South Carolina clinches bowl eligibility in head coach Will Muschamp's first year at the helm
Bentley solid in his first career start in the Garnet and Black
Freshman Brandon McIlwain wins in his first career start
Gamecocks hold first competition of Muschamp era
USATSI Gallery - Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Photos
Gamecocks open the 2017 season against the Wolfpack in Charlotte.
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Birmingham Bowl featuring South Carolina against USF.
Nov. 19, 2016
Photos from South Carolina @ Florida on November 12, 2016.
2016 Athlon's Freshman All-America Second Team
2016 Athlon's SEC All-Freshman First Team
2016 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
Standout receiver who, in 2016, turned in the second-best true freshman season for a Gamecock wide receiver behind only Alshon Jeffery (46 catches, 763 yards), in 2009... bigger receiver with excellent hands... pairs with Deebo Samuel to give the Gamecocks one of the top wide receiver duos in the SEC... limited somewhat in the spring after undergoing off-season surgery on a sports hernia... named the Harold White GPA Award winner for the offense at the Garnet & Black spring game... has made 12 career starts.
2016: True freshman who enrolled in January and went through spring drills... started all 12 games in which he appeared... earned Athlon's Freshman All-America second team honors and All-SEC Freshman first team accolades... turned in the second-best true freshman campaign for a wide receiver in school history behind only Alshon Jeffery... finished third on the team with 44 catches and with 590 receiving yards, and tied for first with four touchdown receptions... ranked eighth among FBS freshmen with 590 receiving yards and with 49.2 receiving yards per game... became the sixth true freshman to start in the season opener for Carolina since 2009, joining Stephon Gilmore (2009), Marcus Lattimore (2010), Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Bryson Allen-Williams (2014) and Al Harris Jr. (2014)... led all players in the Vandy win with eight receptions for 101 yards... his 100-yard receiving effort was the only one recorded by an FBS freshman in Week 1... caught six of his receptions for 89 yards after halftime, including a 33-yarder... became just the eighth Gamecock in history to accumulate over 100 receiving yards in a season opener... led the Gamecocks with five catches for 68 yards in the East Carolina win... hauled in a 42-yard reception, a personal best, to set up South Carolina's second touchdown drive of the game vs. the Pirates... missed the Texas A&M game with an injury suffered late in the Kentucky contest... returned to the lineup after a one-game injury absence and caught three passes for 35 yards against Georgia... caught three passes for 42 yards in the UMass win, including his first career touchdown, a 24-yard catch from Jake Bentley in 2nd quarter... reeled in four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Tennessee victory... pulled in a 17-yard scoring toss in the 2nd quarter against the Vols, giving him a touchdown for the second straight week... caught four passes for 47 yards in the Missouri victory... led the Gamecocks with four catches for 61 yards in the Western Carolina win, including a 40-yard reception... notched one reception against Clemson, a 33-yard touchdown catch on a trick play, with the pass coming from fellow wideout Deebo Samuel... caught six passes for 71 yards and a score in the Birmingham Bowl vs. USF... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Conway (S.C.) High School at the end of the 2015 fall semester... coached by Chuck Jordan... considered one of the state's top players as a senior in 2015 until suffering a season-ending knee injury in late October... was a finalist for South Carolina's "Mr. Football"... finished his senior campaign with 53 catches for 969 yards and nine scores... selected for the Shrine Bowl and the US Army All-American Game... finished his prep career with 188 catches for 2,562 yards and 32 touchdowns... Rivals ranked him as the fourth-best player in the state and the 64th-best wide receiver in the country... considered the third-best player in the state and the 12th-best wideout in the nation by 247Sports... ESPN ranked him as the state's third-best player, the nation's 43rd-best wide receiver and No. 253 overall... an All-American and No. 223 overall by PrepStar.
PERSONAL: Bryan J. Edwards was born November 13, 1998... is a sport & entertainment management major.
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