South Carolina clinches bowl eligibility in head coach Will Muschamp's first year at the helm
Freshman Brandon McIlwain wins in his first career start
Photos from South Carolina football vs. Wofford, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Photos from South Carolina football vs. Florida - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
NCAA Football: South Carolina vs. Tennessee
USATSI Gallery - Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Photos
Gamecocks open the 2017 season against the Wolfpack in Charlotte.
2016 Athlon's SEC All-Freshman Second Team
Hard-nosed runner who can run between the tackles but also has the speed to get to the edge... became the 43rd player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career... has played in 25 games making 10 starts... has scored seven touchdowns and owns three 100-yard rushing games.
2017: Redshirt sophomore running back who began the campaign as the third-team back and finished the regular season as the team's top rusher... logged 531 yards on 98 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per rush, with three touchdowns... also caught 18 passes for 117 yards and returned a team-high 11 kicks for a 17.1-yard average... paced the team with 836 all-purpose yards, an average of 64.3 per game... recognized as the Most Explosive Player on offense... also credited with a team-high six tackles on special teams... had just 20 carries for 60 yards (3.0 per carry) through the first six games before rushing 78 times for 471 yards (6.0 per carry) over the final seven contests after Rico Dowdle was injured... rushed 14 times for 86 yards and the only touchdown of the game in the win over Tennessee... surpassed that with a 15-carry, 121-yard, one-score performance over against Vanderbilt... set career highs in the win over Florida when he gained 136 yards on 22 carries and added 36 yards on three receptions... also made a key play after a Carolina interception against the Gators, recovering a Florida fumble in the end zone... became the 43rd player in Carolina history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in the Wofford win, when he led the team with 69 yards on the ground... left the Clemson game early in the first half with a high ankle sprain.
2016: Redshirt freshman running back has played in 12 games with four starts.... named to Athlon's All-SEC Freshman second team as a kick returner... ranked second on the team with 116 carries for 497 yards... led the team with 13 carries for 70 yards at Vanderbilt... had 16 carries for 32 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown at Mississippi State for his first career TD... burst 80 yards on the opening kick to set up South Carolina's first touchdown against East Carolina... was back in the starting lineup at Kentucky, when he carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards and a score... had his best rushing game against Texas A&M with 10 carries for 116 yards and a TD while also catching four passes for 22 yards... broke loose on the A&M game's first play from scrimmage, racing 75 yards to paydirt just 17 seconds into the game, the fastest score for Carolina since Nov. 20, 2010, when Marcus Lattimore had a 17-yard touchdown run 13 seconds in against Troy... carried the ball 11 times for 30 yards, caught four passes for 17 yards and returned three kicks for 69 yards against Georgia... left the Missouri game with an injury and missed the Florida game... returned to carry the ball 17 times for 97 yards against Western Carolina... had 10 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Birmingham Bowl versus USF.
2015: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Running back who graduated from Centreville High School in Clifton, Va., in 2015... played both sides of the ball for head coach Chris Haddock... missed much of his senior season with a wrist injury when the Wildcats went 12-3 and reached the state 6A title game before losing in overtime... played in the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas, following the season... helped guide his team to an undefeated season and a state title as a junior when he rushed for 1,287 yards, scored 32 touchdowns and logged eight interceptions... rated the 18th-best player in the state and the 44th-best running back in the nation by Rivals... rated the 41st-best running back in the country by Scout... regarded as the 17th-best player in the state and the 34th-best running back in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the 31st-best player in Virginia and the No. 80 running back in the country by ESPN.
PERSONAL: Antonio Turner was born May 12, 1997... is an interdisciplinary studies major.
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