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South Carolina freshman RB Rico Dowdle rushed for 30 yards on five carries in Saturday's blowout loss to Clemson.

Dowdle was coming off an immaculate 226-yard, two-touchdown showing against Western Carolina, but Clemson is not Western Carolina and that showed well enough on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 211-pound freshman had been running extremely well prior to hitting the Tiger wall, rushing for a combined 520 yards and four touchdowns over his previous four games.
Nov 26 - 11:28 PM

Pro Football Focus relays that South Carolina freshman QB Jake Bentley's 60.9% adjusted completion percentage on balls traveling 20-plus yards downfield is best among SEC gunslingers.

In five starts this season, Bentley has thrown for 989 yards with a 6/1 TD/INT ratio. All six of those touchdown passes came over the course of his first three starts of the campaign. The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder will face his toughest test of the season come Saturday's showdown with Clemson.
Nov 22 - 4:53 PM

South Carolina freshman RB Rico Dowdle piled it on in Saturday's win over Western Carolina, rushing for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

Both of Dowdle's touchdown runs came in the first quarter. He scored from 43 yards out with 13:10 remaining in the quarter, on a play that was blocked so well that even our Rotoworld staff could probably have run through it for at least five yards before being destroyed. Dowdle, proving to be slightly faster than most writers, cruised to the end zone without being touched. He would score his second touchdown just about three minutes later, punching it in from one yard out. Saturday's opponent was obviously not up to SEC (or FBS par), but the 5-foot-11, 211-pound Dowdle has been brilliant against most comers of late while seeing an increased role. He has now rushed for at least 125 yards in three of his last four games. Sledding might be slightly more difficult next Saturday, though, as the Gamecocks finish out the regular-season campaign against Clemson.
Nov 20 - 11:44 AM

Former South Carolina star RB Marcus Lattimore will be named Heathwood Hall High School's head coach on Monday.

Lattimore joined the staff last spring after earning his degree. Initially he planned to join South Carolina's staff, but the NCAA somehow shut that down. The previous head coach when 3-15 over the last two seasons.
Nov 14 - 11:25 AM

South Carolina freshman QB Jake Bentley completed 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-21 win over Missouri.

Bentley wasn't exactly Pat Mahomes on Saturday, but he did a respectable, efficient job in helping to lead the Gamecocks to their third consecutive victory. Credit to the South Carolina coaching staff for their game plans and to the 6-foot-4, 212-pound freshman for his decision-making -- in three starts, Bentley holds a very encouraging 6/0 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 5 - 10:46 PM

South Carolina freshman RB Rico Dowdle rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 31-21 win over Missouri.

With regular starter A.J. Turner limited due to a potential knee injury, Dowdle stepped up to lead the Gamecocks in rushing. After Missouri tied the contest at 21-21 in the third quarter, the 5-foot-11, 211-pound true freshman punched back with a go-ahead 20-yard touchdown run later in that same quarter. Very quietly, Dowdle has racked up 363 yards rushing and three touchdowns in his last three games. And very quietly, South Carolina, itself, has now won three in a row. At 5-4 overall, Will Muschamp's crew will need to beat one of Florida, Western Carolina or Clemson to achieve bowl eligibility. That Western Carolina contest is looking like a scheduling life raft at this juncture.
Nov 5 - 10:32 PM

South Carolina may use a redshirt on freshman WR Randrecous Davis (hamstring).

Davis made two catches against East Carolina in September and hasn't played since. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is thinking about keeping Davis on the shelf in order to apply for a medical redshirt. "We had that discussion Sunday and we’re still working through that," Muschamp said. "He’s going to be out this week."
Source: SEC Country
Nov 2 - 4:17 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp indicated that redshirt freshman RB A.J. Turner (knee) is expected to play against Tennessee on Saturday.

Turner played in this past weekend's win over UMass, but did not receive a carry due to a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder looks to have had a productive practice week, though, and should be good to go versus the Volunteers on Saturday. With just 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns in seven games to date, there is no true fantasy upside here.
Oct 28 - 8:17 PM

South Carolina freshman QB Jake Bentley will start against Tennessee on Saturday.

Per HC Will Muschamp, Brandon McIlwain will also see playing time in the contest. This all echoes the sentiments that Muschamp began espousing earlier in the practice week. In his first collegiate start, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Bentley passed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns against UMass last weekend. Expect him to see the bulk of passing work in Saturday's contest vs. the Vols, with McIlwain most likely to play in short-yardage and running situations.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 28 - 1:06 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp indicated that freshmen quarterbacks Jake Bentley and Brandon McIlwain will receive first-team reps moving forward.

This leaves Perry Orth as odd man out. Bentley and McIlwain both played against UMass on Saturday, with the former seeing the bulk of work and the latter coming in during short-yardage situations. Bentley completed 17-of-26 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns while McIlwain rushed for 17 yards on five carries. The latter gunslinger did not attempt a pass. As for Muschamp's reasoning in handing the keys over to the freshmen duo no-stop, he said, "I just feel like right now, just from an ability standpoint, those two guys give us the best opportunity. And they're just going to keep getting better."
Oct 24 - 3:47 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel caught eight passes for 106 yards in Saturday's 34-28 win over UMass.

Samuel entered Saturday having caught just eight passes for 156 yards in three games. A hamstring injury has limited the 6-foot, 202-pound redshirt sophomore for much of the season. Predictably, his reception and yardage totals against UMass both set season highs.
Oct 22 - 3:47 PM

South Carolina freshman QB Jake Bentley complete 17-of-26 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-28 win over UMass

Making his first start of the season, Bentley offered up an interception-free performance. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound freshman threw both of his touchdown passes in the second quarter, hooking up with K.C. Crosby for a 16-yard score and later finding Bryan Edwards for the touchdown from 24 yards out. This respectable performance figures to earn Bentley continued playing time, but the offense as a whole doesn't offer enough punch for him to be worth a waiver-wire pickup outside of dynasty formats.
Oct 22 - 3:42 PM

South Carolina will turn to freshman Jake Bentley as the starting QB against UMass.

Senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain split game time this season as the school's starter, but obviously they are going in a new direction. The Gamecocks are 2-4 and have lost three conference games in a row.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 22 - 12:15 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp would not reveal whether freshman QB Jake Bentley will play against UMass on Saturday.

"We have got a good plan going in for Saturday as far as our quarterback situation is concerned. We’ve repped all three guys and we’ll see what happens Saturday," Muschamp said. Brandon McIlwain and Perry Orth have seen the on-field work on Game Day to this point, but with South Carolina sitting at 2-4, there have been rumblings that the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Bentley could see the field for the first time this weekend. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 20 - 12:54 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) caught four passes for 90 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to Georgia.

While Samuel has been dealing with a hamstring injury for most of the season, he was able to practice last week and ultimately suited up for his first game action since a September 10 loss to Mississippi State. The 6-foot, 202-pounder averaged a sweet 22.5 yards per reception in Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs. He also notched a nine-yard rushing touchdown. While Samuel is South Carolina's most interesting offensive option, there is no true fantasy value here outside of a potential stash-and-wait for those in dynasty formats.
Oct 10 - 12:57 PM


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