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South Carolina redshirt senior OT Brandon Shell "looks like he's suited to play right tackle in the NFL due to average footwork in pass protection, which would prevent him from moving into the late first or early second round," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"But if you want a strong-side tackle who can move the line of scrimmage (he will take smaller defenders 10 yards downfield once locked on) and still reach second-level defenders, then Shell's your man later on the second day (Rounds 2-3) of the draft," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 327-pound nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell has started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 8:16 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper "has become the Gamecocks' primary offensive weapon with his quickness and open-field ability," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Cooper as the No. 8 receiver in the nation. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He also ran 27 times for 200 yards and two scores and served as a punt returner.
Jun 13 - 2:24 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper is the "most versatile player in the SEC" and "can catch it, run it, return it, or even throw it," notes NFL Media.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns) last season, earning First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team honors as an all-purpose back. He even threw two touchdown passes. "He wasn't especially dangerous on punt returns (5.0-yard average), but he's a defensive coordinator's nightmare," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 10:41 PM

NFL Media ranks South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier as the No. 14 best coach in college football.

Spurrier boasts a 226-85-2 career record. "It's pretty impressive that the former Heisman Trophy winner is the all-time winningest coach at two different SEC schools, and he has consistently kept the Gamecocks in the SEC East title race," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Few are as good at dialing up a big play just when it's needed, and the 'Ol' Ball Coach' remains one of the funniest coaches in the game to boot." Spurrier announced last December that he would be back for at least one more season. "This is a good situation, and I think we can turn it around quickly. I hope so," he said at the time.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 4 - 1:02 PM

South Carolina WR commit Kyle Davis "has impact-ready talent plus the measurables to boot," notes ESPN's Tom Luginbill.

ESPN ranks Davis as the No. 37 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300. "There are plenty of big receivers standing on every street corner, but not many who can move like Davis," Luginbill wrote. "He has receiver speed, tailback power and he can play from the slot. If he lands with a quarterback early he'll be one to watch for early production." If all goes according to plan, Davis could be a three-and-out player.
Jun 4 - 12:30 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier wants to name a starting QB one week before the school's season opener on September 3 against UNC.

Connor Mitch, Perry Orth and Michael Scarnecchia are the three competing for top quarterback honors. Mitch seemingly is in the lead, but these types of situations are difficult to predict. As a whole, South Carolina struggled on offense last year.
May 27 - 10:41 AM

South Carolina DE Marquavius Lewis ranks as the No. 6 immediate impact transfer in the country, in the estimation of NFL Media.

"Lewis, a consensus top-three JC prospect, enrolled early, went through spring practice and showed enough to make folks think he will be a key starter for a Gamecocks defense looking to bounce back from a mediocre season," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Lewis had 18.5 sacks in two seasons at Hutchinson; South Carolina basically had no pass rush last season, finishing last in the SEC with just 14 sacks." The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Lewis was ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 3 JUCO recruit. He calls Greenwood, S.C. home, the same hometown of Sam Montgomery (Cincinnati Bengals), D.J. Swearinger (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kelcy Quarles (Indianapolis Colts). Must be the water.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 2:15 PM

Scout.com ranks South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper as the No. 30 prospect in the class.

Cooper checks in as Scout's No. 4 receiver. "He's built like a running back and is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands because he has speed and quickness," wrote Jamie Newberg. "Cooper is just a playmaker." The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns) last season, earning First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team honors as an all-purpose back. "He's also an excellent return man," Newberg reminded. Over the past two seasons, Cooper has produced five plays of 70-yards or more.
Source: Scout.com
May 19 - 1:47 AM

South Carolina junior OLB Skai Moore "lacked ideal bulk for linebacker but in only now entering his junior season, he still has time to add muscle," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Moore has the athleticism, instincts and ball-skills to catch the attention of scouts, though without greater mass he may be forced to attempt the difficult transition to safety at the next level," he added. Moore has led the Gamecocks in tackles and interceptions in each of his first two seasons. He's posted 149 stops and seven interceptions in his career.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 7:57 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper "reminds of Detroit Lions' all-purpose standout Golden Tate, using a combination of agility, ball-skills and toughness to make plays as a runner, receiver and returner," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Cooper has terrific vision, balance and burst to make defenders miss, though he does not possess the elite breakaway speed that his five career scores of 70+ yards would indicate," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper really came on last season, grabbing 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns). He earned First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team notice as an all-purpose back.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 6:57 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior OT Brandon Shell "is a massive prospect, possessing the broad shoulders, relatively trim middle and tree trunks for thighs that make him an intimidating presence," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Despite his mass, Shell is surprisingly athletic, showing the combination of length, balance and agility to handle remaining outside at the next level," Rang wrote. "Though he's talented enough to warrant early round consideration, teams will want to investigate his medical, as Shell missed the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum." Hall of Famer Art Shell's nephew has started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 6:42 PM

49ers signed South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson.

Thompson (6'2/217) succeeded Connor Shaw for the Gamecocks, starting for one season and completing 59.9 percent of his passes with a 26:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He showed good athleticism for a quarterback at the South Carolina Pro Day, running 4.74 with a 35-inch vertical. Thompson flashed the ability to drive throws in the SEC, but is viewed as a mess mechanically and his ball placement was scattershot. He's not much of an NFL prospect.
May 3 - 3:45 PM

49ers selected South Carolina TE Rory Anderson with the No. 254 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Affectionately known as "Busta," Anderson (6'5/244) finished his college career with just 61 receptions for 954 yards (15.6 YPR) and nine touchdowns, never catching more than 22 passes in a season. He tore both of his triceps tendons a senior. Anderson flashed seam-stretching ability for South Carolina, but has abnormally small hands (8 3/4") and dropped far too many balls in college. He's essentially a poor man's Ladarius Green.
May 2 - 6:35 PM

Lions selected South Carolina OT Corey Robinson with the No. 240 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'7/324) converted from defensive tackle to left tackle as a sophomore, where he piled up 35 career starts. Robinson showed freak athleticism for his mammoth size at South Carolina's Pro Day, running 5.29/5.30 with a 31-inch vertical. A massive human with 35 5/8-inch arms and 10 3/4-inch hands, Robinson also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic test. While Robinson is a project, he has traits that are not coachable. He's drawn some comparisons to Chargers LT King Dunlap.
May 2 - 6:01 PM

49ers selected South Carolina RB Mike Davis with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davis (5'9/217) succeeded Marcus Lattimore as South Carolina's bellcow, turning 454 carries into 2,440 yards (5.37 YPC) and 22 TDs. He caught 70 passes in three years. Davis followed a promising sophomore campaign with a down 2014, however, partially due to added weight and partially due to injuries. His Combine was pedestrian, running 4.61 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Davis' burst underwhelms and he doesn't move well laterally, but he gets what's blocked and runs hard inside. He can also play on passing downs. Davis projects as a No. 2 back who could have some short-term success as a stopgap starter.
May 2 - 1:21 PM


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