Player News

Date:

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects junior RB Mike Davis to declare for the NFL draft after this coming season.

So long as there isn't an injury or dropoff in production, his coach expects 2014 to mark Davis' last fall in Columbia. "Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro," Spurrier said. "And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs." Davis reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "The thing as a running back is your life expectancy isn’t long in the NFL," USC RB coach Everette Sands said. "Here in the SEC, it’s probably the closest thing to the NFL." Davis is considered one of the five best draft-eligible RB prospects.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier mentioned the team could incorporate more odd front looks on defense due to their depth and talent at linebacker.

Sophomore weakside linebacker Skai Moore debuted at a high level last season, and he would likely move to the inside in these situations. The Gamecocks were pretty traditional defensively last season, keeping Jadeveon Clowney at his right defensive spot instead of moving him around on a frequent basis.
Jul 16 - 12:41 PM

South Carolina's Dylan Thompson says sophomore OW Pharoh Cooper "can do anything."

Cooper is an exciting chess piece who can pick up chunks of yards out of the backfield or from the slot. He's also a weapon as a returner. "We just want to get him the ball in space, in the slot, wherever," Thompson said. "He caught on quick at receiver and made some big plays (last year). This summer he's been asking questions and giving signals that he wants to get the chemistry down." Cooper was named the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 10:16 PM

South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson believes his on-field experience (more than 200 career passes) will help him in his transition to starting duties.

"It's been a blessing to be able to be in some big games, some big moments. What's valuable is road experience," Thompson said. "I've been fortunate to get Clemson on the road, UCF (on the road) last year. The Missouri (road win) was a big teaching point for me." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced way back in January that Thompson would over for Connor Shaw. The Gamecocks have another beastly schedule with road games at defending SEC champion Auburn, Florida, and a rematch with Clemson in Death Valley.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 8:21 PM

South Carolina senior WR Damiere Byrd reportedly clocked a 4.30 40-yard dash.

"We ran Monday at 7 a.m., and he went 4.30," Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson said Friday. "And it's accurate. Bruce (Ellington) ran 4.44 at our place, and ran 4.45 at the combine, so it's not just some number we're throwing out." We, for one, believe him. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Byrd once ran a 4.26 forty. We're happy to see his wheels have returned intact after the former track star underwent knee surgery that knocked him out of spring practice.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 9:53 PM

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took a jab at Alabama coach Nick Saban's record.

"How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He's won two," Spurrier said. "He's won three nationals, but he's only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don't know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could." Spurrier is almost as famous for throwing brush-back pitches at fellow coaches as he is for winning games. It's good to know that old age isn't mellowing the Old Ball Coach, who is closing in on 70. Alabama and South Carolina makes for a sexy SEC Championship Game in December, and Saban should relish the opportunity to feed Spurrier's rhetoric back to him.
Jun 23 - 9:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that South Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson "has really poor footwork in pass pro."

"South Carolina OT Corey Robinson has really poor footwork in pass pro," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-8, 341 pound Robinson "gets beat on multiple inside counters," according to Jeremiah. Robinson, a former defensive lineman, started all 13 games at left tackle in 2013 after winning the starting job during the middle of the 2012 season. If Robinson can continue to improve his technique moving forward, he could be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Jun 23 - 3:31 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Jody Fuller has decided to transfer.

Fuller is eying East Carolina and Appalachian State. He didn't disclose the reason for his decision, though we'd guess he'll seek a destination that offers more playing time. Fuller redshirted in 2012 and played in just one game last year. Fuller, a four-star member of the 2012 recruiting class, ranked as the No. 37 WR in the country coming out of high school.
Jun 4 - 10:06 PM

South Carolina has proposed the SEC ends their ban against graduate transfers with only one year of eligibility remaining, according to CBS Sports' Jon Solomon.

Student athletes are allowed to transfer to programs in other conferences if their new school offers a graduate program that was not available at their initial location. The SEC, however, has not allowed this since 2011. Transfers with at least two years of eligibility remaining have been allowed to join a new program, but only a few waivers have been granted to those with one year.
Source: CBS Sports
May 28 - 12:48 PM

NFL scouts will monitor South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "to see if he can carry the load as a pro," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement. He reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. "Davis is a power runner with nifty feet and outstanding balance," Brooks wrote. "He slithers through traffic between the tackles, yet displays the strength and power to run through contact on the second level. As a result, Davis routinely breaks off big gains against loaded defenses geared to stop the Gamecocks' potent running game."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:08 PM

Browns signed South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Shaw (6-foot, 206) made 32 starts for Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks, compiling a 27-5 record, 56:16 TD:INT ratio and 65.5 completion rate. An undersized, athletic scrambler, Shaw added 17 career rushing scores but often paid the price, missing time with MCL and LCL sprains, a right shoulder injury and a left foot ailment that required surgery. Although Shaw was a good college starter, his game likely doesn't fit the pros. At best, Shaw could become a Jeff Garcia-like backup.
May 11 - 2:22 PM

49ers selected South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington with the No. 106 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Ellington (5-foot-9 1/4, 197) is Andre Ellington's cousin and has similarly explosive athleticism, running 4.45 at the Combine with a 10-foot broad jump and 39 1/2-inch vertical. He doubled as a point guard on the Gamecocks' basketball team, and finished his football career with 106 catches for 1,586 yards (15.0 YPR) and 16 touchdowns. He also has experience returning kicks. Ellington does not profile as a future fantasy star, but is a tough, sure-handed slot receiver with balance and acceleration that jump off the screen. In terms of rookie-year snaps, Ellington will have a hard time earning action behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, and Quinton Patton. This is a pick for special teams and the future.
May 10 - 12:43 PM

Texans selected South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Clowney (6-foot-5, 266) entered college as the nation's No. 1 recruit and didn't disappoint, earning first-team All-America recognition as both a true sophomore and junior before turning pro. He tallied 47 TFLs, 24 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, though his production dipped in 2013 as opponents frequently funneled offense away from him, and/or double and triple teamed Clowney. An absolute freak athlete in the Jevon Kearse/Julius Peppers vein, Clowney has 34 1/2-inch arms and 10-inch hands to ward off offensive linemen, and clocked a running back-like 4.53 forty with a 37 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. If Clowney polishes his pass-rush technique and "buys in," he legitimately possesses tools to be an all-time great. In Houston, he'll form an imposing pass-rush duo with J.J. Watt, likely playing strong-side 'backer as Romeo Crennel's version of Willie McGinest. Look for Whitney Mercilus to start on the weak side, with Brooks Reed playing next to Brian Cushing.
May 8 - 8:17 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff says it's "highly unlikely" he'll be able to complete a trade up to No. 1 overall.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Falcons have a much more likely trade partner with the Browns at No. 4. If Atlanta can pull that off, Khalil Mack is an option, as is Greg Robinson if St. Louis sides with Jake Matthews at No. 2. It appears as though the Texans have decided not to lower their asking price, but that could change, of course, over the next hour-plus.
May 8 - 6:29 PM

Houston demands three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move down from No. 1 overall, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Of course, there asking price is on a "sliding scale," according to Glazer, depending on how far the Texans are asked to move down. This news isn't surprising, as it essentially echoes Ed Werder's Tuesday night report. Nobody is going to pay this ransom, which is probably why it's being leaked. If Houston lowers its demands, a trade is entirely possible. If it holds firm, they'll be picking first.
May 7 - 7:32 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    FFL: How to rank Julio Jones

    FFL: How to rank Julio Jones
  •  
    FFL: WR debates/rankings

    FFL: WR debates/rankings
  •  
    FFL: Bounceback for Wallace?

    FFL: Bounceback for Wallace?
  •  
    FFL: Terrance Williams love?

    FFL: Terrance Williams love?
  •  
    FFL: Westbrook

    FFL: Westbrook's surprise RBs
  •  
    FFL: 2014 potential busts

    FFL: 2014 potential busts
  •  
    FFL: Who should go No. 1?

    FFL: Who should go No. 1?
  •  
    FFL: Over/Under in 2014

    FFL: Over/Under in 2014