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South Carolina redshirt senior DT J.T. Surratt (hamstring) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Auburn.

Surratt figures to be a gametime decision in the pivotal matchup. Disruptive defensive lineman come in handy against Auburn's run-heavy attack, so Gamecock coaches are currently crossing fingers, saying prayers, and avoiding black cats. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound fifth-year senior collected 33 tackles, including four for loss and 1.5 sacks last season.
Source: The State
Oct 21 - 8:46 PM

South Carolina senior TE Rory Anderson (triceps) will miss Saturday's game against Auburn.

Poor timing. And, unfortunately, the injury was sustained in a game in which he wasn't needed, as Anderson strained his left tricep in Saturday's victory over Furman. He tore his right tricep in spring practice but didn't miss any game action. Anderson will miss three weeks. "He was having an excellent year," USC coach Steve Spurrier said.
Source: The State
Oct 21 - 5:09 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the school's 41-10 win over Furman.

Davis' highlight of the day occurred on a five yard touchdown run, which saw him throw a Furman defender to the ground with an emphatic stiff arm. Davis is likely NFL bound and has started to produce more in the last three weeks. He could be a top-75 selection. Davis added a 24 yard reception in this contest.
Oct 18 - 3:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson's "penchant for giving the ball away is certainly contributing to the team's lackluster play this year."

Thompson threw three interceptions in Saturday's 45-38 loss to Kentucky, which "undermined an extraordinary effort from Mike Davis (23 carries for 183 yards and three scores) that had the Gamecocks positioned to win a key SEC East contest," Brooks wrote. Thompson has not been as effective as advertised in taking over for Connor Shaw. He isn't draftable.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 7 - 11:12 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 23 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Kentucky.

He added two catches for eight yards. Davis started off the season slow while suffering from a rib injury -- he was held below 100 yards in three of four games with a high of 101 -- but has been dynamite in the Gamecocks' last two games, rushing for 104 and 183 yards, respectively. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Oct 6 - 5:16 PM

South Carolina junior WR Shaq Roland will not play Saturday against Kentucky after missing the team flight to Lexington.

That is very difficult to do. The Gamecocks are 3-2 after losing to Texas A&M in the opener and Missouri last week. Roland has been limited to 15 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns this season. Guard A.J. Cann seems to be the only Gamecock playing well this year.
Oct 4 - 10:03 AM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 22 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Missouri.

He added two catches for 31 yards. The 104 rushing yards were a season-high for Davis, who suffered from a rib injury earlier this year. Through five games, he has 368 yards on a 4.6 yard per carry average. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Sep 28 - 9:22 PM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott confirmed that redshirt sophomore G Cody Waldrop will not play this Saturday versus Missouri.

Against Georgia in week 3, USC's starting guard sustained an unspecified injury to his left knee. Last Saturday, Waldrop was unable to play in South Carolina's win over Vanderbilt. USC OL coach Elliott mentioned that Waldrop is "getting better," but "he’s going to be out this week, but he’ll probably be back next week."
Sep 25 - 3:03 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 17 carries for 82 yards in Saturday's win against Vanderbilt.

He added four receptions for 30 yards. Davis' production was expected to spike with Connor Shaw off to the NFL, but he instead failed to exceed 101 rushing yards in four games. It's fair to note that he struggled through a rib injury over the summer, an injury that made him doubtful for the opener. It's possible he still isn't 100-percent.
Sep 21 - 9:45 PM

An NFC scout said South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann is "not far behind" Round 1 interior offensive lineman from the last two drafts.

"South Carolina has a really good guard," said the scout. "A.J. Cann isn't at the same level as the first-round interior guys from the last two drafts, but he's not far behind. He's very battle-tested as a four-year starter in the SEC, and he'll be ready to start Day 1 in the NFL." The scout is referring to an elite group that includes Jonathan Cooper, Chance Warmack, Kyle Long and Zack Martin. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last week.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 7:11 PM

South Carolina senior TE Rory Anderson had a "breakout performance" that "could put him on the NFL's radar" in Saturday's victory over Georgia, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

According to the analyst, Anderson was free to attack the seam with the Bulldogs stacking the box to combat star RB Mike Davis and pressure unproven QB Dylan Thompson. Anderson had a career-high five catches for 67 yards. "The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Anderson showed impressive body control and hand-eye coordination to leap over Bulldogs senior insider linebacker Amarlo Herrera (who had good coverage) to make the clutch reception," Rang wrote. "The catch was the all more impressive considering that Anderson's right upper arm is heavily wrapped up, indicating that he may still be recovering from the torn triceps he suffered late in the spring." The report added that scouts believe "the broad-shouldered, well-built Anderson" is an "effective blocker, demonstrating a strong initial punch to generate movement, as well as the tenacity to sustain." The 2015 tight end class isn't strong, so Anderson could leap up boards if he continues to play well.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 5:52 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis had 17 carries for 66 yards in Saturday's win against Georgia.

The Gamecocks, given up for dead after their high-profile blowout loss to Texas A&M in the first game of the season, now have quality wins in the last two weeks (they knocked off small-school darling East Carolina in Week 2). They have also won 20 of 21 at home, so this "upset" win wasn't terribly surprising. In the week leading up to the game, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Davis "isn't too far behind" Georgia's Todd Gurley "in terms of natural talent." Gurley very clearly outplayed Davis today.
Sep 13 - 10:35 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "isn't too far behind" Georgia's Todd Gurley "in terms of natural talent," writes CBS sports' Rob Rang.

The Gamecocks take on Gurley's Bulldogs on Saturday, of course, and Rang writes that USC "will need [Davis'] best if they are to escape this game with a victory." The analyst had this to say about the key Davis-on-UGA-run-defense matchup: "Davis has the compact build, balance and agility to string together chunk plays, making his skill-set an excellent test for Georgia's powerful and athletic front-seven. The Bulldogs held Clemson to just 88 yards on the ground and a two yards-per-carry average two weeks ago."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 8:25 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He has been the rock of the South Carolina offensive front, using his combination of power, athleticism and heady awareness to be effective in pass protection and run blocking," Rang wrote. "Cann uses his wide frame and natural strength to seal off inside run lanes, but also shows the flexibility to get to the second level and initiate contact, although he does have room to improve his angles on the move. Cann doesn't receive a lot of media attention, but every SEC defensive coordinator and NFL scout knows how good he is." The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann has started 40 of 41 career games since redshirting as a true freshman.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 7:47 PM

NFL scouts are not surprised South Carolina is struggling, as they "were miffed at the lack of urgency and intensity during the Gamecocks' preseason workouts," reports NFL.com.

"The lethargy has permeated their play on game days," noted the site's team of draft experts. "While Steve Spurrier made a concerted effort to toughen up practices following the team's blowout loss to Texas A&M, the general consensus from NFL scouts is that Gamecocks are playing catch up after lounging in a country club atmosphere under the Ol' Ball Coach." Those analysts added: "This is certainly not news to NFL executives familiar with Spurrier and his practices during his time with the Washington Redskins. He didn't put his players through the grinder on the practice field; his desire to keep banker's hours prevented him from gaining a significant edge in the film room." Despite the criticism, NFL.com doesn't think Spurrier's "practices are negatively impacting [his players'] chances of playing at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 9:41 PM


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