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  1. WR Bryan Edwards sets Gamecock career catches record with a eye popping catch Oct. 26, 2019 WR Bryan Edwards got to the top of the Gamecocks record book in style. A one-handed catch to the Tennessee 1-yard in the second quarter of Saturday’s game gave Edwards career catch No. 207, tying Kenny McKinley at No. 1 on the all-time Gamecock list. A third quarter grab gave him No. 208 and pushed him over the top. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. Gamecocks report card vs. Volunteers Oct. 27, 2019 OFFENSE: The Gamecocks 2nd half fold continued Saturday with Tennessee Volunteers, again they blew a halftime lead in a 41-21 loss. After that performance, it’s time to grade the Gamecocks. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Gamecocks report card vs. Volunteers Oct. 27, 2019, | GCF Staff Report OFFENSE: The Gamecocks 2nd half fold continued Saturday with Tennessee Volunteers, again they blew a halftime lead in a 41-21 loss. After that performance, it’s time to grade the Gamecocks. Quarterbacks: Ryan Hilinski had another tough day behind the line, again and way too often taking hits, not being helped by drops and needing more than 50 passes to get to nearly 320 yards. His consistency was lacking in spots as well. Youth and growing pains Grade: C- Running backs: The running game was lacking when the Gamecocks simply just needed more. Tavien Feaster wasn’t that bad, but still he only had 80 yards, no runs longer than 13 yards. Mon Denson didn’t add much. Grade: D- Wide receivers: There were drops that knocked the offense off-balance. Shi Smith held his own and Bryan Edwards was solid again, with one unreal catch. Josh Vann has a couple of nice plays, but it wasn’t enough overall. Grade: B Tight ends: The blocking overall had issues most of the season, also adding to the woes was a miss from Kyle Markway that got Hilinski leveled. There were a few nice catches, but also some drops. Grade: D- Offensive line: This was not one of the finest days for the Gamecock line. The run game didn’t produce all that much and Hilinski was often under the gun way to muck pressure here again.. There was enough solid play to avoid being awful, but it wasn’t ideal. Grade: D- NOW TO THE DEFENSE: Defensive line: A unit that had formed the backbone of the Gamecocks resurgence was missing a bit. They held up well enough against the run. But the protect schemes stifled the pass rush. Grade: D- Linebacker: Not particularly bad here, but also not much upside in terms of big plays either. They were a little hit and miss in terms of underneath coverage and the tackling was solid. Grade: C- Secondary: This was a bit of a disaster put it mildly. Safety J.T. Ibe got knocked around. Israel Mukuamu got out of position on a pair of deep post routes. There were breakdowns galore. Time to go back to the drawing board. Grade: F- Special teams: They gave up a whopping 14 points. That’s game-swinging. That’s a disaster for a unit that had been quite good all year. Ugly play here. Grade: F- Coaching: Several Gamecocks seniors said the team let up coming out of halftime. That is somewhat damning of the staff considering the importance of the game, even if the play-calling wasn’t particularly bad. Grade: F Overall: This was a game the Gamecocks had to win to keep bowl hopes alive and well. For the most part that is over with a 5-7 season most likely. The 24-0 second half in a must-win game is pretty rough all the way around. Grade: F-
  4. After the loss to Tennessee, has the secondary falling short? Oct. 27, 2019 Gamecocks toke another on the chin Saturday with a 41-21 loss to SEC rival Tennessee, coach Will Muschamp pointed to the many defensive issues that one could simply be a major player in the defensive break downs that have plague this team. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. Tennessee too much in the second half, Gamecocks fall 41-21 Oct. 26, 2019 BOX SCORE .auto-style2 { font-weight: normal; color: rgb(128, 0, 0); } .auto-style3 { color: rgb(128, 0, 0); } .auto-style4 { color: #FFFFFF; } .auto-style5 { text-align: right; } .auto-style6 { text-align: left; } 21 South Carolina 3-5 , 2-4 41 Tennessee 3-5 , 2-3 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 7 14 0 0 21 Tennessee 3 14 14 10 41 Story Links POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) WATCH: WILL MUSCHAMP POSTGAME PHOTO GALLERY The Gamecocks got the first big pass play Saturday against Tennessee. The Volunteers got more, though, and that cost the Gamecocks in a 41-21 loss at Neyland Stadium. A second-half collapse dooms the Gamecocks, Gamecocks secondary struggles played a part in the lose (3-5, 2-4 SEC) disseminating loss that result against an conference opponent and damaged the Gamecocks bowl hopes. Things got off to a promising start, as the Gamecocks took the lead on the first play from scrimmage of the game freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski found junior wide receiver Shi Smith for a 75-yard catch-and-score over the middle. Tennessee, meanwhile, relied on a combination of redshirt freshman J.T. Shrout and embattled veteran Jarrett Guarantano in place of injured starter Brian Maurer, but mostly relied on the run to set up a field goal on its second drive, its only score of the first quarter. And early in the second quarter, the Gamecock defense came up with a goal line stop on fourth down to end a long Tennessee drive. But after a sack on the ensuing possession forced Gamecocks to punt from its own end zone, Tennessee senior Marquez Callaway danced his way for a 65-yard touchdown return. That marked the first of four lead changes over the next 10 minutes. With 5:39 left to play in the half, South Carolina got favorable field position after pinning Tennessee deep, taking over at UT’s 44. With three completions from Hilinski and a targeting penalty against the Vols, the Gamecocks drove to the four-yard line, then ran the ball four times to punch it in for a 14-10 lead. The advantage was short-lived Guarantano connected with senior Jauan Jennings for gains of 27 and 48 yards, scoring in just 42 seconds to put Tennessee up 17-14. But the Volunteers left too much time on the clock, as Hilinski found his groove and led the Gamecocks down the field. Senior receiver Bryan Edwards made a phenomenal one-handed catch along the sideline to put Gamecocks at the one-yard line. Soon after, senior running back Tavien Feaster punched it in to put the Gamecocks back up 21-17 at halftime. Into the second half, though, South Carolina’s secondary, which struggled early on in the season but seemed to right itself over the past few games, fell apart. Guarantano connected on a 48-yard bomb on one drive, then absorbed a huge hit on another while finding Jennings for a 19-yard score. That hit sent Guarantano to the locker room holding his wrist, but after a quick three-and-out for Carolina’s offense, Shrout came in and connected on a 55-yard score of his own to Callaway to put the Vols up 31-21. Another field goal padded Tennessee’s lead, and with 11:41 still left to play, the Vols blocked punter Joseph Charlton, recovering the ball in the end zone to go up 41-21. Gamecocks offense, labored for the most part, going three-and-out on three of its first four drives in the second half, turning the ball over three other times. Hilinski finished the game with 28-of-51 passing for 319 yards. Nine Tennessee passing plays of 15 or more yards, including seven of more than 20. Using two quarterbacks behind their starter, the Volunteers had their best passing game of the season.
  6. After the loss to Tennessee, has the secondary falling short? Oct. 27, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks toke another on the chin Saturday with a 41-21 loss to SEC rival Tennessee, coach Will Muschamp pointed to the many defensive issues that one could simply be a major player in the defensive break downs that have plague this team. Muschamp started out by saying. “We did not cover 15 and 1 pretty much for the entire ballgame." That 15 is Jauan Jennings (seven catches, 174 yards, two touchdowns). And 1 is Marquez Calloway (three catches, 102 yards, one touchdown). The pair had more than 60 percent of Tennessee’s yards. They combined for seven of the team’s nine catches of 15 yards or longer, averaging 37 yards on those plays. They delivered back-breaker play after back-breaker play as the Vols rallied and pulled away. All said and done here, Tennessee’s 7.1 yards per play are the second-most for a Gamecocks opponent this season and the Vols’ best output of the season by a wide margin (it’s the third-best UT total since the start of the 2017 season). So the question on everybody’s mind is, what broke down in the secondary? Cornerback Jaycee Horn answered. “Often, the offensive coordinator did a good job of running some of our coverage beaters. Had a good plan." “They were calling the perfect calls.” Coverage beaters are specific concepts to take advantage of a given defensive scheme. Usually they look to attack something specific: Man coverage, one deep safety or two safeties splitting the back end of the defense. Muschamp did mention that on a pair of longer plays, the design was probably to hit a player in the middle of the field. But Gamecocks had it covered; meaning Tennessee attacked a deep post 1-on-1. On both plays, the Gamecocks defensive back had fallen way out of position. The one thing that had saved Gamecocks in the past was a pass rush that showed much more ability to get home than in recent years. At game’s end, the Gamecocks finished with three hurries and no sacks, though they did hit the quarterback a good bit, and that also linked to something schematic. Muschamp explains. “In a lot of their shot plays, they’re protecting with seven. It was full slide protection. They didn’t want to give up one-on-ones inside obviously, so they did a good job protecting. They took some shots, they hit the balls and we didn’t.” With seven in protection, that meant only three players running routes, but with play-action, some scheme tricks, sheer talent and a little more fight, they generated open looks. Muschamp also pointed to situational issues. On offense that was getting off the goal line; on defense it was third down. The Gamecocks gave up only five third-down conversions, but three were on third and 11 or longer. Gamecocks also gave up long plays on second and 10 and 2nd and 18. The defense had been strength of the team coming in, even if big plays had been an issue. There’s not much salve outside doing what they know they can do well and just doing it better as they try to pick up the pieces after Saturday. Closing it out with linebacker T.J. Brunson saying. “We just need to work on the details of our jobs and sticking together. Just understand that we need to get off the field.”
  7. What went right what went wrong vs Tennessee in Knoxville Oct. 27, 2019 A look at what went right and wrong for the Gamecocks loss Saturday vs Tennessee: THE RIGHT WAY Right way one WR Bryan Edwards: The Gamecock senior receiver now has his name in the record books. Saturday he became the school’s all-time leader in catches. He tied the late Kenny McKinley with a highlight of a one-handed grab that set up the Gamecocks’ final touchdown of the first half. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. RB Deshaun Fenwick could get some chances against Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville Oct. 25, 2019 Gamecock for the most part have primarily been a two-running back team this season, with Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster carrying the load, and Mon Denson stepping up when Rico Dowdle hurt his knee against Florida. Now with Rico out this weekend, Deshaun Fenwick could get some chances against Tennessee Saturday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. WATCH: Will Muschamp post game press conference vs Tennessee Oct. 26, 2019, | Courtesy of 247Sports
  10. WR Bryan Edwards sets Gamecock career catches record with a eye popping catch Oct. 26, 2019, | GCF Staff Report WR Bryan Edwards got to the top of the Gamecocks record book in style. A one-handed catch to the Tennessee 1-yard in the second quarter of Saturday’s game gave Edwards career catch No. 207, tying Kenny McKinley at No. 1 on the all-time Gamecock list. A third quarter grab gave him No. 208 and pushed him over the top. Edwards entered Saturday needing four receptions to tie the late McKinley and five to pass the 2007 All-SEC selection.
  11. Tennessee too much in the second half, Gamecocks fall 41-21 Oct. 26, 2019 The Gamecocks got the first big pass play Saturday against Tennessee. The Volunteers got more, though, and that cost the Gamecocks in a 41-21 loss at Neyland Stadium. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  12. RB Deshaun Fenwick could get some chances against Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville Oct. 25, 2019 Gamecock for the most part have primarily been a two-running back team this season, with Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster carrying the load, and Mon Denson stepping up when Rico Dowdle hurt his knee against Florida. Now with Rico out this weekend, Deshaun Fenwick could get some chances against Tennessee Saturday. Fenwick hasn’t got much work this season after redshirting last fall. His running back classmate Lavonte Valentine left the team in the summer, and he was asked to sit behind a veteran group. Muschamp said. “It’s hard when you’re really a one-back team, which is what we are, to play three guys much less four. And that’s kind of the situation he’s been in. But obviously with Rico, Tavien and Mon all being seniors, sometimes you got to patiently wait your turn, and that’s where he is right now.” In addition, Fenwick had seemingly been passed by freshman Kevin Harris, who showed well against Charleston Southern before tearing a ligament in his groin. Last season, Fenwick only played in two games. Against FCS Chattanooga, he put up 112 yards on 17 carries, and he then got a little work against Akron. His 100-yard game was the first for a Gamecock in his debut since 1999. The Gamecocks had enough tailback depth this season that former starter A.J. Turner has mostly been relegated to special teams (he also worked on defense). Feaster was a graduate transfer from Clemson, and he and Dowdle each have more than 475 yards on the season. Muschamp said. “It’s hard when you’re really a one-back team, which is what we are, to play three guys much less four. And that’s kind of the situation he’s been in. But obviously with Rico, Tavien and Mon all being seniors, sometimes you got to patiently wait your turn, and that’s where he is right now.” In addition, Fenwick had seemingly been passed by freshman Kevin Harris, who showed well against Charleston Southern before tearing a ligament in his groin. Last season, Fenwick only played in two games. Against FCS Chattanooga, he put up 112 yards on 17 carries, and he then got a little work against Akron. His 100-yard game was the first for a Gamecock in his debut since 1999. Gamecocks had enough tailback depth this season that former starter A.J. Turner has mostly been relegated to special teams (he also worked on defense). Feaster was a graduate transfer from Clemson, and he and Dowdle each have more than 475 yards on the season.
  13. South Carolina football: 5 things I want to see Saturday at Tennessee Oct. 24, 2019 Brace yourselves for a tight game on Rocky Top. The history of series reflects a game within a touchdown, the betting line is South Carolina favored by 4 points, and the Gamecocks haven’t blown anyone out this year save for Charleston Southern and a Kentucky team with major quarterback issues. While he didn’t want to discuss it Tuesday, coach Will Muschamp has his best coaching mark against Tennessee. Muschamp is 7-0 record against Tennessee as a head coach. He was 4-0 as the head coach at Florida, 3-0 with the Gamecocks. The 7 wins are the most Muschamp has against any opponent. Here are 5 things I want to see Saturday at Tennessee: (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. Carolina unveils uniform combination for Tennessee game Oct. 24, 2019 Gamecock football hits the road for a crucial game against an SEC East rival in the Tennessee Volunteers, the Gamecocks will sport white pants, garnet helmets with white jerseys. The video dropped by the team used a bit of a spooky Halloween theme for the reveal, but with a Gamecock deploying a sledgehammer to smash something orange. The last time Carolina wore this combo was against Georgia in 2017. Carolina also wore it against Missouri that year.
  15. Football 10/24/2019 From USC Sports Information GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Head to Rocky Top for Saturday Showdown Carolina - Tennessee Set for 4 pm Kick Saturday, Oct. 26 QUICKLY: The South Carolina Gamecocks (3-4, 2-3 SEC) are back on the road this week as they travel to Knoxville for an Oct. 26 date with the Tennessee Volunteers (2-5, 1-3 SEC). Game time is set for 4 pm ET at Neyland Stadium (102,455). SEC Network will televise the game with Taylor Zarzour and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Alyssa Lang working the sidelines. THE HISTORY: 2019 marks the 126th season of intercollegiate football at the University of South Carolina, dating back to 1892. It is the 113th-consecutive year in which South 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 611-583-44, a .511 winning percentage. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The 2019 season marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 South Carolina squad that won the Atlantic Coast Conference title with a perfect 6-0 mark under Paul Dietzel. That team was rewarded with a trip to the Peach Bowl. 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 South Carolina team that went 7-5 including the school's first bowl victory - a 24-21 win over West Virginia in the Carquest Bowl. IT JUST MEANS MORE: The 2019 season marks South Carolina's 28th year in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the 1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their lone SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. The Gamecocks are 96-124-1 (.437) all-time in SEC regular-season play, but are 41-36 (.532) in conference action since the start of the 2010 season. CAROLINA VS. TENNESSEE: This is the 38th gridiron meeting between the Gamecocks and Volunteers in a series that dates back to 1903. Tennessee leads the all-time series, 25-10-2, including a 16-3 advantage in Knoxville and a 9-7-2 mark in Columbia. The teams have met every year since Carolina joined the SEC for the 1992 season, with the Volunteers winning 18 of the 27 meetings as conference rivals. The Gamecocks defeated Tennessee just three times in a 105-year period from 1903-2007, but have won seven times in the last 11 contests from 2008-2018, including the last three in a row. IT FIGURES TO BE CLOSE: Each of the last seven contests has been decided six points or less, and by a total of 23 points, with Carolina winning four games by 3, 3, 6 and 3 points and Tennessee winning three times by 2-, 3- and 3-point margins. Six of the last seven games has been decided by three points or less. LET'S KEEP IT TO 60 MINUTES: South Carolina has played seven overtime games in its history, logging a 3-4 mark in those contests that needed more than 60 minutes to decide. Tennessee has been the opponent in three of the seven overtime games and accounted for three of the Gamecocks' four overtime losses, all decided by a field goal. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Jake Bentley threw for 152 yards and a touchdown, Rico Dowdle rushed for 140 yards and a score, and the Carolina defense stopped Tennessee on downs twice in the final quarter as the Gamecocks rallied from a 12-point deficit for a 27-24 win in Columbia on Oct. 27, 2018. Parker White's 25-yard field goal with 5:52 remaining proved to be the difference. THE LAST TIME THEY MET HERE: Parker White connected on all three of his field goal attempts, including a tie-breaking 21-yarder with 5:17 remaining, and South Carolina produced a goal-line stand in the closing seconds of a 15-9 win over Tennessee in Knoxville on Oct. 14, 2017. Both teams struggled on offense all day with the Gamecocks producing 323 yards of offense to just 253 for the Volunteers. The Carolina defense logged seven sacks while holding Tennessee out of the endzone. THEY CALL IT A STREAK: The Gamecocks have won three in a row over Tennessee, matching the 2010-12 stretch for Carolina's longest winning streak over the Vols. The two three-game winning streaks bookend a frustrating three-game losing streak to Tennessee in which the Vols posted a trio of wins by a total of just eight points. GOOD OLE ROCKY TOP: Will Muschamp owns a perfect 7-0 record against Tennessee as a head coach. He was 4-0 as the head coach at Florida, posting wins by scores of 33-23, 37-20, 31-17 and 10-6. He is 3-0 with the Gamecocks, leading Carolina wins of 24-21, 15-9 and 27-24 over Tennessee. The seven wins represents Coach Muschamp's high against any opponent. IT JUST MEANS MORE: South Carolina's redshirt junior offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson hails from Huntingdon, Tenn., located about 300 miles west of Knoxville. True freshmen Keveon Mullins (Memphis) and Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro) also come from the Volunteer state. Gamecocks' assistant strength & conditioning coach Corey Miller played at Tennessee from 2010-13. Tennessee assistant coach Chris Rumph played at Carolina in the early '90s, while director of strength & conditioning Craig Fitzgerald was on Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina from 2009-11. Former Gamecocks Byron Jerideau and Shaq Wilson are also on the Vols' strength staff. YOU WONNUM, YOU GOT 'EM: D.J. Wonnum earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against Tennessee in 2017 and again in 2018, posting a pair of sacks in each contest. Younger brother, Dylan Wonnum, was named the SEC Freshman of the Week against the Volunteers last season. ABOUT LAST WEEK: The Gamecocks were looking to knock off their second top-10 team in as many weeks, but fell short in a 38-27 setback to No. 9/9 Florida on a rain-soaked Saturday in Columbia. The Gamecocks clung to a 20-17 lead heading into the final stanza, but the Gators outscored Carolina by a 21-7 margin in the final 10 minutes for the win. Carolina outgained Florida 387-354 and won the time of possession by four minutes, but weren't able to overcome Kyle Trask's four touchdown passes. ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR EDWARDS: Senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards caught seven passes for 78 yards against the Gators. In doing so, he became just the second player in school history to eclipse the 200-reception mark. With 203 career catches, Edwards trails school record holder Kenny McKinley by just four receptions. Edwards is third in school history with 2,733 receiving yards, just 48 behind McKinley for second. NO FAMINE FOR FEASTER: When starting running back Rico Dowdle left the Florida game with a knee injury after just one carry, senior Tavien Feaster stepped in and put together the best game of his career, rushing 25 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. It was the most rushing yards for a Gamecock since Dowdle logged 226 yards against Western Carolina in 2016 and the most for a Carolina running back against an SEC opponent since Mike Davis went for 183 against Kentucky in 2014. Here are the top rushing performances by Carolina running backs against SEC defenses: Date Name Opponent Yards 11/13/10 Marcus Lattimore Florida 212 10/12/96 Duce Staley Kentucky 193 10/30/10 Marcus Lattimore Tennessee 184 10/04/14 Mike Davis Kentucky 183 09/11/10 Marcus Lattimore Georgia 176 10/19/19 Tavien Feaster Florida 175 AMONG THE LEADERS: Several Gamecocks are listed in the SEC's top-10 this week: Passing Avg/Game - Ryan Hilinski - 6th - 199.7 Receptions/Game - Bryan Edwards -6th - 5.7 Receiving Yds/Game - Bryan Edwards - 9th - 72.0 Total Offense - Ryan Hilinski - 10th - 193.7 Scoring (Kick) - Parker White - 8th - 7.4 Kick Returns - Shi Smith - 5th - 22.5 Punting - Joseph Charlton - 2nd - 48.3 Field Goals - Parker White - t3rd - 1.57 Field Goal Pct. - Parker White - t4th - 73.3 PAT Kicking Pct. - Parker White - t1st - 100.0 Tackles - Ernest Jones - 5th - 7.9 Sacks - Javon Kinlaw - t3rd - 0.71 Sacks - D.J. Wonnum - 5th - 0.64 Sacks - Aaron Sterling - t7th -0.57 Tackles for loss - D.J. Wonnum - t4th - 1.07 Passes Defended - Israel Mukuamu - t5th - 1.14 Passes Defended - Jaycee Horn - t10th - 1.0 Interceptions - Israel Mukuamu - 2nd - 0.57 Fumbles Forced - Jaycee Horn - t2nd - 0.29 Fumbles Recovered - Javon Kinlaw - t1st - 0.29 COMMITTING TO THE RUN: After rushing 24 times for just 16 yards in the loss at Missouri, the Gamecocks have committed to the run. They rushed 46 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns against Kentucky, 36 times for 142 yards at Georgia and 43 times for 217 yards and two scores against Florida. For the season, the Gamecocks are averaging 196.9 yards per game on the ground, fourth in the SEC, with 15 rushing touchdowns. That is the highest single-season average since the 2013 team went for 198.5 rushing yards per game. Carolina had a school record 493 rushing yards against Charleston Southern earlier this year. BENTLEY IS IN THE GARAGE: Senior Jake Bentley triggered the offense from the middle of the 2016 season through the first game of the 2019 campaign. A 6-4, 220-pounder from Opelika, Ala., Bentley suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot on the last play against North Carolina and is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery during the second week of September. Bentley logged a 19-14 record as the starting signal-caller. He ranks near the top of many Carolina career statistical categories: Pass Attempts - 1,002 (4th) Pass Completions - 626 (3rd) Completion Percentage - 62.5 (2nd) Passing Yards - 7,527 (4th) Passing Touchdowns - 55 (3rd) Career Wins - 19 (6th) Touchdowns Responsible For - 63 (t3rd) NEXT MAN UP: True freshman Ryan Hilinski has taken the starting quarterback reins. Like Bentley, Hilinski, a highly-touted 6-3, 230-pound signal-caller from California, comes from a quarterbacking family. His brother Kelly played QB at Columbia and Weber State, while his brother, the late Tyler Hilinski, was a quarterback at Washington State. Hilinski joined the team in January and went through spring drills. He made his debut against Charleston Southern by hitting his first 12 passes and finished the day 24-of-30 for 282 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. His 259 yards in the first half is the most passing yards by a true freshman quarterback in a single half this season. He also had one rushing touchdown. He followed that up with a 36-for-57, 324-yard, two-touchdown performance against Alabama, earning SEC Freshman of the Week accolades. He is 3-3 as a starter, connecting on 120-of-199 passes (60.3 pct.) for 1,198 yards with seven TDs and three interceptions. His 199.7 passing yards per game is tops among SEC freshmen quarterbacks. THE SIXTH MAN: When he got the call against Charleston Southern in week 2, Ryan Hilinki became just the sixth true freshman to start at quarterback for the Gamecocks since joining the SEC. Steve Taneyhill (1992), Mikal Goodman (1999), Lorenzo Nuñez (2015), Brandon McIlwain (2016) and Jake Bentley (2016) were the others. Here's how they each fared in their first career start: Quarterback Opp. W/L C A I Yds TD S. Taneyhill Miss State W 7 14 1 183 2 M. Goodman Ole Miss L 8 15 0 147 0 L. Nuñez UCF W 12 22 0 184 2 B. McIlwain ECU W 16 28 0 195 0 J. Bentley UMass W 17 26 0 201 2 R. Hilinski Chas. So. W 24 30 1 282 2 ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Making just his second career start and his first against an FBS opponent, true freshman Ryan Hilinski completed 36-of-57 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns against Alabama, earning SEC Freshman of the Week accolades. The 57 attempts were the second-most in a single-game in school history, topped only by the 58 that Steve Taneyhill threw against East Carolina in 1994, while the 36 completions ranks third in school history, topped only by Taneyhill on two occasions - 39 vs. ECU in '94 and 38 vs. Mississippi State in 1995. Hilinski became just the second freshman in program history to throw for more than 300 yards against an SEC opponent, joining Todd Ellis, who threw for 342 yards against Georgia in 1986. PASS ATTEMPTS - GAME 1. Steve Taneyhill vs. East Carolina (10/8/94)....... 58 2. Ryan Hilinski vs. Alabama (9/14/19).............. 57 3. Todd Ellis vs. Virginia Tech (10/8/88).............. 53 Stephen Garcia at Georgia (9/12/09)................. 53 5. 3 players tied...................................................... 51 PASS COMPLETIONS - GAME 1. Steve Taneyhill vs. East Carolina (10/8/94)....... 39 2. Steve Taneyhill vs. Mississippi St. (10/14/95).... 38 3. Ryan Hilinski vs. Alabama (9/14/19).............. 36 4. Steve Taneyhill vs. Georgia (9/2/95).................. 34 DO IT ALL DAKEREON: Redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner began the season as the number 3 quarterback, moved to wide receiver, and has now returned to quarterback on a full-time basis. Joyner saw his first extended action at quarterback at Missouri, completing 6-of-11 passes for 89 yards. He was not available for the Kentucky game with a hamstring injury, then, despite not being 100 percent, was forced into action at Georgia after Hilinski was injured. He was 6-for-12 in that contest for 39 yards and rushed six times for 28 yards. For the season, he is 13-of-24 for 128 yards, and has rushed 16 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. If Hilinski and Joyner were unavailable, Jay Urich would be next in line. FEARSOME FOURSOME: Running backs coach Thomas Brown has a quartet of seniors at his disposal in Rico Dowdle, graduate transfer Tavien Feaster, Mon Denson and A.J. Turner. * Rico Dowdle (6-0, 215) has started every game this season, rushing 78 times for 457 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and four scores. He has two 100-yard rushing games in 2019 (Alabama and Kentucky), and eight in his career. He owns 2,126 yards, 15th on the school's all-time list. He has scored 16 rushing TDs (three shy of breaking into the school's top 10) in 36 games including 25 starts. He left the Florida game with a knee injury after just one carry, the 400th of his career. * Tavien Feaster (6-0, 221) has been the Gamecocks' top rusher three times this season, rushing for 72 yards in the season opener against North Carolina, for 107 yards in the win over Kentucky, and for a career-hgih 175 yards on 25 carries against Florida. For the season, he has carried 82 times for 492 yards, a 6.0-yard average, with four TDs. Feaster, who played at Clemson in each of the previous three seasons, has rushed 304 times for 1,822 yards with 19 touchdowns over 48 career games including 12 starts. * Mon Denson (5-10, 215) has only carried the ball in three games this season, rushing nine times for a career-high 118 yards against Charleston Southern, including a 57-yard touchdown burst, his third-career 100-yard rushing game; 10 times for 41 yards versus Kentucky and 12 times for 58 yards against Florida. For the season, he is averaging 7.0 yards per carry, rushing 31 times for 217 yards. He has six rushing touchdowns in 28 games including a pair of starts, with three of his six TDs coming against Florida. * With Dowdle being hampered by injuries over the last couple of weeks, A.J. Turner has returned to the offensive side of the ball, where he has played most of his career. He ranks 30th in school history with 1,322 rushing yards. FOUR REACH THE CENTURY MARK: The Gamecocks have had four rushers reach the 100-yard mark this season, with Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster both eclipsing the mark twice, and Mon Denson and Kevin Harris doing so once. South Carolina is one of only seven schools in the country to have four different 100-yard rushers in a game this season, joining Air Force, Georgia Southern, Houston, Louisiana, Wake Forest and Wyoming. CATCH IT IF YOU CAN: * Bryan Edwards ranks among the best wide receivers in school history. He has caught a pass in all 45 games in which he has appeared, surpassing Kenny McKinley's mark of 43 for a school record. After being limited to just one catch for seven yards against North Carolina, Edwards bounced back with a five-catch, 112-yard, two-TD performance against CSU, logged a career-high nine receptions for 79 yards against Alabama, posted a six-catch, 113-yard, one touchdown outing at Mizzou, his seventh career 100-yard receiving game, had a team-high six receptions versus Kentucky, caught six passes for 78 yards at Georgia with a touchdown and had seven receptions for 78 yards against Florida. He is second on the school's career receptions list with 203, behind only Kenny McKinley's school record 207 receptions. Edwards also ranks third on the school's all-time receiving yards list with 2,733. He trails only Alshon Jeffery (3,042) and Kenny McKinley (2,781) on that list. Edwards owns 20 career TDs, third on the school's all-time list, behind only Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery's mark of 23. * Junior Shi Smith (5-10, 190) is the No. 2 receiver. Smith was the top receiver against North Carolina, catching five passes for 55 yards, and logged six receptions for 90 yards and a score against Alabama. He is second on the team with 25 catches for 252 yards. His next catch will be the 100th of his career. * Sophomore Josh Vann (2 starts) and veteran Chavis Dawkins (4 starts) work as the third and fourth receivers. Vann has 16 catches for 128 yards. After not having a reception in the first three games, Dawkins has six catches for 65 yards over the last four contests. * Redshirt sophomore OrTre Smith did not dress for the opener, but has since returned to the field after missing most of last season following knee surgery and has contributed six catches for 49 yards with a touchdown against Florida. REVAMPED TIGHT ENDS: Bobby Bentley took over as the tight ends coach and came into a room that had just seven career Division I receptions entering the 2019 campaign. He lost K.C. Crosby and Jacob August to graduation, then lost Kiel Pollard to a career-ending medical situation during fall camp, while Evan Hinson elected to pursue a basketball career at Austin Peay. * Fifth-year junior Kyle Markway (6-4, 250) is having a career year. Markway is tied for third on the team with 16 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns on the season after having just six catches coming into 2019. He had a career-high four receptions against CSU, then topped that with five catches for 46 yards against Alabama. * Junior Nick Muse (6-3, 232), a transfer from William & Mary, got a waiver for immediate eligibility a day prior to the CSU game. He made an immediate impact with two catches for 22 yards in that contest and had four catches for 21 yards against Alabama. He added another two catches for 25 yards at Mizzou and three for a career-high 31 yards at Georgia. He has 12 receptions for 120 yards on the season. He hauled in 30 passes for 453 yards a season ago for the Tribe. * Junior Chandler Farrell (6-3, 295), a former walk-on center, moved to tight end during fall camp to add depth. He is now wearing No. 31, rather than the 60 he has worn previously. Used primarily as a blocking tight end, Farrell is still looking for his first reception. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Senior tight end Kiel Pollard was forced to give up his playing career during fall camp. Pollard suffered a small fracture in his neck, which was to have sidelined him for 4-6 weeks. However, during an MRI, the doctors discovered a cyst on his spinal cord, which apparently has been there since he was a child. The severity of the situation and the possible long-term consequences from that medical condition forced him to retire as a player. Pollard, who will graduate in December, is helping as a student-assistant coach. He served as a team captain in the opener vs. UNC. THE O-LINE SETTLES IN: The Gamecocks have what offensive line coach Eric Wolford considers his most athletic unit since rejoining the Carolina staff. He has two veterans in left tackle Sadarius Hutcherson and center Donell Stanley, but the other three spots are manned by first-year starters. * Sixth-year senior Donell Stanley (6-3, 325) anchors the unit. Stanley worked at left guard in the season opener, but has since moved back to center. He worked primarily at center during the 2018 season and has made 20-consecutive starts. * Redshirt junior Sadarius Hutcherson (6-4, 320) protects the quarterback's blind side from the left tackle position. Hutcherson played guard in 2018, but is strong and athletic enough to handle the tackle position. He has made 21-consecutive starts and earned a spot on Bruce Feldman's "Freaks" list. * Sophomore Dylan Wonnum (6-5, 310) started each of the first four games at right tackle before suffering an ankle injury in the Missouri game, which has kept him out of the the last three contests. Wonnum was a Freshman All-American last season as a true freshman. * The Gamecocks started a new pair of guards against Charleston Southern, with redshirt sophomore Jordan Rhodes (6-4, 330) taking over at left guard and redshirt freshman Jovaughn Gwyn (6-2, 305) getting the nod at right guard. They both have now started six-straight games. * True freshman Jaylen Nichols (6-5, 320) made his first career start against Kentucky at the right tackle position, replacing the injured Dylan Wonnum, and has now started three-straight contests. THAT'S MORE LIKE IT: The Gamecock defense has played better over the last four games. They held the Missouri offense to 20 points, then surrendered just seven against Kentucky, while holding the Wildcats to just 212 total yards of offense, including 97 yards passing. It was the fewest yards surrendered by the Gamecocks since the 2012 season and the fewest first downs allowed (9) since holding Arkansas to seven in 2013. The Gamecock defense limited the high-powered Georgia offense to just 17 points, forcing four turnovers and collecting three sacks. In the two overtimes, South Carolina did not allow a first down while getting an interception and forcing a long field goal that went wide left. Florida managed just 354 yards of offense against Carolina after averaging 432.0 yards entering the contest. THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE: This is easily the best defensive front in both depth and talent assembled at South Carolina since the days of Jadeveon Clowney and company raised havoc throughout the SEC. * Most of the accolades have gone to Javon Kinlaw (6-6, 310), who some NFL experts have labeled a first-round NFL draft pick. He has filled up the stat line with 22 tackles including 5.0 sacks, third in the SEC, three quarterback hurries, a pair of fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. He was the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance at Georgia, and was a midseason All-American by both the AP (first team) and The Athletic (second team). * D.J. Wonnum (6-5, 260) is back after missing eight games a year ago with an ankle injury. Wonnum was named a team captain in 2017 after logging 13.0 tackles for loss including 6.0 sacks. He logged three tackles for loss in the season opener against North Carolina and registered 11 tackles overall. He had his first career interception at Missouri. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Kentucky when he registered a career-high 3.0 sacks among his five tackles and forced a fumble. He has been recognized as an SEC weekly award winner four times in his career, including twice against Tennessee. He has 25 tackles on the season including a team-high 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He has tied Rashad Faison for 10th on the school's all-time list in tackles for loss with 27.5 and, with 14.0 career sacks, is one sack away from tying four others for ninth on the school's all-time list. * Kobe Smith (6-2, 300) is a "glue guy" in the middle of the line and has recorded 18 tackles. He gets extra mention in the notes after serving as a summer marketing intern for Gamecock Athletics. * The Gamecocks have been getting better play from junior defensive end Aaron Sterling (6-1, 250). For the season, Sterling has registered 23 tackles, is second on the squad in tackles for loss (6.0) and is third in sacks (4.0). He also is tied for the team lead with three QB hurries, has forced a fumble and has recovered a fumble. GETTING IN THE SACK: Through seven games, Carolina has logged 17 sacks, with Javon Kinlaw leading the way with 5.0, while D.J. Wonnum (4.5) and Aaron Sterling (4.0) are right behind. The Gamecocks have three of the top 10 SEC sack leaders and are the only SEC school to have at least three players with 4.0 or more sacks this season. SACKS 2019 CAREER D.J. Wonnum 4.5 14.0 Javon Kinlaw 5.0 9.5 Aaron Sterling 4.0 7.0 T.J. Brunson 0.0 6.0 Kier Thomas 0.0 5.5 Daniel Fennell 0.0 4.0 Brad Johnson 0.0 3.5 Jaycee Horn 1.0 3.0 Kingsley Enagbare 1.0 2.0 Kobe Smith 0.5 2.0 R.J. Roderick 1.0 1.0 Jabari Ellis 0.0 1.0 Rick Sandidge 0.0 0.5 BACKING UP THE LINE: What was a very thin unit that saw T.J. Brunson and Sherrod Greene each play over 900 snaps a year ago, the Gamecock linebacking corps is much deeper this season. * T.J. Brunson (6-1, 230) is the veteran leader of the group. The first player that Coach Muschamp recruiting at Carolina, Brunson has logged 256 career tackles, including 106 last season alone. A 2018 team captain, he opened the 2019 season with nine stops against UNC, had a season-high 12 tackles at Missouri, had 10 stops at Georgia and is currently second on the team with 50 stops. * Sophomore Ernest Jones (6-2, 235) earned the starting spot at the MIKE position, allowing Brunson to move back to WILL. An excellent communicator, Jones starred in his first start against UNC, registering a team-high 12 tackles, along with a pair of pass breakups. He also logged a team-high 12 tackles at Georgia. He leads the team and is fifth in the SEC with 55 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. He logged his first career interception against Kentucky. * Sherrod Greene (6-1, 230) started every game last season but began this season in a reserve role. He has been coming on of late, starting each of the last four games as Carolina has opened with a 4-3 look, and is playing his best football. EASON-RIDDLE AT YOUR SERVICE: Junior linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle is one of 22 student-athletes selected for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The 22 players stood out for their leadership in local communities and overall commitment to giving back. Eason-Riddle has been a regular at both the Dorn VA Medical Center and at the oncology center of the Prisma Health Children's Hospital. He founded and developed the "Sandstorm Buddies Program" which matches USC student-athletes with patients and their families, where they can serve in a mentor capacity with cancer patients. RECONFIGURED SECONDARY: Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson has a talented, but young group in his meeting room. * J.T. Ibe (5-10, 195), a sixth-year graduate transfer, is the veteran in the secondary. Ibe missed the opener with a pec injury, something he dealt with at Rice as well, but has since returned to the starting lineup. He has 27 tackles in six games, including a team-high eight stops against Florida. * Jaycee Horn (6-1, 200), who is considered the top cover corner, logged a sack and forced a pair of fumbles in the season opener, had two PBUs vs. Alabama and logged seven tackles at Georgia. He has 23 tackles on the season with a team-high seven PBUs and a team-high two forced fumbles. * Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 205), who ranks third on the team with 42 tackles while playing both corner and safety, logged seven tackles against UNC, a pick against CSU and registered eight tackles against Alabama before having a career game at Georgia with a career-high 11 tackles and three interceptions. He is one of only three players in the country with three picks in a game this season and leads the SEC and is tied for fourth in the country with four interceptions. * Sophomore R.J. Roderick has worked his way into the starting lineup, seeing action at both nickel and safety. He is fourth on the team with 35 tackles and logged his first career sack against Alabama. * True freshmen Jammie Robinson (5-11, 200) and John Dixon (6-0, 190) both started vs. UNC. They became the eighth and ninth true freshman to start a season opener for the Gamecocks since the 2009 season, joining Stephon Gilmore (2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014), Al Harris Jr. (2014), Bryan Edwards (2016) and Jaycee Horn (2018). Dixon had a pick against CSU, while Robinson picked off his first pass against Florida. SIMPLY THE BEST: Sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu had a memorable game in the win at Georgia. He logged a career-high 11 tackles and intercepted Jake Fromm three times, returning one 53 yards for a score. Fromm had entered the game without an INT this season. He became the first Gamecock to record three picks in a game since Patrick Hinton vs. NC State in 1988. Mukuamu was recognized as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, the Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week, the CollegeSportsMadness.com SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week, and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. PICK THIS: After logging just six interceptions in 2018, the Gamecocks already have nine picks this season, tied for 11th in the country, including three picks against Charleston Southern, the most in a game since the Vanderbilt win in 2015, and three more at Georgia (all by Israel Mukuamu). INTERCEPTIONS 2019 Career Israel Mukuamu 4 5 R.J. Roderick 1 1 John Dixon 1 1 Sherrod Greene 0 1 Ernest Jones 1 1 Jammie Robinson 1 1 D.J. Wonnum 1 1 KICKING IT WITH PARKER: Redshirt junior Parker White is in his third season handling the extra point and field goal attempts. White is 11-for-15 in field goals this season (73.3 pct.) with three of his four misses coming from 50 yards and beyond. He hit a then career-long 48-yarder vs. Alabama and topped that with a 49-yarder at Georgia and had another 49-yarder vs. Florida. He is 38-of-56 (67.9 percent) in career field goal attempts, including 27-of-30 (90.0 percent) from inside 40 yards. He is 90-for-91 on extra point attempts, including 19-for-19 this season. CAREER POINTS SCORED 1. Elliott Fry (2013-16)..................................... 359 2. Collin Mackie (1987-90)............................... 330 3. Ryan Succop (2005-08)................................. 251 4. Marcus Lattimore (2010-12).......................... 246 5. Parker White (2017-19)............................... 204 CAREER FIELD GOALS MADE 1. Collin Mackie (1987-90)................................. 72 2. Elliott Fry (2013-16)....................................... 66 3. Ryan Succop (2005-08)................................... 49 4. Mark Fleetwood (1981-83).............................. 39 Reed Morton (1993-96).................................. 39 6. Parker White (2017-19)................................. 38 CAREER FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED 1. Collin Mackie (1987-90)................................. 98 2. Elliott Fry (2013-16)....................................... 88 3. Ryan Succop (2005-08)................................... 69 4. Parker White (2017-19)................................. 56 5. Reed Morton (1993-96).................................. 54 CAREER PATs MADE 1. Elliott Fry (2013-16)..................................... 161 2. Scott Hagler (1983-86).................................. 117 3. Collin Mackie (1987-90)............................... 114 4. Ryan Succop (2005-08)................................. 104 5. Parker White (2017-19)................................. 90 WINNER, WINNER: Parker White owns five fourth-quarter or overtime game-winning field goals in his career. He provided the deciding points in wins over Louisiana Tech (2017), Tennessee (2017), Missouri (2018), Tennessee (2018) and Georgia (2019). AS GOOD AS IT GETS: Parker White is a perfect 5-for-5 in field goal attempts against Tennessee in his career. Three of the field goals have come in the fourth quarter, producing two game-winners. I'M CHARLTON YOUR PUNTER: Senior Joseph Charlton handles the punting chores for the Gamecocks and is an All-American candidate. He ranks second in the country in punting average at 48.3 yards, while the Gamecocks are ranked second in the country in net punting at 44.5 yards. He punted nine times for a 51.2-yard average against Kentucky with a season-best 65-yarder, earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. For the season, 16 of his 38 punts have traveled at least 50 yards, while 20 have been marked inside the 20 with three touchbacks. He is a four-time "Ray's 8" weekly watch list member. AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Here are the top five punters in the nation: NAME SCHOOL G NO YDS AVG 1. Braden Mann Texas A&M 7 29 1428 49.2 2. Joseph Charlton S. Carolina 7 38 1834 48.3 3. Oscar Bradburn Virginia Tech 7 32 1544 48.3 4. Max Duffy Kentucky 7 33 1591 48.2 5. Ryan Stonehouse Colorado St. 7 32 1513 47.3 NOTHING BUT NET: With Joseph Charlton challenging for All-America honors, the Gamecocks are among the leaders in net punting: SCHOOL G NO YDS RET NET 1. Kentucky 7 33 1,591 37 45.27 2. South Carolina 7 38 1,834 83 44.50 3. Colorado State 7 32 1,513 51 44.44 4. Houston 7 31 1,465 88 44.42 5. Syracuse 7 44 1,991 14 44.02 CHARLTON THE G.O.A.T.: Joseph Charlton is currently the school record holder for career punting average at 45.2-yards per punt. CAREER PUNTING AVERAGE (Min. 75 Punts) 1. Joseph Charlton (2015-19)... 45.2 (141 for 6376) 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) REPLACING DEEBO: It's tough to replace the school's record-holder in kickoff return average, but Shi Smith is doing his best to make people forget Deebo Samuel. Smith returned three kicks for 100 yards, including a 60-yarder that set up a third-quarter touchdown against North Carolina. He is averaging 22.5 yards, fifth in the SEC. SNAPPING BACK: Graduate transfer Matt Oliveira handles the short and deep snapping duties. Oliveira has experience, having been the long snapper each of the last two seasons for Maryland. WATCH ME NOW: The Gamecocks had 11 players on the Senior Bowl preseason watch list, the third-highest total in the country. The list includes Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Joseph Charlton, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Tavien Feaster, Javon Kinlaw, Kyle Markway, Donell Stanley, Keir Thomas and D.J. Wonnum. OLD-TIMERS GAME: The Gamecocks have four players - Caleb Kinlaw, J.T. Ibe, Donell Stanley and Eldridge Thompson - who are in their sixth-year of eligibility. Their first collegiate season was in 2014. South Carolina and Akron are the only Division I schools with four sixth-year players on the roster. YOUR MONEY'S NO GOOD HERE: Just prior to the start of the 2019 academic year, walk-on linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle was rewarded with a scholarship. FAMILY TIES: Sophomore defensive back Jaycee Horn is the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, junior linebacker Damani Staley is the son of former Gamecock and NFL running back Duce Staley, while 2019 signee Shilo Sanders is the son of former NFL and MLB standout Deion Sanders. TOTING THE SHEEPSKIN: Thirteen Gamecocks already have their undergraduate degree in hand including: Joseph Charlton, Mon Denson, Spencer Eason-Riddle, Chandler Farrell, Tavien Feaster, Daniel Fennell, Bailey Hart, J.T. Ibe, Caleb Kinlaw, Kyle Markway, Matt Oliveira, Donell Stanley and Eldridge Thompson. THE CAP AND GOWN AWAITS: Fourteen Gamecocks are on track to graduate in December. The list includes: Michael Almond, Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Daniel Fennell (Master's), Sadarius Hutcherson, Javon Kinlaw, Kiel Pollard, Kobe Smith, Keir Thomas, Will Tommie, A.J. Turner, and Alexander Woznick. LOVE US FOR OUR MINDS: Gamecock football student-athletes posted a combined 3.026 GPA in the fall semester of 2018, the best in school history, then topped that with a 3.084 team GPA in the spring of 2019. In the recently released graduation success rate, South Carolina's Football GSR score (92) ranked second among SEC schools, tied for first among South Carolina schools (Wofford) and tied for sixth among all FBS schools. UP NEXT: The Gamecocks return home to host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Gamecocks lead the all-time series by a 24-4 count, including an 11-2 mark in Columbia. Carolina has won the last 10 in a row, including last year's game in Nashville by a 37-14 margin.
  16. Look at South Carolina vs Tennessee series Oct. 24, 2019 An SEC battle in Neyland Stadium where the most nervous was Donell Stanley. Why? The Gamecock offensive lineman was pacing the visitor’s sideline on Oct. 14, 2017, for a couple reasons. No. 1, the Gamecocks were trying to hold off Tennessee at the goal line to preserve a 15-9 win. But No. 2, if the Volunteers scored and shocked the Gamecocks at the buzzer, he’d feel most responsible. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  17. Look at South Carolina vs Tennessee series Oct. 24, 2019 An SEC battle in Neyland Stadium where the most nervous was Donell Stanley. Why? The Gamecock offensive lineman was pacing the visitor’s sideline on Oct. 14, 2017, for a couple reasons. No. 1, the Gamecocks were trying to hold off Tennessee at the goal line to preserve a 15-9 win. But No. 2, if the Volunteers scored and shocked the Gamecocks at the buzzer, he’d feel most responsible. Stanley thought the reason Tennessee had the ball in the first place was because he missed a block on the Gamecocks previous possession that forced the Gamecocks to kick a field goal instead of continuing a drive and running the clock out. Stanley said. “If we lost it was going to be on me.” The Vols, down six, drove 73 yards in 1:12 to set up third-and-goal from the Gamecocks 2. One second remained. “Yeah,” Stanley said, “I was over there biting my nails and everything.” But Jarrett Guarantano’s end zone pass for Brandon Johnson fell incomplete, and the Gamecocks prevailed. Stanley could breathe easy as he rushed the field to celebrate with teammates. Gamecocks have been getting use to this kind of thrill of victory when it comes to recent games with Tennessee. The last three meetings all Gamecock wins have come by a combined 12 points. Stanley said. No! when asked if there’s any main reason for the recent success against the Vols. “We just go out and prepare like it’s any other game. When you play in the SEC, everybody’s going to give us their best shot. We just try to prepare. Every game goes into the fourth quarter and hopefully we’re on top of those plays. The difference is always in five to seven plays. Hopefully we’re on top of them.” A fourth straight win over Tennessee would be a first in Gamecock history. This is the same Gamecocks program that lost 12 straight to the Volunteers from 1993-2004. At that time, of course, UT was led by coach Phillip Fulmer and quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning, Tee Martin and Casey Clausen. The Vols on Saturday will feature Fulmer as the athletics director, Jeremy Pruitt as coach and either Guarantano, Brian Maurer or J.T. Shrout behind center. Tennessee is seeking to avoid a third straight bowl-less season. Will Muschamp dad this to say. “We have a lot of respect for Tennessee, their program and what Coach Pruitt’s doing,who is 7-0 as a head coach against the Vols. “We need to expect another four-quarter game. And we certainly do.” The last time South Carolina-Tennessee was decided by double figures came in 2011. The average score of the next seven matchups? Gamecocks 27, UT 26. “At the end of the day, Tennessee’s a great team,” said redshirt junior left tackle Sadarius Hutcherson “We know it’s been a dog fight each time we’ve played those guys.” The Gamecocks are a 4-point favorite. The Gamecocks (3-4, 2-3 SEC) and Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) renew their rivalry 4 p.m. Saturday in Knoxville. SEC Network will broadcast.
  18. POLL OF THE WEEK: Up next Tennessee on the road Gamecocks hit the road heading up to Knoxville to face the Volunteers in another SEC East TILT. Gamecock now with a 3-4 record have to win on the road Saturday to even up their record to 4-4. Lets talk Tennessee. Boom now stands at 7-0 life time vs the Volunteers he will be trying for his 8th victory over the Volunteers to keep his record a perfect 8-0. Poll for the board. Can Boom win Saturday and keep his perfect record intact?
  19. USC-Vols matchup: Yes, both coaches are heated about officials Oct. 22, 2019 The Gamecocks (3-4, 2-3 SEC) and Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) meet at 4 p.m. this Saturday in Knoxville. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  20. USC-Vols matchup: Yes, both coaches are heated about officials Oct. 22, 2019 The Gamecocks (3-4, 2-3 SEC) and Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) meet at 4 p.m. this Saturday in Knoxville. Jeremy Pruitt and Will Muschamp have more in common than being former Nick Saban assistant coaches now in charge of their own SEC programs. What Muschamp dealt with during the Gamecocks loss to Florida on Saturday did trickled down to Pruitt and Tennessee in their loss to Alabama on Saturday night. Both coaches and their fans feel they’re coming off games in which they were slighted by SEC officials. Muschamp, after showing frustration in the post-game news conference, told reporters Sunday that he’s spoken with both SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and SEC director of officials Steve Shaw about key calls that went against the Gamecocks in the Gator loss. Pruitt, whose Vols were penalized 13 times for 93 yards in Tuscaloosa, addressed the situation Monday. Pruitt said during a Monday news conference in Knoxville. “I’ll be the first to tell you that I fully support Steve Shaw and everything that goes about in the SEC with our officialsIt’s a tough job. It’s a really tough job. Things happen really fast. There’s probably three or four things that happen in the game that I’m complaining to the officials about and I was wrong. When I watched the tape, they were right and I was wrong. “Now there’s probably three or four other things that happened in the game that I don’t agree with. There’s nothing that Steve could tell me or anybody else could tell me that I would agree with what happened in the game whether it was a flag on us or not a flag on us.” Pruitt specifically pointed to a roughing the passer call on Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor that extended an Alabama drive in the third quarter. The Crimson Tide ended the possession with a touchdown that pushed its lead to 28-13. Pruitt said. “The call on Darrell Taylor was absolutely not a penalty. It’s not a penalty. Would it have changed the game? I don’t know. I know they would have punted instead of going on and scoring that possession. Could they have scored the next possession? Sure. Was there a couple things in there where I felt like they took shots on our quarterback? Absolutely.” The Vols lost linebacker and sacks leader Daniel Bituli after he was ejected for targeting in the second quarter of the Alabama game. Pruitt said. “I think it is targeting. He hit the guy with the crown of his helmet. I don’t know where he hit him at yet, but it doesn’t matter. And I really don’t know what to tell Daniel any different because the guy’s six inches off the ground. It’s hard to go here from there without hitting the guy. It is what it is. “But in my opinion there were probably a couple other targetings in the game that wasn’t called. And that’s what I don’t understand, and that goes back to the replay booth to protect the game. So we’ll see.” Muschamp wouldn’t detail specific plays though controversial calls led to two Florida touchdowns choosing to say Sunday night that the Gators “won the game. Nothing I’m going to say is going to change anything. We all saw what happened. That’s in the conference office’s hands.” Tennessee and South Carolina rank fifth and sixth in the SEC in penalties per game. In closing Pruitt said. “Hey, we make mistakes as coaches, and they’re going to make mistakes as officials. Players make mistakes, we all do, nobody’s perfect. ... But unfortunately we’re all held accountable. And from an accountability standpoint, it’s tough. What’s the repercussion here?” QB note: Pruitt said it was too earlier in the week to name his starting quarterback. Three QBs played against Alabama, including starter Brian Maurer who exited with a concussion.
  21. 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Rico Dowdle 1 Yd Touchdown Run 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Ty'Son Williams 11 Yd Reception 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Jake Bentley 22 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Rico Dowdle 15 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Deebo Samuel 5 Yd Touchdown Reception 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Rico Dowdle 21 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Bryan Edwards 16 Yd Reception 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Rico Dowdle 25 Yd Run 2018 USC vs Tennesee - Rico Dowdle 16 Yd Run
  22. Wonnum Brothers Earn SEC Player of the Week Honors Duo becomes first set of brothers in SEC history to win weekly honors in same week GCF Report SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – 10/29/18 Co-Offense: Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State Co-Offense: Jacob Fromm, QB, Georgia Defense: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky Special Teams: Lynn Bowden, PR/WR, Kentucky Freshman: Dylan Wonnum, OL, South Carolina Offensive Line: Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt Defensive Line: D.J. Wonnum, DL, South Carolina BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 29, 2018) -- University of South Carolina junior D.J. Wonnum was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and his brother, Dylan Wonnum, was honored as SEC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The Wonnum brothers are the first set of brothers in SEC history to earn Player of the Week nods in the same week. The duo earned weekly recognition from the SEC after their efforts in Saturday's 27-24 Carolina victory over Tennessee. D.J. Wonnum returned to the defensive lineup for the first time since Sept. 1 after missing the last five games due to injury. He made a huge impact on the win, finishing with a pair of sacks, including a game-clinching sack on Tennessee's final play of the game to seal Carolina's victory. This is D.J. Wonnum's third-career SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week nod. He was honored twice in 2017 after victories over Tennessee and Arkansas. Dylan Wonnum made his first-career start at right tackle and played like a seasoned veteran, grading out at 71 percent and helping the Gamecocks rush for 224 yards on 5.6 yards per carry. He was the first Gamecock true freshman to start on the offensive line since Mike Matulis in 2011. Together, the Wonnum brothers were the first siblings to start for Carolina since 2014, when Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. were in the defensive lineup together. Carolina (4-3, 3-3 SEC) returns to action Saturday, Nov. 3 to face Ole Miss. Kickoff in Oxford, Miss., is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on SEC Network.
  23. This Gamecock defensive leader brought ‘calmness’ back to the unit vs. Tennessee October 28, 2018 THE STATE After nearly two months, it was clear South Carolina’s defense was missing something, and that thing was obviously a person — junior defensive lineman D.J. Wonnum. Wonnum, one of a only a few players in program history to be named a team captain as a sophomore, went down with an ankle injury in the season opener against Coastal Carolina. Without him, the Gamecocks’ run defense suffered and USC ranked 101st in sacks per game. His return on Saturday against Tennessee made for a nice pregame morale boost, combined with the fact that his younger brother Dylan, a true freshman, was making his first career start on the offensive line. Once the game actually started, however, Wonnum had a quiet start on the stat sheet, not recording any stops in the first quarter while Tennessee marched out to a quick lead. His first tackle of the game came midway through the second quarter and wasn’t enough to stop a 15-play, 71-yard touchdown drive for UT. Still, his presence alone made a difference, redshirt senior pass rusher Bryson Allen-Williams said. “Just working with him, being with him, it just makes my job a lot easier having him on the other side,” Allen-Williams said. After halftime, however, Wonnum came up with some critical stops of his own. In the third quarter, he burst through the line for a one-yard sack to force a third down, and combined with a penalty, that pushed Tennessee back for a field goal instead of a touchdown. Then, with Tennessee facing fourth-and-10 late in the fourth quarter, trailing 27-24 and needing a conversion to give itself a chance, Wonnum found his way into the backfield again and stuffed UT quarterback Jared Guarantano for a four-yard loss, appearing to force a fumble in the process. That fumble was called back after a review, but the stop still effectively sealed the game. It also tied Wonnum with defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw for the most sacks in a game this year by a South Carolina player. “I told him when we were walking back, ‘You the GOAT,’ ” Allen-Williams said. “That’s my guy. I see the way he practices, see the way he trains, the way we compete with each other, he’s a talented player, so I’m glad to have him back.” “It felt great,” to effectively end the game, Wonnum said. “While I was hurt, I worked for it, just kept working, kept working, never got done, and I came back and made a big play.” For coach Will Muschamp, however, Wonnum’s return was about far more than the sacks and tackles he recorded against Tennesse. It was about the steadying presence the veteran brought to the defense in yet another tight game with the Vols. “We’ll watch the tape. D.J.’s a good football player. He’s very productive in everything he does. It’s great to have him back,” Muschamp said, laughing. “He’s a very good football player, but he also gives you a presence on your football team as far as leadership and calmness and how we play. A lot of people look to D.J. when things aren’t going so well.” That was especially crucial Saturday, as Muschamp described South Carolina’s third-down defense, which had been one of the few areas where the team was among the best in the country, as “atrocious” against Tennessee. The Vols converted 11 of 16 third downs, the first time a USC opponent has posted a mark above 50 percent this season. However, the Gamecocks came up with a pair of third down and fourth down stops on Tennessee’s final two drives of the game to shut out UT in the fourth quarter, with a huge assist from Wonnum. And crucially, he seemed to end the game in full health.
  24. Thumbs up, thumbs down: South Carolina vs. Tennessee October 27, 2018 Thumbs up Rico Dowdle He got taken out of the starting lineup for the fist time this season. He responded by getting 94 yards before halftime and surpassing 100 on the day. Deebo’s catch The Gamecocks were in a tight spot before halftime and Jake Bentley was in a tight spot running from an unblocked pass rusher. He just threw it up and Deebo Samuel came up with the one-handed catch, just landing inside the line. Jake’s bomb USC quarterback Jake Bentley might’ve missed a more open Kiel Pollard. But he threw such a strike to Bryan Edwards, it didn’t matter. The rope of a throw produced a 73-yard play to set up a game-tying touchdown. Fighting back on offense The Gamecocks found themselves down most of the game, but the offense always did enough to fight back in. USC was down 11 on two junctures and managed to tie things up. Thumbs down The offensive start The Gamecocks were facing a defense that just isn’t that good. They managed three first downs across three of the first four drives, and while the fourth was a long one (68 yards) USC ran out of gas and settled for a field goal. Third-down defense South Carolina came into Saturday as one of the top third-down defenses in the country. The Gamecocks allowed conversions on nine of the Vols’ first 13. Discipline The Gamecocks managed to give life to one of Tennessee’s touchdown drives with a few offsides penalties. On a day when Tennessee was moving the ball well, the Gamecocks at moments made it easier. The second half response on defense South Carolina got touchdowns on its last drive of the first half and first drive of the second. But the defense couldn’t match, letting the Vols go 75 yards for a touchdown to open the second half and giving up a field goal the second possession (and that was aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct call that created a third and 27).
  25. 24 Tennessee 3-5 , 1-4 27 South Carolina 4-3 , 3-3 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F Tennessee 7 7 10 0 24 South Carolina 3 6 15 3 27 Game Recap: Football | 10/27/2018 | By PETE IACOBELLI (AP Sports Writer) South Carolina Rallies From 12 Down to Beat Vols 27-24 with videos, gallery, stats and more Story Links PHOTO GALLERYGAME STATISTICSPOSTGAME QUOTES BOX SCORE Next Game: at Ole Miss | 11/3/2018 | Noon | SEC Network POSTGAME: Will Muschamp on Tennessee — 10/27/18 POSTGAME: Bryan Edwards, Jake Bentley on Tennessee — 10/27/18 POSTGAME: Rico Dowdle, Donell Stanley on Tennessee — 10/27/18 POSTGAME: Bryson Allen-Williams, D.J. Wonnum on Tennessee — 10/27/18 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Bentley threw for 152 yards and a touchdown and South Carolina's defense stopped Tennessee on downs twice in the final quarter as the Gamecocks rallied from 12-points down for a 27-24 victory Saturday night. Parker White's 25-yard field goal with 5:52 remaining proved the difference, the second time in South Carolina's past three game he's gotten the game winning kick. South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum, back after missing five games with an ankle injury, sacked Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano on fourth down with 1:08 to go to seal the win. The Vols (3-5, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) looked like they had gained control when they went up 21-9 on Carlin Fils-aime's 14-yard TD run early in the third quarter. But with the previous six meetings in the series decided by 20 points, there was little chance this one wouldn't tighten up. The Gamecocks (4-3, 3-3) began the comeback on Rico Dowdle's 1-yard touchdown run. Then, after a Vols field goal, South Carolina responded again. Bentley connected with Bryan Edwards on a 73-yard pass to the Tennessee 2 and two plays later Ty'Son Willams bulled in for a 1-yard touchdown run. Bentley ran past three defenders for a two-point conversion and a 24-all tie. After Javon Kinlaw knocked down Guarantano's fourth-down pass with 9:47 to go, Bentley led the Gamecocks to the Vols 8 to set Parker up for the go-ahead kick. Tennessee drove to midfield the final time it had the ball before Wonnum wrapped up Guarantano on fourth-and-10. Tennessee finally got off to a quick start. Guarantano helped the Vols convert four third downs on a 71-yard TD drive that ended with a 6-yard pass to Jauan Jennings, the brother of South Carolina women's basketball forward Alexis Jennings, to put the Vols up 14-3. Perhaps it was scoring at his big sister's school, but the younger Jennings celebrated his touchdown by placing the ball on the stomach of defender Steven Montac as he lay in the end zone. The action drew a penalty and set up a late South Carolina touchdown after it began at its 40. Bentley was 4-of-6 passing for 34 yards on the series, the last completion a 3-yard heave to the end zone that Deebo Samuel tracked down when it looked like it might sail out of the end zone to head into the break behind 14-9. GAME CHANGER The Gamecock defense stopped Tennessee on fourth and 7 with 5:18 remaining in the game. South Carolina then went on a nine-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal from Parker White, giving the Gamecocks a 27-24 lead with 3:55 left. Carolina stopped the Vols on their next drive, solidifying the win. KEY STAT 140 — Rico Dowdle went for a season-high 140 yards and a touchdown in the win over Tennessee. Dowdle has now rushed for over 100 yards three times this season and six in his Gamecock career. He helped a Carolina offense that had 376 yards of total offense. UP NEXT South Carolina travels to Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium and Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss next Saturday (Nov. 3) at 12 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT). The game will be televised on SEC Network. From USC Sports Information

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