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South Carolina junior TE Hayden Hurst announced that he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp had already said in mid-November that Hurst would be declaring for the draft, with the 6-foot-5, 253-pounder officially tossing his hat into the ring on Thursday. He was just named first-team All-SEC. Hurst initially joined South Carolina as a walk-on after struggling through two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system after he was drafted out of high school in 2012. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that the big tight end is "not a blazer but has enough speed to stretch the seam and possesses the size and strength to be a blocking asset at the next level." Pauline currently grades him as a fifth- or sixth-rounder.
Source: The State
Dec 7 - 3:24 PM

South Carolina fired OC Kurt Roper.

HC Will Muschamp won't name Roper's permanent replacement until after the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 against Michigan. Against the Wolverines, co-OC Bryan McClendon will call offensive plays for the Gamecocks. Roper had been a candidate for the Rice HC job that eventually went to Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. South Carolina currently ranks No. 107 in total offense.
Source: ESPN
Dec 6 - 12:59 PM

South Carolina sophomore WR Bryan Edwards caught eight passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in a 31-10 victory on Saturday over Wofford.

The eight catches for the sophomore wide receiver are a season high, and the 90 yards are his second-highest total of the season. His touchdown came on a 23-yard strike from Jake Bentley to give the Gamecocks a 14-3 lead with just under a minute left in the first half. Edwards (6-3/215) has now scored in two of the last three games, and will look to make it three of four against Clemson next week.
Nov 19 - 12:25 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore RB A.J. Turner carried 11 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-10 win against Wofford.

Turned posted a season-high 136 rushing yards last week against Florida but he was held out of the end zone. He re-discovered the end zone in this one, and he now has three touchdowns over his past five outings while running for 4.0 yards or more per carry in each of his past six contests. He'll have a big test next week in Saturday's rivalry game at home against Clemson.
Nov 18 - 8:33 PM

South Carolina sophomore QB Jake Bentley completed 22-of-28 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown while also running for a pair of scores Saturday in a 31-10 victory against Wofford.

Wofford entered this game against South Carolina with a 9-1 record, so they're not quite the cupcake many people think. Bentley and the Gamecocks offense did a good job against a solid defense. He has rushed for at least two scores in three of his past four outings. Bentley will have a much tougher test next Saturday night when the defending national champion Clemson Tigers invade Williams-Brice Stadium.
Nov 18 - 8:22 PM

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp announced that junior TE Hayden Hurst will bypass his senior season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

This isn't a surprise, as Hurst is old for a prospect. He'll turn 25 prior to next season after spending a few years as a minor league baseball player. In 2012, coming out of high school, Hurst was picked in Round 17 by the Pittsburgh Pirates -- he turned down a scholarship to Florida State to turn pro. That didn't work out, and he eventually walked on at South Carolina. Hurst (6'5/253) is considered solid in every element of the game, but perhaps not elite in any. He figures to be a mid-round pick. Hurst has 35 receptions for 480 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
Nov 14 - 1:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Hayden Hurst among his risers for Week 11 for his performance against Florida.

Pauline mentions that Hurst (6'5/253) has been "steady" in 2017, which is a pretty apt description for both his performances and build. "Hurst is not a blazer but has enough speed to stretch the seam and possesses the size and strength to be a blocking asset at the next level." The tight end position has ended up becoming better than anticipated with some lower-level prospects, but a team looking for a high-floor player would do well to select Hurst.
Nov 13 - 8:30 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore RB Mon Denson rushed 13 times for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's win against Florida.

Denson saw his most extensive action to date, and he scored his first two touchdowns as a collegian to give him confidence going forward. He averaged 4.7 yards per game against a pretty strong defense, and he'll look to carry that momentum over into next week's out of conference battle against Wofford.
Nov 11 - 5:07 PM

South Carolina sophomore QB Jake Bentley completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 249 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's game against Florida.

Bentley's passing day was a disaster, but he salvaged the stat line with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Gamecocks scored a total of four TDs on the ground in the victory, with sophomore RB Mon Denson accounting for the other two. Bentley has tossed two touchdowns while being intercepted five times over his past four outings, but he has run for four touchdowns. The team is also 4-1 over his past five starts, so he's doing something right as the leader.
Nov 11 - 5:02 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore RB A.J. Turner carried 22 times for 136 yards in Saturday's 28-20 victory against Florida.

Turner's success was on the ground was instrumental in the win for the Gamecocks. He was the big yardage guy, while sophomore RB Mon Denson and QB Jake Bentley added two rushing touchdowns each. Turner is really rounding into form down the stretch and he looks like a future star. Over his past four games the sophomore is averaging 6.4 yards per tote.
Nov 11 - 4:59 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior WR Deebo Samuel announced he will return to school for the 2018 season rather than entering the NFL draft.

"GAMECOCKS COUNTRY we got one more ride and it’s going to be one to remember," Samuel wrote. "I love you all. I’ll be back 2018 to give you the summary!!" The announcement followed Will Muschamp stating Samuel would miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his fibula during the third game of the season. There had been some optimism that Samuel could return for the bowl game. Injuries have limited Samuel to playing in just 18 games over three seasons. The previous ailment was a recurring hamstring injury.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 6 - 9:33 AM

South Carolina junior TE Hayden Hurst caught seven passes for 93 yards in Saturday's 24-10 loss to Georgia.

Fine work from Hurst, here, but the Gamecocks' offense was largely locked down by Georgia's ferocious defense. His 93 yards receiving on Saturday stand as his best output of the season. The 6-foot-5, 253-pounder has largely been a stranger to the end zone this year, having caught just two touchdown passes in nine games.
Nov 4 - 8:42 PM

South Carolina has turned their rushing game around in the last three weeks, averaging 183 yards compared to 54 yards or less in the opening five games.

Georgia's defense is a different animal, holding opponents to just 12 points per game. The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs face South Carolina running back A.J. Turner at his peak performance, rushing for 86 and 121 yards in the last two games with a score in each.
Nov 4 - 10:55 AM

South Carolina three-star 2018 T Wyatt Campbell is undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Campbell (6'6/285) said that he has been dealing with the meniscus tear for the past three weeks before the pain finally become too much for the Elgin, South Carolina, native to handle. Assuming a normal recovery, he should be healed up by August camp next year, if not a little sooner. Rivals ranks Campbell as the No. 19 tackle prospect in the state.
Source: SEC Country
Nov 1 - 10:59 PM

South Carolina sophomore QB Jake Bentley completed 19-of-29 passes for 174 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 47 yards and two scores in a 34-27 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Bentley had some struggles with accuracy in this one, but he was able to do just enough as a passer, and more than enough on the ground. He tied the game with a 19-yard scamper in the first at 7-7, and his 11-yard scramble gave the Gamecocks a 31-20 lead. His passing score was a 36-yard dart to go-to receiver Shi Smith. Bentley has his toughest test of the 2017 season next week against Georgia.
Oct 28 - 8:20 PM


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