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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that South Carolina senior T Dennis Daley showed "next level" stuff in 2017.

Pauline gives Daley a fourth-round grade coming into the year. Signed in 2017 as a four-star JUCO player, Daley impressed in his time with the first-team, in Pauline's eyes. "His size, footwork and mobility translate well to the next level," he writes. "If he elevates his game and plays the way most believe Daley is capable of playing he could turn into a second day pick."
Aug 19 - 12:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives South Carolina junior QB Jake Bentley a second-round grade coming into the 2018 season.

Bentley shows the "it" factor to Pauline, and the analyst notes the signal-caller has great command of the South Carolina offense. Pauline does note that Bentley needs to improve his ball placement on passes, but it doesn't appear to be a big concern at this point. Bentley has two years left, but if he does draw second-round consideration, this could be his last season with South Carolina.
Aug 19 - 11:44 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives South Carolina senior WR Deebo Samuel a first-round grade heading into the 2019 season.

Not surprisingly, that grade is the top among Gamecocks' players. Pauline calls Samuel a "game breaking" talent, with the ability to make plays in the return game, and his reliable hands with 6-foot, 202-pound size make him a potential top 32 selection. He also notes that there are injury concerns here -- Samuel broke his leg last season -- so he'll have to have a strong season and check out medically if he is going to be selected in the first round.
Aug 19 - 11:00 AM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Cameron Smith.

Smith is the second four-star corner to commit to the Gamecocks in the past three days, joining DJ Daniel; a JUCO commit from Georgia Military College. Smith comes from the high school ranks, and was considering offers from Georgia Tech, Florida State and Tennessee -- among others -- before the verbal pledge to South Carolina. He ranks 30th on 247 Sports composite rankings among cornerbacks, and the Blythewood native ranks third among prospects in the state of South Carolina.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 19 - 9:15 AM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO CB DJ Daniel.

Daniel will be joining the Gamecocks -- assuming he sticks with the commitment -- from Georgia Military College. He ranks as one of the best junior college corners in the class, coming in third on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 12th overall. He was also considering Georgia, Alabama and several other high-profile schools, and this is a quality get for Will Muschamp and the South Carolina staff.
Source: The State
Aug 17 - 6:32 PM

South Carolina junior WR Chavis Dawkins sprained his ankle on Saturday.

Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp told reporters that Dawkins could be sidelined for up to two weeks by the ankle sprain. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder worked mostly on special teams last season and isn't expected to serve as an integral part of the offense for the coming campaign barring injury attrition elsewhere in the receiving corp.
Aug 13 - 5:03 PM

South Carolina freshman DT Tyreek Johnson will miss the season after tearing his ACL.

Johnson's young career has been defined by injuries. He was set to be part of USC’s 2017 recruiting class, but a shoulder injury prompted a grayshirt, delaying his enrollment. If there's good news, it's that Johnson will still have four years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019. "He’s going to be a really good player for us," Muschamp said. "He had a fantastic spring, but this is just a speedbump for him."
Aug 13 - 12:38 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp confirmed that redshirt senior RB Caleb Kinlaw will miss the season after tearing his ACL.

"Really hurt for Caleb being a senior," Muschamp said. "Planted on his foot and knee gave out. He’s a very good special teams contributor for us." Kinlaw, a former Wisconsin signee, is a fifth-year senior. The team plans on applying for an NCAA waiver which could potentially allow for a sixth year of eligibility.
Aug 13 - 12:27 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp offered an emotional refutation of ESPN's report on the "toxic" environment at Maryland.

ESPN's report released on Friday spun out a disturbing story of player mistreatment and abuse under Terps HC D.J. Durkin, with that story centering around the death of OL Jordan McNair, who passed away from heatstroke during a workout at the end of May. Muschamp -- who coached alongside Durkin at Florida -- did not mince words even in the face of such a serious story, saying, "it’s a lack of journalistic integrity to print things with anonymous sources" and multiple times referring to his personal relationship with Durkin. Said Muschamp, "I know what kind of man he is. I know what kind of person he is." Maryland has already moved to place three training staff members on leave while they look into the allegations being levied against Durkin and staff.
Source: The State
Aug 11 - 2:05 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the team "feel[s] good" about the chances of an eligibility waiver for freshman DT Josh Belk.

"We haven’t gotten any feedback. We’re still going through that process in filing our appeal for Josh," Muschamp said, later explaining that "[h]e’s got a very good case in his situation with his family that he should be eligible." After initially signing with Clemson as a four-star recruit over the winter -- Rivals ranked him as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2018 class -- Belk transferred over to the Gamecocks in early June. We're not privy to the details of the "family situation" that Muschamp cites, but there's clearly optimism within the program that the Richburg, South Carolina, native will receive clearance to play before the close of camp. Whether Belk is even physically ready for the campaign is a real question, as his weight had ballooned up to 359 pounds by the time he arrived on campus. The team is already working to help him cut weight as they prep for the upcoming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 11 - 1:09 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior RB Caleb Kinlaw is expected to miss the upcoming season due to a knee injury.

According to Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp, Kinlaw's knee buckled on him in practice while he was planting his foot to make a move. While the 5-foot-10, 212-pound redshirt senior is now expected to be sidelined for the campaign, his career might still have a little extra life in it. That's because the team plans on applying for an NCAA waiver which would allow him a sixth year of eligibility. While the knee injury is obviously a blow on a personal level for Kinlaw, it figures to have minimal true impact on South Carolina's running backs room this year. He saw just four carries last year. Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and Ty'Son Williams are expected to work as the team's lead backs upcoming.
Aug 11 - 12:15 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 QB Luke Doty.

Doty also was considering North Carolina, and had offers from schools like Auburn, Florida State, Baylor and Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal-caller is ranked sixth in 247 Sports rankings of dual-threat quarterbacks on the 247 Sports composite board, and sixth among players from the state of South Carolina. Jake Bentley will likely be leaving Columbia in 2019, so if Doty lives up to the hype, he could have a chance to compete for the South Carolina job when he enrolls at some point in 2020.
Source: The State
Aug 3 - 6:56 PM

South Carolina junior QB Jake Bentley said that the team's promotion of WR coach Bryan McClendon to offensive coordinator has been "one of the best things to happen to me as far as my college career."

The Gamecocks jettisoned Kurt Roper in favor of a McClendon promotion this winter. He's going to be trying to get SC to push the pace for the coming year, something that Bentley is all-in on. Said the junior signal-caller, "I think it’s allowed me to kinda slow down, slow down my mind and the fact that I’m not overthinking anything. I’m just focused on what I have to do that play because you don’t have time to think about it so much when you are going that fast." While the media picked Georgia as the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East in Friday's preseason poll, you're starting to see a groundswell of interest in the Gamecocks. They were not only picked to finish second in the division, but even received eight first-place votes. Granted, that's in the face of UGA's 271 first-place ballots. For his part, Bentley is looking to improve on a 2017 season in which he threw for 2,794 yards while posting an 18/12 TD/INT ratio. We think he has a big year.
Jul 20 - 12:51 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior DB Javon Charleston remains out on suspension.

Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp was asked about Charleston during SEC Media Days on Thursday. The redshirt junior defensive back was indefinitely suspended by the program near the end of June, after he was arrested and charged with burglary and assault. The 6-foot-1, 186-pounder has recorded relatively little statistical output since walking on at South Carolina and should not be considered an integral part of their plans. He'll probably need to get completely clear of his legal troubles if he's to have any shot at reinstatement.
Jul 19 - 11:34 AM

South Carolina four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Ryan Hilinski completed 76% of his passes at The Opening Finals.

Hilinski (6'3/218) was the most accurate performer in Dallas during the four-day summer camp, nailing 85-of-112 passes. 247Sports' Luke Stampini viewed his as the third-best quarterbacking performance at the event, trailing only the showings of Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler and Auburn's Bo Nix. Hilinski is an interesting prospect, as he's a consistently accurate passer but lacks some mechanical refinement in his throwing motion. Just how much South Carolina tinkers with that motion once he arrives on campus will be something to watch next year. He's been one of the more ascendent recruits this offseason, essentially moving from a known (mostly known due to his late brother) but unheralded prospect to one who is now consistently being mentioned with the best quarterbacks in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 5 - 2:16 PM


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