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Birmingham Bowl practice schedule released
The Gamecocks have unveiled their practice schedule in preparation for the Birmingham Bowl clash against South Florida.
The Gamecocks (6-6) will begin practice on Thursday and will practice each day through Dec. 22. The team will be given off from Dec. 22-25 before traveling to Birmingham on the 26th.
The extra practices that come with a bowl berth are HUUUGE for the young Gamecocks, both in the short term and long term.
Installed as a 10.5-point underdog by Vegas, the Gamecocks need all the practice they can get before kicking off against the Bulls on Dec. 29.
Players to watch
The State’s Josh Kendall breaks down which Gamecocks players to keep an eye on during their bowl preparation.
QB Jake Bentley tops Kendall’s list:
“The Gamecocks had chances to make plays early against Clemson that might have at least kept the game respectable, but their freshman quarterback missed some throws he usually makes. It was the second straight road game in which he struggled.”
In case you missed it
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— Xavier Thomas 1️⃣9️⃣ (@atxlete) December 14, 2016
- A closer look at 5-star defensive end Xavier Thomas’ update from Tuesday night.
- From Phil Kornblut, losing Shawn Elliott may hurt the Gamecocks’ recruiting efforts.
- Garnet & Black Attack breaks down the Vegas line on the Birmingham Bowl.
- Saturday Down South gives out South Carolina superlatives, including MVPs, top rookie, best assistant.
- SpursUp Surveillance: The latest on Hamsah Nasirildeen.
More on USC’s loss to Seton Hall
It’s been a little more than 24 hours and the sting still hasn’t worn off from the Gamecocks’ 67-64 loss to Seton Hall on Monday night.
“They just got us, plain and simple,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. “They beat us to loose balls, beat us on the glass and beat us off the dribble. They beat us on every competitive play that you could imagine. We got beat, and they deserved to win.”
I can deal with the loss itself, but the macro-level implications are what really bother me.
With suspended guard Sindarius Thornwell, the Gamecocks likely win on Monday night.
No question that would've been another nice resume-building victory for USC, but clear this team's NCAA future will hinge on SEC play.
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) December 13, 2016
If USC’s play against Seton Hall was at all indicative of how the team will fare while Thornwell is out, it could be a rough couple of weeks. The Gamecocks have to play USF, Clemson and Memphis before the end of the year.
The reason for the
season suspension? Maybe not
According to a report from the Post & Courier’s David Caraviello, Thornwell “was arrested in May on charges including possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license.” Caraviello obtained the information through an incident report obtained by the news outlet.
There hasn’t been any confirmation, or even acknowledgement, from the university that Thornwell’s arrest is the direct cause of his current situation.
As I said above, the Gamecocks have a tough stretch to conclude nonconference play, with a big game against that team from the Upstate on Dec. 21.
In the hours following this initial report, The State posted an update later on Tuesday night, noting that this arrest is not the reason for Thornwell’s suspension.
The plot thickens …
Gamecocks honored by Phil Steele
Despite being shut out by league coaches in All-SEC honors, the Gamecocks have gotten some postseason love from the media.
The latest honor for two USC players comes by way of the czar of preseason mag, Phil Steele.
Steele tabbed DE Darius English as a second-team All-SEC selection. From SEC Country:
“English recorded 9.0 sacks as a senior, good for third in the SEC and in the top 20 nationally. The mark also sets him as fifth in South Carolina single-season history.”
Familiar with Williams’ work? Probably not — but in the case of a long snapper like Williams, the less you hear, the better.
The Irmo, S.C., native has been the starting long snapper for the Gamecocks every game for the past four years. Steele named Williams a fourth-team All-American.
Man, I hope this rings true come March:
If South Carolina's worst non-conference loss is against Seton Hall in MSG, we'll be in tournament easily.
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) December 13, 2016
Look who’s just below the Gamecocks:
2017 247Sports Recruiting Composite: #SEC
6) Texas A&M
14) South Carolina
— SEC Country (@SECcountry) December 13, 2016
Elliott Fry with a #HotSportsTake on the Heisman:
This thing is rigged pic.twitter.com/ZzTGTpb6KU
— Elliott fry (@elliott_fry22) December 11, 2016