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An NFC scout said South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann is "not far behind" Round 1 interior offensive lineman from the last two drafts.

"South Carolina has a really good guard," said the scout. "A.J. Cann isn't at the same level as the first-round interior guys from the last two drafts, but he's not far behind. He's very battle-tested as a four-year starter in the SEC, and he'll be ready to start Day 1 in the NFL." The scout is referring to an elite group that includes Jonathan Cooper, Chance Warmack, Kyle Long and Zack Martin. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last week.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 7:11 PM

South Carolina senior TE Rory Anderson had a "breakout performance" that "could put him on the NFL's radar" in Saturday's victory over Georgia, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

According to the analyst, Anderson was free to attack the seam with the Bulldogs stacking the box to combat star RB Mike Davis and pressure unproven QB Dylan Thompson. Anderson had a career-high five catches for 67 yards. "The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Anderson showed impressive body control and hand-eye coordination to leap over Bulldogs senior insider linebacker Amarlo Herrera (who had good coverage) to make the clutch reception," Rang wrote. "The catch was the all more impressive considering that Anderson's right upper arm is heavily wrapped up, indicating that he may still be recovering from the torn triceps he suffered late in the spring." The report added that scouts believe "the broad-shouldered, well-built Anderson" is an "effective blocker, demonstrating a strong initial punch to generate movement, as well as the tenacity to sustain." The 2015 tight end class isn't strong, so Anderson could leap up boards if he continues to play well.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 5:52 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 17 carries for 66 yards in Saturday's win against Georgia.

The Gamecocks, given up for dead after their high-profile blowout loss to Texas A&M in the first game of the season, now have quality wins in the last two weeks (they knocked off small-school darling East Carolina in Week 2). They have also won 20 of 21 at home, so this "upset" win wasn't terribly surprising. In the week leading up to the game, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Davis "isn't too far behind" Georgia's Todd Gurley "in terms of natural talent." Gurley very clearly outplayed Davis today.
Sep 13 - 10:35 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "isn't too far behind" Georgia's Todd Gurley "in terms of natural talent," writes CBS sports' Rob Rang.

The Gamecocks take on Gurley's Bulldogs on Saturday, of course, and Rang writes that USC "will need [Davis'] best if they are to escape this game with a victory." The analyst had this to say about the key Davis-on-UGA-run-defense matchup: "Davis has the compact build, balance and agility to string together chunk plays, making his skill-set an excellent test for Georgia's powerful and athletic front-seven. The Bulldogs held Clemson to just 88 yards on the ground and a two yards-per-carry average two weeks ago."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 8:25 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He has been the rock of the South Carolina offensive front, using his combination of power, athleticism and heady awareness to be effective in pass protection and run blocking," Rang wrote. "Cann uses his wide frame and natural strength to seal off inside run lanes, but also shows the flexibility to get to the second level and initiate contact, although he does have room to improve his angles on the move. Cann doesn't receive a lot of media attention, but every SEC defensive coordinator and NFL scout knows how good he is." The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann has started 40 of 41 career games since redshirting as a true freshman.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 7:47 PM

NFL scouts are not surprised South Carolina is struggling, as they "were miffed at the lack of urgency and intensity during the Gamecocks' preseason workouts," reports NFL.com.

"The lethargy has permeated their play on game days," noted the site's team of draft experts. "While Steve Spurrier made a concerted effort to toughen up practices following the team's blowout loss to Texas A&M, the general consensus from NFL scouts is that Gamecocks are playing catch up after lounging in a country club atmosphere under the Ol' Ball Coach." Those analysts added: "This is certainly not news to NFL executives familiar with Spurrier and his practices during his time with the Washington Redskins. He didn't put his players through the grinder on the practice field; his desire to keep banker's hours prevented him from gaining a significant edge in the film room." Despite the criticism, NFL.com doesn't think Spurrier's "practices are negatively impacting [his players'] chances of playing at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 9:41 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 18 carries for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's win against East Carolina.

Davis was held to 15 yards on six carries in the opener against Texas A&M. Heading into the weekend, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier labeled Davis "sort of doubtful" for this game. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns. It's been a slow start, but Davis appears to be closing in on 100-percent health.
Sep 8 - 2:20 AM

South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "showed why he might be the best interior lineman in college football" in Thursday's game against Texas A&M, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Boasting several highly recruited defensive linemen, the Aggies struggled against the Gamecocks' left guard as he displayed a lethal mix of athleticism and power," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann has started 39 of 40 career games since redshirting as a true freshman. "Cann has a flexible lower body, generating power through his hips, midsection and hands to latch-and-grip with excellent technique," Brugler wrote. "He bursts out of his stance and quickly gets into position, showing instinctive eyes to know what's happening around him while extending his reach to keep space between himself and his target. Cann is a people mover and strong finisher, but he can better improve his momentum on the move to properly win angles and break down in motion. South Carolina's offensive line has been overrated as one of the "best in the country," according to some, but Cann deserves the positive attention he'll receive between now and next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 4:21 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier now believes junior RB Mike Davis will play against ECU.

Spurrier previously stated Davis was "sort of doubtful" for the game, but that has obviously changed. The running back was held in check for the school's season opening loss against Texas A&M and did not start the contest. Davis has been dealing with a rib injury.
Sep 2 - 12:12 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis was held to 15 rushing yards on six carries in the team's 52-28 loss to Texas A&M.

Davis dealt with a rib injury prior to this game, however, he mocked reports that stated he might not be 100 percent. Steve Spurrier seemed to think it was not the correct choice for Davis to play the first snap, as Brandon Wilds ended up getting the start and receiving nine carries compared to Davis' six. Wilds was more effective than Davis as well. Don't get us wrong, we still think Davis will have a great season. He is a very good running back prospect.
Aug 28 - 10:18 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis as the No. 4 running back prospect.

"Davis was one of the toughest runners in college football last season, not wearing down even while dealing with multiple nagging injuries," McShay wrote. "He grades out well in terms of both agility and power -- he doesn't have elite top-end speed, but he shows a second gear and the acceleration to turn the corner, and he's tough to bring down once he has built up momentum. He is light on his feet and makes efficient cuts in the open field, with an effective spin move. He also does well in the passing game with soft hands and quickness in getting upfield after the catch." Davis has dealt with a rib injury in camp, but HC Steve Spurrier recently said he thinks the junior will be 100 percent for the team's season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 3:43 PM

At his Sunday press conference, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said he thinks junior RB Mike Davis will be 100 percent for the team's season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday.

"We have several good running backs," Spurrier started. "...[We also have] Brandon Wilds, Shon Carson and David Williams, David was held out last year, so we have good running backs." Davis recently mocked the talk that he might miss the season opener via social media. Davis is South Carolina's top offensive player and should be the focal point of their gameplan.
Source: KBTX
Aug 25 - 9:23 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl says South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson "needs to show he's ready to be the guy for SC."

"Inconsistent tape last year," the analyst tweeted. "Fortunately will have a strong supporting cast." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced in January that Thompson would take over for Connor Shaw. Thompson threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his two starts, both wins, last season while filling in for an injured Shaw. "The loss of Connor Shaw not only in terms of his play but the absence of his grit and leadership can't be overestimated for SC," Weidl added. The Gamecocks face another rough schedule with road games at defending SEC champion Auburn, Florida, and a rematch with Clemson in Death Valley.
Aug 24 - 10:55 PM

South Carolina senior S Brison Williams is "considered a jack-of-all-trades," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Williams is the veteran of South Carolina's defense and is considered a jack-of-all-trades who can line up either safety position, as well as cornerback," Rang wrote. In two years as a starter, Williams has collected 84 tackles, seven passes broken up and three interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder has already made 24 career starts.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 11:22 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior DT J.T. Surratt is "too short to get into quarterbacks' field of vision to deflect passes and has shorter-than-ideal arms," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Surratt is the only returning starter of an amazing defensive line that last year was led by Jadeveon Clowney. "Surratt possesses a thick, powerful frame that helps him anchor against the run," Rang wrote. "He uses his natural leverage advantage to get under the pads of opponents and he locates the ball quickly. He is strong enough to stand his ground and grab runners attempting to slip past him for tackles near the line of scrimmage. Surratt's plays with a high-revving engine, showing good effort in lateral and downfield pursuit, as well as surprising agility and acceleration for his stubby frame." The fifth-year senior collected 33 tackles, including four for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Though Rang likes his effort, he believes the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Surratt "does not possess ideal length."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 9:23 PM


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