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ON THE COVER: Gamecocks pile on Alabama. Photo by Paul Collins.

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2010 Carolina Football Schedule Opponent Preview: Tennessee Roster: Tennessee Senior Profile: Ladi Ajiboye Explaining The Game: Lorenzo Ward Gameday Poster Tennessee is Just Plain Bad GamecockCentral.com’s Recruit to Watch: Phillip Dukes WVOC Corner: Revisiting the October Suprise Olympic Sports Roundup Swimming Coach Has USC Poised for Excellence USC Roster, Depth Chart USC Stats

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south carolina football — At the Break — A comprehensive breakdown and report card of the Gamecocks, position by position. B Y D AV I D C L O N I N G E R

RECORD: 5-2, 3-2 SEC

Note: All grades completed after Game 6 vs. Kentucky, the midpoint of the season.

OFFENSE QUARTERBACK

shiftiness and the need for Patrick DiMarco at tight end, but when he has played fullback, DiMarco has again proved to be the consummate team player. He never asks for the ball, but produces when he gets it, and is never hesitant about clearing lanes for his runners and receivers. He does exactly what a team captain is supposed to do. A+

WIDE RECEIVER

Once again, it’s been questioned whether he can hold onto the job, but Stephen Garcia has answered his critics. His games have not all been top-notch, but they have all been very solid and often spectacular. Garcia is doing a much better job of avoiding sacks and getting rid of the ball quickly this year, and has had an increase in yards and scoring production. Completing just under 70 percent of his throws for 1,326 yards and 10 touchdowns is nice, although five interceptions (three tipped balls) rubs some of the shine off. B+

Alshon Jeffery is the best receiver in the SEC. Fact. The lanky sophomore has caught 690 yards worth of passes and five touchdowns, often spinning out of tackles and flashing that elbows-and-knees sprint downfield. He can’t be covered, and his supporting cast – Tori Gurley, Ace Sanders, D.L. Moore – is certainly able to break games on the rare day Jeffery may not have it (still waiting to see if there is one of those). The group’s unselfishness is impressive – each is excellent at pass-blocking and happy to do it. A+

RUNNING BACK

TIGHT END

This position needed an answer after finishing last in the SEC rushing stats for three straight years, and Marcus Lattimore has supplied it. The talented freshman has run for 538 yards and 10 touchdowns already, drawing raves for his elusiveness and his ability to break tackles. It took him one game to clinch the starting role, and one more game (Georgia) to let everyone know USC does indeed have a running game. Help from Brian Maddox has finally made the position a helper, instead of a hindrance. A+

With Weslye Saunders gone, the Gamecocks knew they had an excellent blocker to replace him, although he may not be as much of an offensive threat. Justice Cunningham has been a terrific addition to the offensive line, often lining up with DiMarco as another tight end and knowing that neither will probably ever be asked to catch. That’s fine, because each is very good at blocking. Not much offensive productivity, but the Gamecocks don’t need it from them. A

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OFFENSIVE LINE

The position hasn’t been leaned on as much as in years past, due to Lattimore’s

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Shawn Elliott has been a breath of fresh air, refusing to let his group play on their

Alshon Jeffery powers his way into the end zone in USC’s 34-21 victory over Alabama. Photo by Paul Collins. underwhelming talent level and drawing the most out of each of them. Somehow, Elliott took a depth-thin bunch that never showed a lot of gristle and turned it into a fearless squad which vows to protect its quarterback and open holes for its running backs. The Gamecocks do not have the best line in the league or perhaps not in the state, but Elliott has it playing tough football when no one else ever got that kind of production out of it. B

PLACE-KICKER Spencer Lanning hasn’t had many chances, but when he has, he has converted. He has made 4 of 5 field goals, his only miss from 51 yards, and he made one from that same distance a week later. He is 24 of 25 on extra points, the only miss coming due to a bad hold, and has been as reliable as he was last year. Not a top mark because of a couple of misses, but still a very good kicker. A-

DEFENSE DEFENSIVE LINE The Gamecocks’ front four has been a huge reason why USC ranks second in the league in rushing defense and first in sacks, using its NFL potential to get to quarterbacks and stuff running backs. The job it did on Alabama’s twin threats of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson was magnificent. It is true that most opponents don’t

try to run on USC, since the pass defense hasn’t proven it can stop anybody, but that’s not these guys’ fault. Devin Taylor, Melvin Ingram and Travian Robertson are each among the SEC leaders in sacks. A

LINEBACKER Josh Dickerson and Tony Straughter have done admirable jobs in filling the void left by Shaq Wilson, who is out for the year with a hamstring injury. Forced to play most of the game since Rodney Paulk’s knees are ailing, the two have been decent and sometimes great. They must share the blame for USC’s soft underneath coverage, because they are often left standing there as receivers take the screen pass and sprint upfield, but considering what they have lost, they’re doing an okay job. C

DEFENSIVE BACK The Gamecocks rank 110th in the country in pass defense. There are 120 teams in the FBS division. USC started off the year guarding against the deep ball, and it worked at first, because teams would get to the red zone and then not score. Lately, though, quarterbacks are feasting on the middle of the field, taking advantage of USC’s preference to give every receiver a large cushion. Kentucky heavily exploited it and made every crucial third down, which led to the Gamecocks’ second loss. The strange thing is, this group has talent – Stephon Gilmore is an NFL prospect and

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Alshon Jeffery fights for yardage in USC’s loss to Kentucky. Photo by Paul Collins. D.J. Swearinger is a rising star. But nobody is playing like it. F

SPECIAL TEAMS KICKOFFS

Jay Wooten and Joey Scribner-Howard have split the duties, and each has done well. There are none of the problems with long returns that surfaced last year, and it is because each can boot the ball high and deep, giving the cover team room to get down around the returner. The group has only had two touchbacks all year, but there were several more that hit the end zone and were brought out. Everyone would probably like to see more end zone kicks, but so far, it hasn’t been an issue. B+

KICKOFF RETURN

Among several choices Chris Culliver remains the leader. It’s the same story – Culliver will get some yardage, but still hasn’t learned how to clear the first pileup. Bryce Sherman hasn’t shown the explosiveness he showed last year. Swearinger got the nod to do it against Kentucky when Culliver was sick, and averaged around 20 yards per kick. The Gamecocks simply don’t have a return threat, but with the offense doing so well, they don’t really need one. B

PUNTER Lanning has shown no signs of weakness in being asked to place-kick and punt, improving to 45.7 yards per punt and doing a wonderful job of getting USC out of danger. He has had seven kicks of at least 50 yards and two touchbacks. Lanning does

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not have a cannon for a leg, but he knows where to put the ball and consistently does it. A

PUNT RETURN Gilmore has done it all season, but has only had nine returns. He only averages 5.2 yards per return, but is usually reliable in catching the ball and knowing when to fair-catch it. Against Kentucky, he had a day he’d like to forget, fumbling twice and losing one of them. He’s not doing anything really terrible, but he’s not doing anything really great. C

COACHING OFFENSE Steve Spurrier, Steve Spurrier Jr. and Elliott have worked together, Spurrier listening to Elliott’s desire to run the ball and handing the ball early and often to Lattimore. The passing game has taken off, Garcia being more fluid with his game and Jeffery able to take any ball to the end zone. There have been yips, but overall, this is the closest to a “Spurrier offense” that the Head Ball Coach has had in six years at USC. A-

DEFENSE The front four is good, and the linebackers lost a key player, but the secondary is full of talent that isn’t being shown. Ellis Johnson and Lorenzo Ward said after the Kentucky game that the scheme was going to be tweaked, and it needs to be. USC has done well covering deep balls and stopping continues on page 25

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The Mystique is Finally Gone, Tennessee is Just Plain Bad OPINION BY JAMES HARLEY

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hroughout the Gamecocks’ ups and downs this season fans have been cautiously optimistic, conditioned by past meltdowns not to disrespect the tough games at the end of the schedule. The “orange crush,” the run through Tennessee, Florida and Clemson, has become a tradition of failure for USC, the stretch that has served as the impenetrable wall between mediocrity and excellence. For years this wall has been too tall to climb, no matter whether we approach it with a running start or not. We may get a handhold every now and then, but simply have not been able to pull ourselves over the top and get a look at the greener grass beyond. But that may change this year. Caution indeed dictates that Florida not be underestimated. They may have three losses, but they were a strong program last year and their bounce back potential is very high. It took Clemson six weeks to beat a division 1-A school this year, but as a rival that we have not beaten twice in a row since the 1960s we certainly cannot overlook them either. The change comes with Tennessee, a school that almost seems to have made a conscious effort to destroy its football program over the last three years. Even during former coach Philip Fulmer’s few down seasons, one had to be worried about facing the Volunteers, a team with an outstanding tradition of winning. Even going into the game favored to win still left one with an uneasy feeling that anything could happen, because the Vols were always capable of outplaying you on a given day. Those given days are gone. Until midseason the Tennessee game had been one to secretly fear, and the fact that they’ve lost their first four conference games would normally only make it more scary, in that they would seem overdue for a win. Surely they can’t really keep losing, can they? They are the Vols, after all. It’s got to

just be some bad luck, right? No. The fact is that they really are that bad. Firing Philip Fulmer was one of the worst things Tennessee could do to its program. Over 17 years he won 75 percent of his games, had nine seasons with 10 or more wins, and a national championship. His numbers match up with legends like Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden, and Tennessee should have looked at him in that light. Instead they subscribed to the unrealistic expectation that a coach should win 10 games every year and they let him go, and they are now paying the price. Lane Kiffin took over Fulmer’s ship and kept it afloat by winning a few games in his one season there, but began the process of exchanging respect for disrespect among opponents and fans. Then, his rapid departure undermined recruiting and caused an exodus among the players, virtually wiping out the positive impression of being a Volunteer that the program had established through decades of success. The result is a team that is being forced to start over at the bottom of the toughest conference in college football, and it will get worse before it gets better, because the Volunteers will not be able to hang with the Gamecocks this week. Why am I so sure? Tennessee’s two wins this year came against division 1-AA Tennessee-Martin and the mighty University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, the latter achieved by a field goal in overtime. Meanwhile in five losses the Volunteers have averaged being beaten by just over three touchdowns. Not three points, folks, three touchdowns. This traditional powerhouse now ranks 94th in the nation in scoring, 91st in rushing yardage, and an unimpressive 74th in passing. This is not the sign of a down year, as Fulmer would occasionally have, this is the sign of a bad team and a program that has fallen apart. If they lose to Vanderbilt, I will feel vindicated in my theory that new coach Derek Dooley, the son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley, is actually a UGA plant put in position at UT to destroy them forever. For now, it’s enough to say that Tennessee should consider changing its name to Fiveassee, because they’re half the team they used to be. Look for the Gamecocks to roll this week. Carolina 35, Tennessee 17.

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our-star defensive tackle Phillip Dukes was in Columbia again earlier this month watching the Gamecocks take on Alabama. In this on-site interview with GamecockCentral.com, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder talked about the visit and the latest in his recruiting.

“We loved it,” said Dukes, who made the trip with Manning junior DB Phillip Henry. “It was a good game. The crowd was roaring. It was a great atmosphere.” Dukes, who lines up inside and as a defensive end for Manning, paid close attention to how the defensive line played in the 35-21 upset victory over the Crimson Tide. “They played aggressive and came off of the ball hard. They were doing their job and didn’t worry about making mistakes. They played hard and played together.” After the game, Dukes had a chance to enter South Carolina’s locker room and watch the post-game celebration by the USC players.

“It felt great being in the locker room with a lot of guys who just came off of a big win and in a hard-working program. I’m looking for a good season from them.” A pair of Gamecock coaches of significance spoke with Dukes during his time in Columbia. “I talked to Shane Beamer and Coach (Brad) Lawing, those were the main two,” he said. “They were saying it’s a great place and it was a great game. They said they want me to come there, and to work hard and be a leader during my senior year.” Four other programs remain on Dukes’ list, along with South Carolina. “Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, and Miami,” he listed. “I don’t have a leader, I’m still open.” The Palmetto State standout said that he was planning on taking all five of his official visits. “I’m going to wait until February; I’m going to wait it out. I’m looking for some playing time, a great education, and a great program.” Dukes is focused on leading his Monarchs squad to an excellent season, but is also keeping the classroom as a big priority. “The season has been going good. We still have room to improve. We’re a better team last year. I’m staying on top of my grades. That’s the very first thing on my list, it’s very important.” The Rivals250 prospect is rated by Rivals.com as the fifth-best prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2011 class.

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Revisiting the October Surprise BY CHRISTOPER THOMPSON

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t’s election season, so let’s go back in time to college football’s version of the “October Surprise.” Like the political tactic, this event influenced public opinion in the waning moments of a long campaign leading to the ouster of a legend, and probably helping his opponent hold onto a coveted post for one more year. Slip in your Nirvana CD, grab the nearest pumpkin (all Philip Fulmer jokes aside), and let’s return to a Halloween afternoon: October 31, 1992. The Gamecocks were on an unforgettable streak in the midst of an otherwise forgettable 5-6 season. It was Carolina’s first year in the SEC. But the excitement was muted as a four-game losing skid from 1991 carried over into the new season, where the number of consecutive defeats quickly increased to nine. Let’s introduce another political term here: “insurrection,” an uprising against authority. That’s exactly what happened to USC coach Sparky Woods after that ninth straight defeat, a blowout loss at Alabama. The Gamecock players had experienced enough losing, and decided to take matters into their own hands. Depending on which version of the story you believe (many eyewitnesses have taken creative license with the facts over the years), Woods got the not-so-subtle message that his services were no longer welcome. Attempting to quickly quash the uprising, Woods made it clear that he wasn’t leaving, but also made some changes to accommodate the players. One of those changes: installing a brash freshman named Steve Taneyhill at quarterback.  To borrow from the political lexicon of Ronald Reagan, it was morning again at South Carolina. Just days after the revolt, the Gamecocks shocked 15th ranked Mississippi State, with Taneyhill throwing a pair of touchdowns. Then, Carolina won away from home for the time in two years with a victory at Vanderbilt.  Tennessee was next on the schedule. The Vols had lost two straight going into the game at Williams-Brice. Still, this newly inspired Carolina squad competing at home wasn’t given much of a chance against the 16th ranked team from Knoxville. After all, South Carolina hadn’t beaten Tennessee since 1903. If black and orange are the official colors of Halloween, this matchup provided the perfect combination on a sunny fall day, as a

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corner regional TV audience and a packed stadium saw the black-jerseyed Gamecocks stand firm against the orange-clad Vols. Tennessee had nationally-known stars and future first round NFL picks; Carolina had scrappy players like Toby Cates and Rob DeBoer. But this was no mismatch.  The Gamecocks took a late 24-17 lead with a Taneyhill touchdown pass, only to see Tennessee answer with a 39-yard score that got the Vols within one with less than two minutes on the clock. It was decision time for Tennessee coach Johnny Majors, who sealed his own fate by calling for the two-point conversion. The shadows were creeping into the end zone as the players lined up. In a play now known to Gamecock fans simply as “the stop,” linebacker Hank Campbell drew a quick bead on the Vols’ James Stewart as soon as Stewart grabbed the backfield pass. With help from a charging Norman Greene, Campbell threw Stewart to the ground as Williams-Brice erupted in celebration. Gamecock fans could finally shed their Halloween masks, there was no longer any shame to escape. The 24-23 upset of the Vols continued the amazing turnaround by the Gamecocks, who would go on to beat Louisiana Tech, nearly upset a top-15 Florida team in The Swamp, then vanquish Clemson with a Death Valley victory. And in political terms, the “October Surprise” played a tremendous role in the future leadership of South Carolina and Tennessee. That late surge probably insured that Woods would get another season at the helm of the Gamecocks, while Majors got unceremoniously dumped by the UT administration in favor of a longtime assistant named Fulmer.  The only question is, in hindsight, who got the trick and who got the treat that Halloween afternoon? Woods would only last one more season before being fired in 1993, while Fulmer would go on to win 12 straight against South Carolina, plus two SEC titles and a national championship. Politics as usual for Gamecock fans.

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Practice officially began on Oct. 15, and coach Darrin Horn was enthused. “This is an exciting time for us, and this is a team and a season that I’m really excited for,” Horn said. “We kind of feel like, with the basketball part of it anyway, we’re back to square one with trying to really instill our style of play and the kind of things that we think are going to give us an opportunity, long-term, to be successful here.” The Gamecocks welcome six freshmen — and transfer Murphy Holloway, who will have to sit out this year — to a team that is expected to be the first true representation of Horn’s style. Given point guard Devan Downey for two years, Horn let Downey do what he does best, but now Downey has graduated and someone else will have to step forward. USC was picked to finish last in a very heavy SEC East by the media, but that was to be expected with such a young team. The Gamecocks will hold a home exhibition game on Nov. 4, and start the regular season on Nov. 12 by hosting Elon.

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Coach Dawn Staley and her troops hit the practice floor on Oct. 4, hoping to erase the sting of last year’s there-but-not-there ending. The team finished 14-15 (7-9 in conference) last season. “We expect to win,” Staley said. “We want to win. We’re going to look a little different than we have in the past two years, but that might be a little bit better, for us and for the personnel on our basketball team.” Staley will have a guard-based team, after center Kelsey Bone transferred and 6-foot-4 post Brittany Webb didn’t qualify. Her tallest players are 6-1, but she has speed, shooting and quickness returning. The Gamecocks will have to be without returning leading scorer Valerie Nainima for a while as she recovers from knee surgery. But the rest of the team is excited about playing a brand of up-tempo basketball.

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UPCOMING GAMES at SEC championship (Columbia)/ Nov. 1 (10 a.m. )

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Sophomore Dykes Harbin finished ninth at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate last week, the highest USC finisher. He finished 14over for the weekend and earned his third Top-10 finish of his career.

UPCOMING GAMES at Kiawah Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island)/Nov. 1-2

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Katie Burnett shot a 1-under 71 on the final day of the Tar Heel Invitational, leading a seven-shot USC turnaround and helping the Gamecocks place 11th as a team. USC had its best team round of the week on the final day and was able to move up two spots for its final place. Burnett improved by three shots and freshman Suzie Lee had three straight evenpar 72s. She tied for 24th place.

MEN’S SOCCER Eighteenth-ranked USC fell 1-0 to No. 4 North Carolina on Oct. 19, the Tar Heels scoring the game-winner in the 78th minute. The Gamecocks (7-4-2) lost just their second game in their last eight. “This was a very disappointing loss for us,” coach Mark Berson said in a statement. “Our guys played extremely hard. Even though we were a man down for a large portion of the game, we created some good chances and were unable to capitalize.” Freshman midfielder Chipper Root, a Chapel Hill, N.C., native, led USC with five shots, including two on goal. Junior midfielder Stephen Morrissey added two shots, while junior midfielder Danny Cates and senior midfielder Mark Wiltse each recorded one shot on goal. Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer collected five saves. The Gamecocks collected four yellow cards and one red, with the Tar Heels drawing three yellows and one red card.

UPCOMING GAMES vs. Florida International/Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) vs. Memphis/Oct. 31 (1 p.m.)

WOMEN’S SOCCER Ellen Fahey headed in her first career goal to beat Tennessee 2-1 last week to keep

USC atop the SEC. The Gamecocks (12-3-2, 6-1-1 SEC) are storming toward the league title. Kayla Grimsley notched another goal during the match and Kira Campbell assisted on each score. The team will begin the SEC tournament this week.

VOLLEYBALL USC got 18 digs from senior Hannah Lawing, but fell to Auburn 3-0 last week to fall to 4-15 (1-8). The Gamecocks lost a 4-1 lead in the first set and the Tigers never looked back.

UPCOMING GAMES at Florida/Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) at Ole Miss/Oct. 31 (2:30 p.m.) at Auburn/Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)

CROSS COUNTRY USC finished sixth in its final tune-up for the SEC championships, which will be held at USC’s home course. The Gamecocks will look to a healthy Beatrice Biwott, who stayed out of the Princeton Invitational with a muscle pull, to lead them.

UPCOMING GAMES at Pac-10/SEC Challenge (Stanford, Calif.)/ Nov. 5-7

MEN’S TENNIS USC closed out its fall portion of the schedule when Ivan Machado advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Carolina Regional. Machado got one round further than he did last season, but lost to Tripp Carleton of Wake Forest. The team begins its spring season in January.

WOMEN’S TENNIS Miljana Jocic and Anya Morgina won a pair of singles titles at the Wildcat Invitational last week, held at Northwestern University. Jocic won her flight over IllinoisChicago’s Elisa Simonetti and improved to 9-3. DePaul’s Katarina Milinkovic fell to Morgina she improved to 10-3. The team brings its spring season in January.

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n just four short years at South Carolina, McGee Moody has put the Gamecocks’ swimming program on the upswing. And if the first weekend of competition is any indication, the best is yet to come.

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Of the six awards handed out by the SEC last week, the Gamecocks nearly had a complete sweep, winning five. Freshmen Rachael Schaffer and Gerard Rodriguez each won Freshman of the Week honors. Sophomore Rylan Ridenour was the SEC Male Diver of the Week and Chris Kelly earned Male Swimmer of the Week as the men swept all three awards. Courtney Forcucci claimed the Female Diver of the Week. “It was what we hoped for, in terms of getting the opportunity to go and race against good competition right from the start,” Moody said. “It gave us good feedback from the training we’ve been doing. We told the team we needed to take a few minutes and evaluate it from a team perspective. We aren’t where we need to be but are better than where I thought we’d be in the beginning.” The thing that bodes well for Moody is the relative youth of his team. Schaffer won the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and came in second in the 100 breaststroke in the meet with Western Kentucky and Vanderbilt. But the accolades she brings to the table are rather impressive. She competed in the US Olympic Trials and at the US National Championships in August. In both of the events she won, Schaffer posted the sixth-fastest time in school history in just her first meet. “Rachael had an outstanding meet to begin her career,” Moody said. “She came in with very high accolades and lived up every one of them. She is only going to get better, too.” Forcucci missed most of last season after breaking her leg in practice in November but returned by winning the 1-meter and 3-meter competition. This is the second time in her career she has earned SEC Diver of the Week. “I know Courtney was excited to get back into the pool,” McGee said. “She rehabbed in the offseason and came back ready to pick up where she left off last season.” The female squad is strong in diving with the return of seniors Taryn Zack and Allison Barr along with Forcucci. Zach earned All-American

honors with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter board at the NCAA championships. She finished fourth in the SEC in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Barr advanced to the finals of the SEC championship on the 1-meter platform. North Carolina transfer Chay Malyasio will add depth as well. “Our female divers are very strong,” McGee said. “There is depth there and I expect them to score very highly each time out.” On the men’s side, Kelly won the 100 and 200 backstroke and placed third in the 200 individual medley. It was the second time in his career that he won two events in the same dual meet. Ridenour swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events with his 1-meter score the best in the SEC. “Kelly had a really good start to the season,” McGee said. “He was one of our stronger performers at the end of last year and we are expecting big things from him now that he has gotten a year stronger and been in the program. Ridenour had a really strong opening to his year as well.” Rodriguez won the 200 freestyle in his first collegiate race with the fifth-fastest time in the country so far this year. He also claimed second in the 100 freestyle and helped the 400 freestyle to victory. Rodriguez finished fifth in the 200 free at the European Junior championships this year. In all, McGee welcomed seven men and 11 female newcomers to the roster. “The freshman class is as good as advertised,” McGee said. “They were one of the best recruiting classes in the country. They performed extremely well in their first meet and that is actually what we expected them to do. All of them have competed on the national level so the goal now is to see how they compete at the level every single week.” McGee has 28 returners on the women side. Bridget Halligan, Lindsey Olson and Megan Sparks all earned points at the SEC league meet. Olson is coming off of shoulder surgery in the fall of 2009. On the men’s side, they only lost five performers from last season and return 20 to go with the strong freshman class. Nikolas Sachs and Andrew Helmich are expected to contribute strongly along with Michael Flach, Bobby Cave, Matt Columbus, Max Heinze and Chris Kelly. Flach won the SEC Freshman of the Week honor four times last year. “Our freshman class as a whole stepped up and the upperclassmen on the women’s side really stepped up,” McGee said. ”I think on the guys’ side, they are ready to turn the corner.”

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fine season thus far. B

the run, but the middle of the field has been a glaring weakness all season and every opponent now knows it. The D has come up with some crucial stops and turnovers, but it can’t get any more interceptions if players are asked to line up 10 yards off their men. C

SUPERLATIVES

SPECIAL TEAMS

Shane Beamer, Jeep Hunter and Jay Graham each weigh in on the unit, and the punting and place-kicking has been fine. There has been no sign of the return-game lapses of last year, the coverage team doing a fine job against some incredible athletes. If there’s a criticism, it’s not ever being able to break a long kick return – USC has not had a kickoff return for a touchdown since 2002. It’s not hurting the team, but to have it would add another element to a team that has been great at scoring points. B

OVERALL GRADE

USC lost a game it wasn’t supposed to (Kentucky) and won one that nobody picked (Alabama). The Gamecocks are 4-2, which is probably where most thought they would be at this point, and on top of the SEC East. They control their own destiny in terms of winning the division and advancing to the SEC championship game. There have been some bad times, but overall, a

• Best game: USC 35, Alabama 21. The biggest win in program history and it didn’t have to come down to a lucky call or a last-second catch. The Gamecocks dominated the former No. 1 team in the country. • Worst game: Kentucky 31, USC 28. USC gift-wrapped it and handed it away. The week after Alabama, too. • Best play: Alshon Jeffery’s catchand-spin out of Mark Barron’s grasp in the Alabama game. He was held the whole way down, Barron pinning his arm and clenching his jersey as the ball came to him, yet Jeffery still managed to catch it one-handed, spin out of the tackle and gallop inside the 10-yard-line. Nick Saban’s expression was priceless.

• Worst moment: Watching the game-winning touchdown get tipped off Lamar Scruggs’ hands and intercepted by Kentucky, while Spencer Lanning watched helplessly from the sideline knowing he could have forced overtime, if he was only asked. • Most overrated player: Jarriel King. He plays because the numbers dictate that he has to, but King is often watching as the play goes off instead of continuing to protect his quarterback. A man his size with his experience shouldn’t be getting pushed around. • Most underrated player: Justice Cunningham. Having to take over for Weslye Saunders, Cunningham never catches a ball but lays out blockers so his buddies can. There may not be an inch of his uniform that hasn’t had a grass stain on it this year.

• Worst play: Kentucky’s Randall Cobb running uncovered to the end zone with the game-winning points. Somehow, the most explosive player on the field wasn’t accounted for by USC’s defense.

• Most surprising player: Josh Dickerson. Having to take over for Shaq Wilson, Dickerson has played very well under trying circumstances. He has stepped right into the “defensive quarterback” role that Wilson played so well.

• Best moment: Julio Jones catching a sideline pass as the clock expired, knowing he was several yards and 14 points away from making Alabama a comeback winner.

• Needs more credit: D.J. Swearinger. Starting to come into his own, Swearinger plays fast and physical. A versatile athlete has found a home at free safety.

• Comeback of the year: Travian Robertson. There were concerns that his surgically repaired knee may not hold up and he wouldn’t be as explosive as he was in the first four games last year, but there has been no letdown so far. • Rookie of the year: Marcus Lattimore. Safe to say he’s lived up to the hype, becoming the linchpin of the offense and the player everyone has to keep an eye on. • Offensive MVP: Marcus Lattimore. You run to set up the pass, and Marcus Lattimore can flat-out run. • Defensive MVP: Devin Taylor. Nicknamed “Don’t Say Nuthin,’” Taylor speaks loudly on the field. He is the best edge pass-rusher the Gamecocks have and has anchored the other side of the line while Cliff Matthews is being double-teamed. • Team MVP: Marcus Lattimore. The numbers – 122 rushes for 538 yards, 10 touchdowns; 12 catches for 214 yards, two touchdowns. He came to USC to run the ball and that’s what he has done. Lattimore is showing experience beyond his years with the ball in his hands, able to get loose in any situation and turn it into a positive down. The back USC has been waiting on.

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No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown/High School/Last College

1 Alshon Jeffery 3 Akeem Auguste 3 Jarvis Giles 4 Jason Barnes 5 Stephen Garcia 5 Stephon Gilmore 6 Melvin Ingram 7 Corey Addison 7 Dylan Thompson 8 Lamar Scruggs 9 Sharrod Golightly 9 Ace Sanders 10 Brian Maddox 10 Cadarious Sanders 11 Seth Strickland 12 Andrew Clifford 12 C.C. Whitlock 13 Nick Jones 14 Connor Shaw 15 Payton Brady 15 Patrick Fish 16 Shaq Wilson 17 Chris Culliver 18 Dion LeCorn 18 Jay Wooten 19 DeAngelo Smith 20 Cedrick Snead 21 DeVonte Holloman 21 Marcus Lattimore 22 Bryce Sherman 23 Brandan Davis 24 Quin Smith 25 Alonzo Winfield 26 Antonio Allen 27 Victor Hampton 28 Eric Baker 28 Jared Shaw 29 Chaun Gresham 30 Bret Morgan 31 Kenny Miles 31 Matt O’Brien 32 Reginald Bowens 33 Damario Jeffery 34 Spencer Lanning 35 Jimmy Legree 36 D.J. Swearinger 39 Marty Markett 40 Calvin Lee 41 Josh Dickerson 42 Eric Davis 42 Travian Robertson 43 Jacob Baker 43 Qua Gilchrist 44 Tony Straughter 45 Rodney Paulk 46 Joey Scribner-Howard 46 Dalton Wilson 47 Patrick DiMarco 48 Matt Coffee 49 Blake Baxley 50 Billy Byrne 50 A.J. Cann 51 Walker Inabinet 52 Aldrick Fordham 53 Corey Robinson 54 Connor McLaurin 55 T.J. Johnson 57 C.J. Heinz 57 Tramell Williams 58 Ryland Culbertson 59 Charles Turner 60 Terrence Campbell 61 Travis Ford 62 Davis Moore 63 Chris Vaughn 65 Ryan Broadhead 66 Hutch Eckerson

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WR 6-4 233 SO St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County FS 5-10 191 JR Hollywood, Fla./Cham-Madonna/Frk Union Mil. TB 5-11 186 SO Tampa, Fla./Gaither WR 6-4 211 JR Charlotte, N.C./Independence QB 6-2 227 JR Lutz, Fla./Jefferson CB 6-1 189 SO Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe DT 6-2 264 JR Hamlet, N.C./Richmond County SS 6-0 204 RS FR Jacksonville, Fla./Andrew Jackson QB 6-2 209 FR Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs WR 6-3 227 RS FR Jacksonville Beach, Fla./Fletcher SS 5-10 181 FR Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb WR 5-7 166 FR Bradenton, Fla./Manatee TB 5-11 229 SR Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna CB 5-11 180 FR LaGrange, Ga./Troup County QB 6-2 191 SO Laurens, S.C./Laurens QB 6-2 219 RS FR Tampa, Fla./Wharton CB 5-10 178 JR Chester, S.C./Chester WR 5-8 189 FR Moore, S.C./Byrnes QB 6-1 202 FR Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch QB 6-2 210 SO Lincolnton, N.C./E. Lin./Chas. S./Campbell P 5-11 170 FR Shelby, N.C./Burns LB 5-11 229 JR Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast CB 6-1 201 SR Garner, N.C./Garner WR 5-11 217 SR Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic PK 6-3 198 JR Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland Cty/N. Carolina WR 6-0 181 RS FR Kingsland, Ga./Camden County WR 5-7 181 JR Garner, N.C./Garner SS 6-2 228 SO Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe TB 6-0 218 FR Duncan, S.C./Byrnes TB 5-4 155 SO Winston-Salem, N.C./Carver CB 5-11 174 JR Columbia, S.C./Dutch Frk/Carson-Newman LB 6-0 233 RS FR Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten SS 6-0 218 SO Winston-Salem, N.C./Carver Spur 6-2 205 JR Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic/Fork Union Mil. CB 5-9 188 FR Darlington, S.C./Darlington TB 5-11 190 JR Jacksonville, Fla./Ed. H. White/Frk Un. Mil. FS 5-10 182 SO Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill/Newberry DE 6-1 238 RS FR Auburn, Ga./Apalachee FS 5-10 180 SO Hudson, Mass./Hudson/Dean College TB 5-10 192 SO Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood FS 5-11 182 RS FR New Milford, N.J./Bergen Catholic LB 6-2 240 SO Holly Springs, N.C./Garner Spur 6-3 220 SO Columbia, S.C./Columbia P/PK 5-11 192 SR Rock Hill, S.C./York Comprehensive CB 5-11 178 RS FR Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort FS 5-11 201 SO Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood CB 5-10 168 JR York, S.C./York Comprehensive LB 6-3 225 SO Chapin, S.C./Chapin/Alabama LB 6-1 225 SR Kingsland, Ga./Camden Cnty/Georgia Mil. P 6-2 172 SO Newberry, S.C./Newberry DT 6-4 293 JR Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland County FB 5-9 189 SO Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy LB 6-1 231 SO Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville/Butler County CC LB 6-0 201 SR Madison, Fla./Madison Cnty/Georgia Mil. LB 6-0 225 SR Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast PK 6-1 207 JR Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork/Carson-Newman FB 6-1 220 SO Williston, S.C./Williston-Elko FB/TE 6-1 243 SR Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Brantley FB 5-11 225 FR Mary Esther, Fla./Fort Walton Beach Spur 5-9 198 SR Columbia, S.C./Lexington LB 5-11 223 RS FR Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake OG 6-3 286 FR Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt DS 5-9 194 SO Columbia, S.C./Hammond School DE 6-4 263 SO Jamestown, S.C./Timberland OT 6-6 317 FR Havelock, N.C./Havelock LB 6-0 225 RS FR Raleigh, N.C./Garner OC 6-4 302 SO Aynor, S.C./Aynor P 6-2 200 SO Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork/Tennessee OG 6-0 299 FR Jacksonville, Fla./Lee DS 6-4 260 FR Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy DS 6-4 250 SR Roebuck, S.C./Dorman OG 6-3 305 JR Austell, Ga./South Cobb OL 6-4 250 RS FR Fork, S.C./Lake View/Coastal Carolina DS/LB 6-1 212 RS FR Buford, Ga./Mill Creek/Emory & Henry DS 6-0 272 JR Columbia, S.C./Irmo OC 6-5 264 JR Leesburg, Ga./Lee County OT 6-4 281 SR Lumberton, N.C./Lumberton

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown/High School/Last College

67 Ronald Patrick 68 Kyle Nunn 69 Matthew Grooms 70 Byron Jerideau 73 Rokevious Watkins 75 Steven Singleton 76 Jarriel King 77 Garrett Chisolm 78 Cody Gibson 80 DeMario Bennett 81 Tori Gurley 81 Adam Yates 82 D.L. Moore 83 Cliff Matthews 84 Kyle Madden 85 Kevin White 86 Blair Lowery 87 Justice Cunningham 89 Mike Triglia 90 Joshua Newton 90 Chaz Sutton 91 Ladi Ajiboye 92 Byron McKnight 94 Kenny Davis 95 Corey Simmons 97 J.T. Surratt 98 Devin Taylor 99 Jordan Butler

OC OT DS DT OG OG OT OT OT WR WR PK WR DE TE WR WR TE TE PK DE DT DE DT DE DT DE PK

6-1 6-5 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-6 6-6 6-2 6-5 6-1 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-4 6-1 6-4 6-1 6-5 6-3 6-4 6-1 6-7 6-1

292 FR 304 JR 244 SR 339 SO 325 JR 303 SR 324 SR 303 SR 269 FR 174 RS FR 230 SO 217 SO 211 SO 268 SR 248 SO 206 JR 190 SO 268 SO 239 SO 193 SO 244 RS FR 290 SR 235 JR 303 SO 253 FR 300 FR 249 SO 175 FR

Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa Sumter, S.C./Sumter McColl, S.C./Marlboro County Green Pond, S.C./Colleton County/Fort Scott C.C. Fairburn, Ga./Creekside/Georgia Military Buford, Ga./Buford/Georgia Military N. Charleston, S.C./N. Charleston/Georgia Military Charleston, S.C./West Ashley/Pikeville College Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln Douglas, Ga./Coffee County Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill/New Hampton Prep Sparks, MD/Hereford Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green Cheraw, S.C./Cheraw Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison/UCF N. Charleston, S.C./Ft Dorch./Newberry Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork Pageland, S.C./Central Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School Aiken, S.C./South Aiken Savannah, Ga./Jenkins/Fork Union Military Riverdale, Ga./Banneker/Hargrave Military Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland County Newberry, S.C./Newberry Lawrenceville, Ga./Grtr Atlanta Christian Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach

coaches

Head Coach Spurs & SS/Recruiting Coord/ Special Teams Coord Shawn Elliott Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator Craig Fitzgerald Director of Football Strength & Conditioning Jay Graham Running Backs/Asst. Special Teams Coordinator Johnson Hunter Tight Ends/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Ellis Johnson Asst. Head Coach/Asst. Coach Defense/Linebackers Brad Lawing Defensive Line G.A. Mangus Quarterbacks Jamie Speronis Director of Football Operations Steve Spurrier, Jr. Receivers Lorenzo Ward Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Mike Gasparato Graduate Assistant Dennis Thomas Graduate Assistant Orus Lambert Graduate Assistant Robbie Liles Director of High School Relations Scott Morgan Graduate Assistant 10/17/10 Coordinator for Patrick Shine Administrative Recruiting Defense Scott Spurrier Graduate Assistant Steve Spurrier Shane Beamer

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPTH CHART

depth

Offense

SOUTH CAROLINA DEDEPTH CHART WR 1 8

WR WR WR WR LT

81 9 80 1 8 82 4 81 9 76 80 68

Alshon Jeffery Lamar Scruggs

Tori Gurley Ace Sanders DeMario Bennett Alshon Jeffery Lamar Scruggs D.L. Moore Jason Barnes Tori Gurley Ace Sanders Jarriel King DeMario Bennett Kyle Nunn

6-4 233 SO-1L St. Matthews, S.C. 6-3 227 FR-RS Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

6-5 230 SO-1L Rock Hill, S.C. Offense 5-7 166 FR-HS Bradenton, Fla. 6-2 6-4 6-3 6-4 6-4 6-5 5-7 6-5 6-2 6-5

174 233 227 211 211 230 166 324 174 304

FR-RS SO-1L FR-RS SO-1L JR-2L SO-1L FR-HS SR-2L FR-RS JR-2L

Douglas, Ga. St. Matthews, S.C. Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Bowling Green, Ky. Charlotte, N.C. Rock Hill, S.C. Bradenton, Fla. North Charleston, S.C. Douglas, Ga. Sumter, S.C.

WR LG

82 D.L. Moore 77 Garrett Chisolm 4 Jason Barnes 73 Rokevious Watkins

6-4 6-6 6-4 6-4

211 303 211 325

SO-1L SR-1L JR-2L JR-SQ

Bowling Green, Ky. Charleston, S.C. Charlotte, N.C. Fairburn, Ga.

LT C

76 Jarriel King 55 T.J. Johnson 68 Kyle Nunn 67 Ronald Patrick

6-5 6-4 6-5 6-1

324 302 304 292

SR-2L SO-1L JR-2L FR-HS

North Charleston, S.C. Aynor, S.C. Sumter, S.C. Cocoa, Fla.

LG RG

77 Garrett Chisolm 73 Rokevious Watkins 73 Rokevious Watkins 60 Terrence Campbell

6-6 6-4 6-4 6-3

303 325 325 305

SR-1L JR-SQ JR-SQ JR-1L

Charleston, S.C. Fairburn, Ga. Fairburn, Ga. Austell, Ga.

CRT

55 T.J. Johnson 66 Ronald Hutch Eckerson 67 Patrick 68 Kyle Nunn

6-4 302 SO-1L Aynor, S.C. 6-4 292 281 FR-HS SR-3L Cocoa, Lumberton, 6-1 Fla. N.C. 6-5 304 JR-2L Sumter, S.C.

RG TE

73 47 60 87 89 66 68 5 14 47 87 10 89 47

6-4 325 6-1 243 6-3 305 6-3 268 6-4 239 6-4 281 6-5 304 6-2 227 6-0 202 6-1 243 6-3 268 5-11 229 6-4 239 6-1 243

RT QB TE FB

Rokevious Watkins Patrick DiMarco Terrence Campbell Justice Cunningham Mike Triglia Hutch Eckerson Kyle Nunn Stephen Garcia Connor Shaw Patrick DiMarco Justice Cunningham Brian Maddox Mike Triglia Patrick DiMarco

JR-SQ SR-3L JR-1L SO-1L SO-1L SR-3L JR-2L JR-2L FR-HS SR-3L SO-1L SR-3L SO-1L SR-3L

Fairburn, Ga. Altamonte Springs, Fla. Austell, Ga. Pageland, S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Lumberton, N.C. Sumter, S.C. Lutz, Fla. Flowery Branch, Ga. Altamonte Springs, Fla. Pageland, S.C. Anderson, S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Altamonte Springs, Fla.

98 92

Devin Taylor Byron McKnight

DT

42 52

Travian Robertson Aldrick Fordham

DE DT

98 91 92 94 70 42 52 83 6 91 90 94 70 41 45 83 6 44 90 24

Devin Taylor Ladi Ajiboye Byron McKnight Kenny Davis Byron Jerideau Travian Robertson Aldrick Fordham Cliff Matthews Melvin Ingram Ladi Ajiboye Chaz Sutton Kenny Davis Byron Jerideau Josh Dickerson Rodney Paulk Cliff Matthews Melvin Ingram Tony Straughter Chaz Sutton Quin Smith

DT DE DT MLB DE WLB

6-7 249 SO-1L Beaufort, S.C. 6-5 235 JR-2L Laurinburg,10/17/10 N.C.

6-4 293 JR-2L Laurinburg, N.C. Defense 6-4 263 SO-1L Jamesown, S.C. 6-7 6-1 6-5 6-3 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-4 6-3 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-0

249 290 235 303 339 293 263 268 264 290 244 303 339 225 225 268 264 201 244 233

SO-1L Beaufort, S.C. SR-3L Riverdale, Ga. JR-2L Laurinburg, N.C. SO-SQ Newberry, S.C. –OR– SO-JC Green Pond, S.C. JR-2L Laurinburg, N.C. SO-1L Jamesown, S.C. SR-3L Cheraw, S.C. JR-2L Hamlet, N.C. SR-3L Riverdale, Ga. FR-RS Savannah, Ga. SO-SQ Newberry, S.C. –OR– SO-JC Green Pond, S.C. SR-1L Kingsland, Ga. JR-2L Columbia, S.C. SR-3L Cheraw, S.C. JR-2L Hamlet, N.C. SR-1L Madison, Fla. FR-RS Savannah, Ga. SO-1L Lenoir, N.C.

MLB SPUR

41 Josh Dickerson 26 Antonio Allen 45 Rodney Paulk 33 Damario Jeffery

6-1 6-2 6-0 6-3

225 205 225 220

SR-1L JR-1L JR-2L SO-1L

Kingsland, Ga. Ocala, Fla. Columbia, S.C. Columbia, S.C.

WLB CB

44 Tony Straughter 5 Stephon Gilmore 24 Quin Smith 3 Akeem Auguste

6-0 201 6-1 189 6-0 233 5-10 191

SR-1L SO-1L SO-1L JR-2L

Madison, Fla. Rock Hill, S.C. Lenoir, N.C. Hollywood, Fla.

SPUR FS

26 Antonio Allen 36 D.J. Swearinger 33 Damario Jeffery 3 Akeem Auguste

6-2 205 5-11 201 6-3 220 5-10 191

JR-1L SO-1L SO-1L JR-2L

Ocala, Fla. Greenwood, S.C. Columbia, S.C. Hollywood, Fla.

CB SS

5 Stephon Gilmore 21 DeVonte Holloman 3 Akeem Auguste 36 D.J. Swearinger

6-1 189 SO-1L Rock Hill, S.C. 6-2 228 SO-1L Charlotte, N.C. 5-10 191 JR-2L Hollywood, Fla. 5-11 201 SO-1L Greenwood, S.C.

FS CB

36 D.J. Swearinger 17 Chris Culliver 3 Akeem Auguste 12 C.C. Whitlock

5-11 201 6-1 201 5-10 191 5-10 178

SO-1L SR-3L JR-2L JR-2L

Greenwood, S.C. Garner, N.C. Hollywood, Fla. Chester, S.C.

QB TB

5 Stephen Garcia 21 Marcus Lattimore 14 Connor Shaw 31 Kenny Miles

6-2 227 JR-2L Lutz, Fla. 6-0 218 FR-HS Duncan, S.C. –OR– 6-0 202 FR-HS Flowery Branch, Ga. 5-10 192 SO-1L Lawrenceville, Ga.

SS

21 36

DeVonte Holloman D.J. Swearinger

6-2 228 SO-1L Charlotte, N.C. 5-11 201 SO-1L Greenwood, S.C.

FB

10 47

Brian Maddox Patrick DiMarco

5-11 229 SR-3L Anderson, S.C. 6-1 243 SR-3L Altamonte Springs, Fla.

CB

17 12

Chris Culliver C.C. Whitlock

6-1 201 SR-3L Garner, N.C. 5-10 178 JR-2L Chester, S.C.

TB

21 31

Marcus Lattimore Kenny Miles

6-0 218 FR-HS Duncan, S.C. –OR– 5-10 192 SO-1L Lawrenceville, Ga.

KO

18 46

Jay Wooten 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C. –OR– Joey Scribner-Howard 6-1 207 JR-SQ Irmo, S.C.

PK

17 36 22

Chris Culliver D.J. Swearinger Bryce Sherman

6-1 201 SR-3L Garner, N.C. –OR– 5-11 201 SO-1L Greenwood, S.C. –OR– 5-4 155 SO-1L Winston-Salem, N.C.

34 18

Spencer Lanning Jay Wooten

KO P

18 Jay Wooten 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C. –OR– 34 Spencer Lanning 5-11 192 SR-2L Rock Hill, S.C. 46 Joey Scribner-Howard 6-1 207 JR-SQ Irmo, S.C. 18 Jay Wooten 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C.

PK

34 18

Spencer Lanning Jay Wooten

5-11 192 SR-2L Rock Hill, S.C. 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C.

P

34 18

Spencer Lanning Jay Wooten

5-11 192 SR-2L Rock Hill, S.C. 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C.

Specialists KR

5-11 192 SR-2L Rock Hill, S.C. 6-3 198 JR-SQ Laurinburg, N.C.

Specialists PR

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5 Stephon Gilmore 3 Akeem Auguste 17 Chris Culliver 36 D.J. Swearinger 59 Charles Turner 22 Bryce Sherman 51 Walker Inabinet

6-1 189 5-10 191 6-1 201 5-11 201 6-4 250 5-4 155 5-9 194

SO-1L Rock Hill, S.C. JR-2L Hollywood, Fla. SR-3L Garner, N.C. –OR– SO-1L Greenwood, S.C. –OR– SR-3L Roebuck, S.C. SO-1L Winston-Salem, N.C. SO-SQ Columbia, S.C.

PR H

5 Stephon Gilmore 11 Seth Strickland 3 Akeem Auguste 9 Ace Sanders

6-1 6-2 5-10 5-7

SO-1L Rock Hill, S.C. SO-SQ Laurens, S.C. JR-2L Hollywood, Fla. FR-HS Bradenton, Fla.

DS

59 51

Charles Turner Walker Inabinet

6-4 250 SR-3L Roebuck, S.C. 5-9 194 SO-SQ Columbia, S.C.

H

11

Seth Strickland

6-2 191 SO-SQ Laurens, S.C.

KR DS

189 191 191 166

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STATS South Carolina Overall team Statistics (as of Oct. 16, 2010) Team Statistics

SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-Yards PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards INT RETURNS: #-Yards KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-Yards Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards Average Per Punt Net punt average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3RD-DOWN Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN Conversions 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-Yards MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games

SC 123 30.8 88 40 42 6 674 769 95 155 4.3 168.5 9 887 68-101-5 8.8 13.0 221.8 6 1561 256 6.1 390.2 17-320 3-24 3-83 18.8 8.0 27.7 4-3 20-136 34.0 13-609 46.8 38.4 31:37 26/47 55% 0/0 0% 12-69 0 16 4-5 0-0 (15-16) 94% (13-16) 81% (15-16) 94% 225093 3/75031

Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th South Carolina 70 58 34 24 Opponents 16 32 29 48

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73 18.2 76 31 44 1 513 602 89 137 3.7 128.2 3 961 87-131-3 7.3 11.0 240.2 4 1474 268 5.5 368.5 21-411 7-70 5-26 19.6 10.0 5.2 7-4 20-147 36.8 16-647 40.4 38.9 28:23 23/55 42% 1/4 25% 12-65 0 8 6-8 1-1 (10-16) 63% (4-16) 25% (7-7) 100% 87237 1/87237 0/0

Total 186 125

South Carolina Overall defensive Statistics (as of Oct. 16, 2010) | Tackles | Sacks | Pass defense | Fumbles | blkd ## Defensive Leaders gp ua a tot tfl/yds no-yds int-yds bu pd qbh rcv-yds ff kick saf 2D D. Holloman 5A Stephon Gilmore 36 D.J. Swearinger 41 Josh Dickerson 17 Chris Culliver 3A Akeem Auguste 98 Devin Taylor 42 T. Robertson 83 Cliff Matthews 24 Quin Smith 45 Rodney Paulk 33 Damario Jeffery 91 Ladi Ajiboye 26 Antonio Allen 6 Melvin Ingram 44 Tony Straughter 12 C.C. Whitlock 52 Aldrick Fordham 16 Shaq Wilson 7 Corey Addison 23 Brandan Davis 29 Chaun Gresham 90 Chaz Sutton 49 Blake Baxley 59 Charles Turner 35 Jimmy Legree 94 Kenny Davis 4D Dalton Wilson 4J Jacob Baker 70 Byron Jerideau 87 J. Cunningham 89 Mike Triglia 92 Byron McKnight 5B Billy Byrne 25 Alonzo Winfield 20 Cedrick Snead TM TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

6 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 6 6 6 6 1 6 6 6 3 6 6 3 4 5 3 2 6 6 3 1 4 4 3 6 6

32 33 24 15 23 15 15 12 13 9 11 12 4 11 11 8 10 4 3 6 3 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 . 1 . 1 1 1 . . 1 297 238

8 4 4 13 5 9 9 7 5 8 6 5 12 5 4 5 3 3 4 1 3 . 1 1 . . . . 2 . 1 . . . 1 1 . 1 30 1 52

40 37 28 28 28 24 24 19 18 17 17 17 16 16 15 13 13 7 7 7 6 5 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 427 390

2.0-2 . 5.0-13 2.0-9 1.0-1 . 2.5-6 . 1.5-8 1.0-7 1.0-6 . 7.0-35 4.5-29 6.0-24 3.0-19 3.0-8 1.5-5 0.5-1 . 3.0-9 2.5-8 . . 1.0-1 . 2.0-12 1.0-9 5.5-34 4.5-31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.0-15 1.0-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.0-4 1.0-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-179 22-136 34-119 14-79

1-0 2 3 1-80 2 3 . . . . . . . 1 1 . 1 1 . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 1-3 1 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-83 13 16 8-26 9 17

. . 1 1 . . 7 . 3 . 1 1 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 22

. 1-13 . . . . . 1-0 . . . . . . . 1-52 . . 2-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-65 5-0

1 . 1 . 1 . . 1 . . . 1 . 1 . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 4

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South Carolina Overall Individual Statistics (as of Oct. 16, 2010) Rushing M. Lattimore Brian Maddox Stephen Garcia Connor Shaw Ace Sanders Kenny Miles Stephon Gilmore Jarvis Giles TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

gp att gain loss net avg td 6 122 554 16 538 4.4 10 6 16 91 6 85 5.3 1 6 45 167 84 83 1.8 2 4 14 87 13 74 5.3 0 6 4 58 7 51 12.8 0 6 9 39 5 34 3.8 0 6 1 14 0 14 14.0 0 3 2 12 0 12 6.0 0 3 2 0 17 -17 -8.5 0 6 215 1022 148 874 4.1 13 6 199 781 180 601 3.0 3

Passing gp effic Stephen Garcia 6 171.0 Connor Shaw 4 130.0 Andrew Clifford 1 -200.0 Stephon Gilmore 6 0.0 Total.......... 6 162.6 Opponents...... 6 148.8 Receiving Alshon Jeffery Tori Gurley M. Lattimore Ace Sanders Patrick DiMarco Brian Maddox D.L. Moore Lamar Scruggs Jason Barnes J. Cunningham Kenny Miles DeAngelo Smith Total.......... Opponents......

comp-att-int pct 93-133-5 69.9 12-18-2 66.7 0-1-1 0.0 0-1-0 0.0 105-153-8 68.6 146-208-3 70.2

gp no. yds 6 40 690 6 17 188 6 12 214 6 10 155 6 8 53 6 7 43 6 5 51 5 2 45 6 1 16 6 1 7 6 1 7 2 1 1 6 105 1470 6 146 1625

lg avg/g 30 89.7 17 14.2 22 13.8 24 18.5 53 8.5 11 5.7 14 2.3 8 4.0 0 -5.7 53 145.7 54 100.2

yds td lg avg/g 326 10 69 221.0 1 144 1 21 36.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 1470 11 69 245.0 1625 10 72 270.8

avg td 17.2 5 11.1 2 17.8 2 15.5 0 6.6 0 6.1 0 10.2 2 22.5 0 16.0 0 7.0 0 7.0 0 1.0 0 14.0 11 11.1 10

lg avg/g 69 115.0 25 31.3 48 35.7 42 25.8 17 8.8 23 7.2 16 8.5 39 9.0 16 2.7 7 1.2 7 1.2 1 0.5 69 245.0 72 270.8

Punt Returns Stephon Gilmore Total.......... Opponents......

no. 9 9 11

yds 47 47 93

avg td 5.2 0 5.2 0 8.5 0

lg 19 19 28

Interceptions Stephon Gilmore D. Holloman C.C. Whitlock Total.......... Opponents......

no. 1 1 1 3 8

yds 80 0 3 83 26

avg td 80.0 1 0.0 0 3.0 0 27.7 1 3.2 1

lg 80 0 3 80 17

Kick Returns Chris Culliver Bryce Sherman D.J. Swearinger Dalton Wilson Total.......... Opponents......

no. 12 9 3 2 26 33

yds 261 201 62 23 547 705

avg td 21.8 0 22.3 0 20.7 0 11.5 0 21.0 0 21.4 0

lg 37 31 23 12 37 31

Fumble Returns Tony Straughter Stephon Gilmore Total.......... Opponents......

no. 1 1 2 0

yds 52 13 65 0

avg td 52.0 0 13.0 0 32.5 0 0.0 0

lg 52 13 52 0

TOTAL OFFENSE GP Stephen Garcia 6 M. Lattimore 6 Connor Shaw 4 Brian Maddox 6 Ace Sanders 6 Kenny Miles 6 Stephon Gilmore 6 Jarvis Giles 3 TEAM 3 Total.......... 6 Opponents...... 6

Plays 178 122 32 16 4 9 2 2 2 368 407

Rush 83 538 74 85 51 34 14 12 -17 874 601

Pass 1326 0 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 1470 1625

Total 1409 538 218 85 51 34 14 12 -17 2344 2226

Avg/G 234.8 89.7 54.5 14.2 8.5 5.7 2.3 4.0 -5.7 390.7 371.0

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