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South Carolina junior CB Rashad Fenton will return kicks in the absence of WR Deebo Samuel (leg).

Samuel returned kickoffs for touchdowns against both NC State and Missouri to open the season, but after breaking his leg against Kentucky on Saturday, Denton will take over as primary kick-returner. This is not a completely foreign role for him -- the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder has 16 kick returns to his fair name (14 of those coming as a true freshman in 2015), good for 437 total yards and a score. South Carolina HC Will Muschamp also name-checked Rico Dowdle, Shi Smith and Ty'Son Williams as other potential options in the return game behind Fenton.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 19 - 6:08 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that redshirt junior WR Deebo Samuel sustained a broken fibula in Saturday's loss to Kentucky.

Samuel suffered the injury near the end of the third quarter. While Muschamp -- twice -- referred to it as a broken leg, saying, "I believe it’s his fibula. I don’t have all the information, but I know he’s going to be out for the year," Samuel and his mother have taken to social media to call it a fractured ankle. The redshirt junior wideout forwarded a 5-6 week recovery. It's a brutal loss for the Gamecocks regardless of how long he is out of action. Expect further updates as to Samuel's timetable and the exact nature of the injury over the coming days.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 17 - 12:25 AM

South Carolina sophomore QB Jake Bentley completed 24-of-36 passes for 304 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 23-13 loss to Kentucky.

Bentley fired off a 68-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel to open the game's scoring just seconds after kickoff, but would not come through with another touchdown pass until midway through the fourth quarter. While he has shown flash as a passer at times this season, Bentley is not a complete player in his development at this stage and we have questions as to just how much offensive oomph the Gamecocks possess entering conference play.
Sep 16 - 11:37 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior WR Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-13 loss to Kentucky.

Things started off well enough for Samuel and crew, as he hauled in a 68-yard scoring pass from Jake Bentley on the first play after the opening kickoff. The Gamecocks would score just seven points the rest of the way. The 6-foot, 202-pounder is a dangerous weapon in the passing game and should continue to post his fair share of long touchdowns, but the bare reality for South Carolina is that the offense remains a work-in-progress.
Sep 16 - 11:30 PM

South Carolina junior DB Steven Montac (foot) is doubtful for the Gamecocks' game against Kentucky on Saturday.

A reserve defensive back, Montac played in week one against North Carolina State, but did not travel with the team to Missouri.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 14 - 8:08 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore TE Kyle Markway has a fractured rib and is expected to miss six weeks.

"He was certainly a guy who was providing some quality depth for us and was a core special teams guy for us. I hate that for him," said HC Will Muschamp. This is not Markway's first struggle on the health front, as he was forced to take a redshirt last season after suffering a foot injury.
Source: The State
Sep 12 - 7:47 PM

South Carolina junior TE Hayden Hurst caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown while rushing for an additional short score in Saturday's 31-13 win over Missouri.

Hurst (6'5/253) was actually one of two Gamecocks skill-position players to rush for a score in the win, as WR Deebo Samuel also had himself a scoring run. His went for 25 yards, as compared to Hurst's more modest two-yarder. The tight end will be one to watch for draft purposes over the coming months.
Sep 9 - 10:42 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said on his radio show that redshirt freshman WR Randrecous Davis (sports hernia) will dress for Saturday's game against Missouri.

Davis (5'10/181) was ruled out early for the Gamecocks 35-28 victory over NC State, but it looks like he'll get a chance to make his debut on Saturday. Davis has big talent, but has battled injuries in his short time at South Carolina.
Sep 7 - 8:08 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that "scouts from multiple teams tell me that (South Carolina junior TE Hayden) Hurst has a first-round skill set."

"Scouts rave about Hurst's combination of size and speed. They say he can be a blocker as well as a dangerous receiver," Campbell writes. "They were raving about his body type and movement skills (as well)." The analyst believes that the main hindrance to the 6-foot-5, 253-pounder's ascension to the first round would come in the fact that he will be turning 25 just before the start of his rookie season (should he declare for the draft this winter). Hurst posted a 48-616-1 receiving line last season. Not everybody is sold on him as a top-flight prospect for NFL purposes -- Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamped him with a UDFA grade near the end of August. This will be a fascinating one to watch play out over the season and into the spring.
Sep 7 - 1:22 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp indicated that redshirt freshman WR Randrecous Davis (sports hernia) could play in next Saturday's game against Missouri.

Davis (5'10/181) did not suit up for South Carolina's season-opening win over NC State due to a sports hernia surgery he underwent during the offseason. Said Muschamp, "Randrecous practiced [Sunday] and looked good, so we’ll go with him this week and see what we can do."
Source: SEC Country
Sep 3 - 8:09 PM

South Carolina sophomore QB Jake Bentley completed 17-of-29 passes for 215 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 35-28 win over NC State.

Bentley tossed two of his three touchdown passes in the first half before wrapping up with a 39-yard, one-handed scoring grab by Deebo Samuel in the third quarter. He was far from perfect in the contest and made several can't-throw-that-ball passes, but the sophomore gunslinger showed plenty of flashes in the win. While you can expect continued growing pains as the season progresses, South Carolina's offense looked far more cohesive in this contest than it did for most of the past campaign.
Sep 2 - 7:39 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior WR Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 35-28 win over NC State.

Samuel ran back the opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown, then proceeded to put in several highlight-reel catches. Most notable on that front, his one-handed 39-yard scoring grab several minutes into the second quarter. Samuel posted a 59-783-1 receiving line last season. And that was playing with a true freshman quarterback. As Jake Bentley continues to develop, it will only help to bolster Samuel's statistical resume. South Carolina will take on Missouri next Saturday as they look to build on this nice season-opening victory.
Sep 2 - 7:32 PM

USA Today's Danny Sheridan believes that "[i]f someone offered (former South Carolina HC) Steve Spurrier an offensive coordinator position outside the SEC he would seriously consider taking it."

Spurrier, now 72 years old, stepped down as South Carolina's head coach midway through the Gamecocks' disastrous 2015 season. He accepted a job in Florida's athletic department as Ambassador and Consultant last July. Sheridan does not offer any specific program that Spurrier would be most interested in if given an opportunity as an offensive coordinator, but this is one to keep in mind for the coaching carousel this coming winter.
Aug 29 - 6:53 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman WR Randrecous Davis (sports hernia) has been ruled out for the season-opener against NC State.

Davis underwent sports hernia surgery in the offseason and is still not back to full speed. Injury has been an issue for the 5-foot-10, 181-pounder early in his career -- he took a medical redshirt for the 2016 season after being sidelined for the bulk of the campaign by a hamstring injury. Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith will be rolled out as South Carolina's starting receivers on Saturday.
Aug 29 - 5:43 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman RB/LB Stephen Davis will transfer.

Davis (6'2/212) just can't seem to stay put. He transferred to South Carolina from Auburn at the end of May. On the move again, now. Should he stick in the FBS with his new program-to-be, he would have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. Davis was sidelined for the past campaign with a serious knee injury. He was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: The State
Aug 22 - 4:54 PM


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