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South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier named redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch the school's starting QB.

Mitch was competing with junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia. Many loved Connor Shaw during his time as South Carolina's starting quarterback, but Steve Spurrier seems to be heading towards a more structured offense and a quarterback who wants to stay in the pocket. The Gamecocks do have one of the top receivers in the country in Pharoh Cooper. South Carolina faces UNC in the season opener on Sept. 3.
Aug 25 - 4:59 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier is reportedly close to announcing the starting QB between redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia.

The Gamecocks "have an idea" who they'll tab, Spurrier said earlier this week, and will announce the quarterback, "in the very near future." It was thought he would make the announcement Saturday, but Spurrier isn't quite ready. "All the quarterbacks did a lot of good things," he said after Saturday's scrimmage. "Shoot, I wished one of them would've outplayed the rest. But if you look at the stats, probably pretty similar." Mitch, a third-year sophomore, is the heavy frontrunner to replace Dylan Thompson. The Gamecocks open Sept. 3 against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Aug 23 - 8:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has revoked a draftable grade on South Carolina redshirt junior S Chaz Elder.

"At one time I graded Chaz Elder as a potential last day pick but his game has fallen off and the big-bodied safety was almost non-existent last season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Elder began last year as a starter but was quickly benched. All in all, he collected 22 tackles as a sophomore.
Aug 16 - 7:06 PM

South Carolina senior TE Jerell Adams might be "the most intriguing prospect" on the team, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

He reports that scouts grades Adams as a middle round value. "Adams offers size, speed (4.6’s) and growth potential," Pauline wrote. "What he lacks is productivity and a body of work. The potential is there for Adams to make a move up draft boards with a big senior season." The analyst grades Adams as a preseason Rd. 7 prospect. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder posted 21 catches for 279 yards and one touchdown last year.
Aug 15 - 10:44 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman WR Deebo Samuel is expected to start opposite Pharoh Cooper

Samuel redshirted his only season with South Carolina but has really impressed in practices. Only two receivers on the roster have caught a pass in actually game action, Cooper and Shamier Jeffery.
Aug 15 - 2:42 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, South Carolina senior TE Jerell Adams has a nice combination of "height and strider's speed."

"Finding a player of Adams' size in the middle rounds would be a great value for an NFL team," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder stepped up big for the Gamecocks after Rory Anderson went down last fall. He posted 21 catches for 279 yards and one touchdown and should be in line for increased usage this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 8 - 12:38 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper a "game-changer."

"He's a 5-foot-11, 208-pound athlete who can line up anywhere and get the ball in different ways," Brown wrote. "He's one of the nation's most dangerous players in space and after the catch." Cooper collected 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns last year, adding 200 yards and two scores on the ground. Brown grades Cooper as the No. 8 receiver and No. 63 overall player in the country.
Aug 4 - 1:15 AM

South Carolina senior DT Gerald Dixon, Jr. "should catch the eyes of scouts for 3-4 teams that are looking for depth up front," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Gerald Dixon, Jr. and his half brother Gerald are the sons of former NFL linebacker Gerald Dixon. Born five months apart to different mothers, both play on the defensive line for the Gamecocks and are NFL prospects. "Junior is a massive nose tackle prospect who can eat blocks and shows better foot quickness than you'd expect for a two-down player," Reuter wrote. "His half brother Gerald (6-2, 282) could be in [the senior] class, but took two medical redshirts to start his career, so scouts might have to wait a year to evaluate him."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 7:24 PM

247Sports reports that South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier told 2017 four-star quarterback recruit Jake Fromm he would "stay at South Carolina six more years" if Fromm committed to the Gamecocks.

Very interesting timing on this news, as Spurrier told reporters last week that "a few recruits chose to believe" reports that his career was on its "descent." The 70-year-old Spurrier boasts a 226-85-2 career record.
Jul 26 - 3:46 PM

In addition to having a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier has a "three [smoking] pots and you’re finished" rule.

"The first positive test for an athlete results in counseling, increased testing and a notification of parents or guardians," explained The State in Columbia. "The second positive test leads to all three of those measures and suspension from 25 percent of athletics competition. The third positive test leads to dismissal." Drug policies vary from school to school. Some have argued the SEC should adopt conference-wide standards.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:04 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper patterns his game after Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers/Kentucky), Percy Harvin (Buffalo Bills/Florida) and Golden Tate (Detroit Lions/Notre Dame).

"They mainly play in the slot, where I play," Cooper said. "Randall is smooth, Percy is really explosive, and Golden Tate, the way he runs after the catch and breaks tackles, he gets a lot of YAC yards." The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Cooper, who posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns and added 200 yards and two scores on the ground last year, said his NFL plans after this season won't be affected by whether coach Steve Spurrier returns or retires. "It won't (matter). It depends on this year right here," Cooper said.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 8:12 PM

South Carolina junior LB Skai Moore expects to drop into coverage more in the school's Tampa 2 scheme.

The inside linebacker in any Tamp 2 scheme is asked to drop deeper than other defenses, splitting the difference between the two safeties in the middle of the field. The school has two defensive coordinators, but Steve Spurrier indicated Jon Hoke will call the plays. Hoke previously worked with the Chicago Bears.
Jul 15 - 10:26 AM

South Carolina redshirt senior OT Brandon Shell "looks like he's suited to play right tackle in the NFL due to average footwork in pass protection, which would prevent him from moving into the late first or early second round," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"But if you want a strong-side tackle who can move the line of scrimmage (he will take smaller defenders 10 yards downfield once locked on) and still reach second-level defenders, then Shell's your man later on the second day (Rounds 2-3) of the draft," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 327-pound nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell has started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 8:16 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper "has become the Gamecocks' primary offensive weapon with his quickness and open-field ability," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Cooper as the No. 8 receiver in the nation. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He also ran 27 times for 200 yards and two scores and served as a punt returner.
Jun 13 - 2:24 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper is the "most versatile player in the SEC" and "can catch it, run it, return it, or even throw it," notes NFL Media.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns) last season, earning First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team honors as an all-purpose back. He even threw two touchdown passes. "He wasn't especially dangerous on punt returns (5.0-yard average), but he's a defensive coordinator's nightmare," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 10:41 PM


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