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South Carolina HC Will Muschamp won't rule out starting freshman QB Jake Bentley.

"I don’t treat Jake any different than I treat every freshman," Muschamp said. "Come in, compete, we’re going to play the best players. If you’re one of the best players at your position, you’ll play. And if you’re the best, you’ll start." Bentley was able to graduate high school a year later in order to move up one class. As such, ESPN had him ranked as the No. 33 overall prospect and the No. 2 pocket passer in the 2017 class. Next month, the 6-foot-4 Bentley will compete with Brandon McIlwain (ESPN’s No. 118 overall prospect in the 2016 class) and the veteran Perry Orth.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 8:04 PM

South Carolina indefinitely suspended sophomore OL Christian Pellage following his being charged with a DUI on Friday.

Pellage has been suspended from all football activities until his legal matter sorts itself out. South Carolina begins preseason camp on August 2, meaning that unless the case draws to a speedy close, he is likely to miss at least the opening of practice. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder will also sit out at least one game during the regular season. "He is going to miss some game time. I am working through all the details with Christian," said HC Will Muschamp. The exact circumstance of Pellage's arrest have not yet come to light.
Source: The State
Jul 14 - 3:33 PM

South Carolina plans on using sophomore QB Lorenzo Nunez at both quarterback and wide receiver in 2016.

"We've worked through [receiver with Nunez] this summer a little bit. He's also going to have his hand in quarterback," said HC Will Muschamp. "He's a good athlete and we need help at receiver. He's working at receiver, but he's also working in the quarterback room as well." The 6-foot-3, 210-pound dual-threat threw for 376 yards (61.5% completions) with a 3/3 TD/INT ratio over eight games as a passer in 2015 -- including two starts. He was also second on the team in rushing with 375 yards (6.4 YPC) and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman QB Brandon McIlwain performed well this spring and currently sits atop the Gamecocks' depth chart at quarterback as we near August camp.
Jul 14 - 12:13 PM

Transferring UNC sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams said that he will utilize the GI Bill in order to skirt transfer restrictions placed on him by the Tar Heels.

Williams is in the process of transferring to South Carolina, but UNC placed one cumbersome hurdle in his way -- they would not allow him to transfer on scholarship to a school they play in the next four years. UNC and USC are set to meet in 2019. And he figured out a sneaky way to circumvent that block. Said the 6-foot, 220-pounder, "I’m going to use the GI Bill to pay for my first year." Williams' mother was recently promoted to the rank of major in the army, allowing her son this flexibility. As it stands, his current plan is to walk-on to South Carolina in 2016, redshirt and then (hopefully) receive a scholarship for 2017.
Jul 5 - 2:29 PM

Former UNC sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams is taking the steps to transfer to South Carolina.

Williams's process is not over, but he has applied and sent over school transcripts, according to Phil Kornblut. The running back said he wants to be closer to home, which is Sumter, South Carolina. We think Elijah Hood's dominance in UNC's backfield had something to do with the decision. If accepted, Williams won't be on scholarship in 2016, but will occupy one in 2017.
Source: The State
Jul 4 - 12:00 PM

In a column he penned for Sports Illustrated's Campus Rush, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp admitted that his offense at Florida failed to meet expectations.

"We did a lot of good things at Florida, had good kids in the locker room," Muschamp noted. "We played strong defense and special teams. We simply had an issue on offense and that comes back on me." He went on to write that one of the secret side benefits of taking the Auburn defensive coordinator gig for 2015 was that it allowed him to watch HC Gus Malzahn's offensive mind at work. Muschamp called him a "heck of an offensive coach" and wrote that "to see the tempo of his scheme was an important experience." Since joining the Gamecocks, he has "[tried] to spend as much time with the offense as [he] can." South Carolina is looking to rebound from a lost 3-9 season.
Source: Campus Rush
Jun 27 - 1:10 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior Ali Groves will not play football for the school after accepting a medical hardship waiver.

Groves will remain on scholarship but will be unable to compete. The former three-star recruit never played a down for the Gamecocks. He underwent shoulder surgery in 2013 and did not crack the rotation in 2014 and 2015. Groves qualified for the academic honor roll each of the last two seasons.
Source: The State
Jun 27 - 10:59 AM

An SEC offensive coach said that South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel "has a chance to have a good future."

"[Samuel is] big and thick, and he has some quickness to him. He's not a slow kid, but he's not a burner," the coach said. Last season, the 6-foot, 202-pound wideout caught 12 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in five games. A hamstring injury hobbled him throughout most of the 2015 campaign. With Pharoh Cooper off to the Los Angeles Rams over the offseason, Samuel should have every opportunity to carve out a niche of his own in 2016. He is expected to start as the Gamecocks look to rebound from an embarrassing 3-9 season (1-7 in the SEC).
Jun 18 - 3:22 PM

Former South Carolina QB Connor Shaw indicated that he would be interested in coaching at his alma mater after he retires from football.

Shaw was signed by the Browns as a UDFA after the 2014 draft and remains on roster, but he is already looking toward his post-playing future. "I’m a coach at heart. I grew up in a coach’s family. I enjoy it and I’m good at instructing kids. It’s a lot of fun," Shaw said. In addition to his duties with the Browns, he has been involved in instructional camps for underprivileged youths. "I have kind of always envisioned that all my life, seeing myself as a coach, but we’ll see. I’d love to end up at my alma mater one day." Shaw's 27 wins as a starting quarterback at South Carolina stand as a school record.
Source: The State
Jun 17 - 3:34 PM

North Carolina sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams will transfer.

Williams isn't without his talents -- Scout.com graded him as a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle -- but his opportunities this coming season were likely going to be limited with Elijah Hood serving as the Tar Heels' clear No. 1 back. Senior T.J. Logan is also in the mix and has the experience edge on Williams, who saw 19 carries for 57 yards as a true freshman. The 6-foot, 220-pounder's immediate transfer destination is unknown.
Jun 16 - 12:31 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Shi Smith committed to South Carolina.

"[South Carolina's] coaches have been on me a lot, keeping in touch with me. They are showing me that they really want me," Smith said. The 6-foot, 175-pounder invoked the name of just-drafted standout WR Pharoh Cooper, saying, "They see me in kind of like the same role as [him], playing inside and outside and doing sweeps and stuff like that." Smith has experience not only receiving, but also as a kick-return man. Rivals ranks him as the No. 51 wideout prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: The State
Jun 11 - 5:03 PM

Tennessee QB Peyton Manning, HC Steve Spurrier and San Diego State RB Marshall Faulk are among 17 first-time candidates up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Others up for first-time election include Cal TE Tony Gonzalez, USC S Troy Polamalu and Arkansas DT Dan Hampton. The actual announcement of those who made the final cut won't be occurring until January 6, 2017. In order to reach eligibility for the Hall of Fame, a player must be named a first-team All-American at least once by one of The Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers of America Association, the Sporting News or the Walter Camp Football Foundation. For coaches like Spurrier, 10 years and at least 100 games coached, plus a .600 winning-percentage are prerequisites
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 12:14 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said, "I'm pulling for [Auburn] to be successful."

"[New DC Kevin Steele] will do a good job and [DL coach Rodney Garner] and [LB coach Travis Williams] and those guys, they’ll do a really good job," Muschamp said. He left the Tigers for South Carolina's head coaching gig in December. Old ties die hard, though. Muschamp even referred to Auburn as "we" rather than "they" at one point, saying that "[w]e just have to get some more linebackers involved. Tre [Williams] and those guys. I think Darrell [Williams] and those guys are certainly capable. I think they’ll be improved, sure." Under Muschamp's watch last season, the Tigers allowed an average of 26 points per game.
Source: SEC Country
May 31 - 5:48 PM

South Carolina senior LB Skai Moore will have surgery to repair a disc in his neck and will miss the 2016 season.

Moore is the star of South Carolina's defense and one of the most talented linebackers in the country. Moore's injury did not heal as the staff and team had hoped, so surgery is the result. The plan is for Moore to redshirt the season and return to the field in 2017 for the Gamecocks, however, Moore flirted with the NFL after last season, so that should be under consideration. There was talk of Moore playing a hybrid safety role for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp's first season.
May 31 - 12:40 PM

Three-star 2017 QB Jay Urich committed to South Carolina.

Urich announced his decision during a ceremony at Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound dual-threat gunslinger explained that his connection with the Gamecock coaching staff played a huge part in his commitment. "I'd say just the coaches, Coach Roper, Coach Muschamp, feeling comfortable with them. They're just an awesome staff that I'm comfortable with." He stands as South Carolina's ninth commitment for the 2017 cycle and their first of the quarterback species.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 12:23 PM


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