South Carolina clinches bowl eligibility in head coach Will Muschamp's first year at the helm
South Carolina improves to 5-4 on the season
Bentley solid in his first career start in the Garnet and Black
NCAA Football: South Carolina vs. Tennessee
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the South Carolina Football game against Arkansas.
USATSI Gallery - Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Photos
Gamecocks open the 2017 season against the Wolfpack in Charlotte.
Nov. 19, 2016
Junior running back who should be back at full strength after suffering a broken leg midway through the 2017 season... missed much of the spring with a hamstring injury... became the 44th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career while averaging over five yards per carry... has played in 17 games with 11 starts... owns three 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 226-yard effort, the sixth-biggest single-game rushing day in school history.
2017: Ranked third on the team in rushing with 251 yards on 66 carries despite playing in just eight games with four starts... was the Gamecocks' starting running back in the season-opener against NC State and started the first three contests... scored twice against the Wolfpack on a 34-yard touchdown pass and a seven-yard run... broke his leg at Tennessee and missed the final five games of the regular season... returned for the Outback Bowl against Michigan and provided a spark with six carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and three receptions for 32 yards.
2016: Played in nine games making seven starts... named to Athlon's All-SEC Freshman second team... led the team with 133 carries for 764 yards... his 764 rushing yards was ninth-best among FBS freshmen... was second on the team with seven touchdowns... his six rushing touchdowns tied for 10th among FBS freshmen... had three 100-yard rushing games... had surgery for a sports hernia in the offseason and missed the first four games while recovering from the surgery... made his debut against Texas A&M and rushed nine times for 47 yards... made his first career start vs. Georgia... scored his first rushing touchdown, a 1-yard plunge, against the Bulldogs... had 16 carries for 87 yards and one score in the UMass win... logged his first 100-yard day when he carried 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win over Tennessee... paced the Gamecocks with 27 carries for 149 yards and a TD in the Missouri win... also caught three passes for 20 yards and a score... racked up a career-high 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Western Carolina win, averaging 10.8 yards per carry... the 226 yards rushing was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history, the 11th 200-yard rushing game by a Carolina back and the most yards rushing since Marcus Lattimore logged 246 against Navy in 2011.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 2,545 yards and 51 touchdowns at A.C. Reynolds High, a Class 3AA school in Asheville, N.C... graduated in 2016... also passed for 1,434 yards with 11 scores and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass... earned first-team all-state accolades and was a PARADE All-American... the Rockets went 11-2 in 2015 under the direction of head coach Shane Laws... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas where he scored a pair of touchdowns... Rivals has him listed as a three-star prospect, the 29th-best player in the state an the No. 17 all-purpose back in the country... 247Sports considers him a four-star prospect, the 11th-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 11th-best running back in the nation... ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 39th-best player in North Carolina and the No. 72 running back in the country... rated a three-star prospect and an All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar.
PERSONAL: Rico Sharod Dowdle Jr. was born June 14, 1998... pursuing a degree in retailing.
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