As we roll on to Tuesday, South Carolina marches one step closer to possibly pulling itself above .500 against Missouri. Here’s everything you need to get caught up on a busy weekend and a quiet Monday for the Gamecocks:
- Missouri will be without two of its offensive starters this weekend. Neither tight end Sean Culkin nor right tackle Nate Crawford will see the field against South Carolina on Saturday. That’s unfortunate news for a Tigers team that already has the SEC’s worst scoring offense at 20.8 points per game. The Gamecocks could certainly benefit.
- South Carolina will play host to LSU on Oct. 10 for the first time since 2008. The game’s kickoff time was revealed on Monday. The No. 9 Tigers (3-0, 2-0 SEC) hold a 17-2-1 overall advantage in this series, including a 24-17 win in the most recent meeting. Perhaps the Gamecocks can start correcting that lopsided record next month.
- The slow start to the season concerned plenty of Gamecocks fans. You can add one 3-star prospect to the mix, as well. Marlon Character, a safety out of Grady High School in Atlanta, shared his thoughts about the program with the AJC’s SECCountry.com. He also revealed another SEC school that has strengthened its relationship with him.
- Lorenzo Nunez, Pharoh Cooper and T.J. Holloman were among the individuals who received the most postgame praise last weekend. However, they didn’t make their plays alone. SEC Country dug deep into the game and highlighted four “unsung heroes” from Saturday’s win, including a former walk-on who was originally recruited at another position.
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- More bad news on the recruiting trail: South Carolina 2016 commit Tre Jackson, a 3-star wide receiver from Baton Rouge, La., tore an ACL Friday night and will miss the remainder of his senior season. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder had tallied 150 yards receiving and three total touchdowns in the game. Jackson quoted former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore on Twitter when news of his injury broke Monday evening.
- The Gamecocks defense rushed four men 26 times on Saturday, and 10 times those plays featured a stunt along the defensive line. This is just one of the many excellent observations found in Ben Breiner’s breakdown of the 31-14 victory they notched against UCF.
- Coach Steve Spurrier spent much of last week trying to limit the pressure put on true freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, who was about to make the first start of his college career. But after getting a chance to digest Saturday’s game, Spurrier admitted just how important Nunez was in sparking the team’s second-half comeback. “I think he had to win the game for us,” Spurrier said, according to Willie Smith of The Greenville News.
The best stories from around the SEC
- Dak Prescott recalls mother’s death before last trip to Texas A&M
- Leonard Fournette has highest odds of winning the Heisman Trophy
- Attorney for ex-Auburn baseball coach says firing was “outrageous” (*gets popcorn ready*)
- Nick Saban: UGA looks “a lot like some of our teams” (Does that include this year’s Crimson Tide?)
- Official reportedly throws punch, clipboard at Chad Kelly’s JUCO coach (unnecessary roughness)
— SEC Country (@seccountry) September 28, 2015