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  1. Football 1/27/2020 |GCF Staff Report Football Newcomers To Be Introduced at Saturday's Basketball Game Tickets Remain Available for 3:30 pm SEC Showdown with Missouri A few thousand tickets remain for Saturday's SEC men's basketball contest between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers. Game time is set for 3:30 pm at Colonial Life Arena. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. Whether it's at tight end or at linebacker, South Carolina appears to be getting a potential difference-maker with Eric Shaw
  3. Muschamp's return to coaching linebackers is familiar territory Jan. 20, 2020 With some shuffling to the Gamecock football staff this offseason, head coach Will Muschamp is set to shift his own position group responsibilities going forward. Muschamp has personally coached the safeties during his four-year tenure at South Carolina, but will have the MIKE and WILL linebackers beginning this spring. Special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler accepted a position as co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Texas recently, and Kyle Krantz was promoted to special teams coordinator. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL
  4. Gamecock football: Top 5 Question for improvements’ I would like to see answered in 2020 Jan. 17, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Now that the dust has settle down with the transfers and coaching shakeup for the most part over with except for need of a special teams and linebacker coach, who decide to go to Texas. But anyhow, the Gamecocks are moving forward and trying to put the 4-8 campaign from 2019 squarely in the rearview mirror. Some of the issues that lead to the dismal season were on the offense side performance that was caused by its share of injuries causing problems from the line to the backfield itself. The Gamecocks biggest surprise perhaps was the strengths the defensive line had in 2019, but now will see its share of key departures entering into 2020 young new faces will need to replace old faces to play key roles this season. Much was made about the difficult schedule in 2019, but 2020 isn’t much easier. Gamecocks exchanges Alabama for LSU in a game at Tiger Stadium. One word on LSU is they have lost both coordinators who have moved on Heisman wining quarterback and key players for going their collage careers and with the other players to graduation. Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Wofford are the other non conference games outside of Clemson. To me 2020 is a drop maybe bigger then most feel. Question remaining are how can 2020 be better? Here are 5 my question needing answers to have successful 2020 campaign. 1. Will the 5th OC under Will Muschamp be the key for the Gamecocks lackluster offenses? Mike Bobo brings head coaching experience and he also a proven play-caller as a offensive coordinator. He was the head coach at Colorado State, till the end of this season, but perhaps most notably at Georgia he was the offensive coordinator. Now that he is freed up as the headman, which he made plenty of comments about being freed up from head coaching duties aid it by a quarterback with a full season of experience under his belt. Now let's talk about what he has lost and the gains. The Gamecocks lost a lot of experience at running back, but their best recruit was RB MarShawn Lloyd. WR Bryan Edwards is a huge loss, but there are more than enough weapons for Bobo to work with in 2020. Many of these veteran players were youngsters two years ago when the offense was more productive, something Muschamp liked to point out as questions about Bryan McClendon ramped up down the stretch. Bobo’s performance will go a long way toward deciding Muschamp’s future. It’s difficult to see the fan base and pressure around Muschamp withstanding another offensive malaise like we saw in 2019. 2. Mayor Key question here is QB Ryan Hilinski’s development? This is perhaps the undercard, or backburner story, of the Bobo situation. If Hilinski doesn’t show noticeable improvement, perhaps on a higher level than Jake Bentley’s best stretch, then Bobo and Muschamp are in trouble. Bentley has shown the potential, now he has to show the next step. The early schedule gives plenty of opportunities for a solid start. Before a bye week, South Carolina faces Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Missouri, at Kentucky, at Florida and Tennessee, which could easily translate to at least 4 wins. His best games last season came against Charleston Southern, Alabama and Georgia, before he left with a knee injury. Accuracy and running ability are two areas that would go a long way toward putting the offense in position to carry the team. 3. Gamecocks can they finally find that 1,000-yard rusher? Another season went by the wayside in 2019 without a true feature back. Now there’s the promise that Lloyd could deliver something the program hasn’t had since Mike Davis in 2013 — a 1,000-yard rusher. Tavien Feaster brought the possibility, but he finished with just 672 yards in 10 games. As has been the case in recent years, the Gamecocks have plenty of capable rushers, from Kevin Harris to Deshaun Fenwick, but will a Bobo-led offense deliver that production? Bobo had one in 2017 at Colorado State in Dalyn Dawkins, and of course the steady stable of top-shelf backs at Georgia. As much as the Hilinski development will be watched, a dependable running game may be just the elixir needed to get the program turned around toward being an SEC contender again. 4. Defensive line production, can the influx of young talent step in and help fill the gaps? I Jordan Burch comes to mind. Why? That would mean 2 5-star recruits on the defensive line, next to Zacch Pickens. To keep up the production set by the likes of Javon Kinlaw and D.J. Wonnum, who combined for 10.5 sacks in 2019, Burch and Pickens, and others, will need to make a splash. Burch and Pickens are the latest in what is becoming a long list of great defensive linemen in the program. The nationwide reputation of the SEC having defensive linemen that set the league apart is a great way to launch the program back into the mix of the top tier of the conference. 5. Can the Gamecocks get another signature win in 2020? Before the Georgia upset in 2019, South Carolina’s only notable win under Muschamp was against Tennessee early in Bentley’s career. There are plenty of opportunities again, starting with Florida in Gainesville, then there’s Texas A&M, Georgia, at LSU and at Clemson. But unless the Gamecocks get off to a hot and undefeated start, Muschamp will likely need another big win to keep the critics in check. Muschamp can’t simply continue — without unwavering pressure — with wins only against the bottom tier of the league.
  5. Jackson maps out winter workout program Jan. 10, 2020 South Carolina football’s returning players and Class of 2020 early enrollees will convene at the Long Family Football Operations Facility on Monday morning and their new strength staff will welcome them. Headed by Director of Strength and Conditioning Paul Jackson and the staff he has assembled since being hired on December 17, the winter workout program will begin. So what will the Gamecocks be doing from the start of the semester to the start of spring camp in late February? They’ll be put to work four days a week says Jackson. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  6. Former Ram plans to bring his physicality to Gamecocks Jan. 07, 2020, | sportstalk New USC offensive coordinator Mike Bobo subscribes to a form of old-school football that allowed his teams at Georgia, when he was offensive coordinator, to average over 40 points per game on occasion. Most recently as head coach at Colorado State, four of his five teams averaged over 28 points per game. Bobo likes to throw the football. Last season Colorado State averaged 305 passing yards per game. But he also likes a bruising running game with a strong blocking fullback/tight end combination, something that was lacking on the roster. But no longer. Former Colorado State fullback/tight end Adam Prentice (6-0 240) announced last week his plans to transfer to USC for his final season. The native of Fresno, CA spent five years at CSU, and he was ready for a new challenge after Bobo was fired and landed in Columbia. “It being my last year, my sixth year, and I had graduated from CSU and I finished my time there, and I wanted to to explore my options and take advantage of the opportunity I had to explore a new place and get a new experience while I still can,” Prentice said. “When I decided that I wanted to explore my options, I put my name in the portal and gave coach (Bobo) a call and went looking for advice, how I should go about my next steps and try to find that next place to play. He said well, you can come play here, we could use you. I jumped at that at a heartbeat.” Prentice will join former Ram quarterback Collin Hill as transfers to USC. He will walk-on this spring, enrolling in school this week, with plans to go on scholarship in the fall. And he said that’s all worth it given the chance to play another season in an offense and coach that fits him. “I just love the aggressive style of offense he runs,” Pernice said. “He runs the ball in different ways, different formations, difference packages, different ways he executes that offense. I love the physicality that he tries to impose in that offense, the aggressiveness and explosiveness. I’ve been in that offense for five years and I’ll be able to finish in that offense. And with my new teammates and my new team, it’s really exciting.” Prentice didn’t touch the ball much the last three seasons at CSU. He totaled 18 rushes for 35 yards and 18 catches for 115 yards. Yet, he was as important as any skill position player in that offense. “I was kind of like that second tight end, wing guy,” Prentice said. “I lined up in the backfield. Couple of times I was put out at receiver. Little bit of everywhere, a utility guy that fits in where the play needs to be and execute my job from there. I love blocking. That’s the name of my position in my opinion, and I love doing that. I’m fully aware 95% of my duties will be blocking, and that’s perfectly fine with me.”
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  8. Meet South Carolina's early enrollees Jan. 05, 2020 The Gamecocks are set to welcome in their first wave of the 2020 class this week with the early-enrollee section of the class arriving this week before the semester starts. Of the 17 players who signed in December, 10 are scheduled to set foot on campus this week with a few potential game-changers in the mix as well. Before they do and before the semester starts Jan. 13, meet the 10 guys who are coming in this week. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. With the Gamecocks adding 2 grad transfers, how will the two affect the 2020 roster Jan. 05, 2020, | GCF Staff Report College football has some particular quirks when it comes to short- and long-range roster planning. Let's take a peek into future roster plans. First off a lot of players generally take two or three years to fully develop and grow into impact guys, meaning the timeline is in theory longer to get pieces in place. On the other, if a team suffers two bad years after a few seasons of success, it generally leads to a coaching change. The Gamecocks are coming off one bad year, and another one could very easily put the Will Muschamp era to a end. This staff has not minded burning through some resources for short-term help — and facing what amounts to a do-or-die situation, their roster is in an interesting place. In the past week, the Gamecocks added two graduate transfers in Colorado State products Collin Hill and Adam Prentice. One (Prentice) addresses a real and tangible need, while the other (Hill) is more a kind of insurance. The pair also fills up the back end of the Gamecocks‘ recruiting class, which leads to an interesting note or two about the Gamecock scholarship situation. By unofficial count, the Gamecocks are sitting at 59 current scholarship players. Because of several late-arriving roster additions last summer who count toward the next class known as blueshirts they can only add 23 more scholarship players through the spring and early summer. The Gamecocks did signe 17 of those 23 available spots last month. There is an expectation of at least two more blueshirts in 2020 special-teamer commits they’ll enroll in August and their scholarships will count toward 2021 but there is also plenty of offseason to go, including everything around spring practice. If history is any indication, we should expect more roster attrition. All that means is that it’s not unrealistic to guess the team will enter the 2020 season more than a few scholarships short of the maximum allowed of 85. How did this happen? In part, natural roster attrition will hit most programs. South Carolina also has been active in recruiting the transfer and grad transfer markets but not been able to convert many of those additions into long-term contributors. A look at some of those: ▪ 2018 offseason: The Gamecocks signed a pair of graduate transfers in safeties J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey in the spring and four-star defensive tackle Josh Belk and defensive back Jamel Cook joined the team as transfers in the summer, with Belk getting immediate eligibility. Both Ibe and Harvey played fewer than five games because of a knee injury and concussion. Harvey left as a transfer following the season, while Ibe got an extra year and started all season in 2019. Belk played sparingly, then quit the team the next offseason. Cook redshirted, couldn’t break into the lineup in 2019 and was thrown off the team during the season after a domestic violence arrest. ▪ 2019 offseason: The team added two grad transfers in long snapper Matt Oliveira and running back Tavien Feaster, plus traditional transfer Nick Muse. All three held key roles last year, with Muse getting an NCAA waiver. Only Muse will be on the roster after the season. ▪ The 2020 offseason has already included Hill and Prentice, both players who won’t be around in 2021. Then again, if they or other additions don’t pay off, the folks making the decisions might not be around either. In any case, it will likely take more than a few summer signees (who can count to the 2021 class) and walk-ons getting scholarships to get to that 85 mark. That more than a few will borrow against the next class, and at some point soon, that blueshirt loophole will close for the most part owing to the NCAA’s initial counter system. (Teams were allowed some leeway when that system was installed, and it is slowly shrinking.) With that in mind, it’s worth looking at what the two latest additions might mean for South Carolina in 2020: ▪ QB Collin Hill: His addition might not add to much on the field if everything goes well. USC has two former top-75 QB recruits at the position, one who started 11 games in Ryan Hilinski. He was far from perfect, so there’s always a chance Hill (137.7 rating in the Mountain West) comes out on top. If he doesn’t, he’s a steady backup for a team that played an injured quarterback much of last season because it had no other options. Maybe that makes a difference, and even if it does in just one game, this team needs every game it can get in 2020. ▪ FB Adam Prentice: A lot was made and will continue to be made about his ability to play fullback, something USC hasn’t had as part of the offense in years. But he also can function as a tight end for a team that was deeply short at the spot. Outside of Muse (coming off a torn ACL), the position had two redshirt freshmen, two true freshmen and a seldom-used veteran. Prentice helps shore that up in a big way. The team has 17 official 2020 signees, plus the two grad transfers. They also have commitments from four-star tackle Alex Huntley and five-star end Jordan Burch to bring them to 21 for the class. Muschamp has indicated plans to add another running back to the class. That leaves a single spot that will likely go toward one of these two prospects: committed-but-unsigned N.C. receiver Da’Qon Stewart, or uncommitted Northwestern High receiver Ger-Cari Caldwell, who spoke highly of USC. The Gamecocks could also bring in another grad transfer for more short-term help. This year might well be do-or-die for this Gamecock coaching staff. Their use of resources reflects that to a degree, and the offseason might bring more roster changes soon enough.
  10. Looking ahead to the 2020 quarterback race Dec. 29, 2019 The 2020 quarterback race took a turn late Saturday afternoon when Colorado State quarterback Collin Hill announced that he would transfer to South Carolina. Hill, who will be on scholarship when he arrives in January, is set to join a quarterback room that also includes Ryan Hilinski (sophomore) and Luke Doty (freshman). Dakereon Joyner (redshirt sophomore) and Jay Urich (redshirt junior) could continue to have roles at the position, but both played wide receiver in 2019. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247/SPORTS
  11. Muschamp labels 2020 signee a ‘mismatch’ at tight end Dec. 28, 2019 While there is some physical development needed, South Carolina Class of 2020 signee Eric Shaw has the ability to be a weapon on offense. Listed at 6-4 and 205 pounds, the do-it-all athlete from Notasulga, Ala. (Reeltown) is coming to play tight end for the Gamecocks. He has some weight to gain, but the athleticism and ball skills are there to be a problem over the middle of the field. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  12. Mike Bobo's first impressions of Ryan Hilinski Dec. 27, 2019 When Mike Bobo took the Gamecock offensive coordinator job, he did it when most players were finishing up finals and heading back home for a quick break before winter workouts. But, there was one key player whose family lives in town, which means he and Bobo were able to sit down and start talking early before getting to work in 2020. That would be Bobo’s presumed starting quarterback, Ryan Hilinski. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL
  13. Gamecock grad assistant Taylor Lamb lands on FCS staff with cousin Dec. 27, 2019 A South Carolina graduate assistant is moving up the coaching ranks, joining an FCS staff to work with a family member. Ben Breiner of The State observed that Taylor Lamb has changed his Twitter bio to indicate he is now the quarterback coach at Gardner-Webb. Lamb’s cousin Tre Lamb is the head coach at Gardner-Webb as of Dec. 14. The past two seasons, Lamb coached alongside Gamecocks quarterbacks coach Dan Werner as a graduate assistant, working with Jake Bentley, Ryan Hilinski and other Gamecocks quarterbacks. Werner was let go by Will Muschamp after the completion of South Carolina’s 2019 season. Taylor Lamb was a former record-setting quarterback at Appalachian State during his playing days with the Mountaineers (9,763 passing yards, 90 touchdowns).
  14. Mike Bobo’s things to get done before the Gamecocks gets to spring practice Dec. 27, 2019 It came up several times in new Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s introductory press conference. Spring practice will be vital for his side of the ball in terms of learning new terminology, installing a full set of schemes and learning what everyone is capable of. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. Hutcherson has 'unfinished business' Dec. 27, 2019 Since current South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp took over, the players who have left early for the NFL Draft have decreased. Offensive tackle Sadarius Hutcherson was the latest player considering a potential jump to The League, but decided to return to play for the Gamecocks for one more season. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE/247SPORTS
  16. Mike Bobo’s things to get done before the Gamecocks gets to spring practice Dec. 27, 2019, | GCF Staff Report It came up several times in new Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s introductory press conference. Spring practice will be vital for his side of the ball in terms of learning new terminology, installing a full set of schemes and learning what everyone is capable of. But what comes before that? The Gamecocks sit a few weeks away from the start of winter conditioning, and that begins a nearly two-month run-up to the start of spring ball in late February. For Bobo, the first thing was a little paperwork. Bobo said. “I got to fill out this background check, looking down at a piece of paper. “It’s due today, but they’re on me about that.” After that, Bobo answered. “Number one is getting on the road and seeing the guys that Coach (Will) Muschamp wanted me to see. Number two is having the chance to get around some of the players that were in town for the banquet and meet some of those guys and try to put a face with a number.” He’s already done the first, seeing quarterback commit Luke Doty before signing day and dropping in on several other prospects. He’s still working on the other part. In a radio interview this past week, he needed a little help to get to No. 13 on film being wide receiver Shi Smith. He said he’d mostly watched old game film, met some of the players who were around town and told them how excited he was. That first week was about recruiting. Bobo said. “Not really getting in any scheme stuff with those guys yet. Now, it’s gettin’ around the staff.” Bobo is being tasked with resuscitating an offense that fell into the bottom 10 nationally in points per game and yards per play against FBS competition. It loses its top three rushers and two of its top three threats in the passing game. But he does inherit a second-year starting QB in Ryan Hilinski, one proven explosive receiver in Smith and a few other options. The offensive line has four starters back, and the coming class will include three tailbacks, including consensus four-star MarShawn Lloyd. Bobo’s style has changed the past few years as he coached at Colorado State. The teams at Georgia when he was offensive coordinator often relied on heavier sets, but he went with more three-receiver looks in Fort Collins. He still promised a power run game in some form for the Gamecocks, trying to bring a level of physical play to an offense that ended up decidedly pass-heavy. He said he aims to install a good deal of scheme in spring so the team can sort through what it executes best. Last week involved a lot of catching up with 2021 and 2022 prospects. Now he turns to watching more film of recruits and nailing down what he’d like to do on offense. In closing Bobo said. “We’re working as a staff, kind of recruiting in the morning, football in the afternoon. They start to talk about what we’re going to do offensively and throw ideas back and forth. We start spring practice February 26, so it’s two months away. Coach asked if we needed to move it back any, but I think that’s plenty enough time to get ready as a staff and present this to the players and get working.”
  17. Thomas eager to continue success on defensive line Dec. 26, 2019 At the conclusion of the Gamecocks athletics graduation ceremony in mid-December, Keir Thomas was pulled into a photo with departing defensive linemen D.J. Wonnum, Kobe Smith and Javon Kinlaw. With Thomas sidelined for 10 of the season’s 12 games due to a post-surgery infection in his ankle, the Gamecocks defensive line had its best season in four years under head coach Will Muschamp. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247/SPORTS
  18. Football 12/23/2019 | GCF Staff Report Phil Steele Recognizes Four Gamecocks for Post-Season Honors Kinlaw, Edwards, Wonnum and Mukuamu Earn All-SEC Accolades Four University of South Carolina football players have been recognized for their outstanding seasons by Phil Steele, it was announced today. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. Football 12/23/2019 | GCF Staff Report Phil Steele Recognizes Four Gamecocks for Post-Season Honors Kinlaw, Edwards, Wonnum and Mukuamu Earn All-SEC Accolades Four University of South Carolina football players have been recognized for their outstanding seasons by Phil Steele, it was announced today. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was named first-team All-SEC and fourth-team All-America by the national media outlet. The 6-6, 310-pounder from Charleston, S.C., notched 35 tackles and 6.0 sacks, tying for eighth in the SEC. He added four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. Kinlaw was previously named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, second-team All-America by USA TODAY, first-team All-SEC by the Southeastern Conference coaches, and second-team All-SEC by the AP. In addition, he was a second-team All-SEC selection and a third-team All-American, according to Pro Football Focus. Senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards was a second-team All-SEC selection, according to Steele. The 6-3, 215-pounder from Conway, S.C., led the SEC with 7.1 receptions per game and ranked fourth with 81.6 receiving yards per game. He owns the school records for consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234) and career receiving yards (3,045). He was previously named a second-team All-SEC selection by the league's 14 coaches and was a third-team All-SEC selection by Pro Football Focus. D.J. Wonnum earned a spot on Steele's third-team All-SEC unit. Wonnum, a 6-5, 260-pound senior defensive end from Stone Mountain, Ga., recorded 37 tackles including 24 solo stops. He was tied for 12th in the SEC with 9.5 tackles for loss and tied for 17th with 4.5 sacks. He also logged three quarterback hurries, forced a fumble, blocked a kick and had an interception. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week against Kentucky after recording 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble. He was a second-team All-SEC choice by the Associated Press. Joining Wonnum on Steele's third-team All-SEC unit is defensive back Israel Mukuamu. Mukuamu, a 6-4, 205-pound sophomore cornerback from Bossier City, La., ranked fifth on the team with 59 tackles, while his team-leading four interceptions tied for second in the SEC. He ranked third in the conference with a team-high 13 passes defended. Mukuamu was the national Player of the Week after intercepting three passes, including a pick-6, in the upset win over Georgia. He was a second-team All-SEC choice by the Associated Press. Kinlaw, Edwards and Wonnum have all accepted invitations to the Reese's Senior Bowl, which will take place in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, January 25.
  20. National analysts react to Jordan Burch picking the Gamecocks Dec. 19, 2019, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks and coach Will Muschamp scored a major recruiting coup Wednesday, by getting the commitment of the No. 5 player in the class of 2020, defensive lineman Jordan Burch. Burch, a premier prospect from Hammond School in Columbia, spurned offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU to pledge with the Gamecocks, and his decision gives Muschamp, coming off a disappointing 4-8 season in which questions about his job security started to become persistent, some crucial momentum, as well as a much needed bolt of excitement for the fan base. Speaking on ESPNU’s recruiting show, ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and former coach Jim Mora both weighed in on Burch’s decision and its impact for Carolina. Here’s what they said Wednesday: Tom Luginbill on the importance of Carolina’s new Long Family Operations Building: “I really believe this. I believe the fact that South Carolina in the completion of their football operations complex, which was about 10 years behind, this past spring, and what that did for them in recruiting momentum, regardless of what took place on the field, being able to compete when a kid comes to your program, comes on campus, comes in your building with the top level programs across the country and within your conference, you got Clemson across the state, that’s really, really important. And now South Carolina finally has that. I think that’s played a big role for them in recruiting, because it’s not just Jordan Burch, this is a really strong class top to bottom.” ESPNU host Matt Schick: I remember covering the South Carolina spring game and walking through that facility, and just giving the coaches now, and obviously getting to be there for at least another year, couple years, typically three or four more years, to be able to recruit to that, giving them a chance look, we built this thing, now let’s recruit to it, and maybe (Burch) is an example of, look, if you’ve got the facilities, give us a chance to use these to our advantage. On the Jim Mora on facilities: “You need to show the parents, and you need to show the student-athlete that you’re going to do everything possible to help them attain their goals, to reach their objectives in life, and that’s facilities, that’s support; academic support, medical support, you name it. And the facility is just the place where they’re gonna spend most of their day, most of their time on campus, and to me it’s a great indicator of the commitment that the school is making. Luginbill on the impact of Burch on the field, especially compared to Jadeveon Clowney: “Well, they already had a big impact with Javon Kinlaw, who was a monster along the defensive front. And I think when a player of this stature decides to stay at home, it sends a message to other players at the position of similar stature that, ‘Hey, this is OK, I made this choice, and I’m excited about it.’ And then all of a sudden, if you start seeing an improvement on the field as a result of better players coming into your program, now all of a sudden that starts to snowball and really starts to help you. “You know, Jadaveon Clowney was ... it’s interesting, because the young man made a comment in there. He goes, when you asked what are you going to get, ‘You’re going to get a hard worker that doesn’t take plays off.’ I think that was always one of the chief complaints of Jadeveon Clowney at times was, as dominant as he was, he would disappear. And that’s something very, very important. So if you’re asking me to compare the two, if this kid doesn’t take plays off, he’s already got a leg up and he’s ready to roll.” Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting at 247 Sports: Called Burch a potential first-round NFL draft pick in the future. “He is a guy who is a multiple and could have played all 22 positions at Hammond,” Wiltfong said. “He is a top-10 guy. And those guys, they have the whole bag. They have the flexibility, body control, power and stout at the point of attack. You hope he blossoms to the first-round pick we think he was. We think he is that good.”
  21. DL Javon Kinlaw named AP first-team All-American Dec. 16, 2019 Gamecock star defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw has picked up the biggest honor of his career yet, getting named to the first team of the Associated Press’s All-American squad on Monday. A defensive tackle out of Charleston, Kinlaw exploded up NFL draft boards with a standout senior year. A midseason AP All-American as well, he recorded 35 tackles with six sacks, a top-10 mark in the SEC, and two fumble recoveries, a team best, while generating consistent pressure in the middle of the line. Last week, Kinlaw was named a second-team All-American by USA Today and The Athletic. He was also selected as a second-team All-SEC player by the media and first-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches. All told, the Gamecocks have had four consensus All-Americans in program history — Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram, George Rodgers and Del Wilkes.
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