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CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme."

"Cann is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme. He lumbers rather than springs off the snap and struggles to beat secondary defenders to the action," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 314 pound Cann has been a mainstay for South Carolina at left guard, as he has started 38 of 39 games, since redshirting back in 2010.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:24 PM

Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson's "combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Robinson isn't a future Pro Bowl left tackle but his combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL, where he could compete for a starting spot (likely at right tackle) early in pro career," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-8, 341 pound Robinson is "surprisingly coordinated" with his massive frame and "extends his left leg deep behind him to help protect the edge, making him more effective against speed rushers," Rang notes. Robinson will have to improve his technique to be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL."

"Davis sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL. When presented with a hole, Davis accelerates through it quickly and has enough straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks, with four of his touchdowns last season coming from 45-plus yards," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement and reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. The Gamecocks prospect ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, rushing for 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns, which is the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:08 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis is questionable for the team's season opener against Texas A&M.

The running back is dealing with a rib injury, but it does not appear to be serious. "Mike Davis has been hurt; he hasn't practiced all week," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "I don't know if he'd even be able to start or not." Rotoworld contributor Cian Fahey recently detailed Davis' game and believes he "will be at his best running behind zone-blocking schemes that let him focus on making one cut before accelerating into space." Davis missed one game last season due to injury.
Aug 21 - 9:47 AM

NFL.com ranks South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis as the No. 19 overall player in college football.

"He reminds me of former Florida Gators star Fred Taylor with his all-around combination of speed and power," staff writer Chase Goodbread said. Davis is overshadowed by Georgia's Todd Gurley when experts discuss SEC running backs, but he shouldn't be forgotten. "He's coming off a monster season and he should be even better in 2014. He has outstanding vision, balance and toughness," Daniel Jeremiah said. The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement and reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "With his speed, he can break a big run off, but he's also stout enough to pound it between the tackles 20 times a game," Bryan Fischer said. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects Davis to declare for the NFL Draft after this season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 3:54 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl "can't stop watching" South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann.

"Strong inline power with natural flexibility in lower half," Weidl wrote. "Big big fan." Cann strongly considered turning pro over the winter, requesting feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. He decided to return to school for his final season of eligibility and was named to Phil Steele's and Athlon's preseason first-team All-America and first-team All-SEC squads. NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 2 senior OG in the country.
Aug 7 - 8:14 PM

After South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier suggested a position switch, redshirt sophomore QB Brendan Nosovitch is considering a transfer.

Nosovitch is "weighing his options," per Spurrier and did not participate in Thursday's practice. Nosovitch was once a high profiled quarterback recruit but is listed as fourth on the depth chart. Apparently he has impressed as a tight end and Spurrier has called him an "athlete," but that position is also deep for the Gamecocks.
Source: The State
Aug 7 - 10:31 AM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis said "helping my family" is his primary consideration when considering jumping to the pros.

"I haven't given it any thought. It's always about helping my family," Davis said when asked if he'll leave college early for the NFL next year. His coach, Steve Spurrier, expects Davis to declare for the NFL draft after this coming season. "Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro," Spurrier said last month. "And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs."
Aug 3 - 9:10 PM

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects junior RB Mike Davis to declare for the NFL draft after this coming season.

So long as there isn't an injury or dropoff in production, his coach expects 2014 to mark Davis' last fall in Columbia. "Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro," Spurrier said. "And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs." Davis reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL," USC RB coach Everette Sands said. "Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL." Davis is considered one of the five best draft-eligible RB prospects.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier mentioned the team could incorporate more odd front looks on defense due to their depth and talent at linebacker.

Sophomore weakside linebacker Skai Moore debuted at a high level last season, and he would likely move to the inside in these situations. The Gamecocks were pretty traditional defensively last season, keeping Jadeveon Clowney at his right defensive spot instead of moving him around on a frequent basis.
Jul 16 - 12:41 PM

South Carolina's Dylan Thompson says sophomore OW Pharoh Cooper "can do anything."

Cooper is an exciting chess piece who can pick up chunks of yards out of the backfield or from the slot. He's also a weapon as a returner. "We just want to get him the ball in space, in the slot, wherever," Thompson said. "He caught on quick at receiver and made some big plays (last year). This summer he's been asking questions and giving signals that he wants to get the chemistry down." Cooper was named the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 10:16 PM

South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson believes his on-field experience (more than 200 career passes) will help him in his transition to starting duties.

"It's been a blessing to be able to be in some big games, some big moments. What's valuable is road experience," Thompson said. "I've been fortunate to get Clemson on the road, UCF (on the road) last year. The Missouri (road win) was a big teaching point for me." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced way back in January that Thompson would over for Connor Shaw. The Gamecocks have another beastly schedule with road games at defending SEC champion Auburn, Florida, and a rematch with Clemson in Death Valley.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 8:21 PM

South Carolina senior WR Damiere Byrd reportedly clocked a 4.30 40-yard dash.

"We ran Monday at 7 a.m., and he went 4.30," Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson said Friday. "And it's accurate. Bruce (Ellington) ran 4.44 at our place, and ran 4.45 at the combine, so it's not just some number we're throwing out." We, for one, believe him. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Byrd once ran a 4.26 forty. We're happy to see his wheels have returned intact after the former track star underwent knee surgery that knocked him out of spring practice.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 9:53 PM

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took a jab at Alabama coach Nick Saban's record.

"How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He's won two," Spurrier said. "He's won three nationals, but he's only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don't know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could." Spurrier is almost as famous for throwing brush-back pitches at fellow coaches as he is for winning games. It's good to know that old age isn't mellowing the Old Ball Coach, who is closing in on 70. Alabama and South Carolina makes for a sexy SEC Championship Game in December, and Saban should relish the opportunity to feed Spurrier's rhetoric back to him.
Jun 23 - 9:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that South Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson "has really poor footwork in pass pro."

"South Carolina OT Corey Robinson has really poor footwork in pass pro," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-8, 341 pound Robinson "gets beat on multiple inside counters," according to Jeremiah. Robinson, a former defensive lineman, started all 13 games at left tackle in 2013 after winning the starting job during the middle of the 2012 season. If Robinson can continue to improve his technique moving forward, he could be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Jun 23 - 3:31 PM


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