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  1. Game Cock Club 2/20/2019 Save the Date! Spurs Up Tour Dates and Locations Announced Coach Muschamp to Make Nine Stops on Annual Tour The Gamecock Club is excited to announce the 2019 "Spurs Up" tour, featuring University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp. The Gamecock Club, along with Coach Muschamp, will visit a total of nine locations this spring in an effort to bring the ultimate fan experience to your front door. The 2019 "Spurs Up" tour will get started on April 23 with a stop in Augusta, Ga. Other tour stops during the month of April will come in the Midlands (April 24), Lancaster (April 29) and Greenville (April 30). The tour continues in May with stops planned for York (May 2), Sumter (May 7), Myrtle Beach (May 8) and Atlanta (May 9). The tour concludes on May 14 with a visit to Charleston. Each stop will feature a photograph opportunity with Coach Muschamp, exclusive Gamecock Football updates, and a Q&A session. More information, including specific locations and ticket prices, will be announced as it comes available.
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    Hinson To Focus On Football

    Hinson To Focus On Football 2/13/2019 | Men's Basketball COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that junior guard Evan Hinson will focus on football and will no longer play with the Gamecocks on the hardwood. Hinson saw action in 46 career games on the court, and was part of Carolina's 2017 Final Four squad. "I want to thank both Coach Martin and Coach Muschamp for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to play basketball and football here at Carolina," Hinson said. "I couldn't be more grateful for the basketball experiences I've had here, and that is thanks to the staff and my teammates who accepted and helped me from day one." "The commitment that Evan has made to compete year-round for three consecutive years is incredible," Martin said. "I fully support Evan's decision to focus on football and I speak for our entire program when I say thank you to him. We're excited to support him as he takes on the opportunity to go earn playing time as a tight end on the football team with Coach Muschamp." South Carolina takes on top-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday night in Knoxville. Tip time for the matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
  3. Spring Football Game to be Televised on SEC Network 2/11/2019 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of South Carolina football team will have its 2019 spring football game televised on SEC Network. The Gamecocks will play its spring game on Saturday, April 6 at noon. For the fourth straight season, every Southeastern Conference spring football game will be live on ESPN networks. In addition to televised action, every game will be available to stream on the ESPN App. Talent assignments and additional spring game details will be announced in the coming week. The spring game features free admission and will be fans’ first chance to see nine members of the South Carolina 2019 recruiting class in action, including quarterback Ryan Hilinski and defensive lineman Zacch Pickens. Here’s the full lineup for SEC games. March 30 Noon, Vanderbilt: Black and Gold Spring Game, SEC Network April 6 Noon, South Carolina: Garnet-Black Spring Game, SEC Network 2 p.m., LSU: National L-Club Spring Game, SEC Network 4 p.m., Arkansas: Red-White Spring Game, ESPNU 4 p.m., Ole Miss: Grove Bowl, SEC Network April 12 6 p.m., Kentucky: Kentucky Blue/White Game, SEC Network April 13 1 p.m., Florida: Orange & Blue Game, SEC Network Alternate 2 p.m., Alabama: A-Day, ESPN2 2 p.m., Mississippi State: Maroon-White Game, ESPNU 2 p.m., Texas A&M Maroon & White Game, SEC Network 4 p.m., Auburn: A-Day, SEC Network 4 p.m., Missouri: Black & Gold Spring Game, ESPNU 6 p.m., Tennessee: Orange & White Game, SEC Network April 20 2 p.m., Georgia: G-Day, SEC Network
  4. Hilinski cheers on Joyner during an offseason workout Feb. 08, 2019
  5. Gamecock assistant named one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals February 08, 2019 South Carolina completed another successful recruiting class and one of its assistants earned praise for it. Gamecocks’ assistant Bobby Bentley was named to Rivals Top 25 recruiters for the Class of 2019. Bentley, who was moved from running backs coach to tight ends coach, help with the Gamecocks’ recruiting efforts into Tennessee for this class. He helped land defensive end Joseph Anderson and receiver Keveon Mullins. Anderson is a four-start recruit and ranked as the ninth-best defensive end in the country, according to Rivals and Mullins also was a four-star prospect by Rivals. “South Carolina is starting to find more success in the state of Tennessee, and the Gamecocks have running backs coach Bobby Bentley to thank for that,” Rivals wrote. “The Gamecocks landed two players out of the Volunteer State in 2019, which equals the total number they signed from Tennessee in the previous 12 classes combined.” Bentley also was responsible for running back Kevin Harris out of Georgia and offensive lineman Jaylen Nichols out of Charlotte, N.C. The Gamecocks’ recruiting class was ranked No. 17 in country by Rivals and ESPN and 19th by 247Sports. Clemson’s Jeff Scott also was named to the list along with Arkansas’ Justin Stepp, a former standout at Pelion High School.
  6. A game changer? Maybe. Time will tell if Gamecocks’ new building equals more wins February 09, 2019 THE STATE The theme of South Carolina’s new football operations building, proudly showed off Monday by the university, is ease of movement. The architects, with Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp by their side more often than they probably expected, spent a lot of time thinking about how to remove physical barriers from day-to-day lives of USC’s players. It’s why the weight room, training room and locker room are all connected, and why there is a walk-through shower room linking the locker room and training room. Players can come straight from practice and rinse off all their grass and dirt before sinking into the building’s giant cold tub. It’s why there are different entry points for the current players, who get straight to work, and prospective players, who get the red carpet treatment. It’s why the door from the mudroom between the locker room and the practice field even has sliding doors, all the better for exiting while latching up that final shoulder pad strap. “As important as anything to me is the flow of the building,” Muschamp said. One of the project’s architects called it “by far” the most efficient building in college football. The planners’ belief is that the building itself will save each player 15 minutes per day, adding up to two months over the course of a collegiate career. If the building is a literal removal of obstacles, it’s a figurative one as well. Muschamp has been calling the building “a game changer” since before the first scoop of dirt was moved. On Monday, athletics director Ray Tanner called the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center “a transformational project.” South Carolina was as unprepared to join the SEC in 1992 as it was eager to do so, and for the intervening 25 years it has been playing catch-up to many teams who have historically put more resources into their programs. The “little brother” stereotype that grated so badly on the Gamecocks when they heard it from the outside also served as an easy excuse when voiced from the inside. “How can we be expected to compete against so-and-so who has such-and-such?” USC now has just as much such-and-such as any of the so-and-sos, more than many of them in fact. In the last 10 years, the Gamecocks have built the Dodie Academic Center ($13.5 million), dramatically refurbished the game day environment around Williams-Brice Stadium, helped to complete a palatial living center for athletes and other students at 650 Lincoln, built an indoor practice facility ($14.3 million) and now topped all of that with $50 million worth of football-only amenities. This is not the spending of an underdog. This is an infrastructure that offers no excuses. Muschamp does not believe the building’s completion increases the expectations on his program, at least his own expectations. The Gamecocks’ expectation in Muschamp’s first three years was to “win our state and beat the East,” and it will be the same moving forward, he said. “I think (the building) is going to help tremendously going forward,” he said. Buildings don’t win football games, but there has been so much hype surrounding this particular structure that Gamecocks fans could be forgiven for thinking this one just might. However, in today’s SEC, where the money flows freely, the infrastructure is the easy part. The next step, which starts with a 2019 schedule that includes Clemson, Alabama and Georgia, is the hard part. “The bad news for Will is, we’re eliminating his excuses,” Kenneth Long, of big building donation fame, said Wednesday at a dedication ceremony. He was mostly joking, and his audience of donors mostly laughed, but he’s also a little right. The new football operations center gives the Gamecocks better ammunition than they have had in the past, but there’s still a heck of a fight ahead. ABOUT THE NEW FACILITY What: The Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center Where it is: At the rear of Gamecock Park and adjacent to the indoor practice facility. The new building overlooks the outdoor practice fields and has a direct view of Williams-Brice Stadium. Cost: $50 million Overall square footage: 110,000 square feet Architects: Quackenbush Architects + Planners; and Gensler Sports General contractor: Contract Construction Branding design: Jack Porter
  7. An in-depth breakdown of Gamecocks defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells FEBRUARY 8, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW An in-depth breakdown of Gamecocks defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells One of the last pieces to sign the ink to become a Gamecock, Jaquaze Sorrells should be a great and late addition to the class. Sorrells chose South Carolina over Alabama and Penn State. When I first started going through his film, Sorrells was really underwhelming in his highlights from The Opening Finals. He was going through 1 on 1 pass blocking drills, which isn’t an amazing indicator of how good a player is in my opinion, and he was just not doing a whole lot. He had didn’t have a win for my standards for defensive lineman. They were only in helmets and shorts, and anyone can look really bad or really good in helmets and shorts, so I wasn’t too worried. And just like that, I was right to not be worried. Once the pads came on, he looked like a different beast. Sorrells showed a really quality bull rush, a good spin move, and he had the ability to make offensive lineman pay for guessing which direction the defensive lineman was going. He also had great feet and rarely stopped moving, which is a big problem in high school lineman. Jaquaze showed to me that as a freshman, he would be able to a guy who can come in third down and line up at the nose or 3-technique and get after the passer. A quality interior rusher is something South Carolina has been missing for a while, and Sorrells would bring that. As far as his run stopping talent, the Orlando native is listed at 6’3” and 310 pounds. He obviously has the size to be a player who can be in the rotation as a college freshman on any down for the defense. Whether or not he finds himself in the rotation on 1st and 2nd down isn’t something I can really tell based purely off of high school film, but I could see him breaking in there at some point this season purely based on the lack of depth in the defensive line group. I honestly would think Jaquaze Sorrells would be a considered a top 150 recruit in the nation if it weren’t for off the field concerns. Add this kid to an already signed defensive line class including Zacch Pickens, Joseph Anderson, Rodricus Fitten, and Devontae Davis, and it may be the best group in the country. He should be a great addition to the Gamecocks 2019 class.
  8. A key spot on the Gamecocks offense is turning over. Who Muschamp said might step in February 08, 2019 THE STATE At times, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will tip his thoughts a little bit. He was asked who might take over the left tackle position, as Dennis Daley is moving on to pursue NFL chances. Muschamp didn’t start out by talking about his freshman All-American tackle, but a starter at another spot. “Since Sadarius Hutcherson can bump outside and play — he has before and certainly has the ability,” Muschamp said. “Dylan Wonnum is a guy that can play either the right or the left tackle position. Those are guys we’ve looked at.” Hutcherson was a starting guard last season and a backup who got a few starts the year before. He’s not the biggest tackle option at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, but he started his career there, and coaches have long praised his upside and ceiling. The team also could move Wonnum, who as a freshman took the right tackle spot from Blake Camper during the season. Muschamp’s staff has twice moved former right tackles to left with Mason Zandi and Malik Young, and neither has the talent of Wonnum. Daley in his two seasons did a credible job as a blindside pass protector for quarterback Jake Bentley. The Gamecocks were 117th in how often its quarterbacks were sacked against FBS opponents the year before he arrived. That jumped to 80th and then 23rd. If Hutcherson ends up staying inside, Muschamp mentioned a few younger players who could end up in the mix on the outside. “Max Iyama is a guy that can bump out,” Muschamp said. “Jordan Carty is a guy that we’ve looked at. We’ve got some options there as far as those things are concerned.” Iyama was at tackle last August, but the 6-foot-5, 310 pounder didn’t get in any games. Carty was a developmental player when he arrived, and at 6-foot-7, played some guard and didn’t see the field. The Gamecocks will be replacing a trio of tackles in Daley, Camper and Young, plus longtime starting guard Zack Bailey. If Hucherson moves outside, it creates another opening, but the Gamecocks appear to be in somewhat good shape inside. Center Donell Staley said he expects to move back to guard to make room for redshirt freshman Hank Manos. Freshman guard Jovaughn Gwyn seemed to be doing well before a knee injury ended his season after again, and third-year lineman Jordan Rhodes got work as the team’s sixth offensive lineman in run-heavy packages. The Gamecocks open spring practice on Feb. 27. The spring game is April 6
  9. Muschamp sells four more players on his vision for ‘great success’ at South Carolina February 07, 2019 THE STATE South Carolina signed four more football players on Wednesday to complete its 2019 signing class, and all four can help the Gamecocks pave the road in front of them, head coach Will Muschamp said. “I tell recruits all the time: Come be the first, not the next. You can be part of the first SEC championship team,” Muschamp said. “Our road is a little tougher. It’s a little bumpier. It’s not as smooth as some places, but you can come here and have great success.” South Carolina signed four-star defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Florida, three-star safety Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, Georgia, three-star offensive lineman William Rogers of Hampton, Georgia, and three-star cornerback Shilo Sanders, a Cedar Hill, Texas, native who is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. “If you had told me in December I could sign these four guys, I would have taken it,” Muschamp said. “All four guys add value to our football team immediately and that’s exciting.” Sorrells and Robinson had not publicly committed to the school until Wednesday, the first day of the second signing period. “I don’t look at it as closing. I look at it as the whole process,” Muschamp said. “Jammie Robinson’s recruitment started two-and-a-half years ago. It’s about building relationships, building trust with people. Jaquaze’s recruitment started a good while ago. It’s not about finishing in the end. It’s about the relationship at the end.” The new quartet — when added to the 19 players signed during the early signing period in December and transfers Josh Belk and Jamel Cook, who count toward this year’s initial scholarship numbers — gives South Carolina a 25-man class that ranks 19th nationally and eighth in the SEC. “I think it’s a very good class; time will tell how good,” Muschamp said. “I think we have more competitive depth on our team moving forward as an overall roster. Competition is your best friend as a coach. When you have competition at a lot of different positions, it brings out the best in every player every single day. That’s what we have to continue to recruit to have the type of program we want to have, and it happens every single year.” The class includes as many players from Florida and Georgia (five) as it does from South Carolina. They also signed two Tennesseans and one player each from California and Texas. “Our state is so small we have to be able to recruit North Carolina, Georgia and Florida,” Muschamp said. Nine of its members played for or won a state championship in high school. “That says a lot about understanding about winning, and that’s important to us,” Muschamp said. Now he’s hopeful they can help his program do just that.
  10. Three South Carolina early enrollees aren’t on campus yet. What’s the holdup? February 06, 2019 South Carolina football came out of the early signing day with 12 players projected to enroll early. But only nine are currently on campus. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Cam Smith, Traevon Kenion and TyQuan Johnson have not enrolled. Muschamp said it was mostly about scheduling and being able to enroll on time. “It’s not anything to do with the University of South Carolina admissions process,” Muschamp said. “I can assure you of that. We’re working through that right now. There’s always snags here and there that you’ve got to work though. You’ve got to deal with deadlines as far as enrolling and getting in classes. That was kind of what we dealt with in this situation.” Smith is a four-star cornerback from Westwood and one of the top-rated recruits in the class. Kenion was a dynamic player for one of the top high school programs in North Carolina, while Johnson signed in 2018 as well, but had to spend a season in prep school. The group of nine on campus is led by four-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski and five-star defensive lineman Zacch Pickens.
  11. Will Muschamp News Conference — 2/4/19 Coach Will Muschamp answers questions regarding the Long Football Operations Building prior to a media tour on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Ray Tanner News Conference — 2/4/19 Athletics Director Ray Tanner answers questions regarding the Long Football Operations Building during a news conference prior to a media tour Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.
  12. Upgrades coming soon at William Brice Stadium February 01, 2019 Ray Tanner joined 107.5 The Game’s ‘Halftime Show’ on Friday afternoon to discuss a number of topics surrounding the South Carolina athletics department. Here’s what the Gamecocks' athletics director talked about with Jay Philips and Tommy Moody: On the premium seating upgrade plans for Williams-Brice… “Actually, after the ’19 season, our fall season, that’s when we go back into Williams-Brice and do a $21 million renovation, which is the biggest ever to Williams-Brice, if it is approved. We have gone through Phase I, now we go back to the state for Phase II. With proper approvals, we’ll go in there and create some premium spaces. Right now, we’ve got about 4,500 that can be accommodated with premium space and we intend to double that to around 9,000. We’re going to build some loge seating in the southwest corner, where the players come out. There would be some spaces underneath there, so we’ve got a lot of plans ready to go with the proper approvals.” What the premium seating will do for the stadium’s capacity… “We had conversations at our recent (SEC athletics director) meeting about that, and everybody participated about their particular stadium and their seating and how many people were coming. The premium demands, it’s changed. We go through phases in life, no matter what they are, I think college football and the NFL are going through situations where it is about the amenities. … We will probably, after our renovation – we will not lose a tremendous amount of seating. We’ll reduce it by a little bit, but I think that’s the trend and that’s where it’s going to go.” TO READ FULL ARTICLE 247SPORTS: CLICK HERE
  13. Football 2/4/2019 10:41:00 AM Will Muschamp Coaches Clinic Set for March 22-23 Will Muschamp Coaches Clinic Set for March 22-23 Dates for Fourth-Annual Event Set February 04, 2019 GCF Staff Report Reservations are being accepted for the fourth annual Will Muschamp Football Coaches Clinic, hosted by head football coach Will Muschamp and the University of South Carolina football coaching staff. The clinic is set for March 22-23, 2019 at the new Long Family Football Operations facility in Columbia. Those attending the clinic will be able to interact with the Gamecock coaching staff, learn from championship winning coaches and talk a little football! The early registration cost of $20 includes all meals, coaches socials, and a facility tour, along with learning and instruction from the Carolina coaching staff. Registration can be done online a thttps://camps.jumpforward.com/GamecockFBCamps/CampDetail/Index/11409or call 803-777-4271 for more information.
  14. On Tuesday night, during the men's basketball game against Tennessee, Justin King and his staff released 'Gameday: 2001,' which highlights the Gamecocks' electric home game entrance.
  15. Highlights some of the team’s offseason drills. Five-star defensive end Zacch Pickens, who’s among the nine freshmen already on campus, was one of the player prominently featured in the video January 31, 2019
  16. What Ryan Hilinski can learn from Jake Bentley, and what he already has January 30, 2019 The life of a college football quarterback has its ups and downs, especially in the social media age, and South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has gone through the gamut. That perhaps can be a teaching moment for Ryan Hilinski, a four-star freshman set to become Bentley’s understudy this spring. Bentley has gone from conquering hero as a freshman and before his sophomore season to somewhat embattled as a junior, even as he threw for the third-most yards of any Gamecock ever. Hilinski is as active as any recruit on social media and said he’s ready for it. “That’s literally the life of a quarterback,” Hilinski siad. “If you go in and you throw for 500 yards against your archrival and you do everything you can do, everyone is going to sing your praises. If you don’t score any points against Virginia. Everyone is going to boo you, do whatever they want to do on twitter. That’s just how life goes.” Earlier in the recruiting process, Hilinski said he expected to redshirt if Bentley was still on campus, but now says he’ll leave that decision in the hands of the coaches. Bentley is coming off a season in which he posted 3,171 yards, a 61.9 completion percentage, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. But his play was up and down, especially with a bad bowl performance and slow start to the season. Hillinski had his own battles his final season in high school, throwing for 2,771 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a team that faced a brutal schedule and lost a range of playmakers and much of its offensive line. Now he’ll have the chance to learn the offense under Bentley and alongside the likes of Dakereon Joyner and Jay Urich. If Hilinski can live up to his billing as a top-50 national prospect, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him be right there for the No. 2 spot. Bentley hosted Hilinski once during his recruitment and called him a “great kid,” complimenting how eager he was to learn. Now he’s on campus, and that process can get underway. “I think it’s awesome,” Hilinski said. “I think it’s going to be great to learn from him. He’s been here longer than most quarterbacks in their college career. It’s going to be awesome to learn from him, learn the playbook, learn what to do, what not to do in Columbia and stuff like that. I think it’s going to be great talking to him more than I already have.”
  17. What Thomas Brown remembers about his first time playing in Williams-Brice January 30, 2019 THE STATE Thomas Brown didn’t even get a carry in that game, but he remembers some things well from his first trip to Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina’s new running backs coach was only a freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs. He’d go on to lead his team with 875 yards, but that day, he was behind Danny Ware, Michael Cooper and Tyson Browning. But even without touching the ball, he got a sense for what that stadium, the atmosphere he’ll soon enough coach in, could bring. “They were always tough,” Brown said of the matchup. “It was my freshman year, might have been a blackout game. I remember how loud it was and how crazy it was. Danny went out in the first quarter, he got hit pretty hard, punctured a lung or something.” He’s got a mostly good memory. It was in fact a blackout game. According to the Associated Press report from the time, the injury was considered a “bruised chest” when it happened in the second quarter. “Ware was ready to go back into the game after X-rays were negative but he began coughing up blood,” according to that story. Brown remembered a UGA loss, but his team actually rallied from down 16-0 for a 20-16 win to start off a 10-2 season. The Gamecocks were setting off on Lou Holtz’s last season, the one that ended with a brawl and turning down a bowl game. His second trip to Columbia, as a junior, saw him lead his team with 69 yards and 16 carries, as the Bulldogs ground out a 18-0 win against a Carolina team that went on to win eight games. Brown went 3-1 against South Carolina. He put up 144 yards and a score in a two-point win in Athens as a sophomore, the first SEC win for an eventual conference champion. His final game against USC saw him cede the top spot to Knowshon Moreno (Brown still ran for 779 yards that season), and saw the Gamecocks pull out a 16-12 win. That ended a five-game Bulldogs winning streak and helped push the Gamecocks to a 6-1 start, from which they slipped to a 6-6 finish. The loss ended up costing the Bulldogs an SEC East title and a shot at eventual national champion LSU (Georgia finished that season No, 2 in the country). Brown will have to wait until 2020 to coach the Gamecocks against the Bulldogs in Columbia. He will get to return to Athens with his current team, facing his alma mater in a stadium he’s got a lot of history in. And he knows what a feisty, hard-hitting Gamecocks team can do in the rivalry “It was a tough matchup,” Brown said.
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    John Scott Jr. Named Defensive Line Coach

    Football 1/22/2019 9:20:00 AM John Scott Jr. Named Defensive Line Coach John Scott Jr. Named Defensive Line Coach Muschamp Tabs Greer, S.C. Native to Fill Out Coaching Staff January 23, 2019 John Scott Jr. has been hired as the defensive line coach at the University of South Carolina, head football coach Will Muschampannounced today. Scott Jr., native of Greer, S.C., has spent the past two seasons at Arkansas, coaching the defensive tackles under Chad Morris in 2018 as the lone holdover from Bret Bielema's 2017 staff, when he served as the defensive line coach. "I was very impressed with John during a lengthy interview that I conducted with him," said Coach Muschamp. "He is very detailed-oriented and what I would call a 'grinder'. He also has an NFL background and has experience coaching elite players, something that was very important to me. He's a good fit for our staff." Scott Jr. spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the New York Jets, beginning as a defensive quality control coach in 2015 before being promoted to defensive line assistant coach. Prior to his time in the NFL, Scott Jr. spent time as a defensive line or outside linebackers coach at Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and his alma mater Western Carolina. The Jets led the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed and red zone defense in 2015, while finishing second in rushing defense and fourth in total defense. Both defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and cornerback Darrelle Revis earned Pro Bowl honors. Scott Jr. was promoted to defensive line assistant prior to the 2016 season in which the Jets finished fifth in the AFC in rush defense and rushing touchdowns allowed. Defensive tackle Leonard Williams earned a Pro Bowl nod. Scott mentored and coached a trio of defensive lineman at Texas Tech that worked their way into the NFL. In his first season, he tutored Kerry Hyder to All-Big 12 honors and an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. Branden Jackson had his best season under Scott Jr. in 2014 as a junior before getting an invite to the 2016 NFL Combine. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Scott Jr. spent three seasons (2010-12) as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator on three Georgia Southern teams that advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Along the defensive line, he mentored two All-Americans, including Brent Russell, who was an All-American all three years under Scott Jr. and finished as the program's all-time sack leader. In 2011, the Georgia Southern defensive line featured Russell, All-American Roderick Tinsley and All-Southern Conference selection John Douglas. In 2010, Russell was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nation's top defensive player at the Championship Subdivision level. Scott Jr. was named defensive line coach at Georgia Southern in January 2010 after one season coaching outside linebackers at Missouri State and three seasons at Western Carolina coaching defensive ends and outside linebackers. As defensive line coach at Norfolk State for the 2005 season, Scott Jr. helped the Spartans achieve a No. 12 national ranking in passing defense. That season, Norfolk State allowed just over 158 yards per game. He attended the NCAA's Minority Coaches Academy in 2008 after being selected from a pool of 400 applicants. A 2000 graduate of Western Carolina and four-year Catamount letterman, Scott returned to coach at his alma mater in 2006. An All-Southern Conference choice at defensive end in 1998, Scott Jr. had 17 tackles for loss. His career total of 31 tackles for loss ranks 10th in Western Carolina history. After earning his bachelor's degree in communications from Western Carolina, Scott Jr. played three years of professional football, including two years with the Greensboro (N.C.) Prowlers of the Arena Football League 2. He was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. While playing for the Greensboro Prowlers, Scott Jr. gained coaching experience at the high school level as defensive line coach at West Davidson High School in 2001. Scott Jr. then went to Louisiana-Lafayette as a graduate assistant for two years, serving as a defensive line graduate assistant. He completed his master's degree in education at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006.
  19. Ray Tanner ‘optimistic’ about getting giant gamecock statue in place January 22, 2019 South Carolina wasn’t able to get its massive gamecock statue erected in time for the 2018 football season, but athletics director Ray Tanner is optimistic it will be in place for the next one. The 15- to 18-foot-tall statue was set to be ready for 2018, but engineering challenges delayed the installation in a plaza at Williams-Brice Stadium. Asked about it Tuesday, Tanner said there had been measured progress. “There’s been some dialogue,” Tanner said. “We’ve exchanged some conversations. We’re optimistic that before we kick it again, we’ll have the statue in place. That’s certainly my aspiration. I ask about it quite often.” The $995,000 bronze statue was originally supposed to debut before the 2017 season, but that date has been pushed back twice. It was approved by USC’s board in 2016. The school has put up a few statues in recent years, including one of the school mascot, Cockyand one of Richard Greener, the school’s African-American professor. One is in the works of former basketball star A’ja Wilson. Elsewhere in construction around South Carolina athletics, Tanner said he’s seen pictures of the new baseball video board and expects the softball team will add one in coming years. As for the statue, he’d just like to see it up before South Carolina’s Sept. 7 home opener against Charleston Southern. “I’m optimistic that it will be in place,” Tanner said. “Before we kick it again.
  20. FeatheredCock

    What's the latest on DL coach

    Apparently, Muschamp has Marion Hobby as #1 with Diron Reynolds (Stanford) as #2. Need an answer at least by Friday on Hobby. If not select Reynolds. I longer terms Reynolds to me will be with the Gamecocks longer. Hobby seems to me to be the type guy who will head back to the NFL within a couple of years. To me, Reynolds should be the #1 candidate.
  21. Is South Carolina’s running back by committee approach working? The stats show this January 15, 2019 It turns out that nobody is a big fan of “running back by committee” — even the committee. “When I played we rotated four or five guys at a time. I was not a big fan of that,” new South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown said this week. “I don’t think anybody in the room was a big fan of that.” Gamecocks fans certainly are getting a little tired of it. South Carolina hasn’t had a true lead running back since Mike Davis gained 1,197 yards in 2013 and another 982 in 2014. Since that time, the Gamecocks have searched for a player who can carry the bulk of the led but had to settle for group of running backs sharing the carries on a week-to-week basis — the clichéd “committee.” It has been as effective as most committees. The Gamecocks haven’t finished higher than 10th in the SEC in rushing in the last four seasons. In 2018, South Carolina had four junior running backs and head coach Will Muschamp said he considered them all starter quality. In fact, all four of them started at least one game at tailback but none of them had more than 123 carries or 654 yards. Both of those marks were reached by Rico Dowdle, whose yardage total was the second-lowest among the SEC players who led their team in rushing. Only Tennessee’s Ty Chandler (630) had fewer yards while leading his team in rushing, and the Volunteers finished last in the league in rushing. Alabama and Tennessee were the only teams in the conference whose leading rusher got a smaller percentage of the running back carries (based on distribution of the top four running backs on the team). Dowdle ended up with 37.8 percent of the running back carries based on the distribution among the top four. Mon Denson finished with 86 carries for 432 yards. Ty’Son Williams had 70 carries for 328 yards, and A.J. Turner had 46 carries for 294 yards. All four will return in 2019, although Turner may play primarily defensive back. Brown has met his new running backs and said the playing rotation “depends on what those guys bring to the table.” “Everything is going to be earned by every guy who’s on the football field for us,” said Brown, a former Georgia running back. “From personal experience, playing with three or four other NFL caliber running backs when I was playing, competition makes you better, every single day, understanding there are guys in the room just as good as you are who can take your spot every day.” However Brown divides up the carries, the Gamecocks’ rushing total needs to add up to more. No team in the SEC has rushed for fewer total yards than South Carolina in the last three seasons. The running game “is what the SEC is about,” Brown said. “I’m well-versed in this conference and you have to have a balanced running attack.” Total rushing yards in SEC last three seasons Alabama 10,160 Georgia 9,705 Mississippi State 9,176 Auburn 8,760 Texas A&M 7,624 LSU 7,752 Kentucky 7,738 Missouri 7,608 Florida 6,158 Arkansas 5,872 Tennessee 5,646 Vanderbilt 5,599 Ole Miss 5,369 South Carolina 5,321
  22. Tour the team's new ops building here January 14, 2019 In his time, new South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown has been around a few high-powered programs. He’s seen the facilities at Georgia and at Wisconsin. He was at Miami as it started to up its investment in recent years. So how does that compare to South Carolina’s new 110,000-square foot, $50-million building? “Not even close,” Brown said. “It’s the best I’ve been around by far. I just left a place where we just built a brand new indoor, which is a really nice facility. But that one doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve been around. It’s phenomenal.” The players who returned to campus on Sunday got their first look at the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center., and the school’s social media team followed them through. Some posted videos on social media as well, showing off the palatial weight room, recording studio in the players’ lounge and locker rooms. In the video a few players can be heard giving their thoughts on the new building. Offensive lineman Eric Douglass: “I ain’t seen nothing like this.” Defensive back Jamyest Williams: “Nothing like it, the best in the SEC.” Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw: “”Things changing around here, things changing.” Running back A.J. Turner: “Why you even left the building? There is no reason to leave. Everything is right here.” Move in started late on Jan. 7, but most of the players were still on winter break. They started offseason work on Monday.
  23. What Thomas Brown, Will Muschamp like about South Carolina’s newest tailback January 14, 2019 THE STATE Incoming South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown wouldn’t rule out adding another running back with the three remaining spots in the Gamecocks’ 2019 recruiting class. But he likes the incoming runner the staff already has on campus. Georgia tailback Kevin Harris was one of the early enrollees introduced to Gamecocks fans on Sunday alongside Brown. The bigger runner wasn’t the most heralded recruit, but Thomas spoke highly of him. “Real excited about him,” Brown said. “I watched his tape and met him. Great looking young man. So I’m excited about working with him. “He’s just tough. I think it’s a really underrated trait. A lot of guys kind of put a high premium on how fast a guy runs a 40. I think that’s probably one of the most overrated stats about running backs. I care more about can you break tackles? Can you make guys miss in a short-area space, and can you just be tough from a mental and physical standpoint. He definitely has it in my opinion.” That echoed some of what Will Muschamp said on signing day in December. “Kevin really came and earned his scholarship at camp,” Muschamp said. “We really liked his film. We weren’t totally certain about his top end speed. He came into camp and ran 4.55 in the 40 and vertical jumped 34 inches, which is really good. He has a really big lower body and is a difficult guy to tackle, when you talk in terms of a power running game and getting better there and adding some toughness to that position.” The 5-foot-10, 230 pounder ran for 1,556 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. He was the No. 6 rusher in the state of Georgia. He had 1,680 yards as a junior. Brown has already reached out to at least one top recruit in Jerrion Ealy, the No. 45 player in the 247 Sports composite rankings.
  24. South Carolina’s new coach doesn’t mince words: His group has ‘under-produced’ January 13, 2019 THE STATE .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} While one of his former running backs played in the NFL playoffs, Thomas Brown met with the media Sunday at Colonial Life Arena to discuss what he wants from his new running backs. “I think they have under-produced in the past from my opinion, I think probably in everybody’s opinion,” said Brown, who was hired last week to coach South Carolina’s running backs. Brown was introduced to Gamecocks fans, and the local media, at halftime of the USC men’s basketball game against Missouri. That game was going on at the same time Melvin Gordon and the San Diego Chargers were playing New England in the AFC divisional playoffs. Gordon finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting at Wisconsin while Brown was the Badgers running backs coach. In 2019, Brown will have a running backs room that includes seniors Rico Dowdle, Ty’Son Williams and Mon Denson and maybe A.J. Turner, who could play running back, defensive back or both next season. The Gamecocks ranked 12th in the SEC in rushing last year with 1528 yards per game. Dowdle was South Carolina’s leading rusher with 654 yards, and he finished 19th in the conference in yards per carry (5.32). “Competition solves most of your problems,” Brown said. “I’ll be on them every single day, hold them to a standard. I normally always play two guys but I’ll play as many guys as necessary to win.” Brown, 32, has also coached at Marshall, Georgia and Miami, where he was offensive coordinator last year before head coach Mark Richt resigned. South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, who has yet to speak to the media since hiring Brown, spoke to Brown on Monday, the day after Richt retired. “It happened pretty fast,” Brown said. Brown will be reunited with former college teammate and friend Bryan McClendon, who is the Gamecocks offensive coordinator. That was the biggest fact in Brown deciding to accept Muschamp’s offer immediately, he said. “It was funny because Coach McClendon and I talked a year ago about maybe getting back on the same side at some point, not sure how it would happen, but it happened this way and I’m excited about it,” he said. Brown, who did not call plays at Miami, said it was too early to speculate on how or if his hiring might change South Carolina’s offense. The Gamecocks finished seventh in the SEC in yards per game last year (425.6), which was McClendon’s first calling plays. “I looked up to him a bunch when I was playing, how he handle himself on and off the field,” Brown said. “It’s the same thing from a coaching standpoint.”

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