays.” Meanwhile, Werner was taking a crash course in football, just like he did as a kid when George Werner set up the school projector in the family living room to watch game film. “I just loved sitting and listening to him,” Werner said. Werner’s first collegiate job came at Cornell, where the offensive coordinator was a friend of his father. “He said, 'Your dad is one of the best football coaches from high school to the NFL that I have ever been around,' ” Werner said. “I thought he was just maybe being nice or something, but as I’ve gone through and been with other guys, I realized he was right.” Werner’s childhood and his experience starting in the high school ranks gave him an appreciation for coaches and schemes at all levels. He credits his father, George, former Western Michigan offensive coordinator Bob Wyman and former Portage Central High School head coach Bob Knight with teaching him the most about the game in his developmental years. Those influences are also the reason, he said, that he's always looked to high schools for ideas to incorporate in his own offense, a system he and Freeze, another coach who got his start in high school football, stitched together years ago at Ole Miss. “I got to learn from my dad, Coach Knight and Coach Wyman before I had turned 21 years old,” Werner said. “There were a lot of guys who played who didn’t know close to as much as I did before I graduated college.” THE STATE
  18. Report: South Carolina reserve DB suspended following assault and burglary charges June 22, 2018 A South Carolina defensive back is facing charges because of what allegedly happened between him and a woman he knew, according to Davis Travis Bland at The State Newspaper. Javon Charleston, who has been suspended from the team, has been charged with assault and burglary in connection with the June 17 incident that reportedly included the woman waking up and finding the Gamecocks player at the foot of her bed early Sunday morning when she wouldn’t respond to his texts. Charleston then chased the man out of the house, according to the report. He returned to the house to find the doors locked and tried to break down the door. The report says he then began taking the screens off the windows, attempting to gain entry. The woman said that after she heard something break, Charleston was in the house, the report said. The woman ran out the back door, but Charleston caught up with her and grabbed her by the neck, calling her a “dirty slut,” and pushing her down the stairs, the woman reported. He then took her phone. The woman then hopped the fence to a neighbor’s house so she could call for help, according to the report. A redshirt junior in the upcoming season, Charleston won the special teams awards last season for tenacity and unselfishness. Charleston was the recipient of a scholarship last August after he walked on to the team in 2015. Last season, he saw some rare action at safety and was primarily a role player on special teams. He played in eight games last season, totaling 6 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.
  19. Minor change to Williams-Brice coming this year. 2019 could be a different story June 17, 2018 The University of South Carolina is making an addition at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2018 season, but, to be honest, it’s a boring one. Gamecocks fans will see a new concession stand on the stadium’s East end when the new season begins. “We’re trying to alleviate some traffic over there,” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner said. That’s nice, but also ... yawn. That’s just the 2018 season, though. In 2019, after South Carolina’s football coaches move from the Floyd Football Building to the new $50 million football operations center, things could get interesting. Tanner again: “As football moves over to the football operations center, we hope to convert some space for future amenities.” Future amenities? That’s exciting. “Future amenities” could be anything. “Future amenities” could mean a waterslide or a carousel where all the animals are fighting chickens. It could mean a Pregame Will Muschamp Dunking Booth or the Steve Spurrier Storytime Amphitheater. South Carolina officials declined to discuss what the actual plans for that space might be. “It would be premature to go on record about anything that may be done with the space that will become available once football transitions to its new facility,” a school spokesman wrote. That leaves the ideas up to us, folks. South Carolina’s coaches now occupy a three-story structure that sits behind the student section at the stadium’s north end zone. Head coach Will Muschamp’s office on the top floor is visible from the field and has an outdoor deck from which the game can be viewed. So, with that space available in two seasons, what could South Carolina add that would mean the most for Gamecocks fans? How about a sports bar and restaurant? The SEC is allowing schools to experiment with selling alcohol at certain contained locations on game days, so South Carolina could open something along the lines of The 72 Club at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins. The Minnesota Vikings have the Viking Voyage , which includes free, interactive experiences for fans. The San Diego Padres have a beach . The Jacksonville Jaguars have a swimming pool and cabana area . There are plenty of interesting things South Carolina could do with enough money, but it feels like the most likely outcome is the space will be used as premium seating and game day amenities for the school’s top donors. Again, yawn. Bring on the waterslide. THE STATE
  20. Could the Gamecocks play their top 4 receivers together? McClendon not ruling it out June 13, 2018 The modern structure of college football offenses will put South Carolina in an odd spot in 2018. The vast majority of current offenses play with three receivers and one tight end, or a pair of each. This is even more prevalent in high-tempo spread offenses, like the one USC is installing this offseason, as a versatile tight end can operate in the box and expand the possibilities in the running game and split out in a four-wide look. That was easy last season with Hayden Hurst, who bridged the gap between big inside receiver and capable run blocker. How it works this season will be less clear, as four of the top five tight ends are either more suited for slot work or as in-line blockers (the fifth has hardly played). And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big roles. Usually the idea of just throwing out the top big-name pass-catchers is more the realm of fans building fantasy lineups. But new Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon won’t rule it out. “Regardless of what it might do, I want the 11 out there that’s going to give us the best chance to win,” McClendon said. “So whether it’s two tight ends, four wide receivers, whether it’s three running backs, whatever it might be.” There aren’t a ton of teams these days that will go with true four-wide looks, though several Air Raid offense schools still stick to that approach. USC has a bounty of riches at the position, with all of last year’s starters coming back, plus adding Samuel, who missed the final 10 games of 2017. Samuel looked like one of the best playmakers in the country, with six scores in three games. Edwards has 108 catches and 1338 yards in his first two seasons. Both Smiths more than held their own when thrown in as freshmen. And the team still has options in Randrecous Davis, Chavis Dawkins and a trio of freshmen coming in that includes four-star Josh Vann. It remains to be seen how South Carolina’s offense will look going forward. The coaches have promised speed and tempo. There will be a larger reliance on run-pass option plays. But will there be a chance to roll out more receivers, or backs or tight ends? “I want the 11 out there that’s going to give us the best chance to win,” McClendon said. “And then if something happens to that 11, all right, now what’s the best next set of 11 that gives us the best chance to win. Not so much in the, hey, I’m going to plug this guy in and just keep the system rolling. That might be the case sometimes, it might not.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=c And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big role And there’s a good case the team’s top four wide receivers — Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith — are all seasoned and talented enough to play big roles. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy s. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article213024894.html#storylink=cpy py
  21. Carolina- Georgia game set for 3:30 P.M. on CBS Gamecocks to host Bulldogs in 2018 SEC Opener GCF Staff Report May 30, 2018 South Carolina vs. Georgia -- Sept. 8 -- 3:30 p.m. Twitter / Facebook INFO Game: Georgia at South Carolina Date: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Television: CBS Location: Columbia, S.C. Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina vs. Georgia football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on CBS, it was announced on Wednesday. The Georgia matchup is the second in a three-game season-opening home stand for the Gamecocks. Georgia leads the all-time series between the two squads, 50-18-2. The Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks last season in Athens, Ga., 24-10. The Sept. 8 game is the third time that the Gamecocks and Georgia will face each other on CBS since 2014. Carolina earned a 38-35 victory in 2014 at Williams-Brice Stadium, while the Bulldogs defended their home field last season. The Gamecocks open the 2018 season Saturday, Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina, and they close their season-opening home stretch Saturday, Sept. 15 against Marshall. Kickoff times and television coverage for those games will be announced later this summer. South Carolina is coming off of a 9-4 season that included a 5-3 SEC record and an Outback Bowl victory over Michigan. The Gamecocks return 16 starters and 55 lettermen from last season's team, which was one of just three FBS teams to increase its win total by three games for the second-straight season. From USC Sports Information
  22. Why Bryan McClendon's first USC offense could change after his first spring as OC May 25, 2018 South Carolina’s Bryan McClendon will get his first chance to build his vision for a college football offense this season. Coming into the Gamecocks’ spring practice, he had his ideas about how USC’s attack would look. That was before 15 times on the field, hours of film in various forms and a look at the development of his players. So it’s little surprise seeing where they are might shift his vision a little. “Any time you get a chance to go in and there’s a body of work and you can go in and say what’d we do good and what do we do bad?” McClendon said. “What do we need to improve on? What do we need to get rid of? What do we need to make sure we add in that’s kind of complementary to what we do good?” It’s part of his approach, not an uncommon one, of building around the talent at hand. There’s a “system,” but it bends and adapts to who can do what. He’ll go into next season with a range of pieces, many on the younger side. He’ll have three starting receivers who were underclassmen last year, top-flight playmaker Deebo Samuel off an injured season, three seasoned running backs looking to assert themselves and quarterback Jake Bentley, who didn’t take quite the sophomore season step forward many had hoped. The team also has a set of tight ends with more narrow skillsets, trying to figure out how to use the position after the departure of first-round draft pick Hayden Hurst. It was McClendon’s first time having an eye on all the offensive positions, and he said there was an emphasis on all players knowing how much they needed to improve, especially with the aim of building depth. He’ll have a few months to tinker and tweak (and talk to coaches with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles), but he said that’s something natural for this staff. They want to be assessing and adjusting after spring, after August camp after every scrimmage and every game. “I think that has to constantly be talked about and never get tired of talking about those things,” McClendon said. “Just because, when you do, that’s when you start going backwards.”
  23. Why one national writer thinks Will Muschamp is 'underrated' May 20, 2018 Barrett Sallee had a vote and a voice in CBS Sports' rankings that put USC's Will Muschamp as the No. 37 coach in Power Five. But the writer who also hosts SiriusXM's College Sports Nation, didn't buy that South Carolina's head man shouldn't have been higher after a nine-win 2017 season. "I had him ahead of Willie Taggart, Mike McIntyre, Dana Holgerson, Larry Fedora, Scott Frost, Kevin Sumlin, P.J. Fleck and on and on and on," Sallee said in his daily podcast. "Because I think Will Muschamp gets sort of unfairly labeled. Sallee said he ranked Muschamp No. 33, and that he considers him "underrated." In two years in Columbia, Muschamp led the Gamecocks from three wins to six and then to 9-4 last season. His teams have yet to produce big offensive numbers, but they've managed to excel in close games (9-4 with a final margin of seven points are less). Sallee said his history is something he's not been able to shake. "I think a lot of people remember Will Muschamp from the Florida days, but refuse to accept the fact that he evolved," Sallee said. "He even evolved his last year at Florida. He decided to go more up-tempo, more shotgun. Jeff Driskel was a mess. Florida was a mess in general. He had all kinds of issues behind the scenes. It was too little too late. The minute he got the South Carolina job, he was doing the exact same thing." Muschamp had a breakthrough in his second year in Gainesville, winning 11 games with a defensive style. Injuries saw his team fall to 4-8 the next year, and a 6-5 season in 2014 ended things there. He came to Columbia promising a push toward up-tempo. USC's sometimes-thin defenses have performed well overall, but the offenses have been slow and often inconsistent or ineffective. He changed offensive coordinators from Kurt Roper to Bryan McClendon in hopes of changing that. Sallee has also been bullish on the Gamecocks going into 2018, saying there's a good chance for 9-10 regular season wins and pushing Georgia in the SEC East. "It takes a lot for a coach to swallow his pride and recognize that all he's been doing throughout the course of his assistant coaching career was wrong," Sallee said. "And that's what Will Muschamp recognized. "Will Muschamp didn't get the respect he deserves."
  24. Where does Jake Bentley rank among SEC quarterbacks? May 08, 2018 It’s list season, an annual rite of summer that helps countdown the days until the start of another year of South Carolina football. On Tuesday morning, Athlon Sports unveiled its ranking of the best starting quarterbacks in college football, which, of course, includes South Carolina junior Jake Bentley. Nationally, Bentley checks in as the No. 14-ranked quarterback. Among signal-callers from the SEC, he’s listed at No. 6. The five starting SEC quarterbacks ranked ahead of Bentley are among the top 11 in the country. One might assume that Alabama junior Jalen Hurts, a multi-year starter, would be somewhere in that conversation, too. Without a doubt, it is the year of the quarterback in the SEC. Here’s what Athlon had to say about Bentley, who’s started the last 20 games for the Gamecocks:New play-caller Bryan McClendon is tasked with helping Bentley elevate his play after South Carolina’s offense averaged only 24.2 points a game last fall. More up-tempo looks are in the works for McClendon, which is a good fit for an offense featuring one of the SEC’s top receiving corps. Bentley showed promise in a late stint as South Carolina’s starter in 2016 and threw for 2,794 yards and 18 scores last fall. Entering his junior year, Bentley looks poised to take the next step in his development. Bentley will have plenty of weapons to work with, including wide receivers Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith, to go along with running backs Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and Ty’Son Williams. Plus, with new quarterbacks coach Dan Werner in his ear and a group of veteran offensive linemen to protect him, Bentley could be in store for a monster third season at South Carolina.
  25. Jay Urich continues battle for spot on QB depth chart May 08, 2018 Redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Urich entered his first South Carolina football spring practice focused on growing into his role. Realistically, he understood that beating out Jake Bentley, the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback for the last 20 games, would be tough to pull off in 15 practices. Still, off to work he went. “For me, I’m spending a lot of time just thinking. I think the best way for me to go about it is to do what I can do, focus what I can focus on, work hard and develop a little more in the film room,” Urich said, at the start of spring practice. “Try to learn a little bit more from Jake and just do what they ask me to do, so if that’s backup or third-string, I’m going to be good.” While it’s uncertain — at least in the public eye — where Urich sits on the quarterback depth chart, the pecking order at top is clear: Bentley is No. 1, followed by redshirt senior Michael Scarnecchia, who was named the backup by South Carolina coach Will Muschamp. Urich completed 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards with an interception in the Garnet and Black spring game. He also rushed 8 times for 38 yards. Freshman Dakereon Joyner, with whom Urich is competing with for the third-string job, also struggled in the spring game. “They’re going to be good players,” Muschamp said. “At the end of the day, the game is going to slow down for them. I’m excited about both guys.” For Urich, Year 1 at South Carolina was an important time in his development. “I think I’m pretty different,” he said. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the film room. Being able to learn a lot from Jake and Scar specifically, and Danny [Gordon] and all those guys. Being able to learn from them, run game and stuff, has been helping me. “I think being able to throw the ball, I think I’ve progressed in that area.” SECCOUNTRY

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