About this time last week, South Carolina’s upcoming matchup with Missouri likely didn’t look too promising for the Gamecocks. But oh, how the tables have turned in just a matter of days. We’ve reached the midway point of the work week (unless you’re a sports blogger), and there were plenty of takeaways from an eventful Tuesday that changed the complexion of Week 5 entirely. We’ll get you started with the obvious:
Missouri will be without quarterback Maty Mauk on Saturday. Mauk was suspended along with backup offensive lineman Malik Cuellar for violating team rules, and both of their statuses will be reevaluated next week, according to a release from the school. With Mauk out, Saturday’s matchup looks to pit true freshman quarterbacks Drew Lock (Missouri) and Lorenzo Nunez against each other. The Gamecocks might have caught a real break here.
Coach Steve Spurrier has decades’ worth of knowledge when it comes to quarterbacks and offensive playcalling. You already knew that. What you may not know is that the Head Ball Coach is no out-of-the-loop old-timer when it comes to rap music. On Tuesday, he fielded a question about Lil’ Boosie and gave a great response.
Individual player of the year awards are a long ways off, but it never hurts to start tracking who’s on pace for those honors early. As it so happens, South Carolina had two starters spotlighted in SECCountry.com breakdowns: linebacker Skai Moore was mentioned as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, while Nunez is on the Freshman of the Year radar.
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Nunez has already started earning the respect of his teammates following a gutsy performance in his first career start, writes Willie Smith of The Greenville News. What’s not to like about a quarterback who isn’t afraid to throw a hard block on the far sideline?
With starting center Alan Knott (ankle sprain) considered doubtful for Saturday’s game, meaning Summerville, S.C., native Zack Bailey will be snapping the ball to Nunez for the second game in a row. The Post and Courier’s David Caraviello asked Nunez what he thinks of the pairing.
Defensive backs Chris Lammons and Chaz Elder, neither of whom played against UCF last weekend, were back at practice on Tuesday, per Matt Connolly of The State. Considering South Carolina’s secondary struggles to date, their progress can only be beneficial.