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Bentley, Samuel and Wonnum to Represent Carolina at SEC Media Days
July 11, 2018

University of South Carolina Football will be represented by quarterback Jake Bentley, wide receiver/kick returner Deebo Samuel and defensive end D.J. Wonnum at the 2018 SEC Football Kickoff Media Days presented by Regions Bank, next week in Atlanta, it was announced today.

Gamecocks’ Head Coach Will Muschamp and the trio of standouts will be at the Omni Hotel and the College Football Hall of Fame for the annual event on Thursday, July 19.

Jake Bentley

QB | 6-4 | 224 | JR | 2L

Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)

2018 Outback Bowl MVP

2017 Team Captain

2017 Leadership Award - Offense

2017 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2017 Carolina Male New Student-Athlete of the Year

2017 Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring

2016 Steve Wadiak Co-Most Valuable Player

16-17 First-Year SEC Honor Roll

Junior signal-caller who has started each of the last 20 games... owns a 13-7 record as a starter... ranks 10th in completions (370), second in completion percentage (63.3), 11th in passing yards (4,214) and 11th in passing touchdowns (27) in school history... needs seven victories to become the sixth quarterback to win 20 games at Carolina, joining Connor Shaw (27), Todd Ellis (24), Garry Harper (20), Stephen Garcia (20) and Steve Taneyhill (20)... named the 2017-18 winner of the SEC Sportsmanship Award for the compassion he showed following the Gamecocks’ thrilling win over Tennessee.
 

 

Deebo Samuel

WR | 6-0 | 210 | SR | 3L

Inman, S.C. (Chapman)

2016 Steve Wadiak Co-Most Valuable Player

2016 Steve Spurrier Most Valuable Player - Offense

2016 Most Explosive Player - Offense

2016 Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring

2015 Spring Big Plays Award – Offense

One of the most electrifying players in college football, the talented wide receiver and kick returner is an all-conference and All-America candidate in his final campaign... named to Athlon Sports’ 2018 pre-season first-team All-SEC unit as both a wide receiver and kick returner... owns 86 career receptions for 1,194 yards... has scored 15 career touchdowns - seven on the ground, five receiving and three via kickoff return... has also thrown one touchdown pass... is the school’s record-holder in kick returns for touchdowns... has played in 18 games over the past three seasons with 16 career starts... was limited in the spring due to injuries.

D.J. Wonnum

DL | 6-5 | 258 | JR | 2L

Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

2018 Rex Enright Co-Defensive Player of the Spring

2017 Team Captain

2017 Most Productive Player - Defense

2017 Strength & Conditioning Award

2017 Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring

2016 Athlon’s SEC All-Freshman Second Team

16-17 First-Year SEC Honor Roll

Junior defensive lineman who is a candidate for All-SEC recognition after a breakout season in 2017... named to Athlon Sports’ 2018 pre-season third-team All-SEC unit... a two-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week selection... one of just three sophomores who have been named a permanent team captain in school history... has played in all 26 games over the past two seasons making 13 starts... owns 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

 

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