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South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch indicated that nothing in his preparation has changed since being named the team's starting quarterback.

Mitch claimed that he's not feeling additional pressure now that he's been thrust into the spotlight. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback was named starter over junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnechhia last week. Rivals graded him as a four-star recruit out of high school. He is a more prototypical pocket quarterback than the likes of former Gamecock Connor Shaw.
Source: The State
Aug 31 - 9:25 PM

South Carolina senior TE Jerell Adams could be held out of Thursday's season-opening game against North Carolina due to a hamstring injury.

The hamstring issue has prevented Adams from practicing the last three days. South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier indicated that the 6-foot-6, 231-pound senior is unlikely to suit up for the team's opener against North Carolina. Last season, he caught 21 balls for 279 yards and a touchdown. The team will be taking quite a drop in the experience category, as true freshmen Hayden Hurst and Kyle Markway (plus redshirt freshman K.C. Crosby) are now in line to play in Adams' place.
Source: The State
Aug 31 - 9:09 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls South Carolina redshirt senior OT Brandon Shell an "established right tackle prospect for the NFL."

"Shell looks the part of an NFL player already, sporting a massive frame with good overall weight distribution and including broad shoulders, thick thighs but a relatively trim middle. For a man of his size, he shows good initial quickness and holds up well in pass protection because of his length and patience," The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Shell has 36 starts under his belt, and heads into the 2015 season as the most experienced offensive lineman on the team. The South Carolina prospect will be asked to make the transition back to left tackle this season, where he logged his first start for the Gamecocks back in 2012. Rang believes the move could "force Shell to focus more on his fundamentals and rely less on his natural traits."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 31 - 3:27 PM

South Carolina junior LB Skai Moore looks "more like a traditional safety with relatively narrow shoulders and hips than a linebacker," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"Though Moore is listed as a linebacker by South Carolina, he's likely too small to remain at this position in the NFL," Rang writes. The South Carolina prospect led the team in tackles and interceptions in the the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Moore has recorded 149 tackles and seven interceptions in his career as a Gamecock. NFL teams looking for a linebacker that excels in coverage, could show interest in Moore. Rang notes that Moore is "quick and agile," and that he's able to drop back quickly into coverage," while "reading the quarterback's eyes and anticipating routes."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 31 - 2:53 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper is a "jack-of-all trades for the Gamecocks and projects as a similarly versatile player in the NFL," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"He's not stout enough to routinely handle carries at the next level but does show vision, subtle cuts and balance to absorb a hit and keep his feet, traits which will help him maintain a steady role as a returner," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound wideout hauled in 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, while posting 200 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Cooper earned first-team All-SEC honors by the AP and SEC coaches as a wideout, and was a second-team selection by both as an all-purpose back.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 31 - 2:25 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier named redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch the school's starting QB.

Mitch was competing with junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia. Many loved Connor Shaw during his time as South Carolina's starting quarterback, but Steve Spurrier seems to be heading towards a more structured offense and a quarterback who wants to stay in the pocket. The Gamecocks do have one of the top receivers in the country in Pharoh Cooper. South Carolina faces UNC in the season opener on Sept. 3.
Aug 25 - 4:59 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier is reportedly close to announcing the starting QB between redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia.

The Gamecocks "have an idea" who they'll tab, Spurrier said earlier this week, and will announce the quarterback, "in the very near future." It was thought he would make the announcement Saturday, but Spurrier isn't quite ready. "All the quarterbacks did a lot of good things," he said after Saturday's scrimmage. "Shoot, I wished one of them would've outplayed the rest. But if you look at the stats, probably pretty similar." Mitch, a third-year sophomore, is the heavy frontrunner to replace Dylan Thompson. The Gamecocks open Sept. 3 against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Aug 23 - 8:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has revoked a draftable grade on South Carolina redshirt junior S Chaz Elder.

"At one time I graded Chaz Elder as a potential last day pick but his game has fallen off and the big-bodied safety was almost non-existent last season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Elder began last year as a starter but was quickly benched. All in all, he collected 22 tackles as a sophomore.
Aug 16 - 7:06 PM

South Carolina senior TE Jerell Adams might be "the most intriguing prospect" on the team, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

He reports that scouts grades Adams as a middle round value. "Adams offers size, speed (4.6’s) and growth potential," Pauline wrote. "What he lacks is productivity and a body of work. The potential is there for Adams to make a move up draft boards with a big senior season." The analyst grades Adams as a preseason Rd. 7 prospect. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder posted 21 catches for 279 yards and one touchdown last year.
Aug 15 - 10:44 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman WR Deebo Samuel is expected to start opposite Pharoh Cooper

Samuel redshirted his only season with South Carolina but has really impressed in practices. Only two receivers on the roster have caught a pass in actually game action, Cooper and Shamier Jeffery.
Aug 15 - 2:42 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, South Carolina senior TE Jerell Adams has a nice combination of "height and strider's speed."

"Finding a player of Adams' size in the middle rounds would be a great value for an NFL team," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder stepped up big for the Gamecocks after Rory Anderson went down last fall. He posted 21 catches for 279 yards and one touchdown and should be in line for increased usage this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 8 - 12:38 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper a "game-changer."

"He's a 5-foot-11, 208-pound athlete who can line up anywhere and get the ball in different ways," Brown wrote. "He's one of the nation's most dangerous players in space and after the catch." Cooper collected 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns last year, adding 200 yards and two scores on the ground. Brown grades Cooper as the No. 8 receiver and No. 63 overall player in the country.
Aug 4 - 1:15 AM

South Carolina senior DT Gerald Dixon, Jr. "should catch the eyes of scouts for 3-4 teams that are looking for depth up front," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Gerald Dixon, Jr. and his half brother Gerald are the sons of former NFL linebacker Gerald Dixon. Born five months apart to different mothers, both play on the defensive line for the Gamecocks and are NFL prospects. "Junior is a massive nose tackle prospect who can eat blocks and shows better foot quickness than you'd expect for a two-down player," Reuter wrote. "His half brother Gerald (6-2, 282) could be in [the senior] class, but took two medical redshirts to start his career, so scouts might have to wait a year to evaluate him."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 7:24 PM

247Sports reports that South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier told 2017 four-star quarterback recruit Jake Fromm he would "stay at South Carolina six more years" if Fromm committed to the Gamecocks.

Very interesting timing on this news, as Spurrier told reporters last week that "a few recruits chose to believe" reports that his career was on its "descent." The 70-year-old Spurrier boasts a 226-85-2 career record.
Jul 26 - 3:46 PM

In addition to having a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier has a "three [smoking] pots and you’re finished" rule.

"The first positive test for an athlete results in counseling, increased testing and a notification of parents or guardians," explained The State in Columbia. "The second positive test leads to all three of those measures and suspension from 25 percent of athletics competition. The third positive test leads to dismissal." Drug policies vary from school to school. Some have argued the SEC should adopt conference-wide standards.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:04 PM


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