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Inside The Chart.pngThe stage is set - both ESPN College GameDay's and the metaphorical one - for a colossal matchup Saturday.

After slogging through the first half, Carolina steamrolled through the second en route to a 38-17 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.  The win caps off a dream scenario for the Gamecocks when their schedule was first released: a 5-0 September, and a top-10 showdown against fellow undefeated Georgia.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  There are six more days to focus on the Bulldogs.  Like the game itself, we can't overlook what happened in Lexington. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed.png"Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" from a rare double-digit win at Commonwealth Stadium:

  Living The Cliche:  The critics all use the same logic.  "You can't physically give more than 100%," they say.  "That's silly.  'Giving 110%' is impossible."

Tell that to Connor Shaw.

After a blocked punt cost the Gamecocks -24 team yards, Carolina finished the first half with 108 yards of total offense.  Shaw had 119 yards by himself (82 passing, 37 rushing).  It sounds impossible, but it's true - Shaw accounted for a Denard Robinson-like 110.1% of Carolina's offense in the first half.

                                               Total Yards - 1st Half

Connor Shaw                            119

South Carolina                          108  (Shaw-119, Lattimore-12, Sanders-1, Team- -24)

Shaw's % of Total Offense       110.2%

The junior continued his stellar play Saturday, completing 15-of-18 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Two of Shaw's incompletions were catchable, too (Bruce Ellington's drop and D.L. Moore's missed grab in the end zone).  He could easily be 37 for his last 39.  Shaw will instead settle for 35 for his last 39 (89.7%).

Shaw & Lattimore.jpegShould Have Seen It Coming:  It figured Kentucky safety Daron Blaylock had the leaping ability to block Carolina's punt late in the first half.  He's the son of former Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock.

There Is An "I" in Team:  Like the rest of his teammates, Marcus Lattimore found himself bottled up in the first half.  The Gamecocks' career touchdowns leader managed only 12 yards on 5 carries, his running lanes congealed by an active Kentucky defense.  In the second half, though, Lattimore lowered his shoulder pads and got to work.  Running primarily out of the I-formation, Lattimore mauled his way to 112 yards - an average of 6.2 yards per carry. 

Lattimore Yards/Carry

Half         Carries                   Yards                      Yards/Carry

1st            5                              12                        2.4

2nd           18                           112                        6.2

 

Lattimore also continued another encouraging trend: like the season opener, South Carolina closed a tight game by dominating time of possession in the fourth quarter.

 

Team                    Margin Entering 4th Q                          Time of Possession             

Vanderbilt             +4                                                      10:18

Kentucky              +4                                                      10:04                                    

 

There Is An "I" In Team:  A Gilchrist left his mark in Lexington, but this time it wasn't Michael.  Fullback Qua Gilchrist received a game ball from head coach Steve Spurrier for another unsung performance in the Gamecocks backfield.  In addition to making his second career catch, the Abbeville, S.C., senior leveled monster blocks on Carolina's two longest running plays of the 2nd half.  First, he sealed his defender on the edge to spring Kenny Miles for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.  He then engaged his linebacker to allow Lattimore to spurt for 23 yards in the fourth quarter. 

With Carolina moving to a power-I in the second half -- we counted 30 plays from that alignment in the booth -- Gilchrist's contributions were invaluable.

A Thought:  On the surface, Devin Taylor's numbers seemed as quiet as his "Don't Say Nothin'" demeanor.  But ask yourself:  without Taylor hurrying opposing quarterbacks, or forcing them to re-direct their scrambles, how many tackles for loss and sacks would players like Aldrick Fordham, Chaz Sutton, and Kelcy Quarles have?  Taylor delivered a classic "Remember me?" performance Saturday, using his Pterodactyl-like wingspan to finish with 3 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and his first sack of the season.  He also helped overwhelm a Kentucky line that had protected its quarterbacks well:

Kentucky Sacks Allowed Per Pass Plays*

Games 1-4:                                        1 sack every 45.5 pass plays  (4.0 sacks in 168)

Vs. South Carolina                              1 sack every  4.4 pass plays   (7.0 sacks in 31)

 

*-"Pass Plays" = Pass Attempts + Sacks (because they began as a passing play).

 

Holloman vs. Mizzou.jpegHollomania:  Kentucky changed course dramatically after the departure of sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith to injury in the 1st quarter.  Instead of relying on the nation's 10th-best passer (322.0 ypg), the Wildcats downshifted to a zone-read option attack under freshman Jalen Whitlow.  That sudden change may have rattled the Gamecocks in the 1st half.

 

Enter DeVonte HollomanThe senior Spur gave critical run support to slow the Cats' ground game in the 2nd half.  Last week, Holloman told me, "I want to be more aggressive on the run.  Fighting off blocks is something I have to get used to."  Five of his six tackles came on running plays, many of them came in one-on-one situations   He capped off his night with a sack and interception on back-to-back plays.  Holloman's work didn't go unnoticed by the Head Ball Coach:  Steve Spurrier awarded him a game ball in the locker room.   

 

Earlier in the day, Holloman wrote on social media that he planned on taking a nap at the team hotel, so he could "wake up in a bad mood" for the Kentucky offense.  His play helped put the Wildcats to sleep in the second half.

 

And Finally:  The Gamecocks topped 30 points in four straight games for the first time since 1987.

Join us next week as we begin our chart prep for Georgia.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  --AD--

 

Inside The Chart.pngThe stage is set - both ESPN College GameDay's and the metaphorical one - for a colossal matchup Saturday.

After slogging through the first half, Carolina steamrolled through the second en route to a 38-17 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.  The win caps off a dream scenario for the Gamecocks when their schedule was first released: a 5-0 September, and a top-10 showdown against fellow undefeated Georgia.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  There are six more days to focus on the Bulldogs.  Like the game itself, we can't overlook what happened in Lexington. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed.png"Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" from a rare double-digit win at Commonwealth Stadium:

  Living The Cliche:  The critics all use the same logic.  "You can't physically give more than 100%," they say.  "That's silly.  'Giving 110%' is impossible."

Tell that to Connor Shaw.

After a blocked punt cost the Gamecocks -24 team yards, Carolina finished the first half with 108 yards of total offense.  Shaw had 119 yards by himself (82 passing, 37 rushing).  It sounds impossible, but it's true - Shaw accounted for a Denard Robinson-like 110.1% of Carolina's offense in the first half.

                                               Total Yards - 1st Half

Connor Shaw                            119

South Carolina                          108  (Shaw-119, Lattimore-12, Sanders-1, Team- -24)

Shaw's % of Total Offense       110.2%

The junior continued his stellar play Saturday, completing 15-of-18 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Two of Shaw's incompletions were catchable, too (Bruce Ellington's drop and D.L. Moore's missed grab in the end zone).  He could easily be 37 for his last 39.  Shaw will instead settle for 35 for his last 39 (89.7%).

Shaw & Lattimore.jpegShould Have Seen It Coming:  It figured Kentucky safety Daron Blaylock had the leaping ability to block Carolina's punt late in the first half.  He's the son of former Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock.

There Is An "I" in Team:  Like the rest of his teammates, Marcus Lattimore found himself bottled up in the first half.  The Gamecocks' career touchdowns leader managed only 12 yards on 5 carries, his running lanes congealed by an active Kentucky defense.  In the second half, though, Lattimore lowered his shoulder pads and got to work.  Running primarily out of the I-formation, Lattimore mauled his way to 112 yards - an average of 6.2 yards per carry. 

Lattimore Yards/Carry

Half         Carries                   Yards                      Yards/Carry

1st            5                              12                        2.4

2nd           18                           112                        6.2

 

Lattimore also continued another encouraging trend: like the season opener, South Carolina closed a tight game by dominating time of possession in the fourth quarter.

 

Team                    Margin Entering 4th Q                          Time of Possession             

Vanderbilt             +4                                                      10:18

Kentucky              +4                                                      10:04                                    

 

There Is An "I" In Team:  A Gilchrist left his mark in Lexington, but this time it wasn't Michael.  Fullback Qua Gilchrist received a game ball from head coach Steve Spurrier for another unsung performance in the Gamecocks backfield.  In addition to making his second career catch, the Abbeville, S.C., senior leveled monster blocks on Carolina's two longest running plays of the 2nd half.  First, he sealed his defender on the edge to spring Kenny Miles for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.  He then engaged his linebacker to allow Lattimore to spurt for 23 yards in the fourth quarter. 

With Carolina moving to a power-I in the second half -- we counted 30 plays from that alignment in the booth -- Gilchrist's contributions were invaluable.

A Thought:  On the surface, Devin Taylor's numbers seemed as quiet as his "Don't Say Nothin'" demeanor.  But ask yourself:  without Taylor hurrying opposing quarterbacks, or forcing them to re-direct their scrambles, how many tackles for loss and sacks would players like Aldrick Fordham, Chaz Sutton, and Kelcy Quarles have?  Taylor delivered a classic "Remember me?" performance Saturday, using his Pterodactyl-like wingspan to finish with 3 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and his first sack of the season.  He also helped overwhelm a Kentucky line that had protected its quarterbacks well:

Kentucky Sacks Allowed Per Pass Plays*

Games 1-4:                                        1 sack every 45.5 pass plays  (4.0 sacks in 168)

Vs. South Carolina                              1 sack every  4.4 pass plays   (7.0 sacks in 31)

 

*-"Pass Plays" = Pass Attempts + Sacks (because they began as a passing play).

 

Holloman vs. Mizzou.jpegHollomania:  Kentucky changed course dramatically after the departure of sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith to injury in the 1st quarter.  Instead of relying on the nation's 10th-best passer (322.0 ypg), the Wildcats downshifted to a zone-read option attack under freshman Jalen Whitlow.  That sudden change may have rattled the Gamecocks in the 1st half.

 

Enter DeVonte HollomanThe senior gave critical run support to help neutralize the Cats' ground game.  Five of his six tackles came on running plays, many of them came in one-on-one situations (last week, Holloman told me "I want to be more aggressive on the run.  Fighting off blocks is something I have to get used to").  He capped off his night with a sack and interception on back-to-back plays.  Holloman's work didn't go unnoticed by the Head Ball Coach:  Steve Spurrier awarded him a game ball in the locker room.   

 

Earlier in the day, Holloman wrote on social media that he planned on taking a nap at the team hotel, so he could "wake up in a bad mood" for the Kentucky offense.  His play helped put the Wildcats to sleep in the second half.

 

And Finally:  The Gamecocks topped 30 points in four straight games for the first time since 1987.

Join us next week as we begin our chart prep for Georgia.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  --AD--

 

Inside The Chart.pngThe stage is set - both ESPN College GameDay's and the metaphorical one - for a colossal matchup Saturday.

After slogging through the first half, Carolina steamrolled through the second en route to a 38-17 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.  The win caps off a dream scenario for the Gamecocks when their schedule was first released: a 5-0 September, and a top-10 showdown against fellow undefeated Georgia.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  There are six more days to focus on the Bulldogs.  Like the game itself, we can't overlook what happened in Lexington. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed.png"Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" from a rare double-digit win at Commonwealth Stadium:

  Living The Cliche:  The critics all use the same logic.  "You can't physically give more than 100%," they say.  "That's silly.  'Giving 110%' is impossible."

Tell that to Connor Shaw.

After a blocked punt cost the Gamecocks -24 team yards, Carolina finished the first half with 108 yards of total offense.  Shaw had 119 yards by himself (82 passing, 37 rushing).  It sounds impossible, but it's true - Shaw accounted for a Denard Robinson-like 110.1% of Carolina's offense in the first half.

                                               Total Yards - 1st Half

Connor Shaw                            119

South Carolina                          108  (Shaw-119, Lattimore-12, Sanders-1, Team- -24)

Shaw's % of Total Offense       110.2%

The junior continued his stellar play Saturday, completing 15-of-18 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Two of Shaw's incompletions were catchable, too (Bruce Ellington's drop and D.L. Moore's missed grab in the end zone).  He could easily be 37 for his last 39.  Shaw will instead settle for 35 for his last 39 (89.7%).

Shaw & Lattimore.jpegShould Have Seen It Coming:  It figured Kentucky safety Daron Blaylock had the leaping ability to block Carolina's punt late in the first half.  He's the son of former Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock.

There Is An "I" in Team:  Like the rest of his teammates, Marcus Lattimore found himself bottled up in the first half.  The Gamecocks' career touchdowns leader managed only 12 yards on 5 carries, his running lanes congealed by an active Kentucky defense.  In the second half, though, Lattimore lowered his shoulder pads and got to work.  Running primarily out of the I-formation, Lattimore mauled his way to 112 yards - an average of 6.2 yards per carry. 

Lattimore Yards/Carry

Half         Carries                   Yards                      Yards/Carry

1st            5                              12                        2.4

2nd           18                           112                        6.2

 

Lattimore also continued another encouraging trend: like the season opener, South Carolina closed a tight game by dominating time of possession in the fourth quarter.

 

Team                    Margin Entering 4th Q                          Time of Possession             

Vanderbilt             +4                                                      10:18

Kentucky              +4                                                      10:04                                    

 

There Is An "I" In Team:  A Gilchrist left his mark in Lexington, but this time it wasn't Michael.  Fullback Qua Gilchrist received a game ball from head coach Steve Spurrier for another unsung performance in the Gamecocks backfield.  In addition to making his second career catch, the Abbeville, S.C., senior leveled monster blocks on Carolina's two longest running plays of the 2nd half.  First, he sealed his defender on the edge to spring Kenny Miles for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.  He then engaged his linebacker to allow Lattimore to spurt for 23 yards in the fourth quarter. 

With Carolina moving to a power-I in the second half -- we counted 30 plays from that alignment in the booth -- Gilchrist's contributions were invaluable.

A Thought:  On the surface, Devin Taylor's numbers seemed as quiet as his "Don't Say Nothin'" demeanor.  But ask yourself:  without Taylor hurrying opposing quarterbacks, or forcing them to re-direct their scrambles, how many tackles for loss and sacks would players like Aldrick Fordham, Chaz Sutton, and Kelcy Quarles have?  Taylor delivered a classic "Remember me?" performance Saturday, using his Pterodactyl-like wingspan to finish with 3 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and his first sack of the season.  He also helped overwhelm a Kentucky line that had protected its quarterbacks well:

Kentucky Sacks Allowed Per Pass Plays*

Games 1-4:                                        1 sack every 45.5 pass plays  (4.0 sacks in 168)

Vs. South Carolina                              1 sack every  4.4 pass plays   (7.0 sacks in 31)

 

*-"Pass Plays" = Pass Attempts + Sacks (because they began as a passing play).

 

Holloman vs. Mizzou.jpegHollomania:  Kentucky changed course dramatically after the departure of sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith to injury in the 1st quarter.  Instead of relying on the nation's 10th-best passer (322.0 ypg), the Wildcats downshifted to a zone-read option attack under freshman Jalen Whitlow.  That sudden change may have rattled the Gamecocks in the 1st half.

 

Enter DeVonte HollomanThe senior Spur gave critical run support to slow the Cats' ground game in the 2nd half.  Last week, Holloman told me, "I want to be more aggressive on the run.  Fighting off blocks is something I have to get used to."  Five of his six tackles came on running plays, many of them came in one-on-one situations   He capped off his night with a sack and interception on back-to-back plays.  Holloman's work didn't go unnoticed by the Head Ball Coach:  Steve Spurrier awarded him a game ball in the locker room.   

 

Earlier in the day, Holloman wrote on social media that he planned on taking a nap at the team hotel, so he could "wake up in a bad mood" for the Kentucky offense.  His play helped put the Wildcats to sleep in the second half.

 

And Finally:  The Gamecocks topped 30 points in four straight games for the first time since 1987.

Join us next week as we begin our chart prep for Georgia.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  --AD--


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: volleyball hosts Florida and Ole Miss this weekend;
football hopes to continue winning streak this weekend; equestrian home season opener on Saturday; Billy Currington set to play free concert before Georgia game; women's soccer plays Auburn and Vandy on the road this weekend; get to know football senior center T.J. Johnson; and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Football Continues SEC Play At Kentucky On Saturday

Football. Gamecocks Practice Thursday

Football. Billy Currington Concert Set for Georgia Pregame


Volleyball. South Carolina Hosts No. 12 Florida, Ole Miss for Weekend Action

Men's Soccer. Coach Berson & Cory Burkarth Preview the FIU Match

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Begins Three Game Homestand Hosting FIU Saturday

Women's Soccer. South Carolina To Vie For Road Wins At Auburn, Vanderbilt
*Follow the Women's Soccer team on Twitter at @GamecockWSoccer for in-game updates

Equestrian. Equestrian Hosts No. 5 Oklahoma State in Season Opener on Saturday

Cross Country. Gamecocks Set To Race At Charlotte Invitational

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Back in Action This Weekend

Women's Tennis. Alawi, Kanakova Set to Compete at ITA All-American

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule




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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Special teams veteran turning USC around (Anderson Independent Mail)
*Coach Joe Robinson

Football: 10 Questions for the Kentucky Game (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Work ethic paying off for USC's Chaz Sutton (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: What to watch in the SEC: Week 5 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore

Football: Rabbit Season: No. 6 Gamecocks on big-time rush (GoSanAngelo.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: South Carolina pass rush represents toughest challenge for improved UK offensive line yet (KYForward.com)


Football: Cats Meet No. 6 South Carolina in SEC Home Opener (UKAthletics.com)

Football: MU film room: Observations from a 31-10 loss to South Carolina (The Kansas City Star)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Stephon Gilmore girding for his first Tom Brady experience (The Buffalo News)



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


We love seeing Gamecock fans support their team on the road! Hopefully we'll see a lot of Garnet and Black in the stands this weekend!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - September 28

Learning from The Past: Football Looks to Capitalize Against Kentucky

Players and Coaches Ready to Welcome Back Auguste, Swearinger

Travel and Gameday Information for Kentucky

"What Channel is the Game On?" Kentucky Edition

Gamecocks Facebook Fan of the Week




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know more about senior center T.J. Johnson in his Gamecock Spotlight. Watch more Gamecock Spotlights on our 2012-13 student-athletes here!





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina's fourth-ranked equestrian team begins its 2012-2013 season on Saturday, when the Gamecocks host No. 5 Oklahoma State at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. Saturday's meet will begin at 1 p.m., and admission is free.

The South Carolina men's soccer team begins a three game homestand when it hosts FIU on Saturday at 7 p.m., in the first Conference USA home contest of the season for Carolina.



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Inside The Chart.png A season-defining, circled-on-the-calendar gauntlet awaits the Gamecocks next week.

Or maybe, it begins tomorrow.

A 1-3 Kentucky team may seem an unlikely choice to include in Carolina's midseason meat grinder.  But consider this:  in the last seven meetings between Carolina and UK at Commonwealth Stadium, the average margin of victory is 4.9 points.  Gamecock fans have likely not forgotten the horrors of 2010, when Kentucky reeled off 21 straight second-half points to steal a 31-28 win.  That also marked the last time South Carolina lost to an SEC Eastern Division opponent. 

And while they may have played their most well-rounded game of the season against Missouri, Steve Spurrier says his team still played far from its best.  "We haven't done that much yet," Spurrier cautioned at his Tuesday press conference.  The Gamecocks want to set a tone, as much as they want to get a win.

Get in the mindset.  The gauntlet starts tomorrow.

Pre-snap reads before South Carolina heads to Bluegrass Country with its highest ranking for a road game since 1984 (7:00 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):

Sight for Sore Eyes Arms?  Joe B. Hall, former Kentucky basketball coach, quipped on his Louisville radio show Wednesday that the sight of Steve Spurrier "always wakes up our fans a little bit." 

The sight of Kentucky also awakens the "Fun N' Gun" instincts of the Head Ball Coach.  In his South Carolina career, Spurrier has averaged more passing yards against Kentucky than any other opponent - and by a wide margin.

Passing Yards/Game under Steve Spurrier

Rank                       Opponent                              Pass YPG

1.                            Kentucky                             280.7

2.                            Vanderbilt                             254.9

3.                            Arkansas                              237.0

 

Shaw vs. Mizzou.jpeg Kentucky has had to replace three starters in its defensive secondary, including NFL Draft pick Winston Guy (#2 in the SEC in tackles last year).  Starting safety Ashely Lowery is doubtful with concussion-like symptons, meaning senior Martavious Neloms could move to safety for the first time this year.   Both of Joker Phillips' starting cornerbacks could be true freshmen (Cody Quinn and J.D. Harmon).  That could bode well for Connor Shaw, who will pick up a school-record streak of 20 consecutive completions Saturday.  He needs four more to break Tee Martin's SEC record.   

Connor Shaw carries a streak of 20 straight completions into Saturday's game at Kentucky.California Love:  Shaw's counterpart under center, sophomore Maxwell Smith, may be a rarity:  an SEC starting quarterback who didn't have a single FBS scholarship offer after his senior year of high school.  Smith went unnoticed out of Granada Hills, Calif., due to transferring high schools and playing in a run-heavy offense.  Without an offer after his senior season, Smith sent videotape of his highlights to Kentucky, believing its offense fit his style of play.  Hence his migration from the West Coast to Lexington.

 

Maxwell Smith.jpg Smith also joins an unlikely cabal of California QB's in the SEC.  Did you know:  the Golden State claims more starting quarterbacks (Smith, Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee's Tyler Bray) in the SEC than any other state.  A separated shoulder forced Smith to miss the Florida game, but his quick release makes him well-suited to running UK's no-huddle offense.   

 

Kentucky sophomore Maxwell Smith guides a no-huddle offense.

 

No Huddle, No Problem?  In a 32-14 win September 2, #19th-ranked Louisville admitted it had trouble slowing Kentucky's no-huddle.  "They were able to take the ball up and down the field. We weren't able to get pressure. Kentucky was smart, they were able to come with the three-step game and get the ball out of the quarterback's hands quickly," Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong said.

 

South Carolina has already faced an uptempo, no-huddle offense this season in UAB.  However, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Kentucky's no-huddle is slightly different than the Blazers'.  Instead of snapping the ball quickly, Kentucky will line up quickly, but wait for a play call from the sideline.

 

You Down With TOP?  Kentucky comes in with the nation's second-worst time of possession, controlling the clock for only 23:30 per game.  South Carolina ran its offense crisply and methodically against Missouri, frustrating the Tigers with dump-offs and underneath throws.  With a rapidly improving offensive line, and Marcus Lattimore poised for a breakout, the Commonwealth Stadium clock might seem ripe to dominate.

 

Raymond Sanders.jpg Beware, though:  time of possession is a notoriously unreliable predictor of success.  South Carolina's two losses last season came against teams that ranked 108th (Auburn) and 104th (Arkansas) in time of possession.  The Gamecocks barely survived a Mississippi State that finished 116th in that category.

 

Kentucky RB Raymond Sanders III.

 

Betcha Didn't Know:  Kentucky has produced an All-SEC linebacker for six straight seasons.  The Wildcats lost a combined 100 starts from their linebacking corps last season, including SEC leading tackler Danny Trevathan.

 

Best Test?  The Wildcats may draw more exposure for their passing game, but their running game also deserves praise - and heightened awareness for Carolina's defenders. 

 

Kentucky ranks 47th in the nation in yards per carry, toting the rock an average of 4.80 yards (that includes yards lost by quarterback sacks).  By comparison, South Carolina's last three opponents ranked 85th, 113th, and 122nd.

 

Yards Per Carry - Last 3 Opponents

Rank       Team

47.          Kentucky

85.          Missouri

113.        East Carolina

122.        UAB

 

The Wildcats will miss senior CoShik Williams (hip strain), but watch out for explosive junior Raymond Sanders III.  Sanders - otherwise known as the tailback who preceded Mike Davis at Stephenson HS (Stone Mountain, Ga.) - averages a gaudy 7.7 yards per carry. 

 

South Carolina ranks eighth in the country against the run.  Saturday could present the biggest threat yet to that ranking.

 

And Finally...  It's a heady time to be in the Sanders household.  Junior wideout Ace Sanders ranks among the nation's leaders in punt returns (16.3 ypr) for the #6 Gamecocks.  His Dad, Tracy, coaches defensive backs at Manatee HS (Bradenton, Fla.), which ranks #1 in the nation in USA Today's High School Top 25.

 

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage starts at 4:00 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you in Lexington.  -AD--

 

*Written by student assistant Kelly McAlindin

Following practice Wednesday, Carolina Football coaches and players are feeling confident as they prepare to hit the road to Lexington to face Kentucky.

It's been two years since the disappointing 31-28 loss at Commonwealth Stadium and that game has been looming in the mind of the team, especially Marcus Lattimore.

"They are the only [SEC] East team in the past three years that has beat us, it stays on our mind," Lattimore said.

Although the memory remains sour amongst the players and coaches, they plan to use it as motivation to get on the field and win, "They embarrassed us, " Lattimore explained, "but we're getting ready to go to Kentucky and try to come back with a win."

When asked about the team's game plan, Lattimore has confidence in the offense because there are "so many play-makers that it's going to be hard for [Kentucky] to key in on one guy."

Junior quarterback Connor Shaw also feels good about the team's position going into Saturday's game,"Our goal is to get better every week and I think we've been doing that."

When questioned about the offense's strategy, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus believes the Gamecocks have a big job to do, "We got to go out there and do what we're supposed to do to beat Kentucky and give our best effort against an SEC East opponent on the road."

Mangus also thinks the team must go into the game with a mission in mind and the only way to achieve that mission is through solid leadership, "Every good team I've ever been associated with has had good leaders and we have a lot of leadership in the locker room and on this football team."

In addition to an improving offense and strong leadership,Carolina has also been the least penalized team in the SEC. Coach Spurrier believes this achievement will play to their advantage against Kentucky,"our guys have been disciplined and we're trying to play some disciplined football."

Even though games against Kentucky have not boded well for the Gamecocks in the past, Coach Spurrier feels positive about the game and the condition of the team, "We are very healthy and we are looking forward to the ball game."

Watch full video of the coaches and player's comments here and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for comments after Thursday's practice.


 
  

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/27

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Wednesday practice recaps as the Gamecock football team prepares for UK; Gamecock softball heads to Charlotte; baseball announces weekend scrimmages; travel and TV information for the football road game at Kentucky; get to know men's soccer junior forward Bradlee Baladez; and more! 




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Football. Gamecocks Practice Wednesday

Football. Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Football. Carolina - Georgia Game Time Set

Softball. Gamecock Softball Heads to Charlotte for 1st Half of Fall
Schedule

W. Soccer. SEC Soccer At 20: Blakely Mattern

Track/Field. Gamecock Track Announces 2012 Coaches Clinic

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule

Baseball. Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 10 In The Nation

Women's Basketball. SEC Announces Five Women's Hoops Games to be Televised



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 3-0 so far! Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against YouDee from Delaware.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: (6) South Carolina (4-0) at Kentucky (1-3) (ET) (Kansas City Star)

Football: SEC assistants poised to make the jump (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Predictions: SEC Week 5 (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: More Signs of Balance Between SEC East and West (Associated Press Sports)

Football: Can USC Continue to Improve Its Play in the Punt Return Game? (SB Nation)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: BUCK BELUE: Georgia stepping up level of competition (Savannah Morning News)



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Once a Gameock, always a Gamecock! We love to see fans supporting our players even after they're no longer in Garnet and Black.




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Players and Coaches Ready to Welcome Back Auguste, Swearinger

Travel and Gameday Information for Kentucky

"What Channel is the Game On?" Kentucky Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - September 25

Gamecocks Facebook Fan of the Week

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Takes on Florida Friday and More




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know South Carolina Men's Soccer junior forward and preseason All C-USA nominee Bradlee Baladez!





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina gets its first fall competition on the softball diamond this weekend in an event at Charlotte. The Gamecocks take on the host 49ers to start and end the event while also facing Greensboro College and Elon.

The South Carolina baseball team continues fall practice this week with three more scrimmages at Carolina Stadium over the weekend. All three scrimmages are open to the public on at Carolina Stadium. First pitch on Friday is set for 4 p.m. with Saturday's scrimmage scheduled for Noon and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is sent to us by Stephanie Burroughs from Charlotte, NC. This is a shot taken from this past weekend as they prepared to watch the Gamecocks play Mizzou. Jim and Stephanie Burroughs (left) and Jim's parents, Debbie and Jim (center/right), are all Carolina Alumni! Jim and Stephanie also have three children, Jay (6), Ty (2), and Lexi (3 months).

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/26

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball recruiting class ranked No.10; Tuesday practice recaps as the Gamecock football team prepares for UK; Blakely Mattern represents Carolina in SEC Soccer at 20; travel and TV information for the football road game at Kentucky; get to know volleyball junior Megan Kent; and more! 





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Baseball. Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 10 In The Nation

Football. Tuesday's Practice Report

Football. Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Football. Carolina - Georgia Game Time Set

Women's Basketball. SEC Announces Five Women's Hoops Games to be Televised



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 3-0 so far! Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against YouDee from Delaware.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Soccer: SEC Soccer At 20: Blakely Mattern (SEC Digital Network)

Football: USC's Shaw to continue passing streak against Kentucky (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: No. 6 USC careful to focus on Kentucky (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Preview: No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks at Kentucky Wildcats (CBS Sports)
*Marcus Lattimore and Ace Sanders

Football: Spurrier: No. 6 Gamecocks better than Kentucky (Associated Press)

Football: Breaking down the SEC quarterbacks (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Connor Shaw

Football: Clark: Spurrier impeccable with injuries (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Gamecocks' Shaw is the ultimate throwback (ESPN SEC Blog)


General: Tanner supports Spurrier's decision (TheBigSpur.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Chat with Alshon Jeffery (ESPN Chicago)

Baseball: Smoak Playing Strong in Seattle (The Patch)


*Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate for the Mariners Tuesday night, a solo shot in the fourth against Greinke and a two-run drive off lefty Scott Downs during a three-run seventh that sliced the Angels' lead to 5-4.


Keep up with weekly updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Love this! All Gamecock student-athletes are like super heroes to us!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Travel and Gameday Information for Kentucky

"What Channel is the Game On?" Kentucky Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - September 25

Gamecocks Facebook Fan of the Week

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Takes on Florida Friday and More

Kelcy Quarles Bolstered by Strong Parents, Support System



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know South Carolina Volleyball junior Megan Kent in her Gamecock Spotlight! Watch more Gamecock Spotlights on our student-athletes here!






ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina baseball's recruiting class has been ranked No. 10 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. This year's class features 15 newcomers including high school standout Curt Britt of Laurinburg, N.C.
As a senior in 2012, Britt went 8-0 and compiled a 0.48 ERA in 56.0 innings pitched with 70 strikeouts. Britt  was rated No. 152 best high school prospect in the nation and No. 4 best high school prospect in state of North Carolina by Perfect Game USA.

Volleyball returns from a road trip to host two big SEC matches starting with Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to match the team's uniforms and wear white to the match! Volleyball will also host Ole Miss this Sunday at 1:30 on International Fitness Day - the first 100 children will receive a free water bottle to encourage fitness.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's Fan Photo was sent in by Danielle Greene who was enjoying the first home night game of the season vs. UAB!


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Thumbnail image for FB-12 D.J. Swearinger media at practice 9-25-12.jpegAfter practice Tuesday several coaches and players from the Gamecocks' defense spoke to the media regarding the upcoming Kentucky game, and the return of key players. Senior cornerback Akeem Auguste is hoping to play Saturday after missing almost all of last season and the first four games of this season due to injury. Senior free safety D.J. Swearinger will return to the line-up after a hit in the UAB game resulted in a one-game suspension.

When asked what it means to have Auguste back, Coach Grady Brown commented, "Its huge from a depth standpoint. He helps us out whether it be on special teams, defense, or even his spirit."

Despite being out for over a year, Auguste has continued to be a leader on the team and is ready to contribute on the field again. Auguste explained to the media yesterday, "While I was down I encouraged our guys to keep us undefeated."

Younger players who were not here when Auguste was healthy, such as T.J. Gurley, recognize the potential Auguste has and are eager to play with him. Gurley explained, "I wasn't here when he played, but everybody told me he's good. He helps us a lot."

In regards to Auguste's determination to play, senior spur DeVonte Holloman commented, "He's excited to be back, and is doing every little thing to get better and get ready to play this week."

D.J. Swearinger is also determined to make a big return this weekend after facing a one-game suspension, and is quick to brush off comments that he may be emotionally charged. "No matter what the circumstances are I go out there and play my game. I'm just ready to play football again."

Even coaches have very few concerns over Swearinger being "too geeked up," or emotional for his return on Saturday. Coach Brown clarified that football is a reaction game and Swearinger's emotions will not be a factor in him making another hit like the one in the UAB game.

When discussing last year's victory over the Wildcats Swearinger stated, "Last year we only played 2.5 quarters and Kentucky got up on us, so we have to go there and play 4 full quarters."

With a winning streak on the line, the Gamecocks want to avoid the mistakes that led to an upset the last time they traveled to Kentucky in 2010. Coach Spurrier and the leaders of the team keep reminding everyone to stay focused, and as Swearinger stated, "Go out there and have the best show that we have ever had."


Watch full videos of the player's and coaches' comments here, and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for comments after Wednesday's practice.


Travel and Gameday Information for Kentucky

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As Carolina Football travels to Lexington this weekend, so will lots of Gamecock fans looking to cheer them to victory against Kentucky. The Wildcats, just coming off a loss against No. 11 Florida, will be looking for their first SEC win while our Gamecocks will be looking to remain undefeated. Be sure to wear gameday Garnet and Black to help us stand out in the sea of  blue! The team will be wearing their white away jerseys - pant color still TBD.






Here are some helpful tips and information we've pulled together to help you enjoy gameday on the road.

If you have gameday questions in Lexington, feel free to tweet us at @GamecocksOnline and we will do our best to help! Many questions may be answered in advance on Kentucky's Gameday Information Page.



Directions to Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington

Map:

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UK Visiting Team Guide: Hotels, Dining, Transportation, etc.


You can also access Kentucky's Visitor Parking suggestions, parking maps and tailgating policies by clicking here. They recommend visitors use their shuttle service due to limited non-reserved parking options, but there is some surface parking available.



Tickets for the game are still available via Ticketmaster.com. You can also view the Commonwealth Stadium seating chart there to aid you in the process.


If you purchased tickets through the South Carolina Ticket Office you may pick them up at the visitor ticket gate, NW service gate between Gate 3 and Gate 4 at Commonwealth Stadium. Our ticket office staff will also be on location there to assist Gamecock fans with any gameday ticket problems.



GAMEDAY ARRIVAL

The football team will arrive at Commonwealth Stadium at approximately 5 p.m. ET.  They are scheduled to be dropped off at Gate 9 of Commonwealth  Stadium. Fans are welcome to come cheer on the team as they get off the bus and head in to the stadium!




"What Channel is the Game On?" Kentucky Edition

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Thumbnail image for ESPN2 logo.jpgOur weekly "what channel is the game on?" post returns with your #6 Gamecocks hitting the road to Lexington to face Kentucky. Tickets for the game are still available via Ticketmaster.com. The Gamecocks are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC after a 31-10 victory over Missouri last Saturday.

Every week we'll bring you this post to try to help out those in Gamecock Country who can't make it to the game in person.


The Gamecocks will take on Kentucky on Saturday, September 29, airing nationally on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. ESPN's Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards will call the action for the broadcast.

The game will also be available nationwide online streaming on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.  WatchESPN is available free to fans with video subscriptions through Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Brighthouse and Comcast. Note, this is different from last season. This year games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will only be on WatchESPN and not ESPN3.com. Saturday's game is not available on ESPN3.com.


Game Information:
Who: #6 South Carolina at Kentucky
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Commonwealth Stadium - Lexington, Kentucky
TV: ESPN2, WatchESPN
Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


While we don't know the exact channel number for every local ESPN2 channel across the country, we've included below channels within the state of South Carolina. Remember to check your local listings for the actual channel number in your area.


Local Channel Listings for ESPN2 (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):



ESPN2

Time Warner Cable
Columbia, SC Channel 27 (Digital 501, HD 1501)
Florence, SC Channel 28
Myrtle Beach, SC Channel 26
Summerville (Charleston), SC Channel 27
DirecTV Channel 209
Dish Channel 144
AT&T Uverse Channel 606
Charter Cable Channel 33


If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game (Who wouldn't? Especially if it's a Carolina win!) catch the re-broadcast of the game with Andy Demetra and Brad Muller on the call on Sunday, September 30, at 8 p.m. on SportSouth following The Steve Spurrier Show at 7:30 p.m. The replay also airs at 1 a.m.


In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). The game is also available via satellite radio (Sirius 92/XM 198).

Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the Gamecock radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access. 

 

Inside The Chart.pngQuin Smith turns his palms up and traces the scars, barely visible now, that begin at his wrist and don't stop until they approach his armpits. 

Smith has a story to tell, one that few people know about, and one that makes the senior from Lenoir, N.C., grateful every day that he can buckle a chinstrap. 

"I pretty much had a near-death experience," Smith said.

Instead, Smith has made the most of his final season, tying for 2nd on the team in tackles (20).  His 10 tackles against Missouri set a new career high.

Quin Smith.jpegBut that strong, sure-handed tackling may never have happened had things turned out differently when Quin (short for Jocquin) was 8 years old.  He and a friend were playing outside after school, chasing each other around.  Smith's friend ran through the family's side glass door, slamming it behind him.  Smith, following closely behind, couldn't stop his momentum.  He stuck his arms out to brace himself.

"My hands went right through the glass door," he said.  "It took a chunk of meat out of my wrist.  The glass came within an inch of cutting my main artery."

The broken glass still sliced dangerously along his left wrist, right elbow, and other areas.  Had it punctured any closer to the main artery, Smith could have bled to death.  His friend's family, hearing him "crying hysterically," wrapped his arms in towels to stop the bleeding. 

Smith says his family rushed him to the emergency room at 3 p.m.  It took doctors until 8 p.m. to finish his stitches.

"The doctors and my Dad stopped counting at 68," Smith said. 

As grave as the situation could have been, Smith only missed a week of school.  The biggest hardship, he said, was that he couldn't write for a month (he's left-handed).  Time has faded most of his scars, which now wrap around sturdy biceps and thick, blacksmith's forearms.  Clearly, the injury was no impediment to Smith growing into a 6'1" 239-pound SEC linebacker.  

But in a game that glorifies inches - the inches between a first down and a punt, the inches between a win and a loss - Smith hasn't forgotten that an inch separated his life from death.

"That's why I never try to take a day for granted."

Other notes as we begin our prep for Kentucky:

More on Quin:  A political science major, the soft-spoken Smith is thinking about applying to law school.  "I've always been a good arguer," he told me.

Tackle vs. Mizzou.jpegProtect At All Costs:  Kentucky's offense may not inspire sonnets, but the Wildcats have done a secretly superb job of protecting their quarterbacks.  UK has thrown 178 passes, the 7th highest total in a nation.  Yet the Wildcats offensive line, led by Outland Trophy Watch List guard Larry Warford, has only allowed 4.0 sacks - an average of one sack every 45.5 passing plays. 

 

The Gamecock defense has racked up 15.0 sacks through 4 games.

 

The Gamecocks defensive line has given opposing quarterbacks headaches (and judging by some sacks, far worse).  Their 15.0 sacks in 188 pass attempts comes out to an average of one sack every 13.5 passing plays

 

Kentucky's record (1-3, 0-1 SEC), may not suggest it, but South Carolina's pass rush could receive its toughest test Saturday.

 

                                                              

                                          Sacks                          Pass Attempts                       Sacks/Passing Plays

UK Offensive Line             4.0  (allowed)             178                                         1/45.5

USC Defensive Line          15.0                             188                                         1/13.5

 

False Start: Will there be an opportunity to pounce on the Wildcats early?  Kentucky has been outscored 21-0 in the first quarter.  Carolina has outscored opponents 28-3 in the opening quarter.

 

(No) Drops & Give Me 20:  Connor Shaw earned his first-ever SEC Offensive Player of the Week award last year following a career-high 311 passing yards in Carolina's 54-3 rout of Kentucky.  He enters this year's Kentucky matchup with another SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor, thanks to a 20-for-21, 249-yard performance against Missouri.

 

Where does Shaw's 20 straight completions (and counting) rank among some other records?  I did the research.

 

Record         Player                  Completions         Year                Opponent

Ball Coach         Steve Spurrier*          16                                  1966                       Florida St. (9), N.C. State (7)

S. Carolina       Connor Shaw              20-                                2012                       Missouri (20), at UK 9/29

SEC                    Tee Martin                      23                                 1998                       South Carolina

NFL                    Donovan McNabb           24                                 2004                       NYG (10), Green Bay (14)

NCAA                Dominique Davis             36                                  2011                      Memphis (10), Navy (26)

 

* - Even the Head Ball Coach couldn't remember his highest consecutive completions streak at Florida.  In fact, his record stood for 39 years under Chris Leak broke it in 2005.

 

All He Does Is Catch Touchdowns:  Believe it or not, the NCAA keeps records on this.  The NCAA record for highest percentage of passes caught for touchdowns (min. 20 TD) is 35.3% by Southern Cal's Kevin Williams (24 of 68, 1977-80).

Here's something to think about.  Rory Anderson:  6 touchdowns, 14 career touchdowns, 42.3%.  The sophomore added to his total Saturday with a 13-yard haul against Missouri.

Yes, it's a long ways away... but....

Join us Friday for our final "Pre-Snap Reads" before the Gamecocks descend into Bluegrass country.  --AD--

Gamecocks Facebook Fan of the Week

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We love any chance to acknowledge our fantastic fans so we've added a new feature to our Facebook page - a Fan of the Week!  Click here to submit your story and get your friends to vote for you!

Here is our first-ever winner, Melissa Bryson of Mauldin, SC, with her story and photo.


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"I love all things Gamecocks!! Love watching on tv and buying shirts accessories, etc. Went to my first game at Williams Brice.. USC vs UAB.. The best part was Michael Roth, who used to be a pitcher for Gamecocks baseball, sat right in front of me!! GO COCKS!!!"






Go Gamecocks and go be our Facebook Fan of the Week!

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Football weekly press conference today; men's soccer falls to SMU; Cocky remains undefeated in Capital One Mascot Challenge weekly match-ups; fans thrilled Gamecocks will take on Georgia at night; highlights from last Saturday's win against Mizzou; and more! 





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Steve Spurrier Press Conference

*Go to GamecocksOnline.com All-Access to watch today's comments from Qua Gilchrist, Quin Smith, and Chaz Sutton


Football. Carolina - Georgia Game Time Set

Football. Shaw and Sanders Receive SEC Honors

Men's Soccer. Gamecock Men's Soccer Suffers 2-1 Loss At SMU



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 3-0 so far! Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against YouDee from Delaware.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Clark: Spurrier impeccable with injuries (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Gamecocks' Shaw is the ultimate throwback (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: One Good Thing: SEC (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Chris Low talks about the South Carolina defense ranking up there with the best defenses in this league.



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Gamecocks could be facing Kentucky's freshman QB (WISTV.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Former high school athletes still starring (Hickory Daily Record)
*Ryan Succop

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Keep up with weekly updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Just another reason why we love our Gamecocks! Let's keep the ball rolling as we head to Kentucky to face the Wildcats this weekend!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Takes on Florida Friday and More

Inside the Chart with Andy Demetra - Sept. 22

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Ace Sanders Punt Return

Thumbnail image for FB-12 Kelcy Quarles and dad.jpgKelcy Quarles Bolstered by Strong Parents, Support System

The Legacy Continues: Gamecock Football in the Family

A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the Gamecock Productions highlights of Carolina's big win over Mizzou Saturday!





ROOSTER CROWS

Danielle Au scored her first goal of the season and South Carolina had two first-half goals called back in a 1-1 draw at Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Razorback Field. The Gamecocks move to 3-4-3 (0-2-2 SEC) on the year while Arkansas is now 4-5-1 (1-2-1).

Volleyball returns from a road trip to host two big SEC matches starting with Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to match the team's uniforms and wear white to the match! Volleyball will also host Ole Miss this Sunday at 1:30 on International Fitness Day - the first 100 children will receive a free water bottle to encourage fitness.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is Gabriel Chisholm, son of Travis and Sarah Chisholm. Travis sent in the photo, saying, "This was his first Carolina game and he had a blast! He tunes in every week to watch the Gamecocks and is one devoted little fan! Go Gamecocks!"


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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Connor Shaw and Ace Sanders earn rave reviews for their perfomances Saturday; Football now ranked #6 in the country; Cocky undefeated so far in Capital One Mascot Challenge weekly match-ups; updates from Gamecocks in the NFL action over the weekend; fans thrilled Gamecocks will take on Georgia at night; and more! 




GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Carolina - Georgia Game Time Set

Football. Connor Shaw Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Football. Shaw and Sanders Receive SEC Honors

Football. Post-Game Extra: Cory Burkarth and ESPN.com Writer Chris Low

Football. Gamecocks Continue to Rise in Polls

Football. Shaw's Record-Setting Day Leads Gamecocks Past Missouri, 31-10

Women's Soccer. South Carolina Draws Arkansas, 1-1, Sunday Afternoon

Volleyball. Gamecocks Hang Tough But Fall in Four at No. 21 Tennessee

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Wrap Up Play at Furman Fall Classic




VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 3-0 so far! Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against YouDee from Delaware.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: The Monday "Three And Out": Blowout Weekend (SEC Digital Network)
*Connor Shaw and Ace Sanders

Football: The SEC East now has the 'Big Three' (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Quarterback Shaw returns to top form for Gamecocks (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

Football: Record-setting day for Marcus Lattimore (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Marcus Lattimore bolsters his resume with productive day (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

Football: Finally, special teams special (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: SEC newcomer is no match for South Carolina (Augusta Chronicle)

Football: Tailgating on the Cockaboat (WLTX)

Baseball: Scrimmage observations (GamecockCentral.com)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Ryan Succop vs. Chiefs.jpgFootball: Succop lifts Chiefs over Saints with record-setting game (News-Leader.com)
*Ryan Succop's Chiefs-record six field goals included a 31-yard game winner


Football: Chat with Alshon Jeffery (ESPN Sports Nation)

Football: Superlatives on the Falcons (ESPN NFC South Blog)
*John Abraham

Football: Dunta Robinson tied for a team-high seven tackles in the Falcons' win over the Chargers.

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Keep up with weekly updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Lots of excitement about this news today! Night time in a sold out Williams-Brice will be fantastic!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Ray Tanner; Swimming's Michael Flach & Jason Memont

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Takes on Florida Friday and More

Inside the Chart with Andy Demetra - Sept. 22

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Ace Sanders Punt Return

Thumbnail image for FB-12 Kelcy Quarles and dad.jpgKelcy Quarles Bolstered by Strong Parents, Support System

The Legacy Continues: Gamecock Football in the Family

Recycle at Carolina Football Games


A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room



VIDEO OF THE DAY

With over 6,000 views on YouTube, Ace Sanders' 49-yard punt return was the buzz of the weekend! The great performance also made it into ESPN SportCenter's Top 10 Plays countdown.





ROOSTER CROWS

Connor Shaw threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and completed a school-record 20 consecutive passes to finish the game in Saturday's 31-10 win over Missouri. Shaw earned SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and AgSouth Athlete of the Week honors.

Shaw's 20 consecutive completions are tied for the second most in SEC history with Ole Miss' Kent Austin, who had 20 straight against Tennessee in 1982. Shaw's completion percentage of 95.2 is also a school record and ranks second in SEC history behind Tee Martin's (Tennessee) record of 95.8 (23-of-24), which came against South Carolina in 1998.




FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


"Oh you know, just hangin' around." Check out Hodges Compton, cool as a cucumber in his very professional-looking Gamecock attire as he headed to the doctor for some shots! Sent in by his proud parents, Luke and Michelle Compton.


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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to "Inside the Roost" tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game! Joining host Derek Scott first is Athletics Director Ray Tanner, followed by swimming and diving standout Michael Flach to discuss his experience at the U.S. Olympic Trials and getting back into the pool for the Gamecocks this season. The group will also be joined by Associate Head Coach Jason Memont from swimming and diving.

Listen to "Inside the Roost" every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insights into Gamecock Athletics and special guests. You can also listen online!  

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Volleyball returns from a road trip to host two big SEC matches starting with Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to match the team's uniforms and wear white to the match! Volleyball will also host Ole Miss this Sunday at 1:30 on International Fitness Day - the first 100 children will receive a free water bottle to encourage fitness. Men's Soccer will host FIU on Saturday on Youth Soccer Night with several activities for kids. Equestrian hosts their first home event of the year earlier that day taking on Oklahoma State at 1 p.m.

 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates


Friday, September 28, 2012

Volleyball vs. #13 Florida - 7 p.m.
-    WHITE OUT - everyone is encouraged to wear white to the match!
-    Free Rally Towel and Bandana giveaway


Saturday, September 29, 2012

#4 Equestrian vs. #5 Oklahoma State - 1 p.m.
-   Free admission at One Wood Farm in Blythewood
-   Team posters
-   First home event of the season!


Men's Soccer vs. FIU - 7 p.m.
-    Guard the Yard
The dorm that has the highest percentage of attendees after this season's four C-USA games will receive a grand prize at the end of the season!
-    Boy Scout Night
-    Youth Soccer Night
Cones, drills, and goals available for youth play


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Volleyball vs. Ole Miss - 1:30 p.m.
-    International Fitness Day
First 100 kids (12 and under) will receive a free water bottle in support of International Fitness Day
-    High School Night
-    Post-Match Autograph Session


Gamecocks on the road...  (all times Eastern)

Men's Soccer at SMU - Monday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Auburn - Friday, 8 p.m.
Cross Country at Charlotte Invitational - Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Chattanooga Invitational - Friday-Sunday
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American Championships - Saturday-Thursday
Football at Kentucky - Saturday, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2
Women's Soccer at Vanderbilt - Sunday, 2 p.m.

 

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Connor Shaw swears he's had better days.  As a senior at Flowery Branch (Ga.) HS, Shaw said he completed 18-of-18 passes in a game against Lumpkin County HS. 

Okay, that's not entirely true.  A quick Internet search reveals he only completed 15-of-16 passes in a 35-7 win. 

Forgive Shaw for his less-than-perfect memory.  Almost everything else about his night was the opposite.    

Shaw vs. Mizzou.jpegIn a week that saw his right shoulder scrutinized - and perhaps even his effectiveness questioned - Shaw answered with a resounding, record-setting performance in Carolina's 31-10 win over Missouri.  The junior completed 20-of-21 passes (95.2%) for 249 yards, breaking Gordon Beckham's 31 year-old school record for completion percentage.  His 20 consecutive strikes tied the second-longest streak in SEC history.  And his most impressive play, a winding, 80-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter, won't even show up in the box score because of a penalty.

Pardon the pun, but the guy showed he can shoulder an offense. 

"Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes" from Missouri's SEC initiation at Williams-Brice Stadium:

More on Shaw:  Shaw, who said he felt no pain when he threw, kept Missouri in check with a barrage of short throws, dump-offs, and underneath routes.  Of his 21 pass attempts, only two traveled farther than 10 yards in the air. 

With the way Missouri presented its defense, Shaw said he had no incentive to do anything else.

"We knew coming into the game that they were going to drop into a big zone.  They played like that against other teams, and they were going to stay true to it.  I think we did a good job of completing balls underneath and making them make plays," Shaw told me. 

The box score backs him up.  A remarkable 15 of his 20 completions went to non-wide receivers (10 to running backs and fullbacks, 5 to tight ends).

Quote of the Week:  "I don't think I've even hit him in practice."

-Shaw, cracking a smile, on senior Qua Gilchrist.  You know you're in a zone when you're completing balls to the fullback.  The underappreciated Gilchrist did his best Patrick Dimarco pantomime, catching his first career pass from Shaw in the 2nd quarter. 

Cavorting Catching With The Enemy:  Junior Ace Sanders used a hometown connection -- and a family hookup -- to improve his skills in the offseason.  The Gamecock wideout spent part of his summer training at IMG Academies in his native Bradenton, Fla., where he caught passes from none other than Carolina Panthers quarterback -- and South Carolina arch-nemesis -- Cam Newton.  Sanders also ran skeleton drills against NFL cornerbacks, including New York Giants six-year veteran Michael Coe.  He got the invitation thanks to his cousin, current Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Jenkins.

Even Newton would have approved of Sanders' gecko-handed, 23-yard touchdown grab late in the 1st half to put Carolina ahead 21-3.  Sanders said his time at IMG helped him refine his pre-catch techniques.

 

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Ace Sanders hangs on for a 23-yard touchdown catch against Missouri.

"It gave me a feel of what that next level might be like," Sanders told me.  "As soon as you turn your head, the ball is there.  You have to be ready getting in and out of your breaks."

The training paid off on his touchdown.  Recognizing a cover-one, bump-and-run coverage, Shaw said he lofted the ball to Sanders before he made his cut.  Sanders, having jetted past 1st Team All-Big XII cornerback E.J. Gaines, was ready for it.

Foreshadowing:  Sanders toted around a pair of 3D glasses after the game.  His Friday night movie of choice was "Dredd." 

That may have also described what Missouri special-teamers felt when they saw him line up for punts.

A New Spin:  Jadeveon Clowney continued his "Unstoppable Force Tour of 2012," blasting through a battered Missouri offensive line for 1.5 sacks and 4 tackles.  Most jaw-dropping was his inside spin move and sack of Tigers quarterback James Franklin in the third quarter.  Clowney took one step to his right, then whirled around Missouri left tackle Justin Britt.  Franklin stepped up, trying to evade the pocket, but Clowney and Aldrick Fordham wrapped him up for a loss. 

Clowney vs. Mizzou.jpegClowney said he learned the spin from a pretty talented technician.

"I've been working on that since I got to college," Clowney said afterwards.  "I learned that from Melvin Ingram when he was here.  I took that out of his little playbook."

Jadeveon Clowney (right) had another monster day against Missouri.

Tackling The Job:  Steve Spurrier alluded on "Carolina Calls" to a change on the offensive line.  Assistant Shawn Elliott made it official Saturday, giving 6'8," 337-pound "Condo" Corey Robinson his first start at left tackle and moving sophomore Mike Matulis back to right tackle.

But as Marcus Lattimore explained, the Gamecocks had no designs on hiding their young tackles. 

"The play that was hitting the most was an outside-zone play.  We pull two offensive linemen [center and guard] depending on what front [the Tigers] were in.  It's just a play to stretch them out," Lattimore said.  With the center and guard pulling toward the tackles, Lattimore grinded out 85 rushing yards.

And it wasn't just run-blocking either:  the Gamecock offensive line allowed a season-low one sack.

Credit To:  Gamecocks spur DeVonte Holloman.  In our pre-game radio interview, Holloman acknowledged his job would be magnified because of Franklin's dual threat ability.  "It makes it tougher.  You've got play pass, but at the same time you have to worry about the run," he said.  The senior responded with 7 tackles, exceeding his season total of 6.

And Finally... Missouri led 20-17 late in the third quarter against Georgia.  In their next four quarters of SEC play, the Tigers were outscored 49-3.

Join us next week as we begin our chart prep for Kentucky.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart."  --AD--

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Ace Sanders Punt Return

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Special teams play set up several short field positions for the Gamecocks' offense today in the win over Missouri. Junior wide receiver Ace Sanders was a big piece of that with six punt returns for 106 yards including a 49 yard return a few minutes into the second quarter that was picked as our Spurs Up Play of the Game.

"I caught it and got a chance to look at the defense. They came down pretty slow and the punter out-punted his coverage so it gave me a lot of time. I just scoped what was going on and took off. I ran into Damario Jeffery; it was fortunate I ran into him because it actually picked off another guy. Then I was able to stop again on another defender and make him miss and take it down the sidelines as fast as I could."





Explaining his thought process during a return, Sanders said:

"When I'm in the moment I just go...When I run I see me and the end zone. By all means just get there. I don't hear any of the fans, the refs, anything; I'm just locked in on the end zone." 

While Sanders was stopped just short of the end zone, forced out of bounds at the Mizzou four yard line, the Gamecocks didn't need much more to score.  Marcus Lattimore carried it twice to reach the end zone for Carolina's first touchdown of the game. The touchdown also gave Lattimore sole possession of the career rushing touchdowns record at Carolina with 32. He scored again later in the game to extend his record for total career touchdowns to 36 and career rushing TDs at 33.





Kelcy Quarles Bolstered by Strong Parents, Support System

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Quarles_091512_000230_TB.jpgThe sounds of "2001" playing and more than 80,000 people cheering would be more than enough to get any football player amped up to play. One Gamecock has an even bigger source of motivation.

"Every time I come out of the tunnel he's sitting right there [in the south end zone]," says sophomore defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles. "When I see him standing up and clapping it really motivates me to see him smiling. It makes me want to go harder and play harder for him."

The "him" is Kelcy's father, Buddy Quarles, who played offensive line for the Gamecocks and head coach Joe Morrison from 1984 to 1987. Buddy sits in the south end zone in accessible seating, having had one of his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes. 

"Seeing that I have all these medical problems, I am thrilled to get to see him play. He hadn't gotten to Carolina yet and knew that I was going to lose one of my legs and I did. It didn't affect me too much but everything that happens with me affects him," Buddy said. "We try to get together with other parents and go to all the games because once it's over, it's over. Being down there to watch him play is a big thrill and I don't want to miss too many."

Buddy and Kelcy's mother, Mattie Quarles, are a strong presence at Carolina games, tailgating each week with their "Greenwood compadres", the Swearinger family (parents to senior safety D.J. Swearinger who also attended Greenwood High School with Kelcy).  Mattie is the cook of the group. She loves to eat and feed people, even buying a small grill from another fan last game to use for cooking ribs this Saturday.

"I love my parents. If it weren't for them I really wouldn't be here with all the stuff I had to go through just to get here," Kelcy said. "My daddy is the football side, but my momma runs everything else. She's letting me grow up, but if it weren't for her, I wouldn't be the person I am off the field."


Following in their Footsteps

Kelcy has followed in both of his parents' footsteps. Some of the ways he patterns after them are more obvious in that he is playing football for the same school where his father played, but it also carries into his everyday behavior, attitude, and giving personality.


Kelcy Quarles childhood.jpgKelcy began playing football when he was about four years old. In addition to Buddy's gridiron genes, Mattie's brother also was a football player - New England Patriots Hall of Fame tight end Ben Coates.  Buddy coached Kelcy in little league and pee wee football teams and got him going in football. Once Kelcy made the switch to playing defensive line around eighth grade, Buddy continued to teach him the tips and tricks of offensive linemen so that he would know what to look for. Kelcy was highly recruited out of Greenwood High School, playing in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and being named a Parade All-American. After spending fall 2010 at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, he enrolled at South Carolina in January 2011. He played in 12 of 13 games, even working his way up to the starting line-up for the final six games of the Gamecocks' record-breaking 2011 season. Now in 2012 he is one of the anchors of a defensive line considered to be among the best in the country. Through three games he has collected 12 tackles, including two sacks.

"In high school I didn't take school seriously enough," Kelcy admitted. "I went to military school and I kept calling my mom and she kept saying, 'I told you you had to do some work to get somewhere.' And I look at some other guys and you can tell what they have at home and whose parents stayed on them."

Kelcy puts a lot of emphasis on how thankful he is for his parents. Even now with the added freedom of college, his momma's voice is always in his mind. He got used to "a certain pace of things" with how he grew up and once in college he really didn't want to change, saying that while he might go celebrate after games on occasion, he's usually in the house or in bed by 10 p.m. He believes that it carries over to his success on the field.

"Some people are just blessed to have talent and fortunately I was blessed with
Thumbnail image for Mattie Quarles and Buddy Quarles.jpg talent and blessed with good parents that if I ever got out of line I was straightened up right then and there, no ifs ands or buts about it. I really do thank God for my parents," Kelcy said.

"Sometimes it's good to just hear what my momma has to say. Even though sometimes I don't want to listen, I know at the end of the day if I lie down and think about it it's going to be helpful," Kelcy said. "She has a look that if I ever think of doing something wrong down here or not going to class, I could just think of what she'd say or what would happen."

Mattie added, "His dad is the one who will kind of let him get away with stuff. I'm the disciplinarian. He'll tell you 'I'm scared of my momma.' ... He knows my motto - I have gas and I will travel."

Expectations on his behavior aren't the only mantras Mattie has ingrained in him. Her caring and giving nature has also rubbed off on her son. Mattie is an associate pastor with a love of helping other people, especially kids. When her children were young she always had them help pick out Christmas gifts for other children in an angel tree program. She spends a lot of her time volunteering with local youth and soup kitchens. Now, with both of her children out of the house, she is a licensed foster parent currently caring for a young girl.
 
She shared a story that recently, even after undergoing surgery, she still left the house with Kelcy helping her by her side to deliver food to someone in need. When Kelcy returned to the car and a waiting Mattie, he told her in shock, "I went to school with that guy." Mattie shared that those stories help Kelcy appreciate his life and blessings more.

"Some people on the team say 'you help people out too much' but it's just hereditary," Kelcy said. "If I see other people struggle I go help them too...Wherever she's called to go she goes and she does a great job. She's really about youth because of what I had to go through in school. She tells my story, tells things that I did wrong and makes sure they don't do the same. She's just trying to have an impact on children's lives."


Surrounded by Support

As close as Mattie and Buddy are to Kelcy, it's not very surprising that the highly recruited player chose to stay close to home at South Carolina. The longer trip to Fork Union where Kelcy started was rough on Mattie.

"I drove 7.5 hours back and forth from Virginia in the same day to take him to Fork Union. It was the first time I had taken my baby that far away, it was the first time he had ever been away from home that long," Mattie said. "It was like I dropped my heart off there on August 17th and picked it up in December."

The drive from Greenwood to Columbia is relatively short, but the loving mother's concern is slightly helped by a strong support system for Kelcy at South Carolina.

It starts very close to home with senior safety D.J. Swearinger. The Swearinger and Quarles families are very close and watch out for each other's children. As Kelcy said last year, "No matter where you go, if you played for Greenwood, it's like a big brotherhood."

"I look up to D.J. like a real big brother. He's a leader... I'd do anything for him."
 
Kelcy also has two other former Gamecock defensive linemen to turn to. Dennis Thomas, a Gamecock Football alum who was a coach at Greenwood High and now works back at Carolina as a graduate assistant, and Kevin "Chief" Hendrix, who was a teammate of Buddy's in the '80s.

"People tell me stories all the time about my dad; it's funny how every time someone tells a story it seems like Chief has something to do with it," Kelcy said. "They were pretty good buddies. Chief became like another father to me."

"When I told Chief Kelcy was coming [to Columbia] I told him to look out for him and motivate him, keep him out of trouble," Buddy explained. "Chief takes care of him, invites him over to his house. He is like my eyes when I can't be down there. I told Kelcy if there's anything he needs to go to him and he'll take care of it if I can't be there."

Mattie shared that she felt confident putting her trust in defensive line coach Brad Lawing, Raymond Harrison (Associate AD/Academics and Life Skills), and Maria Hickman (Director of Academics who works directly with the football team) to help keep her son on the right path. Her no-nonsense demeanor surfaces as she shared what she warned Kelcy:

"I better never get a call from Raymond, Maria, or Coach Lawing."

While Kelcy has his support system in Columbia, Mattie relies on her faith and the support of other football parents for any tough times. In addition to the Quarles' close friendship with the Swearingers, the parents of the football players are a tightly knit group. 

"We all talk. Yolanda [Smith, Marcus Lattimore's mother] calls me and we talk about the boys because 'boys will be boys.' Libby Anne [Inabinet, mother of Walker Inabinet] keeps up posted when we go to away games in terms of which gate to pick up our tickets and meeting up to see the boys before and after the game. We encourage each other and just help each other out. If it happens to our child it happens to us. I really like that part."

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As Mattie lamented, "raising kids is tough these days," but for his part, Kelcy seems to know he is fortunate to have the loving parents and support he does.

"Sometimes I look at other people and I really appreciate what I have because some people don't have a mom like that to stay on them 24/7 and I believe that's going to help me out in the long run...you will probably raise your kids just like you were raised and kids need to appreciate their family. You only have one mom and dad and once they're gone, they're gone. I appreciate mine and love them. That's why I play hard, go to class and do all the little things right." 


*Family photos courtesy of Mattie Quarles

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/21 One Day til Kickoff

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football prepares for first SEC home game Saturday; Kevin Stam gets praise from President Pastides; men's and women's soccer and volleyball on the road this weekend; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Football Hosts Missouri On Saturday Afternoon

Football. Thursday's Practice Report

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Travels To Tulsa, SMU To Begin Conference USA Play

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Travels West For SEC Road Weekend

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Prepares for Furman Fall Classic

Volleyball. Gamecocks Hit the Road to Auburn and No. 21 Tennessee

Equestrian. Video - Coach Major Previews Western Team

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule



VOTE FOR COCKY


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Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against Cam the Ram from Colorado State.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: SEC Notebook: Backup QBs could be key for South Carolina, Missouri (The Florida Times-Union)

Football: Who will transform (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Shaq Roland

Football:
No quarterback controversy for USC (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Clemson, South Carolina share top 10 ranking (Yahoo! Sports)

Baseball: On the record: Andrew Kitick (GamecockCentral.com)

Volleyball: Something Special About Gamecock Volleyball (SEC Digital Network)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Carroll: Okung, Miller, Rice expected to play Monday (Seahawks.com)
*Sidney Rice

Football:
Facing Top QBs A Good Test For Secondary (AtlantaFalcons.com)
*Dunta Robinson



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Safe travels to everyone on their way to Gamecock Country!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Thumbnail image for FB-12 Kelcy Quarles and dad.jpgThe Legacy Continues: Gamecock Football in the Family

Gameday Timeline: SC vs. Missouri


Players And Coaches React To T.J. Gurley Filling In For D.J. Swearinger

South Carolina-Missouri Gameday Program Sneak Peek


"What Channel is the Game On?" Mizzou Edition


Recycle at Carolina Football Games


A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Men's Soccer senior defender Kevin Stam was honored on Wednesday during University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides' State of the University Address for his involvement in the "No Limits" campaign. Stam is a social work major and is working towards a career within the field of international mediation and conflict resolution.







ROOSTER CROWS

Women's
volleyball hits the road this weekend. They will play at Auburn Friday night then travel to Tennessee for a Sunday night match-up. The 13-0 start for the Gamecocks is the best in the program's NCAA-era history and South Carolina ranks as one of seven teams in NCAA Division I still undefeated.

Juliette Thevenin stands 15th in SC history with 855 kills and 2,239 attacks. Thevenin needs 37 more kills to tie Belita Salters for 14th. Eleven more attacks will move Thevenin past Colleen McKenzie for 14th on that list. Thevenin is now second in kills per set (3.77) and 10th in digs per set (2.80) on the career charts.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's fan photo was sent in by Becky Chisholm who said:

"We took a trip with family and friends to see the USC v. UAB game.  It was a first game for me and three others in our group.  The little guy is my 5 year old nephew, Gabriel Chisholm, and it was his first game.  He was SO excited and cheered for his Gamecocks the whole game!!" 


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Send in your own fan photo submissions to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com. Include your name and any backstory. Some of the best submissions include Gamecock gear and showing your spurs!

Recycle at Carolina Football Games

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Thank you to all our fans who have helped us support the University of South Carolina's efforts in sustainability and being "green".

80,000+ people gathering for a football game can generate a lot of trash. Through our recycling efforts on site, 11,930 lbs. (5.97 tons) of mixed recyclables (aluminum, plastic, glass) were diverted from the landfill at the first two home football games.

Free recycling bags are provided by Facilities and Sustainable Carolina in the former Farmer's Market area. They can accept aluminum, plastic bottles, and glass, but no plastic cups (e.g. Solo cups) or food waste. Volunteers will there distributing bags this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and will be at every home game.



 

 

Inside The Chart.pngA week that focused on heads (D.J. Swearinger) and shoulders (Connor Shaw) will soon turn to game day, as #7 South Carolina faces Missouri at Williams-Brice Stadium (3:30 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network). 

Consecutive games of 40+ points and 500+ yards haven't pacified the Gamecocks.  Far from it, in fact.  Carolina knows it needs a much better offensive performance to beat a Missouri team (2-1, 0-1 SEC) in search of its first conference win, and its first road win over a Top 10 opponent since 1981. 

The margin for error has shrunk.  The margin for victory has likely shrunk with it.  Can the result stay the same? 

Pre-snap reads before the inaugural "Battle of Columbia" (apologies to the denizens of the 19 other U.S. towns named Columbia):

Trench Warfare:  The focus in Missouri this week has also hinged -- no pun intended - on the right shoulder of a starting quarterback.   All signs point to Missouri getting back junior James Franklin, a talented dual-threat who missed the Arizona State game with an inflamed bursa sac.  Head coach Gary Pinkel admitted his play calling against ASU was more conservative with backup Corbin Berkstresser under center.  In particular, Pinkel wants to create more touches for wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, Rivals.com's #1-ranked high school player in the Class of 2012, who only caught one pass last week.

James Franklin Mizzou.jpgBut even with Franklin returning, does Missouri have the health up front to allow Pinkel to open his playbook?  An astonishing 5 of Missouri's top 10 offensive linemen have been injured since August.  Georgia unleashed 9 quarterback hurries and 7 tackles for loss in Missouri's SEC opener; even in defeat, Arizona State repeatedly dished out punishment to Berkstresser.  South Carolina's defensive front may be better than both.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin (left)

It will be fascinating to see how Missouri manages South Carolina's pressure.  Will the Tigers use more screen passes, play-action fakes, and misdirections to dodge the Gamecocks' pass rush?  Will they utilize more runs to set up shots downfield (the Tigers had 116 rushes of 10+ yards last year, the 5th most in the Football Bowl Subdivision)?  Or will they take their chances anyway, and hope to keep the Clowneys, Taylors, Quarleses, and Jerideaus at bay?

Ain't That A Mitch:  Missouri may be thin at offensive line, but they're stacked at Mitch Halls.  The Tigers have not one, but two redshirt freshman offensive linemen named Mitch Hall.  One stands 6'6," 315 pounds, and is sitting out after transferring from Ole Miss.  The other stands 6'1," 275 pounds, and is listed as Missouri's backup long snapper. 

Imagine if Mitch and Mitch lined up opposite Gamecock defensive tackles Gerald Dixon, Jr., and Gerald "Lil' G" Dixon.  The broadcast booth may explode.

Notable Quotable:  Missouri's Max Copeland, on the Tigers' SEC opener vs. Georgia (a 41-20 loss):  "It's like a first date, and she ordered the lobster."

Marcus Lattimore vs. UAB.jpegTailor-Made?  Despite the arcade-game offensive numbers, Marcus Lattimore was largely a spectator against East Carolina and UAB.  His 25 combined carries were his fewest in back-to-back regular season games, and his 40 and 85 rushing yards were pedestrian by Lattimore standards.  He'll look to get going against a Missouri defense that ranks 4th in the SEC in rushing defense (94.7 ypg).

Marcus Lattimore faces the SEC's 4th-ranked rushing defense Saturday.

To open lanes for Lattimore, the Gamecocks will have to contend with powerful defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who posted a monster stat line against Arizona State (9 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks).  The Tigers routinely move Richardson around, using him in stand-up situations and rushing him from multiple angles.  Lattimore's bruising, between-the-tackles running will get a test.

Leveling The Field:  It seems like a forbidding combination for the field position game.  Missouri comes in with the nation's 5th-best turnover margin (+6).  They also feature talented punt returner Marcus Murphy, who has a pair of runbacks for touchdowns and leads the SEC in return average (19.2 ypr). 

The Gamecocks, however, may have an antidote.  Despite allowing 19 drives to cross midfield, the Carolina defense has given up 3.6 yards per play inside its own territory.

Opponents in Carolina Territory

Plays:  87

Yards:  314

Yards Per Play:  3.6

Scores:  5  (4 FG, 1 TD)

Turnovers:  4  (2 INT, 2 FR)

Turnovers on Downs:  5

Missed FG's: 2

Punts:  3

 

That's an incredible rate for a team that's supposedly on its heels.  If field position proves unkind to the Gamecocks, can they continue to put up spirited defensive stands?

 

Still Waiting....  With the new kickoff rules in college football, most people agreed they'd see fewer returns in 2012. 

Bruce Ellington vs. UAB.jpegBut this is getting ridiculous.

Through three games, South Carolina is the only team in the nation without a kickoff return.  The wait must be excruciating for sophomore Bruce Ellington, who broke off a kick return for a touchdown in one of Carolina's preseason scrimmages.  The outlook looks better for Saturday:  Missouri's Trey Barrow and Andrew Baggett have combined for a league-low 3 touchbacks.  If the Tigers suddenly get a benevolent tailwind, don't be shocked, either.

Bruce Ellington (left) would prefer to run instead of kneel down.

And Finally... Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott may have called his players many names after what he termed "a pitiful performance" against UAB.  But few may compare to the long-buried family nickname of Gamecock guard A.J. Cann. 

Before he turned into a hulking, 309-pound interior lineman, Cann had a far less intimidating sobriquet growing up in Bamberg, S.C.:  "Ganky."  Cann says his Grandma blessed him with the name as a baby, though he's unclear why. 

Alas, "Ganky" fizzled out by the time Cann was a toddler.  Judging by his size, it's doubtful any kid would've given him grief.

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage starts at 12:30 p.m. on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you Saturday.  -AD--

The Legacy Continues: Gamecock Football in the Family

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Posted by Brittany Lane and student assistant Kelly McAlindin


This weekend is Parents Weekend here at the University, so we wanted to highlight four players on the Carolina Football roster whose fathers also represented the Gamecocks on the gridiron.

Senior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles continues the legacy of his father, Buddy, who played offensive line from 1984-1987. Freshman spur Jordan Diggs' father, Shed, also donned the Garnet and Black as a linebacker. The elder Diggs and Quarles were teammates from 1984-1987, just as Kelcy and Jordan are today. Redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. both followed in the footsteps of their father, Gerald. They also have the unique opportunity of playing for the same position coach, defensive line coach Brad Lawing, as their father did during the 1990 and 1991 seasons.




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Kelcy Quarles (left) and Buddy Quarles (right)


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Jordan Diggs (left) and Shed Diggs (right)




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For more of this week's Game Notes, click here.

 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/20 No Limits

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football prepares for first SEC home game Saturday; gameday timeline for Saturday's game; Kevin Stam featured in the university's new No Limits campaign; equestrian to start off season with strong ranking; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Wednesday's Practice Report

Men's Soccer. Kevin Stam Feature: No Limits Campaign

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Earns Shutout Victory Over Clemson

Equestrian. Equestrian Ranked Fourth in Preseason Coaches Poll

Women's Tennis. South Carolina Athletics to Host Arlo K. Elkins Memorial Tennis Tournament Weekend

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule



VOTE FOR COCKY


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Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against Cam the Ram from Colorado State.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: The Tuesday Take: Spurrier At 200 (SEC Digital Network)

Football: Spurrier: No offensive limitations vs. Mizzou (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Football: USC wide receiver Damiere Byrd continues to develop (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football:
Shaw + Thompson = Good for Gamecocks (Lindy Sports)

Football: Shaw must play out year in pain (Gainesville Sun)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Missouri frosh QB Corbin Berkstresser got valuable experience stepping in for Franklin (Washington Post)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: The Bears Den: September 20, 2012 - Week 3 News and Notes
*Alshon Jeffery




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

First sold out game of the season! Go Gamecocks!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gameday Timeline: SC vs. Missouri


Players And Coaches React To T.J. Gurley Filling In For D.J. Swearinger

South Carolina-Missouri Gameday Program Sneak Peek


"What Channel is the Game On?" Mizzou Edition


"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra

A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights from last Saturday's 49-6 victory against UAB! Only two more days until Gameday!





ROOSTER CROWS

The South Carolina equestrian team will begin its season next week as the No. 4 team in the country, as the preseason coaches poll was released today. The Gamecocks won the tenth and final Southern Equestrian Championship in March, defeating then-No. 1 Georgia in a 10-10 tiebreak. 



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is from Michael Dawsey of him and his daughter, Rebecca, at the UAB game! They had a great spot for a great game!


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Gameday Timeline: SC vs. Missouri

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Gameday timeline for this Saturday's SOLD OUT game vs. Missouri! Be sure to join us at Gamecock Walk in the former Farmer's Market lot at approximately 1:10 p.m. for the team's arrival. We'll also be giving out rally towels at several locations and entrances throughout the stadium so be sure to pick yours up to wave during the game!



9:30 a.m.

Former Farmer's Market Parking Lots Open

10:30 a.m.

Athletics Dept. parking lots at Fairgrounds, Armory, ETV, and Stadium open

10:30 a.m.

Stadium Parking Office opens

11:00 a.m

Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village opens

11:30 a.m.

Stadium Box Office opens

12 p.m.

Student Ticketing Window opens

1:10 p.m.*

Gamecock Walk *Between Quad 2 & Premium South*

1:30 p.m.

Early gates 4, 14, 16, 22, 25 open

2 p.m.

Gates open

2 p.m.*

Band & Spirit Pep Rally at Gamecock Village

3:39 p.m.

Kick-off vs. Missouri


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/19 Victory Over the Tigers

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: men's soccer shuts out Clemson 1-0; Coach Spurrier says Shaw will start Saturday; baseball scrimmages scheduled for the weekend; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; equestrian earns strong preseason ranking; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Earns Shutout Victory Over Clemson

Football. Tuesday's Post-Practice Interviews

Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes + Videos

Equestrian. Equestrian Ranked Fourth in Preseason Coaches Poll

Women's Tennis. South Carolina Athletics to Host Arlo K. Elkins Memorial Tennis Tournament Weekend

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule



VOTE FOR COCKY


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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football:
Gamecocks have faith in Swearinger's replacement (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: SEC Heisman watch: Week 4 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Marcus Lattimore

Football: SEC Players of the Week (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Jadeveon Clowney

Football: Shaw to start against Missouri (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Men's Soccer: Five of Six Over Clemson (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: 49ers notes: O-line welcomes next challenge, etc. (Comcast Sports Net)
*Chris Culliver



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

Spurrier announced in yesterday's press conference that Connor Shaw would be the starter for this Saturday's game. Excited for our first home SEC game of the season! Bring on Mizzou!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Players And Coaches React To T.J. Gurley Filling In For D.J. Swearinger

South Carolina-Missouri Gameday Program Sneak Peek


"What Channel is the Game On?" Mizzou Edition


"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra

A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room

10 Gamecock Football Players Have Already Earned Their Degrees




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights from last night's big men's soccer shutout win over Clemson!





ROOSTER CROWS

The men's soccer team earned a 1-0 shutout victory over intrastate rival Clemson Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Alex Long collected his fourth shutout of the 2012 campaign and the seventh of his career with three saves in the match. The Gamecocks have now defeated Clemson in five of the last six matches between the two schools, having allowed the Tigers to score just two goals during the stretch. Carolina last defeated Clemson during the 2010 season, 2-0, at Stone Stadium.




FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Angela Ybarra at the home opener vs. ECU! From left to right are Gamecock fans John, Angela and Billy!

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*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett:

FB-12 T.J. Gurley media at practice 9-18-12.jpegAfter practice Tuesday, freshman safety T.J. Gurley answered questions on the responsibility of replacing D.J. Swearinger in this Saturday's game against Missouri, and how he has been preparing for the role of starting safety.

When asked if there was any extra pressure in replacing Swearinger, who was suspended for the Missouri game by the SEC for an illegal hit, Gurley stated, "There isn't any pressure, we have been watching film together all the time."

Even before a starting opportunity arose, Gurley has been playing extremely hard during practice. Fans and media noticed during one of the team's preseason scrimmages some particularly hard hits by Gurley. Gurley explained to media yesterday, "When I came to the sideline every body came up to me, and said, 'Coach Spurrier's going to get on you.'"

Spurrier ran right up to Gurley after the hit, but Gurley says defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward reassured him that they would never take the aggression out of him.

Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Grady Brown commented on Gurley's ability to start as a freshman, stating that "he isn't a tentative player, and he will do well this weekend."

When asked about his fellow coaches and the player's reactions to the freshman filling in for Swearinger, Coach Brown suggested that it was an automatic decision. There was no detailed conversations because Gurley has always been the backup.

In regards to Swearinger's reaction to the suspension, sophomore defensive end Jadaveon Clowney commented that the senior safety was upset, and is a leader on the team so he wants to be out there playing.

Despite Swearinger being upset about the suspension, he is a leader, and as Clowney stated, "he is still out here supporting us everyday."

When asked his impressions of Gurley, and how he feels playing with the freshman, Clowney was quick to offer praise. "Gurley is going to be a great player. He comes out here and works everyday, and gives his best effort every time he is on the field."

After an aggressive practice, and guidance from his mentor Swearinger, Gurley feels no pressure for Saturday. He reassured everyone by stating, "I know what I have to do."

Watch full video of the players' and coaches' interviews here and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for comments after Wednesday's practice.



South Carolina-Missouri Gameday Program Sneak Peek

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We're just three days away from the first SEC home game of the season and great news - the game is SOLD OUT! Great job, Gamecock fans!

When you're in the stadium this Saturday be sure to pick up the gameday program for just $5. Senior center T.J. Johnson is the cover star this week as well as the focus of a feature story written by Media Relations Student Assistant Katie Jordan. Check out an excerpt and read the full feature in this week's program:

He tries to always encourage guys when they need it and be uplifting, but he's not afraid to get on guys when they need to be pushed or called out. The way Johnson leads both on and off the field is a direct result of his experiences when he was a younger player. As a freshman, Johnson became close to senior offensive guard, Lemuel Jeanpierre, who currently plays in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.
    "When I first got here, I always just watched the seniors, but Lemuel was a guy I really looked up to," Johnson said. "He was always there for me to help get me through (the tough days)."
The relationship Johnson formed with Jeanpierre has been one of the most significant influences on Johnson's leadership style. Even though he is a quieter guy on the field, Johnson has made it a point to make himself available to the freshmen and sophomores for any advice they might need or want.
    "Lem was the kind of guy that was just always there for me whenever I needed advice and I just want [the younger guys] to know that I am always there for them. I try to be for the freshmen what [Lemuel] was for me," Johnson remarked.


Other features in this week's program include team previews for equestrian and swimming and diving as well as this week's Carolina's Finest feature taking a look at junior men's swimmer Michael Flach, who made it to the 200-m Butterfly finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials.  Our Inside the University feature takes a closer look at USC Connect - a bold initiative designed to integrate traditional classroom learning with an almost limitless range of beyond-the-classroom experiences.

We also look back on Sept. 22, 1979 and the Gamecocks' 35-0 victory over Duke for the On This Date feature written by Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick.  A remarkable streak started on that day and a record was set that still stands today.  Can you guess what both those are?


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Be sure to pick up the program on Saturday at the game vs. Missouri presented by Founders Federal Credit Union. 

Thank you to the Media Relations staff for their hard work on the program and their help with this post!

 

"What Channel is the Game On?" Mizzou Edition

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SEC on CBS.jpgOur weekly "what channel is the game on?" post returns with your #7/8 Gamecocks hosting Missouri in the first home SEC game of the season after starting off the season 3-0 and two big home wins in a row over ECU and UAB. This game is SOLD OUT! It's going to be a great atmosphere in Williams-Brice to welcome Mizzou to the SEC and the "other" Columbia!!

Every week we'll bring you this post to try to help out those in Gamecock Country who can't make it to the game in person.


The Gamecocks will take on Missouri on Saturday, September 22, airing nationally as the SEC Game of the Week on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. CBS's Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson will call the action for the broadcast.


Game Information:
Who: #7/8 South Carolina vs. Missouri
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
TV: CBS
Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


While we don't know the exact channel number for every local CBS affiliate channel across the country, we've included below channels within the state of South Carolina. Remember to check your local listings for the actual channel number in your area.


Local Channel Listings for CBS (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):


CBS

Time Warner Cable  
Columbia Channel 9 (Digital: 110 HD: 1110) 
Myrtle Beach/Florence Myrtle Beach Channel 13, Florence Channel 8
Charleston Channel 5
DirecTV/Dish Channel 19
AT&T Uverse Channel 19
Charter Cable (Greenville, SC; Spartanburg, SC;  Asheville, SC; Anderson, SC) Channel 7



If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game (Who wouldn't? Especially if it's a Carolina win!) catch the re-broadcast of the game with Andy Demetra and Brad Muller on the call on Sunday, September 23, at 8 p.m. on SportSouth following The Steve Spurrier Show at 7:30 p.m. The replay also airs at 1 a.m. then on Monday, September 24, at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.


In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). The game is also available via satellite radio (Sirius 91/XM 91).

Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the Gamecock radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access. 

 

Inside The Chart.pngMissouri fans had waited eight months for their first SEC game, and now, with Faurot Field in a full-throated fervor, only 16 minutes separated them from their first SEC win.

With one minute remaining in the third quarter of their inaugural conference game against #7 Georgia, the Tigers clung to a gritty, 20-17 lead.  A sellout crowd, striped in Missouri gold, seemed primed for an upset.  But just as quickly, the Tigers' lead evaporated. 

The Bulldogs got a quick touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter to pull ahead.  Then, a punishing Georgia defense forced back-to-back Missouri turnovers.  A Tigers offense that turned in several big plays suddenly went cold.  And Georgia's running game grounded Mizzou into submission.  Faurot Field emptied, Missouri's 20-17 lead now a 41-20 defeat, its shot at a first-ever SEC win having to wait.

That next opportunity comes Saturday afternoon.  The Tigers will seek redemption in another Columbia, against another SEC East opponent -- and another #7-ranked team -- when Missouri faces South Carolina (3:30 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network). 

Missouri's finish against Georgia - and Texas A&M's fade earlier in the day against Florida - reignited questions of whether the league's newest members have acclimated themselves to the 60-minute physicality of the SEC.  Until Texas' rout of Ole Miss last Saturday, I checked the last five games between current or former Big XII schools and their "traditional" SEC opponents.  

Check out the numbers from the fourth quarters of those games:

Fourth Quarters - "Big XII" (current or former) vs. SEC

Games:  5

Plays:  101

Yards Gained:  318

Yards/Play:  3.2

Turnovers:  3

Scoring Margin:  -53  (Outscored 56-3)

 

(Games:  Arkansas vs. Texas A&M '11; Arkansas vs. Kansas State '11; South Carolina vs. Nebraska, Capital One Bowl '12; Florida vs. Texas A&M '12; Missouri vs. Georgia '12)

 

Do those numbers mean something?  Do they mean nothing?  Hard to say.  A spread offense like Missouri's can just as easily wilt a defense in the fourth quarter, too.  Missouri also allowed Arizona State to outscore them 13-0 in the 4th quarter last week (the Tigers hung on for a 24-20 win).  If the Gamecocks and Tigers enter the fourth quarter with a narrow margin on the "BeastBoard," it could make for some fascinating viewing.

 

Other nuggets we've found during our chart prep for the Tigers:

 

Get Out Quick:  Forget the fourth quarter - it may be a race to the first 15 minutes.  Missouri and South Carolina have outscored opponents 66-3 in the 1st quarter this year.

DeVonte Holloman.jpegAdvice From a Veteran:   Before T.J. Gurley makes his first career start at free safety Saturday, the last Gamecock freshman to start at safety was now-senior DeVonte Holloman.  Holloman a received a baptism-by-SEC in 2009, starting at strong safety in Carolina's 31-13 loss at Tennessee.  Holloman finished with 3 tackles.

Spur DeVonte Holloman (left) made the last start by a freshman at safety.

 "It's a happy feeling.  Everybody wants to come here and play.  It's nerve-wracking at the same time, being out there with the '1''s and being up against the big crowd," Holloman told me. 

The South Pointe HS product has some advice for the young, unrelenting freshman:

"The key is not to make it as big as it seems.  Just take it like it's practice.  T.J. will do a good job.  He's a hard worker.  He'll hit.  That's one thing you can't really teach anybody to do.  He's a hitter."

In Deep:   Will Gurley be the object of attention from the Missouri passing game?  Head coach Gary Pinkel and offensive coordinator David Yost both said that they hope to throw downfield more against Carolina.  In their 24-20 win over Arizona State, only 9 of quarterback Corbin Berkstresser's 41 pass attempts traveled more than 10 yards.  Like the Gamecocks, the Tigers are also dealing with a banged-up starting QB: junior James Franklin missed the ASU game with soreness in his throwing shoulder. 

T.J. Gurley.jpegAnd Another Thing:  Coming out of high school, Gurley said several schools offered him... as a cornerback.  "They thought I was too small to play safety," he told me while walking toward the locker room.  The 5'10," 183-pounder, who says he admires the play of NFL safeties Ed Reed and the late Sean Taylor, signed with the Gamecocks in part because of their commitment to playing him at safety. 

Freshman safety T.J. Gurley (right)

Also, Gurley's high school has a much cooler nickname than yours:  the Cairo (Ga.) HS Syrupmakers.  The old plant in Cairo (pronounced KAY-row) used to churn out Roddenberry's syrup.  The school has produced, among other players, former Syrupmaker and Florida State wide receiver Cameron Wade - Gurley's cousin.    

Long Shots?  As potent as its spread offense can be, Missouri has yet to convert a third down of 10+ yards this season (0 for 13).

3rd Down & 10+ yards

Run Plays                                0-1

Pass Plays                              0-12  (3 of 12 passing)

 

The Tigers' 25.0% completion percentage on 3rd-and-10+ also ties for the third-worst percentage in the nation.

 

That could bode well for Carolina.  Led by a ferocious performance from Jadeveon Clowney - and helped along by a few panicked penalties - the Gamecocks forced an astounding 10 3rd downs of 10+ yards against UAB.

Check back Friday for our final "Pre-Snap Reads" before the Gamecocks and Tigers get together.  -AD--

 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/18 #BeatClemson!

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: men's soccer hosts rival Clemson tonight in Columbia; Coach Spurrier's weekly press conference; a peek inside the new video board control room; and more!



TODAY'S EVENTS

Men's Soccer vs. Clemson - 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium
- It's National Cheeseburger Day! Cheeseburgers are just $1 for the first 100 fans who are wearing a Beat Clemson or Garnet shirt.
- First 200 fans will receive a free "Beat Clemson" t-shirt
- First 300 fans after the Beat Clemson t-shirts are gone will receive a free rally towel

- Double Student Rewards points




GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts Clemson On Tuesday

Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes + Videos

Football. Clowney Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Football. Gamecocks and Kentucky to Kick at 7 p.m.

Softball. Laura Trout Named Gamecock Softball Volunteer Assistant

Volleyball. Juliette Thevenin Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week


Men's Tennis. Morning Madness With Men's Tennis



VOTE FOR COCKY


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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Passing the Mic: Longtime mic man moves on (Daily Gamecock)

Football: Gamecocks To Be on National TV Stage Next 2 Weeks (WLTX Columbia)

Football: SEC cracking down on 'dangerous' hits
(ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Clowney honored for big game (Aiken Standard)

Men's Soccer: Soccer: It's rivalry time tonight (GamecockCentral.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: James Franklin Injury: Mizzou QB Could Be Game-Time Decision
(SBNation.com)

Football: MU safety chosen SEC defensive player of the week (Kansas City Star)




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


We'll see you there!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

JFB_2272.JPGA Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room

This Week's Home Events: M.Soccer Hopes to #BeatClemson; Football SEC Home Opener


Spurs Up Play of the Game: Swearinger for Six

10 Gamecock Football Players Have Already Earned Their Degrees


Photos: New Softball Stadium Progress



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know sophomore men's soccer player and Columbia native Braeden Troyer in his Gamecock Spotlight! The Gamecocks take on Clemson tonight at 7 p.m.!






ROOSTER CROWS

Junior outside hitter Juliette Thevenin has been named AgSouth Athlete of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week in volleyball. Moving to 15th in Gamecock history with 855 career kills, Thevenin ranks second on the career charts with 3.77 kills per set. Her strong play helped the Gamecocks break the program record for best start to a season with a 13-0 mark, besting the 1983 team's 12-match winning streak to start the year.

A former JUCO All-American and SEC standout Laura Trout has joined the South Carolina softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach, the team announced today. Rounding out head coach Beverly Smith's full-time staff, Trout comes to the Gamecocks from Georgia, where she lettered two seasons and helped the Bulldogs to the 2010 Women's College World Series.




FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo comes to us from Teresa Mercer:

"This picture is of my family at the USC vs. UAB game this past Saturday.  My husband and I took our 2 kids to their first ever tailgating experience in Columbia.  Since I just had our son 8 and 1/2 weeks ago, my daughter Madison got to have my ticket this year and got to see her first Carolina game in the stadium.  We went down with my husband's parents and sister and her husband.  We all have so much Gamecock pride!  We actually named our son Connor after Connor Shaw.  We love the Gamecocks!
 
Thanks,
 
Nate, Teresa, Madison and Connor Mercer"


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A Look Inside the New Video Board Control Room

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While we all love to admire the new "beast board" video board at Williams-Brice, few people realize the amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing the images you see on the massive new board each football game and that the new board also came with a brand new control room.  We checked in with David Cockfield, a television engineer and the university's game producer since 1983, to learn more about the new control room for the video board that was constructed this summer.


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Check out some the numbers:

9 - wall-mounted monitors in the control room to see what all the cameras and graphics are doing

14 - the number of people in the control room on gameday

7 - cameras delivering multiple views of the action from the roof, sidelines, the porch of the Floyd Building, a wireless camera, and cameras aimed at the video board itself to see what it looks like and pan the stadium

23 - overall production crew for gameday including camera operators, spotters, the control room operators and more

1 - separate audio room for a sound engineer, a new position for 2012 to operate the new audio console.

Among the people in the control room on gameday are graphics operators, a technical director who switches between cameras, a director, ribbon board operator, producer, LED operator for the video board itself, replay operators, and an engineer.

While all those people have vast production and television experience, they all still had to learn a whole new system. All the equipment and cameras in the new control room are brand new and high definition.

With such a tight timeline (equipment is still being delivered!) to be game-ready, a planned two-week training period was condensed to approximately just three days.

The relatively short timeline, creating all the graphics and starting building from scratch have raised some challenges in the process, explained Cockfield.

"Since everything is new, everybody is learning a new system. We're close to where we want to be but we still have some work to do," said Cockfield.

"The new [graphics] system is more computer-friendly but it's a learning curve. These graphics are the first of its kind. AVID folks came to train us and a week before they started training us they were getting trained for it. They took off the "Beta version" label and put on 'release'."

The crew has been making strides in learning all the new tools and equipment to take full advantage of the new capabilities the video board provides, such as showing multiple images and elements on the screen at one time and displaying real-time statistics.

"The old board was only 28 x 20 feet so you couldn't do widescreen but now we can do that. We can put up to four different images at the same time," explained Cockfield. "Hypothetically, if we wanted to show two games that start at 12:00 and 12:20 we can put both of them up there and use the other half of the screen to show stuff going on in our stadium until our game starts. The capability is there but we're not quite sure how to do it yet. But [the new equipment] gives us some options."

One other interesting note about the board is that the ultra-wide screen is high definition but is not formatted the same as an HD screen, meaning it is not a true 16x9 aspect ratio. While the control room operators are learning an entirely new system, even the camera operators have also had to learn to shoot all over again. The new dimensions of the board mean they lose some of the top and bottom of a normal picture and must fit their shot within a template on the viewfinder that matches the true video board display.

Also new this season the SEC has updated their replay policy. Institutions are not limited in the use of replays except when a stoppage occurs for an official review.  During official reviews, stadium video boards will only be able to show replays from the television network that is broadcasting the game.  In the past the control room did not need to have any communication with the TV truck feed.

Although the crew has been putting in long hours (over 2400 hours of work in nine weeks among the group to be ready for the first game) and trying to adapt as quickly as possible to the new system, they can't contain their excitement.

"Everything is new; it's amazing. Every piece of the new equipment is a little bit different than what we used to have. Everyone was excited; it was very much like Christmas. The Vandy game was the first time we really got to see everything," said Cockfield, referring to testing out the board's capabilities during the Gamecocks' opening road game in Nashville.

 "The first game [vs. ECU] was a big concern for us, especially pregame because people are really looking at the board during starting line-ups and what not. Once we made it to the actual game, we worked a lot better and everyone was a lot calmer. I think each week will be a little bit better than the week before."

Stay tuned each game to the BEAST BOARD and keep in mind Cockfield and his crew hard at work to help contribute to the amazing in-game experience at Williams-Brice Stadium!

Check out a slideshow with more photos of the new control room, taken by Juan Blas:




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With the Gamecocks hosting their first SEC home game of the season we checked in with the ticket office to see what tickets are available as the Gamecocks are off to a 3-0 start.


This Saturday's 3:30 p.m. SEC Game of the Week on CBS against Missouri is almost completely sold out. Only a few dozen tickets remain. Click here to view exact available seats online.


Breakdown:

Sept. 22 - Missouri - Less than 50 tickets left, almost sold out ($60 each)

Oct. 6 - Georgia - Sold Out ($70 each)

Oct. 27 - Tennessee - About 1,000 tickets remaining ($60 each)

Nov. 10 - Arkansas - Over 3,000 tickets remaining ($60 each)


In addition to the SEC home games, tickets remain available for the final home game of the season on November 17 vs. Wofford, the most affordable single game ticket in the SEC at just $30 each.


Purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster and choose your exact seat, by phone at 800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football beats UAB 49-6 on a record-breaking night for Marcus Lattimore and a game time is announced for the Kentucky road game;
volleyball wins in 5-set match against LSU to stay undefeated; Gamecocks in the NFL updates; men's tennis and women's tennis have their first action of the season this weekend; and more!



TODAY'S EVENTS


"Inside the Roost" radio show  - 7-8 p.m. - Hilton Columbia Center
Listen on 107.5 The Game!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

FB-12 Damiere Byrd vs. UAB.jpegFootball. Gamecocks Cruise To 49-6 Victory Over UAB

Football. Clowney Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Football. Swearinger Suspended by SEC

Football. Gamecocks and Kentucky to Kick at 7 p.m.

Football. Gamecocks Move Up One in National Polls

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts Clemson On Tuesday

Cross Country. Gamecocks Take Seventh At Commodore Classic

Women's Soccer. Late Goal Gives No. 17 Missouri 1-0 Win At South Carolina

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Draws Mississippi State, 0-0, in SEC Opener

Men's Tennis. Koch Grabs Win at Duke Fab Four

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Wraps Up Play at UVa Fall Classic

Volleyball. Juliette Thevenin Earns SEC Offensive Player of the Week Award

Volleyball. South Carolina Wins Five-Set Thriller over LSU, Now 13-0



VOTE FOR COCKY


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Vote for Cocky daily in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! Go to http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote or use the #CapitalOneCocky hashtag on Twitter to cast your vote. This week's match-up is against Cam the Ram from Colorado State.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: SEC Football Players Of The Week (SECsports.com)
*Jadeveon Clowney - SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
*D.J. Swearinger listed in "Other Outstanding Performances*

Football: Quarterback situation up in the air at South Carolina (GoUpstate.com)

Football: Lattimore sets record, ties another (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: USC wallops UAB; bring on the SEC (GamecockCentral.com)

Football:
No. 9 USC rolls to 49-6 victory (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Updated: Connor Shaw aggravated shoulder fracture (NBCSports.com)

Football: SEC power rankings: Week 4 (ESPN SEC Blog)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: UAB says it learned good lessons, can still feel proud even after 49-6 loss to No. 8 SCarolina (The Washington Post)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Gilmore_Stephon_Buffalo Bills.jpgFootball: Pressed by coaches, Bills' Gilmore rebounds (BuffaloNews.com)
*Stephon Gilmore --
tallied a team-high seven tackles in Buffalo's 35-17 win over Kansas City.

Football: 49ers pass defense key against Detroit (San Francisco Chronicle)
*Chris Culliver

Check out updates on all the Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

Moving up in the polls every week! Let's keep going "To The Top!"






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


This Week's Home Events: M.Soccer Hopes to #BeatClemson; Football SEC Home Opener

"Inside the Roost" Monday: Jackie Bradley Jr., Adam Matthews, Missouri Deputy AD

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Swearinger for Six

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra

10 Gamecock Football Players Have Already Earned Their Degrees


Photos: New Softball Stadium Progress



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Sights and Sounds from the win over UAB! Thank you, fans, for a great atmosphere, let's keep it up this weekend in the SEC home opener vs. Missouri!







ROOSTER CROWS

Marcus Lattimore rushed for 85 yards on just 12 carries and had one score as he became South Carolina's career leader in touchdowns with 34. He also moved into a tie with George Rogers (1977-80) and Harold Green (1986-89) for first in school history in rushing touchdowns with 31.

Led by freshman Kayla Lampe and senior Chelsea France, the Gamecocks placed seventh out of 24 teams at Percy Warner Park at the Commodore Classic/SEC Preview meet.
Freshman Mary Fouse ran the gutsiest race, as one of her spikes was stepped on less than 800 meters into the race. She ran over three miles barefoot to finish the race as the team's fifth runner, (23:12).



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is from Caroll and Brooke Freeman of Chesterfield, SC.  Their yellow lab Jagger loves to support the Gamecocks - and looks so distinguished doing it!


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Send in your own fan photo submissions to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com. Include your name and any backstory. Some of the best submissions include Gamecock gear and showing your spurs!

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Men's Soccer is the next Carolina squad to take on rival Clemson this year. Our record vs. the Tigers so far in the 2012-13 season is 1-1 after a sweep by the Gamecocks in Volleyball and a tough double OT golden goal 1-0 victory by Clemson in Women's Soccer.
Football will host Missouri in the first SEC home game of the season. A limited number of tickets are still available and may be purchased online, by phone at 800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office for $60 each.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. Clemson - 7 p.m.
- It's National Cheeseburger Day! Cheeseburgers are just $1 for the first 100 fans who are wearing a Beat Clemson or Garnet shirt.
- First 200 fans will receive a free "Beat Clemson" t-shirt
- First 300 fans after the Beat Clemson t-shirts are gone will receive a free rally towel

- Double Student Rewards points


Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates
Listen online with All-Access (premium)



Saturday, September 22, 2012

#7/8 Football vs. Missouri - 3:30 p.m. - Tickets available
- First SEC home game
- SEC Game of the Week on CBS
- Gamecocks are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in SEC on a seven-game winning streak, tying for the second-longest in school history.
- The Gamecocks moved up to No. 7 in the AP poll and to No. 8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll following a convincing 49-6 win over UAB. It's Carolina's highest AP ranking since they checked in at No. 6 after defeating North Carolina in 2007 to improve to 6-1.
- Gamecock Walk will be at approximately 1:10 p.m.



Gamecocks on the road...  (all times Eastern)

Men's Soccer at Tulsa - Friday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Texas A&M - Friday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Arkansas - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Volleyball at Auburn - Friday, 8 p.m.
Volleyball at Tennessee - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Furman Fall Classic - Friday - Sunday


1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to "Inside the Roost" tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game! Joining host Derek Scott in the first half hour are Jackie Bradley Jr. and Adam Matthews to discuss their professional baseball experiences and coming back to Carolina to finish up school. Later in the show, Scott will be joined by Doug Gillin, Deputy Athletics Director at Missouri, to talk about Missouri's entry into the SEC and their first visit to the "other" Columbia this weekend. Game time is 3:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are still available! Purchase online, by phone at 800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office.

Listen to "Inside the Roost" every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insights into Gamecock Athletics and special guests. You can also listen online!  

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Swearinger for Six

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You could feel some tension in the air as the crowd seemed a little nervous by Carolina not producing much offense in the first quarter.

D.J. Swearinger put a quick stop to that. With 2:17 to play in the quarter the senior safety gave the Gamecocks the spark they needed.

Consider what defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said post-game about his defense:

"We talk about it, we want to create plays for our offense...It was exciting to see a big play (on defense) to change the momentum."

UAB was driving on the Gamecocks, but pressure from Devin Taylor on a long 3rd down led to a fumble by the Blazers' quarterback, Jonathan Perry. Swearinger made a quick play to pluck the ball from the air and took off for the end zone, scoring a 65-yard touchdown.

"I was on the blitz and we got pressure from the front side with Devin," Swearinger explained after the game. "I saw the ball, picked it up and took it to the distance. It was definitely a game changing moment and we needed that to give us a boost."





"[After the play] my teammates were high-fiving and giving chest bumps. It was a big play and a game changing moment, and I see myself as a game changer so I feel great about that play.  Ended up getting a gameball, so that's cool." 


Other notable plays receiving votes:
- Dylan Thompson to Damiere Byrd for a 94-yard touchdown, the fourth longest in school history.
- Marcus Lattimore's 2-yard TD in the 2nd quarter that gave him the all-time career touchdowns record at Carolina with 34, surpassing George Rogers and Harold Green.


 

 

Inside The Chart.pngNotes, quotes, and anecdotes from a record-setting (Lattimore), milestone-reaching (Spurrier), quarterback-wrecking (Clowney) night at Williams-Brice:

 

"Let's Go," Part 1:  Like the week before, it only took Dylan Thompson a few bad throws to loosen him up.   After tossing three straight incompletions to begin the second half, Thompson's next throw was golden, a 43-yard over-the-shoulder strike to Bruce Ellington as he absorbed a hit from a UAB linebacker.  That prompted Thompson to yell "Let's go!" towards the Gamecock sideline -- with Steve Spurrier in close proximity -- as he bounded downfield.

Thompson said he didn't draw confidence from the throw itself, but what happened beforehand.

Damiere Byrd.jpeg"I think the best thing to happen to me was getting hit.  It kinda got me in the game," Thompson told me afterwards.  Indeed, his last 3 completions went for a staggering 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

Damiere Byrd (left) celebrates after his 94-yard TD catch vs. UAB.

 

A Lot of Ground, A Little Time:   Steve Spurrier has dialed up plenty of "pitchin' and catchin'" during his illustrious coaching career.  So when a QB/receiver combo accomplishes something few have done under his watch, it's worth nothing.

On the night of Spurrier's 200th win as a college head coach, the 94-yard Thompson-to-Damiere Byrd touchdown marked the second longest play from scrimmage of his career.  Only a 96-yard pass from Florida's Eric Kresser to Jacquez Green in 1995 covered more ground.

Longest Pass Plays - Steve Spurrier's Career

QB-WR                                                           Yards                                      Date

1.       Eric Kresser-Jacquez Green              96                                           11/4/95

2.       Dylan Thompson-Damiere Byrd        94                                           9/16/12

                                                                                                                                                               

 

For The Record Books:  It took Marcus Lattimore 23 games to score his school-record 34th touchdown at Carolina.  It took him 29 games to score his 34th touchdown at Byrnes HS. 

 "Let's Go," Part 2:  D.J. Swearinger cradled his post-game meal almost as tightly as his game ball as he ambled out of the press conference room.  The senior safety rightly earned both after a hard night of hard hitting in the Gamecock secondary (which included his second career touchdown, a 65-yard fumble return in the 1st quarter).  Along with a wondrous, wrecking-ball performance from Jadeveon Clowney   (7 tackles, 3.5 TFL), Carolina piled up 6 sacks and held UAB to 27 rushing yards.

Swearinger.jpegI asked Swearinger about something that seems to take root on the Carolina defense.  Whenever the Gamecocks make a mistake - a missed tackle that leads to a long gain, a 15-yard penalty, etc. --  the defense plays with a little more attitude in its aftermath.  I asked Swearinger if that statement was accurate.

"That's very accurate.  That comes from me, Shaq [Wilson], DeVonte [Holloman].  A lot of us get guys up after we make a bad play.  We can't really huddle up, but we tell everybody 'Let's go.'  We tell everybody to pick everything up, and not let them in our end zone," Swearinger said.

No stat illustrates that more than the following.  Carolina's opponents have reached the red zone a combined 6 times this year.  They've run a total of 17 plays.... for 4 yards.

Opponents in Red Zone - 2012

Opponent              Red Zone Plays                  Yards                     Result of Trips

Vanderbilt             6                                              5                              INT, FG, FG

ECU                       3                                              2                              FG

UAB                        8                                            -3                              TO (downs), TO (downs)

Total                      17                                           4

 

Carolina's red-zone defense Saturday included a pair of fourth-and-goal stops against UAB.   Knowing what we learned this week, the Gamecocks should have liked their chances:  UAB is 2 for its last 23 on 4th-down conversions dating back to 2010.

Happy "Trails":  While brief, it still counts.  When UAB's Ty Long booted a 33-yard field goal to give UAB a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, it snapped a consecutive streak of 219:48 that South Carolina had not trailed at Williams-Brice Stadium.

 

Weep not, though - another streak stays alive.  The Gamecocks have not trailed by more than a field goal at Williams-Brice in 518:05 - a span of eight-and-a-half games.  They last trailed by more than 3 points against Navy in 2011.

And Finally... What does it say about the state of affairs in Gamecock Country that South Carolina can average 48.5 points in back-to-back games, exceed 500 yards of offense... and still believe they're doing average work on offense?  Times sure have changed, haven't they?

 

Join us next week as we begin our prep for Missouri.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart."  -AD--

Update: Football Gameday Traffic Flow and Parking

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The first home game of 2012 was a great success on the field as the Gamecocks defeated ECU 48-10. However, we received some feedback on certain gameday issues, including parking and traffic flow in and out of the newly renovated former Farmer's Market area and it is important to us to address these issues. 

We have had meetings and discussions this week involving several groups, including athletics and university operations, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and University Police, to evaluate and work on improving these issues.  Several notes have emerged from these meetings:

-Traffic patterns are being evaluated; crews will adjust patterns as necessary on gameday to move traffic as quickly and efficiently as possible. Before the game, three lanes on Bluff Rd. are northbound, with the leftmost lane turning on to Stan Spears Rd. (formerly named National Guard Rd.) If you miss the turn on to Stan Spears Rd., you may also enter the former Farmer's Market via the next left turn into the entrance by Bojangle's.

-Parking attendants will be stationed on Stan Spears Rd. checking parking passes for the former Farmer's Market and Armory parking lots to direct cars to the proper location as quickly as possible.

-Please display your parking permit prior to approaching the parking attendants to help them direct traffic to the appropriate location as quickly as possible.  NOTE: New this season, in cooperation with local law enforcement and the SCHP for better pedestrian safety and EMS response, there are NO PARKING signs on Stan Spears Rd./National Guard Road. Aside from season parking passes, the only parking available by turning on to Stan Spears Rd. is a limited amount of gameday parking in the rear of the former Farmer's Market for $40. There is no free parking on Stan Spears Rd.

-All accessible entry gates will be staffed from six hours prior to kick-off until all traffic is cleared.

-New sidewalks border the former Farmer's Market on Bluff Rd. These sidewalks are the preferred location for pedestrian traffic due to safety and traffic flow concerns. Please use the sidewalks wherever possible, avoiding walking on Bluff Rd. and only crossing Bluff Rd. at designated areas.

-Peak traffic times tend to be approximately 2.5 hours prior to kick-off. Arriving as early as possible (the former Farmer's Market lot opens six hours prior to kick-off) will help fans avoid congestion at peak times. 

Please review prohibited items and activity in South Carolina Athletics tailgating areas. As a reminder, pets are not allowed in any athletics facilities (service animals excepted) and there is no tobacco use in or within 25 feet of university buildings - this includes Shed 14 and the restroom buildings in the newly renovated Farmer's Market. The full policies are available via GamecocksOnline.com:
Gameday Information | Gameday Parking 

Fans may use the Gameday Text Help Line: Text "USC", your issue and location to 69050. Assistance is available two hours before kickoff and one hour after the game. Please include the parking lot, space number, and description of the problem. Fans in the former Farmers Market may also visit the Guest Services tent located in Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback, which is how we improve all of our operations. There is a button on GamecocksOnline.com for fans to send feedback via email about any topic, including game day. The button is on the right hand side of the page with an arrow that says "Feedback." You can also share feedback by calling the Game Day Hotline at 803.777.7784.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: women's soccer and volleyball open SEC play on National Cream-Filled Donut Day; football ready to host UAB in the first home night game of the season; Ko Simpson named SEC Legend;
10 football players already hold their degrees; and more!



THIS WEEKEND'S HOME EVENTS


Friday, September 14

Volleyball vs. Georgia - 7 p.m.
- $1 Admission
- National Cream-filled Donut Day

- First 100 fans will receive a cream filled donut
-Show us a tweet or post about hanging out with the Gamecocks on National Cream-Filled Donut Day and receive a free t-shirt (limit one per person).
- "Dorm Swarm Challenge" - Dorm with the largest percentage of attendees will receive a pizza party with the volleyball team! Be sure to check in at the marketing table.


Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State - 7 p.m.

- National Cream-Filled Donut Day
- First 100 fans will receive a cream-filled donut
- QR Code Scavenger Hunt
- Students who complete our QR Code scavenger hunt will receive a prize! Get started at the marketing table! Get a jump on the game and make sure you have a QR Code scanner app on your smartphone!
- Drawstring bag giveaway to the first 50 students


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Football vs. UAB - 7 p.m.  Tickets Available, $35 each
 
-GAMEDAY TIMELINE


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Volleyball vs. LSU - 1:30 p.m.

- $1 Football Ticket Admission
- Bring your UAB game football ticket to Volleyball and receive $1 admission!

Women's Soccer vs. Missouri - 2:00 p.m.
- Rally Towel Giveaway
- Camper Appreciation Day
- National TV game airing on ESPNU - fill Stone Stadium and help show a great TV atmosphere!


Click here for more information on events and promotions this weekend!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Football Hosts UAB On Saturday Night

Football. Thursday's Practice Report
*Lorenzo Ward spoke after practice

Ko Simpson.jpgFootball. Ko Simpson Named to SEC 2012 Football Legends Class

Volleyball. Volleyball Hosts Georgia and LSU to Start SEC Slate

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Opens SEC Play Friday At Stone Stadium

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Update With Coach Berson & Cory Burkarth

Women's Tennis. Kevin Epley Era Begins at UVa Fall Invitational

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Opens Fall at Duke Fab Four






GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: What to watch in the SEC: Week 3 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore

General: Hall of Fame: Dietzel led period of growth (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Impact Performance Of The Week - Dylan Thompson (ESPN)




FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: UAB offensive linemen face a tall challenge on Saturday vs. South Carolina
(al.com)

Football: UAB wide receiver Nick Adams hopes his story motivates kids in his hometown (al.com)



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

Sounds like a perfect weekend!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gameday Timeline: SC vs. UAB


10 Gamecock Football Players Have Already Earned Their Degrees

Shawn Elliott Talks Offensive Line After Wednesday Practice

Anderson, Moore Effective On Scoring Plays

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra

South Carolina-UAB Gameday Program Sneak Peek


"What Channel is the Game On?" UAB Edition



VIDEO OF THE DAY


Get to know South Carolina Women's Soccer junior midfielder Elizabeth Sinclair in her Gamecock Spotlight!




 



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Ko Simpson was named to the Southeastern Conference 2012 Football Legends Class. As a two-year starter for South Carolina, he was named first team All-America in 2005 and was a consensus first team All-SEC selection after recording 103 tackles. In 2004, he earned second-team All-America honors and was a FWAA and Rivals.com Freshman All-American after his six interceptions led the SEC. Simpson garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors by the Associated Press and was a second-team All-SEC selection by both the AP and Coaches. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and played professionally for both Buffalo and Detroit. The class will be honored at the 2012 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Ga.

South Carolina men's tennis kicks off the 2011-12 season this weekend with the Duke Fab Four Invitational. Sophomore Thiago Pinheiro will be among the three 16-player singles draws, which feature 14 nationally ranked players.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo was sent to us by Ashley Cloninger with friend Karen Brown on the left in Garnet. Karen missed last year's opening game as she was battling cancer at MUSC in Charleston. Her cancer is currently in remission and Ashley's family was thrilled be with her at the game!


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Steve Spurrier will be seeking his 200th collegiate win Saturday.

Garrick McGee will be seeking his first.

But make no mistake - the rookie UAB coach has the HBC's attention.

Garrick McGee.jpgMcGee came to UAB after a four-year stint at the University of Arkansas, where he spent the past two seasons as the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator.  While there, he oversaw a ruthless passing attack that averaged 36.6 points per game in 2010 and 2011, including a pair of 41-point drubbings against South Carolina.  At his Tuesday press conference, Spurrier remarked that Arkansas "made us look like an average bunch of stiffs" with McGee pulling the strings.

He'll now try to turn his new home into the University of Arkansas-Birmingham.  The Gamecocks hope the transformation can wait another week. 

Pre-snap reads before the Gamecocks and Blazers duke it out at Williams-Brice (7:08 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):

Go Deep:  He may not have the toy chest of playmakers that he had in Fayetteville, but McGee still knows how to dial up long passing plays.  Led by junior quarterback Jonathan Perry, the Blazers averaged an explosive 17.6 yards per catch in their 39-29 loss to Troy September 1.  That average currently ranks them 4th in the nation. 

Highest Yards Per Catch (ypc) - 2012

Team                                      YPC        

1.       Temple                   19.9

2.       Georgia Tech        18.8

3.       New Mexico St.     18.6       

4.       UAB                         17.6

 

Brison Williams.jpegIt may seem counter-intuitive to take deep shots against Carolina - UAB is replacing 4 of 5 offensive line starters, and longer-developing plays mean more seconds for South Carolina's menacing pass rush.  But Perry throws to an experienced receiving corps that returns 89.9% of its catches from a year ago (221 of 246).  McGee, who also calls UAB's offensive plays, stressed a better tempo during the Blazers' bye week.  Don't be surprised if UAB takes its chances.

Brison Williams (right) intercepts a deep pass against East Carolina.  Will he be in the crosshairs again?

All Grabs, No Glory:  Here's the clubhouse leader for most bizarre nugget I've uncovered this season. 

Last year, UAB wideout Jackie Williams led the team with 58 catches... and zero touchdowns.  That made him the most prolific receiver in the Football Bowl Subdivision without a touchdown catch.

Late Game Heroics:  Perry, the Blazers quarterback, certainly has a flair for the dramatic.  With 15 seconds left in the 2008 Maryland Class 1A State Championship game, Perry's Dunbar (Baltimore) HS faced a 4th down at their opponents' 14-yard line, trailing 19-12.  Perry lined up in shotgun, but the snap whistled through his legs.  By the time he scooped up the ball, he had retreated to the 30-yard line.  Perry then snapped off a perfect strike to the left corner of the end zone, hitting a teammate for the touchdown.  You can see the play here, beginning at the 1:00 mark. (Turn down the volume, unless you really like Soulja Boy.)

Low "Pressure" Situation?  Whenever a new staff -- and scheme -- arrive at a school, you debate how much the previous year's statistics apply.  Yet one number may prove hard to ignore:  UAB tied for last in the nation in sacks last season (8.0).  Jadeveon Clowney had that many by himself.

Blocking.jpegThe Blazers again went sack-less in a season-opening loss to Troy, and to make matters worse, defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson said his team had too many missed tackles.

Steve Spurrier wants to see better run- and pass-blocking vs. UAB.

Spurrier wants to see better blocking from his offensive line, both in run support and pass protection.  Can the Gamecocks impose their will in the trenches, and leave UAB out of position for QB hurries and tackles?

Problem Solving?  It remained one of the riddles of pre-season:  when facing a third down, who would replace Alshon Jeffery as the wideout capable of making a tough, drive-extending catch?

Carolina has evidently solved that problem by committee.  In 5 third-down completions this year that have resulted in a first down, 5 different receivers have made the catch (Marcus Lattimore, Bruce Ellington, D.L. Moore, Shaq Roland, K.J. Brent).  Credit quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson for spraying it around, and not allowing defenses to lock in on one target.

Quote of the Week:  "I'm just grateful I got a second chance.  Not many people get a second chance when you play in the SEC."

-Jimmy Legree, speaking to me for our pre-game radio interview.  After two games last season, Legree was demoted from the starting lineup at free safety.  Through two games this season, the junior cornerback leads the Gamecocks in tackles (12.0), and skated 34 yards for a pick-six against ECU. 

Interceptions, it turns out, are part of Legree's DNA.  Did you know:  his second cousin, Mark Legree, led all of Division I with 10 interceptions in 2008 as an All-American safety for Appalachian State.  He's currently on the practice squad with "Gamecocks South" (a.k.a., the Atlanta Falcons).

Marvin Burdette.jpgA Slice of Home:  Defensive tackle Byron Jerideau and UAB wide receiver Nick Adams roomed together at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.  Jerideau told me they grew up 10 minutes from each other in Walterboro, S.C., and starred on the same Colleton County HS team.  Their former coach, Mike Chandler, left Colleton County to join the Fort Scott staff, and recruited both Jerideau and Adams.

As you can tell by this picture, Marvin Burdette (right) has a ferocious nose for the football.

And Finally....  Do a Google search for UAB senior linebacker Marvin Burdette, and you're likely to get as many hits for Marvin Burdette, an Opthalmologist in Greenwood, S.C.  No word on whether Greenwood HS alums Kelcy Quarles or D.J. Swearinger have gotten their eyes checked by him. 

In fairness, Burdette has good vision himself - he's on pace to threaten UAB's all-time tackles record.

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you Saturday night.   -AD--


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football practice recap and SEC Legend announcement; volleyball and women's soccer begin conference play this weekend; men's soccer falls to Charlotte in double-overtime;
first night game at home in Williams-Brice this weekend; and more!



TODAY'S EVENTS

Carolina Calls - 7-8 p.m. (Wild Wings Cafe, Vista)
Radio Affiliates



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

FB-12 Shawn Elliott media 9-12-12.jpegFootball. Wednesday's Practice Report
*Post-practice Interviews with Coach Elliott, Coach Spurrier Jr., Damiere Byrd, and more!

Football. Ko Simpson Named to SEC 2012 Football Legends Class

Volleyball. Volleyball Hosts Georgia and LSU to Start SEC Slate

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Opens SEC Play Friday At Stone Stadium

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Update With Coach Berson & Cory Burkarth

Men's Soccer.
Men's Soccer Suffers Double-Overtime Loss At No. 5 Charlotte


Women's Tennis. Kevin Epley Era Begins at UVa Fall Invitational

Women's Tennis. Katarina Petrovic Named Women's Tennis Head Coach at FIU

Equestrian. Video - Coach Major Previews Hunt Seat Team



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

General: Hall of Fame: Dietzel led period of growth (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Impact Performance Of The Week - Dylan Thompson (ESPN)

Football: UAB at South Carolina (CBSSports.com - NCAA Football)

Football: CBS analysts talk Gamecocks, SEC (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: LB duo leading USC's defense (GamecockCentral.com)

Football. Legree has plenty to celebrate (GamecockCentral.com)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: UAB wide receiver Nick Adams hopes his story motivates kids in his hometown (al.com)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Alshon Jeffery touchdown bears 9-9-12.jpgFootball: Jay Cutler wishes Packers 'good luck' (ESPN Chicago)
*Alshon Jeffery*

Football: Jeffery letting his play do his talking (ChicagoBears.com)
*Alshon Jeffery*

Football: Patient Bennett admires rookie Jeffery (ESPN Chicago)
*Alshon Jeffery*

*Tune in tonight to watch Alshon and the Bears take on the Green Bay Packers on the NFL Network.

Check out updates on all the Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

Ray Tanner putting minds at ease on Twitter. Lots of work and discussion this week to improve any issues discovered during the first game.






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


10 Gamecock Football Players Have Already Earned Their Degrees

Thumbnail image for DJ Swearinger - UAB.JPG Gameday Timeline: SC vs. UAB

South Carolina-UAB Gameday Program Sneak Peek

"What Channel is the Game On?" UAB Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - September 12, 2012

Photos: New Softball Stadium Progress

Gamecocks Make Impact in NFL Week One

This Week's Home Events: First FB Night Game; VB & WSOC Open SEC Play



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Have you seen the video of Ray Tanner leading off the GAME...COCKS cheer at Williams-Brice last Saturday? He did a great job!







ROOSTER CROWS
 
Women's Soccer opens conference play this weekend when Mississippi State and No. 21 Missouri visit Stone Stadium in the first year of the new 14-team SEC. The Gamecocks and undefeated Bulldogs will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. before South Carolina welcomes nationally-ranked Missouri on Sunday for a match that will broadcast live on ESPNU at 2 p.m.


The 11-0 start for the Gamecock Volleyball team is the second best in the program's NCAA-era history. The 1983 team began the season 12-0.
South Carolina enters the weekend as one of 10 teams in NCAA Division I still undefeated.




FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is from Gabrielle Gobbel who said:

"This photo was taken at the Vandy game! I surprised my husband, Jason with tickets to this game! We drove almost 4 hours to see them! This was my first Gamecocks  game, not to mention my first football game!! Thank you Gamecocks for an incredible experience!!
"


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Gameday Timeline: SC vs. UAB

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Countdown timeline to kick-off information for Saturday's game vs. UAB:

GAMEDAY TIMELINE 
*Times approximate

1 p.m.

Former Farmer's Market Parking Lots Open

2 p.m.

Athletics Dept. parking lots at Fairgrounds, Armory, ETV, and Stadium open

2 p.m.

Stadium Parking Office opens

2:30 p.m

Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village opens

3 p.m.

Stadium Box Office opens

3:30 p.m.

Student Ticketing Window opens

4:40 p.m.

Gamecock Walk *Between Quad 2 & Premium South*

5 p.m.

Early gates 4, 14, 16, 22, 25 open

5:30 p.m.

Gates open

5:30 p.m.*

Band & Spirit Pep Rally at Gamecock Village

7:08 p.m.

Kick-off vs. UAB



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See you at the Gamecock Walk!

As great as their accomplishments have been the past few years on the gridiron, we want to be sure to note that 10 student-athletes on the 2012 football team have already earned their degrees.

Those who have graduated include Akeem Auguste (sociology), Reginald Bowens (criminal justice), Qua Gilchrist (sociology), Walker Inabinet (sport & entertainment management), T.J. Johnson (sport & entertainment management), Kenny Miles (criminal justice), D.L. Moore (retailing), Seth Strickland (political science), Shaq Wilson (African-American studies) and Adam Yates (international hospitality-tourism management).

"We are very proud of these student-athletes and the example they've set for their teammates," said Associate AD/Academics and Life Skills, Raymond Harrison. "The majority of these guys are impact players and they're tremendous leaders by doing things the right way on and off the field."


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Some of our student-athletes who graduated in May 2012, including several football players.


Also of note, the Gamecocks placed 21 players on the 2011 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, while posting a team GPA of 2.704. Those who made the SEC Honor Roll include returnees Jacob Baker, A.J. Cann, Ryland Culbertson, Bruce Ellington, Travis Ford, Walker Inabinet, T.J. Johnson, Nick Jones, Marcus Lattimore, D.L. Moore, Davis Moore, Ronald Patrick, Connor Shaw, Seth Strickland, Dylan Thompson, and Adam Yates. The team posted its highest GPA on record in Spring 2012 with a mark of 2.781. Football notched a single year (2010-11) APR score of 993 and a multiyear score of 966, both program highs.

Stay tuned at halftime during the football game vs. UAB this Saturday. We'll be recognizing 326 student-athletes who earned Athletics Director Honor Roll status with a 3.0+ GPA. The halftime show also includes a "Great Band Hits of the 70's" performance by the Carolina Band and a fireworks show!


Anderson, Moore Effective On Scoring Plays

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Anderson_120908_000123_TB.jpgAmong 11 players to catch a pass during the 48-10 win over ECU (most players in recent history), sophomore tight end Rory "Buster" Anderson sure did make his count. He caught a career-best four passes for a career-high 90 yards, including touchdown receptions of 7 and 51 yards. Anderson now has 12 catches in his career, five of which have gone for scores. 

Senior D.L. Moore is also very effective on scoring plays. Moore
had one of his best games as a Gamecock against ECU, catching a pair of passes for 45 yards. Both passes went for touchdowns, a 29-yarder from Dylan Thompson and a 16-yarder from Ace Sanders. D.L. has six touchdown
receptions among his 34 career catches.

The Gamecocks threw for 397 yards in the win over ECU. It was the most yards passing in a game for Carolina in the Steve Spurrier Era, surpassing the 391 recorded against Middle Tennessee in 2006. In fact, the 397 yards passing were the most for a South Carolina team since they threw for a school record 490 yards against Mississippi State in 1995.

Check out more of this week's game notes here.



*Written by student assistant Kelly McAlindin


FB-12 Shawn Elliott media 9-12-12.jpegAfter practice Wednesday, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott commented on the direction in which the offense is headed and the offensive strategy for Saturday's game against UAB.

When asked about his offensive line this season, Coach Elliott said they improved from week one to week two but they have to perform better than they have in the past two games to maintain their pace this season. However, he thinks "they are on track and the guys are out there working."

Sophomore offensive tackle Mike Matulis was also questioned about the line's performance thus far and he feels confident about their direction, "There are a lot of things we can improve on but overall I think we've been doing pretty good."

Coach also discussed sophomore offensive tackle Corey Robinson's performance and claimed Corey has "always been a guy that has great potential" and he proved it in the game last Saturday against East Carolina.

He was very pleased with Robinson at practice throughout the week and said "if you prove to me during the course of the week, I'll prove to you and I'll play you on Saturday."

When asked about the variety of strategies they have used against both Vanderbilt and East Carolina, Coach Elliott believes the team has a lot of versatility and is getting the job done, "You don't have to be a one-dimensional football team and certainly no one wants to be that."

In regards to the strategy for Saturday's game against UAB, Coach believes the team needs to prove that versatility because UAB is a much smaller and faster team in comparison to East Carolina. Due to the more aggressive play the Gamecocks are expected to face, he said they "have to be able to move and move well."

Although the offensive line has a lot to improve on, he feels good about their progress, "They have a great focus and a great attitude and if they want to be a great offensive line they can do it."


Watch full video of the players' and coaches' comments here and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for comments from defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward after Thursday's practice.

South Carolina-UAB Gameday Program Sneak Peek

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We're just two days away from the Gamecocks' first home night game of the season - can't wait to see the Beast Board at night!

Hard-hitting senior safety D.J. Swearinger is the cover star for this week's game day program (see image at the bottom of the page) and the subject of a feature written by Media Relations Student Assistant Zachary Brown. Check out an excerpt below and read the full feature in the gameday program: 

"Lorenzo Ward wants his defense to be playmakers, to cause turnovers and plague offenses.  Coach Ward spent the offseason talking about a more aggressive style of defense than they had in the last couple of years, and that his players were excited about the opportunity to make more plays.  D.J. Swearinger is the embodiment of a playmaker for Ward in his first year overseeing the defense.  His aggressive nature and ability to make someone pay for the yards they earn quickly separates D.J. Swearinger from the rest of the safeties in the Southeastern Conference." 


Other features will include team previews for cross country and volleyball as well as this week's Carolina's Finest feature taking a look at the 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame class that will be inducted this weekend. Here's a quick taste: 

In our new "On This Date" feature, Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick takes a look back on Sept. 15, 1973, with Jeff Grantz, who helped lead the Gamecocks to a 41-28 win vs. Georgia Tech that helped him earn National Back of the Week honors by Sports Illustrated.

Grantz contributed in a big way in his first collegiate varsity start as he amassed 181 yards in total offense, with 102 rushing and 79 through the air on his way to National Back of the Week honors by Sports Illustrated.

"We were fairly decent underdogs in the game," recalled Grantz.  "The new offense really worked out for us and we were very productive on offense that season."

The installation of the Veer began in the spring of 1973.  Dietzel brought on several new coaches including Bob Gatling from The Citadel to produce a scheme that would benefit the Gamecock offense.

"When I heard (about the offense), I was playing baseball for (head coach Bobby) Richardson, said Grantz.  "I was playing some as a freshman but not everyday and I told Coach Richardson I wanted to try to win the starting job (at quarterback).  (The Veer) more suited by abilities, and it was the only spring practice I went through and I won the job."



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Be sure to pick up the gameday program at Saturday's game vs. UAB presented by Lowe's.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: men's soccer hopes to upset Charlotte on the road; full men's basketball schedule now available; updated photos from softball stadium construction;
Dylan Thompson earns accolades; first night game at home this weekend; and more!



TODAY'S EVENTS

Men's Soccer at No. 5 Charlotte - 7 p.m. (Charlotte, NC)
Follow @GamecockMSoccer on Twitter for updates!



LATER ON GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM

-Football practice recap and post-practice interviews with offensive players and coaches.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Travels To No. 5/8 Charlotte On Wednesday

Men's Basketball. Gamecock Men's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Non-Conference Schedule

Football. Gamecocks Practice Tuesday
*Post-practice interviews with Coach Lawing, Shaq Wilson, Jimmy Legree and more.

Football. Dylan Thompson Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes + Videos

Women's Tennis. Katarina Petrovic Named Women's Tennis Head Coach at FIU

Equestrian. Video - Coach Major Previews Hunt Seat Team

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Finish 16th At Cougar Classic

Football. Dylan Thompson Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Milestone not a big deal to Spurrier (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: USC's Steve Spurrier shoots for win No. 200 (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Linebacker duo leading USC's defense (GamecockCentral.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Football Breaks Down Gamecocks At Media Luncheon (ConferenceUSA.com)