Going into Senior Day I asked each of the seniors about some of their favorite memories and moments as student-athletes at South Carolina and what they will miss the most when they graduate:
Evan O'Dell, Defense, Duluth, GA
"Beating Clemson all four years and hopefully making the NCAA Tournament this year...hanging out with my friends, being on campus, going on trips and just experiencing college... I'll miss being around these guys, the team, we always had a good time on our trips and it's going to be hard not being around these guys."
Sam Arthur, Forward, Roswell, GA
"My favorite memories are all the trips we went on together, hanging out with the guys, experiencing new places. Last year when we went to Northwestern was the first time I'd ever been to Chicago. We got to tour the city and I really liked seeing a different city and lifestyle. ... University of South Carolina has a lot of great things to offer. Going to football, basketball games, watching us beat Kentucky and Alabama, those have been two special things. I'll miss being with my friends and teammates mostly. I'm around these guys every day of my life. It's going to be weird not being with them all the time, hanging out with them doing the simple things."
Mark Wiltse, Defense/Midfield, Belle Meade, NJ
"As a student-athlete some of my favorite moments have been big highs on big wins here over the past four years, coming back to the locker room and celebrating with the guys is a great feeling. I'm probably going to miss the team the most, the guys in and out of the locker room...bumping the music in the locker room after a big win, those moments are cherished and they're going to be missed."
Will Traynor, Defense, St. Charles, MO
"Being a part of Gamecock Nation, being a part of the atmosphere and the feel you get on campus and being a part of a great athletic department ... I'll miss stepping out on the field under the lights. It's a feeling you only get a few times in your life and it will be missed. "
Blake Brettschneider, Forward/Midfield, Lilburn, GA
"Probably starting our collegiate career off with a huge double OT win over Clemson, just getting to know the guys, probably too many memories to even count, just having friends for life. I'll definitely miss the team, the camaraderie...and the South Carolina fall weather."
Michael Lindsay, Forward, Starkville, MS
"My favorite memory is beating Clemson in double overtime our freshman year, then beating Clemson four years in a row. I'll definitely miss the team, living with the guys, being around them all the time. I'll also miss the road trips and going to different sporting events watching our other friends and student-athletes play."
Jimmy Maurer, Goalkeeper, Lawrenceville, GA
"My favorite memory is shutting out Clemson four years in a row, four big wins to start off our seasons. I'm definitely going to miss all the guys on the team, especially the senior class in general. Four of us came in all from Atlanta and playing on the same club team for years so this is the last year we get to play together so that will be a big thing I miss."
Love that they all treasure beating Clemson as much as I do. Congratulations to these Gamecock seniors and best wishes for the future!
- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog