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September 24, 2014 • Volume 36 • Issue 14 • $1.50


The Chase Is On!

Win at Vandy, Gators’ loss put Gamecocks out front in SEC East

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South Carolina pulls away for 48-34 victory BY BRIAN HAND NASHVILLE - It was not the prettiest of victories, but in the end No. 14/16 South Carolina did exactly what they came to Vanderbilt Stadium to do in claiming a 48-34 victory over Vanderbilt. In fact, Steve Spurrier, who picked up his 202nd win as an SEC head coach to surpass Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley for second on the all-time list for wins as an SEC head mentor, considered the Gamecock victory over Vanderbilt one of his hollowest wins as a head coach. “It’s one of the worst (wins) I’ve ever had; no question,” Spurrier said to the media after South Carolina’s victory over Vanderbilt. “I think I’ve been very, very fortunate in my coaching career that we haven’t given away many games and now we’ve got a team that gives up two kickoff returns. That shouldn’t happen … and now we’re virtually giving games away, but we haven’t given one away yet. Something good keeps happening for us, so maybe we can avoid catastrophe, which we’ve come close to the last three games, but something good keeps happening for us somehow. Hopefully we can tighten up, hopefully we can play good special teams and play just solid defense.” Spurrier closed his remarks by noting, “but we did win and I’m happy … as an overall team we probably deserved to lose when you give up two kickoff returns, but it worked out.” The game started with Vanderbilt jumping out to an early 7-0 advantage as Darrius Sims returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. The Commodores would extend their lead to 14-0 after starting quarterback Patton Robinette connected with C.J. Duncan for an eight-yard touchdown. The touchdown capped an eight play, 60-yard drive that lasted 4:47 for Vanderbilt. South Carolina would get on the scoreboard for the first time on its next offensive possession as Elliott Fry knocked in a 45-yard field goal to cut the Commodore lead to 14-3 with 12:50 left in the first half. The 45-yard field goal tied Fry’s career long and it concluded a nine-play, 50-yard drive that took 2:58 off the clock. The Gamecocks would cut the Vanderbilt lead to just four next at 14-10. South Carolina’s first touchdown of the contest materialized when Gamecock quarterback Dylan Thompson found a streaking Damiere Byrd for a 29-yard touchdown. The touchdown was the final play of a seven-play, 79-yard drive that lasted 3:08 for the Gamecocks. Vanderbilt looked as if it would enter the

was made possible through a 70-yard run out of the wildcat quarterback position by Cooper. Originally Cooper’s run was ruled a 71-yard touchdown, but after review he was deemed down at the one, allowing Thompson to punch it in from one-yard out to end a three-play, 75-yard drive. The South Carolina lead would be 21 points after Vanderbilt fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the Gamecocks prime field position at the Commodore 26-yard line. David Williams picked up his first career touchdown to give the Gamecocks a 48-27 lead when he scored from two yards out. The two-yard run by Williams was the conclusion of a five-play, 26-yard drive that lasted 2:56 for the Gamecocks. The Commodores would add one more touchdown in the final minute, but it would not be nearly enough as the Gamecocks went into victory formation after Vanderbilt’s failed onside kick attempt and emerged with the 14-point win. PHOTO BY ALLEN SHARPE South Carolina concluded its victory over Dylan Thompson went 22-for-34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Vanderbilt with a season-best 449 yards of total offense on 68 plays. Vanderbilt finished with 379 yards of offense on 55 plays. South halftime break with the lead, but Commoed a nine-play, 41-yard drive that took 2:57 Carolina had 24 first downs to Vanderbilt’s dore backup quarterback Wade Freebeck, off the clock. 18. The Gamecocks owned a slight 31:02who replaced Robinette earlier in the game, The Commodores were back to within 28:58 advantage in time of possession in was intercepted. three points shortly thereafter as a Tommy Brison Williams had the pick-six for the Openshaw 25-yard field goal moved Vander- the game. Cooper was the star of the night for the Gamecocks, ending his evening Gamecocks and he tiptoed down the right bilt to within three points at 27-24. The with a career-best 114 yards receiving on 10 sideline for a 53-yard touchdown that gave 25-yard field goal was the culmination of a South Carolina a slim 17-14 lead at intermis- 10-play, 88-yard drive for the Commodores. catches. He also rushed the football twice for sion. Vanderbilt made it all the way to the Game- 74 yards. Thompson was 22-for-34 overall in the vicThe Gamecocks closed the first half with cock one-yard line, but the South Carolina 177 total yards, while Vanderbilt managed defense was able to prevent the Commodores tory over the Commodores. He passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 158 in the first stanza. South Carolina acfrom tying the game or taking the lead by for one more touchdown. quired 10 first downs to Vanderbilt’s eight in limiting them to just the field goal. Davis rushed the football 17 times for 82 the first half. Vanderbilt held a 17:16-12:44 Nick Jones garnered South Carolina a time of possession advantage in the first half. 10-point advantage once again shortly there- yards. His 82 yards on the ground allowed Cooper led the Gamecocks in the first half after when he caught a seven-yard pass from him to move into the top-20 in school history with six receptions for 73 yards. Thompson Thompson. The touchdown was the finish of in career rushing. Davis now has 1,722 yards was 11-for-17 with 124 yards and one touch- a 10-play, 61-yard drive for the Gamecocks. rushing in his career on 313 carries. T.J. Gurley and Sharrod Golightly led the down in the opening half. The drive lasted 4:43. Gamecocks defensively with six tackles Mike Davis rushed for 38 yards in the first Vanderbilt looked as if they may place half. Brandon Wilds rushed for 23 yards in points on the scoreboard once again on their each. Gurley had five solo stops. Kaiwan Lewis had a sack in the win for the Gamehalf No. 1. next drive, but J.T. Surratt blocked Opencocks. Freebeck finished the Vanderbilt (1-3, South Carolina opened the second half by shaw’s 46-yard field goal attempt to leave marching 75 yards on 11 plays to claim a the score at 34-24 in favor of the Gamecocks 0-2 SEC) loss with 168 yards passing, which included one touchdown. He was 11-for-20 24-14 lead in the game. The 5:01 drive was with 7:41 remaining. with one interception overall. Vanderbilt punctuated by a 29-yard touchdown pass to The Gamecocks from there would give was led on the ground by Ralph Webb, who Roland from Thompson. the ball right back to the Commodores by rushed for 97 yards. Steven Scheu was the The 10-point lead for South Carolina would fumbling. top Commodore receiver with 83 yards renot last long with Sims returning another Vanderbilt would be able to convert their ceiving. kickoff for a touchdown. Sims’ 100-yard field goal attempt this time as Openshaw South Carolina (3-1, 2-1 SEC) will next kickoff return set the score at 24-21 in favor ended a short 1:31 five-play, 17-yard drive for welcome No. 18 Missouri to Columbia, S.C. of the Gamecocks. Vanderbilt with a 30-yard field goal that cut for the 7 p.m. Mayor’s Cup game on SaturThe South Carolina lead would be six after South Carolina’s lead to 34-27. their next possession as Fry connected on his South Carolina would push their lead to 14 day, Sept. 27 at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN and second field goal of the day as his 43-yard points at 41-27 just 1:22 later as Thompson will also be available on the Gamecock IMG attempt went through the uprights with 6:42 scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper. left in the third quarter. Fry’s field goal end- The easy one-yard touchdown for Thompson Sports Network.

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Something to crow about!

Previewing the Missouri football team ..................7 Lifetime member Beth Phibbs has helped pave the way for Gamecock Athletics .....................8 Recruiting Roundup ...................................................10

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Quarles inducted into Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame On Sept. 19, South Carolina assistant head coach for track and field, Delethea Quarles, was inducted into Liberty University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Quarles was one of a five-member class, the sixth to be inducted by the University. Liberty’s Hall of Fame’s now 32 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty athletics’ growth since its inception as a NCAA program in 1972. After joining Liberty following her freshman season in college, Quarles helped the Lady Flames start a dominant run in the Mason-Dixon Conference and jumpstart the program’s success at the Division I level. Quarles helped Liberty claim indoor and outdoor track conference championship titles during her junior and senior campaigns (1988 and 1989), thanks to her standout performances in the heptathlon. She earned All-America honors in the event in 1987 and 1988, placing fifth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II National Championship. A three-time All-American, Quarles was the first student-athlete in program history (men’s or women’s) to score more than 200 points in a season and one of only 11 in program history to do so at any level of competition (227.5 points as a senior). The 1989 Penn Relays 100-meter hurdles champion held the program record in the event for more than 20 years before it was broken in 2010. She served as an assistant coach on Liberty’s staff for eight years (1990-97), before joining the coaching staff at South Carolina where she has helped more than 20 student-athletes earn All-America honors and six SEC championships. Since joining South Carolina, Quarles has coached 11 of the 14 school record holders in the events for which she is responsible for, and was a member of the staff that guided the women’s team to the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. As the team’s academic liaison since 1997, Quarles has helped propel GPAs for the women’s team to 3.4 and 3.0 for the men. Both teams have had NCAA Scholar teams, several individual CoSIDA awards and NCAA scholar athletes. Quarles’ success over the years has also given her the opportunity to gain extensive international experience working with Team USA. She has served on the past two staffs for the IAAF World Championships, being responsible for the jumps and multis for the women’s team in 2013 in Moscow and jumps in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. In 2007 Quarles was the head coach of the USA Pan American Junior Championship Women’s Team that competed in Brazil. In 2006, she was an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Cup in Athens, Greece, and in 2005, she helped the USA capture 57 medals, the second-highest all-time at the Pan American Championships that were held in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. “I’m grateful for every person that has invested in me and every place of opportunity that has made me who I am today,” Quarles noted. “No place for me has been a stepping stone but a place that has prepared me for my next thing in life.” (Story/photo courtesy of South Carolina Athletics Media Relations)

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• Junior tailback Mike Davis rushed 17 carries for 82 yards. Davis moved into the top-20 in USC history in career rushing. He now has GENERAL NOTES 313 carries for 1,722 yards and is 88 yards shy • South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 48-34. of Rob DeBoer (1990-93) at 1,810 for 19th in The Gamecocks improved to 3-1 on the year school history. and 2-1 in the SEC with Vanderbilt falling to • Senior wide receiver Damiere Byrd’s 29-yard 1-3 and 0-2 in league play. It is the most points touchdown reception in the second quarter was by the Gamecocks this season and the most on his second touchdown reception of the season. the road since 52 at Arkansas last year on Oct. • Junior wide receiver Shaq Roland’s 29-yard 12, 2013. It is the most combined points ever touchdown reception in the third quarter was between the Gamecocks and Commodores and his second touchdown reception of the season. the most points by the Gamecocks vs. Vander• Senior wide receiver Nick Jones’ 7-yard touchbilt since South Carolina scored 52 vs. the Com- down reception in the fourth quarter was his modores in 1995. third touchdown reception of the season. • Captains for South Carolina for the game were: sophomore LB Skai Moore, senior QB DEFENSIVE NOTES Dylan Thompson, junior OT Brandon Shell and • Junior linebacker Kaiwan Lewis registered his senior DT J.T. Surratt. first sack the season in the first quarter, also his With the win, South Carolina leads the all-time second sack of his career. series history 20-4 vs. Vanderbilt including six • Senior defensive back Brison Williams’ consecutive wins vs. the Commodores. 53-yard interception return for a touchdown • The Gamecocks have had eight players start was the first interception return for a touchdown all four games this season: senior OT Corey by the Gamecocks since D.J. Swearinger tallied Robinson, senior OG A.J. Cann, junior OT a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown Brandon Shell, senior QB Dylan Thompson, vs. Arkansas on Nov. 10, 2012. The interception senior DT J.T. Surratt, sophomore DE Darius was the fourth of his career as well. English, senior DB Brison Williams, junior FS T.J. Gurley. SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES • South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier • Sophomore placekicker Elliott Fry’s 45-yard earned his 202nd win as an SEC head coach to field goal in the second quarter tied a career surpass Georgia legend Vince Dooley for seclong. He previously had a 45-yard field goal ond on the all-time list for wins as an SEC head vs. Florida on Nov. 16, 2013. Fry was 2-for-2 in coach. Only Paul (Bear) Bryant (292) has won the game as he made a 43-yard field goal in the more as an SEC head coach. third quarter. Fry is now 9-for-11 in his career in the 40-49 FG range. OFFENSIVE NOTES • Senior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt blocked a • South Carolina’s 449 total yards of offense is field goal in the fourth quarter. It is the second the most by the Gamecocks in a game this sea- blocked field goal by the Gamecocks this year. son. It is the most since 639 vs. Coastal Carolina on Nov. 23, 2013. It is the most in a SEC game QUOTES since 498 at Missouri on Oct. 26, 2013. • Sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper set Head Coach Steve Spurrier a career-high for receptions and receiving yards Opening Statement: with 10 catches for 114 yards. His previous high “That was a game I didn’t like a bit, although was 5 receptions vs. East Carolina on Sept. 6, the offenses the kids scored a bunch of points 2014 and 58 receiving yards vs. Texas A&M here and there. Brison Williams picked one off on Aug. 28, 2014. It is the most receptions in a and get a defensive score, we sort of thought we game by a Gamecock this season and the most might be able to get one. The way we played is since Bruce Ellington and Mike Davis had 10 embarrassing. I told the guys it was just embarapiece at Missouri on Oct. 26, 2013. It also is rassing, and I’m the head coach of this embarthe most receiving yards by a Gamecock this rassing group of guys. Allowed two kickoff season; the previous high was 113 yards by returns and our defensive backs won’t turn Nick Jones vs. Texas A&M on Aug. 28, 2014. In around and look for the ball when they lob it addition, Cooper rushed 2 carries for 74 yards down the field in three deep. And they throw it including a 70-yard run from scrimmage. It was off the two-yard line and their kid just runs right the longest rush by a Gamecock this season and by there. It’s embarrassing, but we are what the longest since Mike Davis rushed 75 yards we are. We’re not a very good team, but we’re for a touchdown at Georgia on Sept. 7, 2013. 3-1 some how. And we got all the voters fooled • Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson finished thinking we’re pretty good and I guess that’s 22-for-34 for 237 passing yards and three touch- because we beat Georgia. But anyways, I don’t downs. Thompson is now 208-for-360 in his know exactly what all can help this team. We career for 2,967 passing yards, 33 yards shy of thought we coached our butts off all week and becoming the 13th quarterback in school hiscould look like a decent team. And of course tory to pass for 3,000 or more yards. they run the opening kickoff back, so I’m tak-

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Shaq Roland catches his second touchdon of the season - a 29-yarder - in the thrid quarter. ing over kickoff. I told coach Joe Robinson I can’t watch that anymore, I’m taking over. If we have to pooch it on the ground, which was pretty good for us, that grounder ... maybe we found something Landon (Ard) can do something better than anyone in the country with that grounder. It took a funny hop every time. But it was sad, running right by the kickoff return guy and he just split us just about every time I guess. But anyways it was discouraging but it is what it is. We have to almost score a touchdown every time or else we’ll get our butts beat some how or another it seems like. Fortunately, we were able to score a bunch. Guys hit some passes, Dylan (Thompson) had a few good ones here and there and missed some here and there, missed some long balls. Pharoh Cooper had a heck of a game, he got the game ball for 10 catches and that long run there at the end that I thought put it away. But Dylan put it in there at the end and I thought that was a mistake, I should have taken about three downs and try to sneak that thing in because there was about four minutes left and we only had a 14-point lead. I was nervous, but for-

tunately they didn’t recover the kick and score like they did in 30 or 45 seconds. They would have had an onside kick to go tie the game. So that was a mistake on my part letting them score with four minutes left in the game. So I’ll try to get smarter in the future and hopefully we can get better, but it was embarrassing.” Pharoh Cooper • Wide Receiver On persevering through the whole game: “It’s not easy to get up, but that’s football. That’s the game. You’re gonna take some hits, take some shots, be bruised up after the game. We just gotta have the mindset to keep pushing and win the game.” Dylan Thompson • Quarterback On Spurrier's disposition after the game: "We can't play like that. We have to sharpen up in every facet of the game. We come in here and just play sloppy. It was sloppy game; hard to watch as a fan I'm sure. We did get the win. You appreciate road wins especially in the SEC. But we have to sharpen up."

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Pharoh Cooper breaks away for a 70-yard gain out of the wildcat formation in the fourth quarter. Cooper finished the Gamecock win with 188 total yards (114 receiving, 74 rushing).

Pharoh Cooper wants Gamecocks to count on him

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The many roles that the South Carolina coaching staff places upon do-itall sophoPharoh Cooper more PharKeenanSuggs oh Cooper Player of the Wek may seem over-

whelming from the outside. To him though, it is exactly what he wants. “I want to be a guy our team can count on … any position I’m in, through special teams, wildcat or receiver, I want to be a guy that the whole team can count on me to do my job every play,” Cooper commented. And do his job he did in South Carolina’s win over the Commodores as he had 189 all-purpose yards on a career-best 114 yards receiving to go along with 74 yards

rushing. Cooper had a career-high 10 catches. The Gamecocks went to him early and often and in a game in which South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was not pleased on the whole the head ball coach still made sure to make mention of Cooper’s efforts. Senior wide receiver Nick Jones put it rather simply after the Gamecock victory: “He was big. He played big. He stepped up … he had a great game. We needed him.”

Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson noted after the South Carolina victory what separates Cooper from others. “He can just do it all,” Thompson said. “I think you saw that. I was telling him in the third quarter, ‘I’m sorry, man. Every time you get a completion you get rocked,’ but he just kept getting back up and playing his butt off. He doesn’t take any credit outside of the locker room or anything like that. He’s a humble kid that comes to work every day and you’ve got to appreciate that.”

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South Carolina Gamecocks


football Schedule 08/28/14 ..........vs. #21 Texas A&M # ........... Columbia, S.C. ..................... L, 52-28 09/06/14 ..........vs. East Carolina .................. Columbia, S.C. ....................W, 33-23

Standings SEC East


South Carolina

2-1 114 121 3-1 147 144 W3




1-1 57

72 2-1 122 72 L1


0-0 0

0 3-1 152 83 L1

09/13/14 ..........vs. #6 Georgia # ................... Columbia, S.C. ....................W, 38-35


0-0 0

0 2-1 82 60 L1

09/20/14 Vanderbilt # ...................... Nashville, Tenn. ..................W, 48-34


0-1 35

38 2-1 146 59 W1


0-1 30

36 2-1 109 53


0-2 37

89 1-3 78 157 L1

09/27/14 ..........vs. Missouri # ......................... Columbia, S.C. .........................7 p.m. 10/04/14 Kentucky # ........................ Lexington, Ky. ..............................TBA 10/18/14 ..........vs. Furman ............................. Columbia, S.C. .............................TBA 10/25/14 Auburn # ........................... Auburn, Ala. .................................TBA


SEC West



Texas A&M

1-0 52

28 4-0 221 47 W4



1-0 42

21 4-0 168 56 W4 21 3-0 124 48 W3

11/01/14 ..........vs. Tennessee # ..................... Columbia, S.C. .............................TBA


1-0 45

Ole Miss

1-0 41

3 3-0 132 31 W3

11/15/14 Florida # ............................. Gainesville, Fla. ...........................TBA

Mississippi State

1-0 34

29 4-0 165 66 W4


0-1 21

45 3-1 195 94 W3


0-1 29

34 3-1 144 58

11/22/14 ..........vs. South Alabama .............. Columbia, S.C. .............................TBA 11/29/14 Clemson ............................ Clemson, S.C. ...............................TBA


Martin Attends Cancer Lobby Day In Washington

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University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin joined over 650 cancer patients, advocates, survivors, caregivers and their families, along with staff from the American Cancer Society and fellow head coaches Mark Turgeon (Maryland) and Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s) in Washington, D.C., last week, as the ACS Cancer Action Network (CAN) hosted its annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Martin and his fellow coaches support cancer research through the “Coaches vs. Cancer” initiative, a nationwide collaboration between the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Cancer Lobby Day is held to urge lawmakers to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs, support legislation that supports patients’ quality All Gamecock basketball coverage sponsored by of life and to Yesterdays eliminate a

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Pictured left-to-right is Phil Martelli, Frank Martin and Mark Turgeon at Cancer Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. last week. cost barrier to Medicare beneficiaries trying to access lifesaving colon cancer screenings. Martin and his fellow coaches rallied the group prior to their trip to Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers. Each coach shared his personal story and connection to cancer before rallying the volunteers. Martin then

joined the group of survivors and loved ones, along with the ACS CAN, and visited lawmakers to talk about the importance of cancer research and funding. “It was so exciting for the American Cancer Society to ask Anya and me to be part of the Cancer Lobby Day on Capitol Hill,” Martin

said. “Being around ACS volunteers and cancer survivors was a tremendous experience.” The Martins have held a gala, the “B-Ball of the South,” the last two years in Columbia, in support of “Coaches vs. Cancer.” The event has been a fantastic success, raising $269,470 in its two years to benefit the initiative.

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Previewing the Missouri football team by Kyle heck Contributing Writer

though. In fact, Mauk recorded 12 touchdown passes in the first three games of the season. This year has started out much like it did After getting a break against Georgia, the last year for the Missouri football team. South Carolina defense will once again have They’ve gotten off to a good start, but have to go up against a spread offense that likes to not gotten a lot of national attention. play fast. Despite the loss of talent, the Tigers Last season, the Tigers quietly got off to a seem like they have not lost a step. 7-0 start without generating hardly any buzz. On the defense side, the NFL draft depleted It wasn’t until an upset win at Georgia that what was a stellar defensive line in 2013. got them to 6-0 when most people started Both Michael Sam, last year’s SEC Defensive to take Missouri seriously. They kept up the Player of the Year, and Kony Ealy are now in success all the way to an SEC east division ti- the professional ranks, leaving a big hole to tle and a spot in the SEC championship game. fill for the Tigers. The Tigers lost a lot of talent from last year, However, defensive ends Markus Golden which is the main reason that they weren’t and Shane Ray have more than made up for talked about much during the preseason. the production that Sam and Ealy showed last However, Missouri still has a lot of talent season. Both players are on pace to post betand an excellent coach in Gary Pinkel, who’s ter statistics than their two predecessors. been in the other Columbia for 14 years. Golden, now a senior, could have also The Tigers also bring back a quarterback turned pro at the end of his junior season, but who showed flashes last year while replacing elected to come back. He had 55 tackles, 13 the injured James Franklin. Maty Mauk, a of them for loss, and 6.5 sacks last year. sophomore, threw for over 1,000 yards to go The Tigers have continued to do what they along with 11 passing touchdowns and just do best on defense; force turnovers. Going two interceptions in limited action a year ago. into Saturday’s game against Indiana, MisThe team is all his this year, but he must souri had forced a turnover in a whopping overcome the loss of his top three receivers. 47 straight games. That is 18 more than LouThe Tigers have managed so far this season, isiana-Monroe, who has the second longest

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Gamecock running back Mike Davis had a big receiving game against the Tigers last year. streak in the nation. The one thing that should be noted about Missouri is that they have yet to face SEC competition. Their first taste of that this season will come when they visit WilliamsBrice Stadium. However, the Tigers have impressed so far this season and the Gamecocks will need to play one of their better games.

Last year’s game at Missouri was one that all Gamecock fans will remember for a very long time. Down 17-0 at halftime, quarterback Connor Shaw came in to lead South Carolina to a 27-24 double-overtime victory. South Carolina’s defense has steadily shown improvement throughout the course of the season and they will need to keep that up against this high-powered Tiger offense.

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Lifetime member Beth Phibbs has helped pave way for Gamecock athletics by brian hand

and more specifically, South Carolina Athletics. Their leadership style unifies everyone at the table. What have been issues in the past Beth Phibbs has helped lay the foundation for can now be seen as opportunities to find ways South Carolina Athletics as a Lifetime member to move forward. In my opinion, it’s all about of the Gamecock Club. helping our University and seeing the benefits Now she is hoping that others in the Gamefor our student-athletes and programs. With our cock family take the once-in-a-lifetime opfirst rate facilities and successes on the field and portunity to “literally help pave the way” by court, we are seeing the benefits everywhere so participating in the University of South Carolina why would you want to stop?” Gamecock Club Commemorative Brick ProPhibbs is appreciative of the lengths Tanner gram. has gone to make Gamecock donors feel like Phibbs and other Gamecock Club Lifetime they are a part of the team. members helped originally lay the foundation “One of the things that I appreciate most about for Gamecock Athletics Coach Tanner, and I sincerely believe this, is in the 1980s when then that he understands how to balance vision and Gamecock Club Director loyalty,” Phibbs noted. “ If you’re going to move Art Baker came to some an entity like South Carolina Athletics forward, members asking for their then you have to have a great balance and his help. leadership style just absolutely embraces that She decided to become concept.” a Lifetime member at The Director of Governmental Affairs for that point in time and she the South Carolina Association of School Adhas continued to contribministrators, Phibbs continued by saying “ever Submitted photo ute ever since. since he was hired as our baseball coach here, “It’s about dedication,” Coach Tanner has always had a great relationPhibbs noted. “It’s about love for and loyalty to ship with boosters. It doesn’t matter the level of your university. I think for lifetime members, your contribution because he values each and specifically, continuing to contribute laid the every booster. He makes everybody feel like foundation, to some degree, to where we are they’re part of the team which is the beauty of now. We are also very fortunate to have two su- his leadership ability. He listens to and engages perior leaders in Coach Tanner and Dr. Pastides. the Lifetime members in various events and that They are wonderful assets to the university has not always been the case.”

Shortly after Tanner took over the athletic director position, Phibbs spoke with him about the possibility of a brick program. She is happy that the program is now coming to fruition with the opportunity to purchase a commemorative brick on the new Springs Brooks Plaza outside of Williams-Brice Stadium. The plaza will be unveiled before the start of the 2015 football season. “My thought was you’re only going to have a limited amount of bricks and they’re probably going to sell out quickly given the current number of Gamecock Club members. I’m going to purchase one for my mom and dad and some other family members,” Phibbs remarked. “I want to honor and remember them because they were the reason I became a Gamecock supporter. Like any other family, we had our own traditions. We were always in our seat at least thirty minutes before the game began and we never left early regardless of the score. I still continue that tradition today.” “I believe many supporters will want to buy a brick either as an individual or possibly a family brick. Additionally, some of those same members may also want to buy bricks in memory of family members who truly helped lay the foundation for where we are today. They, too, had family members or friends who were donating money, attending games and supporting the Gamecocks when there wasn’t a great deal to cheer about.” “Looking at the artist rendering of the new plaza, you can see how the commemorative

brick program will be a wonderful addition to the stadium area. Just imagine arriving for the first game next year and seeing all those personalized bricks and knowing that you, a family member, or friend are all part of laying the foundation for the success of current and future Gamecock programs. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Phibbs feels like all Gamecock supporters, if possible, will purchase a brick to show their Gamecock spirit. “Our coaches set high expectations for our student-athletes and I think that we should set high expectations for ourselves as Gamecock supporters to buy a commemorative brick,” Phibbs closed. “It’s not if, it’s how many. After all, it truly is great to be a Gamecock!” The bricks, which are four inches by eight inches and can hold one to three lines of text (15 characters per line), will be available for $200 for Gamecock Club members (for promo code, call 803-777-4276), and $255 for non-members. The price for non-members, however, does include a 2015 Gamecock Club Roost Membership. Those who purchase a brick will receive two priority points for each purchased. Keepsake replica bricks and display cases are also available, for $100 and $50, respectively. Once installed, a locator map will be available for donors to find their bricks on the Springs Brooks Plaza. To order by phone, fans should call 1-844-GCBRIKS, or to order online, visit

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Recruiting Round-up DL DJ Jones of East Mississippi JC and Wren High School made his official visit to USC over the weekend. Many members of his family also drove down from the Upstate to join him. “It was just a reminder of home and getting to go back and see how crazy game day is there,” Jones said. “It gave me a chance to talk to the coaches and the players again. The times I had been there wasn’t game day. I got to experience the fans. I was with coach Adams most of the time. They are going to lose some defensive tackles and I would fit in there perfectly.” Jones said his player host was Blake McClain and he also spent time with Bryson Allen-Williams, DJ Smith and KC Crosby. And he wrapped up the visit with a sit down meeting with Steve Spurrier. “He stressed how much they need me,” Jones said. “We talked about that win last night, how big it was for him and the program. I feel a lot better about the university and the football team after this weekend.  It opened my eyes really, but nothing dramatic.  I’m still committed to Florida State.” But, Jones put that commitment level at 6 on a scale of 1-10 and would not dismiss the possibility of a flip. “My commitment is still as firm as it was (before the visit),” he said. “But that (flipping) could happen at anytime. It’s recruiting. Anything can happen.” Jones plans to be at the Clemson-Florida State game this Saturday for his first game day in Tallahassee. He is also still talking with Clemson. Phil Kornblut He has not scheduled Contributing any other official visits Writer and he’s expecting USC coaches to visit him in a couple of weeks. Senior WR Darius Slayton of Norcross, Ga. was among the prospects in Columbia last Saturday night for the Georgia game. He got there a little later than he had planned so he didn’t have much of a chance to talk recruiting with coaches G.A. Mangus and Steve Spurrier, Jr. But he knows the Gamecocks would like to have him and this visit helped the Gamecocks make their case. “I like them, probably more than I did before, but not an exponential amount,” Slayton said. “It was a great atmosphere. It was unbelievable. The fans were hanging in there, cheering the first thru the fourth quarter. They create a lot of hype for their team.” Slayton went into the locker room after the game and said most of his time among the coaches was spent with Mangus and Spurrier, Jr. During the game he saw the Gamecocks throw the ball regularly and pass for nearly 300 yards. “I would fit well in their system,” said Slayton who also plays cornerback. “I’d have a chance to do well there.” Slayton said right now he’s not sure

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about his future plans and he wants to visit some other places. He would like to make a decision this fall. The other schools he’s still considering include Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Florida. He does not have a favorite. Juniors: TE Naseir Upshur (6-4 230) of Philadelphia, Pa. hales from the same high school as USC running back David Williams and the two are close friends. G.A. Mangus won the recruiting battle for Williams and he has the Gamecocks in a strong position right now with Upshur. “I’m high on them,” Upshur said. “They’ve been recruiting me since my freshman year. Their offense fits me well. And they are losing two tight ends.” Upshur has a list of 26 offers that also includes Arizona, Arizona State, Temple, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. He does not plan to rush his decision. Upshur had planned to be at USC for the Georgia game but he went to Rutgers instead. LB Tre Lamar (6-3 230) of Roswell, Ga. is one of the top prospects in his state for 2016 and has already drawn offers from Clemson and USC. He was at Clemson for the SC State game and he was at USC Saturday for the Georgia game. Lamar has 14 offers right now with some of the ones standing out to him being Clemson, USC, Alabama, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Lamar also has visited Georgia, Wisconsin, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.   OL John Simpson (6-4 290) of Fort Dorchester was in Columbia last Saturday night. USC was his first offer while Clemson is showing interest. It’s been suggested Simpson might be on the fast track to a Gamecock commitment but he says not, at least at this point. “I was going to wait (on a decision) until I get more offers so I can see what college is the best for me playing wise,” Simpson said. “I’ll decide in my senior year. USC was my team growing up but I’m not going to say that’s where I’m going.” Simpson said he does plan to visit Clemson again at some point. He also camped there this summer. Charlotte and Coastal Carolina are two others showing interest in Simpson right now. Simpson was joined Saturday in Columbia by two teammates including freshman QB Dakerion Joyner (6-1 170) who, according to his coach, already has an offer from the Gamecocks. Steve LaPrad said USC recruiter coordinator Steve Spurrier, Jr. offered Joyner after watching him in seven-on-seven competition at USC this summer. “Everyone will offer,” LaPrad said. “He’s just different. He’s got the speed, the jumping ability and a cannon for an arm. He’s going to be big, over 6-4, 200. And he loves the competition. He does not back down.” The third Patriot who visited was senior defensive tackle Eurndraus Bryant.  He has

from USC and North Carolina. One of the state’s top prospects in the 2016 class is DB James Valdez (6-1 195) of Lake Marion. He already has offers from USC, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina State and there will be more. Valdez camped at USC, Clemson, NC State, North Carolina and Florida State. Oregon is also showing interest in him. Last season he had 51 tackles and broke up seven passes. Current USC commit ATH Kyle Davis of Lawrenceville, Ga. planned to attend the Georgia game Saturday but couldn’t make it. Davis said his commitment to the Gamecocks has not deterred other schools from continuing to recruit him. He called his commitment to USC strong but said he will take other visits. He named Georgia and Florida State as two schools that continue to show a lot of interest. Davis has yet to attend any games this season and does not have any scheduled visits. His offers include USC, Miami, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Louisville and Boston College. Basketball News: Last weekend got off to a good start for USC athletics as Friday afternoon the Gamecock basketball program picked up a commitment for the 2015 class from 6-9, 240 Chris Silva, a native of Gabon, Africa who attends Roselle Catholic School in New Jersey. Silva picked the Gamecocks over Seton Hall and Rhode Island, the other two schools he visited. He also considered Kansas State and Villanova. After thanking his family, coaches and the schools that recruited him Silva reached into a paper bag and pulled out a Gamecock baseball cap as he announced his decision. The announcement comes on his 18th birthday. “It’s a great school and coaches,” Silva said during his press conference. “”I like everything about it. The edu-

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cation. The support they give to players after their career. Everything.” Martin met with Silva last night but he had already made up his mind to join the Gamecocks by then. “I”m just excited to go there,” Silva said. “I look forward to playing with all those players. I can see them like good teammates and I’m excited to be there around them.” Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff has close ties to the USC staff, in particular with assistant coach Matt Figger, and said the chance to play early in a major conference like the SEC was a big attraction to Silva. “The biggest factor in the final decision to go to South Carolina was the opportunity to compete in the SEC day in and day out,” Boff said. “He wanted to play with great players, he wanted to play against great players and he wanted to be in a place where he thought he would really develop to his fullest potential. He thought that South Carolina offered the best of those three things.” Silva averaged 9 points and 10 rebounds per game last season and Boff feels he’s only scratched the surface of his talents. “They are going to get one of the elite athletes in the country,” Boff said. “Chris is as good a run and jump athlete as their is in the country, especially at 6-9, 240. They are also going to get a player that’s developing his skills on the perimeter. He can step out and shoot it to 22 feet an also handles the ball pretty well for a kid of his size. Overall they are getting a kid that’s going to have a bright future.” Silva is the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the 2015 class. 6-5 Jacob Evans of Baton Rouge, La. made an official visit to USC over the weekend and said he had a very good time but he’s not going to make a decision until the spring. “It was really good,” Evans said. “The coaching staff, coach Clark, coach Martin and coach Evans, all of them are like their players. Please see RECRUITING, Page 22

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The view from the Vanderbilt locker room BY ed girardeau Contributing Editor

Vanderbilt had a few tough breaks, particularly on a Pharoh Cooper fumble when Cooper was stripped of the ball, but while laying Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason took out of bounds he was able to reach over and the high road in his postgame press confertouch the football to retain possession before ence by being positive about his team’s per- Vanderbilt was able to recover the fumble. It formance and congratulating South Carolina was pointed out that South Carolina seemed for the win. to have all the good luck, which Mason was “Congratulations to Coach Spurrier and his having none of that talk. football team. They played a tough football “We have to keep making our own luck. game and fought hard. It was a tough game. We had some chances tonight on some passOur football team - we’re getting better. We es that we knocked down, but we could have just have to continue to work harder and intercepted. We have to get the ball out of the get better at getting off the field on third air in the secondary.” downs. We’ll take a look at the tape and fix Cooper also played big for South Carolina what needs to be fixed. Our kids got better from the wildcat formation, ripping off 70 tonight. When we get it right, we look pretty yards to the one-yard line in what was the good.” Gamecocks biggest play of the night. LineDarrius Sims returned two kickoffs for backer Caleb Azubike thought the Commotouchdowns on the Gamecocks and coach dores were ready for the play. Mason complimented Sims, but spread the “Throughout the week we prepared for the credit around. wildcat, and we knew that was one of their “Sims is explosive, but we have a lot of most dynamic formations and we were going guys on this team we need to find ways to to see that a lot in this game. We had a plan get the football to. We have guys who can to stop that, and unfortunately when you be explosive,” Mason explained. “You have play big teams like South Carolina big plays a young group of guys up front. You saw are going to happen. We just have to try to freshmen making those blocks.” limit them, which we weren’t able to do. So

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Brison Williams returns an interception for a touchdown in the win over Vanderbilt. that is something we have to go back and see what happened and what we did wrong. But yeah, all week we prepared for the wildcat.” The theme from the team was that Vanderbilt had gotten better over the first four weeks of the season. Defensive tackle Vince Taylor put that talk into perspective. “As they say, when good isn’t good enough, better is required. In this game we need to

make the best of every time the ball touches the ground; we need to pick it up. More is required. We’ve just go to work more throughout the week.” Throughout, Mason stayed positive about his team. “It was our best overall game. We are a young, good football team with veterans leading the way. We need to tighten down what we do. We need to anchor down.”

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Carquest Bowl win forever changed Gamecock football by brian hand

It’s cliché, but also true – you never forget your first. South Carolina football is no different. The Gamecocks are presently in the midst of one of its greatest periods in program history, but until early January of 1995 South Carolina had never won a bowl game. South Carolina’s fortunes in bowl games were forever changed on Jan. 2, 1995 when the Gamecocks bested West Virginia, 24-21, in the 1995 Carquest Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. The Gamecock victory allowed South Carolina to claim its first bowl win in nine tries. The Gamecocks ended their victory over the Mountaineers with a record of 7-5 in the 1994 season. Honoring this particular team before South Carolina’s Sept. 27 game at Williams-Brice Stadium with Missouri means a great deal to current head football coach Steve Spurrier. “We’ve gotten an excellent response from that 1995 team,” Spurrier commented. “I think Steve Taneyhill and his teammates are all looking forward to coming back. It’ll be neat to honor the first bowl winner in school history - the 1995 Carquest Bowl champions. It’ll be good to see all those guys back here.” Spurrier knows that honoring the past is the key to the present and future of Gamecock football. “That’s what successful schools do,” Spurrier said. “If you have tradition, you honor the players that have really played well there and accomplished whatever. We don’t have a whole bunch to talk about right now as far as championships. We’ve got the 1969 ACC champion team with Tommy Suggs and all his teammates and the (SEC) Eastern Division of 2010. We’ve got a bunch of state championships lately, but for big championships, we’re still hunting them, still looking out for them, searching for them. Hopefully it will happen real soon.” Former South Carolina head football coach Brad Scott finds it hard to believe it has been 20 years since that 1994 team claimed the first-ever bowl victory. “I’m so happy that the University and the athletics department is going to recognize that 1994 squad because those were some good kids,” Scott said. “I was just thinking that it kind of caught me off guard that it has been 20 years since then. That’s super. “It was a special group and there is no question about that for what they accomplished, which was something that had not been done before. I think back on that and there is just a few times in the sport of football, especially at a major University like USC that you get an opportunity like that to go into the record books as the first team to accomplish a ma-

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Former Gamecock quarterback Steve Taneyhill was named the MVP of the Carquest Bowl. jor goal like that. That’s something that we talked about a lot during that time. I’m just happy that ‘94 squad took advantage of that opportunity. They took a lot of pride in it and of course after that win is really when you realize just how significant that was to those players and really to the Gamecock family too. It was really special,” Scott expounded. The Most Valuable Player in the 1995 Carquest Bowl, Gamecock quarterback legend Steve Taneyhill 20 years later looks back at that team very proudly as he and his teammates prepare to be honored. “I know it was a while ago, but it will be pretty neat because we were the first team to win a bowl game,” the current Union County High School head coach noted. “We’re happy that the University is bringing us back and doing that for us. I think it will be great to see the guys and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen most of those guys. The few that I do see every now and again through coaching or

in the summers or those things are great. It isn’t the whole group of us; I think they said that there are going to be about 70 guys there. I’m looking forward to seeing all of those guys.” Former Gamecock tight end Boomer Foster thinks that win over West Virginia helped pave the way for Gamecock football. “I don’t think there is really any doubt about that,” Foster relayed. “Getting into the SEC for all of us was a transition. My freshman year we were still independent. We played a bunch of really good teams, but starting that SEC schedule in 1992 and really getting to understand what it took to be competitive in the SEC through depth, speed and talent upgrades. It was really special to be a part of it. All of those guys on that team really busted their fannies and worked really hard, so we were really proud of what we were able to do. “I’ll tell you looking back on it now, people

may not look at a bowl win in and of itself as a big deal, but to us and I think to the fanbase at that time it was a monstrous thing because we had never actually been successful in the postseason before. It was a big deal to us and I think that we’re all really honored and excited that the University is going to do something to honor the accomplishments of that team. We’re all excited to see each other again because it has been 20 years since then. We think it’s really special that coach (Ray) Tanner and coach (Clyde) Wrenn are going to roll out the red carpet for us a little bit. We’re looking forward to getting back to campus,” Foster elaborated. Taneyhill echoed Foster, noting without the 33-7 regular season-ending win at Clemson it would have not been possible. “Winning the first bowl game was talked about that whole week of Clemson,” Taneyhill stated. “We had to beat Clemson that year to even get the opportunity to go to the bowl game. Then winning the first bowl game was talked about a lot that week. It was talked about a lot that week where ‘you could be the first and first group to win a bowl game.’ It’s funny how coaches talk and then it actually happens, you know ‘20 years from now they’ll bring you guys back as the first team to win a bowl game.’ Now here we are, so it’s great by the University and I think it’s a great accomplishment by the guys on that team that we’ll always be a part of something, the first bowl win in school history. You would wish that there had been more of those, but there wasn’t and we’re the first.” Currently a special assistant to development, Wrenn has been working hard with Foster to get everyone back for this celebration. “It’s special because the University doesn’t have to recognize us and I think that we get that,” Foster noted. “ Please see FIRST BOWL WIN, Page 13

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FIRST BOWL WIN, cont. from page 12 The fact that we’ve had three-straight 11win seasons, we’ve got a Hall of Fame coach, we’ve got a bunch of guys on the team that have monstrous talent and the No. 1 draft pick. For them to be thinking about going back to the early to mid-90s and bringing us back is really special to all of us. I think we’re all really excited and honored that they thought enough about what we were able to accomplish as a team to bring us back. I’m sure that this is not cheap for the University, so the fact that they’re willing to do that for us, I think everybody just feels taken care of, considered and loved again.” Taneyhill is extremely appreciative of the way Spurrier, Wrenn and athletics director Ray Tanner are embracing bringing this team back. “Last year was the first time that I had been back to a game in a while just because of coaching,” Taneyhill said. “To see the Carolina Walk, what they’ve done in Gamecock Park and how crazy and loud the student section gets with the white towels waving makes a unique advantage. It has definitely become a home-field advantage for those guys … like I said, I’ve been around a little bit to see some things where a lot of those guys haven’t had that opportunity and it’ll be great for them to see what coach Spurrier and the guys that he’s recruited to make the Gamecocks have such a great place to play.” Foster is keen to show the younger generation of Gamecock fans just how great of job Spurrier has done as well with the first bowl championship team being honored. “It’s hard for me to believe that the younger generation who are fans now really understand what Gamecock football was like when this team came in,” Foster pointed out. “We’ve had some good years obviously in the past before Spurrier got there, but they were fewer and farther between. I’ve always said that we’ve got the best fans in the country because they would show up even when the teams were not very good. It’s really special for all of us and I don’t know that the younger fans really understand the perseverance and ups and downs of what it took to be a Gamecock fan. I think going through a lot of that builds a lot of character for our University because it was not as easy to be a fan for a long time. Now it’s easy to be a fan and it’s cool to be a fan, but it has not always been that way.” Things may have changed and the players have obviously aged, but to Foster and Taneyhill the bond between teammates will still be there when they see each other. The night before the team will have a special dinner at Seawell’s before being a part of numerous gameday activities for the Missouri game. “You’ve got a lot of guys who are parents now and that will be neat,” Taneyhill said. “Some of the guys said that they were going to bring their kids, so that will be really neat to see all those guys. I think when you’ve got

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100 guys on a team, then everyone goes their own way, then 20 years later everybody is kind of set in life, so it will be a good thing to see how everyone is. It’s nice to have that Friday night with the dinner and getting a chance to catch up, then Saturday on the field - it’ll be a fun.” The unique opportunity to catch up is not lost on Foster. “I’ve always said that you make your best friends in situations that are difficult, in situations where you bleed, sweat and work hard,” Foster remarked. “You create a bond with people when you go through something like that. That bond really can’t be broken and it’s much more difficult to form really lasting relationships and genuine relationships with folks that you don’t go through something like that with. We went through everything from being in stretching lines at quarter ‘til five in the morning for winter workouts to spring practice to working out in the Columbia heat and humidity to two-a-days - back then they AP put us through two-a-days for a couple of Stanley Pritchett (right) and Boomer Foster celebrate the game-winning touchdown. weeks straight - and then getting to do what we do in front of all the fans. It is exciting to get to see all those guys again. young men and I want to let them know that. ed. “Anybody can win a bit, but three years in “It’s really kind of been about a month-andI’m proud of the University for bringing them a row to win 11 games is impressive. That’s a-half of working on this, but it’s really like back and recognizing them,” Scott closed. going to generate a lot of enthusiasm, that’s ‘old-home week.’ Getting to talk to some guys This group may have been the first, but they going to generate a lot of money for the school and hear from some guys that I haven’t heard are definitely not the last and that is something and you need all those things to build it. I’m from in a while is great. It’s a shame that we in which Taneyhill takes a great deal of pride. happy and I think we all are to see what the don’t keep in as good of touch as we should, “Winning is everything,” Taneyhill conclud- Gamecocks have become in football.” but this is a great opportunity the University is providing us to be able to touch base and reconnect,” Foster continued. Scott will not be able to attend the special event, but he will always remember what that win meant for Gamecock football. “Coach Wrenn had called me a week ago and I do appreciate coach Ray Tanner for extending me the opportunity to be able to come back for that,” Scott said. “Of course, with my responsibilities and job I can’t do that, but I just appreciate that recognition for this team because it is significant. South Carolina has gone on to do some great things since then, but you always have to have that starting point and get that first win. That’s probably what I’ll remember. “You don’t realize - I didn’t as a young head coach, first year as a head coach - just how big and how much it meant to South Carolina and the University until after that was over. I just remember a huge crowd at the game. There was a huge crowd at the airport when we got back that next day too. It was unbelievable the number of fans that showed up. The other thing I distinctly remember is seeing the then-governor Carroll Campbell coming into the locker room after the game and he could hardly contain himself. Just tears of joy, excitement and how proud he was of that team. He spoke to the players and the team and that really is a memory that I’ll always have. I realized walking away from that that this really meant a lot to our state and to the University at that time. So I’m just really proud of those

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Gamecocks begin new season with start of fall practice by mike kucharski

bing - according to Holbrook. He added the first three weeks of individuals workouts and time in the weight room has been great for the South Carolina baseball commenced its players as well. team fall practices as scrimmages started While there are many returning starters for Friday, Sept. 19 with a sense of excitement to this team, Holbrook said it is important in the push toward the new season in 2015. fall to give each of the talented players on the “It’s a big, important fall for us,” Gamecock roster a shot at playing time. head coach Chad Holbrook said at the fall pre“I think it’s important as you go into the fall view press conference. “We’ve got some new as a coaching staff and certainly me as the players, we’ve got some talented players and head coach that you keep an open mind … I think we have the makings of a really good I have to keep an open mind because I have team. The fall is going to be very important to to put our best players on the field. If some our players and our coaches in setting the tone of those guys over the course of the fall put for how we’re going to play this spring. themselves in the position to be one of our “The kids are anxious to get on the field, the best nine players, then I have to look at getting coaches are anxious to get on the field. We’re them playing time even though we have some going to have a lot of new faces around here returning starters on our team,” Holbrook this fall fighting for position. There is going to commented. be a lot of competition. There are some imporHolbrook addressed some of the questions tant roles to be defined,” Holbrook continued. that the team will look to answer during fall, The playstarting behind the plate with the catchers. ers have “I think the thing that stands out for us is, worked one, how are we going to handle our catching hard situation and who is going to replace Grayson over the Greiner? I know a lot of folks probably figure summer that we’ll play DC (Arendas) at third base, but - whether DC showed that he can play second. Marcus All Gamecock baseball they were (Mooney) and DC were very good defensively coverage sponsored by playing last year,” Holbrook explained. “We play DiPrato’s or rehabdefense and the strength of the team this year

might be not only on the mound, but the way that we play defense on the infield. “Who’s going to play third? Who’s going to catch? Who is going to be that third weekend starter? We feel good about where Jack (Wynkoop) and Wil (Crowe) are. Who is going to be our closer? How are we going to handle Taylor Widener? Are we going to keep him in the bullpen or are we going to put him out front? Those are the things that we’re going to have to figure out and answer those questions in the fall,” Holbrook expounded. Holbrook said that he knows the end of the 2014 season motivated the players and coaches to continue working to improve because he understands the expectations for South Carolina baseball remain high as always. “As I said when I took this job about three years ago, I embrace the expectations that this program has and I think our players do. You don’t come to South Carolina to coach or play and not be expected to compete for championships or get close to going to the College World Series,” Holbrook remarked. “While we’ve had a great run, I’m certainly understanding that you can’t go to Omaha every year, but we’re going to try. It was disappointing for us, disappointing for our players, our coaches and the fans in the way last year ended. “We have a team that is talented enough this

year to get back there. We have a team talented enough to compete for championships, but we’re also going to be competing against teams that are just as talented as us. That’s what makes playing in the SEC so much fun. I can’t wrap myself up daily thinking ‘Omaha or bust.’ I can’t do that. All I can do is try to prepare our team each and every day to be the best that it can be. Hopefully come June, we’ll be good enough,” Holbrook continued. Holbrook added that he loves the character and work ethic of the team thus far and he is anxious to see them compete this fall. He also noted that the overall health of the team is good heading into practice. “I think that we’re in as good of shape right now that we could possibly be in,” Holbrook said while knocking on the wood table. “We’re not nursing any injuries or having to hold anybody back. We’re ready to go and try to get something accomplished this fall.”

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September 24, 2014

Filling the seats starting with the student section by brad muller South Carolina Director of Content

Students at the University of South Carolina are bucking a national trend and showing up in droves for football games at Williams-Brice Stadium. A recent study by The Wall Street Journal indicated that the average student attendance at college football games is down 7.1 percent since 2009. Fortunately, nobody has told that to South Carolina students. “We’ve had more requests this year than at any point in my seven years here,” said Lance Grantham, assistant athletics director of ticket operations. “We’re averaging 14 and a half thousand requests from students per game for the three games so far. It’s really unprecedented with the amount of interest we’ve had from the students. We know we’re going to guarantee the 10,000 tickets for students on the lower level, and then we’ll provide between 1,500 and 3,000 seats in the upper deck if they’re available.” The study included data from approximately 80 institutions, nearly half of which were from the Big 5 conferences - SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and PAC 12. Unlike some other schools, students at South Carolina do not pay cash each week for their tickets, but they are eligible for tickets through fees paid at the beginning of the school year. A key indicator for accurately tracking student attendance isn’t just how many tick-

student rewards point. The difference is that loyalty points get you in football games, and student rewards is like a ‘frequent flyer’ program where you earn points that equate to prizes.” ets are requested and picked up by the students, Because not every student on campus can rebut how many are actually used. ceive a football ticket for every home game, the “We distribute the tickets and then they have more points they accumulate, the better chance to get scanned when they enter the game for it to they have of getting a ticket. count towards student attendance,” Grantham “We still try to find that right balance between said. “Other schools will count it as a paid ticket making everything available that we can versus even if they don’t show up. We’re using around the number of tickets that will be taken and 96 percent of the tickets that are available to stu- used,” Grantham said. dents. That’s a great indicator that students who All of these incentives have paid off as students are getting the tickets value them and want to are also flooding the seats in other Gamecock come in and help us win a game.” sports venues. In the fall of 2013, 75 percent of Increased ticket prices at schools where stuthe population of 26,304 students came to at least dents must purchase tickets and the convenience one Gamecock sports event. Last year, the stuof increased television coverage are some of dents helped the overall attendance at women’s the reasons indicated for the overall decline. soccer games jump 89 percent, while attendance Understanding that students bring life and are at men’s games increased by 51 percent, and volan important part of the atmosphere and college leyball increased by 40 percent. experience, South Carolina administrators have “The goal for us is to create the best home field been proactive in recent years, creating more or home court advantage for our student-athletes incentives to not only get students to the games, and to increase exposure to our students about but keep them there by combining the Loyalty the other sports,” Waters said. “Winning helps Points and the Student Rewards Program. a lot, but we have been encouraging students to “In years past, points were awarded to students get behind their classmates who are playing on who went to football, men’s and women’s basthe field, and I think they enjoy that.” ketball and baseball games,” said Josh Waters, Not only are the students going to the games, director of marketing. “Now if a student goes but they’re coming back after having a good to a soccer game, they get a loyalty point and a time at a sporting event they may not have con-

sidered attending originally. “The soccer numbers are just ridiculous,” Waters said. “The volleyball numbers have been out of this world. I think this changes the mindset of our students.” The women’s soccer team recently wrapped up a five game home stand and averaged 2,356 students in the stands. The students were a big part of the program-record 5,855 fans who attended the game against Clemson on Sept. 5. The men’s soccer team has averaged 2,296 students in attendance so far in 2014, while volleyball is averaging 1,309 students attending matches. The cross country team saw some good numbers as 322 students attended the Gamecocks home opener on Aug. 30. The South Carolina students are filling up their sections of Williams-Brice Stadium, trying to help influence the game in a positive way for the Gamecocks, and the university is doing its part to make sure they have a great fan experience as well. “We’ve got a great game presentation for our students and for our entire crowd,” Grantham said. “It’s lively, and we cater to them because we know they make a difference when they come in and stay in. How many other schools are giving coupons out for extra bonus points for staying through the fourth quarter? We’re paying attention. They help us win games. You can’t value that enough.”

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September 24, 2014

South Carolina Gamecocks Football Roster # Name Pos. 1 Damiere Byrd WR 1 Rico McWilliams CB 3 Nick Jones WR 3 Chris Lammons CB 4 Bryson Allen-Williams LB 4 Shaq Roland WR 5 Darius English DE 5 Brendan Nosovitch QB 6 Connor Mitch QB 6 Chris Moody SS 7 Shon Carson TB 7 Wesley Green CB 8 Shamier Jeffery WR 8 Kaiwan Lewis LB 9 Deebo Samuel WR 9 Sharrod Golightly SPR 10 Skai Moore LB 10 Perry Orth QB 11 T.J. Holloman LB 11 Pharoh Cooper WR 12 Michael Scarnecchia QB 12 Brison Williams SS 13 Tyler Hull P 13 Grant Davitte QB 14 Shaq Davidson WR 14 Ali Groves CB 15 Austin Hails QB 16 Zack Cimaglia K/P 17 Chaz Elder FS 17 Dylan Thompson QB 18 Cedrick Cooper DE 18 Patrick Fish P 19 Terry Googer WR 19 Landon Ard PK 20 T.J. Gurley SS 21 Marcquis Roberts LB 21 Andrew Bunch WR 22 Brandon Wilds TB 22 Jamari Smith CB 23 Larenz Bryant SPR 24 D.J. Smith DB 25 Kadetrix Marcus FS 26 Jasper Sasser FS 28 Mike Davis TB 28 Jonathan Walton LB 29 Elliott Fry PK 29 Matrick Belton WR 30 Darius Paulk FB 30 Sidney Rhodes CB 31 Al Harris Jr. CB 31 Jordan Diaz FB 32 Rod Talley TB 33 David Williams TB 34 Jonas Price K/P 34 Mason Harris DE

Hgt. 5-9 5-11 5-7 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-6 6-1 6-3 6-1 5-8 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-4 5-11 6-2 6-3 5-11 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-0 6-4 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-11 6-2 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-0 6-4 5-8 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-3

Wgt. 170 184 168 172 231 176 241 221 211 210 201 176 198 228 192 187 213 204 234 201 189 208 207 180 170 187 220 170 195 218 225 194 210 178 194 216 173 222 197 220 189 194 203 223 228 165 215 199 182 162 236 201 214 165 235


Hometown/High School/Last College Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy Moore, S.C./Byrnes Sunrise, Fla./Plantation Ellenwood, Ga./Ceder Grove Lexington, S.C./Lexington Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield McDonough, Ga./Henry County Scranton, S.C./Lake City Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County Pleasantville, N.J./St. Joseph Inman, S.C./Chapman Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb Cooper City, Fla./University Ponde Verda, Fla./Ponte Verda/Florida State College Stone Mountain, Ga./St. Pius X Havelock, NC./Havelock Fleming Island, Fla./Fleming Island Warner Robins, Ga./Northside/Fork Union Military Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy/Guilford College Columbia, S.C./Irmo Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park/North Carolina A&T Union City, Ga./Banneker Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia Shelby, N.C./Burns Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Cairo, Ga./Cairo Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Bishop England/Presbyterian Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher Charlotte, NC./Vance Marietta, Ga./Walton Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson Daphne, Ala./Bayside Academy Frisco, Tx./Prince of Peace Christian Columbia, S.C./Keenan/Hampton Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast/North Greenville Easley, S.C./Wren/Western Carolina Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West Laurens, S.C./Laurens/Gardner-Webb Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul’s Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./Ridgeland

Coaches Steve Spurrier - Head Coach Deke Adams - Defensive Line Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Elliott - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne G.A. Mangus - Quarterbacks/Tight Ends Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator Everette Sands - Running Backs Jamie Speronis - Associate AD/Football Operations Steve Spurrier Jr. - Co-Offensive Coord/Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator Lorenzo Ward - Defensive Coordinator Joey Blake - Director of Football Nutrition Robbie Liles - Director - Recruiting Operations Patrick Shine - Administrative Coordinator - Recruiting Scott Spurrier - Quality Control Coordinator (Offense) Shaq Wilson - Quality Control Coordinator (Defense)

# Name Pos. 35 Shannon James DB 39 Demetrius Smalls DB 40 Jacob August TE 41 Kyle Morini LB 41 Connor McLaurin FB 42 Jordan Diggs SPR 43 Benjamin Russell DB 43 Garrison Gist FB 44 Gerald Turner FB 44 Gerald Dixon DE 45 Brandon Sturdivant FB 46 Cedrick Malone SPR 47 Drew Williams LS 48 Nick McGriff TE 49 Garrett Shank SS 49 Devin Potter TB 50 A.J. Cann OG 51 Cody Waldrop OC 51 Devin Washington DE 52 Phillip Dukes DT 53 Corey Robinson OT 54 Clayton Stadnik OC 55 David Johnson DE 55 Na’Ty Rodgers OT 58 Ryland Culbertson LS 59 Coleman Harley LS 65 Brock Stadnik OG 69 D.J. Park OT 70 Alan Knott OC 71 Brandon Shell OT 72 Donell Stanley OL 74 Mason Zandi OT 75 Will Sport OG 76 Mike Matulis OT 77 Malik Young OL 80 K.J. Brent WR 81 Rory Anderson TE 82 Caleb Hines WR 83 Carlton Heard WR 84 Matthew Harvey WR 85 Kane Whitehurst WR 86 Kevin Crosby TE 87 Sean Odom WR 88 Drew Owens TE 89 Jerell Adams TE 90 Cody Gibson TE 90 Taylor Stallworth DT 91 Blake McClain DE 92 Gerald Dixon, Jr. DT 93 Deon Green DT 94 Kelsey Griffin DT 95 Michael Washington DE 97 J.T. Surratt DT 99 Abu Lamin DT

Hgt. 5-7 5-11 6-6 5-10 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-4 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-8 6-3 6-1 6-5 6-4 6-1 6-5 6-4 6-4 6-6 6-4 6-9 6-5 6-5 6-3 6-4 6-5 5-11 6-0 6-8 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-6 6-6 6-7 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-4

Wgt. 153 170 247 221 243 217 175 260 250 274 218 201 201 220 203 203 311 309 221 323 344 273 275 280 267 246 287 328 280 333 346 301 291 307 318 192 227 160 188 22 8 169 230 190 238 242 278 293 265 323 289 310 237 310 302


Hometown/High School/Last College Florence, S.C./South Florence Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman/Fork Union Warner Robins, Ga./White Knoll/Gray Military Raleigh, N.C./Garner Fort Myers, Fla./Island Coast Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy Rock Hill, S.C./Northwesterm Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford/York Tech Camden, S.C./Camden/Coastal Carolina Irmo, S.C/Dutch Fork Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville Marietta, Ga./Lassiter Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt Seffner, Fla./Armwood Orlando, Fla./Jones Manning, S.C./Manning Havelock, N.C./Havelock Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia Waldorf, Md./McDonough Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy Aiken, S.C./South Aiken Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford Dillon, S.C./Dillon Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek Floydale, S.C./Latta Irmo, S.C./Chapin Milton, Fla./Pace Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista Pelzer, S.C./Woodmont Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Cornelius, N.C./Hough Athens, Ga./Clarke Central/Gardner-Webb Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill Duluth, Ga./Chattahoochee/Arkansas Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg Prep Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell Pinewood, S.C./Scott’s Branch Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln Mobile, Ala./Murphy Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern Windermere, Fla./Olympia Buford, Ga./Mill Creek Allendale, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax/S.C. State Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland Fayetteville, N.C./Trinity Christian/Fort Scott C.C.

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September 24, 2014

Missouri Football Roster # Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. 1 Marvin Zanders QB 6-2 185 FR 1 John Gibson DB 6-0 185 RS SO 2 Nate Brown WR 6-3 205 FR 2 Duron Singleton DB 6-1 210 SR 3 David Johnson DB 5-11 190 RS JR 4 Brandon Lee LB 6-2 215 FR 4 J’Mon Moore WR 6-3 190 RS FR 5 Cortland Browning S 6-1 205 RS JR 6 Marcus Murphy TB 5-9 195 RS SR 7 Kenya Dennis DB 6-0 200 JR 7 Maty Mauk QB 6-0 200 RS SO 8 Thomas Wilson S 5-11 185 FR 8 Darius White WR 6-3 205 RS SR 9 Braylon Webb S 6-0 205 RS SR 9 Eddie Printz QB 6-2 215 RS FR 10 Kentrell Brothers LB 6-1 240 RS JR 10 Jason Reese TE 6-5 240 RS FR 11 Aarion Penton DB 5-10 185 SO 11 Kendall Blanton TE 6-6 230 FR 12 Darvin Ruise LB 6-1 40 RS SR 12 Colby Carpenter QB 6-2 220 RS FR 13 Corbin Berkstresser QB 6-3 225 RS JR 13 Chaston Ward S 6-1 205 RS SO 14 Raymond Wingo DB 6-0 175 FR 15 Grant Jones LB 6-3 225 FR 16 Brock Bondurant S 6-2 215 RS SO 17 Sheldon Gerau WR 6-0 205 RS JR 17 DeSean Blair WR 6-2 185 FR 18 Wesley Leftwich WR 6-1 200 RS JR 19 Keyon Dilosa WR 6-3 190 FR 19 Shaun Rupert S 6-1 185 RS FR 20 Trevon Walters TB 5-10 195 FR 21 Bud Sasser WR 6-2 210 RS SR 21 Ian Simon S 6-0 195 RS JR 22 Anthony Sherrils DB 6-0 190 RS FR 24 Lawrence Lee WR 5-11 175 FR 25 Donavin Newsom LB 6-2 230 RS SO 26 Jake Brents WR 6-3 205 RS SO 28 Logan Cheadle DB 5-10 175 FR 29 DeAndre McKenzie DB 6-1 185 JR 29 Ish Witter TB 5-8 195 FR 30 Michael Scherer LB 6-3 235 RS SO 31 Finis Stribling IV DB 5-11 180 FR 32 Tavon Ross DB 6-0 200 FR 32 Russell Hansbrough TB 5-9 190 JR 32 Tanner Hull LB 6-0 215 RS FR 33 Markus Golden DL 6-3 260 RS SR 34 Joey Burkett LB 6-2 205 RS FR 34 Jordan Wade DB 5-9 195 SR 35 Tyler Hunt TB 5-11 215 JR 35 Marcus Loud DL 6-4 270 RS FR 36 Morgan Steward TB 6-0 210 RS SO 38 Eric Beisel LB 6-3 235 RS FR 38 Nicalus Rhone WR 5-10 170 RS FR 39 Miles Drummond TB 5-11 215 RS SO 40 Clarence Green LB 6-0 225 RS JR 40 Andrew Stevens TB 5-9 195 RS SO 41 Aaron Bailey WR 5-9 165 RS FR 41 Eric Laurent WR 6-3 215 RS SO Coaches Gary Pinkel - Head Coach Andy Hill - Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks Dave Steckel - Assoc. Head Coach/Defensive Coord./Linebackers Cornell Ford - Cornerbacks Alex Grinch - Safeties Josh Henson - Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends/Off. Line Brian Jones - Running Backs Craig Kuligowski - Defensive Line A.J. Ricker - Offensive Line Pat Washington - Receivers Austin Alewel - Special Teams Analyst Peter Badovinac - Defensive Graduate Assistant Cooper Bassett - Offensive Quality Control Morris Berger - Recruiting Graduate Assistant Kendall Bradley - Offensive Analyst Mack Brown - Offensive Graduate Assistant Austyn Carta-Samuels - Recruiting Graduate Assistant Brian Duker - Defensive Quality Control John Egorugwu - Offensive Graduate Assistant David Flores - Director of On-Campus Recruiting Dan Hopkins - Director of Football Operations Justin Kramer - Defensive Analyst Kathryn Lucchesi - Director of Football Multimedia Josh McCaskey - Defensive Graduate Assistant Ghali Muhammad - Recruiting Graduate Assistant Nick Otterbacher - Director of Football Recruiting Kenny Sims - Recruiting Graduate Assistant Jefferson Thomas - Administrative Graduate Assistant

Hometown Previous School Jacksonville, Fla. Raines Missouri City, Texas Marshall Suwanee, Ga. North Gwinnett New Orleans, La. Fresno City CC Spring, Texas Spring HS Indianapolis, Ind. Lawrence Central Missouri City, Texas Elkins Tyler, Texas Lee HS DeSoto, Texas DeSoto Leland, Miss. Hind CC Kenton, Ohio Kenton Suwanee, Ga. Buford Fort Worth, Texas Texas Gilmer, Texas Gilmer Marietta, Ga. Lassiter Guthrie, Okla. Guthrie HS Euless, Texas Trinity St. Louis, Mo. Christian Brothers Blue Springs, Mo. South Glen St. Mary, Fla. Baker County Dallas, Texas Highland Park Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit Cleburne, Texas Cleburne St. Louis, Mo. University High Columbia, Mo. Hickman Memphis, Mo. Scotland Co. R-1 Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge Jacksonville, Fla. Sandalwood Columbia, Mo. Hickman Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Montgomery, Ala. Carver Bradenton, Fla. Manatee Denton, Texas Ryan Mansfield, Texas Legacy HS Kansas City, Mo. Hogan Prep Pensacola, Fla. West St. Louis, Mo. Parkway North Springfield, Mo. Kickapoo Lee’s Summit, Mo. West Lee’s Summit, Mo. Missouri Southern Tampa, Fla. Alonso St. Louis, Mo. Country Day Thompson’s Station, Tenn. Independence Cochran, Ga. Bleckley County Arlington, Texas Bowie Kansas City, Mo. O’Hara St. Louis, Mo. Hutchison CC Jefferson City, Mo. Jefferson City Lee’s Summit, Mo. Missouri Southern Huntsville, Mo. Westran HS Houston, Texas Wheatley Kansas City, Mo. Staley Fenton, Mo. Rockwood Summit Beaumont, Texas Central Centralia, Mo. Hallsville Clute, Texas Brazoswood HS St. Louis, Mo. Eureka Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Ballwin, Mo. Parkway South

# Name Pos. Ht. 43 Cameron Chancey WR 6-0 43 Michael Godas S 6-0 45 James Taylor WR 5-11 46 Steven Blakley TB 5-11 48 Roderick Winters LB 5-11 49 Denzel Martin LB 5-11 50 Evan Winston DL 6-3 51 Stephen Carberry OL 6-5 52 Jordan Hill OL 6-2 52 Eddie Serrano DL 6-3 53 Christian Williams LB 6-0 54 Nick Monaghan OL 6-2 55 Nate Crawford OL 6-5 56 Sam Bailey OL 6-4 56 Shane Ray DL 6-3 57 Alec Abeln OL 6-3 58 John Reid OL 6-3 59 Kyle Starke OL 6-5 60 Connor McGovern OL 6-4 62 Taylor Chappell OL 6-5 63 Brad McNulty OL 6-4 64 Will Johnson OL 6-2 64 Paul Adams OL 6-6 65 Mitch Morse OL 6-6 66 Adam Ploudre OL 6-4 67 Kevin Pendleton OL 6-3 68 Mike Fairchild OL 6-4 69 Mitch Hall OL 6-2 70 Anthony Gatti OL 6-6 72 Clay Rhodes OL 6-5 73 Mitch Hall OL 6-5 75 A.J. Logan DL 6-2 76 Jordan Williams OL 6-3 77 Evan Boehm OL 6-3 78 Andy Bauer OL 6-3 79 Adam Franklin OL 6-0 80 Sean Culkin TE 6-6 82 Clayton Echard TE 6-4 84 Gavin Otte WR 5-10 85 Thomas Richard WR 6-0 86 Jake Hurrell TE 6-3 87 Austin Ray TE 6-3 88 Jimmie Hunt WR 6-0 89 Tyler Hanneke TE 6-4 89 Matt Hoch DL 6-5 90 Nick Coffman PK 5-11 90 Harold Brantley DL 6-3 91 Charles Harris DL 6-3 92 Christian Brinser P 6-2 92 Justin Grava OL 6-3 93 Spencer Williams DL 6-4 94 Walter Brady DL 6-3 95 Rickey Hatley DL 6-4 96 Lucas Vincent DL 6-2 97 Josh Augusta DL 6-4 98 Rocel McWilliams DL 6-3 99 Andrew Baggett PK 6-1 99 David Butler DLs 6-4

Wt. Yr. 180 RS JR 210 RS SO 170 RS FR 225 RS FR 195 FR 230 RS SR 295 RS SO 300 RS SR 270 RS FR 225 RS FR 235 RS SO 245 RS JR 285 RS FR 265 FR 245 RS JR 290 RS FR 280 RS FR 310 RS JR 310 RS JR 300 RS JR 300 RS JR 280 RS SO 280 FR 305 RS SR 295 RS FR 320 FR 275 FR 290 RS JR 315 RS SR 290 RS FR 320 RS JR 310 RS FR 295 RS SO 315 JR 300 FR 265 RS JR 245 RS SO 255 RS JR 200 SR 190 FR 235 RS SO 240 RS FR 215 RS SR 235 RS SO 295 RS SR 170 RS SO 290 RS SO 235 RS FR 200 RS SR 260 RS SO 230 FR 255 FR 270 RS SO 305 RS SR 300 SO 245 FR 215 RS JR 280 RS SR

Hometown Previous School Branson, Mo. Branson Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge Platte City, Mo. Platte City Memphis, Tenn. Christian Brothers Arlington, Texas Bowie Ladue, Mo. Chaminade Muskegon Heights, Mich. Muskegon Heights Belleville, Ill. Mascoutah Lee’s Summit, Mo. North Niles, Ill. Notre Dame Prep Lake Ozark, Mo. School of the Osage Darien, Ill. Downer’s Grove South Pensacola, Fla. West Lamar, Mo. Lamar Kansas City, Mo. Bishop Miege HS St. Louis, Mo. University HS Duluth, Ga. Johns Creek Liberty, Mo. Liberty HS Fargo, N.D. Shanley HS Canadian, Texas Canadian HS Allen, Texas Allen HS Salisbury, N.C. Salisbury Nashville, Tenn. Christ Presbyterian Austin, Texas St. Michael’s Academy Ballwin, Mo. Marquette Lee’s Summit, Mo. West Overland Park, Kan. Blue Valley West Burnsville, Minn. Lakeville South St. Louis, Mo. Parkway North Stilwell, Kan. Blue Valley Russellville, Ark. Ole Miss Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge Denton, Texas Ryan Lee’s Summit, Mo. West St. Louis, Mo. DeSmet Raytown, Mo. Missouri Western Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. Christian Eureka, Mo. Eureka Rolla, Mo. Rolla Nashville, Tenn. Christ Presbyterian St. Charles, Mo. Francis Howell North Columbia, Mo. Colorado Cahokia, Ill. Cahokia St. Charles, Mo. West Harlan, Iowa Harlan Houston, Texas Elkins Hershey, Pa. Hershey Kansas City, Mo. Lincoln Prep Liberty, Mo. Liberty Alpharetta, Ga. Johns Creek Jacksonville, Fla. First Coast Florence, Ala. Florence Atlanta, Texas Atlanta Olathe, Kan. North Peoria, Ill. Peoria Pensacola, Fla. West Lee’s Summit, Mo. North Kansas City, Mo. Lee’s Summit North

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Depth Charts for September 27, 7 p.m. South Carolina OFFENSE: WR: 4 Shaq Roland 1 Damiere Byrd 8 Shamier Jeffery WR: 11 Pharoh Cooper 80 K.J. Brent WR: 3 Nick Jones 83 Carlton Heard 85 Kane Whitehurst LT: 53 Corey Robinson 74 Mason Zandi LG: 50 A.J. Cann 75 Will Sport C: 70 Alan Knott 54 Clayton Stadnik RG: 51 Cody Waldrop 75 Will Sport RT: 71 Brandon Shell 55 Na’Ty Rodgers TE: 81 Rory Anderson 89 Jerell Adams 90 Cody Gibson 88 Drew Owens QB: 17 Dylan Thompson 10 Perry Orth -OR- 6 Connor Mitch FB: 41 Connor McLaurin 31 Jordan Diaz

6-1, 176, Jr. Lexington, S.C. 5-9, 170, Sr. Sicklerville, N.J. 6-1, 198, Jr. St. Matthews, S.C. 5-11, 201, So. Havelock, N.C. 6-4, 192, Jr. Waxhaw, N.C. 5-7, 168, Sr. Moore, S.C. 6-0, 188, Jr. Athens, Ga. 5-11, 169, Jr. Duluth, Ga. 6-8, 344, Sr. Havelock, N.C. 6-9, 301, So. Irmo, S.C. 6-4, 311, Sr. Bamberg, S.C. 6-5, 291, Jr. Milton, Fla. 6-4, 280, R.Fr. Tyrone, Ga. 6-3, 273, RFr. Greensboro, N.C. 6-2, 309, So. Seffner, Fla. 6-5, 291, Jr. Milton, Fla. 6-6, 333, Jr. Goose Creek, S.C. 6-5, 280, RFr. Waldorf, Md. 6-5, 227, Sr, Powder Springs, Ga. 6-6, 242, Jr. Pinewood, S.C. 6-7, 278, Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. 6-6, 238, Jr. Charlotte, N.C. 6-3, 218, Sr. Boiling Springs, S.C. 6-1, 204, So. Ponte Verda, Fla. 6-3, 211, RFr. Raleigh, N.C. 6-0, 243, Sr. Raleigh, N.C. 6-1, 236, Sr. Hamilton, N.J.


28 Mike Davis 22 Brandon Wilds 33 David Williams 7 Shon Carson

5-9, 223, Jr. 6-2, 222, Jr. 6-1, 214, RFr. 5-8, 201, Jr.

DEFENSE: DE: 44 Gerald Dixon 34 Mason Harris DT: 97 J.T. Surratt 52 Phillip Dukes 93 Deon Green DT: 92 Gerald Dixon, Jr. 99 Abu Lamin 94 Kelsey Griffin DE: 5 Darius English 55 David Johnson 18 Cedrick Cooper MLB: 11 T.J. Holloman 8 Kaiwan Lewis 21 Marcquis Roberts WLB: 10 Skai Moore 28 Jonathan Walton 4 Bryson Allen-Williams SPUR: 42 Jordan Diggs 9 Sharrod Golightly 32 Larenz Bryant CB: 12 Brison Williams 3 Chris Lammons

Atlanta, Ga. Blythewood, S.C. Philadelphia, Pa. Scranton, S.C.

6-2, 274, So. Rock Hill, S.C. 6-3, 235, Jr. Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 6-2, 310, Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C. 6-3, 323, Jr. Manning, S.C. 6-4, 289, So. Windermere, Fla. 6-3, 323, Jr. Rock Hill, S.C. 6-4, 302, So. Fayetteville, N.C. 6-2, 310, So. Buford, Ga. 6-6, 241, So. Powder Springs, Ga. 6-1, 275, RFr. Lithonia, Ga. 6-2, 225, Jr. Lithonia, Ga. 6-2, 234, So. Stone Mountain, Ga. 6-0, 228, Jr. Mays Landing, N.J. 6-1, 216, So. Powder Springs, Ga. 6-2, 213, So. Cooper City, Fla. 6-0, 228, So. Daphne, Ala. 6-1, 231, Fr. Ellenwood, Ga. 6-0, 217, So. Fort Myers, Fla. 5-10, 187, Sr. Decatur, Ga. 6-0, 220, So. Charlotte, N.C. 5-11, 208, Sr. Warner Robbins, Ga. 5-10, 172, Fr. Sunrise, Fla.

30 Sidney Rhodes SS: 6 Chris Moody 25 Kadetrix Marcus FS: 20 T.J. Gurley 17 Chaz Elder 26 Jasper Sasser CB: 1 Rico McWilliams 31 Al Harris Jr. SPECIALISTS: KO: 19 Landon Ard 29 Elliott Fry PK: 29 Elliott Fry 19 Landon Ard P: 13 Tyler Hull 18 Patrick Fish KR: 7 Shon Carson 11 Pharoh Cooper PR: 11 Pharoh Cooper SSN: 58 Ryland Culbertson LSN: 47 Drew Williams H: 18 Patrick Fish 13 Tyler Hull

5-10, 182, Sr. Easley, S.C. 6-1, 210, So. McDonough, Ga. 6-1, 194, Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga. 5-10, 194, Jr. Cairo, Ga. 6-2, 195, So. Union City, Ga. 6-0, 203, RFr. Jacksonville, Fla. 5-11, 184, So. Hampton, Ga. 5-11, 162, Fr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 5-9, 178, Jr. 6-0, 165, So. 6-0, 165, So. 5-9, 178, Jr. 6-2, 207, Sr. 6-0, 194, Sr. 5-8, 201, Jr. 5-11, 201, So. 5-11, 201, So. 6-4, 267, Sr. 6-2, 201, So. 6-0, 194, Sr. 6-2, 207, Sr.

Rock Hill, S.C. Frisco, Texas Frisco, Texas Rock Hill, S.C. Mount Airy, N.C. Shelby, N.C. Scranton, S.C. Havelock, N.C. Havelock, N.C. Laurens, S.C. Irmo, S.C. Shelby, N.C. Mount Airy, N.C.

Missouri OFFENSE: LT: 65 Mitch Morse 62 Taylor Chappell LG: 70 Anthony Gatti 76 Jordan Williams C: 77 Evan Boehm 63 Brad McNulty RG: 73 Mitch L. Hall 51 Stephen Carberry -OR- 55 Nate Crawford RT: 60 Connor McGovern 72 Clay Rhodes TE: 80 Sean Culkin 82 Clayton Echard 10 Jason Reese QB: 7 Maty Mauk 9 Eddie Printz 13 Corbin Berkstresser TB: 6 Marcus Murphy -OR- 32 Russell Hansbrough 29 Ish Witter 35 Tyler Hunt X: 21 Bud Sasser 4 J’Mon Moore H: 88 Jimmie Hunt 84 Gavin Otte 24 Lawrence Lee

6-6, 305, Sr. Austin, Texas 6-5, 300, Jr. Canadian, Texas 6-6, 305, Sr. St. Louis, Mo 6-3. 295. So. Denton, Texas 6-3, 320, Jr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. 6-4, 305, Jr. Allen, Texas 6-5, 310, Jr. Russellville, Ark. 6-5, 300, Sr. Belleville, Ill. 6-5, 290, RFr. Pensacola, Fla. 6-4, 300, Jr. Fargo, N.D. 6-5, 280, RFr. St. Louis, Mo. 6-6, 245, So. Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. 6-5, 260, Jr. Eureka, Mo. 6-5, 240, RFr. Euless, Texas 6-0, 195, So. Kenton, Ohio 6-2, 215, RFr. Marietta, Ga. 6-3, 220, Jr, Lee’s Summit, Mo. 5-9, 190, Sr. DeSoto, Texas 5-9, 190, Jr. Arlington, Texas 5-10, 190, Fr. Tampa, Fla. 5-11, 215, Jr. Huntsville, Mo. 6-2, 220, Sr. Denton, Texas 6-3, 190, RFr. Missouri City, Texas 6-0, 205, Sr. Cahokia, Ill. 5-10, 200, Sr. Rolla, Mo. 5-10, 180, Fr. Pensacola, Fla.


8 Darius White 18 Wesley Leftwich 2 Nate Brown

DEFENSE: DE: 33 Markus Golden 35 Marcus Loud DT: 89 Matt Hoch -OR- 90 Harold Brantley NG: 96 Lucas Vincent 97 Josh Augusta 95 Rickey Hatley DE: 56 Shane Ray 91 Charles Harris WLB: 10 Kentrell Brothers 12 Darvin Ruise MLB: 30 Michael Scherer 38 Eric Beisel SLB: 40 Clarence Green -OR- 25 Donavin Newsom CB: 1 John Gibson 3 David Johnson CB: 11 Aarion Penton 7 Kenya Dennis 28 Logan Cheadle SS: 9 Braylon Webb 2 Duron Singleton

6-3, 205, Sr. 6-1, 200, Jr. 6-3, 205, Fr. 6-3, 260, Sr. 6-4, 260, RFr. 6-5, 295, Sr. 6-3, 280, So. 6-2, 300, Sr. 6-4, 335, So. 6-4, 285, So. 6-3, 245, Jr. 6-3, 255, RFr. 6-1, 240, Jr. 6-1, 235, Sr. 6-3, 230, So. 6-3, 225, RFr. 6-0, 225, Jr. 6-2, 230, So. 6-0, 190, So. 5-11, 195, Jr. 5-10, 185, So. 6-0, 195, Jr. 5-10, 170, Fr. 6-0, 200, Sr. 6-1, 210, Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas Columbia, Mo. Suwanee, Ga. St. Louis, Mo. Houston, Texas Harlan, Iowa Hershey, Pa. Olathe, Kan. Peoria, Ill. Atlanta, Texas Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City, Mo. Guthrie, Okla. Glen St. Mary, Fla. St. Louis, Mo. Fenton, Mo. Clute, Texas St. Louis, Mo. Missouri City, Texas Spring, Texas St. Louis, Mo. Leland, Miss. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Gilmer, Texas New Orleans, La.


22 Anthony Sherrils 21 Ian Simon 5 Cortland Browning 8 Thomas Wilson

SPECIALISTS: PK: 99 Andrew Baggett 90 Nick Coffman H: 9 Braylon Webb 9 Eddie Printz LS: 86 Jake Hurrell 69 Mitch H. Hall KO: 99 Andrew Baggett 90 Nick Coffman KR: 6 Marcus Murphy 1 John Gibson P: 92 Christian Brinser 99 Andrew Baggett PR: 6 Marcus Murphy 11 Aarion Penton

6-0, 190, RFr. 6-0, 195, Jr. 6-1, 205, Jr. 5-10, 190, Fr.

Kansas City, Mo. Denton, Texas Tyler, Texas Suwanee, Ga.

6-1, 215, Jr. 5-11, 175, So. 6-0, 205, Sr. 6-2, 215, RFr. 6-3, 235, So. 6-2, 295, RFr. 6-1, 215, Jr. 5-11, 175, So. 5-9, 190, Sr. 6-0, 190, So. 6-2, 195, Sr. 6-1, 215, Jr. 5-9, 190, Sr. 5-10, 185, So.

Lee’s Summit, Mo. Houston, Texas Gilmer, Texas Marietta, Ga. St. Charles, Mo. Burnsville, Minn. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Houston, Texas DeSoto, Texas Missouri City, Texas Liberty, Mo. Lee’s Summit, Mo. DeSoto, Texas St. Louis, Mo.

*These depth charts are taken from the listings from each team’s previous game. Spurs & Feathers goes to print shortly after the conclusion of each game. Please visit www. over the course of the week for updated depth charts.

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Slimmed-down Schrock healthy, ready to play by kyle heck Contributing Writer

Expectations were high for Max Schrock in 2014 following his freshman All-American season the year before. Schrock - who was a 28th round draft pick coming out of high school - hit .282 with six home runs and 39 RBIs his first season in Columbia. But the North Carolina native played in just 35 games last year because of injuries that bothered him throughout the year. He still managed to hit .299 to go along with five homers and 20 RBIs, but it was not the season that neither he nor Gamecock fans expected. So Schrock spent the summer working on getting himself back into shape in hopes of avoiding another injury-filled season. Head coach Chad Holbrook said that Schrock showed true dedication throughout the summer. The third-year coach said that Schrock showed particular All Gamecock baseball grit in the coverage sponsored by weight DiPrato’s room and

last year,” Holbrook added. “He did all he could do for us, but he wasn’t 100 percent the whole year.” There is a chance that Schrock, who has played at second base his two years at South Carolina, could play another position. Holbrook brought up the fact that there are a lot of talented infielders on the team and that he believes they should play this season. Holbrook also said that he wants whoever ends up on the infield to be able to make all of the plays. Despite being injured, Schrock committed just two errors and had a fielding percentage of .965 last season. For Schrock, he will play wherever the coaching staff believes he fits best. “I’m just hoping to be out there on the field and helping out the team however I can,” Photo by ALLEN SHARPE Schrock said. “If that’s somewhere else other Schrock lost 20 pounds over the summer and is hoping to stay healthy in the upcoming year. than second base, then that’s what I’ll do.” Both Schrock and senior infielder Kyle with really watching what he ate. The result? As the Gamecocks begin their first fall Martin are players that Holbrook say will Schrock lost 20 pounds in the offseason and scrimmage on Friday, Schrock is just excited be leaders of this years’ team. Both are upthat is something that Holbrook says will help for the chance to be able to play baseball perclassmen who have proven they can play. him in the upcoming season. game pain free. Schrock is used to being counted upon ever “He wanted to lose 20 pounds because he “It’s awesome,” Schrock said. “The first day since he stepped on campus and was thrust wanted to be a bit more agile and have more of practice, I was running around like it was into the starting lineup. range at second,” Holbrook said. “And also, my first day back in five years. It’s great to be “He wants to be the leader of this team,” he’ll be the first to tell you that carrying healthy finally.” Holbrook said. “The sense of urgency that he around that extra 20 pounds might not have “I think Max was champing at the bit to get and Kyle Martin had, that kind of stood out helped his back that much.” back here because he was hurt the whole year to me.”

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‘A Night on the McBride Terrace’ breaks down the importance of planned giving by brian hand

from boosters for South Carolina to become elite in football in the SEC. Many years later Spurrier’s words are ringCompeting in the toughest conference in all ing true as the Gamecocks have claimed of college athletics requires a strong commit- three straight 11-win seasons and last year ment not just from the University of South South Carolina finished fourth in the nation. Carolina student-athletes, coaching staffs Currently, South Carolina is in the midst of and administrators, but also from those will- finishing a new indoor practice facility along ing to give back to the University. with much more coming in the very near The founder and former CEO of IAP future. Worldwide Services and current owner of “What’s going to be done to the stadium is DEM Properties, Doyle McBride underimpressive,” McBride commented. “Look stands this well and is very passionate about at what we’ve got to work with. Look at the explaining why he gives back to the Univer- teams we have. Look at the coaches - they’re sity. world-class. They can lead and they can Through the efforts of former South Caro- coach, but they can’t build facilities. We have lina Associate Athletic Director for Devela strong, strong team here in the University opment Chris Wyrick and former Athletic athletics department. What we’ve got today Director Eric Hyman, McBride was given at the University of South Carolina, I personthe unique opportunity to talk with Steve ally could never have envisioned 15, 20, 25 Spurrier about his vision for Gamecock foot- years ago.” ball early in the HBC’s tenure. All of this was relayed by McBride as part Spurrier relayed that South Carolina of the special “A Night on the McBride Terneeded top-notch facilities and a true passion race” event that was set up by the athletics

department to explain the importance of giving, particularly planned giving. Current South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner echoed McBride to those in attendance by noting, “we appreciate your contributions over the years. In the last three or four years, our donor base and the impacts you’ve made in helping our student-athletes has been very, very special and we’re very grateful for that. “We have challenges being in the best conference in the country. It’s a very difficult process. Planned giving is an easy way to help out many of our programs. You know you talk about sustaining success and that provides a very healthy future as part of the planned gift,” Tanner continued. McBride believes the Gamecocks have only scratched the surface and elaborated that for the perfect example of what giving back can do one has to look no further than Spurrier himself. “Steve is not just a great football coach, Jerri is not just a great wife - they’re great

photo by Kyle Heck

people,” McBride remarked. “They’re passionate about this University. He gives back to this University. He’s the head coach and he doesn’t have to do that. We pay him to coach this football team, but he’s passionate about it. He wants to give back, so we’ve got a good thing going.” To learn more about planned giving or to further explore giving opportunities, please contact Steve Eigenbrot, Assistant AD/Development the athletics development office at (803) 777-7546 or

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Spurrier family to have brick on Springs Brooks Plaza south carolina athletics media relations Steve and Jerri Spurrier will take part in the Gamecock Club Commemorative Brick Program on the Springs Brooks Plaza that will be displayed prior to the 2015 football season. Their brick will read: “Steve and Jerri Spurrier Go Gamecocks!” The Spurrier family feels this brick program is a great opportunity for Gamecock donors and fans to show their support by purchasing a customizable brick paver. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Gamecock fans to have their name on the Springs Brooks Plaza at Williams-Brice Stadium to display to friends and family for years to come,” Jerri Spurrier said. “It makes me happy to know that our brick will be beside thousands of our Gamecock family.” The bricks, which are four inches by eight inches and can hold one to three lines of text (15 characters per line), will be available for $200 for Gamecock Club members (for promo code, call 803-777-4276), and $255 for non-

members. The price for non-members, however, does include a 2015 Gamecock Club Roost Membership. Those who purchase a brick will receive two priority points for each purchased. Keepsake replica bricks and display cases are also available, for $100 and $50, respectively. Once installed, a locator map will be available for donors to find their bricks on the Springs Brooks Plaza. To order by phone, fans should call 1-844-GC-BRIKS, or to order online, visit For more information about the Gamecock submitted photo Club, visit:, call the main line, 803-777-4276 or stop by the Game- The Beaufort County Gamecock Club presented a check for $7,000 to the South cock Club offices in the Rice Athletics Center Carolina Gamecock Club in Columbia. On the left is Phillip Lynn, President of the Beaufort Club and on the right is Neal McCarty, Vice President of the Beaufort Club. at 1304 Heyward St., Columbia, S.C., 29208.

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Gamecocks help Curing Kids Cancer by mike kucharski

Owen said that the generosity of Gamecock Athletics is not limited to Spurrier and the football team. The South Carolina Athletics Department “What I really love is that the entire Athletand the SEC have partnered with Curing Kids ics Department at South Carolina has gotten Cancer to help blow the whistle on pediatric behind us because we also have tremendous cancer this September. support from coach Boo Major and the enThe Gamecock football team wore special tire equestrian team,” Owen explained. “We wristbands and helmet stickers along with have done several events with them where we the South Carolina coaches wearing special brought children from the hospital and their lanyards and gold whistles against Georgia on families out to the equestrian center for the day. Sept. 13 to support the foundation. The BullThey’ve set up activities for the children to do; dogs also participated in the campaign that day they can groom the horses, wash them and feed and Vanderbilt participated against the Game- them and then they actually get the chance to cocks on Sept. 20. Other football teams parride one or two of them. ticipating this year are Alabama, Texas A&M, “The children absolutely love it and really Mississippi State and UAB. look forward to it. I think coach Boo and Co-founders Clay and Grainne Owen were the team really look forward to it too. It’s an thrilled the SEC gave them the green light to amazing day for everybody. Not to mention, get more schools to participate this year after we’ve also got Bill McDonald, the men’s golf three - including South Carolina - participated coach, who sets up a golf clinic for us at the last September. Grainne said that she put totournament every year. The whole Athletics gether information on the foundation that was Department at South Carolina really has been given to the SEC coaches at the spring meeting wonderful to work with. They’re really a trethis year. mendous group of kind-hearted people,” Owen “They introduced it at the coaches’ meeting, expounded. gave them all the information and I’ve been Clay said that a personal connection to South told that coach Spurrier stood up and told all Carolina makes the support even more special the other coaches that they had done it last year, for him. what a great cause it was and he hope they “My whole family are passionate Gamecock would join in,” Grainne Owen said. “That was fans. My dad is a graduate, his two brothers, extremely exciting for us that he did that with- my brother, my two sisters, all of their spouses out us even asking him to do so. and I are all graduates,” Clay Owen said. “I “It’s amazing how much the South Carolina think Grainne is working on honorary GameAthletics Department has gotten behind us cock status with two sons there now as well. … Charles Waddell has actually become a “Having such a passionate family about member of our executive advisory board for the Gamecock Athletics and then having that charity and he came over for our golf tournacommitment from the University and all the ment in May with his wife Sandra. They came Athletics Department has just been fantastic. to our executive advisory board meeting which It’s everything that you could hope for,” Owen is the night before the golf tournament where added. we raised over $400,000 this year,” Owen conCuring Kids Cancer has used sports to help tinued. further its cause because it was created in RECRUITING, cont. from page 10 They are close and a family. There’s a lot of good people in the program.” Evans toured the school and got a close up look at what is going on inside the basketball program.“I saw the facilities and the things they are building and are going to build,” he said. “The way they play fits my playing style. They try to get the best out of you.” Evans has also taken official visits to Auburn and Tulane. He will visit Cincinnati next weekend.  He’s not sure if he’ll take a fifth visit. “All of the visits have been great and just makes my decision really harder,” Evans said. “I want to see who is brought in and what my playing time options will be.” Evans played point guard last season and averaged 17.5 points per game. He’ll play more shooting guard this season. 7-0 center Rozelle Nix of Pensacola JC, Fla. tweeted Monday night that he will take his first official visit to USC weekend after next. USC coach

Frank Martin went down to see Nix workout last week. One of the main points about Nix is his effort to lose weight. He once checked in at 389 pounds but he’s down to 318 pounds. USC has offered along with Morehead State, Miami of Ohio, Ball State, Bowling Green, Loyola Marymount and Idaho. He’s also drawing interest from Arkansas, Southern Cal, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Nix has said he does not plan to sign early and is focused mainly on his upcoming season. Baseball News: The USC baseball team has gained a commitment for their 2017 class from hard throwing righthander Brady Scott (6-6 245) of Powder Springs, Ga. Scott also pitches for the famed East Cobb baseball program. Scott is rated the #3 player in Georgia and the #26 player in the country for the 2017 class by Scott also considered Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.

memory of the Owens’ son, Killian who was a huge sports fan thatthey lost to leukemia. The Owens founded Curing Kids Cancer in 2004 and have raised over $5 million for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Curing Kids Cancer has used coaches and athletes to help promote the cause from Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel to coach Lee Corso and “Mr. College Football” Tony Barnhart. Clay commented on all of the celebrities who have gotten involved, saying “with Lee Corso as our chairman of Coaches Curing Kids Cancer and Tony Barnhart on our executive advisory board, we’ve got support at so many levels now that hopefully we can just continue to grow and have childhood cancer recognized as it should be during the month of September.” The Owens are encouraging fans to go to the website,, to purchase wristbands, helmet stickers and whistles to help support pediatric cancer research. A pair of gold, game-worn cleats from Kimbrel will be auctioned off to support the foundation as well. “We want to emphasize how grateful we are to everyone who has been so instrumental with this. Of course the money that we raise in South Carolina will go to the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to the cancer center there,” Grainne Owen noted. “We’re excited to work with our friends at Palmetto Health. Those guys are just as passionate about curing childhood cancer as anybody in the country. They have extremely limited resources and that’s one of the reasons that we’re excited to partner with Gamecock Athletics to help raise awareness and hopefully raise some money to go to Palmetto Health to help fund the research that is really necessary to help find new cures,” Clay Owen concluded. For more information about the foundation and to support the cause, visit

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Former Gamecocks in Professional Baseball (Statistics as of Sept. 18) With the professional baseball regular season finishing up, check in to see how former Gamecocks are doing as they continue their careers. MLB Jackie Bradley, Jr., Boston Red Sox Bradley played in 121 games compiling a .203 average with 30 RBIs and 45 runs scored while recording a .997 fielding percentage with 13 outfield assists.

appearance, 16 starts, with a 5-6 record in 75 innings at Triple-A.

Evan Marzilli, Reno (Arizona Diamondbacks) Marzilli played at multiple levels in the minor leagues for 133 games hitting .245 with 20 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs, 53 RBIs and scoring 63 runs.

Whit Merrifield, Omaha (Kansas City Royals) Merrifield was selected an All-Star in Double-A, but promoted to Triple-A before Sam Dyson, Miami Marlins the game. He played 120 games between the Dyson appeared in 29 games for 38.1 innings two levels hitting .319, scoring 79 runs and with a 2.11 ERA and a 3-1 record. driving in 49. Steve Pearce, Baltimore Orioles Pearce played in 97 games hitting .297 with 20 home runs, 25 doubles and 48 RBIs for the AL East champion Orioles. Brian Roberts, New York Yankees Roberts played in 91 games hitting .237 with 16 doubles, four triples , 21 RBIs and scored 40 runs. Michael Roth, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Roth appeared in six games for the Angles with a 1-0 record in 12 innings pitchers. He posted an 11-7 record and 2.62 ERA in 22 starts for Double-A Arkansas as well. Twice named Pitcher of the Week and All-Star in Double-A. Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners Smoak played in 78 games for the Mariners with a .202 average, seven home runs, 23 triples and 30 RBIs. He hit .337 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 56 games for TripleA Tacoma. Steve Tolleson, Toronto Blue Jays Tolleson played in 102 games hitting .238 with 14 RBIs and 19 runs scored for Toronto. Christian Walker, Baltimore Orioles Walker was called up to the Orioles on Sept. 17 and doubled in his first game. He was named the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year by hitting 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double- and Triple-A. Triple-A Billy Buckner, Nashville (Milwaukee Brewers) Buckner made one appearance for San Diego Padres for 5.2 innings before finishing the year in Triple-A. For two teams, he made 19

Tyler Webb, Scranton/Wilkes Barre (New York Yankees) Webb finished the season in Triple-A and at three levels made 48 appearances with 12 saves and a 3-6 record. He struck out 94 batters in 68.2 total innings. He was also selected as a Double-A All-Star. Double-A

Blake Cooper, Tennessee (Chicago Cubs) Played in Double- and Triple-A for a combined 49 appearances posting a 4-3 record and 3.16 ERA while earning one save. Single-A

LB Dantzler, Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays) Dantzler played in 91 games hitting .245 with 19 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 64 RBIs. Tanner English, Cedar Rapids (Minnesota Twins) After being drafted and signing, English played in 32 games hitting .316 scoring 20 runs and driving in 16 with five doubles, two triples and three home runs. Grayson Greiner, West Michigan (Detroit Tigers) After being drafted and signing, Greiner played in 26 games hitting .322 with five doubles, two home runs, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Bryan Harper, Potomac (Washington Nationals)

Harper played in Double- and Single-A with 39 combined appearances for 59.1 innings and a 3-0 record with a 3.19 ERA. Jordan Montgomery, Staten Island (New York Yankees) After being drafted and signing, Montgomery played in Rookie and Single-A for a total of 10 appearances and seven starts with a 1-1 combined record and 3.79 ERA in 19 innings. Peter Mooney, Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays) Mooney played in Double- and Single-A this year for a total of 63 games hitting .223 with 22 runs scored and 19 RBIs. Steven Neff, Salem Keizer (San Francisco Giants) Neff made 26 appearances with a 1-3 record and a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings. Joey Pankake, Connecticut (Detroit Tigers) After being drafted and signing, Pankake played in 64 games hitting .292 with 16 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 36 RBIs and 37 runs scored. Matt Price, Frederick (Baltimore Orioles) Price made 21 appearances with a 3-4 recordd and made three saves in 28 innings. Dante Rosenberg, Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals) Rosenberg played in Triple- and Single-A for a combined 40 games hitting .175 with 11 runs scored and six RBIs. Joel Seddon, Beloit (Okland Athletics) After being drafted and signing, Seddon played in Rookie and Single-A for a combined 20 appearances with a 2-2 record and 2.96 ERA with one save in 27.1 innings. Rookie Evan Beal, Burlington (Kansas City Royals) After being drafted and signing, Beal made nine appearances with four saves in 8.2 innings. Colby Holmes, Danville (Atlanta Braves) Holmes played in Single-A and Rookie teams for a combined 30 appearances with a 4-4 record and 4.83 ERA in 59.2 innings. Adam Westmoreland, GCL Marlins (Miami Marlins) Westmoreland made 11 appearances for 32.1 innings and an 0-6 record.

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Gamecock Radio/Television Information

The Gamecock Sports Network from IMG College counts 23 affiliate stations for the 201415 season. For Sirius/XM subscribers, follow the Gamecock Radio Twitter (@GamecockRadio) page for weekly updates on channel information for Gamecock broadcasts. The weekly Carolina Calls show will air from 7-8 p.m. on the flagship station of the Gamecocks, WNKT-FM (107.5 FM), and over the Internet at The show takes place each week at Wild Wing Café, located at 729 Lady Street in the Vista. Wild Wing Café, which is South Carolina’s home for the best wings south of Buffalo, has 12 locations in the Palmetto State. Visit www.wildwingcafe. com for more information. Inside the Roost South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner and Derek Scott from the Gamecock Sports Network from IMG College host an hour long radio show every Monday night at 7 p.m. from Hilton Columbia Center in the Vista. The show is broadcast on 107.5 FM and features discussions on current issues with Ray Tanner and interviews with coaches and athletics department staff. South Carolina-Missouri television The game will be televised by ESPN. Please check local listings.

2014-15 Radio Affiliates

City Call Letters Frequency Football Abbeville WZLA-FM 92.9 X Johnston/Aiken WKSX-FM 92.7 X Allendale WDOG-FM 93.5 X Anderson WRIX-FM 103.1 X Camden WPUB-FM 102.7 X Camden WCAM-AM 1590 X Charleston WWIK-FM 98.9 X Chesterfield WVSZ-FM 107.3 X Columbia WNKT-FM 107.5 X Florence WHYM-AM 1260 X Florence WFRK-FM 95.3 X Gaffney WZZQ-FM 104.3 X Gaffney WZZQ-AM 1500 X Greenville/Spartanburg WROO-FM 104.9 X Hilton Head WVGB-AM 1490 X Hilton Head WVGB-FM 94.5 X Myrtle Beach WSYN-FM 103.1 X Newberry WKDK-AM 1240 X Rock Hill WRHM-FM 107.1 X Seneca WSNW-AM 1150 X Seneca WSNW-FM 94.1 X Sumter WIBZ-FM 95.5 X

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Upcoming Events: Gamecock Club Book signing Mike Chibbaro, author of the “The Cadillac - The Life Story of South Carolina Football Legend Steve Wadiak,” will be outside the Campus Bookstore in the north end of Williams-Brice Stadium from 4-7 p.m. prior to kick off of the South Carolina-Missouri game this Saturday. Stop by and get your signed copy of the biography of this legendary Gamecock star. NYC Gamecocks Game Watching Party When: Every time the Gamecocks play football this season Where: The NYC Gamecock Club home, The Mason Jar, at the intersection of 30th St. and Park Ave. Come out and enjoy Gamecock Football with the best NYC Gamecock fans you will ever meet. Enjoy drink specials, giveaway items, cool raffle items, great food and dozens of TV’s with only Gamecock Football! Wear your gameday gear, take a photo with our inflatable Cocky mascot and be proud to be a Gamecock in NYC! If you are not at Williams-Brice, you want to be here! Charlotte Gamecock Club Watch Party When: Every time the Gamecocks play football this season Where: Icehouse in Southend; 2100 South Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28203 Guaranteed to watch the game, listen to the audio with free parking, free entry and right off the light rail. Come watch the game with plenty of Gamecocks with Gamecock trivia, specials and a revenue share to help the University! DC Gamecocks Game Watch Party When: Every time the Gamecock play football this season Where: Greene Turtle Ballston: 900 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va. or Redline DC: 707 G Street, NW Washington, D.C. Join your fellow Gamecocks at Greene Turtle Ballston for “2001,” “Sandstorm,” the Game-Cocks chant and the other great traditions you miss so much from Columbia. As always, we will host a raffle, provide free Gamecock swag, and offer great food and drink specials. Food: $5.00 Chicken Quesadillas, Hog Hammers, Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Fries, and Fried Pickles. Drinks:$3.00 for 16 oz. Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite Yuengling, Budweiser, Bloody Mary, and Mimosas; $5.00 for Firefly, Fireball, and Jager Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you all there or at our D.C. game watch location, Redline DC. Kentucky Parking Information Visitors are encouraged to utilize the UK Football Express - Downtown Route

due to the limited nature of non-reserved parking on or near campus. The Downtown Shuttle picks up at the following locations: Shops at Civic Center; 430 W. Vine (shuttle tickets available for purchase at this location). LexTran Transit Center; 200 W. Vine (shuttle tickets available for purchase at this location), Ramsey’s; Woodland/High/Maxwell . On-campus parking is available: Parking Structure #2 - accessible from University Dr. near the WT Young Library, Parking Structure #3 - Kentucky Clinic parking off Virginia Ave., Parking Structure #6 - On the corner of Virginia Ave. and Press Ave. The ‘R3’ surface lots on the corner of Cooper Drive and Sports Center Drive will open at 8 a.m. on game day for a fee of $30 per vehicle, they are operated by UK Parking.  When the surface lots fill or four hours prior to kickoff, Parking Structure #7 will open, this structure is also operated by UK Parking. Each vehicle will be charged a fee of $30 instead of the regular hourly rate. Tailgate setups and vehicle parking may begin no earlier than noon on Fridays prior to game day. Beginning noon on Friday, two vehicles will be permitted to parallel park outside/along painted 6’ restraining line, within each designated tailgate area. Vehicles will be restricted from parking in any ditches, flood areas, sidewalks and otherwise marked areas. RV’s without permits may park in: the Non-Reserved (Limited Availability) lot located on Virginia Ave. between South Limestone and Press Ave. Virginia Ave. RV Lot is the primary Non-Reserved RV Lot. Accommodates approximately 30 RV’s and is first-come first-serve. Opens at 6 p.m. Friday evenings prior to game day. Please do not park in any University lots designated for RV’s until 6 p.m. on Friday evening prior to game day. This lot is free of charge, but no RV Hookups in this lot. The Game Day Campus Shuttle picks up on Nicholasville Rd. in front of the Kentucky Clinic. Guests parking in the Virginia Ave. RV Lot may walk east on Virginia Avenue to access the UK Football Express Campus Shuttle. Triangle Gamecock Club hosts Athletics Director Ray Tanner When: Friday, Oct. 10; 12 p.m. Where: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, 222 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C. Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner will visit the Triangle Gamecock Club. Tanner will address those in attendance starting at 12:30 p.m.

South Carolina Athletic Events: This Week

Friday, Sept. 26

zz Women’s Soccer vs. Missouri .......................................................................... 6 p.m. zz Cross Country at Charlotte Invitational ..............................................................6 p.m. zz Volleyball vs. Ole Miss ...................................................................................... 7 p.m. zz Men’s Soccer vs. Marshall ...........................................................................8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

zz Football vs. Missouri ......................................................................................... 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28

zz Women’s Soccer vs. Georiga ............................................................................ 1 p.m. zz Volleyball vs. Kentucky ...............................................................................1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

zz Men’s Soccer vs. Georiga State ........................................................................ 7 p.m.

Friday - Sunday

zz Women’s Tennis Furman Fall Classic...............................................................All Day

Sunday - Tuesady

zz Women’s Golf at ANNIKA Intercollegiate......................................................All Day

Saturday - Tuesday

zz Women’s Tennis Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.........................All Day Bold............................................................................................................... Home game **For more South Carolina schedule information, visit: http://www.gamecocksonline. com/calendar/events/ for a complete master calendar.** to beat the Gators again! November 14 & 15, 2014. Reserve your bus tickets and party tickets now! Friday night party starting at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Marriott @ Southpoint; cost is $20 per person with The Sensational Epics performing. Game day bus ride on Nov. 15 five hours prior to kickoff; leaving from Jacksonville Marriott @ Southpoint with a coast of $40 per person, does not include ticket to game. Hotel accommodations at Jacksonville Marriott @ Southpoint, Gamecock Club rate $79/night. (904) 296-2222. Make checks payable to Jacksonville Gamecock Club, 2948 3rd Street South #328, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5847. Please include email for confirmation. Any questions call:

Belk Ingram: (904) 254-5969, bingram@; Rod Brace (904) 7554041,; Dane Hall (904) 591-4877,; Rick Williamson (904) 699-7952,

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end of World War II and worked at the hospital there. Julian was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1949. He returned to Columbia and completed his B.S. in pharmacy. While at Carolina, Julian met his future wife, the former Sybil Patrick from Bowman.The couple married in 1950 and later moved to Bowman and opened Boland Pharmacy in 1953. They reared five sons and a daughter, all of whom graduated from Carolina. Prior to last year’s USC-Kentucky football game, Julian was recognized as a Legendary Fan of the Game for his 63-year membership in the Gamecock Club.

Dr. Julian Boland - Julian was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Monetta to Julian “Babe” Boland and Cora Sims Boland. He graduated from Monetta High School and completed his freshman year at the University of South Carolina, where his studies were interrupted by a four-year tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. Julian finished basic training at Camp Jacksonville Gamecock Club Florida Perry, Virginia, and served at the hospital Weekend corpsman school at Bainbridge, Md., and When: Nov. 14-15 later transferred to Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Jacksonville Gamecock Club invites Julian served his country in Guam at the all Carolina fans to Jacksonville to prepare

Fairfield County November Meeting When: Tuesday, Nov. 18; 6 p.m. Where: Fairfield Cove Restaurant, 1418 US Hwy. 321, S. Winnsboro, S.C. There will be door prizes and drawing for prizes at the meeting. All Gamecock Club members and fans are invited. For more information call Gene Schofield - 803337-8850 or Chris Blackwelder - 803718-3276.

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Win in Nashville points out major areas to improve I was talking to friends before the game, when one asked me, “If we don’t beat Vanderbilt, will you be able to write something positive?” I laughed, and replied, “Hey, I had to try to find the positives when we went 1-21, so yeah, I will,” but I added, “I’m sure I won’t have to worry about that tonight.” Well, I’ll be honest, when the Commodores returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then scored again to take a 14-0 lead I was worried. Those who weren’t there or didn’t watch it on television will see the 48-34 final score and believe the Gamecocks won easily. Nothing could be further from the truth. I really don’t Glenn Snyder understand it, but Inside playing Vandy in Look Nashville always turns out to be one of the Gamecocks hardestearned victories. By the same token, take away the two kickoff returns USC’s coverage team gave up and it would have been a lot easier. It was easy to see and hear the frustra-

tion in Coach Steve Spurrier’s postgame press conference. “It’s embarrassing the way we played and I’m the head coach of this embarrassing group of guys ... to allow two kickoff returns. The defensive backs won’t turn around and look for the ball when they lob it down the field ... It’s embarrassing ... but it’s who we are. We’re not a very good team but we’re 3-1 somehow.” “I really don’t know exactly what all can help this team ... I really don’t. We thought we coached our butts off all week and could look like a decent team and, of course, they run the opening kickoff back so I’m taking over kickoff coverage. I told Coach Joe Rob (Robinson) I’m not going to watch them anymore. It was sad ... we just kept running right by the return guy and he split us every time.” “It was discouraging, but it is what it is. We have to almost score a touchdown ever time or we’re going to get out butts beat, somehow or another, it seems like. Fortunately, we were able to score a bunch. Dylan (Thompson) hit a few good ones, here and there, missed a couple here and there, he missed some long balls. Pharoh Copper had a heck of a game, he got a game ball, with 10 catches and that long run (70 yards), there at the end. We did make some good plays here and there, but overall

we can’t brag about what we did defensively.” If you look up ugly in the dictionary, there will be a note: see South Carolina-Vanderbilt game. I really felt sorry for the HBC. He had the plays called to put Vandy in a hole early but Dylan overthrew two and Shaq Roland dropped a catchable ball and the defense didn’t do much to help the cause. I am very concerned about the Gamecock team moving forward. It’s not that I don’t feel they are not improving, I’m just not sure it’s in the increments necessary, in order to deal with the competition that lies ahead. I do in fact think the offense is starting to find its groove. Dylan is getting more and more comfortable running the unit but he still overthrows receivers at inopportune times. The O line continues to pass protect very well but struggles with consistency in the running game. The backs and receivers are improving game by game and I feel their performances have been the difference to this point. I guess most of my concern is with the defense. All of my life I have heard coaches say how important pad level is and that the low man wins. A defensive lineman has to get under the offensive lineman’s block to keep from getting pushed around. To my eye it looks like our defensive front stands up off the snap and

then has trouble getting off blocks. Linebacker, a concern last season but supposedly a strength this season has really not met expectations to this point. Skai Moore’s name is the only one you hear called very often for making a play. Certainly we knew the secondary would have issues because of their youth but they struggle with basic coverage techniques and still appear confused at times four games into the season. Special teams have simply not been very special. The two kickoff returns for touchdowns by Vandy speaks for itself. Our opponents seem excited to cover punts and kickoffs but our guys don’t appear to have that same intensity. I love my Gamecocks and it’s hard to be negative when they are 3-1 but this team reminds me of a car about to drive off a cliff. They are trying and playing hard but for whatever reasons they can quite get their act together. Missouri, upset by Indiana this past weekend, will look at film and come to WilliamsBrice this weekend believing they can exploit USC’s weaknesses. The Gamecocks will need to have an extremely focused week of film study and practice if they are to continue their winning ways. It’s a great time to be a Gamecock!

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Gamecocks must bring WilliamsBrice’s atmosphere on the road For the first time all season the Gamecocks left the familiar confines of Williams-Brice Stadium to play an opponent. Absence always makes the heart long for the comforts of “home,” especially for the 2014 Gamecocks squad. There are many comforts that probably seem more important than others to the players when we are at “home.” Some might say it’s “Gamecock Walk,” the new “big board,” or maybe even “2001” that gets these young men “ready to turn up.” The South Carolina fans are some of the best fans in the country, if not the best. Our student section has added another dimension to our “home-field advantage.” Many have called this the “golden era” of Gamecock football. Sounds crazy, but think of the last ten years the HBC and his staff have been here. Most of the students attending USC now only know Gamecock success. If you think about a 18-year-old incoming freshmen watching the Gamecocks over the past decade, they would’ve seen a program that has accumulated 77 wins, beaten numerous top-10 teams and is 9-1 against Georgia & Clemson Langston Moore in their last Contributing ten meetings. Writer Something to really make you yell for the home team. One thing is evident this 2014 Gamecock team appears to be more inspired at home. The road trip to Nashville was a another test for this team and I will say it a again ... “ugly wins count too.” The win against the Commodores revealed that we don’t have all the answers to the various woes that have hurt the Gamecocks so far this season ... and maybe exposed a few more. But we do know that we have an offensive unit that can produce points, grind the clock out with plenty of weapons and a team that will fight and find a way to win (even if it isn’t pretty). Even though we handle business on the road, our guys can’t wait to return to play at Williams Brice fast enough, to the security of our own “hostile environment.” I can remember taking my first trip into

“hostile” SEC stadiums for the first time. Be it Florida, Georgia, LSU ... (at night) their student sections would be a big distraction on top of an already volatile unforgiven environment. Hearing that awful “Pig call” from the students at Arkansas for the ENTIRE game in ‘99 in Little Rock at War Memorial (probably called that because it looks like it’s been through a war). To be subjected to listening to “Rocky Top” at Tennessee, or hearing a bunch of skinny Florida co-eds scream “gator bait” non stop behind the bench all game long, tends to have an affect on a players psyche. That’s the glory of being a team that has the ability to go on the road and win, especially in the SEC. Being able to walk into a stadium and overcome a 60-minute battle with just the people you rode the bus to the stadium with is a great feeling. Knowing that you’re in a place that holds 80,000-plus fans and only ten percent of those fans are there to support you. The other ninety percent came to see you lose and cheer while you do it. It sounds harsh, but really shows you how tough it is mentally for an opponent to come in to Williams-Brice Stadium and win, especially with our students section that has helped us win 20 of the last 21 games at home. As we get prepared for that squad from that other “Columbia,” we’ll have to carry over the lessons from that “ugly win” as well as the previous week’s contest. Combine that with our unwelcoming “Garnet Army” ready to attack whoever comes out of the visiting locker room gives us our best chances to win. As I’ve said before, this is a Carolina team with talent but it will have to find a way to win unlike we have in the past. This team is one that can’t rest or ever relax at any point during the game or versus any opponent, especially away from home. But with only four more opportunities to play at home this year the Gamecocks will have to make sure we take advantage of our own hostile environment just like we did against ECU and UGA. And when we are away we have to channel that spirit, energy and enthusiasm that we conjure up at home and take it on the road to aid us in winning. Follow Langston Moore on Twitter at: @reMovetheChains #justachicken #eat2win #yoby

The Missouri Game

Site: Columbia, S.C. in Williams-Brice Stadium

his arm or legsand could present a challenge. South Carolina’s talented linebacking group should be able to contain that attack and curTime: 7:00 p.m. ET tail the Tiger offense. South Carolina’s offense should be able TV: ESPN (check local listings) to move the ball and put up points on the Missouri defense that has to replace a lot of Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network pieces from last season’s SEC East champions. South Carolina has been able to move Series: South Carolina leads 2-0 the ball and put up points offensively thus far and it should not be different against the The Tigers will come to the true Columbia Tigers. looking for redemption for last season’s douMissouri suffered a home loss against Inble-overtime home loss, but without quite as diana, but they most likely do not need any much talent as the 2013 edition. The offense extra motivation to face South Carolina. The should still be explosive with a talented quar- Gamecocks should be able to add another terback and running backs, but the receiving win in Williams-Brice Stadium without as corps is diminished. The Tigers’ quarterback much drama as the 2013 matchup, but the Maty Mauk can be dangeours with either Tigers will put up a fight.

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Senior DT J.T. Surratt blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter of the Vanderbilt win.

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Versatile Widener looks for all-around improvement by mike kucharski

“Who is going to be our closer? How are we going to handle Taylor Widener? Are we going to keep him in the bullpen or are we going to put him out front?” South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook asked these questions in his fall baseball preview press conference, but they are also some questions that many Gamecock fans will be asking heading into the 2015 season. Widener was a highly-touted recruit and proved the he was buzz-worthy in his freshman season for the Gamecocks in 2014. Widener made 21 appearances - second-most on the team - including two starts while compiling a 3-0 record in 40.1 innings on the mound. Widener accrued 38 strikeouts using a low-90s fastball and boasted the fifthbest ERA on the team at 1.79. He also hit .191 in limited All Gamecock baseball at bats, but coverage sponsored by his offense DiPrato’s is a weapon Holbrook

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Sophomore Taylor Widener hopes to contribute in any situation possible this spring. mentioned multiple times during the season. Widener has no preference on where he will play this season, but rather said that he has been preparing for any situation. “Right now I’m trying to distribute equally between the mound, in the field and batting. I’m working hard at all of it. I’m just going to let things play out and wherever it goes, it goes. I’m just going to keep working hard at all of them,”

Widener said. While his future is likely on the mound for his sophomore season, the role is yet to be determined. Widener again had no preference on the role, saying “whenever I’m pitching is fine with me. I don’t have any preference. I’m happy anywhere.” Widener did not play in a summer league this year saying that he needed a break. Instead he

focused on strength and conditioning at the Gamecock facilities. “They definitely wanted me to get stronger this summer and I worked on being more consistent with my off-speed pitches,” Widener explained. “The summer was good. I got a little bit of a break this summer. I just stayed in Columbia and worked out. I definitely think that I’ve gotten stronger and being stronger is definitely going to help with everything.” The end of last season has served as motivation for Widener during his strength work over the summer. He said the players put a picture of Maryland celebrating on their field in the weight room as motivation, which he said “definitely gets you going every time that you walk in there and see that.” Widener said his goals for the fall are to have a good outing every time he takes the mound and continue to work on his off-speed pitches. He added that his freshman campaign will help him going forward in his career. “It definitely helps my confidence knowing that I’m still able to go out there and compete. I definitely think it’s going to help me this year, especially starting the season off. I’ll be a lot more relaxed than last year. With that, we’ll just have to see where coach puts me and hopefully I can be successful wherever they need me,” Widener said.

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Ray Tanner was fond of saying that his 2010 South Carolina baseball team didn’t have the most talent, but had enough heart and toughness to forge themselves into national champions. He may have to reconsider the talent part. With first baseAndy Demetra man Christian Contributing Walker debuting Writer last week for the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles, the Gamecocks now have four players from that 2010 squad on Major League rosters. Another three finished off strong seasons in Triple-A. It put Tanner in a beaming mood when I caught up with him over the weekend. “If you just measured it as far as skills – running, power, arm strength – if you tested them in a combine, they’d be hard-pressed to be at the top of the charts. It wasn’t that type of team. But it was a very results-oriented group that could perform,” the Gamecocks’ Athletic Director said. Walker, who played in the College World Series in all three of his seasons at South Carolina, also capped off a banner year for former Gamecocks in Major League Baseball. A total of nine USC players appeared in the majors in 2014, tied for the most all-time with the 2007 season. Individually, they’ve had banner years as well: • At 31 years old, Steve Pearce is enjoying a

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career renaissance during the Orioles’ AL East pennant run. As of Sept. 20, the former Gamecock Triple Crown winner has batted .297 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI, all career highs. • Michael Roth, South Carolina’s CWS folk hero, has seen action as a lefty specialist for the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. • After short-lived call-ups with the Blue Jays and Marlins, righthander Sam Dyson has found a niche as a hard-throwing reliever in the Miami bullpen. In seven MLB appearances in 2012 and 2013, Dyson had a 10.80 ERA; in 30 appearances in 2014, he has a 2.01 ERA. • Jackie Bradley, Jr., despite a two-week detour to Triple-A Pawtucket, continues to make Gold Glove-worthy plays in the Red Sox centerfield. • Nine years after his pro career began, Steve Tolleson has played in a career-high 103 games for Toronto, finally sticking after four years of yo-yoing between the majors and Triple-A. Tanner has an app on his phone that allows him to keep track of his former players’ appearances. They kept his iPhone vibrating often this summer. In terms of quantity and quality, 2014 might be South Carolina’s best year ever in Major League Baseball. “It’s an incredible feeling. I live vicariously through these guys,” Tanner said. “These guys earned it.” Walker is the latest, though likely not the last. Whit Merrifield batted .319 between Double-A and Triple-A for the Kansas City Royals, and won a Pacific Coast League title in – where else - Omaha. Tyler Webb climbed from High-A to Triple-A in the New York Yankees’ system, generating buzz as a future lefty specialist in the Bronx. Pitcher Blake Cooper earned a nod as a Southern League All-Star before advancing to Triple-A, where he was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Cubs organization. Evan Marzilli moved to Double-A in the Diamond-

backs system, and was invited to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. The benefits have rippled all the way to Columbia. “It’s been really cool for our program and our current players, and from a recruiting standpoint it does nothing but help us,” said head coach Chad Holbrook. But few players set the minors ablaze like Walker, who earned the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson Award as their minor league player of the year. In 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, Walker batted .288 with 26 home runs, 96 RBI, and 25 doubles. At the end of the season, the Orioles sent him to their taxi squad in Sarasota, Fla., where he trained in preparation for a possible call-up. That opportunity came when Chris Davis, Baltimore’s starting first baseman, was suspended 25 games after testing positive for a banned substance. To fill in for Davis – and to give Pearce a rest following a long regular season – the Orioles elected to purchase Walker’s contract. (Walker didn’t waste time making an impact. In his first career game Sept. 17, he laced a seventh-inning double against the Blue Jays. Three days later, he belted his first home run against the Red Sox.) Pearce was happy to welcome his new teammate – and sell people on the merits of their shared background. “I’ve been telling everybody: you’re a first baseman at South Carolina, a 3-, 4-hole hitter - that’s a straight pipeline to the big leagues,” he said, referring to him, Walker, and current Seattle Mariner Justin Smoak. I talked to Pearce last weekend before the Orioles’ series against the Red Sox. In recent years, Baltimore has become a finishing school for former Gamecocks: in addition to Pearce, Tolleson and Brian Roberts have also spent time in Baltimore. Now it’s Walker, 23, who joins the Game-

cocks’ pipeline from Carolina Stadium to Camden Yards. Pearce met Walker during Spring training, and said the two bonded last week over the Gamecocks’ win over Georgia. Pearce says he’s eager to help a fellow Gamecock as he goes through the whirlwind of a late-season call-up. “He’s a young kid, a great kid. I want this to be an easy transition for him. I don’t want him to think he’s walking on eggshells around the clubhouse,” Pearce said. Whenever he sees other Gamecocks around the league, it doesn’t take long for South Carolina stories – namely, ones involving their head coach – to surface. “If you don’t have a Ray Tanner [impersonation], you must not have been a big part of South Carolina or didn’t really care that much,” Pearce said. Now Pearce and Walker – along with Roth in Anaheim - will try to help their teams to a World Series, something they had plenty of experience with at South Carolina. But as Christian Walker begins his pro career, the latest in a record crop of Gamecocks to appear in “The Show” in 2014, Holbrook and Tanner knew they had a potential Major Leaguer long before that. Holbrook tells a story from early in Walker’s freshman year, when the Gamecocks were doing batting practice drills. Tanner wanted Walker to practice hitting behind the runner. Walker kept pulling balls toward the left field fence. “Coach Tanner said, ‘Hey, we need to move that runner over from second [base] and get him to third with less than two outs.’ So the next pitch came in, and Christian hit it into right field – and hit it out of the park,” Holbrook said. Walker sauntered out of the cage. Holbrook’s voice lowers to a growl. “He looked at Coach Tanner and said, ‘Will that get him over?’” The Gamecocks have been getting them over a lot lately. From Columbia to the big leagues.

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Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt was a mixed bag. First and foremost it was a win, on the road, against a SEC foe from the East Division. In the end, nothing else really matters. When the end of the season arrives, this one will be in the win column and really, who will remember anything else? I have a feeling Coach Spurrier will remember. I think he summed it up in one word: embarrassing. If he said it once, he said it quite a few times. He was embarrassed by how we played, particularly the two kickoff returns for touchdown and then the Vandy drive at the end for a touchdown worsened the mood. Yeah, this one wasn’t pretty. What went through my mind as I watched was the word Dylan Thompson used in the post-game: “sloppy.” Both teams were not polished whatsoever. Give the Commodores credit. They came out fired up and played their best ballgame of the year and certainly with a few more bounces their way, could have won the game. Embarrassed Ed Girardeau was more how Contributing I felt after the Editor Texas A&M game (Coach used embarrassed for that one as well). In that one, the defense looked clueless with wide open receivers and tackling that would make a pee wee coach angry, not to mention, we lost. If we were thinking that this was good football team, Coach Spurrier put that to rest with his comments after the game. There’s a lot I like about the HBC, but one that is at the top of the list is that he says pretty much what I am thinking, too. We are not very good. We do find a way to win these games, but that will catch up sooner or later. There are still a lot of wide-open receivers, though the coverage is better than the first game. The DBs are at least in the same area code and Brison Williams’ interception and subsequent return for a touchdown was a nice change. The young guys appear to be just a second late, which is an improvement, so I think its reasonable to hope as each week passes that we will see more picks as the season progresses, similar to last year’s linebackers. Containment is also an issue on defense. Just as Gurley reversed fields and picked up 17 on

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Running back Mike Davis moved into the top-20 in program history in rushing yards. 3rd-and-16 last week when no one stayed home, this week Vandy ran a reverse and there was no one home to contain on the backside. I wonder why they never ran that again? I can remember playing in junior high football the point being driven home and I still hear it now. You have to stay home in case the play reverses field. And it’s not from a lack of hustle. Guys are leaving and running to make a play. In high school with athletes like the ones we have now, they could get away with that most of the time and they were coached to go make the play. In the SEC, you have responsibilities and you have to stay home. The linebackers finally learned that last season, so I think it is reasonable that the younger guys will learn it this season. In the meantime, we are 3-1 and will continue to be ranked in the Top 15. There is a lot to be excited about aside the fact that we control our own destiny. The offense for the most part is pretty good. Pharoh Cooper is becoming a star with 10 receptions for over 100 yards and the 70-yard run from the wildcat. We can now see why the HBC was so high on him last year. Thompson is having a great start. With a third of the season in the books, he is well over 1000 yards passing. Before the season I thought that he would have a great chance to break Todd Ellis’ single season passing record of 3,206 yards in 1987. With receivers like Cooper, Roland, Byrd, Jones, and Davis, he looks good to accomplish the feat. Imagine if Dylan had hit on

the long passes in the first quarter that were open. His yardage for the game would have been that much better. Finally, we can all be excited that ESPN’s College GameDay will be live in Columbia for the Missouri game. I’m sorry, but you can count me as one who is not excited. We see what happened with all of the hoopla with the SEC Network opener in Columbia. I don’t know that we need the distraction. I have not asked him, but I have a feeling Coach Spurrier will not be overly excited about it either. It is great exposure for the school and I hope that there will be big crowds there Saturday morning, but here’s hoping that the players don’t notice. We are 3-3 in Gameday visits and the last time they were here, we beat Georgia 35-0 (actually 35-7. Darn that last TD). Missouri will be coming for a little payback for last year’s OT loss to USC, not to mention wanting to get their season back on track after losing a tough one to Indiana at home this past weekend. I do think we have gotten a little better every week and look forward to getting a little better this week. I have a feeling every week is going to be a white-knuckle trip, just like Saturday night. The good news, we can still win every game on the schedule. Getting better every week will be imperative and maybe we will get to the point where the knuckles can be their normal color for a whole game.

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