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South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

The Gamecocks are going to need all their firepower (as it were) if they want any chance of hanging with Trevor Knight and friends. Samuel's being will aid that cause. Due to lingering hamstring issues, the 6-foot, 202-pounder has managed to play in just two games this season. In that space, he has caught four passes for 66 yards. Samuel is still looking for his first receiving touchdown of the 2016 campaign, but does have one eight-yard rushing score to his good name. South Carolina's season-high for points in a contest is 20, against East Carolina. They have been held to 14 or fewer points in each of their other three games. Given the dreadful state of this offense, Samuel does not make for a palatable fantasy target.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 29 - 3:26 PM

South Carolina freshman RB Rico Dowdle (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

"He had a decent day today. We will look at him again tomorrow and Thursday and the walkthrough on Friday," said Muschamp. The real question here is not whether Dowdle will play in Saturday's game against Texas A&M, but whether the 5-foot-11, 211-pound freshman will receive any touches on offense. He is expected to take part in special teams work regardless. ESPN and Rivals both ranked Dowdle as a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 27 - 2:28 PM

South Carolina will start QB Brandon McIlwain against Texas A&M this Saturday.

No change here. In Saturday's loss to Kentucky, McIlwain completed 15-of-30 attempts for 177 yards. He helms a toothless offense, but we agree with the decision to hasten McIlwain's development by keeping him in the lineup. South Carolina HC Will Muschamp should be playing for 2017 or 2018. He doesn't have the talent to do much in 2016.
Sep 26 - 7:44 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) will not play Saturday against Kentucky.

Recent reports indicated that Samuel would play, but that turned out not to be the case. Samuel has been dealing with nagging hamstring issues since last month, an injury that also cost him last weekend's win over East Carolina. Samuel has caught four passes for 66 yards in two games.
Sep 24 - 7:50 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Samuel has been dealing with nagging hamstring issues since August and he sat out Saturday's win over East Carolina, but the 6-foot, 202-pounder should be able to suit up against the Wildcats on Saturday. In two games this season, Samuel has caught four passes for 66 yards. He offers little fantasy upside.
Sep 23 - 2:25 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Ortre Smith.

ESPN's Tom Luginbill notes that the 6-foot-4, 217-pound Smith "makes a ton of plays when contested or elevated knowing how to use his size/length and strength to his advantage." The analyst sees this as a clutch commitment for the offense-starved Gamecocks and compares Smith to former South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffrey in his ability to threaten defenses even without necessarily possessing blow-you-away speed. The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, native ranks as the No. 232 overall prospect for 2017 by ESPN 300's grades.
Sep 22 - 2:54 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior QB Perry Orth started against Vanderbilt on Thursday.

Will Muschamp didn't announce the news, keeping Vandy guessing until kickoff. Despite the nod, Orth hasn't won the competition for the starting quarterback spot just yet. True freshman Brandon McIlwain is expected to take snaps on Thursday, and Jake Bentley remains in the picture until Muschamp announces otherwise. Orth threw for 1,929 yards with a 12/9 TD/INT ratio last year.
Sep 1 - 8:04 PM

South Carolina has beaten Vanderbilt 11 consecutive times.

Plenty of fun stats to throw around courtesy of ESPN's Edward Aschoff. The Gamecocks have not only beaten Vanderbilt in 11 straight showdowns, they have done so in 14 of the last 16. Overall, they hold a 21-4 record. Of any FBS team that it has faced at least 25 times, South Carolina's .840 winning-percentage against Vandy is its best. The Commodores have scored more than 17 points just five times in the series history. Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason and crew will have a chance to turn history on its head when they kick off against South Carolina at 8:00 PM EST Thursday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman WR Christian Owens will transfer.

No word as to why Owens has decided to leave the program, nor where he might eventually land as he looks to continue his collegiate career. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound wideout was a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle by ESPN's grades. Consider this a minor depth blow and little more. South Carolina will begin its quest to rebound from last year's lost campaign when it kicks off against Vanderbilt on Thursday.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 29 - 4:01 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp indicated that he has decided upon a starting quarterback for the season-opener against Vanderbilt.

"I’ve got a very good idea of where we are headed with this and excited about where we are as much as anything as we move forward," Muschamp said. He noted that he does not want to give Vanderbilt defensive wizard/head coach Derek Mason a chance to lock in his game plan by announcing early. "Maybe the night before the game or something like that," he explained. "Sometimes, when you don’t know, it’s good. You’ve just gotta go out and play." Muschamp expressed confidence in all three of his valiant competitors. That trio consists of freshmen gunslingers Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley, plus senior Perry Orth.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 27 - 8:41 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 ATH Jamyest Williams.

Williams committed to South Carolina in a televised pregame ceremony at IMG Academy on Saturday. The Gamecocks were generally considered to be the favorites to land the 5-foot-9, 172-pounder's pledge, with 247Sports' Crystal Ball predicting just such an outcome. And so it has come to pass. On the field, he has been utilized as both a running back and a secondary piece, but he is likely to land on the defensive side of the ball once he officially joins the Gamecocks this winter. Williams ranks as Rivals' No. 148 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Aug 27 - 3:10 PM

South Carolina reported 23 violations of NCAA or SEC rules in the past year.

Of those infractions, nine involved the football team, six of them occurring since Will Muschamp was named head coach. Only one of the infractions was classified higher than a minor Level III. Some of them were pretty ticky-tack, like former HC Steve Spurrier telling the media that the daughter of a former NFL player was visiting campus or a quality control coordinator using a headset while in the press box to talk with the coaches on the field. If the NCAA penalizes the Gamecocks, it shouldn't be much more than a slap on the wrist.
Aug 23 - 5:24 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT M.J. Webb.

Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss were all hoping to nab Webb's commitment, but he spurned that pool of SEC squads to hook up with HC Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks. "Coach Muschamp said he looks at me as a Jonathan Bullard type," said the 6-foot-3, 272-pounder. "I'm a hybrid player and I can play end or tackle. It really doesn't matter to me." It was a nice little recruiting week for South Carolina, as in addition to Webb's pledge, they earlier earned a commitment from four-star S Hamsah Nasirildeen.
Source: Rivals
Aug 21 - 1:15 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 ATH Hamsah Nasirildeen.

South Carolina set their hooks early, here, as they were the first Power 5 program to offer Nasirildeen. That came last winter and he has since been on campus several times, the most recent of which was on Tuesday (shortly before he made the commitment itself). The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder was also being pursued by the likes of Alabama, Florida State and Florida. 247Sports' composite sees him home at No. 139 overall for 2017, making him the highest-ranked prospect to commit to South Carolina in HC Will Muschamp's first full recruiting cycle.
Aug 16 - 3:32 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that redshirt freshman RB A.J. Turner, "has distanced himself to be our best back right now."

"I view everyday as putting distance between myself and the other running backs," Turner said, echoing Muschamp. "Every day is a day to compete and a day to get better." The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder indicated that one of his primary focuses during August practice has been to hone his blocking game. "They said I have to improve on that, so I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to stay after practice and do some extra work," Turner said. South Carolina kicks off against Vanderbilt on September 1. Redshirt junior RB David Williams stands as the biggest threat to Turner's ascension to a starting role, but even with his edge in experience, he looks to be falling into the rearview mirror here just a bit.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 11 - 2:34 PM


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