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  1. Ray apologized for those actions (Hedges) Oct. 14, 2019 The Gamecock celebration of the Gamecocks’ 20-17 upset win over Georgia included hugs, high-fives and hedges. University of Georgia administration and fans were not pleased with the latter — damage done to Sanford Stadium’s beloved hedges — enough so that South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner reached out and apologized, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Ray just apologized for those actions,” UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told the AJC’s DawgNation website.
  2. Mukaumu and Kinlaw Earn SEC Weekly Awards Gamecock Pair Recognized for Efforts at Georgia University of South Carolina defensive back Israel Mukaumu was selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for their performances in the Gamecocks' 20-17 double-overtime win over third-ranked Georgia in Athens on Saturday, the Southeastern Conference office announced today. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Iron man Javon Kinlaw played all out in the Gamecocks win over Georgia Oct. 13, 2019 After being a relentless force all game, Javon Kinlaw changed speeds as soon as the Gamecocks game was over with Saturday afternoon. Gamecock players where all over the field at Sanford Stadium after their double overtime win over No. 3 Georgia. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. What we learned from the Gamecocks upset win over Georgia between the hedges Oct. 15, 2019 ERNEST JONES COMING INTO HIS OWN Behind Kinlaw and Mukuamu, sophomore linebacker Ernest Jones quietly put together an outstanding day for the Gamecocks had a team-leading 12 tackles, three pass break-ups and half a sack. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. Football 10/14/2019 Mukaumu and Kinlaw Earn SEC Weekly Awards Gamecock Pair Recognized for Efforts at Georgia University of South Carolina defensive back Israel Mukaumu was selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for their performances in the Gamecocks' 20-17 double-overtime win over third-ranked Georgia in Athens on Saturday, the Southeastern Conference office announced today. Mukaumu, a sophomore cornerback, intercepted three Jake Fromm passes, returning one 53 yards for a touchdown in the Carolina win. Mukaumu's pick-6 came in the final minute of the first half, putting the Gamecocks on top 17-10. He also had an interception in the first overtime and was credited with a career-high 11 tackles on the day. He became the first Gamecock to record three interceptions in a game since 1988. Fromm had not been intercepted in Georgia's first five games of the season, as the Gamecocks knocked off a top-5 team for the first time since 2013. Kinlaw, a senior defensive tackle, continues to have an All-America season, as a constant disruption in the opponents' backfield. He was credited with four tackles and a sack in the Gamecocks' upset win over Georgia, but affected many other plays. The Carolina defense limited Georgia to just 4.0 yards per carry (they came in averaging 6.7) while forcing four turnovers. Kinlaw leads the SEC with five sacks on the season. Mukaumu, Kinlaw and the rest of the Gamecocks (3-3, 2-2 SEC) are in action again Saturday when they host the ninth-ranked Florida Gators (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Game time is set for noon ET and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy in the booth and Tom Luginbill on the sidelines.
  6. DB Israel Mukuamu shocking three picks vs Georgia Oct. 14, 2019 Saturday’s game between Gamecocks and No. 3 Georgia, QB Jake Fromm was the best in the country in taken care of the ball, he had no interceptions in five games and a 77.5% completion rate. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. DB Israel Mukuamu shocking three picks vs Georgia Oct. 14, 2019 Saturday’s game between Gamecocks and No. 3 Georgia, QB Jake Fromm was the best in the country in taken care of the ball, he had no interceptions in five games and a 77.5% completion rate. Then Israel Mukuamu came in and changed all that. Whenever it seemed like Georgia was threatening to take back the momentum or march down the field, Gamecock sophomore CB was there for timely interception. Just before halftime, tied 10-10 with Georgia looking to hustle down the field for a quick score? Mukuamu leaped in front of a jumping receiver for an interception and waltzed 53 yards for a touchdown. Mukuamu talks the first one. “The first one, you know, he was under pressure thanks to the D-line. And I just broke on a ball and was able to take it to the house.” Early in the fourth quarter, with Georgia entering Gamecock territory and trying to tie the game up? Mukuamu laid out and just barely kept the ball off the turf, upheld by video review. Mukuamu on the second one. I believe it was like a curl rout, he threw it outside a little bit and I was just able with my reach to get it. Overtime, needing a stop for a fatigued defense and a struggling offense? The ball was tipped, and Mukuamu was waiting. Mukuamu on the final one. “The last one was a tip, and I was just able to get my hands on it. Those three interceptions are the most he’s ever had in a game at any level of football. They’re also tied for second most in a game in program history and outnumber the two career interceptions he had going into Saturday. With four on the season now, he’s poised to leap to the top of the SEC leaderboard, or very near it. For coach Will Muschamp, who got his start coaching defensive backs, Mukuamu’s play on the second pick was particularly impressive. Muschamp said. “That’s a very difficult ball to defend, and he played it perfectly from my vantage point on the sideline. He continues to be very productive, and we got all to continue to be very productive.” Those three picks also marked a career high of the bad kind for Fromm — he’s only ever thrown two interceptions twice before. But going into Saturday, Mukuamu and the Gamecocks defense were confident they could give him trouble. Mukuamu said. “Coach (Travaris Robinson) told us all week ... (Fromm) hasn’t thrown one pick yet, but they never played a defense like us, they never played a D-line like us. I was just able to get my hands on the ball. And just for good measure, Mukuamu added 11 tackles, second most on the team and another a career high. Mukuamu finished out saying. So when the final whistle sounded on The Gamecocks 20-17 upset and he found his father, mother and brother at the hedges of Sanford Stadium for a hug, the feeling of it all was “just so surreal. I’m just happy for the team. I mean, we worked so hard to get in this position, and thank God that we’re here and that we won the game.”
  8. Iron man Javon Kinlaw played all out in the Gamecocks win over Georgia Oct. 13, 2019 After being a relentless force all game, Javon Kinlaw changed speeds as soon as the Gamecocks game was over with Saturday afternoon. Gamecock players where all over the field at Sanford Stadium after their double overtime win over No. 3 Georgia. They waved a giant Gamecock flag. They picked pieces of UGA’s famous hedges for take-home souvenirs.But not Kinlaw, he just walked around. His teammates and coaches came up and patted his giant shoulders and Kinlaw would respond with a smile and hug, but his pace rarely changed. Kinlaw said.All I can say is, I left it all out there." Kinlaw had every right to be exhausted. Georgia ran 95 plays Saturday and while neither he nor USC coach Will Muschamp could immediately confirm just how many Kinlaw was in for, just know the 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive tackle was rarely noticed on the sideline. Even though the Carolina staff tried to get him there on at least three occasions. Kinlaw replyed back. ‘The hell with y’all,’ and went back in the game,” Muschamp admitted to reporters afterward. “You ever seen him? He’s about that big (raises hand). I said, ‘Hey, let him keep playing.’” Kinlaw’s stat line for the game stands out he had four tackles and sack — don’t tell the whole story about his impact. No. 1 on the hit list: It was Kinlaw who crushed Jake Fromm as the Bulldog quarterback threw a pick-six to Israel Mukuamu late in the second quarter. Kinlaw said. “I was just working “I came free, got (Fromm) down. Honestly, I was so in the moment I didn’t even we scored. Honestly, I came to the sideline and I saw the board and I go, ‘Oh, we scored?’ I didn’t know it.” Kinlaw was a known NFL prospect after last season, but decided to come back for his senior year. What’s transpired is an All-SEC caliber campaign that received its proper exposure Saturday. “DL Javon Kinlaw has outstanding physical tools,” tweeted Dane Brugler, an NFL Draft analyst for The Athletic. “Explosive first step. Converts his initial momentum to power and uses his length to out-leverage blockers. His mechanics are undeveloped, but the talent is there to be an NFL homewrecker. “First round player.” DL Javon Kinlaw has outstanding physical tools. Explosive first step. Converts his initial momentum to power and uses his length to out-leverage blockers. His mechanics are undeveloped, but the talent is there to be an NFL homewrecker. Kinlaw for the season now has 65 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks and one huge win in two-plus seasons as a Gamecock. Kinlaw finished up by saying. "Honestly, putting Saturday’s result in perspective, "it’s the second-best feeling this year. Right behind the birth of my daughter. It’s a great feeling. Never felt that before." No matter how tired it made him. Closing out with Muschamp had the last word. “Competitive guys want to play and he’s a competitive guy.He wants to play in the game. We keep trying to take him out and I say, ‘Hell, let him play. He’s playing (well)."
  9. BOX SCORE 20 South Carolina 3-3 , 2-2 17 Georgia 5-1 , 2-1 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT F South Carolina 7 10 0 0 3 20 Georgia 3 7 0 7 0 17 Game Recap: Football | 10/12/2019| By CHARLES ODUM | AP Sports Writer | From USC Sports | GCF Staff Report Mukuamu's 3 Picks Help Gamecocks Shock No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in 2OT with Photo Gallery & More Story Links PHOTO GALLERY POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) STATISTICS (PDF) WATCH: WILL MUSCHAMP POSTGAME Next Game: Florida 10/19/2019 | TBA BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Israel Mukuamu returned the first of his three interceptions 53 yards for a touchdown and South Carolina took advantage of Jake Fromm's four turnovers to beat No. 3 Georgia 17-10 in double overtime on Saturday. Parker White's 23-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be enough when Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship was wide left on his attempt from 42 yards. Blankenship's second miss of the game sent South Carolina players charging onto the field to celebrate the upset. White missed a 33-yard attempt in the first overtime. "I had confidence that I was going to get to go out there and have a chance to win the game for us in the next overtime," he said. Georgia (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) suffered a big hit to its national championship hopes. The Bulldogs, favored by 24 1/2 points, could not overcome three interceptions and a lost fumble by Fromm, the senior quarterback known for avoiding mistakes. Fromm did not throw an interception in the Bulldogs' first five games. "You can't beat anybody when you have a 4-0 turnover margin," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "We didn't force any on defense. We didn't cause any problems on defense and we didn't take care of the ball." On the second play of overtime, Fromm's pass glanced off the hands of receiver Tyler Simmons and was intercepted by Mukuamu. White's miss from 33 yards kept the game alive. Fromm led Georgia on a tying 96-yard touchdown drive capped by his 6-yard scoring pass to Demetris Robertson with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. White, who made a 49-yard field goal in the first half, missed a 57-yarder with 40 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs one final possession in regulation. Fromm moved the Bulldogs to the South Carolina 38, in possible position for Blankenship to attempt a game-winning field goal. An illegal shift penalty pushed Georgia back five yards, ending the field-goal possibility as regulation ended. South Carolina (3-3, 2-2) took its first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 18 Tennessee in 2016. It was an important signature win for coach Will Muschamp over his alma mater. "That was a great college football game, and you hate for anyone to lose in that situation, especially the way it happened," Muschamp said, referring to Blankenship's final miss. "My heart goes out to him in losing in that fashion." The Gamecocks won despite losing quarterback Ryan Hilinski to an apparent knee injury. Hilinski completed 15 of 20 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game after a late hit in the third quarter. Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson was penalized for roughing the passer. Fromm threw no interceptions on 111 passes through five games, but his first giveaway in the second quarter was costly. Pressure from the South Carolina defense forced Fromm to attempt a pass off his back foot. The floater from Fromm, intended for George Pickens, was intercepted by Mukuamu, whose 53-yard return gave the Gamecocks the lead. With Georgia driving for a potential tying touchdown, Fromm fumbled the first snap of the fourth quarter. T.J. Brunson recovered for the Gamecocks at the South Carolina 29. Hilinski's 46-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards in the first quarter gave the Gamecocks a 7-3 lead. D'Andre Swift, who ran for 113 yards, had a 1-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. GAME CHANGER Carolina's defense recorded four turnovers including a 53-yard interception return by Israel Mukuamu in the second quarter. Mukuamu had three turnovers on the day, becoming the first Gamecock since 1988 to have three picks in a game. KEY STAT 93 — Carolina recorded its longest touchdown drive of the season in the first quarter of the Georgia win, capped by Ryan Hilinski's 46-yard pass to Bryan Edwards, helping Carolina to its first win over a top-five opponent since 2013. UP NEXT The Gamecocks return to Williams-Brice Stadium next Saturday (Oct. 19) to face Florida in an SEC contest. The game time and television network will be announced Sunday morning (Oct. 13).
  10. Click Here for the game book for the Georgia game.Click Here for South Carolina's combined stats after six games.
  11. South Carolina's secondary against Georgia Oct. 11, 2019 In man coverage, it’s a tricky spot for Gamecock cornerback Jaycee Horn. He has to be aware of getting beat outside and potentially deep as well. There’s usually some type of help to the inside. Yet one of the most basic plays in a modern RPO offense uses a simple run fake to pull the linebacker, open up a window and create an opening on the slant, that’s one of things that makes it difficult. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  12. WATCH: Muschamp, Joyner, White meet with media Oct. 12, 2019, | Courtesy of 247sports
  13. Watch: Javon Kinlaw’s slow victory march after South Carolina win over Georgia Oct. 12, 2019 .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%}
  14. One Gamecock player stands out on facing Georgia Oct. 10, 2019 Most of the Gamecock players play the company line when it came to Georgia. What is comely said. Yes it’s a big game. No it’s not that different. They don’t see the rivalry and just want that win. But one admitted he feels a little extra juice. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. Coach Will Muschamp gets his first signature win in Athens over No. 3 Georgia in overtime Oct. 12, 2019 Gamecock football and Will Muschamp got a win over a top opponent. How did he do it?. In a stunning performance, the Gamecocks upset No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in double overtime on its home turf Saturday to snap a streak of 11 consecutive losses to ranked opponents. It took everything USC had luck, several momentum-swinging plays and a standout performance from the defense. Sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu had three interceptions, including one in overtime, and senior Javon Kinlaw led an intense campaign of pressure on Georgia QB Jake Fromm that yielded three sacks. Coming into the game, Fromm had been sacked once this season and thrown no picks. In overtime, Fromm threw a ball that was tipped and intercepted by Mukuamu, giving the Gamecocks a golden opportunity. Gamecocks kicker Parker White missed his 33-yard attempt wide right, however. In double overtime, the Gamecocks pushed the ball to the two-yard line but had to settle for a field goal from White. Georgia, however, could get nothing going on offense, and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed his attempt to give USC its first win over a top-five opponent since 2013. Will Muschamp emotional after his signature victory in Columbia Gamecocks managed to get the win despite losing starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski to injury, who only starts because senior Jake Bentley has already been lost for the season. In Hilinski’s place, third-string QB Dakereon Joyner, who has been taking reps at receiver in recent games, had to take control of the South Carolina offense. Immediately after the game, an emotional Will Muschamp offered up his thoughts on the incredible game. “I’m happy for our guys, hate that anyone had to lose that game,” Muschamp said. The Gamecock coach then got fired up discussing his team’s ability to keep fighting on the road against the Bulldogs in Athens. “Our guys kept fighting their assess off,” Muschamp said, “this is a hell of a day to be a Gamecock, isn’t it!? Ain’t it awesome!?” When discussing how tough of a game this was, Muschamp got emotional thinking about all the ups and downs his team has had to overcome this season. “We lose Jake at the beginning of the season, we lose Ryan, Dakereon is halfway practicing because of the hamstring,” he said. “It says a lot about the culture of our program, the leadership of our program, the type of players we have in our program and the future of our program.” As for what this win means for Muschamp, he deflected all praise and pointed toward his players that fought hard to get the victory down in Athens — the first of the Muschamp era. “It don’t mean a damn thing for me, I’m happy for our kids,” Muschamp said. Muschamp on injuries: Ryan Hilinski (knee) "was not moving well enough to protect himself. It's not like we felt there was a severe injury or anything. I Wanted to protect (Hilinski). Sadarius Hutcherson was cramping "a little bit" and Aaron Sterling's meniscus was bothering him. Coach and players talk about betting No. 3 Georgia “I’m really happy for our players. I’m happy for a staff that works its (butt) off. I’m happy for our fan base, so they can enjoy the week, and and that’s really what it’s all about to me,” Muschamp said. Those big plays started early in the first quarter, when freshman QB Ryan Hilinski tossed a perfect pass to senior receiver Bryan Edwards for a 47-yard touchdown to put USC up 7-3. That, junior kicker Parker White said, was when he started to sense the Gamecocks might shock the college football world. And White wound up playing a huge role in that shocker. In the second quarter, he booted a career-long 49-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. Then, with less than a minute left in regulation and the score tied at 17, he missed a 57-yarder. And in the first overtime, he missed what would have been a game-winning field goal from 33 yards. “It’s definitely a really sucky feeling, but I definitely had confidence in my teammates, the defense to play well, that we’re going to stop them, and that I was going to have a chance to go out there and win the game for us in the next overtime,” White said of his emotions after that first overtime kick. Sure enough, he came back on in double overtime and drilled a 24-yard field goal, then watched as his Georgia counterpart, Rodrigo Blankenship, missed from 42 yards to give South Carolina the win. White and USC’s offense was given plenty of help by the defense — sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu had three interceptions of UGA QB Jake Fromm on the afternoon, including a pick-six he took back 53 yards to give Carolina a 17-10 lead at halftime, as well as one in overtime to set up White’s first attempt. ”Coach (Travaris Robinson) told us all week ... (Fromm) hasn’t thrown one pick yet, but they never played a defense like us, they never played a D-line like us. I was just able to get my hands on the ball,” Mukuamu said. Mukuamu’s pick-six was sparked by pressure on Fromm from senior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw and fellow seniors Kobe Smith and D.J. Wonnum led the defensive line against Georgia’s much-lauded offensive line and sacked Fromm three times — two more than he had been all season long before Saturday. “I mean, that’s what we do, you know. That’s what we try to aim for,” Kinlaw said of the defensive line’s performance. “That’s our goal every week, man, just go out, stop the run and make them try to pass the ball.” The defense certainly helped ease the blow of losing Hilinski — early in the third quarter, he was hit in the legs on a penalized play. He had to be helped off the field and did not return, icing his left knee on the bench. Muschamp said after the game that the QB’s status moving forward is still to be determined. In Hilinski’s place, redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner came in and completed six of 12 passes for 39 yards and rushed six times for 28 yards, a performance Muschamp called “gutsy as hell.” Still, the offense wound up punting five consecutive times in the second half, and Georgia and Fromm finally broke through with a 96-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, aided by a fourth-down holding penalty, to tie the game at 17 and set up the overtime theatrics. And when Blankenship’s kick finally went wide in double overtime, the Gamecocks stormed the field in a cathartic moment for both players and coach in a challenging season. “I feel so good for (Muschamp),” Edwards said. “I can’t put into words. You know, I’ve been here since I was a freshman, so I’ve been here with him, and we’ve been fighting to get that big win for a while now, and we finally came out on top, so it feels good.” Fans showing there love
  16. Gamecocks unveils uniform combination for Georgia game Oct. 11, 2019 As South Carolina football goes for the massive upset this Saturday on the road against No. 3 Georgia, the Gamecocks will sport garnet pants and helmets with white jerseys In a video released on Twitter on Thursday night, USC unveiled the look with a boxing gym theme. The helmets will be the garnet ones previously used with the team’s throwback uniforms, not the script Carolina version used last season. This is the first time Carolina has used garnet pants, white jerseys and garnet helmets since Week 3 of 2016, when it faced Mississippi State.
  17. Thursday Carolina Calls radio show notes Oct. 11, 2019 On his Thursday radio show ‘Carolina Calls,’ Muschamp received a question from a fan about using hand signals to communicate play calls between the coach, QB and other players. That led him into an explanation of the complicated method USC uses to get plays from the sideline onto the field. Coach Will Muschamp wants more technological advances allowed in college football. Muschamp’s time in the NFL gave him some insight into the ways technology can help players and coaches, and there’s one area in particular that frustrates him, where the NCAA is 25 years behind the professionals — radios in quarterbacks’ helmets. Muschamp said. “We have four people that are signaling. Some are live, meaning they’re actually sending the play or formation in. Some of them are dead, meaning they’re not signaling anything that means anything.” The Gamecocks now also use signs with various images that can signal plays, but everything changes from game to game. Muschamp said. “A lot of that goes back to tempo and being able to change things up week to week. Unfortunately in our league, you can’t trust everybody. But you got to change up signals and different things and such and you’ll have people who will film you as far as those things are concerned. That happens.” Several years ago, Muschamp and his fellow SEC coaches voted unanimously to allow those radio headsets, which allow a coach to speak directly in a quarterback’s before the play. But the NCAA still prohibits it, leading to the current convoluted system. The NFL, by comparison, started allowing it in 1994. Muschamp closing comit. “I would love (radios). It would eliminate all that garbage. I’m 100% for it and I don’t know why, it’s 2019, right?” Being the defensive-minded coach he is, Muschamp “absolutely” agreed with host Todd Ellis that a designated defensive player should be allowed to have a radio as well, something the NFL implemented in 2008. ON RECEIVING Muschamp was asked Thursday about the Gamecocks’ receiving options behind top wideouts Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith. Those two currently account for more than 40% of the team’s receptions and just under 50% of the squad’s receiving yards. Muschamp said. “Sophomore Josh Vann has done some really nice things. What really excited me last week was his catch against Kentucky. He broke a tackle on the sideline, cut up the field ... and we need Josh to do that. Josh is more than capable of doing that, he’s been a little inconsistent with some things but he certainly has the ability to do it.” “Chavis Dawkins has been steady Eddie for us as a guy that does everything right, blocks the right people, is a very physical guy in the run game. Obviously you remember the touchdown pass he caught against A&M last year in the end zone, what a phenomenal catch. He has the ability to really continue to take off for us. “And the guy, the young guy that we’re excited for is Xavier Legette. A guy that has got big time ability. He played quarterback in high school, he’s never played the receiver position before, so there’s a lot of learning going on for him right now, a lot of new things happening for him every single day, but he’s a guy that’s got tremendous upside, and will continue to play more as we continue to move forward.” Closing it out. Muschamp talked a little USC about the Gamecocks tight ends, praising breakout starter Kyle Markway’s consistency and transfer Nick Muse’s development and raw talent. He added that freshman Keshawn Toney, who has played in one game this season, will see the field again against Georgia. WE EXPECT HIM TO PLAY WELL ON QB RYAN HILINSKI The first time Ryan Hilinski played on the road for the Gamecocks, things didn’t go so well. He completed just 13 of 30 attempts for 166 yards and a touchdown, while also getting credited with a bizarre fumble recovered in the end zone and an interception that stalled out USC’s comeback attempt in a 34-14 loss. But as the Gamecocks prepare for Hilinski’s second true road start at No. 3 Georgia, Muschamp isn’t worried about his freshman signal caller. That confidence, Muschamp said, is borne out of what he saw from Hilinski after that Missouri game. Muschamp had this to say about Ryan. “Ryan has been so mature in how he’s handled his situation and coming in, not playing well against Missouri. He walks in the defensive room and in front of all the defensive kids said, ‘I gave up 14 points and that’s on me.’ It takes a lot for a young man to do that. That’s a pretty mature guy that’s able to stand in front of a bunch of teammates as a freshman — 18, 19 years old — and stand in front of a bunch of guys like that and say that. “I was extremely impressed hearing that. He’s handled himself well.”
  18. One Gamecock player stands out on facing Georgia Oct. 10, 2019 Most of the Gamecock players play the company line when it came to Georgia. What is comely said. Yes it’s a big game. No it’s not that different. They don’t see the rivalry and just want that win. But one admitted he feels a little extra juice. Ernest Jones is not one of them when it comes to Georgia. Here is what he said. “It’s something different. I’m just not really fond of that team.” To be fair, he’s a South Georgia kid. Folks around him were all Bulldogs fans. He wanted to feel a little different. He was asked about the emotions that black and red G elicited, and he was almost at a loss for words. Jones added. “It’s definitely frustrating of the recent history. “You never want to lose, especially to some guys that you grew up with, guys you played with and played against. The Bulldogs didn’t come too hard after cornerback Jaycee Horn, despite him coming from the Atlanta area. Gamecock coaching staff has some of that Georgia flavor, with Will Muschamp, Thomas Brown and Bryan McClendon having played there. Rico Dowdle said strength coach Jeff Dillman had given Brown some grief about it, but the coach himself never brought it up. Horn said. “It’s just like another game. I’ll probably have a few more familiar faces in the crowd but that’s about it.” The Bulldogs were heavily involved in recruiting Gamecocks defensive end Aaron Sterling, and he too isn’t putting too much weight on it. Sterling was an Alabama commit into the start of his senior year, and the Bulldogs were after him until signing day, when he finally picked the Gamecocks. Sterling only 60 miles outside Athens, Sterling said. "He has only one UGA fan in his family. The only person I knew who was probably a Georgia fan was probably my brother. I didn’t really grow up a Georgia fan. I watched them play, but I wouldn’t say I was a real fan.” But is his brother still a UGA fan? Sterling add. “Probably,” “I go here, he’s still going to root for us but, like he’s a Georgia fan.” Sterling is OK with that. He respects the Bulldogs and Georgia coach Kirby Smart, basically the program that’s been built up there. He and his Gamecocks enter the game as 25-point underdogs, the largest spread in the rivalry in recent memory. Overcoming a team that can cause that will be a tall order, but the Gamecocks are treating it, and the border rivalry, like anything else. “Just another obstacle that we’re gonna have to try and face,” running back Rico Dowdle said. “Definitely a challenge that will be accepted.”
  19. WATCH: Will Muschamp Weekly News Conference included select players with Transcript Oct. 08, 2019 WILL MUSCHAMP TRANSCRIPT - You all ready? You ready? S'cuse me, Steve. Don't apologize. Georgia noon kick in Athens' Sanford Stadium Coach Dooley Field. Really glad they finally honored coach Dooley for what he did for college athletics and college football, not just as a head football coach, but also as athletic director in the University of Georgia in the Southeastern Conference. It's well deserved and I'm happy for him. Georgia's got a really good football team. You start at quarterback, Jake Fromm, is completing right about 80% of his passes. I think he was 24 of 29 Saturday night. Very accurate with the football. A lot of command in what they do offensively. Obviously, he's had a lot of turns and reps, but just an overall really good football player. Offensive line's big and athletic. They've allowed one sack all year and I think 18 negative plays in five games, which is, as much as they run the football, is pretty remarkable, but very athletic and big up front. Receivers are seniors, Simmons, and Cager's been a good pickup for him, a graduate transfer, is a bigger guy. Some of the back shoulder balls and things, does a really nice job, but they're young at receiver, but very talented, Pickens, and those guys are really talented guys, and of course, the backs are outstanding, Swift and Herring and White and Cook are all very talented guys in the back field, do a good job of getting those guys the ball in some different ways. Defensively, very deep and talented. On the front seven, they play a lot of guys up front, and roll guys in there, play hard, play tough, play physical, but two guys that jump out at me is the two safeties, Reed and LeCounte are really good football players. They erase a lot of things, tackle well in space, make a lot of communication, obviously, in what they do defensively, and those guys do a really nice job. A really talented specialist, Blankenship's been there a long time, and the punter's a really good player, and then they got really good team speed and returner. So, got a really good football team. Injury-wise, Rico Dowdle, Dakereon Joyner, and Randrecous Davis all practiced today and we expect them to play on Saturday. Other than that, we're about status quo from where we've been. We will get Kevin Harris back at the end of the year. He's progressing extremely well off of his surgery, and we'll get him back at the end of the season, so I'll open it up for any questions. - [Monderator] Raise your hand and we'll get a mic brought to you. - [Reporter] Will, how much does it help to be coming off a really good game, rushing the football with Rico and Tavien going against a defense like Georgia, who I don't think they've allowed a rushing TD all year. - No, they haven't. No, I think that that obviously gives you confidence. You go to Missouri and don't run the ball really well, and they did a nice job with some things, and we weren't as effective as we need to be, and then we rushed the ball well against Kentucky. So, brings you some more confidence and we ran the ball well against Alabama, and we've just been inconsistent, obviously, in the one game against Missouri of running the football. - [Moderator] Back of the room. - [Reporter] Will, when you can run the ball like that, a couple weeks ago against Kentucky, is that more of a mindset or is that a scheme or kind of a combination of both? - I think it's a combination of a lot of things. I think, schematically, number one. I think it's a mindset of physicality and what you want to be, and that's what we want to be. We want to be able to run the football and stay balanced offensively. I think it's really important to have balance offensively, because when you get too one-dimensional in our league against the schedule we have, it's going to be very difficult to move the football if you're just running it all the time or throwing it all the time. So, to be able to create balance is really important, and that's something we want to be able to do, but I think there's a lot of things that go into it. The physicality of the game, you got to have talented runners because you're not going to be able to put a hat on a hat on everybody in the run game. Guys have got to be able to run through contact, make a guy miss. So, those are all things that I think figure in to being successful and running the ball. Obviously, scheme-wise you got to be right in your numbers and things and those things certainly help. - [Reporter] Will, you mentioned balance, but just from an identity standpoint, is being able to do what you guys did against Kentucky, is that a better indication of what your offense is trying to do? - Well again, I think that, certainly, number one, to help Ryan, as a young player at that position, to be able to run the football helps an awful lot, so you don't get into a one-dimensional, you change the launch point for the quarterback and those sort of things, so I think that's really important, but that's something, we want to be balanced. That's what we want to be able to do, and then going on the road, especially in this sort of game, you need to be able to have some balance in the run game. - [Reporter] Coach, how do you feel like you guys performed against the open weekend? Do you feel like it gives you guys some momentum going into this week? - Well, I was pleased. Tuesday, I thought we had a good practice, not so much on Wednesday and a little better on Thursday. We needed to have some better attention to detail and focus. We didn't have that. I was pleased with today's practice though. - [Reporter] I think you talked going into the bye about the defense needing to limit explosive plays a little bit more. Just, what kind of goes into that and do you feel like you've made progress? - Well, we'll find out Saturday, Collyn, but we went back and just looked at our first five ball games and whether it was an error, could've been in all three areas, whether it was upfront at the linebacker or in the secondary. Was it a busted assignment? Are we doing too much? There's a lot of different questions you answer, or ask, when you look at those sort of things. Is that a coaching issue? Is that a scheme issue? Is that a player issue? So, those are all things that we kind of tried to help minimize those things moving forward, and the bottom line is we need to be more consistent defensively. We've done some really good things at times, and we haven't done 'em enough, and so, those are things we, Collyn, we've got to go back and just be a more consistent football team overall, but you specifically asking about the defense, we need to be more consistent. - [Reporter] Will, with Jaylen Nichols, when you first started recruiting him, what did you see in him? What made you think that he would be a guy to be able to contribute immediately? - Well, athletic. You don't ever know about contributing immediately till you get 'em here, but just very athletic, very powerful for a big guy, gets his hands on ya, can move people, and is athletic enough to block the edge in our league, but then when you get a guy on campus, he was very mature in how he handles himself, he's extremely bright and he can learn. So, those are all things you start to look for. He handles tough coaching, which is obviously, at that position, you've got to be able to manage and handle, and I think a lot of that goes back to maturity. A lot of times, playing as a freshman, you need to have an opportunity, you need to have ability, but so much of it, to me, goes into how mature you are and how you handle it, 'cause generally, young players always hit the wall at some point, and he's been a guy that's continued to work and progress and has put himself in a position to be a productive player for us. - [Moderator] Josh. - [Reporter] How do you defend the back shoulder throw? - Well, it's very difficult. Generally, there's a move area down the field that you try to identify, whether that's at 14, whether it's at 16, whether it's at 18, and generally, the ball's being thrown to the back of the defender's helmet, as far as those things. It's got to be something you've got to really work on from a quarterback and receiver standpoint, but we work and we talk in terms of playing the ball in phase. So, if this was the receiver and I wanted to be able to play the ball in phase, and the ball's being thrown over his shoulder, then I'd want to be able to look and lean, and as long as I'm playing the ball, it's not passed interference on most Saturdays, as long as I've got a lean and I press the receiver, I can play the ball. Well, if you look and play the ball in phase, and they're throwing a back shoulder ball, you're going to look and you're going to keep running, the ball's going to be completed behind you. So, when you play a team that plays a back shoulder, you've got to be able to play the ball out of phase, and be able to play through the receiver. So, if you feel the receiver falling away from you as you start to look and lean, then you've got to be able to play through your back to your left hand if you're facing the receiver that way. Does that make sense what I'm saying? So, if he falls away from you, you've got to be able to play the ball what we would say out of phase. You're not in phase with the receiver anymore on a back shoulder ball, and play through it, and you got to be able to get an elbow down. - [Reporter] Who was the first team you remember throwing that? - Man, it's been a long time. The guys have done that for a while. So, I don't know I'd be able to tell you the first person. - [Moderator] Go to Pete. - [Reporter] Will, how was Ryan's progress in the off week? And did he have a chance to kind of reset after getting thrown in maybe earlier than he expected? - Well, I think he's done really well. Obviously, he would've love to have played better in Missouri, but I think he's handled the situation and the circumstances extremely well, and he's progressed well, he's practiced well, he's taken all the reps, and I think, again, the more turns in reps you get, the more better you're going to improve and he certainly is a guy that's worked extremely hard to put himself in this position to play well, and we expect for him to play well. - [Moderator] Collyn. - [Reporter] Just one more technical question. I think you mentioned on the teleconference, the pin and pull run scheme's been pretty effective for you guys. What goes in? Why do you feel that's been effective for you all as a personnel? Is it just the scheme and the way you run it? - Well, I think it's probably a little bit schematically, but we're more athletic up front. You've got to have guys that are athletic pullers and that can block guys in space, 'cause it's easier said than done as far as when you're pulling and you weigh over 300 pounds and you're blocking, generally, a guy that's moving in space. How many times do you see on a screen an offensive lineman that just completely whiff a guy in space? Well, you got to be athletic to do that, and I think we've recruited well up front. Our guys are more athletic. They're able to anchor in contact, in space on people, and that's been just something that's been productive for us. - [Moderator] Reggie. - [Reporter] You mentioned before the coaches you've worked for have helped mold you who you are. What about your time at Georgia? How did that lay the foundation for your career as a head coach? - Well, I had a great experience. I enjoyed it probably too much there in my time in college there, but I had a great experience. Coach Goff, I still get texts from Coach Goff to this day. Steve Dennis, Richard Bell, Dickie Clark, all of those guys, Coach McClendon, Bryan's dad. All of those guys have had a huge. Darryl Drake, God rest his soul, all had a huge impact on my life, and Mac McWhorter. It goes on and on, about all of those men that had a huge impact on my life, and probably directed me to want to get into coaching, and I appreciate everything they did for me. - [Reporter] I guess to go back to the pin and pull thing for a second. What is that ask of younger guards and does that speak to their progress that they're able to handle that and be such fulcrums in that scheme? - Well, I think, as much as anything, what I've learned over the years is find you some runs that you like and you feel like you can execute and you can block versus three down, you can block versus four down, you can block versus pressure, and that's just something over the period of time since we've been here that we've felt comfortable with. It's no different than we go into a game and talk to Ryan about what routes, what combinations do you feel comfortable with, and I think that those are things that our guys have repped a lot, have repped a lot versus our defense and repped a lot versus three down, versus four down, versus pressure, and we have answers when things aren't going well with it, so I think we've just gotten very comfortable in that scheme, and that's been something we've been productive with. - [Moderator] In the back, Mike. - [Reporter] Coach, you talked about Georgia having a big impact on your life, but when you go back there, obviously you didn't do it at all much with Florida, 'cause that game is in Jacksonville, but when you have to go back there now, how much nostalgia is involved for you? - Not a lot. I'm worried about the ball game and winning, so don't really think too much about it. I've really only been back to Georgia one time at LSU, one time at Auburn, and one time at South Carolina in my coaching career. I think as a GA, maybe at Auburn, two different times at Auburn, so I think four times since 1994 have I even been back to Athens, other than I've been recruiting there a couple of times, but no, we had a great experience. - [Moderator] Rick. - [Reporter] Will, you mentioned young players and hitting the wall when you have an off week, like at mid-season. Is it more beneficial to the younger guys to help them with that wall? - Well, not getting ready for a game, and you kind of go back into training camp mode and looking at some different things maybe you haven't seen during the season and I want to expose our guys to some different things, work on some things we need to work on, but also get them ready for some things we're going to see down the road, as far as some other opponents are concerned, not just worried about Georgia, but I do think it's helpful for those guys to decompress. We had a lift on Friday and worked out, and then they were able to have Saturday off and really Sunday, for the most part, off, and then we had a walkthrough yesterday, so to be able to get away from it a little bit, I think is good, especially for young players, but it's good for everybody. - [Reporter] With Rico, coach, being able to see him take his game to the next level this year, how much of that do you think has been created from just the competition that's been created in that running back room? - Well, I think that competition helps you and when you have a deep, talented roster, and that's what we're building to, and it takes time, it's frustrating at times, but ass on bench, it's the best motivator we've got, and I say it all the time. They all want to play, and they all want to be out there, and they all want to start, and they all want to be on the field, so there's no question, competition is a great motivator for us. We're not all self-starters as players. They all want to be on the field and start, and that's just the way it is. So, I think that certainly, that position, we've done a nice job there as far as the competition's concerned. You've got three seniors that are all very capable guys that can do a really nice job for us, but Rico's always been a very talented guy and has always worked pretty hard. He's just always had a history of some injuries and some things that have set him back. - [Reporter] Will, you mentioned enjoying your time at Georgia. Who won the majority of the golf matches between you and Eric Zeier? - Eric won 'em all. I wasn't very good at golf, so I didn't. He won a bunch. - [Moderator] John. - [Reporter] You mentioned a few weeks back that when the right time came with talking with Keir Thomas and his family about redshirting, that you would do that. What's his progress like? And is that a conversation you think you might have to approach? - Yeah, John. Well actually, he and I sat down about a week ago and just had a conversation. We're still working through some things. He is working out, he's moving around well. We got to get him in shape 'cause we really had to shut him down through that time when they discovered the infection, and he's been shut down for about a month and a half. So, he started back working out I want to say about a week and a half ago. We sat down and had a discussion and whenever they decide to clear him, we're going to have another conversation about what we need to do moving forward, and he's in good spirits and as frustrating as it's been for him, and us, and everybody, he's working his butt off and trying to get back to where he can play. - [Reporter] It seems like with Georgia, they managed to generate a really strong, powerful downhill running game despite not necessarily going with a lot of 21 or 12 personnel. Is there something schematic that goes into that, or is a lot of that you just have the personnel and you go from there? - They're really talented at running back and they're really talented on their offensive line, and they got a quarterback that gets 'em in and out of the right run schemes. So, when you mix all that together, that mixes for a pretty good run game. - [Moderator] Collyn. - [Reporter] I see the glasses. I know it's a noon game, but are you planning on wearing those again? - I think I'm going to have to. - [Reporter] Your one and only. - Yeah. I had to put the ego on the shelf on these, but my wife's going to buy me a different pair she said. - [Reporter] Have you decided what kind? - What's that? - [Reporter] Have you decided what kind of glasses? - I don't know. That's her decision. I'm not going that far. - [Moderator] Anything else for coach? Mike at the back. - [Reporter] With the relationship with Kirby, do you guys still run the same sort of defensive principles? Is it different now after all of these years? - No, I think there's a lot of carry over. I think philosophically, that's the one thing that when you are like minded with other coaches and you believe some of the same beliefs as far as how you want to play, how you want to play up front and how you want to coach things, and I think there's a lot of carry over between that, but there's been a lot of time and separation that we've actually coached together back at LSU in, I think, 2004, but I think philosophically, there's a lot of like-minded ideas. - [Reporter] How do you coach quarterbacks to deal with slant routes, especially in the era of the RPO taking away that inside help defender a lot of the time? - In man coverage? - [Reporter] Yeah, man coverage. - Well in man coverage, you need to cover the man, and that's where we've made some mistakes this year. We've got our eyes back on the quarterback. It's hard to play man to man when you're staring at the quarterback, so you just play your normal techniques, whether you're in press man or you're in some sort of off man and whatever techniques that we're coaching you to do, you got to be able to cover your man, work yourself in phase where that means you can touch the receiver, and then re-back and try to play the ball, and that's how we talk in terms of those things. - [Moderator] John. - [Reporter] Have you all noticed defenses focusing on Shi Smith a little bit more? Has he found it tougher to get open? - Well, that's one of the things. We go into every game, as far as touches for Shi and Bryan, we feel like two guys that can make plays for us, and we've got to continue to explore more ways to find ways where we can get him the football. We had a really good play going into the Kentucky game, and then the running game was working so well. We got away from it a little bit. I think we hit him on a boot early in the game going into the scoreboard side, but we'll continue to explore ways where we've got to get him the ball. There's no question that he and Bryan need touches in the game. - [Moderator] Anything else for coach? Are we good? - Alrighty. Thank you. - Thanks, Will. - Thank you. Injury report 3 veterans back from injury also possible freshman could return by year’s end Gamecock freshman tailback Kevin Harris was done for the season. Now it appears he’s not. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said the Georgia product, who has surgery to repair a torn ligament, will be able to return to the field by the end of the year. Muschamp also said a trio of players, Rico Dowdle, Dakereon Joyner, Randrecous Davis practiced Tuesday and are expected to play on Saturday against UGA. Dowdle tweaked an ankle against Kentucky. Joyner missed the game with a hamstring issue. Will a former Gamecocks starter redshirt? Where those conversations stand Keir Thomas’ career. Will he redshirt One conversation has already taken place. Another will to determine the next steps in Keir Thomas’ career. The Gamecocks veteran has been sidelined for South Carolina’s first five football games because of an infection after ankle surgery. Sit out four or five more, and he’ll have the chance to come back next year as a fifth-year senior. Muschamp update Thomas’ recovery progress on Tuesday. This is what he said on his possibilities. “He and I sat down about a week ago and just had a conversation. We’re still working through some things. He is working out. He’s moving around well, and then we got to get him in shape. We really had to shut him down through that time when they had when they discovered the infection and he’s been shut down for about a month and a half. So he started back working out. I want to say about a week and a half ago “Whenever they decide to clear him, we’re going to have another conversation about what we need to do moving forward.” Muschamp had floated the idea of a redshirt for Thomas, and Travaris Robinson had talked about wanting him back for the stretch run. Thomas started 23 games across 2017 and 2018. He was seventh on the team with 44 tackles in 2018, plus 4 1/2 for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. SELECTED PLAYERS
  20. Gamecocks vs No. 3 Georgia opening up as 25.5 point dogs Oct. 06, 2019 And the Gamecocks will start out being picked to be 25.5 point dogs. Since 2015, the largest line in the series since 2015 was UGA by 23 1/2 in 2017. In the past few years, the Gamecocks have been a 26-point ‘dog against Clemson and 26 1/2 against Alabama. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. (AUDIO) Will Muschamp conference call Talking Georgia, injuries more Oct. 06, 2019 Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp updated the status of five injured USC players. ▪ Running back Rico Dowdle: Ready to go after spraining an ankle against Kentucky. ▪ Quarterback Dakereon Joyner: Will know more Tuesday, might walk through some Monday morning. Sat out the UK and last week with a hamstring issue. ▪ Dylan Wonnum: Will still miss the next 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury. ▪ Brad Johnson: Did not practice last week with a groin injury. Moving around/running in practice. Expects to know more tomorrow and Tuesday. ▪ Randrecous Davis: Did not practice last week with a nagging ankle injury. Moving around/running in practice. Expects to know more tomorrow and Tuesday. There was no game for Will Muschamp to review Sunday night on his weekly conference call with the media, but he did update his team’s walking wounded, give details on the off-week activities related to practices and recruiting, and provide an early scouting report on Saturday’s opponent, third ranked Georgia. The Gamecocks are 25 point underdogs for the Noon kickoff in Athens. Will Muschamp conference call https://sportstalksc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/will-muschamp-10-6-2.mp3
  22. ‘Start drinking water ... now’: USC wants fans ready for another hot Saturday Sept. 01, 2018 During last Saturday’s season opener, South Carolina football fans in Williams-Brice Stadium endured brutal heat, with temperatures in the low to mid 90s and high humidity. That led to more than a few empty seats as the Gamecocks thrashed Coastal Carolina early and supporters knew the outcome of the game fairly quickly. For this Saturday’s massive clash with Georgia, Williams-Brice is sold out, and the chances of finding any open seats late in the game is considerably lower. However, things are only supposed to get hotter, with some forecasts calling for temperatures as high as 95 degrees, with the heat index being even higher. USC athletics director Ray Tanner announced Friday that he’s taking steps to help fans beat the heat and stay safe. In a letter posted to GamecocksOnline.com, Tanner said there will be added hydration stations in Williams-Brice Stadiums, places for fans to refill water bottles and misting stations. There will also be added concession stands to sell water bottles, and first-aid stations with EMS officials who will specifically looking out for heat-related emergencies. In the letter, Tanner also urged fans to wear light, breathable clothing, hydrate properly and text “USC” and their location to 69050 if they or someone else nearby is having a medical issue related to the heat. On Twitter, Tanner also said the gates to the Fairgrounds, a traditional tailgating spot, will open early at 9:30 a.m. to allow fans to beat the heat. According to the National Weather Service, there is also a slight chance of thunderstorms after 2 p.m. on Saturday. “You’ve always been there for us,” Tanner said in his letter. “There is no other group of fans that care as much about our school and our teams than you. It doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone who follows college athletics, our student-athletes and coaches or by me. We will do all we can, but please do what you need to do to take care of yourself on Saturday!”

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