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  1. 2018 3-star LB Rosendo Louis has entered the portal as a grad transfer after totaling 16 tackles and 1 TFL during his South Carolina career
  2. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger is the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Kroeger had a 56.8-yard average. Three of the punts were placed inside the 20. He boomed a career-long 70-yard punt. The Commodores had no return yards.
  3. Pulling out a last minute drive to the doormat of the SEC. How do view the Gamecocks future? I felt relief from the embarrassment would have come from a loss today against Vanderbilt, which is suppose to be the doormat of the SEC, the Gamecocks came just that close. Could hardly see the difference between the two after Saturday with the Gamecocks escaping an 21-20 win. Gamecocks are now 4-3 better then last years win count and 2019, but there are questing to be answered with 5 games left glaring weakness on this years team and very questionable coaching issues on the offense and few areas on the defense along with taking gambles with a nice 14-3 lead and a very short field goal that would have gave the Gamecocks 17-3. lead. Why? Instead going for 1st down comes up seeing all the mo. going Vandy's way that shortens the Gamecock lead to 14 10. Question Future bright as you thought when Beamer and staff took over the FB program? Yes Having doubts No
  4. GamecockFanatics Offensive & Defensives Players of the Game vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 (ARTICLE)
  5. GamecockFanatics Offensive & Defensives Players of the Game vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 LUKE DOTY PERHAPS NOT AS HEALTHY AS WE THOUGHT Let me start off by giving credit to Doty for fighting through whatever pain he’s dealing with. Beamer has said for weeks that his starting signal-caller is starting to get more and more comfortable with putting pressure on and running on the foot that held Doty for the most part of fall camp and the first two games of the season. Saturday was the first major indication onlookers got that the former Myrtle Beach High School star is still laboring. It’s not clear if Doty aggravated anything on Saturday, but if his health is an indication, there could be a QB change in store next weekend. With that out of the way let’s look at the Gamecocks top performers from Saturday. GCF offensive player of the game goes to QB Zeb Noland QB Zeb Noland: Zeb was inserted into the game at the 1:36 mark in the 4th quarter; QB Luke Doty threw two fourth-quarter interceptions while the Gamecocks fell behind 20-14 to Vanderbilt. This is how the final 1:36 played out. Noland delivered immediately, connecting on five of eight passes for 75 yards and throwing a game-winning touchdown to receiver Xavier Legette with just 37 seconds left on the clock. Zeb's first and only drive Worthy of a Helmet sicker TE Jaheim Bell & RB ZaQuandre White TE Jaheim Bell: Bell made his biggest play late in the first quarter on an explosive 82-yard touchdown reception. Bell caught the ball near midfield then raced to the end zone, stiff-arming a Vanderbilt defender to set up the score. However, Bell did fumble the ball in the second half after a 28-yard catch and run, ending a very promising drive. Bell finished for the day with a team-leading 136 yards on six catches. RB ZaQuandre White: White in the second half of the game and emerged as the Gamecocks leading rusher after only a handful of carries. Juju was ruled out shortly before the game, and Harris didn’t carry the ball in the second half after running the ball six times for 35 yards in the first half. Harris was injured in the first half. White finished with 65 yards on 12 carries. GCF Defensive player of the game goes to DL Zacch Pickens DL Zacch Pickens: The former five-star recruit played like a five-star Saturday on the defensive line for the Gamecocks, leading the team with seven while also recording a sack and two QB hurries. The junior made his mark late in the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal attempt by Vanderbilt. Pickens stuffed running back Rocko Griffin with a massive hit one yard behind the line of scrimmage.
  6. How did the South Carolina perform vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 The Gamecocks’ were able to pull out a 21-20 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday closing minutes of the Game. Yes their where heroes but also not. Here's a look of positive and negatives takeaways. (ARTICLE)
  7. How did the South Carolina perform vs. Vanderbilt Oct. 17, 2021 The Gamecocks’ were able to pull out a 21-20 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday closing minutes of the Game. Yes their where heroes but also not. Here's a look of positive and negatives takeaways. Gamecock Positives: DL Zacch Pickens: The former five-star recruit played like a five star Saturday on the defensive line for the Gamecocks', leading the team with seven while also recording a sack and two QB hurries. The junior made his mark late in the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal attempt by Vanderbilt. Pickens stuffed running back Rocko Griffin with a massive hit one yard behind the line of scrimmage. QB Zeb Noland: O, so close to suffering a loss to Vanderbilt, if it was not for the heroic’s of Zeb. He was inserted into the game at the 1:36 mark in the 4th quarter; QB Luke Doty threw two fourth quarter interceptions while the Gamecocks fell behind 20-14 to Vanderbilt. This is how the final 1:36 played out. Noland delivered immediately, connecting on five of eight passes for 75 yards and throwing a game-winning touchdown to receiver Xavier Legette with just 37 seconds left on the clock. TE Jaheim Bell: OC Marcus Satterfield had said earlier in the week that the versatile tight end Bell is one of the team’s most dynamic runners in space and that the Gamecocks wanted to get him the ball more. Gamecocks where able accomplished that mission early, passing to Bell on the very first play of the game and using him frequently in the screen game. Bell made his biggest play late in the first quarter on an explosive 82-yard touchdown reception. Bell caught the ball near midfield then raced to the end zone, stiff-arming a Vanderbilt defender to set up the score. However Bell did fumble the ball in the second half after a 28-yard catch and run, ending a very promising drive. Bell finished for the day with a team-leading 136 yards on six catches. RB ZaQuandre White: His last carry was Week 3 at Georgia till this Saturday, White in the second half of the game and emerged as the Gamecocks leading rusher after only a handful of carries. Juju was ruled out shortly before the game, and Harris didn’t carry the ball in the second half after running the ball six times for 35 yards in the first half. Harris was injured in first half. White finished with 65 yards on 12 carries. Gamecock Negatives: QB Luke Doty: The game started out good for Doty, who had thrown a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. In the second half, Doty started to struggle with overthrows receivers, missing a couple of wide-open targets for first downs. Those overthrowing issues bit Doty and the Gamecocks in a major way in the fourth quarter, allowing Vanderbilt to take a six point lead. When Doty threw two interceptions to give the ball right back to the Commodores. Doty had only thrown one interception on the season before Saturday’s game. Doty finished with 242 passing yards Doty was replaced by Noland on the game’s final drive of the game that gave the Gamecocks a victory. Pass-blocking: Miscommunication along the offensive line has been big issue for most of the season. The line did a solid job of opening up running lanes; it also left QB Luke Doty vulnerable on more than one occasion. Example, On a particularly play late in the first half, both Eric Douglas and Jovaughn Gwyn blocked the same Vanderbilt lineman, giving linebacker Anfernee Orji a clear shot at Doty. Orji landed a sack, and Doty was originally ruled to have fumbled the ball, but after a review, he was penalized instead for intentional grounding. The secondary: Vanderbilt hadn’t produced a play of more than 40 yards all season, but in the first quarter alone, the Gamecocks allowed passes of 44 yards and 50 yards to receivers Cam Johnson and Will Sheppard, both receivers flying past the Gamecock defense. Those passes came from the right arm of Vanderbilt’s second-string quarterback, sophomore QB Mike Wright, who filled in for injured starter Ken Seals. In the third quarter, cornerback Darius Rush missed a tackle on Sheppard, allowing him to break free for a 52-yard score. Offensive game plan: another failure offensively and finish drives, the Gamecocks seemingly made the adjustments early on against Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks marched down the field on their opening drive, highlighted by a 25-yard catch by WR Josh Vann, and a long touchdown pass to TE Bell gave the Gamecocks at that time a 14-3 lead with 5:07 to play in the first quarter. But after that the Gamecocks could never seem to click afterward. In a key moment, Gamecocks went for a 4th-and-4 play at the Vanderbilt 13-yard-line in the second quarter, opting to push for a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal which nearly cost them the game if not for QB Zeb's last minute drive. Doty threw the ball behind the sticks, the Gamecocks turned over on downs, and Vanderbilt proceeded to climb back into the game and take a lead.
  8. Shane Beamer postgame press conference quotes Oct. 19, 2021 Beamer said he hopes the sportswriters had their stories written and had to tear them up. Also says there were so much bad football out there today Beamer: Loved the way the #Gamecocks defense got hyped and got behind Zeb Noland and the offense as they took the field for the final drive. Beamer: We'll see about the QB position. Luke's (Doty) foot was bothering him. But Zeb (Noland) did a great job. Don't forget, we were 2-0 before Zeb got hurt on the first drive at Georgia. He's been a great teammate Beamer on Gamecocks injuries: RB JuJu McDowell was out due to "off the field" matter. OT Dylan Wonnum had practiced but his back flared up at the end of the week. Beamer: They made some plays, but we had too many missed tackles, penalties and mental errors .... We've got to overcome it. It's all the things that we work on in practice like ball security. We'll have to coach the good and the bad and learn from it. Beamer: Gamecocks RB ZaQuandre White: He had been battling an injury and we've got a good RB room (keeping him on bench). We discussed, as a staff, who the playmakers are for us. At halftime, I asked staff how we're going to get the ball to ZaQuandre. Gamecocks QB Zeb Noland: I'm ready whenever .... You never know when your number's going to be called. I told them in the huddle, "Keep me clean and I got you. Let's roll".
  9. Ex-Grad Assistant Noland Rallies South Carolina to 21-20 Win With Videos, Gallery & Stats Oct. 16, 2021 Zeb Noland's played more than enough football to be ready when called on and cherish the moments of success. The former graduate assistant did both to rally South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference win in more than year. (ARTICLE)
  10. .auto-style1 { font-size: xx-large; } BOX SCORE 20 Vanderbilt 2-5 , 0-3 21 South Carolina 4-3 , 1-3 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F Vanderbilt 3 7 7 3 20 South Carolina 14 0 0 7 21 Game Recap: Football | 10/16/2021 | By PETE IACOBELLI | AP Sports Writer | From USC Sports Information | Posted By GCF Staff Ex-Grad Assistant Noland Rallies South Carolina to 21-20 Win With Videos, Gallery & Stats Story Links STATS POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) POSTGAME QUOTES (PDF) POSTGAME: SHANE BEAMER POSTGAME: ZEB NOLAND POSTGAME: XAVIER LEGETTE POSTGAME: JAHEIM BELL POSTGAME: KINGSLEY ENAGBARE PHOTO GALLERY Next Game: at Texas A&M 10/23/2021 | 7:30 pm. LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE WATCH LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zeb Noland's played more than enough football to be ready when called on and cherish the moments of success. The former graduate assistant did both to rally South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference win in more than year. Noland entered on the Gamecocks' final drive and led a 75-yard touchdown drive, connecting with Xavier Legette on a 9-yard scoring pass with 37 seconds left for a 21-20 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. "It's surreal," the 24-year-old Noland said. "I told you guys, I thought I'd never put on the pads again. I wasn't sure I'd ever get this opportunity again." But there was Noland, calm and confident, leading South Carolina (4-3, 1-3 SEC) to snap its nine-game losing streak against conference opponents. "Shout out to Zeb. He's a GOAT," tight end Jaheim Bell said. "He stepped up big time." Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer said Noland came in when Luke Doty was feeling some soreness in a foot injury he sustained this summer at practice. Noland started the first three games before Doty took over in the middle of a 40-13 loss to Georgia last month. Noland hadn't played since then. Noland's message in the huddle was simple: "Keep me clean. I got you. That's what I said, and let's roll." Noland got the Gamecocks rolling with a 29-yard pass to tight end Nick Muse to get into Vanderbilt territory. He had completions of 15 yards to Josh Vann and 21 yards to Dakereon Joyner to the Commodores' 9. On Noland's winning throw, Legette ran to the back of the end zone and got open for the winning score. Parker White made the extra point to send Vanderbilt, which held a 20-14 lead with less than two minutes left, to its 16th straight loss against SEC opponents. Commodores first-year coach Clark Lea said his team was disappointed and hurting about the loss. "But there will be points we'll build on for sure," he said. Noland is not worried about when he'll play again, just about making sure he does what he can to be a good team and prepare Doty or anyone in the quarterback room for the next game. Noland began his college career at Iowa State, moving on to North Dakota State where he was a teammate of San Francisco 49ers passer Trey Lance before accepting Beamer's offer to join the staff here. Noland was convinced to put the pads back on when Doty hurt his foot this past August. It looked like the Commodores would be the ones celebrating after Joseph Bulovas hit a 28-yard field goal with 1:36 to go for a 20-14 lead. Vanderbilt's defense had held South Carolina scoreless for nearly 49 minutes. But Noland gave South Carolina the winning spark and Beamer his first SEC victory since taking over the program last December. Vanderbilt quarterback Mike Wright threw for 206 yards including a 52-yard touchdown pass to Will Sheppard for a 17-14 lead in the third quarter that held up until the final seconds. Vanderbilt broke its season-long scoring drought against the SEC with Bulovas' 42-yard field goal in the opening quarter. The Commodores added their first TD in league play when Rocko Griffin Jr. ran in from a yard out to take advantage of a South Carolina fumble and cut the lead to 14-10. Bell finished with six catches for 136 yards for South Carolina. GAME CHANGER Carolina's defense forced Vanderbilt into two turnovers and just 312 yards of total offense in the game. The Gamecocks capped off the game with a sack fumble from Kingsley Enagbare and a recovery from Jabari Ellis at the Vanderbilt 4-yard line. KEY STAT 75 – The Gamecocks went on an eight-play, 75-yard drive to take a 21-20 lead with 37 seconds left in the game. The drive ended with a 9-yard pass from Zeb Noland to Xavier Legette in the back of the end zone. Legette had four catches for 31 yards in the game. UP NEXT Carolina travels to Bryan-College Station, Texas, for a 7:30 p.m. EDT kickoff at Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 23. The game will be televised on SEC Network.
  11. Late QB change powers Gamecocks past Vandy saving them from the cellar of the SEC Oct. 16, 2021 The Gamecocks looked like an SEC doormat for 59 minutes on Saturday. With one final gasp, it escaped the conference cellar. FIRST DOWN South Carolina running back ZaQuandre White saw his first real action in almost a month Saturday. White, who hadn’t received a carry since Week 3 at No. 1 Georgia, led the Gamecocks in rushing against the Commodores with 65 yards on 12 touches. OFFSIDES South Carolina’s penalty problems persisted into Saturday’s contest. The Gamecocks finished the afternoon with 10 penalties for 78 yards. KEY PLAYERS Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright earned his first career start in the wake of starter Ken Seals’ injury 82 Jaheim Bell’s 82-yard TD reception was the 10th longest in South Carolina history. Somehow, some way the Gamecocks' escaped. On an afternoon filled with botches, bungles and blunders, USC (4-3, 1-3 SEC) marched 75 yards in a minute and a half to steal Saturday’s grotesque slugfest with Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-3 SEC) 21-20. After an ineffective and ill-fated outing from starting quarterback Luke Doty, South Carolina turned to backup signal-caller and converted graduate assistant Zeb Noland for the final drive of the night. Noland, who hadn’t played since his hand was stepped on Week 3 at No. 1 Georgia, connected on five of his eight passes. Saturday proved the latest again, with self-inflicted wounds. Saturday’s effort devolved into dissaray, the scattered students still seated in the north end zone began to chant. “Fire Beamer, fire Beamer, fire Beamer” they chimed. It was Noland’s final toss of the night that found a wide-open Xavier Legette in the back end of the end zone for the game-tying score. One Parker White extra point and a Kingsley Enagbare strip-sack later, that those boos and jeers turned to cheers. The Gamecocks found its first Southeastern Conference win of the season. In a year in which South Carolina has found increasingly confounding ways to fall behind in games,
  12. QB Zeb Noland quotes Oct. 16, 2021 QB Zeb Noland on @ColonelZebuliah: Yeah, that's pretty good. We're trying to get some t-shirts made QB Zeb Noland: I'm ready whenever .... You never know when your number's going to be called. I told them in the huddle, "Keep me clean and I got you. Let's roll"
  13. GCF South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Game Preview, Prediction & Discussion Thread Oct. 13, 2021 HOW TO WATCH SOUTH CAROLINA VS VANDERBILT FOOTBALL GAME Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4, 0-2 SEC) Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. When: 4 p.m. Saturday TV: SEC Network The Gamecocks fell 45-20 to Tennessee last Saturday. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, continues to struggle in the basement of the SEC. Commodores are last in total offense, last in scoring offense, next to last in total defense, last in pass efficiency, next to last in rush defense. Vandy was shut out by two conference opponents, Georgia and Florida, and has eked out wins over Mountain West Colorado State and now 0-7 UConn. South Carolina carries a 12-game winning streak into this week’s homecoming matchup against the Commodores and has won 26 of the matchup’s 30 all-time meetings. The Gamecocks came up with a 41-7 victory over Vanderbilt last year in Nashville, one of their two wins in 2020. Saturday’s afternoon kick coincides with the the first weekend of the S.C. State Fair. Vanderbilt's offense is not consistent, and it’s not explosive, but Vanderbilt’s offense is improving. It couldn’t do anything against Georgia and Florida, but they aren’t part of this program’s measuring stick at the moment. They were able to run on Stanford, and the passing game got in its reps in the win over UConn – that matters to have some success, even against the downtrodden. The ground game might not be doing much, but the offensive line hasn’t been too bad, the defense has been okay on third downs – at least when it’s not dealing with the elite and South Carolina isn’t going to walk through the tunnel and start rolling. The Gamecock D is horrendous on third downs, the passing game isn’t anything great, and turnovers are a problem. It’s not consistent, and it’s not explosive, but Vanderbilt’s offense is improving. It couldn’t do anything against Georgia and Florida, but they aren’t part of this program’s measuring stick at the moment. They were able to run on Stanford, and the passing game got in its reps in the win over UConn – that matters to have some success, even against the downtrodden. The ground game might not be doing much, but the offensive line hasn’t been too bad, the defense has been okay on third downs – at least when it’s not dealing with the elite – and South Carolina isn’t going to walk through the tunnel and start rolling. The Gamecock D is horrendous on third downs, the passing game isn’t anything great, and turnovers are a problem but Gamecocks running game will show life and should win here easily. GAMECOCK PLAYERS TO WATCH RB Kevin Harris: Entering Saturday, the Gamecocks hadn’t run for more than 100 yards since the season opener against FCS foe Eastern Illinois. But against the Volunteers, running back RB looked closer to the form that helped him lead the SEC in rushing a season ago. Harris wasn’t perfect — his 16 carries for 61 yards left something to be wanted. That said, the Georgia native found the end zone twice and dodged tacklers with the strength and speed onlookers grew accustomed to a season ago. South Carolina finished the afternoon with 153 rush yards the most any opponent other than No. 20 Florida has accumulated on Tennessee this season. It’s only one game, so it’s not quite worth overreacting to, but Harris and USC’s running game clearly looked closer to the part on Saturday. QB Luke Doty: Continues to look like the long-term answer under center despite a handful of bobbled snaps and an interception on a two-point conversion try that he attempted to toss out of the end zone. 69 of 119 for 733 yards, three touchdowns and one interception but they’ve been good enough to keep South Carolina in games (think Kentucky three weeks ago). WR Josh Vann: The most productive offensive player, though, Josh Vann. For the year, Vann leads the team in yards from scrimmage with 394, including three carries for 62 yards and 16 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Vann has lost a fumble, but he’s still an elite target. VANDY PLAYERS TO WATCH Will Sheppard, WR: Sheppard is the SEC’s 11th-best receiver through six games, splitting receptions with teammates Chris Pierce, Devin Boddie and Cam Johnson. Sheppard has totaled 333 yards on 31 catches with two touchdowns, averaging 10.7 yards per catch. The 6-foot-3 sophomore’s best game included a 38-yard touchdown reception in Vanderbilt’s 30-28 win over UConn on Oct. 2. Dashaun Jerkins, S: Jerkins intercepted Florida quarterback Emory Jones at the Gators’ 30-yard line last Saturday and has created turnovers throughout his time with Vanderbilt. Last season, the Commodores’ safety forced two fumbles and recovered one, finishing 2020 tied for fifth in the SEC in forced fumbles per game. Ken Seals, QB: Seals is in his second year at the helm of Vandy’s offense and has passed for 1,086 yards through the Commodores’ first six games. In his best game of 2021 against UConn, Seals completed 27 of his 40 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He went 22-of-43 passing for 192 yards with two interceptions against Florida. THIS WEEK’S BETTING ODDS South Carolina opened as a 16-point favorite against the Commodores, but the line shifted to favoring the Gamecocks by as many as 20 points in other sportsbooks. The VegasInsider consensus Gamecocks as of now by 18. GCF PREDICTION South Carolina 26, Vanderbilt 10
  14. How Satterfield is finding feel with South Carolina offense halfway through season Oct. 14, 2021 Marcus Satterfield is a believer in feel. Feel? What? Let him explain. “I think at this point early on in our tenure as we start here at South Carolina, I think that you could go out there and you could try to put up points and you could try to put up a lot of yards and you could put your defense in some really bad situations,” Satterfield said Wednesday. “... But I think we play the game smart and I think I do have a feel for it.” I don't no here what games OC Satt. talking about (FULL ARTICLE)
  15. Quote from Connor Shaw. “He’s battling through some pain right now,” Shaw continued. “... But he’s a soldier and the guys naturally gravitate toward Luke. This is a complex system that he’s playing in. This is the kind of system I was playing in in the NFL. Declarations, protection schemes, run combos and pre-snap, post-snap coverage is a lot on a young guy. He’ll be better for it. (THE STATE)
  16. Gameday Guide: South Carolina vs Vanderbilt Oct. 15, 2021 Who: Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4, 0-2 SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3 SEC) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (77,559) in Columbia, S.C. TV: SEC Network Stream: via ESPN app On-air announce crew: Dave Neal, play-by-play; Deuce McCallister, analyst; Andraya Carter, sideline Radio: 107.5 FM in the Columbia area (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analyst; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) … See all the radio affiliates around South Carolina here. Satellite radio: Sirius 137/XM 190 Series history: South Carolina leads Vanderbilt in the all time series 26-4. The Gamecocks have won the last 12 matchups and carry a 11-2 record against the Commodores in Columbia. WEATHER FORECAST FOR COLUMBIA, SC Saturday’s weather will be partly cloudy and warm, with a high of 82 degrees around kickoff and temperatures in the low 70s at the end of the game. There’s a 20% chance of rain, and winds will be around 11 mph. SC STATE FAIR AND HOMECOMING South Carolina football hosts the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday in search of its first Southeastern Conference win under head coach Shane Beamer. This week’s matchup with the Commodores give the Gamecocks one of their best shots at cracking the win column in conference play. Vanderbilt has slogged through its first season under head coach Clark Lea, with its two wins coming in close matchups against a now 2-3 Colorado State and winless UConn. Vanderbilt is at the bottom of the SEC in total offense and 13th in total defense. South Carolina is coming off a 45-20 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville, where a nightmare first quarter saw the Gamecocks down 28-0 early after offensive miscues and delayed defensive adjustment Beamer was optimistic about what he saw from the Gamecocks in the second half, where South Carolina kept the Volunteers’ high-tempo offense to 99 yards and a single touchdown after giving up 373 yards and 38 points in the first half. The Gamecocks’ offense is one of the main areas of needed improvement ahead of Vanderbilt, as USC continued to struggle finishing drives against the Vols. South Carolina has been outscored 101-43 in SEC play, losing to Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Vanderbilt is coming off its second shutout loss of 2021 and has yet to score against a conference opponent. The Commodores give up an average of 36.2 points per game, a mark the Gamecocks surpassed just once in their 46-0 win over FCS Eastern Illinois in Week 1. Fans heading to the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game this week should be aware the game coincides with the S.C. State Fair’s opening weekend. Planning ahead for increased traffic and leaving early to secure parking space are recommended. Because of the State Fair, Gamecock Club members with reserved parking in the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park will not have access to their usual spots in the lot this week. Fairgrounds parking, for $20, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot opens at 9 a.m for both fair and football parking. Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt is also part of the University of South Carolina’s homecoming week. SOUTH CAROLINA VS VANDERBILT GAME PREDICTION ESPN’s Football Power Index gives South Carolina a 92.6% chance to win over the Commodores. South Carolina opened as a 20-point favorite in the Circa Sportsbook and 16 points at other books. The line late in the week was 18.5 points, From VegasInsider.
  17. Beamer confirms Cam Smith and Jaylen Nichols are back. Jahmar Brown is “iffy” for Saturday. “A little banged up.”
  18. Grading the Gamecocks at the half-way point for the 2021 football season Oct. 13, 2021 Hard to believe we are all ready at the half way point, so what have the Gamecocks shown so far and their grade. Gamecocks are currently sitting at 3-3 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play heading into a fury of top notch competition which includes Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson. Let's grade the team on how they performed: (ARTICLE)
  19. Grading the Gamecocks at the half-way point for the 2021 football season Oct. 13, 2021 Hard to believe we are all ready at the half way point, so what have the Gamecocks shown so far and their grade. Gamecocks are currently sitting at 3-3 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play heading into a fury of top notch competition which includes Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson. Let's grade the team on how they performed: DEFENSE: B+ The Gamecock defense is the pride and joy even with bad half vs Tennessee and so so showing against No1 Georgia through six games. The Gamecocks have bent some, but not have broken for the most part. South Carolina was torched for almost 400 yards in the opening 30 minutes in Knoxville, but after that the Gamecocks only allowed 99 yards including nine yards passing in the second half. The Gamecocks defensive line has been as brilliant at times, disrupting opponents’ offensive lines on a consistent basis. Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare still has the looks of a first-round NFL pick come this spring NFL draft, and those around him are helping to create havoc on just about every play. Jaylan Foster came out from nowhere to stardom this season. Foster started his career at Gardner-Webb and had been a regular on scout team duties the past few years. Halfway through 2021, he has the looks of a first team All-American as he’s tied for the FBS lead in interceptions and has 14 more tackles than anyone on the Gamecocks roster. The Gamecocks have not been perfect defensively. There’s still some areas of concern like against the run, and linebacker depth is a question mark especially after Sherrod Greene went down at Georgia. White’s unit has done just about everything it could’ve been asked for and then some to keep the Gamecocks above water OFFENSE: D- The Gamecock offense only spotlight was game one, Gamecocks won in a route 46-0 over Eastern Illinois. EIU hasn’t won more than three games since 2017 in the FCS, QB Zeb Noland held down the number one spot until the 2nd quarter of the Georgia game forcing Luke Doty’s recovering from a foot injury to take over since the Georgia game. Now there are far more questions than answers on the offensive side of things. Gamecocks currently ranks No. 11 in rushing offense, No. 12 in passing offense and No. 13 in scoring offense and total offense in the SEC. On the positive side, Doty continues to improve as a passer and looks the part of a player who could hold down the position in Columbia for the next three or four years. Took six games for RB Kevin Harris last Saturday against Tennessee to look like he did in 2020 when he led the SEC in rushing a season ago. That being said, the Gamecocks have been in turmoil on the offensive line and OC Marcus Satterfield has come under fire for some of his play-calling decisions. We all new It would take time to install a new system. Beamer, Satterfield and Doty have pleaded patience in getting things rolling. The Gamecocks have not scored more than 25 points against FBS competition this year. With the meat of the schedule here will have to improve the point output fast. SPECIAL TEAMS: A+ The Gamecocks have been sharp as can be on special teams. Kicker Parker White is still a perfect 9 for 9 on field goal attempts this season and he’s continuing to creep closer to the Gamecocks all-time scoring record. Punter Kai Kroeger against Tennessee Showed off his leg and arm on Saturday when he connected with Payton Mangrum for a 44-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt that kept the Gamecocks in it against Tennessee despite falling well behind early. Kroeger who holds White’s kicks in addition to punting duties has also been a nice tool in flipping field position with an average of 2.3 punts inside the 20-yard line per game and at least 1.1 kicks of more than 50 yards per contest. Throw in running back Juju McDowell, who’s been electric in the kickoff return game, and this group has been stellar under special teams coordinator Pete Lembo’s guidance. COACHING: C+ first-year staff blues for a first time head coach There are some positive take a way's at the half way mark. DC Clayton White has done a lot with the defense one area that has stood out. The Gamecocks play calling on offense has had some puzzling decisions. The Gamecocks have certainly been aggressive in attacking fourth downs they rank second in the SEC and tied for 16th nationally with 14 fourth-down attempts. But a lack of sharpness offensively coupled with an offensive line that hasn’t quite held up like we thought it might drags this grade down. South Carolina has had moments of excellence. Its also had mind-blowing decision-making. (The non-onside kick trailing Kentucky by a score with two timeouts and under three minutes left comes to mind.) Remember, this is still Beamer’s first head coaching job and there’s a grace period to be had there. Really closer to a D with questionable coaching and offense play AVERAGE GRADE: C-
  20. 2021 Possible wins and loses remaining in the last six games of the schedule Oct. 13, 2021 Through six games, the Gamecocks have largely been what we all expected: some good, some bad and some head scratching moments, But over all for a team that won just two games a season ago and hasn’t won more than four since 2018, a 3-3 start is a step in the right direction. With the back half of the schedule on deck, here’s a look at what our Gamecocks have facing them down the stretch and what ESPN’s Football Power Index thinks about the Gamecocks’ chances in each game. OCT. 16 VS.VANDERBILT Gamecocks do have there own set of issues and problems, but the rebuild in Columbia is not even close to what first-year head coach Clark Lea is undertaking up in Nashville. The Commodores are one of the worst programs in the FBS. Vanderbilt has been an SEC doormat for the bulk of its history outside of a minor miracle stretch under James Franklin, now at Penn State. The Gamecocks still has a slim chance at sneaking into a bowl game if it can steal a couple wins late. If Gamecocks falls to a Vanderbilt team that already dropped a contest to East Tennessee State this year, there’s going to be a lot more problems around the Gamecocks’ practice facility than trying to piece together a combination for the six-win bowl eligibility threshold. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 92.6% chance to win OCT. 23 AT NO 21 TEXAS A&M Jimbo Fisher wins a big in beating No 1Alabama at that time. While the Gamecocks were getting trashed at Tennessee, Texas A&M was upsetting then-No.1 Alabama at Kyle Field. With the win, Fisher became the first Nick Saban assistant to defeat his former boss. The Aggies, like the Gamecocks, have been puzzlingly inconsistent through six games. Part of that comes from injuries to starting quarterback Haynes King, but backup Zach Calzada was awesome against the Crimson Tide this past week. Texas A&M game day atmospheres in college football ranks with the best, place where the Gamecocks have never seen victory. A&M defense and an offense that has playmakers all over the field and this team may finally have found its mark after couple of miss fires against Mississippi State and Arkansas. South Carolina is 0-7 all time against Texas A&M, don’t expect this trip to Texas to end with a win. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 13.7% chance to win NOV.6 VS. NO. 20 FLORIDA Like Texas A&M, Florida has had some up and down play in 2021. The Gators have already dropped two games this season and isn’t quite up taking on now No. 1 Georgia as of now at the top of the SEC East. QB Emory Jones has done an admirable job taking over for Kyle Trask, while backup Anthony Richardson looks like the long-term answer under center in Gainesville. The Gamecocks are just flat out talented by Florida. The Gators shouldn’t have much of a struggle in Columbia. This is a game that could get out right ugly for the Gamecocks. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 16% chance to win NOV.13 AT MISSOURI Gamecocks will need this one to have any chance to achieve there goal of a bowl trip. Win vs. Vanderbilt compiled with a win here would make them one game shy punching there bowl ticket. On too Missouri, they have fallen flat on there faces after an inspiring first year under Eli Drinkwitz. QB Connor Bazelak really not too different from Gamecock QB Luke Doty has had ups and downs, but looks like good option at quarterback for the Tigers. Missouri’s defense has been downright abysmal Gamecock edge to the Gamecocks. The Tigers are allowing a league-worst 499 yards and 37.5 points per game through six games this year. The 499 yards allowed per game is also the second worst mark in the country. The Gamecocks has had its share of offensive woes and there’s still a month before this game is played, but the Gamecocks should like their chances to put up some points and maybe steal a win here in the other Columbia. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 44.5% chance to win NOV. 20 VS. AUBURN Gamecocks get past Vanderbilt and Missouri with two remaining games at home will need one upset out of the two to punch that bowl ticket. Auburn has found ways to win early in Bryan Harsin’s tenure on The Plains, but it’s only one year ago that the Gamecocks that time on-paper, was a more talented Tigers team. Can the Gamecocks twice it? Quarterback Bo Nix has seemingly turned a corner after an erratic first couple seasons under Gus Malzahn. Combine that with a rushing game that includes talented tailbacks Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter, and there’s a lot to like with what Harsin is doing in Year 1. The Gamecocks and Auburn have only played 13 times in their history. Prior to last year, the Gamecocks hadn’t won the matchup since 1933 over 75 years. A win over an Auburn team that dropped out of The Associated Press Top 25 this week is probably South Carolina’s best bet at a sixth win in 2021 But again if they can beat Vanderbilt and Missouri. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 25.4% chance to win NOV.27 VS. CLEMSON Here it is the last game face-off with our arch rival. Gamecocks have suffered lately to the tune seven years with no victory. There could be a lot on the line here for the Gamecocks. Good news, Gamecocks will have them in the Cock-pit. We all know how annoyed fans are about the Gamecock offense, Clemson folks might have found themselves in a seemlier problem with their own offense woes. The Tigers have fallen out of grace. No longer have a top 5 team, but completely out of the top 25 all together. Clemson has quickly been thrust off their pedestal at the top of the college football world literally after losses to Georgia and North Carolina State, but they have still dominated this rivalry over the last decade. Clemson hasn’t found its footing with quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, along with the lack of a running game not too different from South Carolina. This has created all sorts of problems for the Tigers offense through the first half of the season. Dabo Swinney’s squad should still be heavy betting favorites in this one, but it may be closer than we all anticipated at the beginning of the season. ▪ ESPN FPI prediction: South Carolina has a 14.4% chance to win Well that’s it a look at the remaining schedule filled with lots of potholes and hills to climb to get to a 6 win season. Odds are stocked against the Gamecocks. Old cliché take them one at the time. Guess in a few days we will see if the gamecocks can pull off their 4th victory in 7 tries.
  21. Coach Beamer's Tuesday presser "with videos, quotes & with selected players Oct. 12, 2021 Beamer: "Excited to be back at home for "Homecoming". I hope our fan base appreciates the effort of our players and how hard they are playing. No better way to show that than being in that stadium on Saturday." (ARTICLE)
  22. Coach Beamer's Tuesday presser "with videos, quotes & with selected players Oct. 12, 2021 Beamer: "Excited to be back at home for "Homecoming". I hope our fan base appreciates the effort of our players and how hard they are playing. No better way to show that than being in that stadium on Saturday." Beamer: Stresses to Gamecock fans that if you have tickets but aren't going to be able to attend the game, please donate them. "It would be a real shame if we don't have an amazing atmosphere on Saturday." Beamer: He has a great deal of respect for Vandy head coach Clark Lea. "His stamp on that program is very evident. The length that they have on their defense, and their size, will be a problem." Beamer: Vandy rushed for 247 yards versus Stanford earlier this year. USC's defense is allowing 159 yards per contest on the ground. Beamer on progress of the offense: "We're close. Nobody is happy with 3-3 and nobody's happy statistically with where we are at this point. Is it good enough, no. I've seen progress. We did a lot of really good things on Saturday, just not in the first quarter." Beamer: Last week's practice in preparation for the Tennessee game was as good as they've had. "We had more of a sense of urgency than we've ever had. It's head scratching the way we played in the first quarter." Beamer: Keeping the players shielded from the 'outside noise'. "We know what we have, we know what we've been through, and that's what matters to us. You want to play in the SEC where you have that kind of attention. When you lose in this league, things are magnified." Beamer: "I'll be damned if I'm going to let one quarter at Tennessee define what the rest of the season will be." Beamer on offense: "My confidence hasn't taken a hit. The same group that I was confident about going into the season, is the same group that is out there now. I just see those guys get better and improve at practice." Beamer: On win streak versus Vandy and not letting his team be over-confident "I remember going up to Chapel Hill the week before and we beat a good UNC team and then came back here & lost to Vanderbilt at home (2007). There's great healthy respect for every opponent we play." SELECTED PLAYERS
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