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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

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

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer after he graduates this summer.

"Connor has the opportunity to graduate from South Carolina this summer and will look to continue his playing career at another university in the fall," coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. Mitch's day as a Gamecock were probably numbered after Muschamp named senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain as co-starters following the spring. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder is eligible to play wherever he goes in 2016 and retains two years of eligibility. "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said. "I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."
Source: SEC Country
May 20 - 8:21 PM

South Carolina DC Travaris Robinson said, "We have to be an opportunistic football team."

"I thought our kids did a really good job of getting the football early in spring. I think they faded a little bit down the stretch. That’s something we have to be good at," Robinson said. He is alluding to the fact that the Gamecock defense did not record a turnover in their spring game. Signs and wonders, though, South Carolina showed vague signs of life in terms of turnovers last season, ranking eighth in the SEC with their twelve interceptions. They did even better recovering fumbles, ranking fifth in the conference with eight. "That’s one of the things we harped on, about being a blue-collar mentality football team," Robinson said. "I think our guys really grasped that in spring as we progressed."
Source: The State
May 19 - 11:01 PM

Former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier indicated that he would not be interested in being CFB commissioner.

"That sounds like a lot of work," Spurrier said, "traveling around the country trying to keep up with Ole Miss and whoever else has been under investigation right now." Hugh Freeze might want to apply an icepack to that burn he just received. While Spurrier does not want a job as the currently fictional college football commissioner -- he addressed all of this at a golf course, so there you go -- he did indicate that he would be in favor of that fictional position existing.
Source: The State
May 19 - 10:14 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang deemed South Carolina senior LB Skai Moore to be the No. 8 senior prospect in the 2017 class.

Rang wouldn't quite go so far as to give Moore the dreaded "undersized" label, but he did note that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder "perhaps lack[s] ideal size." That aside, the analyst wrote, "Moore is athletic, instinctive and possesses a knack for making the game-changing play." Last season, the Gamecock linebacker recorded 110 tackles (6.5 for loss), a pair of sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 12:29 PM

Legendary South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore will coach at Heathwood Hall High School in South Carolina as an offensive assistant.

Lattimore planned to work with the Gamecocks after earning his degree, but the NCAA deemed that impermissible. We expect Lattimore to continue to work his way up to the college coaching ranks. His degree is in public health.
May 9 - 9:23 AM

Falcons signed South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds.

Wilds (6'1/220) was an injury-riddled rotational back for the Gamecocks, compiling 1,844 yards and 13 TDs on 379 career carries (4.87 YPC), also catching 59 passes. He followed up a pedestrian college career with monster pre-draft workouts, blazing 4.54 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 21 bench-press reps. A grinder back with more athleticism than he showed on college tape, Wilds struggles with balance, durability, and consistency, and lacks elusiveness as a stiff, straight-line runner. Despite his impressive Combine, Wilds is an NFL long shot.
May 3 - 9:01 PM

Falcons signed South Carolina DT Gerald Dixon.

Dixon (6'3/327) made 27 starts on the interior line, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two blocked kicks. Purely a two-gap nose tackle, Dixon has a very limited ceiling without any hint of pass-rush ability as purely a one-dimensional run stuffer. Dixon's point-holding ability will earn him a place in the NFL, but his upside is basically Kyle Love.
May 2 - 3:03 PM

Giants selected South Carolina State TE Jerell Adams with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Adams (6'5/247) made 15 starts for the Gamecocks, tallying 977 yards and seven TDs on 66 catches (14.80 YPR). An above-average athlete, Adams ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Adams mainly played slot receiver at South Carolina, only sprinkling into select packages as an in-line tight end. He did make late-career strides as a blocker, shining there at the Senior Bowl. Adams is old for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 later this year -- but he offers starter-quality length (34-inch arms) and movement skills, and is a weapon down the seam. He has a chance to be a value pick for New York.
Apr 30 - 4:08 PM


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