For the past few seasons, one of the more interesting teams in college football has continued to be the South Carolina Gamecocks. In this time period, the team has continued to be led by head coach Will Muschamp. While he had a difficult first year in which he won just six games while losing seven, he continues to show a significant amount of promise and progress as his team improved its record significant than last year. Last year, the team was far more competitive in the SEC and finished with an overall record of 9 wins and 4 losses. This also included a very big win against the University of Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
While football fans have been taking notice of the improvement in South Carolina, so have recruits and the team now looks like it will continue to be very tough to deal with in coming years (https://247sports.com/Article/South-Carolina-Gamecocks-moves-into-Top10-of-247Sports-Composite-Football-Recruiting-Rankings-118602845). While the football program should have a pretty good set of freshmen joining the roster for the 2018 season, it now appears that they could have one of the best freshman classes in school history of the following year. At this point, the South Carolina Gamecocks 2019 freshman recruiting class is ranked number 7 in the country and it recently received a significant bump by signing a few big recruits.
One of the biggest recruits that the team was able to sign was Zach Pikkens, who is a very talented defensive end that also had a number of offers from top programs including Clemson and Georgia. Another top player was defensive back Jahmar Brown who is from Fort Lauderdale and reportedly had received more than 20 full-ride offers from some of the top programs across the country. These players should be defensive cornerstones for the franchise for years to come.
During the 2016 college football season, South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback, Jake Bentley was thrown in at the deep end to manage an underperforming offense and prepare for a brighter 2017 season. Bentley has watched as his opponent this weekend, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has been thrust into the spotlight as a true freshman starting quarterback for the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs.
The State reports the Gamecocks sophomore quarterback has been gracious in the sympathy shown towards his opponent on Saturday as he sees Fromm dismissed as a less than impressive part of the Georgia offense. Fromm and his Georgia team have risen to the number two spot in the nation based on an impressive running game which has won games despite Fromm attempting the least amount of passes in the Southeastern Conference. Bentley explained he understands the frustration and unhappiness Fromm must feel as an unused part of the Georgia offense but also stated his belief the four-star recruit would be ready to take control of games if and when Georgia’s running backs stall.
After completing his high school education early, Jake Bentley found himself entering a changing Gamecocks offense as a true freshman under then first-year coach Will Muschamp. Bentley won praise from Muschamp for leading a team of new recruits during 2016 and directing the play of his teammates as a new system was introduced by the now second-year coach; Muschamp went on to explain his own thoughts of the enigma of Jake Fromm and the fact he completed only three of seven pass attempts in Georgia’s win over Florida. Coach Muschamp explained his theory of the success being enjoyed by Georgia is down to the fact the majority of the team have played together for at least two years and understand the running game better than the passing game Fromm would need to use.
South Carolinas Gamecocks put themselves back in the race for the Southeastern Conference East Division college football after overcoming Vanderbilt’s Commodores 34-27. AJ Turner and surprise kid Jack Bentley brought South Carolina the win with Turner notching 121 yards, a career best after going 15 runs. Bentley had a blast, getting his first college football career double touchdowns which gave the Gamecocks 6-2 and another 4-2 leads, covering a total 47 yards having started the game at 14 yards.
Wonder boy Bentley
Bentleys runs had Zach Bailey the offense lines man cursing under his breath every time he took off. The two touch downs, one going 8 yards on 1sec. and 9 and the other turning 1 sec. and 15 into a third and 2. The sophomore wonder kid also had 19 complete passes out of 29, covering 174 yards. The commodores had two players taken out for targeting, Z. Jones (defender) and C.Wright both had hits on Bentley, who played down both incidences likening them to having a minnow in a pool full of sharks. However, the Vanderbilt Commodores coach did not find the calls amusing. He doubted if the rule was well interpreted, saying all he saw were players doing hard tackle on a young quarterback and not necessarily targeting him.
Vanderbilt got 10 penalties with the Commodores having Sam Dobbs to thank for stalling a possible drive that would have resulted in a tie. Kyle Shurmur had a season best 333 yards throw and also touched down 4 times. Coach Will Muschamp says the Gamecocks have no special plans for Georgia, their opponents next week, even though their win makes them bowl eligible, an fact that is not given much thought in the locker room, with Gamecocks focus being on more game and bigger achievements. Vanderbilt’s loss stretches their losing record in the SEC to 23, letting in 10 or more points in 12 of this season eighteen quarters.
A win for the Gamecocks against the Georgian Bulldogs will liven their title hopes while the Bulldogs only need a win to have one hand on the Southeastern East Conference title.
In the the latest news and events, the South Carolina linebacker T.J Brunson has faith that the Gamecocks have set their minds right in preparing for their most vital Southeastern Conference game in about four years.
The Gamecocks have been fortunate victors in the last three league games, and this is their first time after 2013 after beating Vanderbilt 34-27. The Gamecocks are facing a challenge on Saturday when they face the powerhouse number 2 Georgia.
The Gamecocks based have been struggling hard in the past few years after being among the leading top East teams since 2010 to 2013, under coach Steve Purrier’s training, the former coach of the Gamecocks. South Carolina achieved its SEC title game in 2010, and since then they have been on their heels in the race in the following three games ending the game at 11-2 every time.
However things got worse for the Gamecocks when Steve walked away from the team after losing a devastating 3-9 during 2015, then the current coach Will Muschamp went to only 6-7 in 2016. Will is working with the team back to the top.
Their battle with the no.2 Georgia won’t be an easy task, and this will be one of the considerable bombshells in the season in Athens, Georgia this Saturday.
Bulldogs are leading on top with a two-game against South Carolina and Kentucky. In case the games end with a Georgia win on Saturday, the Gamecocks will be of the race. Georgia would then drive their way to their position in the championship game with just one more win in its concluding final two games against Kentucky and Auburn.
Terry Godwin, Georgia receiver, believes that his team is has grown its aplomb and is determined to win this Saturday, not what is already down the drain.
In 2016, the South Carolina Gamecocks were one of the more anticipated teams in the SEC football conference. While the team looked like they would be able to build on the success that they had in the prior year, the ended up going three and five in the SEC and six and seven overall. While it was not a great overall season, the South Carolina Gamecocks did have some successes including a few upset wins. This year, the South Carolina Gamecocks have several reasons to be optimistic about their chances of competing in the tough conference (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/south-carolina-football-preview-senior-d-tackles-critical-2017).
One of the main reasons why the Gamecocks are considered a strong team in the upcoming year is due to the strength of their defensive line. The team currently has one of the best duos of defensive tackles in the country. Both Ulric Jones and Taylor Stallworth were among the most productive defensive tackles in the prior year and are expected to be even better in the upcoming season. This should be a huge advantage in the SEC, particularly when they are playing teams that like to run the ball.
Along with the two returning starters, the Gamecocks have a lot of young talent to join on the defensive line. M.J. Webb is one of the most highly anticipated players on the team. As a 4-star freshman recruit, Webb will likely get the chance to start by the middle of the year. During the spring game earlier in the year, Webb showed the ability to rush the pass from the outside. However, he still has not shown to have the ability to consistently defend the run, particularly when he will have to be up against some of the top offensive tackles in the country. The team also has depth in returning contributors Dante Sawyer and Aaron Thompson