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  1. Well, the Gamecocks lose record at 5-4, best I see is 7-5 No way really betting Clemson at Clemson so should be good enough to go bowling but will be a lower tier bowl. Most likely in 3rd week December in a cold part of the country. Other words leave your suntan logion at home and get bundled up
  2. Here’s what Will Muschamp thinks of Gamecocks play-calling after watching tape November 11, 2018 THE STATE After watching tape from the Florida game, Muschamp defended the Gamecocks fourth quarter play-calling. South Carolina had 363 yards and 31 points in the first half but gained only 23 yards and scored no points in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jake Bentley attempted only three passes in the fourth quarter and did not complete any of them, however that was a function of the Gamecocks’ RPO (run-pass option) system and not offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon’s play-calling. On two of South Carolina’s final three possessions of the game, five of the seven running plays were RPOs on which Bentley chose the running play because of the number of players the Gators had devoted to stop the passing game. “There have been some questions about the play-calling offensively there late. There was never any conversation about changing what we had been doing. The only conversation was to keep doing what we had been doing,” Muschamp said. “There’s nothing we did different in the second half. It’s all based on results. We didn’t get the results we wanted.” The RPOs worked well in the first half, including on two third downs in which the Gamecocks converted with running plays. “I was pleased with the decisions Jake made based on the run box,” said Muschamp, who also praised the work of offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon. The Gamecocks are sixth in the SEC in yards after Saturday’s game, averaging 410.7 points per game. They are tied for fifth in the conference in scoring with 31 points per game. “Offensively, I thought we played well,” Muschamp said. “We were very successful in our RPO game. Our quick game was very good.”
  3. ***South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators*** Gamecocks Travel to The Swamp For Noon Battle Carolina Looks for 5th SEC Win of the Season 11/9/2018 GCF Staff Report South Carolina football is coming off its fifth win of the season and is looking to upset a ranked team in the Florida Gators. Here’s what you need to know about the game: South Carolina-Florida game details Who: Florida (6-3, 5-2 SEC) vs. South Carolina (5-3, 4-3) When: Noon Saturday Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548) Series history: The Gators lead the series 26-9-3. The Gamecocks have won three of the past five and two of the past four in The Swamp. TV: SEC Network (Dave Pasch, play-by-play; Greg McElroy, analysis; Tom Luginbill, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 380/XM 980 Line: Gators by 6 1/2 Weather: Cloudy, with a high near 73. A 10 percent chance of rain through the game. Around 72 degrees at kickoff, 73 at the end of the game. What’s at stake South Carolina is on track for at least seven wins, something that wasn’t a given after losing to Kentucky and Texas A&M. Now the Gamecocks turn their sights to knocking off a ranked opponent for the first time since Tennessee in 2016. South Carolina’s offense roared to life against Ole Miss with 48 points. The question is, can that continue against a Gators defense that is talented and sends pressure with abandon? The Gators were riding high heading into the Cocktail Party, but lost an understandable game to Georgia and picked up an upset loss to Missouri. Florida needs this one to avoid a hefty slide. The teams, by the numbers USC FLA Points/Game 31.0 30.6 Opp. Points/Game 27.9 21.1 Yds. Rushing/Game 161.6 184.9 Opp. Yds Rush/Game 182.0 172.4 Yds. Pass/Game 252.1 199.1 Opp. Yds. Pass/Game 222.6 179.0 Avg. Yds./Game 413.8 384.0 Opp. Total Yds/Game 404.6 351.4 Florida players to watch 1. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks heard boos from the UF faithful before he was replaced against Missouri. The sophomore, who completed just 10 passes in last year’s loss to USC in Columbia, isn’t certain to appear against the Gamecocks again. Kyle Trask, a redshirt sophomore, went 10-of-18 for 126 yards with a touchdown late in the Missouri loss. “We’ll see how they perform this week,” Mullen said of the QB situation. “If there’s a drastic change, we’ll make a change. If not, we’ll play with who’s going to give us the best chance to win.” 2. Florida defensive end Jachai Polite is fourth in the SEC with seven sacks. He’s a Bednarik Award semifinalist who’s forced four fumbles this season, most among FBS defensive linemen. South Carolina, as a team, has only forced two fumbles this season. 3. The Gator defensive front is a handful. Not lost in Polite’s shadow is Jabari Zuniga. The 6-foot-4, 257-pound end is 11th in the SEC in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (nine). South Carolina depth chart OFFENSE WR Deebo Samuel Josh Vann WR Bryan Edwards Chavis Dawkins WR Shi Smith Randrecous Davis OT Dylan Wonnum Blake Camper OG Zack Bailey Eric Douglas C Donell Stanley Chandler Farrell OG Sadarius Hutcherson Jordan Rhodes OT Dennis Daley Malik Young QB Jake Bentley Michael Scarnecchia Dakereon Joyner RB Rico Dowdle OR Ty’Son Williams OR A.J. Turner OR Mon Denson TE Jacob August Kyle Markway TE K.C. Crosby Kiel Pollard Defense DE D.J. Wonnum Brad Johnson/Bryson Allen-Williams DT Javon Kinlaw Kobe Smith DT Keir Thomas J.J. Enagbare/Rick Sandidge DE Aaron Sterling Shameik Blackshear WLB Sherrod Greene Damani Staley MLB T.J. Brunson Rosendo Louis SLB Bryson Allen-Williams Daniel Fennell CB Keisean Nixon Jaycee Horn S Steven Montac Jaylin Dickerson S R.J. Roderick Jaylin Dickerson CB Rashad Fenton Israel Mukuamu Nickel Jaycee Horn Jamyest Williams PK Parker White Alexander Woznick KO Alexander Woznick Parker White P Joseph Charlton Michael Almond LS Ben Asbury Matthew Smith KOR Deebo Samuel A.J. Turner PR Bryan Edwards Nick Harvey H Danny Gordon Michael Almond
  4. Gamecocks start fast, fall short in The Swamp 35-31 November 10, 2018 Will Muschamp’s struggles at The Swamp continued on Saturday. South Carolina lost an 18-point second half lead and fell to No. 19 Florida 35-31 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where Muschamp previously served as the Gators head coach. The Gamecocks lead 31-14 after Rico Dowdle scored on a 4-yard run with 4:41 left in the third quarter, and South Carolina still led by 18 points with 16 minutes left in the game. However, the Gators scored 21 unanswered from that point. Florida rushed for 368 yards and scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground against a Gamecocks defense ranked 12th in the SEC against the run. It was the most yards rushing allowed by the Gamecocks since LSU gained 396 on the ground in 2015, Steve Spurrier’s final game as the South Carolina head coach. For the first three quarters, the game belonged to the Gamecocks who were looking to snap an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams. Muschamp has now lost eight of his last 10 games as a head coach in The Swamp. His last SEC victory in Gainesville came on Sept. 13, 2014, in a 36-30 overtime win over Kentucky. THREE POINTS Star of the game: South Carolina senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel finished with 201 all-purpose yards, including the longest reception of his career, an 89-yard gain that set up the Gamecocks’ fourth touchdown of the game. Samuel also recovered a Florida punt while playing the gunner position on the punt team. Play of the game: After South Carolina had stopped Florida on three plays from the 2-yard line, Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal to give Florida its first lead of the game at 35-31 with 4:09 left. Stat of the game: The Gamecocks and Gators were a combined 14-of-21 on third down in the first half. OBSERVATIONS Allen-Williams, Sterling out: Defensive ends Bryson Allen-Williams and Aaron Sterling did not make the trip to Florida due to injuries. Allen-Williams suffered an ankle injury against Ole Miss, and Sterling suffered a knee injury. Head coach Will Muschamp held out hope all week that both would be able to play against the Gators. Instead, the Gamecocks moved defensive tackle Keir Thomas to end to start the game and gave Kobe Smith the second start of his career at defensive tackle. Thomas was injured during the game. The Surly Swamp: Florida’s fans were antsy as the game started. The Gators already had lost to Kentucky and Missouri at home in head coach Dan Mullen’s first year with the school. Florida fans booed starting Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks after a first quarter incompletion, and Franks made a shushing motion to his home fans after scoring on a 10-yard run in the second quarter to tie the score at 14-14. The boos came back out in force in the third quarter when the Gators made a conservative play call on a long third down. Dan August returns: South Carolina’s first score of the game came on a 2-yard pass to senior tight end Jacob August. It was the second touchdown of August’s career. His first came in 2015 when Steve Spurrier was his head coach. Spurrier, who is now a consultant at Florida and was in attendance Saturday, jokingly called Jacob August “Dan August” after a 1970s television character played by Burt Reynolds. NEXT Who: South Carolina vs. Chattanooga When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC TV: SEC Network alternate
  5. BOX SCORE 31 South Carolina 5-4 , 4-4 35 Florida 7-3 , 5-3 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 14 7 10 0 31 Florida 0 14 7 14 35 Game Recap: Football | 11/10/2018 3:30:00 PM | By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer | GCF Staff Report Florida Beats South Carolina 35-31 With Video Coach Muschamp, Gallery, Stats & More VIDEO POSTGAME BELOW: Will Muschamp on Florida Story Links PHOTO GALLERY GAME STATISTICS POSTGAME NOTES Next Game: Chattanooga 11/17/2018 | 7:30 PM SEC Network Alternate Gamecock Sports Network from IMG College LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Feleipe Franks silenced the home crowd twice after touchdown runs, seemingly sending a message after getting benched last week and booed earlier in the game, and No. 19 Florida rallied to beat South Carolina 35-31 Saturday and end a two-game losing streak. Franks dived across the goal line on a fourth-down play from inside the 1-yard line with 4:09 to play, putting the Gators (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time and for good. Florida overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half. C.J. Henderson ended the Gamecocks' comeback attempt by picking off Jake Bentley. But Franks was the player of the game, even if he thrived in a villain role. The sophomore put his fingers to his lips while celebrating with teammates, the kind of gesture usually seen from visitors. Franks completed 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for two scores a week after getting pulled for the third time in two seasons. Coach Dan Mullen opened up the quarterback competition, but backup Kyle Trask broke a foot in practice Wednesday and is out for the season. That left Franks as Mullen's only viable option. Fans expressed their displeasure after consecutive plays on the first series in which Franks fumbled and badly overthrew a receiver. South Carolina (5-4, 4-4) scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and looked like it would roll in the Swamp. But Franks and the Gators woke up and rallied, preventing former coach Will Muschamp from getting a victory in his second trip back to Florida Field since getting fired. Jordan Scarlett ran for 159 yards. Lamical Perine added 107 yards and two scores on the ground. GAME CHANGER Trailing by 17 points, Florida rattled off 21 unanswered, beginning with a Kadarius Toney 18-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. Carolina had just 23 yards in the fourth quarter as a pair of Gator touchdowns in the frame gave Florida the four-point victory. KEY STAT 367 — The Carolina defense allowed 367 yards on the ground on 62 carries, as the Gators had a pair of 100-yard rushers (Jordan Scarlett 159, Lamical Perine 107). Florida had 528 total yards of offense in the win over Carolina. UP NEXT Carolina hosts Senior Night as the Gamecocks face Chattanooga next Saturday (Nov. 17) at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on SEC Network Alternate. POSTGAME: Will Muschamp on Florida — 11/10/18 From USC Sports Information
  6. Gamecocks start fast, fall short in The Swamp 35-31 November 10, 2018 Will Muschamp’s struggles at The Swamp continued on Saturday. South Carolina lost an 18-point second half lead and fell to No. 19 Florida 35-31 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where Muschamp previously served as the Gators head coach. The Gamecocks lead 31-14 after Rico Dowdle scored on a 4-yard run with 4:41 left in the third quarter, and South Carolina still led by 18 points with 16 minutes left in the game. However, the Gators scored 21 unanswered from that point. Florida rushed for 368 yards and scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground against a Gamecocks defense ranked 12th in the SEC against the run. It was the most yards rushing allowed by the Gamecocks since LSU gained 396 on the ground in 2015, Steve Spurrier’s final game as the South Carolina head coach. For the first three quarters, the game belonged to the Gamecocks who were looking to snap an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams. Muschamp has now lost eight of his last 10 games as a head coach in The Swamp. His last SEC victory in Gainesville came on Sept. 13, 2014, in a 36-30 overtime win over Kentucky. THREE POINTS Star of the game: South Carolina senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel finished with 201 all-purpose yards, including the longest reception of his career, an 89-yard gain that set up the Gamecocks’ fourth touchdown of the game. Samuel also recovered a Florida punt while playing the gunner position on the punt team. Play of the game: After South Carolina had stopped Florida on three plays from the 2-yard line, Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal to give Florida its first lead of the game at 35-31 with 4:09 left. Stat of the game: The Gamecocks and Gators were a combined 14-of-21 on third down in the first half. OBSERVATIONS Allen-Williams, Sterling out: Defensive ends Bryson Allen-Williams and Aaron Sterling did not make the trip to Florida due to injuries. Allen-Williams suffered an ankle injury against Ole Miss, and Sterling suffered a knee injury. Head coach Will Muschamp held out hope all week that both would be able to play against the Gators. Instead, the Gamecocks moved defensive tackle Keir Thomas to end to start the game and gave Kobe Smith the second start of his career at defensive tackle. Thomas was injured during the game. The Surly Swamp: Florida’s fans were antsy as the game started. The Gators already had lost to Kentucky and Missouri at home in head coach Dan Mullen’s first year with the school. Florida fans booed starting Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks after a first quarter incompletion, and Franks made a shushing motion to his home fans after scoring on a 10-yard run in the second quarter to tie the score at 14-14. The boos came back out in force in the third quarter when the Gators made a conservative play call on a long third down. Dan August returns: South Carolina’s first score of the game came on a 2-yard pass to senior tight end Jacob August. It was the second touchdown of August’s career. His first came in 2015 when Steve Spurrier was his head coach. Spurrier, who is now a consultant at Florida and was in attendance Saturday, jokingly called Jacob August “Dan August” after a 1970s television character played by Burt Reynolds. NEXT Who: South Carolina vs. Chattanooga When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC TV: SEC Network alternate
  7. At Florida, Nov. 10 One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win The Gamecocks have figured out how to win close games. Florida is great at slugging it out a little bit, and it likes to muck it up and keep things tight, but each of USC’s last four games have been decided by four points or fewer – 12 points total. The key is getting Jake Bentley hot early. The veteran Gamecock passer kept up with Ole Miss, coming through in the clutch with a 363-yard, two-score day. He might be a bit erratic, but for the most part, he’s good for at least 250 yards and has a proven knack for coming through when things get tight. Florida might have a terrific secondary, but it’s been picked apart over the last two games, with Jake Fromm and Georgia hitting over 70% of his passes with three scores and Drew Lock on fire last week in Missouri’s stunning win. Bentley needs to connect on everything, and he has to take advantage of his opportunities, because … One Reason Why Florida Will Win The offense just never seems to have the ball. USC is able to move the chains, and the offense isn’t bad at coming up with yards when it needs them, but it’s dead last in the SEC in time of possession, holding on to the ball for just over 25 minutes a game. The Gators don’t do enough to control games and the clock, but it loves to try grinding out games. At home, they have to make this easy and pound away with the ground attack against a mediocre Gamecock run defense. They have to own third downs, generate more defensive pressure, and they have to dominate the turnover margin. Duh, everyone needs to do that, but they’ve been an ugly -5 over the last three games after being +10 over the first four games. South Carolina? Its D just doesn’t take the ball away, with just one in the last three games. What’s Going To Happen The Swamp still is a tough place for South Carolina to play. The Gamecocks have won there twice, and even though those victories have come in their last four trips to Gainesville, Fla., (2014 and 2010), this will be a tough trip. Florida will have had plenty of time to get comfortable with first-year head coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense. But Saturdays play against Mizzu showed weaknesses in Florida's armor both on offense and defense. The key here is will the Gamecocks limb in this contest with the injuries it suffered in their big win on the road against Ol Miss. This is a strange South Carolina team under Will Muschamp. But what have we learned about South Carolina? It seems to have problems with the power teams with the good lines. Georgia is good at everything – it’s great up front when it wants to be – and Kentucky and Texas A&M had the right formula. The Gamecocks got by the big passing teams – Missouri, Ole Miss, and to a certain extent, Vanderbilt wasn’t able to beat them. If the Gamecocks can recover most of their injured I see another win on the road vs Florida Gators. Pick: South Carolina 31 , Florida 27
  8. As we get ready to watch the game: Five questions for South Carolina’s game against Florida November 09, 2018 South Carolina (5-3 overall, 4-3 SEC) plays No. 19 Florida (6-3, 4-3) on Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Here are five burning questions heading into that game” Who will carry USC running game? Leading rusher Rico Dowdle returned to practice Wednesday, but it’s tough to believe Dowdle is going to be full strength after watching him get helped off the field last week against Ole Miss due to an ankle injury. Second-leading rusher Ty’Son Williams broke a bone in his hand against the Rebels and was wearing a hard cast early in the week. He hopes to be able to transition to a soft cast for the game, but it could be that Mon Denson and A.J. Turner take most of the carries against Florida. Given that Denson is coming off a career-high 102 yards and Turner led the team in rushing last year that’s hardly cause for panic, but it could create a depth issue for South Carolina. Can Gamecocks stop Gators running game? Florida doesn’t have a running back in the top 10 of the SEC, and the Gators running game statistically is in the middle of the pack, but South Carolina has a lot of respect for Florida backs Lamical Perine, Jordan Scarlett and Dameon Pierce. “They have three great running backs,” safety Steven Montac said. That trio averages 5.77 yards per carry, while the Gamecocks are 12th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 182 yards per game on the ground. Florida doesn’t love the way quarterback Feleipe Franks is playing right now, but that won’t matter if South Carolina can’t stop the run. The Gators run the ball on 57.4 percent of their snaps. Can South Carolina win in The Swamp? No South Carolina coach other than Steve Spurrier has beaten the Gators in Florida. The Gamecocks are 2-14 all-time in The Swamp. South Carolina and then-freshman quarterback Jake Bentley were completely overwhelmed in their last trip to Gainesville, but Bentley and head coach Will Muschamp believe a more veteran Gamecocks team will handle the environment better this week. Florida’s home field certainly hasn’t been invincible this year. The Gators have lost to both Kentucky and Missouri in The Swamp in Dan Mullen’s first year as head coach. Will Gamecocks take next step? This is a very significant game for South Carolina for two reasons. First, the Gamecocks could post back-to-back winning seasons in the SEC for just the fourth time in school history with a win. Second, they could snap an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams. Both of those would be meaningful markers of progress in Muschamp’s third season, and the outcome of this game will go a long way toward shaping the narrative of how South Carolina enters the 2019 season. Are the Gators in disarray? The question that might have the most impact on the game has nothing to do with South Carolina. Florida appears to be in some level of turmoil entering Saturday’s game. The Gators were considering a change at quarterback until backup Kyle Trask suffered a season-ending injury in practice this week. Earlier in the week, Mullen denied rumors of a locker room incident involving Franks, the starting quarterback, and the general mood in Gainesville is low. Florida fans were high on Dan Mullen after he beat LSU, but if he loses at home to Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina in his first season, Gator fans aren’t going to be happy. That reality probably is resting heavy on Florida’s coaches and players this week.
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    Gamecocks Travel to The Swamp For Noon Battle

    Gamecocks Travel to The Swamp For Noon Battle Carolina Looks for 5th SEC Win of the Season 11/9/2018 GCF Staff Report Story Links OFFICIAL GAME NOTES YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE: It's another SEC Eastern Division showdown as the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-3, 4-3 SEC) travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face the No. 19/21 Florida Gators (6-3, 4-3 SEC) on Saturday, November 10. The final conference matchup of the 2018 season for both squads is set for noon ET. TELEVISION RIGHTS: ESPN has the national telecast for this week's game. Dave Pasch will handle the play-by-play with Greg McElroy serving as the analyst. Tom Luginbill will work the sidelines. A HISTORY LESSON: 2018 marks the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina. It is the 112th-consecutive year in which Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The University did not field a team in either 1893 or 1906. Carolina owns an all-time record of 606-576-44. SEC HISTORY: South Carolina is in its 27th year in the Southeastern Conference, joining the league, along with Arkansas, prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 94-120-1 (.440) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 39-32 (.549) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. With a 5-3 mark in 2017, the Gamecocks won five or more conference games for just the eighth time in 26 years since joining the SEC. CAROLINA VS. FLORIDA: This is the 39th meeting in a series that dates back to 1911. The Gators lead the all-time series, 26-9-3, including a 14-2 advantage in Gainesville and an 11-7-1 lead when playing in Columbia. The teams have also met three times at a neutral site with Florida winning once and the other two games ending in a tie. The Gamecocks have won five of the last eight contests between the two squads after losing 18 of the previous 19 meetings. JUST GETTING WARMED UP: The Gamecocks have won five of the last eight gridiron battles with the Gators after winning just four of the first 30 meetings between the two schools. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Jake Bentley shook off three interceptions to throw for 249 yards and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Gamecocks posted a 28-20 win over the Gators and interim head coach Randy Shannon on Nov. 11, 2017 in Columbia. A.J. Turnerran 22 times for 136 yards and Mon Denson rushed for the first two touchdowns of his career, as Carolina had its best offensive game of the season with 469 total yards. THE LAST TIME IN THE SWAMP: Florida outgained South Carolina 372-256 in cruising to a 20-7 win in The Swamp on November 12, 2016. Gator quarterback Austin Appleby completed 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards, while Carolina QB Jake Bentley was 18-of-33 for 213 yards. The Gamecocks could muster just 43 rushing yards on 30 attempts, while Florida logged 171 yards on the ground. WHERE THERE'S A WILL: South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp has been part of this rivalry as a head coach six times, posting a pair of wins. He is 1-1 against the Gators as South Carolina's head coach after posting a 1-3 mark against the Gamcocks as Florida's head coach. Coach Muschamp compiled a 28-21 record in four seasons at Florida. IT JUST MEANS MORE: The Gamecocks boast 10 players from the state of Florida including Jordon Carty (Lauderdale Lakes), Jamel Cook (Miami), Rashad Fenton (Miami), Deshaun Fenwick (Bradenton), Evan Hinson (Deltona), Rosendo Louis Jr. (Deerfield Beach), Christian Pellage (Brooksville), Michael Scarnecchia (Fleming Island), Keir Thomas (Miami) and Lavonte Valentine (Melbourne). ONCE A GATOR: Several members of the Carolina football program were once part of Gator Nation. Head coach Will Muschamp (2011-14); assistants Coleman Hutzler (2010-11, 2014), Kyle Krantz (2013-14), Mike Peterson (1995-98, 2014-15) and Travaris Robinson (2011-14);strength & conditioning coaches Jeff Dillman (2012-14) and Mark Campbell (1992-95, 2002-17); and coordinator of football administration Carina Hargreaves (2010-15) have all been Florida Gators. THE LAST TIME OUT: The Gamecocks traveled to Oxford, Miss. last Saturday and came away with a wild 48-44 win. Carolina opened up an early 17-3 lead, but the Rebels came back to even the score at 27 heading into intermission. After Ole Miss took a 10-point lead at 44-34 early in the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks rallied to score the final 14 points and escaped with the win. LIKE A VIDEO GAME: Carolina and Ole Miss combined to score 92 points and gain 1,126 yards last Saturday. Both quarterbacks threw for over 360 yards, two players went over 100 yards rushing and four players logged over 100 yards receiving. It marked the fifth-highest combined scoring game in Carolina history. MOST POINTS SCORED - COMBINED 1. 104 at Mississippi State (65-39), Oct. 14, 1995 2. 98 vs East Carolina (42-56), Oct. 8, 1994 3. 93 vs Troy (69-24), Nov. 20, 2010 93 vs East Carolina (56-37), Sept. 3, 2011 5. 92 at Ole Miss (48-44), Nov. 3, 2018 OFFENSIVE SUPERLATIVES: The Gamecocks put together one of their top offensive outputs in recent history, tallying 48 points against the Rebels while rolling up 510 yards of total offense in the contest. The 48 points tied for the second-most for Carolina under head coach Will Muschamp and tied for the high mark against a Power-5 school (also 48 vs. Arkansas in 2017). The 510 yards was the fourth-highest overall for the Gamecocks under Coach Muschamp and the second-most against a Power-5 school. INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS: Jake Bentley had his best game of the season, hitting 22-of-32 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. Bryan Edwards (4 catches, 109 yards, 1 TD) and Ty'Son Williams (3 for 105) each went over the century mark in receiving yards. Fourth-string running back Mon Denson had the best game of his career, rushing a dozen times for 102 yards, including a 69-yard burst that led to the winning score. The last time South Carolina produced a 100-yard rusher and a pair of 100-yard receivers was on Oct. 23, 2010 against Vanderbilt with Brian Maddox (146 rush), Alshon Jeffery (158 receiving) and Tori Gurley (112 receiving). FAST START: The Gamecocks put up 17 first-quarter points at Ole Miss. It was the most points they have scored in the first quarter of a road game since 2009 when they had 17 on the board after the first period at Georgia. DEEBO TO THE HOUSE: Deebo Samuel notched his fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown at Ole Miss. The 90-yard return extended his school record for kickoff returns for touchdowns and tied the SEC record. He finished with 178 yards on five returns, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He is the school's all-time leader with a 30.7-yard kick return average. His 26.7-yard average in 2018 ranks second in the SEC.BENTLEY TO EDWARDS IS THE BOMB: Junior wide receiver Bryan Edwards was on the receiving end of a 73-yard completion from Jake Bentley to fuel South Carolina's comeback win over Tennessee. At the time, it was the longest pass play for either player during their careers at Carolina and was the longest pass play for the Gamecocks since Perry Orth and Pharoh Cooper hooked up on a 78-yard completion against Vanderbilt in 2015. That lasted just one game however, as the duo teamed up again last week at Ole Miss with a 75-yard touchdown strike. HAVEN'T SEEN THAT SINCE MARCUS: Ty'son Williams logged 105 yards receiving at Ole Miss. It was the first time a Gamecock running back has logged over 100 receiving yards since Marcus Lattimore had 133 receiving yards at Kentucky in 2010. DEFENSE MAKES LATE STAND: The Carolina defense was picked apart most of the day by Ole Miss, as the Rebels ran 98 plays for 44 points, 34 first downs and 616 yards of offense. However, the Rebels four fourth-quarter drives resulted in three punts and a turnover on downs. They were able to muster just 16 yards on 17 plays in the final stanza with the game on the line as Carolina rallied from a 10-point deficit to win.Ole Miss 4th Quarter Possessions: 3 plays - minus-2 yards - punt 3 plays - 2 yards - punt 5 plays - minus-3 yards - punt 6 plays - 19 yards - turnover on downs IT'S NEVER EASY: The Gamecocks last four contests have been decided by a total of 12 points with Carolina coming out on top in three of those contests. The Gamecocks are 5-1 in games decided by three points or less under Will Muschamp, 12-4 in games decided by seven points or less and 14-5 in games decided by 10 points or less under Coach Muschamp. YOUNG SECONDARY: With injuries keeping J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey home and in-game injuries that sidelined Jamyest Williams and Javon Charleston, the Gamecocks finished the Ole Miss game with four first-year players seeing significant playing time in the secondary. True freshmen Jaycee Horn, R.J. Roderick and Israel Mukuamu, along with redshirt freshman Jaylin Dickerson, who missed all of last season with an injury, were up to the challenge, limiting the Rebels to 3-of-8 passing for just 10 yards in the final period. Roderick responded with a career-high 13 tackles in the win. He entered the contest with just 11 tackles through the season's first seven games. Dickerson collected four stops after having just one special teams tackle entering the contest. TOUGH SLATE: The Gamecocks have the nation's fifth-toughest schedule based on opponents' record, according to the NCAA. Carolina's opponents' cumulative record is 65-34, a .657 winning percentage. The Gamecocks' previous opponents have a 40-24 mark, while their future opponents own a 25-10 ledger. The calculation only takes into consideration games against opponents from the same division, so non-FBS games would not count in the calculation.Rk. School Wins Losses Pct. 1. Texas A&M 68 30 .694 2. Florida State 65 32 .670 3. Tennessee 65 33 .663 4. Stanford 66 34 .660 5. South Carolina 65 34 .657 ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Gamecocks are the only SEC team that twice has to play consecutive Saturday league games on the road this season. They split an earlier two-game swing by winning at Vanderbilt on Sept. 22 before losing at Kentucky on Sept. 29. Last week, Carolina won at Ole Miss and will be looking for its third road win of the season this week at Florida, something that has not been done since 2011. FAMILIAR FOES: South Carolina is the only Division I team (other than the independents) that has played just one non-conference game to date. With the cancellation of the Marshall game on Sept. 15, the Gamecocks are playing eight-straight SEC contests after opening the season with a non-conference game against Coastal Carolina. 2018 will mark the first time since joining the SEC that Carolina will finish the season with three-straight non-conference tilts. LOOKING FOR A SIGNATURE WIN: With Florida entering the contest as the No. 19 team in the country according to the Associated Press, Carolina will be looking to knock off a ranked opponent for the first time since a 24-21 win over No. 18 Tennessee on Oct. 29, 2016. Since that time, the Gamecocks have dropped eight-straight games to ranked opponents, including a three contests (No. 3 Georgia, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 22 Texas A&M) this season. WIN THE TURNOVERS, WIN THE GAME: The Gamecocks won the turnover battle and won the game against Ole Miss. Carolina is 3-0 when winning the turnover margin this season and 2-3 when losing the turnover battle. For the season, the Gamecocks are minus-5 in turnovers, losing 13 while gaining eight, and are minus-6 in SEC games (13-7). The -0.63 turnover margin per game ranks 12th in the SEC and 105th in the country. Last season, South Carolina was plus-11 in turnovers, gaining 28 while losing 17. Their 0.85 turnover margin ranked second in the SEC and 13th in the nation. OUR QB IS A BENTLEY: Junior quarterback Jake Bentley has started seven of eight games this season, missing the Missouri contest with a knee injury, which snapped a streak of 24-consecutive starts. The 6-4, 224-pounder from Opelika, Ala., owns a 17-10 record as a starting signal-caller. For the season, he is 134-of-215 (62.3 percent) for 1,666 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ranks fifth in the SEC in passing yards per game at 238.0 and sixth in total offense at 256.3. On the Carolina career charts, he ranks second in completion percentage, fourth in pass completions, tied for fifth in passing touchdowns, fifth in pass attempts, fifth in total offense and sixth in passing yards. A SCAR IS BORN: Fifth-year senior Michael Scarnecchia made the first start of his career against Missouri in place of an injured Bentley, and made it a memorable one. The 6-3, 216-pounder from Fleming Island, Fla., completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers in the 37-35 win. He connected on touchdown passes of 5, 17 and 8 yards, and led the Gamecocks on a 9-play, 53-yard drive in just over a minute, setting up the game-winning field goal with just two seconds remaining in the contest. BE LIKE MIKE: Prior to his heroics against Missouri, Michael Scarnecchia had seen limited duty in his career. He entered the season having appeared in just three games, completing his only pass attempt, a 9-yarder, back in 2015. He was 7-of-12 for 89 yards and a touchdown this season heading into the Missouri game. Scarnecchia, who earned a finance degree in May, was recognized as the 2017 Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete. He is on record naming Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Shakespeare as the three people he would most like to dine with. JUNIOR RUSHING QUARTET: The Gamecocks feature a stable of four junior running backs. Carolina is averaging 4.6 yards per rush after averaging just 3.9 yards a year ago. The Gamecocks are 18-3 when rushing for 100 yards or more under Will Muschamp, including a 13-1 mark when eclipsing the 150-yard barrier. Their 224 yards against Tennessee was the fourth-highest single-game rushing total under Coach Muschamp and the second-highest mark against a Power-5 foe. • Rico Dowdle has started six of eight games. He has gone over the 100-yard barrier three times this season (105 vs. Coastal, 112 at Vandy and 140 vs. Tennessee) and six times in his career, all Carolina wins. He has 490 yards on the season and 1,505 career yards, ranking 28th in school history. • A.J. Turner ranks 35th on Carolina's all-time rushing list with 1,176 yards. He is averaging 5.7 yards per carry this season and is also one of the squad's top special teams performers. A concussion forced him to miss the Texas A&M game and limiting him to special teams duty vs. Tennessee. • Ty'Son Williams has started each of the last two games. Williams, who spent one year at North Carolina, had his best game of the season in the opener against Coastal, rushing 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. He is second on the squad in rushing with 319 yards and averages 4.8 yards per carry, with a team-high 4 rushing TDs. • Mon Denson has been slowed for much of the season with a hamstring injury. He exploded at Ole Miss, carrying 12 times for a career-high 102 yards, including a 69-yard burst that set up the winning score. He had just 66 yards all season and 218 in his career before that game. 1,000 YARDS AND COUNTING: The Gamecocks have had 44 career 1,000-yard rushers in school history, including the current duo of Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner. Here's the all-time list:No. PLAYER (YEARS) ATT. YARDS 1. George Rogers (1977-80) 954 5,204 ------------------------------------------------------------------- 23. Spencer Clark (2976-79) 319 1,652 24. Mike Dingle (1988-90) 389 1,634 25. Troy Hambrick (1996-98) 302 1,586 26. Jeff Grantz (1972-75) 405 1,577 27. Alex Hawkins (1956-58) 339 1,490 28. Rico Dowdle (2016-18) 297 1,505 29. Kenny Miles (2009-12) 315 1,341 30. Mike Caskey (1952-55) 232 1,276 31. Daccus Turman (2002-05) 281 1,255 32. King Dixon (1956-58) 288 1,250 33. Steve Dorsey (1976-79) 297 1,216 34. Stanley Pritchett (1992-95) 266 1,178 35. A.J. Turner (2016-18) 240 1,176 SAMUEL IS KING: One of the most electrifying players in college football is 6-0, 210-pound senior Deebo Samuel. Samuel earned numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC accolades as a wide receiver, kick returner and all-purpose performer. In 2016, Samuel had 1,320 all-purpose yards and became one of just six Power 5 players in the past five years to record a passing, rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the same season. He scored six TDs in three games a year ago before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He has scored 21 career touchdowns (10 receiving, 7 rushing and 4 kickoff returns). He needs three more touchdowns to move into the school's all-time top-10 list. DEEBO IN 2018: Deebo Samuel has been the Gamecocks' top receiver this season, catching 39 passes for 407 yards with five touchdowns. He also has rushed six times for 21 yards and has 16 kick returns for 427 yards. His 4.9 receptions per game ranks fifth in the SEC, while his 26.7-yard kickoff return average ranks second. NO SECOND FIDDLE: While Samuel received much of the preseason accolades, and rightly so, junior Bryan Edwards has better career numbers. Just a junior, Edwards already ranks among the top wide receivers in school history. He has two 100-yard receiving games this season (111 vs. Georgia and 109 at Ole Miss) and four in his career. He is tied for the team lead with six TDs and has caught a pass in every game in which he has appeared, fifth on the all-time list. He ranks seventh in the SEC with 69.5 receiving yards and ninth with 4.4 receptions per game. He also handles the punt returns and owns an 8.4-yard average. HE'S NOT SHY: Shi Smith is the third wideout for the Gamecocks. The sophomore has hauled in 24 passes for 396 yards this season, a team-best 16.5-yard average. He went for 119 yards and a score on five receptions vs. Vanderbilt this season. REPLACING HAYDEN: The Gamecock offense has four upperclassmen filling the tight end vacancy created when All-SEC performer Hayden Hurst went to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. Seniors K.C. Crosby and Jacob August, and juniors Kyle Markway and Kiel Pollard all have seen extensive action. Crosby has been limited this season after undergoing surgery on a fractured finger, O-LINE EXPERIENCE: The Gamecocks front line boasts a wealth of experience with 111 combined starts. Senior left guard Zack Baileyowns the most starts on the team with 34 and has been given some preseason All-SEC recognition. Fifth-year junior Donell Stanleymoved to center this season where he is a Rimington Award candidate. He has made 21 career starts. Senior left tackle Dennis Daley, a former junior college transfer, moved into the starting lineup early in the 2017 season and had made 18-straight starts until that streak was snapped at Ole Miss due to an ankle injury. Highly-regarded redshirt sophomore right guard Sadarius Hutcherson has made 12 starts, while senior right tackle Blake Camper, has made 10 starts. Senior Malik Young, who replaced Daley at left tackle at Ole Miss, has made 14 career starts. True freshman Dylan Wonnum has started each of the last two games at right tackle. THE YOUNGER WONNUM: True freshman Dylan Wonnum made his first career start against Tennessee and was recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Week. Wonnum became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line since Mike Matulis in 2011. With Dylan starting at right tackle and D.J. Wonnum starting at Buck, they became the first set of brothers to start for Carolina since the 2014 season when Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. were starters along the defensive line. YOU WONNUM, WE GOT 'EM: Junior Buck D.J. Wonnum was selected a team captain a year ago as a sophomore, and is the leader up front. Wonnum was voted the Gamecocks' Most Productive Defensive Player in 2017 after logging 13.0 tackles for loss, including 6.0 sacks. He had three tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the season opener before leaving with a foot injury. The injury has kept him off the field until he returned to the lineup against Tennessee. He responded in that contest with three tackles including a pair of sacks, one of which sealed the victory in the waning minutes of the game, earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades for the third time in his career. THAT'S A FIRST: When junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week and younger brother Dylan Wonnum was the SEC's Freshman of the Week against Tennessee, it marked the first time in SEC history that brothers garnered Player-of-the-Week recognition in the same week. B-A-W IS B-A-C-K: After missing much of last season following a season-ending shoulder injury, senior Bryson Allen-Williams is back and better than ever. Listed as the starter at SAM linebacker, Allen-Williams has also put his hand in the dirt and give Carolina a solid rush off the edge. He has recorded 36 tackles, including a team-leading 10.0 tackles for loss (seventh in the SEC), 2.0 sacks and a team-leading five quarterback hurries. He had one of his best efforts against Missouri as he logged six tackles, all solo stops, including a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack, along with two quarterback hurries. He followed that up against Texas A&M with seven stops including 1.5 tackles for loss. Off the field, he is the Vice Chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council. THE LONG ARM OF KINLAW: Junior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is a force in the middle of the line. Down to around 305 pounds after coming in a year ago at about 340, Kinlaw has been credited with 29 tackles, He ranks first on the team in sacks (3.5) and forced fumbles (2) and second in tackles for loss (8.0), and quarterback hurries (3). He was the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance in the win at Vanderbilt. BRUNSON JUST MAKES STOPS: Junior linebacker T.J. Brunson picked up right where he left off from a season ago. Brunson, who was the first player that Coach Muschamp recruited upon his hire, was second on the squad with 88 tackles a year ago. He earned a spot on the AP's All-Bowl team following his 13-tackle, two-sack performance in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan. He is leading the team with 64 tackles on the season, including 37 solo stops. He had his best game of the season at Ole Miss, logging a season-high 15 tackles, just one shy of his career-best mark of 16 with a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks. He ranks ninth in the SEC with 8.0 tackles per game. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: True freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn earned a starting assignment in the season opener. He became just the seventh true freshman to start for the Gamecocks in the season opener since the 2009 season joining Stephon Gilmore(2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014), Al Harris Jr. (2014) and Bryan Edwards (2016). DON'T MESS WITH THE BULL: Jaycee Horn was recognized on the 247Sports midseason true freshman All-America team. Horn has 35 tackles with a team-high eight pass breakups. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his efforts in the win over Mizzou when he was credited with four pass breakups. He also logged three tackles, including a key diving trip, forcing Damari Crockett to step out of bounds on the 11-yard line instead of taking it in for a touchdown. The Tigers ended up not scoring on that drive, which was a key turning point in the game. FENTON ISLAND: Senior cornerback Rashad Fenton has three of the team's five interceptions this season, giving him five in his career, the most among active players. He had interceptions in three consecutive games, picking off Georgia's Jake Fromm, Vanderbilt's Kyle Shurmur and Kentucky's Terry Wilson. He is tied for second in the SEC with his three picks. KICKING IT WITH PARKER: Redshirt sophomore Parker White has been successful on 38-of-40 attempts this season, going 12-for-13 on field goal attempts (including a career-high tying 3-for-3 at Vanderbilt and vs. Missouri) and 26-for-27 on extra points. For his career, he is 26-of-38 (68.4 percent) on field goal attempts, including 20-of-22 (90.9 percent) from inside 40 yards, and 52-for-53 on extra points. SEC RECOGNITION: Parker White earned co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades for his performance in the win over Missouri. The sophomore hit on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from a season-long 42 yards on two occasions, and a 33-yard game-winner with just two seconds remaining. All three of his field goals came in the second half when the field conditions were soggy due to a rainstorm, and gave Carolina the lead (24-23, 34-32 and 37-35). WINNER, WINNER: Parker White has three fourth-quarter game-winning field goals in his career, including two this season. He hit from 33-yards out in the final seconds to defeat Missouri and connected from 25 yards for the difference-maker with about six minutes remaining in the win over Tennessee. Last season, he connected from 31-yards out in the final seconds against Louisiana Tech to lift Carolina to victory. I'M CHARLTON YOUR PUNTER: Junior Joseph Charlton handles the punting chores for the Gamecocks and is an All-SEC candidate. He has booted 28 punts this season for a 45.8-yard average, third in the SEC, with a long of 66. 17 of the 28 have been fair catches, with just one (his 66-yarder) resulting in a touchback, and 10 traveling over 50 yards. He was named the Ray Guy National Punter of the Week for his performance against Texas A&M when he punted six times for a 50.7-yard average. The Gamecocks rank ninth in the country in net punting at 41.3 yards. RECORD PACE: Joseph Charlton is averaging 45.8 yards per punt this season. That has him on pace for the Gamecocks' single-season record. Here's where he currently stands:PUNTING AVERAGE 1. Joseph Charlton (2018)....... 45.8 (28 for 1282) 2. Daren Parker (1989).............. 44.3 (49 for 2170) Sean Kelly (2015)................... 44.3 (55 for 2434) 4. Spencer Lanning (2010)......... 44.1 (54 for 2383) 5. Ryan Succop (2006)............... 43.7 (29 for 1267) Tom O'Connor (1985).......... 43.7 (52 for 2270) THE G.O.A.T? Joseph Charlton owns a career punting average of 44.2 yards (3,672 yards on 83 punts). He ranks atop the Carolina all-time punting average list for punters with at least 75 attempts.PUNTING AVERAGE (Min. 75 Punts) 1. Joseph Charlton (2017-18).. 44.2 (83 for 3672) 2. Sean Kelly (2015-16)............ 43.3 (127 for 5496) 3. Spencer Lanning (2007-10).. 42.6 (171 for 7292) 4. Ryan Succop (2005-08)........ 42.3 (85 for 3597) 5. Tom O'Connor (1984-85)... 41.8 (118 for 4934) FRESH FISH: The Gamecocks have played 11 true freshmen this season. In addition to Jaycee Horn and Dylan Wonnum, both of whom have started, R.J. Roderick, Josh Vann, Israel Mukuamu, Rosendo Louis Jr., Kingsley Enagbare, Ernest Jones, Jovaughn Gwyn, Rick Sandidge and Josh Belk all have seen game action. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: The Gamecocks have lost the several players with season-ending injuries including:Javon Charleston - footJovaughn Gwyn - footTavyn Jackson - Forced to retire from football Tyreek Johnson - kneeCaleb Kinlaw - kneeOrTre Smith - kneecapEldridge Thompson - shoulderJamyest Williams - shoulder HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY: Two former walk-ons, redshirt senior long snapper Ben Asbury and redshirt sophomore center Chandler Farrell, were rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being placed on scholarship for the 2018 season. CLASS BREAKDOWN: The 111-man roster consists of 20 seniors, 25 juniors, 23 sophomores, 15 redshirt freshmen and 28 true freshmen. TOTING THE SHEEPSKIN: Six Gamecocks earned their undergraduate degree in May, including Bryson Allen-Williams, Ben Asbury, Jacob August, Javon Charleston, K.C. Crosby and Michael Scarnecchia. Malik Young earned his degree in August. Additionally, Nick Harvey (Texas A&M) and J.T. Ibe (Rice) joined the team as graduate transfers. Another 13 players are slated to finish up their bachelor's degree in December, including Zack Bailey, Dennis Daley, Javion Duncan, Daniel Fennell, Danny Gordon, Caleb Kinlaw, Javon Kinlaw, Steven Montac, Christian Pellage, Deebo Samuel, Donell Stanley, Eldridge Thompson and Ty'Son Williams. GAMECOCK TIDBITS: * Quarterback Jake Bentley is the son of running backs coach Bobby Bentley. Jake's brother, Chas Dodd, is a graduate assistant on Jeff Dillman's strength & conditioning staff. * Freshman Jaycee Horn is the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn. Jaycee is listed on the two-deep at both corner and nickel. * Sophomore tight end Evan Hinson has spent the past two winters playing with Frank Martin's South Carolina men's basketball team. * Senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams is the vice chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council. UP NEXT: The Gamecocks begin a three-game non-conference stretch to wrap up the 2018 regular season with a home contest against Chattanooga on Saturday, Nov. 17. It will mark the first gridiron battle between the two schools. From USC Sports Information
  10. Gamecock injury report vs Florida November 09, 2018 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp didn’t want to use the word “doubtful” to describe the status of key pass rusher Bryson Allen Williams, preferring the word “hopeful.” Still, the implication was it’s a long shot for him to play against the Gators at best with an ankle injury. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp updated his team’s injury report heading into the trip to Gainesville. Muschamp also said defensive end Aaron Sterling was battling a knee injury. Other players Muschamp mentioned included: ▪ Rico Dowdle is not yet at full speed, but fellow tailbacks Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner will play ▪ Offensive linemen Dennis Daley and Malik Young will play ▪ Opening day starting safety J.T. Ibe could return as soon as the Chattanooga game next week from a knee injury. He’s been out since the Kentucky game. Muschamp also said reserve defensive backs R.J. Roderick and Jaylin Dickerson responded well to moving into the No. 2 and 3 safety spots. Behind them are cornerback Rashad Fenton and safety Jonathan Gipson, who has yet to play this season.
  11. Gamecocks bringing back Script Carolina helmets for Florida game November 08, 2018 South Carolina football is going Gator hunting for Saturday’s game at Florida and bringing back Script Carolina helmets for it. The Gamecocks will go with black pants, white jerseys, garnet Script Carolina helmets as they look to secure back-to-back winning records in conference play for the first time since 2012-2013. South Carolina took the last meeting 28-20 in Columbia, but dropped the last trip to Gainesville 20-7, quarterback Jake Bentley’s first road start. The Gators (6-3, 4-3 SEC) lead the all-time series 26-9-3.
  12. Older Gamecocks believe they can snap The Swamp’s spell November 08, 2018 THE STATE The last time South Carolina visited The Swamp, Jake Bentley was undefeated as a college quarterback, Bentley took over the Gamecocks starting job midway through that 2016 season and opened his career with home wins over UMass, Tennessee and Missouri. Then he took South Carolina to play Florida on the road in what would start the Gamecocks current eight-game losing streak against ranked opponents. “Last time me, all of us were so young,” Bentley said. “We got down by 10 or 14 and you would have thought we were down by 50. I remember that vividly. No one had a positive attitude. We were so young that we got down on ourselves. That’s the biggest thing I remember is thinking about how much we’ve matured since then.” On Saturday, the Gamecocks (5-3 overall, 4-3 SEC) hope that maturity turns into a victory against the No. 19 Gators (6-3, 4-3). “We’re an older team,” head coach Will Muschamp said. “We have more experience on our football team. You want to continue to move the program forward, you’ve got to win tough road games, and this will be a tough road game.” Bentley’s experience in particular should help the Gamecocks. He is 37-of-62 for 462 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions two games against Florida. His last game in The Swamp, he was sacked five times, and South Carolina punted seven times before it scored its first, and only, points of the game in a 20-7 loss. “It’s definitely one of the most difficult places to play,” Bentley said. “Growing up you always see that stadium, and I always wanted to play there. Getting to play there has been really cool for me. It’s really loud though. It definitely is going to be a great atmosphere there.” South Carolina is 2-14 all-time in Gainesville, Fla., with those wins coming in 2010 and 2014. “The Swamp is up there. It’s probably top three (toughest places to play), Texas A&M, The Swamp and probably Clemson,” junior wide receiver Bryan Edwards said. “Those places get real rowdy so you have to come focused and prepared.”
  13. UPDATE INJURY REPORT: Two back at practice and a third could be ready by game-time November 07, 2018 Running back Rico Dowdle, defensive end Aaron Sterling and BUCK/outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams all have missed time. On Wednesday, two of those players returned to practice but Muschamp hopes all could see action when his team takes on the Gators this Saturday at noon. “The injury situation hasn’t changed much,” Muschamp said Wednesday during his teleconference with SEC reporters. “Bryson is the one who didn’t practice. Rico and Aaron were out there, but still hopeful that all three will be able to go on Saturday.” If Allen-Williams is ready to play on Saturday, regardless of whether or not he’s practiced this week, he’ll play in the game, according to Muschamp feels he has enough experience under his belt that he can step in without a problem.
  14. AUDIO SEC TELECONFERENCE: With Gamecock HC Will Muschamp & Florida HC Dan Mullen November 07, 2018
  15. Gamecocks pursuing a little piece of history against Florida November 07, 2018 South Carolina football won’t be headed to the SEC championship game on Dec. 1. The Gamecocks can’t even finish second in the East division, which they were predicted to do in the preseason. But USC will still be fighting for some conference pride when it plays Florida this Saturday. At 4-3 in league play, Carolina and coach Will Muschamp are looking to match last season’s 5-3 mark in the SEC, which would mark one of the few times since the program joined the conference in 1992 that teams have posted back-to-back winning records. The exact number of times it’s been done depends on how you count — it occurred once in 2000-2001, and then again each year from 2010 through 2013, so two or three times. Muschamp said if his team wins Saturday, he would consider it the fourth time the milestone has been hit, and in his mind, it’s an important one for that he’s been talking about with his players. “It’s just progress. You’re making progress in the program, you’re seeing the progress, being able to have tangible results for your team and your fanbase, and that is something that’s important to our football team,” Muschamp said. That progress seemed to more motivation for Muschamp than his own personal history with Florida, which has been well documented and which he continued to downplay Tuesday. “For me, it’s another SEC East opponent. I know that y’all have a hard time believing that, but it really is. We spend as much time in the office as we do every other week that we have,” Muschamp said. “It’s another great opportunity for our team on the road. If you want to continue to move the program forward, you need to win tough road games, and this will be a tough road game.” A win Saturday would also secure a third place finish in the SEC East for South Carolina, along with bowl eligibility and the 46th season in program history with at least six wins. A bowl berth would also make Muschamp just the second coach in program history, alongside Steve Spurrier, to make three consecutive bowl trips. At the end of the day, of course, the Gamecocks have plenty to play for just from their own intrinsic motivation, without the added desire for consecutive winning seasons in the conference, junior quarterback Jake Bentely said. “It’s just a matter of pride. We’ve played this game since we were five years old, and no one likes to lose. It’s about taking a stand and doing whatever it takes to get wins,” Bentley said.
  16. Well, I was right about the Gamecocks vs Rebels match up high scoring going down to the wire. I see the same type of game against Florida but not as much scoring. Gamecocks were hit hard with injuries Saturday against Ole Miss. With a so-so defense and add-on injuries, Gamecocks will have to rely on their high octane offense and hope they can outscore Florida. How do you see the game playing out? Let's hear your thoughts FANATICS!!
  17. Five things to know about South Carolina’s opponent November 06, 2018 THE STATE Matt Baker, a Florida beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, took time this week to answer a few of our questions about the No. 19 Gators as they prepare for Saturday’s game with South Carolina. Kickoff is noon from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. ESPN will televise. 1. Florida’s got some quarterback drama heading into this game. Between Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, who gives the Gators the best shot to win and why? Probably Franks. After a loss, the backup quarterback is always the most popular player on the roster, right? But Franks is more talented than Kyle Trask. That’s why he has beaten him for the starting job repeatedly, under two different coaching staffs. The touchdown pass he had against Georgia was a big-time throw. He hasn’t made those kinds of plays consistently, but he’s got the edge in experience and talent. I think he starts Saturday and every game this season (barring injury). 2. Franks is a sophomore. Trask is a sophomore. Freshman Emory Jones was a high-profile recruit. UF’s starting QB in 2019 will be ? Emory Jones. Unless something weird happens, he’ll probably only play against Idaho and in the bowl game to preserve his redshirt. Dan Mullen is taking it slow with him; he doesn’t want to throw him in too early, as UF probably did with Feleipe Franks last year. But from what very little we’ve seen, Jones is a better fit for Mullen’s offense than Franks or Trask. That’s why Mullen recruited him. I don’t think Franks/Trask have done enough to prove they’re the long-term answer UF has been seeking since Tim Tebow left. Jones might be. 3. Which is more like the real Florida: The Gators that started 6-1 or the Gators that have dropped consecutive games by a combined 40 points? What’s the old coaching line, that you’re never as good or as bad as you thought you were? Sorry to use the lame answer, but the truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Florida beat a very good LSU team. That is a fact. It’s a thing that happened. But UF also got drubbed at home by a decent Mizzou team. That is also a thing that happened. Here’s what that tells me: When the Gators play well, they can hang with almost every team outside of the Alabama/Clemson echelon. When they play poorly, they can get beat by most decent teams. So that makes them like almost every other team in the country. 4. Recent attendance numbers have suggested some apathy with the program. Is that surprising with Dan Mullen in the fold A little bit. Mullen has done a lot to try to fire up the fan base, dating back to the offseason. His time as an assistant under Urban Meyer means he knows the program and can tell stories of Tebow and Percy Harvin. Fans love that connection. But he has a big hill to climb. UF fans want wins and offense. They’re beaten down from the Muschamp and McElwaindebacles. They’re frustrated that there’s still no long-term quarterback. Let’s not forget, too, that this isn’t just a Florida issue. Attendance has been down nationally. Florida State reduced its capacity a few years ago, to name one other school. It’s bigger than UF, but the Gators’ on-field product has contributed to the problem. 5. After Will Muschamp was fired, Jim McElwain lasted two and a half years at Florida before his tenure came to an unceremonious end. How do Gator fans view Muschamp now? They’re not going to build a statue of him or anything, but they view him better now after the McElwain era. Even when McElwain won the East in his first two years, fans didn’t seem to love him. He wasn’t a right fit, and that became obvious pretty quickly. Muschamp was different. I don’t think it was personal with him — certainly not to the degree that it was with McElwain. With Muschamp, it was business. There are people at UF who still like Muschamp as a human being. He just didn’t win enough. So I think that’s how the fans view him —as a nice enough guy who didn’t win enough games or put up enough points.
  18. Football 11/6/2018 GCF Staff Report Florida Week Football Media Availability With The HeadCoach & Assorted Players Gamecocks Face Gators on Saturday in Gainesville at Noon on ESPN VIDEOS   Opening Statement (MORE)
  19. Gators might play ‘three quarterbacks’ against Gamecocks November 05, 2018 It wasn’t long ago when South Carolina football discussion started with a quarterback debate. But since Jake Bentley has returned to good health, the Gamecocks have gone 2-1 and the push for Michael Scarnecchia has died down. It’ll be Bentley starting for the 28th time in his career Saturday when USC (5-3, 4-3 SEC) travels to face No. 19 Florida (6-3, 4-3). The Gators, meanwhile, don’t have that kind of QB certainty. Feleipe Franks started last week’s loss to Missouri, but was pulled in the second half for Kyle Trask. In Trask’s first extended action of his career, the sophomore completed 10 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Among the SEC’s 14 starting QBs, Franks has slipped to 12th in completion percentage (55.6), 10th in yards per attempt (7.1) and eighth in rating (133.25). The Gators have dropped consecutive games by a combined score of 74-34. UF coach Dan Mullen said Monday that all options are on the table. “We’ll look and see how practice goes,” Mullen told reporters during a news conference in Gainesville. “We might play two quarterbacks, we might play three. I want to see. We’re still putting the game plan together and I just want to see, as we put the game plan together and we go out and practice it, who gives us the best chance to win. “That’s kind of how we’ve done it throughout the whole year.” Franks made eight starts last season, the final in the Jim McElwain era at Florida. The 6-foot-6, 227-pound sophomore has career totals of 3,033 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He went of 10 of 25 for 174 yards and a pick in UF’s loss to Carolina last year in Columbia. Trask is a 6-5, 234-pounder who missed all of last year with an injury. “He throws a nice ball,” Mullen said of Trask. “He runs hard. He’s got good size. Very similar to Feleipe. Feleipe probably has a little stronger arm, probably a little more athletic. Trask might be a little bit more physical when he runs the ball.” Mullen’s third option? It’s likely Emory Jones. Jones is a true freshman and former four-star recruit who picked the Gators over pursuit from the likes of Ohio State, FSU, Auburn and Alabama. He’s appeared twice this season, including two weeks ago when he carried four times for 12 yards in the loss to Georgia. Mullen on Monday seemed hesitant to rush Jones into full-duty anytime soon. “You got to look at Emory within his development,” Mullen said. “There’s an injustice to put guys on the field before they’re completely ready to go play. Now if I think Emory’s completely ready to go play, we could go play him. If he’s going to give us the best chance to win, we’ll go do that.
  20. South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators "Will the Gamecocks Win or lose Saturday?"
  21. Gamecocks And Gators Meet Wednesday In Gainsville Tip time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. Florida GCF Staff Report January 23, 2018 South Carolina at Florida Game Notes / ​Watch / ​Live Stats / ​Twitter / ​Instagram / ​Facebook / ​Ticket Information GAME INFO Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET Location: Gainesville, Fla. Arena: Exactech Arena (10,151) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Mike Morgan Analyst: Pat Bradley Series: Florida leads 44-25
  22. Gamecocks And Gators Set For Noon Kick Saturday CBS to Televise SEC Eastern Division MatchGCF Staff ReportNovember 10, 2017 Game Notes / StatBroadcast / Live Audio / / @GamecockFB Football vs Florida GAME INFO Opponent: Florida Date: Nov. 11, 2017 Kickoff: Noon ET Location: Columbia, S.C. Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) Series: Gamecocks have won four of the last seven after winning just four of the first 30 TV: CBS (Carter Blackburn, Rick Neuheisel, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen) Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network (Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs, Langston Moore) Satellite Radio: Sirius 138/XM 190 Game Day Information Parking Information Clear Bag Policy Radio Affiliates Weekly Radio Show Weekly TV Show
  23. PREDICTION THREAD: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators South Carolina vs. Florida Nov. 11, Williams-Brice Stadium The Gators are of the biggest let downs in the SEC for 2017. Florida has won the SEC East in each of head coach Jim McElwain’s two seasons, but Jim McElwain was fired two weeks ago one of the reason beside losing is was his power less offense and let me add recruiting. McElwain’s staff has not recruited well enough the last two years to fully overcome an exodus of talent to the NFL the last two seasons. McElwain was hired to get Florida’s offense going and he fell way short. Either Malik Zaire or Feleipe Franks have come up short at quarterback. The Gators won’t get by on their defense this year as will be shown in the Cockpit come Saturday showdown at noon.. South Carolina 30 Florida 14
  24. Gamecocks Even Series With a 2-1 Win Over Florida With Videos & Box Score RHP Braden Webb earns his ninth win of the season. April 30, 2016 GCF Staff Report VIDEOS COLUMBIA, S.C. - Junior outfielder Gene Cone broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer to right field and freshman right-hander Braden Webb allowed just one run on five hits in 7.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts as second-ranked South Carolina evened the series with top-ranked Florida with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Founders Park. The Gamecocks are now 34-9 on the season and 15-5 in the SEC, while the Gators are 37-7 with a 14-6 conference record. With the win, Webb is now 9-2 on the year. Sophomore right-hander Tyler Johnson earned his fourth save of the season after allowing only one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Florida’s junior left-hander Kirby Snead suffered the loss and is now 3-1 on the year after giving up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Cone finished 2-for-3 and now owns a 29-game hitting streak, tied for the longest in Division I baseball. (more with videos & box score)
  25. Gamecocks Even Series With a 2-1 Win Over Florida With Videos & Box Score RHP Braden Webb earns his ninth win of the season. April 30, 2016 GCF Staff Report Box Score VIDEOS COLUMBIA, S.C. - Junior outfielder Gene Cone broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer to right field and freshman right-hander Braden Webb allowed just one run on five hits in 7.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts as second-ranked South Carolina evened the series with top-ranked Florida with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Founders Park. The Gamecocks are now 34-9 on the season and 15-5 in the SEC, while the Gators are 37-7 with a 14-6 conference record. With the win, Webb is now 9-2 on the year. Sophomore right-hander Tyler Johnson earned his fourth save of the season after allowing only one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Florida’s junior left-hander Kirby Snead suffered the loss and is now 3-1 on the year after giving up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Cone finished 2-for-3 and now owns a 29-game hitting streak, tied for the longest in Division I baseball. Both teams traded runs in the second inning. Buddy Reed put the Gators on the board win a one-out solo homer. The Gamecocks responded in the bottom of the second. Dom Thompson-Williams doubled to right field and LT Tolbert drove him in with a two-out single to center. It remained that way until the seventh when Cone turned on a 2-2 pitch for his third homer of the year to give the Gamecocks a one-run lead. Florida looked to tie it up in the ninth as Buddy Reed stole second base with one out to put himself into scoring position. Johnson dug deep though and induced a groundout off the bat of Jonathan India and then struck out Ryan Larson to preserve the one-run victory. GAME CHANGER Gene Cone’s two-out home run in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish. KEY STAT Gamecock right-handers Braden Webb and Tyler Johnson had a combined 10 strikeouts and allowed just one run in the victory. NOTABLES • Gene Cone extended his hitting streak to 29 games, which ties the longest streak in Division I baseball this year. Matt Reardon from Florida Gulf Coast also had a 29 game hitting streak this season. Cone has also reached base in 32 straight games this year, which is the longest streak in the SEC. • Attendance was 8,242, making it the fourth sellout of the season at Founders Park. QUOTABLE Head Coach Chad Holbrook “This was just a great college baseball game. A.J. Puk is a big time arm. Tonight I easily saw why they talk about him being the number one pick in the draft in June, and our kids matched him pitch for pitch. Braden [Webb] and Tyler [Johnson] were outstanding. We played great defense. Scoring against those guys is extremely difficult. We found a way to scratch two. Obviously Gene [Cone] getting the big home run in the seventh was the difference. It was all we needed. I never would have thought that two runs would win the game. I have to give credit to what Braden and Tyler did against an incredible lineup. I thought our players battled and competed on every pitch in the batter’s box, but their pitchers are just so good and make it so difficult. After what happened last night, I was really proud of our team and they way they came to the park today. They were energized and into it. They invested everything they had in every pitch. Win, lose or draw, if you do that, as a coach you’re proud of your team. I’m a lot more proud because we won. If it hadn’t gone our way I would have been proud of them anyway. We invested about all we had tonight, and for that reason I’m a happy coach. We’ll enjoy this win for about an hour or so, but then we have a quick turn around. Hopefully we come out here ready to win tomorrow.” UP NEXT The final game of the series between the Gamecocks and the Gators is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Founders Park. It will be broadcast live on SEC Network +. The game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.” From USC Sports Information

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