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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/31 Happy Halloween!

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football schedule for 2013 finalized; Ridenour honored with SEC Diver of the Week; men's golf wins first tournament title in three years; men's basketball wins exhibition game; basketball season ticket sales surpass last year; highlights from Saturday's football game; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; Happy Halloween and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Carolina Finalizes 2013 Football Schedule

Football. Clowney Named Semifinalist for Rotary Lombardi Award

Football. Video - Marcus Lattimore Pep Rally on the Horseshoe

Football. Gamecocks Practice Tuesday

Baseball. Baseball Announces 2013 Schedule

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Defeat Kentucky Wesleyan 68-67

Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Injury Report

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Run Away With Kiawah Classic Title; Sturgeon Medals

Swimming & Diving. Ridenour Named SEC Diver Of The Week

Track & Field. Ready. Set. Rewind: Lisa Barber

General News. Neworking Seminar Feature Video





VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 8-0 and the only undefeated mascot! He maintained his perfect record with a win over the popular Oregon Duck last week and is taking on new SEC opponent Truman the Tiger from Missouri this week. 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.




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Marcus Lattimore's injury makes you look past the great player and see a great person (CBSSports.com)

Football: Lattimore hyperextended right knee (ESPN.com)

Football: Tweets of Respect for Marcus Lattimore (SEC Sports)

Football: Clowney's big-play ability ices Gamecocks win over Vols (LindysSports.com)

Men's Basketball: College Basketball Preview - Southeastern Conference (Chicago Tribune)




FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Women's Soccer: Texas A&M To Face South Carolina In SEC Soccer Quarterfinals (KBTX.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Falcons look like NFL's scariest team (ESPN Playbook)
*John Abraham and Dunta Robinson

Football: Fundamentals: Vikings trying to clean up their act (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
*Jasper Brinkley quoted

Football: Jeffery could return Nov. 11 (Chicago Tribune)
*Alshon Jeffery

Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

Congrats to Frank Martin and the Men's Basketball team on their win last night! Looking forward to seeing what the team has in store for the rest of the season!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Basketball Season Tickets Surpass Last Year's Totals

Coaches and Players Take Advantage of Bye Week

This Week's Home Events: #HoopsTakeover Time

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 27, 2012

Pre-Game & Fan Photos - South Carolina vs. Tennessee

Rice Athletics Center Sparkles in Athletics Village (Photos)

Video, Photos, Recap: Coaches Attend SEC Basketball Media Day





VIDEO OF THE DAY


Check out the highlights from South Carolina's win over Tennessee 38-35 on Oct. 27, 2012. Full recap from the game can be found here!







ROOSTER CROWS


Men's Basketball defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 68-67 in exhibition play on Tuesday at the Colonial Life Arena. Junior guard Brenton Williams scored the go-ahead basket with just under three seconds on the clock to give the Gamecocks the win. Williams led the Gamecocks in scoring, with 22 points, while senior forward Lakeem Jackson registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Freshman forward Michael Carrera added 12 points and seven rebounds, going to the line 13 times, converting 10. As a team, South Carolina shot 38 free throws, making 27 of them.

South Carolina senior Rylan Ridenour was named the SEC Male Diver of the Week on Tuesday. Ridenour won the honor after sweeping the boards in last Friday's loss to top-ranked Florida. In his first meet of 2012, Ridenour cruised to a win on the 1-meter board with a score of 359.35, finishing 60.05 points ahead of the nearest Florida diver. Ridenour then won the 3-meter competition with a score of 396.60, besting the closest Gator by 48.37 points.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo was sent to us by Matt Torres, just in time for Halloween! Here's the pumpkin his wife Laura carved in honor of the Gamecocks and Marcus Lattimore! Send in your Halloween-themed photos to be added to our album on Facebook.


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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!

Facebook Fan of the Week: Ariel & Connor

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Check out this week's Facebook Fan of the Week winner! Ariel Weed of Lexington submitted this photo of her son Connor, saying:

"Our son, Connor, is well on his way to becoming a Gamecock! He gets excited and jumps around when 'Sandstorm' starts. His first words will probably be 'GO COCKS!' "

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Want to be the next Facebook Fan of the Week? Sign up on the Fan of the Week tab on our Facebook page, upload your photo and story, then share and get your friends to vote! Winners are selected each Friday and featured here on our Spurs Up Blog!

Coaches and Players Take Advantage of Bye Week

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*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett

After practice Tuesday Coach Ward, Coach Lawing and D.J. Swearinger talked to the media about their victory over a tough Tennessee offense and the upcoming bye weekend.

The Gamecocks overcame Tennessee, 38-35, but the players are not shy about recognizing their mistakes. D.J. Swearinger praised Tennessee's quarterback, great receivers, and their ability to find the Gamecocks' holes and weaknesses.

Because of missed assignments during the Tennessee game, the Gamecocks know what they have to work on during the next two weeks. Swearinger stated, "Some plays we folded and didn't get the job done. We got to clean it up so we can get it right."


Coaches and players are taking advantage of the bye week to work on weaknesses that have hindered the team in previous games. When asked what things the team is working on, Coach Ward shared, "We got to do better man coverage, better zone coverage, and do a better job of disguising what we do."

Several key players, including Kelcy Quarles, Akeem Auguste, Byron Jerideau, and Jadeveon Clowney, are not practicing this week because of injuries. Coach Ward said they are expected to return next week as the Gamecocks prepare for Arkansas.


Due to injuries younger players have had to step up and perform like they have been playing college football for years. Coach Lawing praised the younger players and stated that they keep getting better.

Football is unlike any sport in the toll it takes on its players. Coach Lawing shared, "Football is the only sport in the world where the object is to get the man with the ball, not just get the ball. Because of that it's a hard sport and not everyone can play."

After playing nine games, seven of which were SEC opponents, coaches and players agree the team needs a break. When asked how big this bye week is, Swearinger shared, "It's huge. We got to take this week and take advantage of it."

Video of coaches' and players' interviews are available here at GamecocksOnline.com. Check back tonight for interviews following today's practice.

Basketball Season Tickets Surpass Last Year's Totals

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As basketball season approaches (two exhibition games this week and our #HoopsTakeover event!), season ticket sales have progressed steadily during the offseason. After an impressive run to the Sweet Sixteen by Dawn Staley's women's squad and the hiring of Frank Martin to lead the men's team, fans are looking forward to seeing what's in store at Colonial Life Arena this season. Both coaches are excited about getting the season started and seeing the returning players mesh with newcomers. (Check out a recap of their comments at last week's SEC Media Day here.)

With well over 5,900 season tickets sold so far, the men's team has already surpassed last year's total of 5,864 tickets. The women's team has also surpassed last year's number with almost 2,000 season tickets sold for 2012-13. Fans who have already purchased their season tickets should be receiving them next week.

Men's Basketball won their opening exhibition game Tuesday night vs. Kentucky Wesleyan and Women's Basketball will take on Anderson in an exhibition game this Sunday, November 4th, at 3 PM. Admission is free for exhibition games and seating is general admission.

Both teams will participate in our one-of-a-kind #HoopsTakeover event this Friday, November 2nd, featuring live interviews throughout the day streamed on GamecocksOnline.com, broadcast on 107.5 The Game in Columbia, and distributed via all South Carolina social media channels. The event will conclude with My Carolina's Basketball Preview Party for alumni association and Gamecock Club members exclusively.

To purchase season tickets online, go to the GamecocksOnline.com Tickets homepage.


This Week's Home Events: #HoopsTakeover Time

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Basketball season tickets promotion.JPGBasketball gets going this week with two exhibition games and our first-ever "Hoops Takeover" event (follow along with the #HoopsTakeover hashtag on Twitter). The one-of-a-kind event, which will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET, will include live interviews throughout the day streamed on GamecocksOnline.com, broadcast on 107.5 The Game in Columbia, and distributed via all South Carolina social media channels. The event will conclude with My Carolina's Basketball Preview Party.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Men's Basketball vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (Exhibition) - 7 PM
- First opportunity to watch the new 2012-13 squad
- Free admission
- General admission seating in the lower bowl
- Free team posters available


Friday, November 2, 2012

#HoopsTakeover  - 9 AM - 7 PM
- Tune in on 107.5 The Game, GamecocksOnline.com, and all our social media channels for this one-of-a-kind event!



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Women's Basketball vs. Anderson (Exhibition) - 3 PM
- First opportunity to watch this year's team!
- Free admission
- General admission seating in the lower bowl
- Free team posters available




Gamecocks on the road...
Women's Golf at Kiawah Classic - Monday - Tuesday
Women's Soccer at SEC Tournament - Monday vs. Arkansas, if they win they advance to play Texas A&M at 1 PM on Wednesday
Equestrian at Georgia - Friday, 2 PM
Volleyball at Missouri - Friday, 7:30 PM
Volleyball at Kentucky - Sunday, 1:30 PM
Swimming & Diving at Virginia - Saturday, 11 AM
Men's Soccer at Kentucky - Sunday, 1 PM
Women's Tennis - UNM Fall Invitational - Friday - Sunday
Men's Tennis - Winthrop Invitational - Friday - Sunday

 

Inside The Chart.pngLorenzo Ward and Jadeveon Clowney crisscrossed each other in the hallway following South Carolina's 38-35 win over Tennessee.  The Gamecock defensive coordinator greeted his sophomore with a smile and a hearty slap across the chest.

Ward leaned in.  "Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time ballgames," he said.

Clowney vs. Tennessee.jpegIt didn't matter that South Carolina had found little luck against Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.  Never mind that UT's offensive line, second in the nation in sacks allowed, had kept Clowney out of the backfield all day.  None of that mattered on a 1st-and-10 from the Gamecock 19 with 1:18 remaining.  When the defense needed a big stop, its all-everything defensive end delivered the most clutch save by a Gamecock this side of Matt Price. 

Clowney's strip-sack of Bray -- and Shaq Wilson's fumble recovery -- helped seal South Carolina's third straight win over the Volunteers.  The day will be remembered more for the play that resulted in Marcus Lattimore's severe leg injury.  But when it came to clinching their ninth straight home win, the Gamecocks showed they still have plenty of big-time players left.

 "Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes" as South Carolina heads into its bye week:

Not This Time:  Don't discount the clutch fumble recovery by Wilson, either.  Entering the game, South Carolina had the worst fumble recovery percentage in the nation among teams that have forced 10 or more (3 of 14, 21.4%).

Justice For All:  Justice Cunningham walked out of Williams-Brice Stadium with his game ball, his iPad, and his usual stoic face.  Even a career day for the senior tight end (6 catches, 108 yards) couldn't alter his expression.

Cunningham vs. UT.jpegActually, Cunningham left a little annoyed.

"I was mad I fell.  I wanted that touchdown," Cunningham said of his 45-yard gallop in the fourth quarter.  Cunningham stumbled out of bounds at the 5 yard-line, moments after delivering a vicious stiffarm to freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil. 

Tight end Justice Cunningham set career highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (108)

Cunningham said me he was happy to make opportunistic catches against the Tennessee secondary.

"Linebackers and DB's, they're worried about the wide receivers.  They don't think we're really going to catch the ball," he said.

As a result, Cunningham finished with the most receiving yards by a Gamecock tight end in years.

Shaw vs. UT.jpegFlipping The Field:  After forcing a three-and-out with 0:40 remaining, Tennessee still had a chance to string together a game-tying drive.  But with the wind at his back, Tyler Hull wound up and hammered a sailing, 51-yard punt.  By the time returner Cordarrelle Patterson found his bearings, Kenny Miles wrapped him up for an eight-yard loss.  Maligned for its misadventures against Florida, the 59-yard net punt was South Carolina's longest of the season.  It couldn't have come at a more opportune time.

2 Chains:  Connor Shaw and Tyler Bray were especially deadly when faced with long yardage.  On 3rd downs of 7+ yards, the duo combined to go 7-for-9 for 157 yards (22.4 yards/completion). 

3rd and 7+ Yards                Comp./Att.           Yds.       Yds./Completion              First Downs

Tyler Bray                              4-5                         97           24.2                                    4

Connor Shaw                       3-4                         60           20.0                                    2

 

Shaw finished with a career-high 356 passing yards, shattering his previous best of 311 against Kentucky in 2011.

And Finally... Keep #21 in your thoughts. 

"Inside The Chart" will be gone fishing during the bye week.  We'll start back up a week from Wednesday as we dive into our prep for the final SEC contest against Arkansas.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  -AD--

 

Pre-Game & Fan Photos - South Carolina vs. Tennessee

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Check out photos from Gamecock Walk, tailgating, Darius Rucker in Gamecock Village, our halftime salute to first responders, and more in our slideshow of fan photos from today's win over Tennessee.



The newly opened Rice Athletics Center in the University of South Carolina Athletics Village will hold a grand opening and dedication on October 26, 2012. The beautiful, modern facility houses several Gamecock Athletics teams and departments. Watch video of the dedication and get more information on the facility here.

Check out photos of the new facility below, along with comments from several athletics department staff members working in the new building.




Kevin O'Connell, Chief Operating Officer:

"The Rice Athletics Center is a beautiful building that, along with the Dodie Academic Enrichment Center, provides a magnificent gateway into the Athletics Village. This state-of-the art structure features an abundance of natural light, tall ceilings and beautiful millwork throughout. The Architect of Record, Marc Warren, JHS, did an exceptional job in bringing our coaches and support staff together in a unique setting that allows us to work more efficiently while projecting the professionalism and commitment to excellence consistent with Gamecock Athletics. All of Gamecock Nation can take a tremendous sense of pride in this first-class facility."


Beverly Smith, Head Softball Coach:

"Being in the Rice Athletics Center is great. The fact that the entire staff is under one roof really makes the department efficient and it makes you feel part of a big team. I feel like I'm surrounded by great teammates and all different departments are available at our fingertips.

The building also gives us a huge recruiting advantage. I think that any parent of an athlete who walks through the Rice Athletics Center or through the Dodie will recognize that they will be a part of world-class facilities.

[The Athletics Village area] really is a village and the parents understand that their kids will be able to eat, go to practice, shower, study, have dinner and kids won't have to get in their car and drive around."

 

McGee Moody, Head Swimming & Diving Coach:

"The Rice Athletics Center is among the best in the country. It brings a sense of pride to the athletics department and gives us a home where we're all under one roof. From a swimming perspective, it allows our staff to be in one place and have access to technology that we didn't have when our offices were over at the PE building. This is definitely something that will help take our program to the next level.

It makes our operations a whole lot easier. For example, in the past if we had something to go to the business office or to compliance we had to drive across campus to get here. Everything moves much more efficiently, much more effectively and in a much quicker manner which is imperative when you talk about recruiting in the SEC. It has to be done quickly."

 

Josh Goffi, Head Men's Tennis Coach:

"The building is beautiful and everything about it is top-tier. Personally, the way it has benefited my program is with recruits the past three weekends. They've commented on how gorgeous it is, how modern the entire facility looks. It's definitely amped up our status in our recruiting battle and we can't be happier.

Having everyone in one space has been a dream...It makes everything seamless and has helped our efficiency. We've gotten a lot more productive.



Kalen Harris, Head Women's Golf Coach:

"The Rice Athletics Center is a tremendous upgrade and a top facility in the country. It's benefited us to have more departments under one roof.  It's enhanced our efficiency and camaraderie as an athletics department."



Patrick McFarland, Executive Director of the Gamecock Club:

"The new building has made a big difference! We have the donors being able to come in and we can actually take care of them in one place. So if we have a new member they can sign up to join the Gamecock Club and they can take care of their tickets all in one stop. To put it quite frankly, it's not embarrassing to have them come into our building [compared to the Roundhouse.] We're proud when they come into the new building. It gives us a place to show all our accomplishments.

I know when we've taken donors through their jaws have just dropped. Everybody says, 'Wow, this is big time!' To be able to look in one direction and see the football stadium and that new video board that says, 'South Carolina Gamecocks,' [on the back] and to look in the other direction and see the indoor facility, the soccer field, and campus. It just makes it feel like a true on campus facility and brings the whole athletics department together.
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This blogger can agree- in the past to talk to each of these people it would have taken trips to four different buildings. Now? One trip down the hall and up the stairs. We are loving the Rice Athletics Center!

 

Inside The Chart.pngCoaches preach it all the time:  "Don't let one loss become two."  Never let a loss, however gut-wrenching, affect your preparation and resolve for the next game.

Bruce Ellington vs. UAB.jpegSouth Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will try to heed that wisdom when it returns to Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday to face Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC).  The Gamecocks are looking to shake off a pair of anemic offensive performances against LSU and Florida.  The Vols face an even more arduous task:  shaking off Alabama.

Can Bruce Ellington and the Gamecocks take advantage of an "Alabama hangover"?

For 20 of their 21 years together in the SEC, the South Carolina-Tennessee game has followed UT's "Third Saturday in October" showdown against #1 Alabama.  Even though the Vols gained a season-high 282 yards against the Tide defense, Alabama still cruised to a 44-13 victory.   

It made me wonder how badly Alabama, in its ascent under Nick Saban, gives fellow SEC teams a crimson-colored hangover.  Check out how these SEC teams fared a week after facing the Tide:

2010

Arkansas                               OPEN DATE           

Florida                                    L-LSU

South Carolina                     L-Kentucky

Ole Miss                                L-Arkansas

Tennessee                           L-South Carolina

LSU                                        W-Louisiana-Monroe

Mississippi State                 L-Arkansas

Auburn                                  W-South Carolina (SEC Championship)

 

2011

Arkansas                               W-Texas A&M*

Florida                                    L-LSU

Vanderbilt                              L-Georgia

Ole Miss                                L-Arkansas

Tennessee                           L-South Carolina

LSU                                        W-Western Kentucky

Mississippi State                 L-Arkansas

 

2012

Arkansas                               L-Rutgers

Ole Miss                                L-Texas A&M

Missouri                                BYE - vs. Kentucky 10/27

Tennessee                           vs. South Carolina 10/27

 

Note:  I didn't include Alabama's 2011 game against Auburn, since the Tigers didn't play again until New Year's Eve.

Since 2010, SEC teams that played a conference game the week after facing Alabama have a combined 1-11 record.  The only SEC team to break that stupor?  Eventual BCS national champion Auburn, which rallied past the Tide in the 2010 Iron Bowl, then steamrolled South Carolina in the SEC Championship game.  

The Gamecocks not only represent Tennessee's "Afta-Bama" opponent, but its fourth ranked opponent in as many weeks.  As South Carolina learned in the Swamp, an exhausting schedule tests a player's mental reserves as much as its physical reserves.  Key for the Gamecocks:  take advantage of Alabama's assist, and wear down Tennessee's resilience early.

Other "Pre-Snap Reads" before Carolina and Tennessee meet at high noon (or thereabouts - 12:01 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network).

Tyler Bray.jpgThis May Help:  South Carolina has only allowed two touchdowns in its last 12 first quarters at Williams-Brice Stadium.  Oddly, the teams that nicked them were Navy and The Citadel.

Shades of Bray: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hails from Kingsburg, Calif., a town of 11,000 known as "Little Sweden" for its predominantly Swedish roots.  Its water tower is even in the shape of a Swedish coffee pot.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.

Since becoming UT's starter at halftime of the Carolina game in 2010, Bray has shown a high-velocity, "See you Sunday"-type arm.  His 273 passing yards per game ranks 3rd in the SEC, and his 51 career touchdowns leads all active SEC signal-callers.  He has a pair of rangy targets in Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, a running back in Raijon Neal (83.3 rush ypg) who can keep the play-calling balanced, and an offensive line that has only allowed three sacks.  At a water tower-sized 6'6," Bray can also see over Carolina's telescopic arms on the defensive line. 

Lattimore Handoff.jpegBut with 8 interceptions and a 51% completion percentage in four SEC games, Bray can be his own worst enemy.  Head coach Derek Dooley put some heat on his quarterback this week, telling the media "If he is loose with the ball, he's coming out of the game and we're going to play [backup] Justin Worley."  Can the Gamecocks keep the pressure on Bray, and prevent him from getting his confidence going? 

Better Days Ahead?  The Gamecock offense stumbled against two of the elite defenses in the nation in LSU and Florida.  Could they be due for a change against Tennessee?

Yards Per Play Allowed

3.             LSU                         3.69

4.             Florida                    4.17

98.          Tennessee            6.10

 

Among Carolina's opponents, only UAB (104th NCAA) has a more gaping yards-per-play average.  Could a more vulnerable defense - and an undefeated record at home - help Connor Shaw return to form?

 

Nuthin' But A "Glee" Thang:  You may not find many football players who will readily volunteer themselves as fans of the Fox show Glee.  But count Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera among them, and with good reason - his sister, Naya, plays cheerleader Santana on the show.

Position Change:  In its 14-3 win over the Vols last year, South Carolina won despite a sizable gap in starting field position.

Avg. Starting Field Position -2011                    Tennessee                                         Carolina

                                                                                Own 45                                                Own 27

 

In addition to improving their own ball security on kickoffs, the Gamecocks need to prevent returner Cordarelle Patterson from opening his stride.  The (Rock Hill) Northwestern HS product ranks 2nd in the nation, averaging 34.5 yards per kick return.

And Finally...  Recruiting is a game of hits and misses - or in Derek Dooley's case, a miss that turns into a hit again.  As head coach of Louisiana Tech, Dooley recruited safety Prentiss Waggner from nearby Clinton, La.  At his in-home visit, Dooley told Waggner he "didn't think he was good enough to go to Tennessee." 

Waggner ignored the advice and signed with the Volunteers.  He'll be making his 33rd consecutive start Saturday.

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage begins at 9 a.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you at Williams-Brice.  -AD--

 


Gamecock Basketball head coaches Frank Martin and Dawn Staley took time out this morning to head to Birmingham, Alabama, for the annual SEC Media Day. The coaches rotate through a whirlwind of stations at the Wynfrey Hotel to meet with various print, internet, radio, and television media outlets before the start of the season.

One of Coach Staley's areas of emphasis was that last year's seniors who helped lead the squad to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament left a "legacy of leadership". She expects this year's team to hit the ground running with the leadership of seniors Ieasia Walker and Ashley Bruner, while hoping newcomers will get in the fold as well. Staley shared a lot of praise for freshman guard Tiffany Mitchell out of Charlotte especially and her play so far in preseason practice.

"Practice is going well considering we have just as many newcomers as we do returners. Our team is really working hard...we don't have to coach effort,"  Staley told the SEC Digital Network. "The players really understand how we want to play, the make-up of our team."

First-year coach Frank Martin fielded many questions about getting to know his new team, how Bruce Ellington will fit in after the football season, and his thoughts on the toughness of the SEC. Martin noted that returning junior guard Eric Smith and senior transfer LaShay Page have stood out so far in the pre-season and how much he has enjoyed getting to see the passion of the South Carolina fan base at other sports including baseball, football, and volleyball. Right now he is focused on building the foundation for this team to hope to compete for championships.

"The players have been great. I couldn't ask for them to be more excited, more enthusiastic, to compete as hard as they compete," Martin told the SEC Digital Network. "They've been phenomenal."

Martin reiterated to the media that Ellington will be welcomed to the team with open arms once the football season is over but that in the meantime the team will work and prepare without him. While he is still very much in contact with his basketball teammates and the new staff, dropping by the offices regularly, Ellington will not join the team until January (not in the December interim before any potential bowl game). Martin emphasized how difficult it is to play two sports on this level and how much respect he has for Ellington for being successful and really good at both sports.

The addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to the league was a hot topic today as media sought coaches' opinions on how tough the SEC would be this season. Martin noted that Missouri and Texas A&M have had consistently strong teams appearing regularly in the NCAA Tournament and that their addition makes an already competitive league including powers Kentucky and Florida even tougher.

"If this league doesn't get seven to eight teams in the NCAA Tournament this year I'll be extremely surprised," said Martin.


Check out behind-the-scenes photos of the two coaches' trip to SEC Media Day:




Video of Coach Martin's comments to the SEC Digital Network

Video of Coach Staley's comments to the SEC Digital Network


Check out @GamecockMBB, @GamecockWBB, and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter and the #SECMD12 hashtag for more tweets and photos from the action at SEC Media Day!


Season tickets are available now for both men's and women's basketball! Purchase online here


*Written by student assistant Kelly McAlindin

Following Wednesday's practice, Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the offensive assistant coaches offered comments about their plans and expectations for Carolina's first home game since defeating Georgia on October 6th.

The Gamecocks have suffered two tough losses on the road against No. 6 LSU and No. 2 Florida and they are ready to get back to Williams-Brice and take home a win.

"We know the fans are going to be ready and we're going to be ready to play the best we can," said Head Coach Steve Spurrier.

In their past two games, the Gamecocks' offense has struggled to make plays, posting only 36 rushing yards and 155 passing yards against the Gators last Saturday. When asked about how the offense looks to improve against Tennessee, Steve Spurrier Jr. thinks playing at home is a definite advantage, "Hopefully this will be a good home game and we can feel comfortable and catch the ball like we know we can."

Spurrier Jr. also commented on the importance of Saturday's game and how being at home will instill more confidence in the team, "It's a big game and it's an SEC East opponent so hopefully we can go and play the way we know how to play."

One of the biggest issues for South Carolina has perhaps been the cohesion of the offensive line. Between the various line-ups and recent injuries, Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott hopes the Tennessee game will spark some improvement.

With starting sophomore Mike Matulis out with a shoulder injury, this has forced the offensive line to make some changes. When asked about his decision to start redshirt sophomore A.J. Cann, Coach Elliott said he believes in the young player's potential, "I just think there are times you try to fuel a fire in somebody to make them better and i always thought A.J. was the man for the job."

Despite offensive struggles, a shining part of the Gamecocks' offense has been senior center T.J. Johnson. In his comments yesterday, Coach Spurrier recognized Johnson as having started more games than any other football player in South Carolina, "He has started 48 and that's pretty neat."

Coaches and fans alike look forward to seeing a renewed South Carolina team storm the gridiron against Tennessee. In summing up his expectations, Coach Elliott hopes to see the team play smart and apply what they have improved upon in practice, "We'll see if we can right the ship and get back on course."

Check out more videos of coaches' and players' post practice interviews here and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for thoughts from defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward following Thursday's practice.

Gameday Timeline: SC vs. Tennessee

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Drink your coffee and warm up those breakfast casseroles for AM tailgating! Check out this week's gameday timeline below and be sure to join us in the former Farmer's Market area for the Gamecock Walk to welcome the team to Williams-Brice at approximately 9:40 a.m. Kick-off is set for noon!

Times approximate

8 a.m.

Athletics Dept. parking lots at Farmer's Market,  Fairgrounds, Armory, ETV, and Stadium open

8 a.m.

Stadium Parking Office opens

8 a.m.

Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village opens

8 a.m.

Stadium Box Office opens

8:30 a.m.

Student Ticketing Window opens

9:40 a.m.

Gamecock Walk

10 a.m.

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

10:30a.m.

Gates open

10:40 a.m.

Band & Spirit Pep Rally

12 p.m.

Kick-off vs. Tennessee



The Tennessee game is sold out. Tickets remain available for the final two home games vs. Arkansas on Nov. 10 (Homecoming) and vs. Wofford on Nov. 17 (Military Appreciation Day). Purchase online

South Carolina-Tennessee Gameday Program Sneak Peek

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After two tough games on the road, the Gamecocks return to Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday to take on Tennessee. The game is sold out!

When you're in the stadium this Saturday be sure to pick up the gameday program for just $5. Junior running back Marcus Lattimore 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:

Lattimore ranks fourth highest in yards per game in a career among current NCAA players averaging 93.3 yards per game. While most of his on field success comes from studying the opponent and working hard in the weight room, Lattimore also attributes some of his success to what he has learned from other players he admires. One such player is Frank Gore, the starting running back for the San Francisco 49ers.

"He is not a really fast guy, but he makes up for it with his patience and vision, and his ability to catch the ball."

Lattimore also looks to Gore as an example because he, like Lattimore, underwent ACL surgery and returned. Additionally, Lattimore mentions with a smile that Gore also wears number 21 and he likes that about him, but jersey number aside Gore has a presence on the field that Lattimore admires.

"I definitely try to mimic his patience on the field," Lattimore commented. "He is a great guy to look over, and I try to take some of his moves from his game. I think it helps me out."

Other features in this week's program will include team previews for men's and women's golf as well as this week's Carolina's Finest feature that takes a look at senior equestrian rider Audrey Jewell.  Our Inside the University feature takes a closer look at Zafer Gürdal, USC's new technical director of the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research.

We also look back on October 27, 1950, and the last time South Carolina played a football game in Washington D.C. for the On This Date feature written by Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick. Can you guess who we played and what famous milestone occurred on that day?

The cover:

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Be sure to pick up the program on Saturday at the game vs. Tennessee presented by Hyundai. 

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


Gamecock Spotlight: Marcus Lattimore







Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: updates from the Gamecock's football practice Tuesday; men's soccer hosts Coastal Carolina tonight in final home game of the season; welcome back Charles Bloom to Gamecock Country; women's basketball guard named preseason all-SEC; Steve Spurrier has faith in Connor Shaw;
baseball reveals teams for Garnet & Black World Series; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


General News. Charles Bloom Added to Senior Staff

Football. Clowney Added to Maxwell Award Watch List

Football. Gamecocks Work Out Tuesday

Football. Steve Spurrier Tuesday Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Men's Soccer. Gamecocks Host No. 9 Coastal Carolina In Final Regular Season Home Contest

Baseball. Teams Revealed For Garnet & Black World Series

Track & Field. Ready. Set. Rewind: Tiffany Ross Williams

Women's Basketball. Walker Named Preseason All-SEC

Cross Country. Gamecock Cross Country Holds Sendoff For SEC Championship




VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 7-0 and the only undefeated mascot! He maintained his perfect record with a win over Wilma Wildcat last week and is taking on a very popular bird this week, The Duck from Oregon. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Basketball: SEC Media Days Central (SEC Digital Network)
*South Carolina men's and women's basketball coaches Frank Martin and Dawn Staley will be at the first session from 9-11 AM ET.

Football: Spurrier reinforces confidence in Shaw (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: USC returns home with more goals in reach (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Tennessee Volunteers at No. 17 South Carolina Gamecocks: Preview, prediction, TV info (CBS Sports)

Football: Gamecocks shift 2012 goals (Anderson Independent Mail)

General: Family after Gamecock military surprise: "We're complete now" (WAFB.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Dooley, Vols still getting kicked around (ESPN SEC Blog)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Football: Healthy Sidney Rice Could Help Seattle Seahawks' Offense (CBS Seattle)

Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Support like this is what will keep the team on track! Gamecock fans through thick and thin!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Coaches and Players Prepare to Face Tennessee Offense

"What Channel is the Game On?" Tennessee Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 24

Q&A: Byron Jerideau - Swamp People, Big Boy Relays, and more

Facebook Fan of the Week: Amanda & Annie

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Soccer Games, Halloween Contest at Volleyball





VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights of Jadeveon Clowney from the Florida game and the first several games of the season below. He was added to the Maxwell award watch list today and is making some noise this season!




First six games:






ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina senior basketball guard Ieasia Walker earned preseason second-team All-SEC honors by voting of the league's media members. Walker has been a driving force for the Gamecocks' emergence the last seasons using both her scoring and distributing abilities. A two-time All-SEC selection, the 5-foot-8 senior led the team and was among the SEC's top 20 scorers as a sophomore, posting 12.2 points per game.

The South Carolina baseball team concludes fall practice this weekend with the Garnet & Black World Series. First pitch for the opener is at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Garnet team will be managed by senior RHP Patrick Sullivan with senior LHP Nolan Belcher serving as manager for the Black team.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's fan photo was sent to us by Ashlea Darracott. This is her nine-year-old son Meyers, in "The Swamp" last weekend!
She writes:

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Needless to say, we were in hostile, gator infested water. This was his first Gamecock experience! He managed to support the team until the bitter end. Gooooo Cocks!"


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*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett

After practice Tuesday, coaches and players spoke with the media about how they are using the mistakes they made during the loss to Florida to prepare to play a tough Tennessee offense this Saturday in Columbia.

FB-12 Joe Robinson with media 10-23-12.jpegSpecial Teams Coordinator Joe Robinson discussed how, despite the loss to Florida, the team is working as hard as they do every week to prepare for the 3-4 Volunteers. "They are back and working hard, they are working like they do every week. Every week we have things we need to fix," said Robinson.

One of the problems during this past Saturday's game was fumbles and ball security. Every time a player has the ball in their hands ball security should be number one, and Coach Robinson believes that the fundamentals of ball security were not followed Saturday.

Defensive Line Coach Brad Lawing continues to encourage players to not let their emotions get in the way of their game. When asked if there was a sense of frustration towards the end of the first half against Florida, Lawing stated, "No there wasn't. These guys understand that our goal is win football games so all that other stuff is whatever."

D.J. Swearinger is moving on from the loss to Florida, and is looking forward to playing a strong Tennessee offense. Swearinger shared with the media, "I'm looking forward to it. Anytime you get great competition like that those are the games you love to play in."

To prepare for the Tennessee's strong ability to throw the ball, the defense is focusing on working together to make big plays. Sophomore cornerback Victor Hampton shared with the media, "If anything we are trying to be collective and come together this week and make big plays for the defense, and get some turnovers."

Secondary coach Grady Brown was quick to admit that Tennessee's receivers are probably some of the best in college football, but believes it will be a good task for the Gamecocks to play them.

When asked how the defense is preparing to defend the Tennessee receivers who can make "freakish plays," Coach Brown stated, "The good thing about this game is that our preparations remain the same. The same things apply, you have to be able to line up properly and recognize formations."

After two tough losses on the road the Gamecocks are ready to play in front of a sold out crowd at Williams-Brice. Senior spur DeVonte Holloman knows that the team has to be ready for any situation, stating, "Football is a weird game. Anything can change momentum so you just have to play as hard as you can."


Check out more videos of coaches' and player's post-practice interviews here and check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for interviews following Wednesday's practice.

"What Channel is the Game On?" Tennessee Edition

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Our weekly "what channel is the game on?" post returns as the No. 17/16 Gamecocks prepare for their first home game in two weeks against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Gamecocks are 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the SEC after losses at top-10 teams LSU and Florida. The Vols are 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the SEC.


This week's match-up with Tennessee is sold out. 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. You won't want to miss this game as Carolina hopes to extend their eight-game home winning streak.


The Gamecocks will battle the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, October 27, airing nationally on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET. ESPN's Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Jenn Brown 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: #17/16 South Carolina vs. Tennessee
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium; Columbia, SC
TV: ESPN, WatchESPN
Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


While we don't know the exact channel number for every local ESPN 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 ESPN (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):

ESPN

Time Warner Cable
Columbia, SC Channel 26 (Digital channel 500, HD channel 1500)
Florence, SC Channel 29
Myrtle Beach, SC Channel 25
Summerville (Charleston), SC Channel 26
DirecTV Channel 206
Dish Channel 140
AT&T Uverse Channel 602
Charter Cable Channel 32

 


If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game, catch the re-broadcast of the game with Andy Demetra and Brad Muller on the call on Sunday, October 28, 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 85/XM 85).

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.pngIn truth, Byron Jerideau should have left town with the South Carolina State Fair.  With tree trunk thighs and Popeye arms, the 6'1," 316-pound defensive tackle from Green Pond has performed feats of strength worthy of a sideshow tent.  Last Spring, the redshirt senior set a program record with a 485-pound bench press, proving he can not only replace Travian Robertson on the depth chart, but in the record books as well.

 

But strength alone doesn't cut it on the football field.  Bench presses and dead lifts don't always translate into sacks and tackles for loss.  Without technique, strength is sa parlor trick.  But in his final season in Garnet and Black, Jerideau is becoming known as much for his impact plays as his Strongman reputation.  Despite being hobbled by a sprained ankle, Jerideau has strung together two of his best games as a Gamecock.  Against #9 LSU, he tallied a career-high 6 tackles.  In Saturday's loss to #2 Florida, he added four tackles and his first blocked extra point.

 

Byron Jerideau.jpegJerideau credits an improved understanding of the game for his improved production.

 

Byron Jerideau (left) has enjoyed two of his best games back-to-back.

 

"[I'm] just playing fundamental football.  I've started to use my hands," Jerideau told me.  "I've just learned to depend on the people beside me.  I would sometimes jump gaps, and the ball might go up my gap.  If you stay in your gap, you'll play smart."

 

Jerideau's "gap integrity" has played an important role in South Carolina ranking 4th in the nation in tackles for loss (64.0).  By plugging his gap, ballcarriers have to decelerate or find space elsewhere, leaving extra time for his teammates to pounce. 

 

Jerideau Celebrates.jpegIt has made for a satisfying season for a man who grew up a Gamecock fan outside Walterboro.  But make no mistake:  Jerideau still takes pride in his freakish strength.  He first discovered his talent in the sixth grade while playing for his middle school football team.  The then-140-pound Jerideau and his teammates began a weight-lifting program under the supervision of their future high school head coach.

 

"We started with the bar [approximately 45 lbs.], and everybody had to [lift] it as many times as they could.  Everybody was doing it, like, 40 times.  I went and did it probably 120 times," he said.

 

"My coach said, 'Wow, this guy has some power.'"

 

And plenty more, as Byron Jerideau has shown this season.

 

More notes as we prepare for Tennessee (9:00 a.m. EST airtime, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):

Where's The Beef?  With Jerideau holding the pocket, and Jadeveon Clowney masquerading as Jeff Driskel's personal backpack, South Carolina has moved up to 3rd in the nation in sacks (29.0), affirming Lorenzo Ward's prophesy that the Gamecocks would blitz more.  They'll receive their toughest test yet from Tennessee:  the Vols have only allowed 3.0 sacks all year, tied for 2nd-lowest in the nation.

South Carolina Defense:   29.0 Sacks                               (#4 NCAA)

Tennessee Offense:            3.0 Sacks Allowed                (#2 NCAA)

 

The Volunteers not only returned experience to their offensive line, but heft:  their starters average an industrial-sized 317.8 pounds, one of the highest averages in college football.  Of the Gamecocks' opponents to date, only LSU's offensive line (316.4 pounds per starter) compares favorably on the scales.  Those Tigers smashed open running lanes and limited the Gamecocks to a season-low one sack, which came from linebacker Shaq Wilson.  Can the Gamecocks redeem themselves against a line whose - ahem - robustness belies its record?

 

Fumbled Opportunities:  Both figuratively and literally, a shot at victory slipped out of the Gamecocks' hands Saturday.  A series of four fumbles dealt Florida short fields, and wiped out any momentum the Gamecocks tried to build.  Not even Gainesville's notorious humidity was to blame. 

 

Byrd fumble.jpgCarolina's hands may get clammier at this:  Tennessee has forced the seventh most fumbles in the nation (16).  It's the highest total by a Carolina opponent to date.

 

Damiere Byrd (right) watches as a fumble slips away vs. Florida.  (photo courtesy:  florida.247sports.com).

 

On the bright side, Tennessee has only recovered four of those fumbles (25.0%).  Of teams that have forced 10 or more fumbles, UT's recovery rate is second-worst in the nation behind.... South Carolina (3 of 14, 21.4%).

 

Chained Down:  South Carolina's third-down defense has cratered the last two weeks - in consecutive losses to LSU and Florida, the Gamecocks have allowed 55% conversions on third downs (17 of 31).

Tennessee may have a 3-4 record, but the Vols have shown an uncanny ability to convert third downs away from Rocky Top.  The Volunteers rank 11th in the nation in third-down conversions in road or neutral-site games (23 of 46, 50.0%).  In home games, Tennessee plummets to 112th in the nation (18 of 56, 32.1%).   

Tennessee Third-Down Conversions

Site                                         Conversion %                       NCAA Rank

Road                                      50.0%                                     11th

Home                                     32.0%                                     112th

 

Tennessee used that skill to its advantage against #1 Alabama.  Despite scoring only 13 points, the Volunteers manufactured 4 trips inside the Alabama red zone.  The Crimson Tide had only allowed 8 red zone trips in its first 6 games.

 

Third-down stops not only enliven a crowd, they energize a defense.  Can the Gamecocks regain their stride against an opponent that has been a surprisingly tough "out" on the road?

 

And Finally... Saturday won't be the first time Tennessee plays on Steve Spurrier's field.  During preseason camp, the Volunteers barnstormed around the state, practicing at various Tennessee high school fields.  Among the schools they visited was Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn.  Science Hill plays its home games at - you guessed it - Steve Spurrier Field.

 

 

 

Steve Spurrier Field.jpgSteve Spurrier Field at Science Hill HS (Johnson City, Tenn.).  The Tennessee football team held a practice there during preseason.

 

Check back Friday for our final "Pre-Snap Reads" before the Gamecocks welcome Tennessee to Williams-Brice.  -AD--

 


Jerideau_121006_000071_TB.jpgWe caught up with defensive lineman Byron Jerideau to get to know the senior Gamecock better. Check out the conversation below and learn more about this self-proclaimed country boy:


BL: What was it like growing up in the Lowcountry?

Jerideau: It was fun, I kinda stayed in the country so me and my granddad always doing yard work and fishing and cutting up wood in the winter time. Growing up by the water was cool because me and my dad would go fishing a lot and being able to go right to the beach was cool.


Tell me a little bit more about your family - who you grew up with and what they are like?

 I grew up with my mom; she raised me well. Single mom, working hard, always told me to do what I believe in, keep the dreams up there. I love her. My granddad stays right next to us. He kept me busy in the yard and I used to love to help him, right after school. Even when it got time for high school I still wanted to help him because I knew that he was getting older and needed someone to help him.


What are some of the other things you liked to do, when you were a kid, for fun?

Rifles, hunt, fish, country stuff.


So do you consider yourself a "country boy"?

Yeah, definitely. If you saw where I stay, you'd say that too. Green Pond is in the  woods. I had like a 17 minute drive to school every day. ... It's about 35 - 40 miles from Charleston. It's in between Charleston and Beaufort.


When did you first start playing football?

I started playing football when I was in sixth grade. A lot of people told me I had a good size.  I really almost didn't make the weight limit because for sixth grade rec league you had to be 150 lbs and I was like 140 lbs or something like that. So I almost didn't make it. I played D-line, O-line, and tight end. 


What's your favorite part about playing defensive line?

Tackling. Tackling and hitting. Hitting every play, hitting offensive linemen, hitting the quarterback, hitting everybody and just tackling. I love tackling!


I know you don't get a lot of free time, but when you do what are some of your favorite things to do off the field?

I kinda just like to relax. Sit back and watch TV, watch football, NFL and watch some of the shows I like, Swamp People and Family Guy.


Who are you closest with on the team? Who are some of the other players you hang out with and what do y'all like to do?

Me and Aldrick [Fordham] like to play 2K, it's a video game, and Madden. I beat him all the time. Me and Devin are like best friends and our parents are really close.


Did you and Devin know each other before coming to Carolina?

Yes, we know each other from track and field in high school and football. So every weekend, we'd be at the same track meets and I said, "You play football don't you?" "Yeah, Devin Taylor." "Oh, Byron." We just grew close from there.


What events did you do? Were you a field athlete or were you a track athlete?

I did both. I did shot put and discus. Then at the end of every track meet we did something called a Big Boy Relay and it was for all the "big boys" that did shot put and discus, then they got to run a relay, like the 4 by 1. And Beaufort, they'd always cheat because they had Devin. He was skinny but because he did shot put and discus he qualified to run in the Big Boy Relay. Devin always beat us and we would get second.  And he always won in discus because he's so long and lanky.


You guys have to do interviews all the time. Is there any question that you wish people would ask you, that you normally do not get asked?

I would say, "How am I doing today?" Most people don't ask you how are you doing, or how your day is. They just go straight to the questions about whatever they want to find out.


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Quick Hits with Byron Jerideau:

Favorite food?  Lima beans and neck bone
Song on repeat right now on your iPod? Tim McGraw- Live Like You Were Dying 
Favorite kind of music? Country, a little R&B. I'm not a big rap person. 
Favorite TV show? Swamp People. We all used to meet up at my house and watch it every Thursday.  The new season doesn't start for awhile. 
Favorite TV show you're embarrassed to admit that you watch?  Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but it's only because my girlfriend makes me watch it! 
Favorite video game?  Madden, NCAA, mostly sports games 


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/23

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: quotes and full video from today's football press conference; celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championship; baseball scrimmages this weekend; men's and women's soccer host final home games this week;
Facebook fans of the week; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Steve Spurrier Tuesday Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Football. Gamecock Spotlight: Marcus Lattimore

Women's Basketball. Walker Named Preseason All-SEC

Baseball. Garnet & Black World Series This Week At Carolina Stadium

Men's Soccer. Gamecock Spotlight: Mike Mangotic

Women's Tennis. Jaklin Alawi Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Women's Tennis. Doubles Team Falls in Championship Match at ITA Regional

Track & Field. Ready. Set. Rewind: Tiffany Ross Williams

Track & Field. Ready. Set. Rewind: Demetria Washington Davis




VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 7-0 and the only undefeated mascot! He maintained his perfect record with a win over Wilma Wildcat last week and is taking on a very popular bird this week, The Duck from Oregon. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: Steve Spurrier: 'It's Good to Be Back Home' (WLTX.com)

Football: Good teams look bad when all deficiencies are on display (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Vols' Bray, Gamecocks' Shaw trying to bounce back (AP)

Football: Week 9 in the SEC (ESPN SEC Blog)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Vols' Maggitt: fans 'shouldn't be happy' (Times Free Press)

Football: Vols' Derek Dooley puts Tyler Bray on alert (ESPN SEC Blog)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Football: Around the NFC South (ESPN NFC South Blog)
*Captain Munnerlyn to step up for Panthers' defense

Football: Atlanta Falcons: Give Your Bye Week Fixes (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
*John Abraham leading Falcons' defense


Football: Checking in with Melvin Ingram (GamecocksOnline.com)


Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


We love to hear our fans talking up the Gamecocks!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Facebook Fan of the Week: Amanda & Annie

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Soccer Games, Halloween Contest at Volleyball

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 21

Fan Photos: South Carolina at Florida

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know senior men's soccer player Mike Mangotic! Men's Soccer plays their final home game of the season Wednesday night at 7 PM vs. Coastal Carolina.





ROOSTER CROWS

Senior Jaklin Alawi from the South Carolina women's tennis team js our AgSouth Athlete of the Week. Alawi teamed with junior Dominika Kanakova to reach the championship doubles match of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. The pair registered 8-3 victories in their first two matches versus Wake Forest and Winthrop before downing two doubles teams from North Carolina in the quarters and semis. Alawi and Kanakova fell 8-2 to Hanna Mar and Ester Goldfeld of Duke in the finals.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's fan photo was sent to us by Bettina Weisinger from Blythewood, SC! This is her daughter, Sarah Rhames, proudly sporting Carolina gear head-to-toe!


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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!

Facebook Fan of the Week: Amanda & Annie

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Check out this week's Facebook Fan of the Week winner! Amanda Vickery uploaded this photo of her daughter, saying:

"This is my 2 year old baby girl "Annie" dressed in her gamecock gear ready to watch her favorite team. She is a true gamecock fan and screams go cocky go during the game. Every time they make a touch down her little arms are up in the air hollering touch down and saying they did it, they did it. It's awesome to watch all the spirit she has for her team!!"


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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/22 Weekend Recap

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football falls to Florida in The Swamp and to 13th in BCS; fans show their support at the Florida game; men's and women's tennis post strong performances at ITA Regional; Gamecocks in the NFL; women's soccer goes 1-1 for the weekend; volleyball dominates Mississippi State; Lattimore in the Gamecock Spotlight; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Gamecocks Ranked 13th in BCS Standings

Football. Turnovers Cost Gamecocks In 44-11 Loss at Florida

Baseball. Garnet & Black World Series This Week At Carolina Stadium

Equestrian. Video - Hunt Seat Update with Captain Amber Henter

Men's Soccer. Gamecocks Suffer 2-1 Loss To Memphis In Conference USA Play

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Flourish at ITA Carolina Regional

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Pick Up 1-0 Win Over Alabama

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Drop Road Contest to Kentucky 1-0

Women's Tennis. South Carolina Records Big Wins at ITA Regional

Women's Tennis. Alawi, Kanakova Advance to Doubles Final at ITA Regional

Volleyball. Gamecocks Fall in Three Sets at Ole Miss

Volleyball. Gamecocks Roll Past Mississippi State in Three Sets




VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 7-0 and the only undefeated mascot! He maintained his perfect record with a win over Wilma Wildcat last week and is taking on a very popular bird this week, The Duck from Oregon. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: USC hoping to regroup for matchup with Tennessee (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

Football: Spurrier: Connor Shaw is 'in all likelihood' still the starting QB (NBCSports.com)

Football: Changes after special teams miscues? (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: SEC power rankings: Week 9 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*No. 6 Gamecocks



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Georgia controls fate in SEC East race (The Augusta Chronicle)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Johnathan Joseph interception 10-21-12.jpgFootball: Texans hammer the Ravens (Associated Press)
*Johnathan Joseph with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown
*VIDEO of the play

Football: Journeyman tackle Jamon Meredith becomes starting guard for Buccaneers (Tampa Bay Times)

Football: Throw to Rice or I'll throw a fit (News Tribune)
*Columnist says Sidney Rice needs more touches

Football: Checking in with Melvin Ingram (GamecocksOnline.com)

Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.


Men's Golf: Tommy Gainey closes with course-record 60 to win McGladrey Classic (Yahoo Sports)

Men's Golf: Tommy Gainey a refreshing champion (ESPN)




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Thank you, fans, for your continued support! Go Gamecocks!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Dawn Staley, Golfer Dykes Harbin

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Soccer Games, Halloween Contest at Volleyball

Fan Photos: South Carolina at Florida

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 21

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Marcus Lattimore is a special Gamecock on and off the field. Hear more from him in his Gamecock Spotlight below. Watch more 2012 Gamecock Spotlights on our student-athletes here!






ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina men's tennis closed out a successful weekend at the ITA Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park on Sunday. Holding the No. 62 spot in the country, sophomore Andrew Adams handled UNC Wilmington's Zach Hublitz 6-4, 6-1 on Friday then dispatched William Parker, who played No. 5 singles for North Carolina most of last season, by a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Volleyball posted a dominating sweep at Mississippi State taking the sets 25-9, 25-15, 25-9.
The Gamecocks took the first hitting .476 and not letting the Bulldogs get consecutive points in the frame. Gamecock junior outside hitter Juliette Thevenin posted six kills on six swings to lead the way. In the second set, Thevenin had seven kills without an error. The Gamecocks hit .402 in the win, while the Bulldogs hit just .074. The Gamecocks also won every stat category.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


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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 are head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and men's golfer Dykes Harbin.

Staley will talk about the upcoming start of the 2012-13 women's basketball season and how practice is going so far. Season tickets are available now for women's basketball online at GamecocksOnline.com

Harbin, a captain of this year's men's golf squad, led the Gamecocks last week with his first career tournament victory in the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Georgia with a career-low score.

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...

Big week of home events this week as both soccer teams host their final home games of the season. Men's Soccer will take on Coastal Wednesday evening in their Kick for the Cure game while Women's Soccer will host Senior Night on Thursday in a televised game vs. Florida. Swimming & Diving will also host Florida on Friday to start off a big day of events. Come out to Colonial Life Arena for your first glimpse of the 2012-13 men's basketball team with an open practice at 5:45 PM, then head across the parking lot to the Volleyball Competition Facility to cheer on the Gamecocks vs. Auburn at 7 PM. Wear your best Halloween costume for a chance to win a prize! Volleyball also closes out the weekend with a match vs. new SEC team Texas A&M on Sunday. Football takes on Tennessee on Saturday at noon; Gamecock Walk will be at approximately 9:40 AM so come welcome the team home!


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. Coastal Carolina - 7 PM
-    Final home game of the season
- Kick for the Cure Game!
-    Wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness
-    Pink pom poms to first 200 fans
-    "I Wear Pink For..." cards
- fans will have the opportunity to fill out and post an "I Wear Pink For" card inside Stone Stadium for any loved one who has courageously battled breast cancer
-    Cocky's Bouncehouse
-    Firehouse Know Your Player trivia question


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Florida - 6 PM
-    Final home game of the season
-    Senior Night
-- festivities will begin at 5:45 PM; each senior's career will be highlighted and they will be presented a gift 
-   Televised game on Sun Sports
-    Rally towel giveaway for first 100 fans
-    Cocky's Bouncehouse
-    Firehouse Know Your Player trivia question


Friday, October 26, 2012

Swimming & Diving  vs. Florida - 2 PM
- Free admission
- Gamecocks turned in some of the fastest times in the country last Saturday in their tri meet with national powers Texas A&M and North Carolina. Come watch them take on SEC foe Florida!

Men's Basketball Open Practice - 5:45-6:30 PM
- Free parking and admission at Colonial Life Arena
- Doors open at 5:15 PM, first come first serve seating in the lower bowl
- Free team posters available


Volleyball vs. Auburn - 7 PM
-    Halloween Costume Contest
- Fans are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win a prize!  There will be a winner for the elementary aged participants, middle school participants, and college participants.  Come dressed in your costume while cheering for your Gamecocks! Winners will be chosen at halftime.



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Football vs. Tennessee - 12 PM
- Game is sold out.
- Gamecock Walk at approximately 9:40 AM
- Lexington Medical Center Gamecock Village
- Gamecock Spotlight: Marcus Lattimore



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Volleyball vs. Texas A&M - 1:30 PM
-    Active Gamecocks Day
- One of the designated games for which participants in our Active Gamecocks program may use their free tickets! Active Gamecocks is a statewide initiative to fight childhood obesity.  Children in Kindergarten to 5th grade participate in the program by logging their physical activity for two weeks with a goal of 30 minutes per day with the ability to earn free athletic event tickets.



Gamecocks on the road...
Cross Country at SEC Championship, Nashville - Friday, 10 AM
Women's Golf at The Landfall Tradition, Wilmington, NC - Friday - Sunday
Men's Soccer at Wake Forest - Saturday, 7 PM
Men's Golf at Wendy's Kiawah Classic - Sunday - Tuesday

Fan Photos: South Carolina at Florida

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Check out some of the fans in Gainesville today to cheer on the Gamecocks against the Gators! Thank you, fans, for all your support!!

 

 

Inside The Chart.pngThe SEC may leave little room for error, but it leaves even less room for self-pity.

Celebrating after a win, seething after a loss - whatever the outcome, feelings can't linger long in the SEC.  Coaches warn players about looking ahead; in reality, looking behind can be just as reckless.  The clock is already ticking on the next opponent.  

So after a humbling, 44-11 defeat to #2 Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) heads back to work Sunday, trying to regroup for its next SEC matchup against Tennessee.  The regular season may not end with a trip to Atlanta, but it can still end memorably - so long as the Gamecocks direct their energies wisely.

"Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes" on a night where "The Swamp" claimed another victim:

Defense vs. UF.jpegLaying It On The "Line":  The numbers, combined with the injuries, offered a gloomy outlook.  LSU had just dashed and gashed the Gamecocks for 258 rushing yards.  The next opponent, Florida, ranked 2nd in the SEC in rushing, and carved up Vanderbilt for 326 yards in a 31-17 win.   The Gamecocks' interior line was also hurting, with defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (injury/suspension) not making the trip to Florida and Byron Jerideau nursing a heavily-taped sprained ankle.  All signs pointed to a long, difficult day in the trenches.  

Yet the Gamecocks' defensive line came through with a gutsy effort against the Gators.  Carolina bottled up most of Florida's between-the-tackles runs, and prevented Mike Gillislee, the SEC's second-leading rusher (102.5 ypg), from opening his stride.  On Friday, we noted that one of Gillislee's strengths was his ability to take hits, and grind out yards after contact.  In 120 carries on the season, Gillislee had only amassed 9 loss yards.  In 19 carries against Carolina, Gillislee had 10 loss yards.

Mike Gilislee                         Carries                   Loss Yards

Games 1-6                            120                          9

vs. South Carolina                 19                           10

 

Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney also used their length and speed to neutralize Florida's zone-read option.  One week after breaking Tim Tebow's school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (177), Florida QB Jeff Driskel managed only -5 rushing yardsHowever, an average starting field position of the 50-yard line can put a strain on even the most valiant defenses.

Been There, Done That:  Florida knows exactly how South Carolina feels.  The Gamecocks allowed 183 yards of total offense, yet fell to the Gators 44-11.  Last year, Florida held rival Florida State to 95 yards on 59 plays, yet still dropped a 21-7 decision to FSU.  That gave Florida the "Backhanded Compliment" award for fewest yards allowed by a losing team in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2011.

Clowney vs. UF.jpegFortunately, the Gamecocks will avoid that fate this year.  On September 29, SMU limited TCU to 156 yards of offense, but fell 24-16.  Like Carolina's game, turnovers were the culprit:  the Mustangs threw 5 interceptions and lost a fumble in a driving rainstorm in Dallas.

Incoming!  Jadeveon Clowney's sack of Florida QB Jeff Driskel moved him into the top 5 in school history in sacks.

Seasoned Vets:  I asked Shaq Wilson this week if the Gamecocks' linebacking corps takes any ribbing from their teammates for their, ahem, advanced age.  South Carolina features five seniors among the six players listed on their depth chart. 

Wilson chuckled.

"They mess with us all the time on that.  The young guys pick on us, telling us they have fresh legs all the time," Wilson told me.

Wisecracks aside, the Gamecock linebackers again played with fire.  A week after Wilson posted a career-high 14 tackles, Reginald Bowens followed suit with a career-high 11 tackles against Florida.

No Late Arrivals:  If the last three meetings between the Gamecocks and Gators have taught us anything, it's to get in your seats early:

*  In 2010, Florida's Andre Debose ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. 

Adam Yates.jpeg*  In 2011, Florida quarterback John Brantley lost a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. 

*  In 2012, Connor Shaw did the same, giving Florida possession at the Carolina 2.

Adam Yates' 51-yard field goal helped the Gamecocks achieve a scoring rarity.

Red Zone Woes:  On Friday's "Inside The Chart" we pointed out Florida's puzzling struggles in Red Zone Touchdowns.  Perhaps belying their #2 national ranking, the Gators ranked 85th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in Red Zone Touchdown % (8 of 20, 40%).  Meanwhile, the Gamecock defense had only allowed 5 touchdowns in 19 red-zone chances (26.3%), the second-lowest percentage in the country behind Notre Dame.

Funny how a couple of fumble recoveries deep inside your own territory can flip those percentages.  The Gators scored touchdowns on 6 of 7 red zone opportunities.

And Finally... The Gamecocks scored 11 points in a game for the first time since a 14-11 loss to Miami (OH) in 1973.

Join us this week as we begin our prep for a long-welcome home game against Tennessee.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  -AD--

Photos: Arriving in Florida

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The Gamecocks are safely in Ocala, Florida, for the night before taking on the Gators tomorrow!

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Loading the buses at the airport


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Time to get settled in!

The team will have chapel, team dinner, a brief meeting and watch a movie tonight.


Carolina takes on Florida Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 PM on CBS! You can also tune in to ESPN College GameDay from 9 AM to Noon airing live from Gainesville. I'm sure there will be some Gamecocks mixed in the crowd with the Gators!




 

 

Inside The Chart.pngYes, Shaq Wilson confirms, he was named after the basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.  But in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., everyone knows him by a different nickname.  After five years on the Carolina campus, Wilson can finally spill the secret.

"My middle name is Demesio," Wilson told me after our pre-game radio interview.  "It's my Dad's name.  He's Puerto Rican.  Everybody back home calls me 'Diesel' because of it.  My family, my teammates - everybody."

Shaq Wilson vs. LSU.jpegBy any name, Wilson has started to become a household one. 

Head coach Steve Spurrier praised Wilson this week for "having an all-conference linebacker kind of year, maybe even an All-American type year."    The senior leads the Gamecocks with 44 tackles, including a career-high 14 against LSU.   He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble of the Tigers' Spencer Ware, the tailback's first in 242 career carries. 

But Wilson takes grim satisfaction in that personal record.

"As a linebacker I feel like either a lot of people aren't making tackles or you're not getting off the field," he said.  "The numbers I look at mostly are wins and losses and [stops on] third downs.  Those are what matter to me most."

The number Wilson covets most Saturday is the Gamecocks' 7th win.  The senior gets one final crack against his home-state school when South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) faces #2 Florida (6-0, 5-0 SEC) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.  A win would slingshot the Gamecocks back up the rankings, and give them inside position for an SEC Eastern Division title.  It would also add to Carolina's growing collection of firsts - in this case, its first three-game win streak over the Gators. 

Pre-snap reads before Gamecocks and Gators engage in Swamp warfare (3:30 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):

Curb Your Enthusiasm:  Florida has adopted the motto "start fast and physical" in 2012.  The Gamecocks might counter with the slogan "start faster and more physical."  Did you know:  Carolina is one of five (5) teams nationally that has yet to allow a first-quarter touchdown.

No First-Quarter Touchdowns Allowed                            

1.        South Carolina                     0                             

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Like any difficult road setting, the Gamecocks can't let the Swamp get engaged early.  The numbers suggest they'll have that ability.

 

Blue In The Red:  Like LSU, Florida has suffered from red-zone issues this year.  

 

Florida Red Zone Offense                  Percentage                           NCAA Rank

Scoring Percentage                             19 of 20, 95.0%                       7th

Touchdown Percentage                        11 of 20, 40.0%                       85th

 

While the Gators boast an All-American placekicker in Caleb Sturgis, they've showcased him far too often on chip-shot field goals.  Despite getting outplayed in Baton Rouge, the Gamecocks stayed close by stalling LSU drives, and forcing the Tigers to settle for field goals.  Will that same strength be a virtue in Gainesville?  Florida and South Carolina rank #5 and #6 in the nation, allowing an identical 12.3 points per game.  In a clash between two stingy defenses, the difference between a touchdown and field goal could make the difference between a win and loss. 

 

Kenny Miles vs. Citadel.jpegBet You Didn't Know, Pt. I:  Florida senior defensive tackle Omar Hunter won a state championship for Buford (Ga.) HS in 2007, routing Lovett HS 50-0 in the title game.  Lovett was coached by Mike Muschamp... brother of Gators head coach Will Muschamp.

 

Kenny Miles (right) will start ahead of Marcus Lattimore.

 

Bounce-Back Ahead?  With LSU's linemen clogging running lanes, Carolina only managed 34 rushing yards on 25 carries in their 23-21 loss to the Tigers.  Their ability to rebound may be further tested, with Wednesday's news that Marcus Lattimore may take fewer carries because of a bruised hip.  Florida rolled up a season-high 9.0 tackles for loss against Vanderbilt, with defensive linemen Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd leading a brute, physical point of attack.

 

Yet over the last two seasons, Carolina has shown a surprising ability to be shut down the previous week, only to break out against the Gators.  Look at their rushing totals from the week before, followed by their rushing numbers against Florida:

 

Rushing Yards

Year        Rush Yds. vs. ARK                Rush Yds. vs. UF                   Difference

2010       105                                         239                                         +134                                      

2011       79                                           215                                         +136      

2012       34                                           ???                                          ????

 

Bet You Didn't Know, Pt. II:  At 6'3" and 303 pounds, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd leads Florida in quarterback hurries (3), and ranks second in TFL (4.0).  Not bad for a guy who was born premature, and weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces at birth. 

 

He Said It:  "You kind of get tired of tackling him.  The fourth quarter, that's when he starts wearing on people.  He's just a one-cut guy.  He's going to stick his foot in the ground and he's going to get north and south.  He may  not hit the big one every time, but in our league it's hard to hit big ones."

 

-Florida head coach Will Muschamp.  Did he say that about Marcus Lattimore?  Plausible, but no.  Muschamp actually said it about his senior running Mike Gillislee, whose 102.5 rushing yards per game rank second in the SEC.  With Gillislee grabbing most of the carries, Florida's downhill, no-nonsense running game has averaged 233 yards per game, their highest total since 1989. 

 

The 5'11," 200-pound Gillislee also shares one of Lattimore's best traits:  the ability to sledgehammer yards after contact.  Or to hear Florida running backs coach Brian White describe it, he "pounds nails all day."

 

                                       Carries                   Net Yards               Loss Yards

Mike Gillislee                  120                         624                         9

Marcus Lattimore            129                         593                         9                                   

 

Mike Gillislee.jpgLike opponents do with Lattimore, the Gamecocks' banged-up defense needs to gang-tackle Gillislee.  Vanderbilt, though, overcommitted to stopping Gillislee, allowing quarterback Jeff Driskel to puncture them for 177 yards and three touchdowns.  The Gamecocks can't let their gang-tackling get in the way of their containment responsibilities, either.

 

Florida running back Mike Gillislee (left) rushed for 146 yards in a 14-6 win vs. LSU.  Carolina only ran for 34 yards total against the Tigers.

 

Bet You Didn't Know, Pt. III:  Florida will likely match up top cover corner, sophomore Marcus Roberson, against Gamecock wideout Ace Sanders.  As a senior at Manatee HS in Bradenton, Fla., Sanders defeated Roberson's St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) HS 28-20 in the Florida Class 5A State Semifinals.  The win didn't just advance Sanders' team to the state championship; it snapped Aquinas' 37-game win streak.  Sanders scored the game-clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

 

Speaking of...

 

The Fourth Wall:  Last year, Florida's lack of depth cost them several late leads.  The Gators were outscored a whopping 72-22 in the fourth quarter of SEC play, contributing to an abhorrent (for them) 3-5 conference record.

 

This year, the Gators have had a remarkable turnaround, outscoring their SEC opponents 85-16 in the fourth.

 

Carolina's longest time-of-possession quarters came in the fourth quarters against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  If they enter the final period with a lead - something they did in Death Valley - can the Gamecocks summon a few clinching, "close-out" drives?

 

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


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football practice recaps; men's basketball to hold open practice; senior golfer wins tournament; Spurrier returning to The Swamp again; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS



Football. Tuesday's Post-Practice Interviews

Football.
Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes & Videos 


Men's. Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts Wofford On Wednesday In Non-Conference Play

Volleyball. Magnolia State Trip Next for Gamecock Volleyball


Volleyball. Gamecocks Sweep Coastal Carolina Behind Strong Offense

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Head to Winston-Salem for ITA Regional

Men's Golf. Harbin Wins AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic; Gamecocks Tie For Seventh

Baseball. Andy Demetra's Fall Baseball Report With Coach Holbrook

Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball To Hold Open Practice On Oct. 26

Equestrian. Equestrian Remains No. 2 in Latest NCEA Coaches Poll

Swimming & Diving. El Kamash Named SEC Swimming & Diving Freshman Of the Week



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 6-0 and the only undefeated mascot! He had a big win over LSU's Mike the Tiger last week to maintain his perfect record This week he is facing off with Wilma Wildcat from Arizona. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: USC's season goals 'still on the table' (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Steve Spurrier preparing for another trip back to Florida (Charleston Post & Courier)

Football: Video: Herbstreit on South Carolina-Florida (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Midseason report: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Florida safety Josh Evans: Marcus Lattimore has 'lost a step a little bit' (CBS Sports Blog)

Football: Gators respect Florida legend (GatorSports.com)

Football: Gainesville is abuzz as Gators prepare to face South Carolina (Orlando Sentinel)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Football: Stock Watch: NFC South (ESPN NFL Blog)
*Stock rising: John Abraham

 Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Check out this year's men's basketball poster!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


Travel and Gameday Information for Florida

"What Channel is the Game On?" Florida Edition

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues

Gamecocks Look to Move Forward Against Florida

"Inside The Chart" (Special Report) with Andy Demetra - October 16





VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know senior spur DeVonte Holloman!






FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is very appropriate for the season! Stephanie Quillen sent in this photo of big Gamecock fans, six-year-olds Cooper and Eli posing with their Gamecock Pumpkin!


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Travel and Gameday Information for Florida

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Carolina Football heads to Gainesville this weekend to take on the Gators in the Swamp and there should be a strong contingent of Gamecocks on the road! Carolina will look to keep their bid going for an SEC East Championship while Florida will try to stay undefeated. Be sure to wear gameday Garnet and Black to help us stand out in the crowd of orange and blue!

Directions to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville


Map (click to enlarge):




Parking maps and directions



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

If you have gameday questions in Gainesville, feel free to tweet us at @GamecocksOnline and we will do our best to help! Many questions may be answered in Florida's football gameday FAQs.



Visitor Parking

    - Free first-come, first-serve RV parking is located on Hull Road west of SW 34th Street behind the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.  Once you enter the parking area the road will fork and the free RV parking is to the left (south portion of the lot).
    - The lot opens at 6pm on Friday night and is open until Sunday at 12:00pm (Noon). The only exception is the Homecoming weekend when the lot opens on Thursday at 6pm.
    - Disabled Parking for Visitors is located at Garage IX, which is located on the south side of Archer Road on Gale Lemerand Dr.
    - From Garage IX there are ADA shuttles.  The shuttles begin running 4 hours prior to kickoff and drop off at Gate 18 of the Football stadium.  The Shuttles from Garage IX are running continuously until kickoff and then pick back up at the start of the fourth quarter.
    - Golf carts are available at Gate 18 to assist patrons who need further assistance to their gate.
    - Public parking lots are very limited around the Stadium. All lots that are not reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis (see map). As always, parking on the grass and sidewalks is NOT permitted and any vehicles doing so are at risk of being towed.


Game Day Shuttle Information

Utilize the RTS Shuttle service to avoid the limited parking on campus on game days. Park at one of six convenient locations around Gainesville for a quick ride to the game: The Oaks Mall, Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, The Village Center in Haile Plantation, Tioga Town Center, Downtown Parking Garage, and Garage IX (ADA) at the intersection of Lemerand Dr. and Archer Rd. The RTS Shuttle service costs $10/game or $50/season; which includes Gator Growl. Service is offered from 3 hours before the game until kickoff, with return shuttles beginning in the 4th quarter. For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit go-rts.com.




You can also access Florida's gameday policies, a stadium seating diagram, and a full stadium guide on their website.


ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from Gainesville this weekend. The show is from 9 AM - Noon and will be on the grass outside the North End Zone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.



TICKETS

A few premium ticket options appear to be available for the game via Ticketmaster. The Carolina allotment sold out.

If you purchased tickets through the South Carolina Ticket Office you may pick them up at the visitor ticket gate, Gate 17 (South End Zone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium). Our ticket office staff will be on location there to assist Gamecock fans with any gameday ticket problems.


GAMEDAY ARRIVAL

The football team will arrive at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET.  They are scheduled to be dropped off at the Southeast corner of the stadium at the top of the ramp. 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?" Florida Edition

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SEC on CBS.jpgOur weekly "what channel is the game on?" post as the No. 9/8 Gamecocks prepare for an SEC showdown with No. 3/4 Florida on Saturday! The Gamecocks are 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC after a tough 23-21 loss to LSU last Saturday. The Gators are undefeated at 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC

The game is almost sold out and on the road so we know a lot of fans will be tuned in at home. 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 Florida on Saturday, October 20, 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.

The top 10 match-up in Gainesville is also the host location this week for ESPN's College GameDay show. The show will air live from 9-10 a.m. on ESPNU and from 10 a.m.- Noon on ESPN. 


Game Information:
Who: #9/8 South Carolina vs. #3/4 Florida
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
TV: CBS
Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


While we don't know the exact channel number for every local CBS 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, October 21, 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 135/XM 201).

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

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues

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Check out the latest photos of the new South Carolina Softball stadium in the Athletics Village!  You can see the home dugout formation already, and the left side of the stands is starting to take shape. You can also see some of the pillars that support the second level press box area. See a few photos below and more on our Softball Facebook page


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More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.




Gamecocks Look to Move Forward Against Florida

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*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett

After practice Tuesday, players and coaches spoke to the media about overcoming the challenges they faced against LSU, and how they are using their mistakes to prepare to play the undefeated Florida Gators.

When asked what the biggest problem was Saturday during the loss to LSU, defensive line coach Brad Lawing recognized the success of the whole LSU team. Lawing shared with the media, "They outplayed us. Their guys played better, and like a no. 1 team in the country."

FB-12 DeVonte Holloman practice 10-16-12.jpegWith South Carolina having one of the best defenses in the country, one question was whether the problem was getting blocked out of plays or not making the tackles. Senior spur DeVonte Holloman believes it was a combination of both, but stated that they are putting that behind them and are looking forward to this weekend.

When asked how they are preparing in practice, Holloman shared that they are working on more tackling drills and the little things. The senior stated they are working on "wrapping up and being more physical. I feel like we took a punch and we didn't give one back."

Coach Botkin believes that the Gamecocks can't blame last weekend's loss on one thing and that the team is using the loss as a way to help them prepare for the match-up against the No. 2 Gators. To apply the lessons they learned from LSU, Coach Botkin stated "We have to go out there and do better than what we did. Better at technique, the little things, and better at practice this week."

Florida and LSU are similar in that they are both running teams, and the media questioned if there was a concern over the Gamecock defense facing another strong running team. Coach Lawing has a concern, but believes the team is deep enough with its six defensive tackles.

The emotion is building for the Gamecocks as they face their 3rd straight top-ten opponent, but Holloman is quick to put aside any concerns over the emotional wear it puts on the team. Holloman believes it is part of the job of playing in the SEC, sharing, "You can't be down too long when you lose, you have to put it behind you and come Monday ready to work."

The Gamecocks are trying to continue the success from the last time they traveled to Gainesville and soundly defeated the Gators 36-14 to win the SEC Eastern Division in 2010. When asked if this gave the team confidence heading on the road, DeVonte Holloman stated, "History means nothing. They are a better team than they were two years ago, but so are we. We will see who the better team is at 3:30 [on Saturday]."


Watch full videos of coaches' and players' interviews here, and be sure to check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for interviews from offensive players and coaches following Wednesday's practice.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football set to kick off at noon against Tennessee; volleyball faces Coastal Carolina tonight in Conway;
Michael Flach named AgSouth Athlete of the Week; Dykes Harbin in lead after two rounds of golf tournament; women's cross country ranked no. 8 in regional poll; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS




Football. Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes & Videos 


Football. Gamecocks and Tennessee to Kick at Noon

Football.
Gamecocks Remain in Top 10; 3:30 Game Time Set for Florida

Volleyball. Gamecocks Make First Trip to Conway to Face Coastal Carolina

Men's Golf. Harbin Leads After Two Rounds At AutoTrader.com Collegiate

Swimming/Diving. Michael Flach Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Tie For 12th At Tar Heel Invitational

Cross Country. Gamecocks Ranked Eighth In USTFCCCA Southeast Region Poll

Cross Country. Lampe Earns SEC Co-Freshman Of The Week Honors

Men's. Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts Wofford On Wednesday In Non-Conference Play



VOTE FOR COCKY

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: Midseason report: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: USC has date with destiny in The Swamp vs. Florida (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

Football: What we learned in the SEC: Week 7 (ESPN Colleges Report)

Swimming & Diving: Will London gold rush help boost USC swimming? (GamecockCentral.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Volleyball: Big South Leading Chants Welcome South Carolina Tuesday at 6 pm (Coastal Carolina)

Football: Gainesville is abuzz as Gators prepare to face South Carolina (Orlando Sentinel)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Football: Abraham disrupts Raiders in Falcons' win (FoxSportsSouth.com)

Football: Stock Watch: NFC South (ESPN NFL Blog)
*Stock rising: John Abraham

Football: Cleveland Browns' corners at the heart of season's first victory (Cleveland.com)
*Sheldon Brown interception return for a touchdown

Seahawks-Patriots

Football: Seahawks shock Patriots (AP)
*Sidney Rice game-winning touchdown (above)

Football: Gilmore wanted Fitzgerald matchup (BuffaloBills.com)
*Stephon Gilmore played well vs. Larry Fitzgerald in Bills' win over Arizona

Football
: Falcons' Robinson finally fulfilling expectations (FOXSportsSouth.com)

Football: Q&A: Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson gives back to Athens (AJC)

Football: Cook to Host Second "Dine-in and Donate" Today (TitansOnline.com)
*Jared Cook community involvement


 Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




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One of Spurrier's points at today's press conference:





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS



"Inside The Chart" (Special Report) with Andy Demetra - October 16


"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 14

Facebook Fan of the Week


Gamecock Baseball Alum and "Candy Man" Bill Camp Passes Away




VIDEO OF THE DAY

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ROOSTER CROWS

The South Carolina cross country team has entered the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Regional rankings for the first time this season at No. 8, the USTFCCCA announced Monday. The Gamecocks vaulted into the rankings after finishing third at Saturday's NCAA Preview Meet in the Women's Black Unseeded 6K race at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.

Men's golf senior Dykes Harbin moved into position to capture his first career tournament title on Monday as he posted rounds of 66 (-5) and 72 (+1) in the first two rounds of the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club. Harbin holds a three-shot lead over Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes and Hayden Anderson, who are both at 1-under. As a team, the Gamecocks are tied for eighth place after shooting rounds of 294-301=595 (+27).



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Inside The Chart.pngAce Sanders locks in on his target.  As the ball spirals towards him, he calculates.  A check of the gunners.  A check of the ball's trajectory.  A survey of his position.  A measure of his speed.  A peek at the field ahead of him.

 

Dozens of calculations fill up the few seconds from when the ball strikes the punter's foot to when it lands in his hands, informing him what to do.  Signal fair catch or take off?  Cut left or right?  Swing wide or accelerate straight ahead?

 

Ace Sanders punt return.jpegYet once the punt finishes its descent, landing with a "thwack" inside Sanders' hands, all that data gives way to instinct.  In a split-second, Sanders has to convert his information into action.

 

Ace Sanders (Middle) after a punt return against Missouri. 

 

Seven weeks into the season, few punt returners have done it to more devastating effect than the junior from Bradenton, Fla.  After a 50-yard punt return against LSU Saturday, Sanders has raised his season average to 17.4 yards per runback.

 

That average doesn't even lead the SEC.  But can you make the argument that Sanders is the best punt returner in college football? 

 

Let's do some calculations of our own.

 

Compare Sanders' numbers against the other widely-acknowledged best punt returners in the country, Missouri's Marcus Murphy and Texas A&M's Dustin Harris:  

 

Overall NCAA Stats

Category (NCAA Rank)        Sanders                   Murphy                  Harris                      Leader  

Returns                                  18             3rd           16            6th          22            1st            Harris

Return Average                    17.4          4th           18.9        3rd           15.7        11th          Murphy

Returns of 20+ yards                        T-2nd        4              T-7th       7              T-1st        Harris

Returns of 30+ yards          4               T-2nd        3              4th          5              1st            Harris

Returns of 40+ yards          3               T-1st        3              T-1st        1              11th         Murphy/Sanders

TD's                                        1               4th*         3              1st           1              4th*          Murphy

 

*-Murphy leads the nation with 3 returns for touchdowns.  Two players have 2 returns for touchdowns.  23 players are tied with 1 touchdown.

 

At first glance, Murphy and Harris appear to have an edge over Sanders.  But Murphy had a pair of punt return for touchdowns against FCS member Southeastern Louisiana.  Harris feasted on South Carolina State with an SEC-record 246 punt return yards. 

 

How much did those FCS-level opponents bloat their stats?  Compare the trio's numbers against FBS competition only. 

 

Vs. FBS-level teams only

Category (NCAA Rank)        Sanders                  Murphy                 Harris                      Leader

Punt Returns                         18             T-1st       11           13th         14           T-6th        Sanders

Return Average                    17.4           3rd          11.1       18th         7.07        46th         Sanders

Returns of 20+ yards           6               1st           2            11th         2             11th          Sanders

Returns of 30+ yards           4               1st          1             11th         1             11th          Sanders

Returns of 40+ yards           4               T-1st       1             11th         0            (NR)          Sanders

TD's                                         1               2nd*       1            2nd*         0             (NR)          Sanders/Murphy

 

*-Northwestern's Venric Mark has 2 punt return TD's.  Fourteen others have 1.

 

Take away those lesser opponents, and Murphy's and Harris' averages dip considerably.  Sanders begins to stand out.      

 

How about one more comparison, since all three play in the SEC?  Look at their punt return yards in conference games-only:

 

SEC Games Only

Player                                     Net Return Yards                                Yards/Game

Sanders                                   5 games, 231 yards                              46.2

Murphy                                    4 games, 24 yards                                6.0

Harris                                      3 games, -13 yards                               -4.3

 

In the most powerful conference in the country, Sanders' numbers - like his punt returns - leave his competition in the dust.

 

Another stiff test awaits him Saturday, as Florida ranks 18th in the nation in punt return defense (3.7 yds./return).  Yet when comes off the sideline for his first time on a Florida 4th down, Ace Sanders may trot out with another title:  best punt returner in college football.

 

Join us Friday for our final "Pre-Snap Reads" before the Gamecocks and Gators get after it in the Swamp.  -AD--

 

 

Inside The Chart.pngTeams don't win at LSU's "Death Valley" so much as they survive.  South Carolina battled over four punishing quarters Saturday, but couldn't make a fourth-quarter lead stand up in a 23-21 loss to #9 LSU.  The win extended LSU's nation's-best home win streak to 22 games, while ending the Gamecocks' nation's-best 10-game win streak.    

But a loss in Death Valley doesn't mean a death sentence.  The Gamecock coaches were quick to point out that a win over Florida puts Carolina back on track for an SEC Eastern Division title, and a return trip to the Georgia Dome.  When they left the Baton Rouge tarmac at 2:20 a.m. EST, the Gamecocks were down.  When they returned to Columbia, they knew they were far from out.

"Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes" from a night where four quarters felt more like 15 rounds:   

Tote The Rock:  LSU could've tried to hide its offensive line.  The Tigers had to play a sixth different starting lineup in seven games, after right guard Josh Williford (concussion) and right tackle Alex Hurst (personal issues) were ruled out.

Jerideau vs. LSU.jpegYet instead of running from its problem, LSU ran behind it - literally.  Using a rotating cast of tailbacks, the Tigers pounded out 258 rushing yards over 53 carries, more than tripling Carolina's season average.  Even the stingiest defenses get fatigued.

Despite Byron Jerideau's best efforts, the Gamecocks allowed 258 rushing yards.

Carolina encountered its biggest problem on first down.  LSU averaged 6.46 yards per rushing play on first downs (take away Jeremy Hill's 50-yard touchdown, and it still comes out to a healthy 4.72 yards).

How shocking was that?  South Carolina came in allowing 2.27 yards per carry on first down... the 4th-lowest average in the nation.

On First Down...

LSU First-Down Rushing Avg.                             6.46

USC First-Down Rush Defense                           2.27  (4th NCAA)

 

Play of the Game:  Reginald Bowens averaged 17 tackles per game as a senior at Garner HS outside Durham, N.C.  The linebacker showed his nose for the football in the first quarter, stoning tailback Spencer Ware on what appeared to be an inevitable touchdown on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line.  On a night when Carolina struggled against the run, Bowens' "Ware-housing" stood out.

Shaq Wilson vs. LSU.jpegFirst Time For Everything:  LSU may have extended its home winning streak to 22 games, but another streak came to an end.  Tigers tailback Spencer Ware had 0 fumbles in 242 career rushing attempts before Shaq Wilson stripped him on LSU's opening drive.  Ware rescued the ball before it squirted away. 

Shaq Wilson (#54) wrestles down LSU RB Jeremy Hill.  Wilson recorded a career-high 14 tackles.

That was only the start of a remarkable night for Wilson.  Two weeks after finishing without a tackle at Kentucky, the Jacksonville, Fla., senior posted a career-high 14 tackles and a sack.

Amazing Stat:  Until the Gamecocks' final touchdown drive, LSU had run 45 plays inside Carolina territory.  The Gamecocks had run 42 plays total. 

Sanders vs. LSU.jpegThat Carolina only lost by two seems even more remarkable.

Coming Up Aces:  Junior Ace Sanders put together the most complete game of his career, scoring a touchdown for a fifth straight game while adding another scintillating punt return.  Even after T.J. Gurley's penalty, Sanders gained 50 yards on his third-quarter punt return.  LSU had allowed 2 punt return yards all season, 5th-best in the nation.

Ace Sanders (left) added another electric punt return to his highlight reel Saturday.

 

 

Punt and Run

LSU Punt Return Yards Allowed (2012):                          2

Ace Sanders Punt Return                                              50

 

And Finally... The Gamecocks have been down this road before.  In 2010, South Carolina suffered a dispiriting, 41-20 loss to Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium.  The next week, Carolina marched into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, an SEC East title at stake, and pummeled Florida 36-14.  The lesson: losses only define teams if they let them.  At his taping of "Carolina Calls," Steve Spurrier wondered if Saturday's loss may help the Gamecocks as they prepare for a Florida team that's built similarly to LSU.  The Gators also rely on smashmouth running - they're averaging their highest rushing total since Emmitt Smith's final year - and fearless, physical line play.  Oh, and expect another ear-splitting atmosphere to greet Carolina at the "Swamp." 

 

Saturday's loss may have stung, but the Gamecocks won't have to wait long for an atonement.

 

Join us next week for our chart prep against Florida.  Thanks for diving "Inside The Chart" with us.  -AD--

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This week's winner is Sherri from Myrtle Beach who submitted her photo and story:

"Zoee has always loved the Gamecocks. On spirit day at her school she proudly wears her Gamecock gear. Knowing what a huge fan she is and that she had never been to a game, her elementary school principal gave her his two tickets to see the USC vs. UAB game. Here she is in the stands at Williams Brice Stadium. By the end of the night she was exhausted from waving her "cocky cloth" and cheering on the Gamecocks!"


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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/12 Bayou-Bound

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football heads to Baton Rouge to take on LSU; women's soccer takes on SEC foes LSU and Ole Miss; get to know women's soccer senior Dani Henry; travel and gameday information for LSU; women's cross country prepares for NCAA Preview Meet; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football Continues SEC Play At LSU On Saturday

Football. Gamecocks Featured in CBS Show Saturday

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Host SEC West Foes LSU and Ole Miss
*Follow the women's soccer team on twitter @GamecockWSoccer


Volleyball. South Carolina Hosts Alabama on Dig Pink Night at VCF
*Follow volleyball on twitter @GamecockVolley


Equestrian. Video - Equestrian Update with Coach Major

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

Softball. Gamecocks Battle But Fall vs. NPF All-Stars, 8-2

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Tee Off At Tar Heel Invitational Friday

Women's Cross Country. Gamecocks Set For Queens Royal Challenge, NCAA Preview Meet

Women's Tennis. Inaugural Arlo K. Elkins Memorial Tennis Tournament Held at Carolina

Gamecock Club. Gala to Celebrate Tommy Suggs Endowed Quarterback Scholarship

General News. South Carolina Launches New Social Rewards Program

General News. South Carolina To Hold State Employee Recognition Days




VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 5-0 and the only undefeated mascot left after a win over Sebastian the Ibis! This week he has a big match-up that mirrors the Gamecocks' opponent on the gridiron as he takes on LSU's Mike the Tiger. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football:
South Carolina quarterback blossoming as dual action threat (TheAdvertiser.com)

Football: South Carolina aims to back up newfound hype on road at LSU (SportsIllustrated.com)

Football: What to watch in the SEC: Week 7 (ESPN SEC Blog)

Men's Basketball: Gamecock basketball begins practice under new coach Martin (Anderson Independent Mail)

General Athletics: On the Record: Steven Bondurant (Gamecock Central)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney garnering Heisman talk, still improving (The Daily Reveille)

Football: LSU could take another hit up front (ESPN SEC Blog)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


Football: It's Miller time for Seahawks (HeraldNet.com)
*Sidney Rice

Football: Rapid Reaction: Titans 26, Steelers 23 (ESPN NFL Blog)
*Jared Cook


Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)


Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

We can't wait to see all the dedicated fans at Tiger Stadium tomorrow night supporting their Gamecocks on the road!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 12


Gamecocks Hope to Stay Consistent in Baton Rouge

Gamecock Baseball Alum and "Candy Man" Bill Camp Passes Away

Travel and Gameday Information for LSU

Intensity of Death Valley Not a Fear for Gamecocks

"What Channel is the Game On?" LSU Edition

This Week's Home Events: Soccer at Home; Volleyball Dig Pink Match


Official Photos & Video of Gamecocks' Custom Battle Uniforms Debuting Vs. LSU



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know South Carolina Women's Soccer senior Dani Henry in her Gamecock Spotlight! Watch more Gamecock Spotlights on our student-athletes here.






ROOSTER CROWS

The University of South Carolina Department of Athletics hosted the Arlo K. Elkins Memorial Tennis Tournament Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Columbia to honor Coach Elkins' 29-year coaching career with the Gamecocks' women's tennis program. Elkins ended his career at Carolina with a record of 438-291 (.601) and 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 17 straight from 1995 to 2011. His teams reached the NCAA Sweet 16 four times (1990, 1995, 1999, 2009) during his career and made one trip to the quarterfinals in 2009. 

On Saturday the cross country team will face their toughest test of the season; the NCAA Preview Meet will featuring 15 nationally ranked teams at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. Freshman Kayla Lampe and senior Chelsea France are expected to lead the way for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Lampe enters the race with the fifth fastest 6K time (21:06.24) in the conference. France has consistently been South Carolina's second fastest runner this season and is 18th in the SEC with a 6K mark of 21:47.03.



 

Inside The Chart.pngFacing LSU at Tiger Stadium is daunting enough.  Part cathedral, part Roman Coliseum, the Tigers boast a nation's-best 21-game home winning streak.

Facing LSU at Tiger Stadium at night is even more dangerous.  The Tigers have gone 35-1 under Les Miles in Saturday night games at "Death Valley."

Tiger Stadium-2.jpgFacing an angry LSU team, on Saturday night, at Tiger Stadium?  That could pass for a death wish.

The "unholy darkness" of LSU's Tiger Stadium at night.

Yet if any team has the confidence to counteract that, it's the Gamecocks, who throttled Georgia 35-7 en route to a #3 national ranking.  Aside from Alabama's thrashing of Michigan in Week One, it makes a compelling case as the most impressive game by a Top-25 team against a fellow ranked opponent this year.  LSU returns to Baton Rouge with its undefeated record smudged -- but its confidence intact -- after a flat, 14-6 road loss to Florida.  A loss in consecutive weeks, which hasn't happened in Baton Rouge since 2009, could spoil a season that began with the Tigers ranked #1.  

It sets the stage for a smashmouth showdown where the intangibles (crowd, urgency, handling expectations) could play as big a role as the tangibles.

"Pre-Snap Reads" before the Gamecocks venture into the unholy darkness of Tiger Stadium (8:00 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):

"Metten" Me In The Backfield?  Carolina could make it a long couple of weeks for the Mettenberger family.  On Saturday, the Gamecocks will try to stymie Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger.  His mother, Tammy, is a longtime administrative assistant in the University of Georgia football office.

Mettenberger.jpg(Imagine the call volume they've had this week.)

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger

Mettenberger will try to revive an enigmatic LSU offense that has lacked a true, emergent playmaker this season, and has only scored 1 touchdown in 2 SEC games.  The Watkinsville, Ga., native has an SEC-caliber arm (61.5% completion percentage), but lacks the mobility of a Connor Shaw.  He told reporters last week, "My game is definitely not running around laterally in the pocket."  Unlike most of the offenses Carolina has faced, Mettenberger takes the majority of his snaps from under center, rather than shotgun.  Could that leave him more vulnerable to Carolina's swarming pass rush (25.0 sacks, 2nd NCAA)?

Mettenberger may also play with an offensive line that's less than full-strength.  Right guard Josh Williford is recovering from a concussion.  Starting left tackle Chris Faulk was felled by a season-ending knee injury against Washington.  His replacement, Alex Hurst, will likely miss the game due to personal issues.  That could cause the Tigers to lean on a power running game (198.3 yards/game, 5th SEC) featuring junior Spencer Ware and sophomore Kenny Hilliard.

Then again, Les Miles has perfected the unpredictable at LSU.  Stay tuned.

Making "Ends" Meet:  Why will the defensive ends play Saturday?

Because they can't play on Sunday. 

Shaw vs. Georgia.jpegThe bookends will have a distinctly NFL feel when the Gamecocks and Tigers line up at Tiger Stadium.  While Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor bear down for Carolina, LSU will unleash ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, juniors who rate as Mel Kiper's #3 and #4 overall picks in his ESPN NFL mock draft.  Mingo leads the Tigers in quarterback hurries (7), and will test Shaw's ability to improvise if the pocket collapses.  That pressure has allowed LSU to shut down passing offenses, despite a secondary that lost cornerbacks Morris Claiborne (NFL) and Heisman finalist Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu (dismissed).

South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation in pass efficiency (180.92).  LSU ranks 3rd in the nation in pass efficiency defense (90.15).  Can the Gamecocks execute in the face of a pressure that may remind them of - well, their own defense?

Pass Efficiency                                       NCAA Rank

South Carolina Offense   180.9                                                      2nd

LSU Defense                  90.2                                                       3rd

 

Namely Speaking:  Mingo has an award you may not see on his LSU bio page: winner of the coveted 2009 Name of the Year competition.  We'll see if Mike Matulis can provide stiffer competition than Taco Vandervelde or Nutritious Love.

Giveth, Taketh Away:  A turnover can easily swing momentum.  That is, unless your defense swings back.

The South Carolina defense has not allowed a single point to be scored after a turnover, despite 8 giveaways on the season (2 INT, 6 fumbles lost).  Conversely, of the 77 points the LSU defense has allowed, 34 of them - nearly 45% - have come following a turnover.

Team           Turnovers Committed     Opponent Points off Turnovers        SEC Rank

USC             8                                      0                                                       1st

LSU             11                                     34                                                     14th

 

In a big game, a team needs to do two things:  minimize your own mistakes, and maximize your opponent's.  The Gamecocks need to capitalize on their turnovers - and continue preventing LSU from doing the same.

Ace Sanders punt return.jpegDid You Know:  Eric Reid, Sr., the father of LSU safety Eric Reid, Jr., won an NCAA track title for the Tigers in the 110-meter high hurdles.  He currently works across from Tiger Stadium as a director in LSU's Office of Parking, Traffic, and Transportation.

In case you're wondering:  yes, Eric, Jr., has received two parking tickets at LSU.

Ace Sanders vs. LSU punter Brad Wing.  Consider yourself warned.

Special Attention:  Coaches evangelize about the "hidden yards" that are won or lost from special teams.  Saturday's game offers a fascinating fight for them.  South Carolina ranks 4th in the nation in punt return yards (275).  LSU ranks 5th in the nation in punt return defense (6 punt returns, 2 yards allowed).

Team                                      Punt Return Yards                               NCAA Rank

South Carolina                          275                                                      4th*

LSU                                         2 (allowed)                                            5th

 

*-Two years ago, South Carolina ranked 115th in the nation in punt return yards

Ace Sanders will engage in a heated duel with LSU's cannon-legged punter Brad Wing (45.3 yds./punt).  Wing tweeted this week that he has studied Sanders' runback against Georgia relentlessly on his cell phone.  In a game between two airtight defenses, where field position will be a battle unto itself, "hidden yards" could play a not-so-hidden role.

And Finally:  Steve Spurrier's career-long win streak is 12 games at Florida in 1995.  A win Saturday could set him up to tie his record... at Florida next week.

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  We'll see you in Baton Rouge.  -AD--

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/11

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football practice recap; men's soccer drops to UAB; television news for men's and women's hoops; travel and gameday information for LSU; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football.
Gamecocks Practice Wednesday

Football. Three Gamecocks Named to Steele's Midseason All-America Team

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Suffers Conference USA Loss To No. 25 UAB


Men's Basketball. Game Times, Television Details Announced For Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Women's Basketball. Women's Basketball Adds Four More Televised Games

Equestrian. McCormack Named NCEA Most Outstanding Player of the Month

Softball. Gamecocks Host NPF All-Stars at Pine Grove Complex Thursday



VOTE FOR COCKY

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Marcus Lattimore keeps getting stronger (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Gamecocks and Tigers tangle in top-10 matchup (Chicago Tribune)

Football: Gamecocks gear up for showdown in Death Valley (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

Football: Forecast: Clowney with a Chance of Pain (WLTX Columbia)


Women's Basketball: Lady Gamecocks Basketball Will Have 9 Televised Games (WLTX Columbia)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: SEC predictions: Week 7 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*South Carolina at LSU



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: If the Vikings look like a duck ... (ESPN NFC North Blog)
*Jasper Brinkley

Football:
Around the NFC South (ESPN NFC South Blog)
*Dunta Robinson

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)


Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




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Be sure to tune in for the show on Saturday, behind the scenes inside access with Carolina Football! Saturday at 2:30 PM on CBS!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Baseball Alum and "Candy Man" Bill Camp Passes Away

Travel and Gameday Information for LSU

Intensity of Death Valley Not a Fear for Gamecocks

"What Channel is the Game On?" LSU Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 10, 2012

This Week's Home Events: Soccer at Home; Volleyball Dig Pink Match


Official Photos & Video of Gamecocks' Custom Battle Uniforms Debuting Vs. LSU



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know South Carolina Volleyball sophomore Lexie Pawlik in her Gamecock Spotlight! 






ROOSTER CROWS

Three University of South Carolina football players were named to Phil Steele's 2012 Midseason All-America team, it was announced today. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a first-team selection, while offensive center T.J. Johnson earned second team accolades. Punt returner Ace Sanders earned a spot on Steele's fourth team.

As part of its multi-year deal with Gamecock IMG College, Fox Sports has announced four University of South Carolina women's basketball non-conference games will air on its networks this season. The addition of the non-conference games expands the Gamecocks' television appearances to nine for the 2012-13 season, including three SEC games also on various Fox Sports networks.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Gamecocks Hope to Stay Consistent in Baton Rouge

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*Written by student assistant Kelly McAlindin

Following Wednesday's practice, Gamecock Football players and coaches discussed their goals as they head into another tough match-up against the No. 9 LSU Tigers on Saturday.

When asked about facing one of the strongest defensive lines in the country, offensive line coach, Shawn Elliott, believes the Gamecocks must play to their full potential because they have yet to face a team like LSU, "We have to play a lot better, we're facing a totally different animal this week."

Although the LSU defense will be the team's toughest challenge on Saturday, Coach Elliott has faith in the player's abilities and is looking forward to the game, "Hopefully we can find some consistency and put together back-to-back goof games."

Coach Spurrier Jr. also feels optimistic in the offense's effort and progress so far this season and is confident in continuing their game plan, "Right now we're running the ball and winning and we are going to continue to do whatever it takes to do that."

The strength of the LSU defensive line is not the only thing on the minds of the players, however. They are also experiencing a building intensity and hype like they felt last week prior to the Georgia game.

For senior offensive center T.J. Johnson, this will be the first time playing in Death Valley at LSU. When asked about his expectations, he said he's heard lots of stories but looks forward to experiencing the atmosphere for himself, "It's an SEC stadium I've always wanted to play at and I'm excited to go."

Players, coaches, and fans alike are looking forward to taking home a win this weekend but it's especially important for the team to stay level-headed. When asked about how the team is handling the continued hype and excitement, junior quarterback Connor Shaw said, "We had a lot of excitement going into last week's game but I think we're handling it fine."

Watch full videos featuring players and coaches here and make sure to check back to GamecocksOnline.com for Thursday's practice recap from Defensive Coordinator, Lorenzo Ward.


The athletics department learned Wednesday that South Carolina Baseball alumnus and longtime fan Bill Camp passed away on Sunday.


BILL CAMP 2.18.12 003 ALSB.JPGCamp, right, tossing out candy to fellow fans. Photo by Allen Sharpe.


Bill "Country" Camp lettered from 1948-51 for the South Carolina baseball team.  To this generation and past, he was known as the "Candy Man."  He tried to attend every home game and came to all contests with his pockets full of candy for all fans.  He had a long career of coaching pony and colt league baseball in the Columbia area.  One of our staff photographers, Allen Sharpe, indicated that he was the best baseball coach he ever had. 


Bill Camp old pohto.jpgCamp, center, with other Gamecock pitchers


Camp was part of two of the best teams that Ted Petoskey coached including the 15-6 squad in 1949 and the 16-9-1 team in 1950.  He was part of a veteran pitching staff in 1950 that featured football quarterback Harold, "Bo" Hagan, Frank Sherer and Grady Faircloth. 

Camp was one of many members of that baseball team who were World War II G.I. Bill of Rights students.



From The State:
 
William E. Camp COLUMBIA - Memorial service for William E. Camp, 89, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at North Trenholm Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29206 or The Life Church, P.O. Box 4004, Florence, SC 29502. Woodridge Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Camp passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born April 1, 1923 in Athens, TN. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He played baseball at USC. Mr. Camp was known to many as the "Candy Man". Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Jacqueline Camp; daughters, Cindy Camp and step-daughter, Theresa Powell (Perry); sons, Rick Camp and step-son, Cliff Hendrix; also several beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Camp was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Dorothy Camp and five brothers. Online condolences are available at: (www.woodridge-lexington.com)


*Special thanks to Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick, photographer Allen Sharpe, and the Dugout Club for their contributions to this post.
 

Travel and Gameday Information for LSU

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Carolina Football heads to Baton Rouge to take on No. 9 LSU this weekend and many Gamecock fans are sure to follow. The Tigers will be looking to move up in the polls after falling five spots due to their 14-6 loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday. Our Gamecocks will be looking to remain undefeated and continue their historical winning streak. Be sure to wear gameday Garnet and Black to help us stand out in the crowd of Purple and Gold Tigers! The team will be debuting their new "Battle" uniforms custom-made by Under Armour for this game.


Directions to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge


Map (click to enlarge):

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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 Baton Rouge, feel free to tweet us at @GamecocksOnline and we will do our best to help! Many questions may be answered in LSU's Fan Guide or on their Game Day Central Guide.



You can also access LSU's Visitor Parking suggestions, parking maps and tailgating and in-stadium policies on their website. Individual game parking passes are sold out, but they do have shuttle passes on sale now. Shuttles are available from Farr Park RV park and passes can be purchased here.

For information and recommendations regarding dining, accommodations, shopping, and other activities in the capital city, LSU Athletics suggests taking a look at the Visit Baton Rouge webpage.

For those in the stadium, you may listen to the Gamecock Radio broadcast of the game on 98.7 FM Primary or 93.1 FM Alternate.
 


AVOID CONSTRUCTION ISSUES

LSU is advising fans to arrive early for the Tigers' game against South Carolina on Saturday and be aware of changes in access to gates on the south end of Tiger Stadium due to a construction zone created by renovations.
 
There will be limited pedestrian access to gates in the southeast corner of the stadium for fans coming from South Stadium Drive.  Gates most impacted by the construction zone are Gates 11, 12, 14, 18 (Tiger Den Suites) and 20 (East Ramp), as well as Portal B on the southwest corner of the stadium.
 
For fans who enter through Gates 11, 12, 14, 18 and 20 on the east side of the stadium, the encouraged pedestrian route is to use Fieldhouse Drive and walk down to the stadium via Powerhouse Lane and walkways by Hatcher Hall and Johnston Hall.

Fans can go to www.LSUsports.net/SEZ for a map of the construction zone and suggested walking routes to the stadium.




TICKETS

Tickets for the game are still available via LSU Ticket Marketplace. It may be helpful to check out the Tiger Stadium seating chart while making ticket purchases.

If you purchased tickets through the South Carolina Ticket Office you may pick them up at the visitor ticket gate, Gate 11 (southeast corner of Tiger Stadium). Our ticket office staff will be on location there to assist Gamecock fans with any gameday ticket problems.


GAMEDAY ARRIVAL

The football team will arrive at Tiger Stadium at approximately 5 p.m. Central Time.  They are scheduled to be dropped off at the Southeast corner of Tiger Stadium. Fans are welcome to come cheer on the team as they get off the bus and head in to the stadium!

Intensity of Death Valley Not a Fear for Gamecocks

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FB-12 Devin Taylor media 10-9-12.jpegAfter practice Tuesday, defensive players and coaches talked with the media about the upset victory over Georgia, and how they are going to use that momentum as they head to Death Valley to take on LSU.

Players realize the nighttime atmosphere in Baton Rouge is intense, but are excited and prepared to play the 9th-ranked LSU Tigers. When asked his feelings on playing in Death Valley, senior defensive end Devin Taylor shared, "This is going to be my first time playing in Death Valley so I'm excited to experience it. We play with crowd noise, and go to other places with crowd noise so that shouldn't affect us at all."

Defensive Line Coach Brad Lawing was quick to defend his players' abilities while playing with the noise in Death Valley. Lawing stated, "It's loud. When you play in the SEC you play in loud venues every week."

After an emotional victory over Georgia, the media asked the players how tough it would be regroup and play the same tough defense against LSU. Devin Taylor responded, "We take it one week at a time. We take whatever we learned off of last week and use it this week, and just keep focused throughout the season."

Older players on the team realize the emotions of an upset victory can have an effect on the next game and aren't ready to let that happen this week.

Senior Spur DeVonte Holloman discussed how two years ago after the Gamecocks had a huge upset win over Alabama, they went on the road and lost at Kentucky. Holloman shared with the media, "With everyone that is here that was there for that, it is something that has been talked about, and we are not going to let it happen again."

Much of the media focus on the Gamecocks has been dedicated to the team's defense. Coach Grady Brown discussed how with a combination of a good defensive system and great players, the team hasn't made any critical mistakes this season. Coach Brown stated, "We have not made critical mistakes that cause touchdowns. We make mistakes, but have cut down on the critical ones."

In order to keep his players in check, and not let the attention the team has earned affect the way they play, Coach Lawing plays the role of "bad cop." Lawing shared with the media, "I learned a long time ago that's the way you have to train defensive linemen. You have to be tough and hard on them, and the good ones appreciate it."

Sophomore defensive end Jadaveon Clowney has earned a significant amount of attention for the big plays he has made and appreciates the advice his coaches have given him. Clowney said that Coach Lawing's style helps the team from not getting "hard-headed."

When asked about the advice that Coach Spurrier specifically gave him in order to stay grounded, Clowney shared, "He told me that all these guys are going to come in and try to blow you up into this big shot, but don't let it get to your head."

Watch full videos featuring players' and coaches' interviews here and make sure to check back to GamecocksOnline.com tonight for more interviews after Wednesday's practice.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: football practice recap; men's soccer hosts UAB tonight; volleyball hosts DIG PINK match this weekend to support breast cancer awareness
; former Gamecock promoted to Colt's practice squad; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Gamecocks Practice Tuesday


Football. Johnson and Sanders Honored by SEC

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts No. 25 UAB In Midweek Match On Wednesday
Live Video
Live Stats
Follow the men's soccer team on Twitter @GamecockMSoccer

Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Media Day Press Conference Quotes

Men's Soccer/Women's Soccer. Arambula, Gilbert Named Co-AgSouth Athlete of the Week
*Ryan Arambula and Gabrielle Gilbert



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 5-0 and the only undefeated mascot left after a win over Sebastian the Ibis! This week he has a big match-up that mirrors the Gamecocks' opponent on the gridiron as he takes on LSU's Mike the Tiger. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Gamecocks focused on LSU, not Georgia win (Associated Press)

Football: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney leaping way to special season for South Carolina (Charleston Post & Courier)

Football: Gamecocks to debut "Battle" uniforms against LSU (MidlandsConnect.com)

Football: South Carolina's Ace Sanders getting noticed (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football:
Gamecocks' Streak Should Bring Close Win Over LSU (The Free Times)

Football: Gamecocks prepare for noisy environment at LSU (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Men's Basketball: Martin, Gamecocks ready to start hoop season (Associated Press)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Football: Bulldogs put 'embarrassing' loss behind them (The Augusta Chronicle)

Football: Tigers badly need spark on offense  (The Advocate)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Chris Culliver Grows in Year Two (49ers.com)

Football:
Colts make several roster moves (NBC Sports)
*Clifton Geathers

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)


Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

We ask ourselves the same thing after every game!
Happy to have such talent as a part of the Gamecock family!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"What Channel is the Game On?" LSU Edition

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 10, 2012

This Week's Home Events: Soccer at Home; Volleyball Dig Pink Match


Official Photos & Video of Gamecocks' Custom Battle Uniforms Debuting Vs. LSU

Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

While we await more excitement in Baton Rouge, check out the Gamecock Productions highlights from South Carolina's
35-7 win over Georgia The win gave the Gamecocks three straight victories over the Bulldogs for the first time in history, their first win when both teams are ranked in the top 10 and a winning streak of 10 straight games, a school record!






ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to preview Friday's first official day of practice. Martin had nothing but praise for senior guard LaShay Page, saying, "He's been great. He probably has been the most vocal as far as practice goes and workouts go to get guys to move away from a negative moment in practice, which is what leadership is about. It's about not dwelling and going onto the next play, going onto the next teaching moment. He's been the most vocal on our team doing that, which excites me."

A South Carolina win over LSU would stretch South Carolina's winning streak to 11 games, extending the longest in school history and keeping
in tact the longest current winning streak among FBS teams.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Inside The Chart.pngLSU's Tiger Stadium (capacity:  93,129) could fit nearly the entire population of Greenwood, S.C. (23,342) four times over.  So how did this modest town 90 minutes northwest of Columbia become central casting for a defensive showdown between the Gamecocks and Tigers?

LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, and free safety D.J. Swearinger all starred together at Greenwood High School, graduating within a year of each other.  They'll meet again when their top-10 defenses face off in Baton Rouge (#3 South Carolina vs. #9 LSU, 8:00 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network).

Sam Montgomery.jpg"I really grew up with all of them.  I love them to death, so it'll be just like playing family," Montgomery said Tuesday.

LSU defensive end, and Greenwood, S.C., native, Sam Montgomery.

The "Greenwood Three" has each made an impact in 2012.  Swearinger leads the Gamecocks in pass breakups, and has a reputation as one of the SEC's most hellacious hitters.  Quarles was a Freshman All-American in 2011, and helps anchor a defensive front that ranks 9th nationally against the run.  Montgomery may be the most decorated:  a 3rd-team All-American as a sophomore, he finished with 9.0 sacks in 2011, the fourth highest total in LSU school history.  Adding to the reunion, Gamecock graduate assistant Dennis Thomas coached them as an Eagles defensive coach.

Kelcy Quarles.jpeg"It's going to be fun to reunite and see [Montgomery] again.  He's like a brother to me.  I talked to him Sunday. It's going to be a great battle. Like I told him, may the best man win," Quarles said.

Outside the press conference, Quarles and Swearinger shared their memories of playing with Montgomery, a high-energy hitmaker who projects as a top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Before they wreaked havoc on the football field, Swearinger was teammates with Montgomery on the basketball court. 

"We played AAU together," Swearinger said of their time as 10 year-olds on the Greenwood Lakers.  "I'd say our houses were 5 to 7 minutes apart."

It was at Greenwood that Montgomery, an avid video game player, took to calling himself "Sonic," after the Sonic The Hedgehog character.  Swearinger said Montgomery took the nickname a step further. 

Sonic The Hedgehog.jpg"Before every play he used to get the defense to 'power up.' Everybody would do a little scream," Swearinger said, puffing his chest out to demonstrate.  "He's a different guy.  He's always going to make you laugh."

Quarles - who crouched on opposite sides of the line with Montgomery - elaborated.

At Greenwood HS, Montgomery gave himself the nickname "Sonic" - and with it, an eccentric catchphrase.

"It was at practice, it was at games.  He would just start yelling 'Power Up!' and everybody would get crazy.  Everybody would start yelling, saying anything that came to mind.  It intimidated a lot of people," the sophomore said.

Their success comes as little surprise to Shell Dula, their former head coach at Greenwood.  Dula plans on taking a bus trip with his wife to Baton Rouge, and sitting in the Gamecocks section to watch his former pupils.  The mere mention of their names sends the retired 32-year coach into an unprompted bit of rhapsodizing.  

D.J. Swearinger vs. Vandy.jpeg"They were all very coachable.  They were three outstanding young men that certainly have represented Greenwood in a very positive way," Dula said from his office Tuesday. 

D.J. Swearinger, another member of Saturday's "Greenwood Three."

Tiger Stadium may look like a throbbing, hostile SEC stadium Saturday.  But for D.J. Swearinger and Kelcy Quarles, it will still feel like a little slice of home.

Other notes as we dive into our prep for the October edition of Gamecocks vs. Tigers in Death Valley:

Spotty Connection?  South Carolina used a pair of big pass plays to propel them to touchdowns against Georgia.  On the opening drive, Damiere Byrd outwrestled All-American safety Bacarri Rambo for a jump ball, resulting in a 46-yard gain.  Late in the third quarter, Connor Shaw connected D.L. Moore for a 62-yard catch and run to the Georgia 1. 

Big plays may be at a minimum against the Tigers:  LSU has allowed 2 plays of 30+ yards, tied for the fewest in the nation.  Can the Gamecocks still find a "break-open" play or two, and leech the energy from Tiger Stadium?

Oh Brother:  Offensive tackle Mike Matulis has a connection to LSU:  his older brother Chris was a left-handed pitcher for the Tigers before transferring to UCF (oddly, Chris' LSU bio doesn't list Mike among his three siblings).  The younger Matulis, bothered by an ailing shoulder, played the final three snaps against Georgia.  Steve Spurrier says he expects him to be more available against LSU.

Eric Reid.jpgBig Game Hunter:  Even without Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu, LSU's defense is loaded with physical, indentation-leaving players.  The Tigers rank in the top 10 nationally in three different categories:  total defense (3rd), pass defense (2nd), and scoring defense (8th).  And no player raises his game against high-ranked competition better than LSU junior safety Eric Reid.  The 2011 2nd Team All-SEC defensive back played in three games against Top-3 opponents last season (#1 Alabama, #2 Alabama, #3 Oregon).  Check out his numbers from those three games:

Eric Reid (3 GP):  21 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR

That included a career-high 11 tackles in the BCS National Championship game.

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We're only getting started.  Check back Friday for our final "Pre-Snap Reads" before Carolina descends into Death Valley.  -AD--

 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 10/9

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
new "Battle" uniforms for LSU game unveiled; men's and women's soccer players earn recognition on AgSouth; football and men's basketball press conferences today; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge; and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Media Day Press Conference Quotes

Football. Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Football. Johnson and Sanders Honored by SEC

Men's Soccer/Women's Soccer. Arambula, Gilbert Named Co-AgSouth Athlete of the Week
*Ryan Arambula and Gabrielle Gilbert

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Hosts No. 25 UAB In Midweek Match On Wednesday

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 5-0 and the only undefeated mascot left after a win over Sebastian the Ibis! This week he has a big match-up that mirrors the Gamecocks' opponent on the gridiron as he takes on LSU's Mike the Tiger. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Who has the SEC's best defense? (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Spurrier steadying No. 3 South Carolina (Charlotte Observer)


Football: After win over Ga., Gamecocks zero in on LSU (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Sweet surprise for soldier's family watching his video greeting at University of Georgia football game (New York Daily News)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: Picking up the pieces (ESPN: Georgia Bulldogs Blog)

Football: No. 9 LSU welcomes quick shot at redemption (Associated Press)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings (ESPN NFC North Blog)
*Jasper Brinkley

Football: Rapid Reaction: 49ers 45, Bills 3 (ESPN NFC West Blog)
*Chris Culliver

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)


Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.




COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET

The "Battle" uniforms the Gamecocks are set to wear against LSU on Saturday is all the buzz! Go Gamecocks!





SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Soccer at Home; Volleyball Dig Pink Match

IMG_5410_edit.jpgOfficial Photos & Video of Gamecocks' Custom Battle Uniforms Debuting Vs. LSU

Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 7

Photos: ESPN College GameDay -- Signs, Corso, Darius, Cocky and more!

Photos: Student Sign-Making Party for College GameDay

ESPN College GameDay Set-Up Photos



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know more about senior linebacker Shaq Wilson in his Gamecock Spotlight!






ROOSTER CROWS

Ryan Arambula and Gabrielle Gilbert from the South Carolina men's and women's soccer teams have been named Co-AgSouth Athlete of the Week. Arambula scored the first goal of his career, which was also the first game-winning goal of his career, in South Carolina's 2-1 victory vs. UCF in Conference USA action on Sunday. Gabrielle Gilbert has been instrumental in the recent offensive resurgence at South Carolina, culminating with the game winning goal Sunday vs Georgia for Carolina¹s first SEC victory of the season.

Senior center T.J. Johnson was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Junior punt returner Ace Sanders was named the SEC co-Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo was sent in by Patti and Bryan O'Neal as we updated our Gamecock Pets album on Facebook. These are their dogs, Dixie and Trixie, wearing their gameday gear!


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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY

Several home events for Gamecock fans to help kick off October! We have two Military Appreciation Night games this week, Men's Soccer vs. UAB on Wednesday and Women's Soccer vs. LSU on Friday. Volleyball hosts Alabama in their Dig Pink match in support of breast cancer awareness this Friday. Swimming & Diving hosts their first home meet of the season on Saturday. Come celebrate National Dessert Day with Sundae Funday at soccer on Sunday as well as admission for just $1.



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Men's Soccer vs. UAB - 7PM
-    Military Appreciation Night -- veterans and active duty members of the military will be recognized.




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Softball vs. National Professional Fast-Pitch Team - 7 PM
*Pine Grove Complex, 701 Old Barnwell Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170

The NPF Back to School Tour is in its 3rd year. It involves players from all 4 NPF Teams: The Akron Racers, Carolina Diamonds, Chicago Bandits, and USSSA Florida Pride. Players throughout the league will combine to play 23 games over 22 stops in 40 days on the 2012 Back to School Tour.  The game is being played at Pine Grove Complex in West Columbia as the Gamecocks' new softball stadium is still under construction.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 17 and under and kids 6 and under are free.  After the game, there will be an autograph session where both the NPF team and the Gamecocks will be available.



Friday, October 12, 2012

Volleyball vs. Alabama - 7 PM
-    DIG PINK match in support of breast cancer awareness
-    Pink Pom Pom Giveaway
-    "I Dig Pink" Because Cards - Fill one of these out for a loved one or someone you know who is suffering or has suffered from cancer

Women's Soccer vs. LSU - 7 PM
-    Military Appreciation Day -- veterans and active duty members of the military will be recognized.



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Swimming & Diving vs. UNC/Texas A&M - 12 PM
-    First home meet of the year



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss - 1 PM
-    Active Gamecocks Day
- One of the designated games for which participants in our Active Gamecocks program may use their free tickets! Active Gamecocks is a statewide initiative to fight childhood obesity.  Children in Kindergarten to 5th grade participate in the program by logging their physical activity for two weeks with a goal of 30 minutes per day with the ability to earn free athletic event tickets.
-    $1 Admission Day

-    Sundae Funday -- Celebrate National Dessert Day with us!! Dorm that brings the most students wins ice cream


Gamecocks on the road...
Cross Country at Queens Royal Challenge - Friday, 4 PM
Cross Country at NCAA Preview Meet - Saturday, 9 AM
Women's Golf at Tar Heel Invitational  - Friday - Sunday
Men's Soccer at Marshall - Saturday, 7 PM

Football at LSU - Saturday, 8 PM - TV: ESPN, Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


Check out official photos and video of the new custom "Battle" gray uniforms the Gamecocks will wear this weekend vs. LSU! Video and photos produced by Gamecock Productions!

Uniform details provided by Under Armour:

•    The SC Battle Gray uniform was inspired by a battleship, taking cues from the color and incorporaing it along with the SC Garnet and custom SC camo pattern
•    The camo pattern, which is South Carolina to the core, incorporates the Palmetto Tree and Crescent moon into the design and is a nod of respect to the strong military presence in the state
•    The uniform is a fusion of military inspiration and new-school Under Armour innovation and design


Photo slideshow:




Debut Video:


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
Gamecock football beats Georgia 35-7 and buzz spreads around the nation; military surprise video goes viral; Gamecocks are now ranked #3 in polls; women's soccer shuts out Georgia in first SEC season win; former Gamecocks go head to head in NFL; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge;
and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


FB-12 Ace Sanders vs. Georgia.jpegFootball. Gamecocks Shut Down No. 5 Georgia, 35-7

Football. Gamecocks Rise to Number 3 in Polls

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

Men's Soccer. Gamecock Men's Soccer Earns 2-1 Victory Over UCF In C-USA Play

Men's Soccer. Gamecock Spotlight: Wesley Eads

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Finish 18th At NCAA Fall Preview

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Shutout Georgia, 1-0, For First SEC Win of 2012

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Drop Close 1-0 Match Against Tennessee

Volleyball. Gamecocks Drop Match at LSU in Three Sets

Volleyball. Gamecocks Fall in Three at Texas A&M

Swimming & Diving. Moody Completes Swimming & Diving Staff With Hiring Of Swander



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 5-0 and the only undefeated mascot left after a win over Sebastian the Ibis! This week he has a big match-up that mirrors the Gamecocks' opponent on the gridiron as he takes on LSU's Mike the Tiger. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: South Carolina will try to stay level-headed with No. 3 ranking (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Steve Spurrier has Gamecocks realizing potential after resounding romp over Georgia (Yahoo Sports)

Football: Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week - Marcus Lattimore - VOTE

Football: HBC ready to run to glory (ESPN.com)

Football: SEC Top 5 Plays (SECDigitalNetwork.com)
*No. 3 Ace Sanders 70-yard punt return touchdown

Football: SEC Football Players Of The Week (SECDigitalNetwork.com)
*Co-Special Teams Player of the Week - Ace Sanders
*Offensive Lineman of the Week - T.J. Johnson


Football
: 3rd-ranked Gamecocks, Spurrier enjoying success with eye on even more (The Washington Post/Associated Press)

Football: SEC power rankings: Week 7 (ESPN SEC Blog)
*No. 2 South Carolina

Football: Gamecocks winning where it counts (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Spurrier's Team Delivers a Pummeling and a Party (The New York Times)

Baseball: Scrimmage Observations (GamecockCentral.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: Picking up the pieces (ESPN Dawg Nation)

Football: LSU has no time to lick its wounds with Spurrier next (TheAdvertiser.com)



MILITARY FAMILY SURPRISE GOES VIRAL




Over 85,000 people got to witness a very special moment for the Faile family on Saturday before the game. The video has been viewed over 107,000 times in about 36 hours with several media inquiries to talk to the Failes.

Military family reunited at Georgia-South Carolina game (NBCsports.com/College Football Talk)

Video: The best moment of the college football weekend (CBSsports.com blog)

A Stadium Erupting When A Soldier Surprises His Family Is The Best Video Of The Day (Sports Grid)

Emotional military family reunion at South Carolina-Georgia game (VIDEO) (USA Today)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Football:
Vikings: LB Jasper Brinkley rewarded for hard work (CBS Sports)

Football: Rice gets last laugh as Seahawks topple Panthers (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
*Sidney Rice and Captain Munnerlyn



Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/04/3577457/panthers-could-be-without-3-starters.html#storylink=cpy
Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


We ageree! Thankfully the weather was great for the game on Saturday!




SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game


"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 7

Photos: ESPN College GameDay -- Signs, Corso, Darius, Cocky and more!

Photos: Student Sign-Making Party for College GameDay

ESPN College GameDay Set-Up Photos

Devin Taylor Breaks the Mold (And Can Fix Your Computer)

Horseshoe History on Display for ESPN College GameDay




VIDEO OF THE DAY

Gamecock fans created an awesome ESPN College GameDay atmosphere as the national college football show came to Columbia and saw the Gamecocks defeat the Dawgs, 35-7.







ROOSTER CROWS

Following a convincing 35-7 rout of No. 5 Georgia on Saturday night and coupled with losses to Florida State and LSU, the University of South Carolina football squad climbed three notches to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' polls. The No. 3 ranking is the highest for Carolina since they were 9-0 and ranked second in the nation during the 1984 season. The Gamecocks have extended their winning streak to a school record 10-consecutive games, the longest current streak among FBS teams.

Women's Soccer junior Gabrielle Gilbert scored her second goal of the season to lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC victory of the season in a 1-0 win against Georgia Sunday afternoon. Gilbert scored in the 21st minute with assists from Dani Henry and Danielle Au. Sophomore Sabrina D'Angelo registered five saves to record her second shutout of the season.



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The Faile family from Kershaw, South Carolina, was the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Military Family of the Game, set to be recognized on the field. Their first surprise was a message to them from their dad/husband, Sergeant First Class Scott Faile, playing on the video board, followed by an even bigger surprise. The Gamecocks would go on to beat Georgia, 35-7, just as Sgt. Faile predicted.


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His hometown may say Flowery Branch, but Connor Shaw actually grew up in Rabun County, Georgia, about a 40-minute drive from Athens.  Dyed-in-the-wool Bulldog country.  Not a good place for a kid who idolized Steve Spurrier, had his bedroom walls painted orange and blue, and pulled for archrival Florida growing up.  The situation hardly lessened when Shaw's family moved to Flowery Branch in middle school.  "Every one of my coaches in high school, except for my Dad, were Georgia fans," Shaw told me after the game. 

So yes:  for a guy who grew up near Georgia, but had no love for the Bulldogs, this one felt sweet.

In front of a school-record crowd of 85,199, Shaw and the Gamecocks delivered a masterful, 35-7 victory over #5 Georgia.  Choose any adjective you want.  It still may not capture what happened at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night.  The only thing louder than the crowd, it seemed, was South Carolina's statement to the rest of college football.

 "Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes" from a record-breaking night in Columbia:

Nicely Done:  On South Carolina's first touchdown, the Gamecocks ran an old play from their playbook, but with a change in pass pattern that they installed in practice this week.  With Shaw rolling to his right, the Gamecocks slanted Bruce Ellington against the grain.  The wrinkle left Georgia confused, and Shaw hit Ellington with ease for a 14-yard touchdown.

Shaw vs. Georgia.jpegShaw's completion percentage may take a hit following his 6-for-10 passing performance.  But the Gamecocks controlled the tempo, leaving Georgia's defense "grasping for air," as Marcus Lattimore said afterwards.

Connor Shaw led the Gamecocks to their third straight win over Georgia.

Quote of the Week:  "I'm so glad I don't have to go up against them on Saturdays."

-Connor Shaw on the Gamecock defense.  Entering Saturday night, Georgia led the nation in plays of 20+ yards (43).  The Bulldogs only mustered two against the Gamecocks - one of which came on their final drive.

All In The Eyes:  DeVonte Holloman and Stephon Gilmore, former teammates at South Pointe HS, have developed a new ritual this year.  After Carolina's game on Saturday, Gilmore texts Holloman his encouragement.  After Gilmore's game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Holloman returns the favor. 

Gilmore may be light on pep-talk material this week.  Aided by his interception and pass breakup, the Gamecocks held Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to career lows in passing yards (109) and completion percentage (11-for-31, 35.5%).  In addition, the Gamecocks held the highly-touted duo of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley to 81 yards rushing on 25 carries (3.3 yards/carry).  The tandem known as "Gurshall" had averaged 8.0 yards per carry - though 4 of their 5 opponents ranked 90th or worse in rush defense.

"Gurshall" vs. the Gamecocks

                                Games 1-4             vs. South Carolina

Yds./Carry                 8.0                         3.3

Holloman said he noticed a change in Gurley and Marshall's body language as the game wore on.

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"I'd say their eyes changed a little bit.  They looked a lot where they were going.  That's stuff that young backs do.  With time, they'll learn.  They're great players," Holloman told me. 

DeVonte Holloman (#21) celebrates his 1st-quarter interception against Georgia.

Gurley and Marshall received an eyeful of the Gamecocks instead.  On the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, Gurley took a misdirection toss and rambled 15 yards.  It took the Gurley/Marshall duo 16 more running plays to gain that much again.  Give credit to defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward for devising a game plan that took away the edges, forcing "Gurshall" to earn its yards between the tackles. 

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1st rushing play:                   15 yards

Next 16 rushing plays:           16 yards

 

Hats Off... to senior wide receiver D.L. Moore.  After dropping a would-be touchdown against Kentucky last week, Moore ripped away a jump ball from Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings and scampered 62 yards to set up a touchdown.  Senior perseverance from the Bowling Green, Ky., native.

Stop That Man:  Georgia had scored a touchdown on 8 previous red zone trips before the Gamecocks stoned them on 4th-and-goal in the second quarter.

Poster Material:  Jadeveon Clowney said he noticed the GameDay signs.  And yes, he he has professed a favorite:  "Forecast :  100% Clowney with a chance of pain."

Clowney vs. Georgia.jpegIn a head-to-head showdown with Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones - considered by some a possible #1 pick in next year's NFL Draft - Clowney matched Jones with 4 tackles and 1.0 sacks. 

Jadeveon Clowney smothers Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.     

And Finally:  To paraphrase Mark Twain, beating a rival provides a relief even denied to prayer. 

The celebration lasted well into the night Saturday, car horns honking and music rippling long after the final whistle and far beyond George Rogers Boulevard.  But in the talent-laden SEC, celebrations can't linger long.  Carolina's win was special, but it only heightens the hype for a trip to Baton Rouge next week.

The ranking gets higher.  The spotlight gets brighter.  The target gets bigger.  And the ride gets wilder.  Knuckle up - it's only just begun.

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


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Photos: Student Sign-Making Party for College GameDay

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
ESPN College GameDay info; game preview for Carolina vs. Georgia; equestrian team wins first ever SEC meet; women's soccer hosts two SEC rivals this weekend; vote for Cocky in the Capital One Mascot Challenge;
and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Football Hosts Georgia On Saturday Night

Football. Thursday's Practice Report

Equestrian. Gamecocks Drop No. 3 Auburn, 10-9, to Win First SEC Equestrian Meet

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Set To Host UCF On Sunday

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Open Play At NCAA Fall Preview Friday

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Host SEC East Rivals Tennessee and Georgia
*Follow women's soccer on twitter for updates! @GamecockWSoccer

Volleyball. Gamecocks Head to Texas A&M and LSU

Men's Basketball. BROOKLYN Hoops Holiday Invitational Tickets On Sale To Public Oct. 8

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule



VOTE FOR COCKY

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Cocky is 4-0 so far! This week he has a big match-up with the only other undefeated mascot, Sebastian the Ibis from Miami. 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.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Strength vs. strength when Gamecocks meet Bulldogs (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Gamecocks D has the 'Whammy' touch (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Georgia-South Carolina Preview (CBSSports.com)

General: On the Record: Kevin O'Connell (GamecockCentral.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Football: Lattimore thrives against UGA (ESPN Dawg Nation)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football:
Panthers could be without 3 starters Sunday (CharlotteObserver.com)
*Captain Munnerlyn


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/04/3577457/panthers-could-be-without-3-starters.html#storylink=cpy
Keep up with updates on Gamecocks in the NFL here.



COCK-A-DOODLE TWEET


Our office is buzzing with excitement too! Go Gamecocks!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

ESPN College GameDay Set-Up Photos

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - October 5, 2012

Channel the Hype: How Gamecocks Plan to Execute on Saturday

Devin Taylor Breaks the Mold (And Can Fix Your Computer)

Gameday Timeline: SC vs. Georgia

Horseshoe History on Display for ESPN College GameDay


"What Channel is the Game On?" Georgia Edition

Updated Parking, Shuttle Service Info for Georgia Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know men's soccer freshman Wesley Eads! Men's Soccer takes on UCF in conference play this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at home in Stone Stadium! Come cheer them on!







ROOSTER CROWS

Competing in it's first ever SEC equestrian meet on Thursday, No. 2 South Carolina edged out third-ranked Auburn 10-9.The Gamecocks are now 2-0 overall with a 1-0 record in SEC play, while the Tigers fall to 1-1 and 0-1 in the conference.

A football win over Georgia would give the Gamecocks three straight wins over the Dawgs for the first time in history. It would also extend Carolina's winning streak over SEC Eastern Division opponents to 12 straight games.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo was sent in by Kenneth Hinson. This photo of his son, Brian, and daughter, Stacey, was taken at "Cockfest" in Columbia back in 1983!

"Stacey loved Cocky, but Brian was not too sure about this big bird at the time. Both are huge Gamecock fans today and live in "enemy territories" of Birmingham, AL, and Buford, GA, respectively. Stacey will be yelling for all of us at the UGA game this Saturday, along with her husband and cousins! Go Gamecocks!"


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Inside The Chart.pngMarcus Lattimore gazed up at Williams-Brice Stadium, glowing in the dusk beyond the fences of the Proving Grounds.  He pondered the question, then permitted himself a smile.

"We love games like this.  That's why we came to the SEC, to play in games like this," Lattimore said in our pre-game radio interview.

Even the most stoic players can't help but get excited for this.

Lattimore vs. UGa.jpegThe white-hot hype finally crests Saturday when #6 South Carolina and #5 Georgia meet at Williams-Brice Stadium (7:10 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network).  In a rivalry that dates back 118 years, no game has carried a greater combination of division, SEC, and national-title implications for both teams.  And that doesn't begin to describe the most basic trapping of a win:  bragging rights over your rival.

Marcus Lattimore has averaged 179 rushing yards per game in his career against Georgia.

The build-up has been relentless.  But Lattimore and the Gamecocks haven't tried to dodge the hype.  If anything, they've embraced it - and they hope to create more of it with a win Saturday.

Pre-snap reads before the next installment of the border battle at Williams-Brice Stadium:

Go Long:  For the last three weeks, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has rewarded his offensive linemen with ice cream for a good blocking performance. 

A trip to the dentist may be next.  

Aaron Murray.jpegGeorgia's pass-blocking has allowed Murray to rank 2nd in the nation in yards per attempt (10.8).  Translation:  Murray completes a high percentage of passes (68.5% to be exact), and when he does, they often go for long yardage. 

Georgia QB Aaron Murray (left) gets wrapped up by Gamecock CB Jimmy Legree in last year's game in Athens.

Despite a defense that has straitjacketed teams on the scoreboard, South Carolina has had a curious tendency to give up long gains.  The Gamecocks rank 12th in the SEC in pass plays of 20+ yards allowed (a function, perhaps, of facing so many spread offenses).  Even without top pass catcher Michael Bennett, who suffered a torn ACL in practice Tuesday, look for Georgia to continue to stretch the field vertically.  Murray has a balanced, experienced receiving corps, and slippery sophomore Malcolm Mitchell has moved back full-time to offense.

No team racks up 560+ yards of offense in three straight games without ripping off long gains.  Preventing the big play will be at the top of the Gamecocks' checklist Saturday.

The Four Best You Got:  Murray said the film of last year's 45-42 loss to the Gamecocks motivated him during Georgia's Spring and summer workouts. 

When he watched film of the Gamecocks this year, another trait stood out.  

"You can see they don't do too much in terms of blitzing," Murray said.  "Those are the best defenses - when you trust your players to just