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10 SPECIAL EDUCATION

ON THE COVER: Running back Shon Carson returns a kickoff against Georgia on Sept. 7. Photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central.

4 SCHEDULE 6 OPPONENT PREVIEW KENTUCKY WILDCATS

20 FEATURE

Stretch Play Changes in training practices bring yoga, Pilates to football conditioning

24 RECRUIT TO WATCH

KENTUCKY WILDCATS

A Fine Line(man) Defensive end Abu Lamin boosts incoming defensive corps

8 GAMEDAY POSTER

26 OPINION

7 OPPONENT ROSTER

18 EXPLAINING THE GAME

Backs on track Running backs coach Everette Sands pleased with progress of South Carolina’s ground game

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28 GAMECOCK GALLERY Photos from USC-Vandy

30 YOUR GAMECOCKS Roster and statistics

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Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, far right, returns a punt against Vanderbilt on Sept. 14. Punt and kickoff returns have been problematic for South Carolina this season. Photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central.

BY CHARLES BENNETT o far this season, South Carolina’s special teams haven’t been very special. And that’s something coach Steve Spurrier is hoping to change. “We’ll look at our personnel and really challenge our players who are on there to do a better job,” Spurrier says. “We need to get a whole lot better.” From kickoffs to kickoff returns and punts and punt returns, sloppy play on special teams has been costly for the Gamecocks. In South Carolina’s 41-30 loss to Georgia, the Bulldogs caught the Gamecocks napping with a perfectly executed onside kick. The Bulldogs easily recovered the ball and got a field goal out of the possession; almost as importantly, Georgia kept South Carolina’s

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defense on the field for 7:32 on the back-to-back possessions. Georgia only punted once and there was no return, but on kickoff returns, sophomore running back Shon Carson tried three times to bring the return out of the end zone. The Gamecocks began those drives at their own 23-, 16- and 13-yard lines. Not exactly what the Gamecocks were looking for. Things got worse in a 35-25 victory over Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks helped fuel the Commodores’ late rally with special

teams mistakes, including two fumbled kickoffs and a muffed punt. Vanderbilt recovered the fumbled punt and one of the fumbled kickoffs; the other fumbled kickoff left the Gamecocks deep in their own territory. Spurrier has become so disgusted with the Gamecocks’ kickoff return efforts he’s considering ordering his return men to simply take a knee. “I’m at the point now to just tell those guys to stay in the end zone,” Spurrier says. “We can’t get back to the 25 [yard line]. The other teams are running right through us. We’re not blocking very well up front. Maybe we need to just put somebody back there, tell them to catch it and stay in the end zone. You always like to think you can make a kickoff return, but it’s hard to do. Let’s be smart. How many people run it past the 25 when it’s a good, high ball down to the goal line?”

“They’re doing it against us, because we’re not covering it very well right now,” Spurrier adds. “But at some point in life, what‘s the percentage, what’s the best thing to do? Right now I’m sort of thinking, ‘Let’s catch that ball in the end zone and start on the 25, instead of the 10, 15, stuff like that that we’ve been doing.’” South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington sits atop the Gamecocks’ depth chart at kick returner, but a hamstring injury has kept him out of the kick return game. (Carson’s fielded the majority of the Gamecocks’ 10 kickoff returns, gaining just 142 yards on 8 tries.) He hopes Spurrier isn’t serious about the idea of no returns. “The [Vanderbilt] game was on the line and we fumbled the ball,” says Ellington, who has led the Gamecocks in kickoff returns each of the last two years. “During the game, he was mad, probably pissed off that we did that, so he KENTUCKY VS. USC


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Head coach Steve Spurrier argues a call during the Vanderbilt game. But Spurrier’s had a bigger headache with South Carolina’s poor special teams play. Photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central

would probably say something like that. But as a playmaker, I want to get back there and make plays so sometimes I’m going to have to take it out.” Last year, the Gamecocks had a major playmaker on punt returns in Ace Sanders. Sanders returned 28 punts for 429 yards (an average of 15.3 yards per return) and two touchdowns. Sanders had a 70-yard return for a touchdown in last year’s 35-7 whipping of Georgia, and a 63yard return for a score in South Carolina’s 33-28 Outback Bowl victory over Michigan. However, his best game may have been against Missouri, when he had six returns for 106 yards, including a 49-yarder that set up a touchdown. This year, junior cornerback Victor Hampton has been handling punt return duties; he’s been steady but unspectacular, returning four punts for just 18 yards in three games. Hampton admits he’s worried about ball security first and not so much making a big play.

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“Sometimes I have to slow myself down a little bit,” says Hampton, who also starts at the boundary corner for the Gamecocks. “Sometimes I get a little jittery ready to catch it and move. The first thing I’ve got to do is secure it. I’m not really worried about the moves. I’ve got a couple of moves in my arsenal that I can make people miss.” That was Sanders’ specialty. “Ace did a great job,” says Grady Brown, who serves as assistant special teams coordinator in addition to coaching the secondary. “Having a weapon like that in the return game can be a huge edge. I can easily see Vic being special with the ball in his hands. He has that kind of ability.” Freshman wide receiver Pharoh Cooper will also be used on punt returns. Ellington — who subbed for Hampton on punt returns against Vanderbilt, returning three for 16 yards — is confident the Gamecocks will get things together in the return game, both punts and Bruce Ellington has returned three punts for just 16 yards. Photo by Travis Bell/ kickoffs. Sideline Carolina

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Freshman kicker Elliot Fry has been one of the lone bright spots of South Carolina’s poor special teams play, hitting all three of his field goal attempts. Photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central

Cornerback Victor Hampton returns both punts and kickoffs for South Carolina. Photo by Paul Collins/ Gamecock Central

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“Guys are working hard,” he says. “We’ve just got to come together and block for that person. Even though you’re not getting the ball, still go out there and give all you’ve got. That’s the only way we’re going to get better.” On the flip side, improvement also is needed on defensive punt and kick coverage. “We’ve got to have some guys who can run down there, get their hands on the blockers and make some tackles,” Spurrier says. “We’re running down there, getting blocked, getting out of lanes, all kinds of stuff.” Tyler Hull is handling the punting for the Gamecocks, and South Carolina’s coaches would like to see him improve on his average of 34.6 yards per punt through three games. “He’s done OK,” Spurrier says of Hull. “Every now and then he hits what I call a dead bird. Only goes about 15 yards.” Freshman Elliott Fry came on late in fall camp to win the battle to handle field goals and extra points.

Through three games, he was 3-for-3 on field goals and 11 of 12 on extra points. Landon Ard is handling the kickoff duties and appears to have the leg strength necessary for the position. Joe Robinson oversees South Carolina’s special teams. He’s in his second season as South Carolina’s special teams coordinator, following stints in the same position at North Carolina, LSU and Arizona. Robinson is the fifth special teams coach in Spurrier’s nine seasons at South Carolina. Spurrier and South Carolina’s sports information desk have been shielding Robinson from scrutiny during the special teams squad’s growing pains, with Spurrier shouldering the lion’s share of questions. “We’re not returning punts or kickoffs very well, but we’re going to keep on working at it,” Spurrier says. “We’ll try to be a little smarter. Bruce Ellington is back there and Victor Hampton and Pharoh Cooper. Hopefully we can block better and give them a chance.” KENTUCKY VS. USC


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t first glance, most would believe that South Carolina running backs coach Everette Sands would be rather satisfied with how the first third of the season has progressed. Sophomore Mike Davis has shown himself to be elusive and a touchdown threat from anywhere on the field. Backup Brandon Wilds has shown glimpses of what we saw two years ago, when he rushed for 100 yards or more in three of five starts, filling in when Marcus Lattimore was out for the season. But count Sands as cautiously optimistic about how things stand. “We’ve done a pretty good job,” Sands says. “Of course, there’s always room for improvement. Protection-wise, we’ve done pretty well. We’re definitely not satisfied and are looking to do more in the future. We’re leaving a lot of yards on the field. There are still some plays we could have made that we didn’t, both at the running back position and others.” Most people look at yardage totals to determine how well a running back plays, but Sands often talks about the little things that don’t show up in the stat sheet. First, he wants his guys to protect the football and not give it up with costly turnovers. Second, he wants his guys to be fully engaged in the passing game — either in receiving or pass protection. “It goes back to my big philosophy,” Sands says. “Ball security is job security — yours and mine. One of my goals is to protect and secure the ball

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100 percent of the time. [The running backs] know how important that is to me and if it’s important to the position coach, it should be important to the players as well.” “Pass protection is always a big emphasis around here,” Sands adds. “Another big thing was working on making cuts, seeing things, and that’s one of the big things we’ve improved on. When a cut is there, making sure we see it.” Sands believes Davis and Wilds have shown drastic improvement in all of those areas. “The details of our assignments, that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “Both Mike and Brandon have a general idea of what’s going on. They’re starting to get more detail-oriented so we’re going to keep harping on the details.” Not that there haven’t been pleasant surprises. Davis had 75-yard runs against North Carolina (for a touchdown) and Georgia, and he has the ability to go the distance anytime he touches the ball. The Gamecocks have lacked the big-play ability in the running game for several years now, and Davis gives opponents another player to think about. “I knew Mike had gotten faster [since the spring],” Sands says. “I was expecting him to break some big runs, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the big 75-yarders. I asked him, ‘Is that all you got?’ We’ll see if we can’t somewhere down the line get one a little bit longer than 75.” There may have been fewer opportunities for Wilds than initially expected: Sands believes the playing time is split

Running Backs Coach Everette Sands. Photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central

maybe 60-40 in favor of Davis, but Davis has twice the carries Wilds has. That hasn’t been by design, just the way it’s worked out. “We just haven’t run as much with [Wilds] in there,” Sands says. “He’s been in a couple of times late when we’re just grinding the ball out, but just regular game situations we just haven’t given him the ball as much. He’s in there, he’s playing, his number just hasn’t been called as much.” Fullbacks — mostly junior Connor McLaurin — have been on the field for a lot of snaps, as South Carolina has run many two-backs, two-tight-end sets.

“I was anticipating that we would use a lot of fullback sets, more than we had in the past,” Sands says. The Gamecocks still have plenty of football ahead of them, and keeping the ground game a big part of the equation probably could determine how successful the season turns out. Quarterback Connor Shaw contributes in the rushing attack as well, and Carolina is averaging nearly 80 more yards per game on the ground than they were a year ago. Says Sands, “We still know that we can be better than we’ve been, so we’re always striving to get better.” KENTUCKY VS. USC


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BY Isabelle Khurshudyan

Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles says off-season yoga has helped him on the football field. photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina get into some of the postures, it’s you can do it.” not easy and it’s very demanding Though Quarles bristled at because their body is developed the thought of a handstand, the for power and strength and to pose he did at the end of every push and pull,” Brown says. “What class is called shavasana, or corpse they’re trained for is very sportpose, and it’s considered to be specific, but when you have range one of the most challenging poses of motion, you have better access because it’s one of total relaxto any strength you’ve built up. ation. Shavasana allows someone Otherwise, the muscles get stiff a chance to regroup after a class because despite the players’ upand the joints can’t go anywhere.” where the entire body has been per body strength, they’ve never Former defensive line coach stretched, contracted and twisted. tried lifting their body weight Brad Lawing suggested Quarles Lying flat on your back with into one of yoga’s contorted get into yoga, but Quarles says he palms facing up and eyes closed poses. Outside of teaching class had to beg his advisor to get into for the final few minutes makes at Carolina, Brown also teaches Brown’s class, which met once a the muscles release tension and classes at yoga studios in and week. But the class also benefitted theoretically, frees the mind after around downtown Columbia Quarles in ways he didn’t anticihaving focused intently on what and at the YMCA. pate. Brown says Quarles would the body is doing in every pose Yoga is a series of bodily often come to her and rave about and sequence. Brown thinks the poses for mental and physihow much he loved the end of relaxation element is what makes cal health that focus on breath class and how much it was helping yoga better than alternative exercontrol, relaxation and balance. Quarles wanted to use the spring him release some of his stress. He cise teams can be doing. applied it to his football practices. “There are so many teams that to improve his stamina and “At the end of class every day, make their players do ballet for flexibility, and he thinks his yoga we just lie down on the floor and similar physical reasons,” Brown class accomplished that. He says says. “One of the differences he has felt like a different person release all our thoughts in our mind,” Quarles says. “If you come between ballet and yoga is that with a longer stride that helps out here with a mental mindset you do have that stress relief behim move faster off the line. “When you ask someone like just to calm down and work hard, cause athletes are in a high-stress whatever you put your mind to, position. It’s, ‘I’ve got to play well Kelcy, who is not a small guy, to

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efensive tackle Kelcy Quarles had tried to keep an open mind in his semester-long yoga class in the spring, making his large frame bend in ways it hadn’t before. But he had to draw the line somewhere. “It’s fun, but sometimes it’s tough being 300 pounds and having to bend over all kinds of ways,” Quarles says. “We had to do handstands against the wall one class, and I just looked at my teacher and shook my head. She said, ‘I understand.’” Dara Brown was his teacher, and that wasn’t the first time she’d had a football player in one of her classes. The playing field between football players and regular students, she says, evens,

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Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles tangles with Vanderbilt offensive lineman Joe Townsend on Sept. 14. photo by Paul Collins/Gamecock Central

or I won’t keep my scholarship,’ or ‘I’ve got to play well because there’s an ESPN camera in my face.’” Though football players — especially defensive linemen — are pictured lifting weights for hours and focusing on strength training, yoga and Pilates are being incorporated into conditioning regimens across the country. The start to the season has been filled with questions and criticisms about star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s conditioning, or lack thereof, but Carolina’s strength and conditioning program is one that includes a wide range of programs like yoga, Pilates and meditation, utilizing many of the same workouts as NFL locker rooms. “You’ve got to show the players,” strength and conditioning coach Joe Connolly says. “And, if they see results, they’ll do it again,” Connolly incorporates bits and pieces of yoga and Pilates into Carolina’s program primarily for recovery reasons. A day in the weight room starts with a warm-up of soft-tissue work and self-massage before moving to static stretching, which includes a lot of yoga poses. That prepares players for the weight or running program that follows. A second round of static stretching after the weight-lifting or running is used as a cool-down. Secondary Grady Brown says yoga is good for rehabbing some injuries, like a sprained ankle. When the joint has reached a point where it’s ready to bear weight again and the swelling has decreased, balance poses help the process. But other injuries, like a dislocated shoulder, just need time and physical therapy instead of yoga. Connolly has been doing Pilates for 10 years and doesn’t

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think it’s a new trend for football teams to mandate yoga and Pilates in strength and conditioning programs, though those practices are rarely associated with football. The Seattle Seahawks were recently on the cover of ESPN the Magazine for a story about how they’ve embraced yoga, meditation and a general feel-good attitude in the locker room. Linebacker Skai Moore says post-game yoga was mandatory for his high school team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Brown prefers Pilates for his players. “I believe Pilates will strengthen the muscles you don’t get a chance to work on when you’re benching or squatting,” he says. “All of those muscles contribute to body control, which contributes to planting and cutting and changing direction and everything like that. I definitely encourage my guys, whether it’s offered through our strength and conditioning program or whether you make the monetary investment in yourself to get into some Pilates or yoga, but more Pilates on my end.” Connolly is also mindful of conditioning the central nervous system, so to speak, and providing relaxation opportunities. Meditation is a big part of summer camp, but the team also does it the night before games. Some players have been a little skeptical at first, they have been trying yoga and Pilates. In most cases, it wasn’t what they were expecting. “Many of them were surprised about how much work they actually had to do,” Brown, the yoga trainer, says. “I think many of them were kind of taking for granted that it would be something really easy and when you give them that first hamstring stretch, they break a sweat.”

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Recruit to Watch BY CHRIS CLARK

A Fine Line(man) Defensive end Abu Lamin boosts incoming defensive corps

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lated to lose senior Chaz Sutton and star junior Jadeveon Clowney after this year, South Carolina’s coaching staff looked to supplement its 2014 defensive line by recruiting a talented tackle from the junior college ranks. They got their man with the addition of four-star prospect Abu Lamin.

 “I had a great connection with [defensive line] Coach [Deke] Adams and [defensive coordinator Lorenzo] Ward,” Lamin told Gamecock Central after making his pledge to Carolina in late July. “I talked with coach Adams almost every day. I talked with [Head] Coach [Steve] Spurrier, he emphasized how much they need me and want me. It’s just been things like that; they haven’t stopped coming after me.” The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman from Fayetteville, N.C., spent a year in Columbia at Gray Military Academy before heading to junior college at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. The opportunity to play SEC football close to home was a big factor in his decision.

 “It’s back in the Carolinas, back at home where I’m from,” he said. “The atmosphere is great. I loved it out there when I went out there. Put that all together, the facilities are great and the atmosphere is great. South Carolina is on the [rise].”

 Lamin, who will enroll at South Carolina next January and have three years of eligibility, went into detail about the job Adams did recruiting him

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ABU LAMIN Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C. High School: : Fort Scott Community College

Height / Weight: 6-5 / 315 to Columbia.
 
“Honestly, Coach Adams is just a real dude. He’s the realest,” Lamin said. “He really wanted to coach me. He talked with my mother and told me what he could do for me and what I can do for the program and what South Carolina can do academically. When I talk with Coach Adams, it’s about that family, the future, graduating. That’s what really kept me close with Coach Adams. He cares about football, but he cares about his family. He really cares and wants me to be a great man.”

 The big interior lineman believes that he will bring a unique skill set to South Carolina.

 “I’m confident in my skills,” he said. “I’m a great passrushing defensive tackle. Many 300-pounders don’t get the recognition of being a passrusher,” he said. “I love to … hit running backs. That’s the most fun thing for me besides hitting the quarterback is hitting the running back. I love shooting gaps and embarrassing [offensive] linemen. I like to wreck stuff.” 

Lamin is one of the top junior college prospects in the country, having drawn scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee in addition to South Carolina and numerous others.

 He made official visits to Florida, Arkansas and Nebraska before committing to Carolina. KENTUCKY VS. USC


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Pussy Cats Gamecocks can’t fall prey to toothless Wildcats OPINION BY JAMES HARLEY

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ith the meat of the SEC schedule kicking in this week, it’s time for the Gamecocks to get serious if they want to compete for the still-available East division championship. South Carolina has underperformed in both its conference games thus far, giving away a winnable game at Georgia and letting Vanderbilt hang around for far too long. It’s fall cleaning time, and the dirt left behind by those two less-thanimpressive efforts needs to be swept away. Of course, the best way to keep the dirt out is to shake out the doormat, and so the Kentucky Wildcats’ visit to Columbia couldn’t come at a better time. Longtime SEC bottom dwellers, Kentucky’s tradition of phenomenal failure should help boost Carolina’s confidence as it prepares for the tough three-game road trip — at Arkansas on Oct. 12, at Tennessee on Oct. 18, and at Missouri on Oct. 26 — to follow. And yes, I said phenomenal. Kentucky’s history of poor conference play is just that: The Wildcats have dropped 27 straight against Florida, 19 of their last 22 against Georgia and 27 of their last 28 against Tennessee. Jump over to the West division and the results are similar: Sixteen losses in 17 games against Auburn, seven out of 10 against LSU and Mississippi, and an overall 2-35-1 record against Alabama. Ouch. Even the Gamecocks have claimed 13 of the last 14 over Kentucky. Now, a doormat can trip you up every now and then, as the Wildcats did in 2010 the week after the Gamecocks’ win over then-No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Alabama, but that only reset the defeat-streak meter. Considering that the combined

score in the two games since then was 92-20, it’s safe to say that particular loss was not a turning point by any means. One might argue, however, that Kentucky’s hiring of new coach Mark Stoops this year is a legitimate turn. Well, the mighty Western Kentucky Hilltoppers of the esteemed Sun Belt Conference reassured all of us that’s not the case with their season-opening 35-26 win over the highly embarrassed Wildcats. As for on-the-field analysis of this week’s game, Kentucky simply does not have the talent and power to hang with the Gamecocks. The only thing to really be concerned about is the fact that there is absolutely nothing on the line for Kentucky in this matchup. An upset win would be nice for the Wildcats, but it would hardly increase their chances of making a bowl game as they are virtually assured of finishing with a losing record overall. Unfortunately, that means that coach Stoops can go wide open on the Gamecocks and take as many risks as he’d like, which is a little scary given the fact that this Carolina team has made several key mistakes on special teams and has already given up a number of big plays on defense. All eyes will need to stay focused to avoid falling victim to coaching trickery in this one. While the game has little significance for Kentucky, everything is on the line for Carolina, which absolutely cannot afford to lose another conference game. With the team already needing help to surpass Georgia in the SEC East race, a loss to Kentucky would be catastrophic. But if history repeats itself, there is only about a one in 10 chance of that happening. Gamecocks 35, Wildcats 17. KENTUCKY VS. USC


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Action gets underway in Columbia, S.C., during the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

South Carolina’s Jimmy Legree celebrates after intercepting a Vanderbilt pass during fourth-quarter action in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

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South Carolina’s Connor Shaw calls out a play during action against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in Columbia, S.C. Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

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Damiere Byrd Rico McWilliams Nick Jones Jamari Smith Ahmad Christian Shaq Roland Brendan Nosovitch Connor Mitch Chris Moody Shon Carson Jadeveon Clowney Darius English Shamier Jeffery Sharrod Golightly Kwinton Smith Skai Moore Perry Orth Pharoh Cooper T.J. Holloman Jody Fuller Brison Williams Tyler Hull Ali Groves Connor Shaw Jimmy Legree Kelvin Rainey Austin Hails Nick St. Germain Chaz Elder Dylan Thompson Cedrick Cooper Patrick Fish Landon Ard Kyle Fleetwood T.J. Gurley Marcquis Roberts Kaiwan Lewis Brandon Wilds Larenz Bryant Bruce Ellington Ronnie Martin Kendric Salley Kadetrix Marcus Jasper Sasser Victor Hampton Mike Davis Jonathan Walton Elliott Fry Sidney Rhodes Jordan Diaz Mohamed Camara Gerald Turner David Williams Mason Harris Jeff Homad

WR CB WR CB CB WR QB QB FS TB DE DE WR SPR WR LB QB WR LB WR SS P CB QB CB TE QB PK SS QB LB P PK SS FS LB LB TB LB WR CB TB FS S CB TB LB P/K CB FB SPR DE TB DE TE

5-9 166 5-11 187 5-7 174 5-10 183 5-10 189 6-1 190 6-1 220 6-3 227 6-1 212 5-8 219 6-6 274 6-6 226 6-1 207 5-10 195 6-4 212 6-2 205 6-1 212 5-11 184 6-2 228 5-11 217 5-11 218 6-2 206 5-10 184 6-1 209 6-0 187 6-3 233 6-2 214 5-9 175 6-2 199 6-3 218 6-2 213 6-0 195 5-9 172 5-11 216 5-10 196 6-1 225 6-0 221 6-2 223 6-0 215 5-9 196 5-11 179 5-9 183 6-1 195 6-0 192 5-10 202 5-9 215 6-0 234 6-0 150 5-10 167 6-1 233 6-1 181 6-2 256 6-1 200 6-3 218 6-2 220

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LS LS OG OG OT OC OT OT OT OG OT OT WR TE WR WR WR WR WR TE TE DE DT DT DT DE DT DT

Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy Aiken, S.C./South Aiken Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa Dillon, S.C./Dillon Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek Saint Marys, Ga./Camden County Irmo, S.C./Chapin Milton, Fla./Pace Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill Athens, Ga./Clarke Central/Garner-Webb Duluth, Ga./Chattahoochee/Arkansas Cowpens, S.C./Broome Greenville, S.C./Eastside Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell Pinewood, S.C./Scott’s Branch Savannah, Ga./Jenkins/Fork Union Military 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 Hodges, S.C./Greenwood/Fork Union Military

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Max Huggins Andrew Komornik Connor McLaurin Kyle Morini Jordan Diggs Garrison Gist James King Gerald Dixon Ty Sutherland Drew Williams Caleb Kelly Devin Potter Garrett Shank A.J. Cann Cody Waldrop Devin Washington Phillip Dukes Bryce King Corey Robinson Clayton Stadnik David Johnson Na’Ty Rodgers

P/K P FB LB SPR FB LB DE FB LS PK TB S OG OC DE DT OG OT OC LB OT

6-1 185 6-5 225 6-0 237 5-10 212 6-0 214 5-10 255 6-0 235 6-2 268 5-10 234 6-2 190 6-0 184 5-10 200 6-0 171 6-4 314 6-2 319 6-3 225 6-3 315 6-3 281 6-8 341 6-3 281 6-1 268 6-5 296

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Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy Moore, S.C./Byrnes Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Lexington, S.C./Lexington Allenton, Pa./Central Catholic Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield McDonough, Ga./Henry County Scranton, S.C./Lake City Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb Hamer, S.C./Dillon Cooper City, Fla./University Ponde Verda, Fla./Ponte Verda/Florida State College Havelock, NC./Havelock Stone Mountain, Ga./St. Pius X Charlotte, N.C./Sun Valley Warner Robins, Ga./Northside/Fork Union Military Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy/Guilford College Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort Yulee, Fla./Yulee Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Union City, Ga./Banneker Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia Shelby, N.C./Burns Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Cairo, Ga./Cairo Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Mays Landing, N.J./St. Joseph Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood Charlotte, NC./Vance Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg/Georgia Military Williston, S.C./Williston-Elko Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson Darlington, S.C./Darlington Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson Daphne, Ala./Bayside Academy Frisco, Tx./Prince of Peace Christian Easley, S.C./Wren/Western Carolina Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West Cumming, Ga./Forsyth Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./Ridgeland Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island/UNC Pembroke Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach Fort Mill, S.C./Nations Ford Raleigh, N.C./Garner Lexington, S.C./White Knoll/Gray Military Fort Myers, Fla./Island Coast Rock Hill, S.C./Northwesterm Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek/Benedict Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton Irmo, S.C/Dutch Fork Cayce, S.C./Brookland-Cayce Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell Marietta, Ga./Lassiter Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt Seffner, Fla./Armwood Orlando, Fla./Jones Manning, S.C./Manning Dillon, S.C./Dillon Havelock, N.C./Havelock Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia Waldorf, Md./McDonough

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Ryland Culbertson Coleman Harley Brock Stadnik Ronald Patrick D.J. Park Alan Knott Brandon Shell J.P. Vonashek Mason Zandi Will Sport Mike Matulis Cody Gibson K.J. Brent Rory Anderson Matthew Harvey Carlton Heard Kane Whitehurst David Wilkins Drake Thomason Drew Owens Jerell Adams Chaz Sutton Gerald Dixon, Jr. Deon Green Kelsey Griffin Michael Washington J.T. Surratt Kelcy Quarles

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

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GAMECOCK GAME STATS Passing Connor Shaw Dylan Thompson Tota Opponents

RUSHING Mike Davis Connor Shaw Brandon Wilds Dylan Thompson Shon Carson Bruce Ellington TEAM Total Opponents

gp 4 3 4 4

effic 164.03 126.10 150.53 146.46

comp-att-int 49-76-0 23-42-2 72-118-2 80-125-4

gp 4 4 4 3 4 4 2 4 4

at 71 51 30 9 3 1 4 169 147

loss 10 20 1 8 0 0 12 50 138

RECEIVING gp Bruce Ellington Nick Jones Mike Davis Shaq Roland Damiere Byrd Brandon Wilds Rory Anderson Jerell Adams Drew Owens Kane Whitehurst K.J. Brent Kwinton Smith Dylan Thompson Total Opponents

4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 4 4

gain 518 252 141 31 6 2 0 9 654 no 14 12 9 8 8 6 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 72 80

pct 64.5 54.8 61.0 64.0

net 508 232 140 23 6 2 -12 51 516 yds 229 136 127 161 108 75 75 60 13 29 9 9 1 1030 1008

avg 7.2 4.5 4.7 2.6 2.0 2.0 -3.0 899 3.5

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yds 665 365 1030 1008

td 6 1 7 8

td 6 0 1 2 0 0 0 5.3 4

lg 75 21 12 12 5 2 0 9 75 28

avg/g 127.0 58.0 35.0 7.7 1.5 0.5 -6.0 224.8 129.0

td 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 8

lg 39 30 38 65 38 33 28 44 8 29 9 9 0 65 85

avg 16.4 11.3 14.1 20.1 13.5 12.5 12.5 20.0 6.5 29.0 9.0 9.0 -1.0 14.3 12.6

lg 65 44 65 85

avg/g 166.2 121.7 257.5 252.0

avg/g 57.2 34.0 31.8 3.7 27.0 18.8 25.0 15.0 6.5 14.5 3.0 2.2 -0.3 257.5 252.0

TOP Defensive PLAYERS • Tackles 8K Kaiwan Lewis 20 T.J. Gurley 21 M. Roberts

gp 4 4 4

ua 11 15 13

a 11 6 8

to 22 21 21

tfl/yds 1.0-2 2.5-9

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The Side Line: USC v. Kentucky