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Black Defeats Garnet in Spring Game

April 14, 2012

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April 14, 2012
Coach Spurrier
Marcus Lattimore

Sights & Sounds Halftime
Coach Ward D. Thompson, C. Shaw
Damiere Byrd J. Shaw, S. Royster
The Black team scored on the first play from scrimmage and never looked back, as they outscored the Garnet team, 38-24, in the Annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, held in front of 34,513 fans on a perfect Saturday afternoon in Columbia.

On the game's first play, Black quarterback Connor Shaw found wide receiver Damiere Byrd behind the Garnet secondary and hit him in stride for a 70-yard touchdown strike. After the Garnet responded with a 36-yard field goal from Adam Yates, Shaw hit walk-on receiver Riley Gallaher for a 39-yard score on the first play of the second quarter in the spring game's traditional "receiver off the sidelines" play to put the Black up 14-3. Shaw finished the day 6-for-7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

The Garnet, led by Dylan Thompson, came back with a touchdown midway through the second period. Thompson hit four consecutive passes to open the drive and capped the 70-yard excursion with a one-yard touchdown run to cut the Black lead to 14-10. Thompson, who solidified his status as the team's number two signal-caller heading into the summer, was an impressive 15-for-20 on the afternoon for 168 yards.

The Black squad put the game away when they scored three times over the final 3:30 of the second quarter to open up a 35-10 halftime advantage. Redshirt freshman Tanner McEvoy took over the quarterback reigns for the Black squad and hooked up with Drew Owens on a 12-yard slant route for a score, then, in the final minute of the period, connected with D.L. Moore, who burned the Garnet secondary for a 63-yard scoring bomb. On the final play of the half, redshirt freshman safety Sheldon Royster intercepted a Seth Strickland pass and returned it 50 yards for another Black touchdown. McEvoy had his best scrimmage performance as a Gamecock, completing 8-of-12 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The Garnet team tried to rally in the second half, but with a running clock, possessions were limited. Thompson hit Nick Jones on a 22-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter and Andrew Clifford connected with Corey Simmons on a 15-yard pass halfway through the fourth period to cut the deficit to 35-24. With the game clock expiring, Adam Yates boomed a 51-yard field goal for the game's final score.

Overall, the six quarterbacks who saw action combined to complete 39-of-54 passes for 511 yards and 6 touchdowns with two interceptions.

Award Winners

Most Improved
OL Will Sport / Brandon Shell
DL Chaz Sutton
CB Jared Shaw
WR Damiere Byrd
LB Damario Jeffrey
TE Drew Owens
DB Ahmad Christian
RB Blair Lowery
QB Seth Strickland / Dylan Thompson
K Adam Yates
P Michael Williamson

Everyday Attitude & Hustle Award
Bruce Ellington / Victor Hampton

Outstanding Weight Room
Kadetrix Marcus
Ace Sanders
Cody Gibson
Byron Jerideau

Outstanding Walk-Ons
Connor McLaurin
Kenny Robinson
Jessie Dukes
Landon Ard

Harold White GPA
K. J. Brent
Walker Inabinet

Dr. Harris Pastides - Scholar Athlete
Marcus Lattimore

Joe Morrison - Players of the Spring
Kenny Miles- Offense
Jadeveon Clowney - Defense
Ace Sanders - Special Teams

Ernest Brooks - MVP - Clemson Game
Connor Shaw - Offense
Melvin Ingram - Defense
D. J. Swearinger - Special Teams

MVP - Bowl Game
Alshon Jeffery
Stephon Gilmore



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