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  1. JULY 16, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW Depth Chart Discussion: Three Key Position Battles To Watch As We Get Closer To Fall Practice ICYMI, South Carolina football released their latest two-deep depth chart ahead of SEC Media Days: I asked you, the fans, what were some of the most intriguing position battles you were looking forward to keeping an eye on this fall: This is the one EVERYONE wants to talk about. There’s no doubt the starting quarterback position is set, with Jake Bentley returning looking to rewrite the Carolina record books. However, the Gamecocks find themselves with questions behind him for the first time since the 2016 season. Joyner saw very limited action a year ago, but showed flashes of his athleticism and game breaking ability. Ryan Hilinski, to no surprise, has been a fan favorite since stepping foot on campus in January. Hilinski showed his superb arm talent in the spring game, making difficult throws all over the field. The biggest wild card in this battle will be Dakereon Joyner’s passing. Can the redshirt freshman from North Charleston show enough through the air to give him the nod over Hilinski? Dakereon Joyner should be used a bunch in redone packages, an area where the Gamecocks struggled mightily a year ago. However, I would be shocked if the highly touted blue chipper out of California doesn’t lock down the backup role by August 31st. Running Back SR Rico Dowdle vs. Everyone This battle hinges a lot on what Clemson transfer Tavien Feaster decides over the next few weeks. Either way, let’s go off of what we know: Rico Dowdle (at this point) will probably be your starting running back against UNC in 46 days. Dowdle has been plagued by inconsistency and injuries, having never reached his full potential since bursting on the scene as a true freshman in 2016. Mon Denson, A.J. Turner, Kevin Harris and Deshaun Fenwick round out a very crowded backfield full of guys all looking for carries. I would argue Denson is the most consistent of all the backs. While he’s not flashy, Denson ran with a toughness and tenacity USC fans came to expect from him week in and week out. It appears A.J. Turner’s time being a feature back are over, as Will Muschamp has him splitting time at defensive back as well. Deshaun Fenwick looked good in limited action a year ago, but has been far too inconsistent according to new running backs coach Thomas Brown. That leaves freshman Kevin Harris. Harris is a bowling ball type runner, shedding defenders with his big bodied frame. He impressed coaches this spring and provided fans with a highlight reel run in spring practice. Simply put, the Gamecocks absolutely need more production from this group, no matter who is taking the handoffs. Kickoff Returner SR A.J. Turner vs. JR Shi Smith vs. ??? Gamecock fans truly came to appreciate how much special teams could impact a game over Deebo Samuel’s last two seasons. With Samuel now gone to the NFL, South Carolina is left searching for it’s next playmaker in that department. There are a few guys on this team who have done it before, most notably A.J. Turner, who did have some success in that department in 2016. Beyond that, USC should be breaking in a new face, looking for that guy who can provide a spark in the special teams department. While I do think A.J. is a bit underrated in regards to a big play threat, I don’t think he’s your primary kick returner when South Carolina opens the season against UNC. Names like Shi Smith, Jamyest Williams, Jammie Robinson, Josh Vann, etc. all come to mind as guys who should get a shot to be the guy who returns kicks. It may be impossible to replicate the type of success Deebo Samuel had as a returner. However, the Gamecocks certainly have a plethora of guys to choose from who should be able to make it an easier than expected transition.
  2. JULY 16, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW THE DAILY CROW | Gamecocks Offensive Line Looks To Replace Key Contributors In 2019 Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!!
  3. TSUS Ep. 112 | SEC Media Days Preview + Adrian Morales JULY 15, 2019 | by CHRIS | THE SPURS UP SHOW Welcome to talkin’ season. Chris gives a full preview of SEC Media Days in Hoover including his top questions for Will Muschamp, the Jake Bentley disrespect in the pre-season, TJ Brunson’s role as a leader on defense and more. He also goes into details on the Gamecocks newly released two-deep depth chart. How much should USC fans really look into it? Also, Chris reads off your responses in regards to questions you would love to have Muschamp answer if given the opportunity. Finally, former Gamecocks third baseman Adrian Morales joins the show (47:28-2:09:30) to chat about his path to USC, winning back to back national titles, playing for Ray Tanner, life in professional baseball, his current coaching career and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  4. JULY 10, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA | THE SPURS UP SHOW The Narrative That The Gamecocks Will Be A “Bad” Football Team This Fall Needs To Stop Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Let me start by saying this: I’m sick of everyone on Twitter or the “media” acting like South Carolina is a terrible team and that this season is already a loss. Yes, South Carolina has arguably the toughest schedule in the country. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll be a bad team. Texas A&M also has an extremely tough schedule, but people are saying they’ll still get eight or nine wins. Go figure. One reason why people are lowballing the Gamecocks is because they lost 28-0 in the Belk Bowl last year against Virginia. Look, I get it. That game was embarrassing. However, Carolina had a ridiculous amount of injuries last year and they were missing their key playmaker, Deebo Samuel. You could tell that South Carolina didn’t have a lot of motivation in that game. People for some reason think that game is a precursor to what we’ll see this fall. That’s just a terrible way of thinking to bring into this 2019 season. Speaking of Deebo Samuel, people think South Carolina will struggle because of his departure. Although he was the best offensive weapon for the Gamecocks last year, South Carolina will have plenty of offensive options available. The offense will be led by a senior Jake Bentley, who should be primed to have his best season in garnet and black. Then there is Bryan Edwards, who will be one of the top receivers in the SEC. The running back position is still a mystery, but with Bentley’s progression and capable weapons on the outside, the offense should be fine. I’m not saying South Carolina will be an eight or nine win team. Hell, seven wins won’t even be easy with their schedule. However, USC isn’t going to be a horrible team, especially if they can stay healthy. Their secondary will be heavily underrated with guys like Jaycee Horn, Israel Mukuamu and RJ Roderick, who all showed their skills off late last year. The defensive line will be drastically improved, especially with the addition of five-star Zacch Pickens. It’s absurd that people are saying that South Carolina will lose to UNC, who will be relying on a true freshman quarterback. South Carolina will realistically finish with six wins. However, things are bound to change in the case of upsets or blown leads, which have unfortunately been common recently. Muschamp finally has a team that his staff has recruited. Schedule be damned, this year’s slate provides a wealth of opportunity to prove that he and this program are heading in the right direction.
  5. TSUS Ep. 110 | Game By Game Predictions Part One ft. Brad Crawford of 247Sports + Ko Simpson July 08, 2019 | THESPURSUPSHOW by CHRIS Part one of the most in depth Gamecocks season preview/breakdown you’ll hear is officially here. Chris is joined by Brad Crawford of 247Sports to break down the first six weeks of South Carolina’s 2019 season. The guys also discuss most important game this season, toughest three game stretch, biggest opportunity to pull a massive upset and more. Also, Chris answers your listener questions and plays your voicemails in regards to how you think USC will do this fall. Finally, former Gamecocks DB Ko Simpson joins the show to chat (1:24:20-2:10:08) about being an underrated prospect out of Rock Hill, playing for both Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier, being the first SEC Freshman of the Year in USC history, his decision to make an early jump to the NFL, life after football and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  6. JULY 2, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW 2019 Opponent Preview: Carolina Travels To College Station Looking For First Ever Win Over Texas A&M OPPONENT: Texas A&M Aggies WHEN: Saturday, November 16th WHERE: Kyle Field (College Station, TX) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Texas A&M leads 5-0 LAST MEETING: The Aggies beat South Carolina 26-23 in Columbia, SC 2018 RECORD: 9-4 (5-3) Head Coach… Jimbo Fisher Fisher enters his second year in College Station looking to take the Aggies to the next step in the loaded SEC West. Heralded as one of the best head coaches in the entire country, expectations are sky high for Fisher and his team this upcoming fall. Year one was a success for Jimbo, winning nine games, including a 52-13 shellacking of NC State in the Gator Bowl. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (7) WR Quartney Davis (Jr.) WR Jhamon Ausbon (Jr.) LT Dan Moore Jr. (Jr.) LG Jared Hocker (Jr.) C Ryan McCollum (Jr.) RT Carson Green (Jr.) QB Kellen Mond (Jr.) DEFENSE (4) DT Justin Madubuike (Jr.) CB Charles Oliver (Sr.) CB Debione Renfro (Jr.) S Derrick Tucker (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? The Aggies had a good year under first year HC Jimbo Fisher, winning nine games including the Gator Bowl over NC State. A&M just missed out on a massive upset against Clemson, falling 28-26 to the Tigers on a controversial touchback call late in the game. After a disappointing loss to Bama in mid September, A&M reeled off three straight games, including the win over the Gamecocks in Columbia. Texas A&M would drop their next two in a row however, suffering back to back losses to both Mississippi State and Auburn on the road. They rebounded nicely, winning their last three regular season games, including a thrilling 74-72 win over LSU that took seven overtimes. Best Returning Player… QB Kellen Mond Kellen Mond is one of the guys who honestly scares me the most on the 2019 schedule. Mond is a true “dual threat” type QB, as he threw for over 3,100 yards and rushed for another 474 yards in 2019. He also showed the ability to play well in the big moment, passing for over 400 yards in a near upset over the Clemson Tigers. 2019 should prove to be a big year for Mond, who has continued to improve since he stepped foot on campus. Overall Outlook… Similar to South Carolina, the off-season conversation for the Aggies has centered around one thing: the schedule. A&M plays Clemson, Georgia and Alabama this fall, giving them one of the toughest slates to navigate in the entire country. Despite that, expectations are through the roof for the Aggies in 2019, as fans await Jimbo Fisher and his team to take the “next step” in a SEC West that has been owned by Alabama. TAMU does have a bye before its massive showdown in Tuscaloosa, a game that could prove as a stumbling block for the Crimson Tide. The season for the Aggies will be defined by the closing stretch of the season: vs. South Carolina, @ Georgia, @ LSU. Coming out of that stretch 2-1 or better should show the signs of progress A&M fans are hoping to see in year two of the Jimbo Fisher era. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 9-3 (6-2)
  7. TSUS Ep. 109 | Jake Bentley, Whit’s An All-Star, Recruiting News & Notes + Weslye Saunders JULY 3, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris breaks down Jake Bentley showing out at the Manning Passing Academy, Whit Merrifield makes the MLB All-Star Game, another DB commit, recruiting news and notes, your listener questions and more. Plus, former Gamecocks TE Weslye Saunders joins the show (27:24-1:22:25) to chat about being highly recruited out of the state of North Carolina, playing as a true freshman, Steve Spurrier, Stephen Garcia, the Whitney Hotel scandal, why he was really dismissed from the team in 2010, playing in the NFL, AAF, #WhyNotWes and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  8. JUNE 25, 2019 by CHRIS, | THESPURSUPSHOW 2019 Opponent Preview: Will The Gamecocks Make It Eleven Straight Wins Over Vanderbilt? OPPONENT: Vanderbilt Commodores WHEN: Saturday, November 2nd WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: South Carolina leads 24-4 LAST MEETING: Carolina beat Vandy 37-14 in Nashville, TN 2018 RECORD: 6-7 (3-5) Head Coach… Derek Mason Mason returns for his sixth year in Nashville, amassing a 24-38 overall record in that time span. His greatest achievement arguably has been leading the Dores to three straight wins over arch-rival Tennessee, something that hadn’t been done since the 1920’s. 2019 should serve as a big year for Mason, as he continues to fend off naysayers who say Vanderbilt should move in a different direction in regards to its head coach. Still, for Vanderbilt, his success is unprecedented, taking the Dores to a bowl game in two of the last three seasons. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (7) WR Kalijia Lipscomb (Sr.) WR C.J. Bolar (So.) WR Chris Pierce (Jr.) LT Devin Cochran (Jr.) LG Cole Clemens (Jr.) TE Jared Pinkney (Sr.) RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Sr.) DEFENSE (4) DL Dayo Deyingbo (Jr.) DL Drew Birchmeier (Jr.) ILB Dimitri Moore (So.) S Frank Coppet (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? Overall, it was a successful year in Nashville a year ago, as the Dores finished the regular season at .500 and a trip to the Texas Bowl against Baylor. However, Vandy didn’t record a win over a Power Five opponent until October 27th, a 45-31 win over Arkansas. The Dores did close out the season with back to back regular season wins, beating Ole Miss 36-29 in OT and taking down Tennessee 38-13. The season came to a bitter end as Baylor edged out Vandy 45-38 in the Texas Bowl. Best Returning Player… RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn With the departure of all-time passing leader Kyle Shurmur, the majority of the offensive production should fall squarely on the shoulders of Vaughn. He was electric in 2018, rushing for 1,244 yards and 12 TD for the Dores. His explosiveness really jumps off the screen, as he averaged 7.9 YPC and showed a burst at the second level. A home run threat every time he touches the ball, Vaughn leads a group of Vanderbilt skill position players that are some of the best to come through Nashville in quite some time. The key to beating Vandy will be simple: find a way to slow down Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Much easier said than done. Overall Outlook… Crazy to think it has been ten straight years, huh? While the Gamecocks have had struggles here and there against different teams throughout the SEC, Carolina has simply had Vandy’s number since the start. South Carolina has dominated the Dores throughout the series, winning 24 of the 28 match-ups, including 10 in a row. This serves as an important year for Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason, as he looks to continue to build up the Dores program into a middle tier SEC team. Offensively, the Dores will have to replace QB Kyle Shurmur, who finished his career with 8,865 passing yards and 64 TD. The skill positions look to be as good as any in the SEC, however, led by RB Ke’Shawn Vaugh, WR Kalijia Lipscomb and TE Jared Pinkney. Defense is where things get really interesting for the Dores. Derek Mason was most well known for his stout defenses at Stanford before taking over as head man in Nashville. That side of the ball really hasn’t panned out, as VU ranked 13th in the SEC and 99th nationally in total defense a year ago. Vanderbilt was picked by many a year ago to shock USC in Nashville, including all of ESPN’s “College Gameday” crew. The Gamecocks made those words look foolish, as they cruised to a dominating 37-14 win over Vandy in a game that was never close. Expect more of the same in Columbia as South Carolina makes it 11 straight wins in the series. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 4-8 (1-7)
  9. Q&A With 2020 Wide Receiver Commit Da’Qon Stewart JUNE 21, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris sits down with Gamecocks three star wide receiver commit Da’Qon Stewart to discuss his commitment to South Carolina: Q: Talk about the recruiting process. What have been the best and worst parts for you specifically? DS: The recruiting process has been fun. I’m just enjoying it, because a year ago, I didn’t have any offers. The downside is it’s just constant texting and I really don’t like talking at all. I just stay to myself. Q: Coming out of the state of North Carolina, how familiar were you with South Carolina football coming up? DS: I really don’t know much not gonna lie to you. I just knew they had a winning tradition. Then when coach Champ came, he turned the program around. Q: What went into your decision of committing to South Carolina? DS: The family vibe. Also, my mom loving everything about the school and coaches and the depth because I have a chance to come in and play as a freshman. Q: Taking a look at your offer list, do you feel like you’re a little bit underrated as a prospect? DS: I don’t feel I’m underrated , it’s just I committed early. I talk to a lot of the quote end quote “big schools” everyday. They just don’t wanna pull the gun because I’m committed. Q: Talk about your relationship with the coaching staff. What did they say their plans are for you once you step on campus? A: My relationship is good with the coaches talk to them every day. I really don’t know yet. Q: Obviously, the Gamecocks are loaded at the QB position for the forseeable future. What’s your relationship like with Jake Bentley, Dakereon Joyner, Ryan Hilinski, Luke Doty, etc. and how excited are you to have one of those guys throwing you the ball? DS: Very excited because once Jake [Bentley] leaves we have guys they can step right in and contribute so I’m very excited Q: You put up the picture the other day with Mike Wyman, Luke Doty, Tank Bigsby and yourself. How excited are you to lace it up with those guys? DS: I’m very excited. Those are my brothers and they’re the guys I have the closest relationship with. I’m still trying to get Tank [Bigsby] there with us Q: What would you say is your biggest strength as a wide receiver? DS: Catching. I can catch anything and I’m faster than a lot of people. Q: On the contrary, what would you say is the biggest thing you’re looking to improve on when you make the jump to the college level? DS: Right now, I’m working on my routes and technique so I feel like that’s what I’m going to focus on when I get there as well. Q: What are you looking forward to most about being a Gamecock? DS: Trying to win a [national] championship.
  10. JUNE 19, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 107 | Who Is The Greatest Gamecock Of All Time? + Joey Pankake Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Today’s topic of conversation centers around one question: who is the greatest Gamecock of all time? Chris shares your voicemails, tweets and responses as well as gives his opinion on who the distinguished honor should belong to. Also, Ridge Chapman signs with the Angels, Elijah Rodgers comes home and more. Finally, former Gamecocks SS Joey Pankake joins the show to chat (43:30-1:15:34) about why he chose USC, going to Omaha, the Carolina-Clemson rivalry, Ray Tanner’s retirement, life in pro ball, coaching and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  11. 2019 Opponent Preview: South Carolina Hosts Gators In “Measuring Stick” Game For Both Programs June 18, 2019, | by CHRIS, | THESPURSUPSHOW OPPONENT: Florida WHEN: Saturday, October 19th WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Florida leads 27-9-3 LAST MEETING: Florida beat the Gamecocks 35-31 in Gainesville, FL 2018 RECORD: 10-3 (5-3) Head Coach… Dan Mullen The Gators football program got a boost of energy a year ago when former assistant Dan Mullen was named head coach. Year one was successful for Mullen and co., leading the Gators to a 10-3 (5-3) overall record, capped off by an impressive 41-15 win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. Now, Mullen looks to make another big jump in year two and get the Gators closer to the promises he made upon his hiring. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (5) WR Van Jefferson (Sr.) WR Tyrie Cleveland (Sr.) WR Josh Hammond (Sr.) C Nick Buchanan (Sr.) QB Feleipe Franks (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) DE Jabari Zuniga (Sr.) NT Adam Shuler (Sr.) DT Kyree Campbell (Jr.) LB David Reese II (Sr.) CB CJ Henderson (Jr.) STAR Trey Dean III (So.) S Donovan Stonier (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? The Gators surpassed expectations in Dan Mullen’s first season, winning 10 games capped off by a huge win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The year didn’t come without some bumps and bruises along the way, however. Florida lost to Kentucky for the first time in over two decades, sending fans in Gainesville into panic mode early on. UF rebounded nicely, winning five in a row before suffering back to back losses to Georgia and Missouri. Once again, Florida bounced back, winning four straight games, leading to an off-season full of optimism and hope heading into the 2019 season. Best Returning Player… Felipe Franks While highly criticized at times, Franks truly is the engine that makes Florida go. Franks quietly had a nice year for the Gators, throwing for just under 2,500 yards, 24 TD and just 6 INT. Now, heading into his junior season, he will look to take another major step and establish himself as one of the best signal callers in the SEC. Overall Outlook… To nobodies surprise, the Gators enter this season with sky high expectations in Dan Mullen’s second season. It’s been an interesting off-season for Florida to say the least, led off by Chris Steele’s decision to transfer which spurned a lot of moving around in Gainesville. Mullen has been very outspoken this off-season as well, getting in daily jabs at his archival UGA, Tennessee and others. Now, for the Gators trip to Columbia. First of all, don’t even get me started on last years game… South Carolina had Florida dead, leading by 17 with just under five minutes to play in the 3Q before the Gators stormed back for a 35-31 win. Now, the Gamecocks will look for revenge in what should prove to be a “measuring stick” type game for both programs this October. Still the question remains: what can we expect from this Gators team? Some have them listed as high as a Top 10 team in the pre-season, while some have UF taking a step back. Count me amongst those who are skeptical of the Gators in year two of the Dan Mullen era. UF comes back down to Earth a bit in 2019, including in their week eight match-up in Columbia. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 8-4 (4-4)
  12. JUNE 17, 2019 | by NOAH PATHEJA | THESPURSUPSHOW Why South Carolina Will Absolutely Not Lose To UNC To Open The 2019 Season While many have found it trendy to pick UNC to upset the Gamecocks, I absolutely believe there is zero percent chance that happens. Here’s why: We love openers South Carolina has been known to show up in season openers, especially when it’s in Charlotte. The last time the Gamecocks opened up in Charlotte was 2017, when South Carolina beat NC State 35-28 in a game that a lot of people thought NC State would win. More of the same for Heels UNC is coming off of a terrible 2-9 season that led them to hire Mack Brown as their head coach. A lot of people think that he’s enough to turn the program into ACC contenders in one year. Brown already coached UNC from 1988 to 1997. Yes, he did drastically improve the program, but that was over time. In his first two seasons at UNC, they went 1-10 each year. This combined with the fact that Brown hasn’t coached for four years leads me to believe that UNC won’t be spectacular in the season opener. Lack of experience Last year’s UNC team was not good on either side of the ball, but everyone seems to think that bringing in quarterback Sam Howell will make the team immediately turn around. Howell was the number three dual threat quarterback in the 2019 class, but it takes time for a player to develop, except in very few cases like Trevor Lawrence last year. Last year, UNC was 82nd in total offense and 72nd in total defense. They brought in a decent class, which was ranked 32nd overall, but I only see two guys on there who could potentially make an early impact and that’s Howell and four-star linebacker Eugene Asante. I don’t think UNC has enough to turn around in one game and beat South Carolina. Turn the page to a solid 2019 squad As for the Gamecocks, everyone is focusing on where they left off, which was an unmotivated loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. South Carolina clearly didn’t want to be there, and the amount of injuries didn’t help. The problem is that a lot of people see this as foreshadowing for the 2019 season. Yes, South Carolina has probably the hardest schedule in the country, but I can’t see them losing to UNC. Everyone thinks that South Carolina will struggle offensively because they lost Deebo Samuel and Jake Bentley is inconsistent. However, Bentley has thrown for seven touchdowns and only one interception in the two season openers he’s played in. You could also add in his two touchdown and no interception performance in his first ever game he played. South Carolina also returns Bryan Edwards, who will be one of the best receivers in the SEC. They also bring back younger talents like Shi Smith and OrTre Smith as well as Josh Vann. South Carolina also brings back a healthy defense which will be led by defensive lineman DJ Wonnum. The secondary will also be stacked with guys like Jaycee Horn, who made the Freshman All-SEC team last year, as well as guys like Israel Mukuamu, RJ Roderick and Southern California transfer Jamel Cook. Conclusion Obviously anything can happen, but if I were to bet on this game, I would bet South Carolina to cover the spread which currently stands at -7.5. Muschamp will have a gauntlet of a season to get through, but UNC is a game that South Carolina should win, and they need to win if they want to make a bowl game this season.
  13. JUNE 14, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW.COM TSUS Ep. 106 | Pre-Season Accolades, “Osama Bin Dabo” and More + Steve Taneyhill Chris breaks down Phil Steele’s Pre-Season All-SEC and All-American teams. Who got snubbed? What do the pre-season accolades really mean? He also dives into Dabo Swinney’s latest stupid comments, comparing himself to one of the most horrible human beings to walk planet Earth. Also, tons of listener questions as Chris breaks down Jake Bentley’s leash this fall, Reggie Grimes, Tavien Feaster and more. Finally, former Gamecocks QB Steve Taneyhill joins the show (25:53-1:13:39) to chat about why he chose USC, starting as a true freshman, the home-run swing in Clemson, signing the Tiger paw, leading Carolina to its first ever bowl victory, coaching, owning a bar and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  14. JUNE 14, 2019, | by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW.COM Q&A With 2020 Wide Receiver Commit Michael Wyman Chris sits down with Gamecocks 4 star wide receiver commit Michael Wyman in the first of a weekly Q&A series. Q: Talk about the recruiting process. What have been the best and worst parts for you specifically? MW: “The recruiting process has been a blessing. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that God has put in place for me and overwhelmed with great supporters.” Q: Coming out of the state of North Carolina, how familiar were you with South Carolina football coming up? MW: “My interest has for the most part been with the SEC division of football.” Q: What went into your decision of committing to South Carolina? MW: “The academic and football opportunities South Carolina offers played a major role in my decision to commit to SC.” Q: You’re a very active guy on social media and promote a lot of positive messages about USC. Do you feel like that’s something that is important to you, being an ambassador for Carolina on social media? MW: “I feel it important for other recruits and their families to see the great opportunities SC has to offer. I am grateful to receive the blessings and support so I show my gratitude through social media.” Q: Talk about your relationship with the coaching staff. What did they say their plans are for you once you step on campus? MW: “My mom, family and myself have developed a great relationship with the coaches and staff. I am appreciative of the welcoming from the supporters, fans, coaches and staff have shown me and my family” Q: Obviously, the Gamecocks are loaded at the QB position for the forseeable future. What’s your relationship like with Jake Bentley, Dakereon Joyner, Ryan Hilinski, Luke Doty, etc. and how excited are you to have one of those guys throwing you the ball? MW: “SC has great QB’s. I am excited to be apart of their program.” Q: What would you say is your biggest strength as a wide receiver? MW: “My biggest strength as a wide receiver is my height, weight, routes, separation, agility, strength, body control, speed, field vision, hand & eye coordination.” Q: On the contrary, what would you say is the biggest thing you’re looking to improve on when you make the jump to the college level? MW: “I am excited to learn and advance with the team, coaches and staff.” Q: What are you looking forward to most about being a Gamecock? MW: “I am looking forward to getting a higher education, the excitement of the fans, bonding with the team and staff.”
  15. POSTED ON JUNE 13, 2019 by CHRIS SPURSUPSHOW.COM 2019 Opponent Preview: South Carolina Travels To Athens Looking For Revenge Against The Dawgs OPPONENT: Georgia WHEN: Saturday, October 12th WHERE: Sanford Stadium (Athens, GA) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Georgia leads 51-18-2 LAST MEETING: UGA beat South Carolina 41-17 in Columbia, SC 2018 RECORD: 11-3 (7-1) Head Coach… Kirby Smart Smart enters his fourth year at Georgia with a 32-10 record overall. The Bulldogs have been one of college football’s premier programs under his watch. One of many coaches who has come from the Nick Saban coaching tree, Smart looks to lead UGA to its first National Title since 1980. A relentless recruiter and an intense game-day coach, there’s no denying that Smart is one of the premier head coaches in college football. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (6) LT Andrew Thomas (Jr.) LT Cade Mays (So.) LG Solomon Kindley (Jr.) RT Isiah Wilson (So.) QB Jake Fromm (Jr.) RB D’Andre Swift (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) DT Tyler Clark (Sr.) DT Julian Rochester (Sr.) OLB Walter Grant (Jr.) CB Tyson Campbell (So.) CB Typique McGhee (Sr.) FS Richard LeCounte (Jr.) SS J.R. Reed (Sr.) How did they fare in 2018? Georgia’s hopes of a playoff berth were dashed in last years SEC Title game, losing to Alabama in a thriller. The Dawgs were dominant otherwise, losing just one regular season game to LSU. UGA’s season did end on a sour note however, as the Dawgs were beaten by Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. Best Returning Player… RB D’Andre Swift UGA seems to be a running back factory and that is no different with Swift. One of the most dynamic players in all of college football, Swift’s running style can be summarized in one word: explosive. While QB Jake Fromm will be under the microscope looking to take the next step, it’s Swift who really makes this Georgia offense go. Swift ran for over 1,000 yards and 10 TD in 2018, all while splitting carries with now NFL bound Elijah Holyfield. Look for Swift to have a monster year as he gets the bulk of the carries for the Bulldogs. Overall Outlook… There is no secret what the expectations are in Athens: win the whole damn thing. Georgia enters the season with dreams of a CFP berth and bring home the hardware to Athens for the first time since 1980. The schedule sets up fairly well for Georgia, with most of its toughest games coming at home. Last year’s match-up with USC was one that was hyped up all summer long. Simply put, it didn’t live up to expectations. The Gamecocks were throttled and left asking themselves questions about the state of the program. South Carolina will travel to Sanford Stadium looking to do something it hasn’t done there since 2011: beat the Dawgs. Similar to the week three match-up against Alabama, the Gamecocks will be massive underdogs in this one. However, an upset in Athens could be the monumental win that Will Muschamp and this program needs. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 11-1 (7-1)
  16. TSUS Ep. 105 | Huge #SpursUp Weekend, Seventh Woods and More + Wesley Bryan June 11, 2019 Chris breaks down a massive recruiting weekend for the Gamecocks, including everything you need to know about all five commits from the weekend. Seventh Woods is officially a Gamecock. Why fans should be excited about the major potential plus what it means for the future of Frank Martin’s team. Chris also talks about Reid Morgan’s decision to sign with the Seattle Mariners, how it affects the 2020 pitching staff and the odds of Luke Berryhill returning to Columbia. Finally, former Gamecocks golfer and current PGA Tour pro Wesley Bryan joins the show to chat about his junior golf career, playing for Coach Bill McDonald, being snubbed for All-American honors, the grind of the mini tour, winning the 2017 RBC Heritage, injuries, family and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  17. JUNE 7, 2019 by CHRIS BY SPURSUPSHOW So What Exactly Are The Gamecocks Getting In UNC Transfer Seventh Woods? Been a long time coming, but Seventh Woods is officially a Gamecock. Woods made the news officially official on his Instagram page this morning, posting a Boomerang of his Carolina Card and other orientation materials. A highly regarded recruiting coming out of high school, Woods didn’t make the impact many thought he would at UNC. His best year in Chapel Hill came this past season, when he averaged just 2.5 PPG, 1 RPG and 2.1 APG. So the question stands: what exactly are the Gamecocks getting from the local product? Defense In limited action, Woods showed a willingness to get in defenders faces and make scoring very difficult. We all know the style of basketball Frank Martin wants to play: slow the game down, play tough defense and grind out wins. Woods isn’t EXACTLY his prototype guy and still won’t be their best defender. However, the fact he’s shown before he’s willing to put his face in the fan and play defense has to be a welcoming site to Frank Martin. Athleticism Just take a look at the video above and tell me you don’t see a guy who is athletic. While the numbers didn’t pan out for Woods at UNC, there is no lack of talent. Simply put: this kid has the physical tools to get it done. Quickness, agility and a high basketball IQ are all things that Woods possesses and Martin will look to pull out of him from the moment he steps on campus. Personally, I don’t think there are many guys on USC’s current roster that have the pure athletic ability this kid has. Shooting Ability The points per game never showed it, but Woods is a high quality shooter as well. In limited action, Woods shot 41.9% from the field last season, including 40% from three-point range. He’ll need to improve from the charity stripe, where he shot just 64.3% overall. Still, this is a guy that you have to believe hasn’t hit his full potential yet when it comes to being a scorer of the basketball. Conclusion Yes, there are a LOT of people who will say that Woods should have never left Columbia. However, I think fans should be happy to get this kid either way. Even with the lackluster numbers, a change of scenery may be just what Woods needs to get to the elite level most were expecting. Woods will enroll as a walk-on and have two years to play one for the Gamecocks. I’m expecting Frank Martin to really push this kid hard to get the best out of him he has to offer. Only time will tell if Woods can be the guy in garnet and black most fans envisioned he would as a star prep player.
  18. Another great write up by CHRIS PHILLIPS from THE SPURS UP SHOW. Really enjoy Chris's podcast!! 2019 Opponent Preview: Can The Gamecocks Do The Unthinkable And Shock The Crimson Tide Yet Again? OPPONENT: Alabama Crimson Tide WHEN: Saturday, September 14th WHERE: Williams Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Alabama leads 10-4 LAST MEETING: South Carolina beat Alabama 35-21 on October 9th, 2010. 2018 RECORD: 14-1 (8-0) Head Coach… Nick Saban One of the best coaches in college football history, Nick Saban returns for his 13th year at the helm of Alabama football. Saban’s Crimson Tide lost a game by more than 14 points for the first time ever last season in the National Title game against Clemson. Still, Alabama remains arguably the team to beat heading into 2019, as Nick Saban looks for his sixth national championship as the head coach in Tuscaloosa. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (6) QB Tua Tagovailoa (Jr.) RT Jedrick Willis Jr. (Jr.) LT Alex Leatherwood (Jr.) WR DeVonta Smith (Jr.) WR Henry Ruggs III (Jr.) WR Jerry Jeudy (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) DE Raekwon Davis (Sr.) OLB Anfernee Jennings (Sr.) ILB Dylan Moses (Jr.) CB Trevon Diggs (Sr.) CB Patrick Surtain III (So.) S Xavier McKinney (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? Was 2018 a successful year for Alabama? For a program that is judged on championships, last year can be seen as a disappointment. The Crimson Tide cruised through the regular season, on the way to their 7th national title game appearance since 2009. However, the season was ended unlike any before in recent memory for Alabama. Clemson smacked the Crimson Tide by a final score of 44-16, opening up the door for questions in regards to Bama’s mortality. Best Returning Player… QB Tua Tagovailoa The Crimson Tide machine begins and ends with one of the best quarterbacks in the country under center. Tagovailoa set the CFB world on fire a year ago, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 43 total TD. While there are playmakers all over the field, the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes go down the tube without #13 under center. Overall Outlook… First off, who can forget that magical October afternoon in 2010: South Carolina remains the last team from the SEC East to defeat the Crimson Tide, winning 35-21 nine years ago in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama comes into this season looking to erase the horrid memories of a blowout loss to Clemson in the national title and get back to their eighth national championship game since 2009. Expect the Gamecocks to pull out all the 2010 magic they can, from wearing the same uniforms to hype videos to even having Stephen Garcia lead the “GAME-COCKS” chant to start the game. Still, it will be a tall task to ask South Carolina to pull the upset over an Alabama team who will no doubt be on a mission this fall. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 13-0 (8-0)
  19. JUNE 3, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 103 | Recruiting Weekend Recap, Alcohol Sales At USC? and More + Bobby Haney Chris breaks down a massive recruiting weekend for South Carolina including a big-time OL commit, Tank on a tank, Da’Qon Stewart’s photo, Jordan Burch crystal ball, Myles Murphy names his leader and more. Also, Chris breaks down the SEC’s decision to lift the ban on alcohol sales and why he believes it would be silly not to allow it at all USC sporting venues. Plus, kickoff times announced and gambling lines released as we get closer to kickoff. Finally, former Gamecocks SS Bobby Haney joins the show (29:04-1:34:31) to chat about his path to USC, winning the 2010 CWS, playing in the minor leagues, being a published author, his podcast, baseball camps and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout New podcast!!! Note from Featheredcock Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit. Enjoy the show fanatics!!!
  20. MAY 31, 2019, by CHRIS PHILLIPS | THE SPURS UP SHOW 2019 Opponent Preview: Bucs Travel To Columbia For First Ever Meeting With USC OPPONENT: Charleston Southern Buccaneers WHEN: Saturday, September 7ty WHERE: Williams Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: First all time meeting LAST MEETING: N/A 2018 RECORD: 5-6 (3-2) Head Coach… Autry Denson became just the Bucs fifth head coach in program history when he was hired over the off-season. Denson has a solid track record, spending time at Bethune-Cookman, Miami (OH), South Florida and Notre Dame. Denson spent the last four seasons as the Fighting Irish running backs coach, helping ND nearly rush for 2,700 yards a season ago. He was a fantastic player for the Irish as well, leaving South Bend ranking third all time in rushing yards and second in rushing TDs. How did they fare in 2018? Charleston Southern struggled a year ago, finishing with a 5-6 overall record and 3-2 overall in conference play. The Bucs played one Power Five team a season ago in the Florida Gators, who dismantled CSU on their way to a 53-6 win. Best Returning Player… LB JD Soseebee, RS-Senior Soseebee finished fifth in the Big South in tackles per game and had four games where he accumulated at least 10 tackles for the Bucs. He led an impressive Bucs defense which placed six overall players on the Big South All-Conference teams. He finished the 2018 season with 64 tackles, 6 TFL and 0.5 sacks. Soseebee appears to be the leader of Charleston Southern’s defense and will be their primary threat on defense in 2019. Overall Outlook… Autry Denson takes over the reigns in Charleston looking to inject new life into the Charleston Southern football program. While no opponent should be taken lightly, this should be a warm up game of sorts for the Gamecocks, who face Alabama the following week. Still, the first match-up in the overall series will be great for football fans within the state and should become a more annual non-conference game for both teams. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 6-6
  21. 2019 Opponent Preview: Tar Heels Look For Resurgence Under New Head Coach Mack Brown May 29, 2019, | thespursupshow.com OPPONENT: North Carolina Tar Heels WHEN: Saturday, August 31st WHERE: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: UNC leads 34-19-4 LAST MEETING: September 3, 2015 – South Carolina pulled away thanks to a late Shon Carson TD run to secure the win in Charlotte. 2017 RECORD: 2-9 (1-7) Head Coach… Mack Brown returns to Chapel Hill, a place he spent his coaching days from 1988 to 1997. Brown led the Heels to three 10 win seasons, six consecutive bowl games and two AP Top-10 finishes. The hire has raises eyebrows across the landscape of college football, as Brown looks to bring the UNC program back to prominence. How did they fare in 2018? North Carolina limped to a 2-9 overall finish a season ago, forcing out former head coach Larry Fedora. The Heels struggled offensively, scoring less than 28 PPG and had trouble finding any sort of consistency at the QB position. The defense wasn’t much better, as UNC allowed teams to rush for over 218 yards per game, one of the worst marks in the ACC. Fedora was fired shortly after the conclusion of last season. Best Returning Player… As a freshman, Carter burst onto the scene for the Heels. Carter ran for 597 yards as a true freshman, all while splitting carries in a crowded backfield. What’s more impressive is his home run ability, as he averaged 7.1 YPC. Look for Carter to become a focal point of the UNC offense, especially as a new QB is groomed in Chapel Hill. Overall Outlook… Just two years removed from an ACC Title game appearance, North Carolina mustered just one conference win and was arguably one of the worst teams in college football. UNC made one of the most intriguing and head scratching hires of the off-season, bringing back head coach Mack Brown to Chapel Hill. Brown had great success at North Carolina before jumping to Texas, where he won a national title with the Longhorns. Don’t expect the honeymoon to be smooth in the beginning, however. Brown inherits a depleted roster with question marks seemingly all over the field. There’s a new spark in Chapel Hill, but expect the Heels to struggle for most of the 2019 season. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 3-9 (1-7)
  22. POSTED ON APRIL 22, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 92 | Texas A&M Series Recap + T.J. Gurley TSUS Ep. 92 | Texas A&M Series Recap + T.J. Gurley Chris breaks down South Carolina’s series loss to the Aggies and chats about the current state of Carolina baseball. What are this team’s real issues? What has been worse, pitching or hitting? Will South Carolina make it to Hoover? Also, Chris answers a few listener questions including ESPN FPI rankings, Jake Bentley, chrome helmets and more. Finally, former Gamecocks defensive back T.J. Gurley joins the show (30:27-1:23:52) to chat about his USC career including how D.J. Swearinger mentored him, playing with Jadeveon Clowney, facing adversity, favorite memories as a Gamecock and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  23. THE DAILY CROW | Will this be the weekend the Gamecocks finally break through for their first SEC series win? April 18, 2019 As South Carolina looks for its first SEC series win of 2019, Chris breaks down the match-up with the Aggies and why this weekend provides a big opportunity.
  24. APRIL 9, 2019 by ALEX COSENTINO / THESPURSUPSHOW Which Gamecocks impressed most during Saturday’s spring game? On Saturday, the Spring edition of the South Carolina Gamecocks took the field at Williams-Brice in front of more than 25,000 fans. The young guys were given a chance to show what they could do, as the majority USC veterans sat out of Saturday’s game. Offense RB Kevin Harris Early enrollee running back, Kevin Harris, was a force for the offense. Harris had 14 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown. In the crowded Gamecock backfield, maybe Harris can push through as a short yardage weapon. QB Ryan Hilinski The guy everyone had their eye on didn’t disappoint. The highly touted true freshman QB showcased what he brings to the offense with 206 yards through the air. Hilinski’s decisions were quick, he got the ball out fast, he hit targets in stride, and displayed the ability to throw accurately on the run. Aside from a few throws that looked bad due to contact down field, Hilinski let the fans know he’s going to be a staple in the offense for years to come. Defense S Jamel Cook The long, athletic Cook had a great day for the defense. The transfer DB from Southern Cal brought the boom with several big hits. Cook moved well sideline to sideline and was in on most of the plays he was on the field for. The highlight of his day was a great break on a Dakereon Joyner pass on the goaline that he stepped in front of to pick off. To me, Cook solidified a starting safety role for the fall. Cook, Roderick, Horn and Mukuamu have the future of the DB corps in good hands. LB Derek Boykins At a position of need, Boykins stepped up as a option for Travaris Robinson next fall. The true freshman LB from Concord, NC showed impressive strength and tackling ability. He stepped up and filled holes well in the run game. The two plays that stood out to me were his goal-line tackles on Kevin Harris on back to back handoffs. He could be the #3 linebacker for the Gamecocks this season.
  25. THE DAILY CROW | Gamecocks face Crimson Tide in “must-win” SEC series April 04, 2019 Chris breaks down this weekend’s series against Alabama as South Carolina looks to win their first SEC series of 2019.
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