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More On Muschamp Searching For Answers
Halfway through the season and you have to feel good about the Gamecocks at certain positions.
Wide receiver, when the unit is at full strength, appears to be one of the stronger positions on the team in terms of depth and promise. Same can be said for tight end.
Though the Gamecocks are currently No. 126 in rushing yards per game, we’ve seen glimpses of talent between running backs A.J. Turner, David Williams and, most recently, Rico Dowdle. I’m a fan of this trio.
I’ve been more than thrilled with the play of the defense. No need to open any of those positions as far as I’m concerned … unless, of course, Skai Moore acquires Wolverine-like healing power in the next two weeks.
So that leaves us with the offensive line and quarterback. Jessie, how are we feeling about more shakeups on the offensive line and at quarterback?
Yeah, that sounds about right.
The play of Shawn Elliott’s group has drawn the ire of the fan base for much of the season. Right tackle Malik Young has been a bright spot since he earned his way into the starting lineup, but looking at the depth chart right now, I just don’t know where potential new starters in the trenches can come from.
Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain and back to Perry Orth. Now what? Jake Bentley?
The ghost of Spurrier clearly haunts the sidelines in this quarterback carousel. It’s easy to say, “Play the freshman! Play for the future!” — but then when you’re staring 2-4 in the face, you kind of want whomever gives you the best chance to win, right?
It’s an unenviable position Muschamp and company find themselves in. Stay tuned.
Coaching Triple Threat Set To Join The USC Athletics Hall Of Fame
I’m going to be honest with you … before Monday, I’d never heard of Billy Laval. But all it took was about 30 seconds of reading for me to become a major fan of the guy.
A native of Columbia, Laval coached football, basketball and baseball for the Gamecocks within a six-year span (1928-1934).
The workload itself is incredibly impressive.
Laval led USC to seven consecutive winning seasons in football and a conference title in basketball, while posting the best career winning percentage of any Gamecocks skipper on the diamond. I’m shocked the man isn’t more of a legend around Columbia.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it feels great,” said Laval’s 74-year-old grandson, Harry Laval. “He’s in a bunch of other hall of fames. Carolina is the last one, but it’s the best one. It’s a great honor. If he were here, he would be so honored.”
A major #SpursUp to Billy Laval, who I hereby name “the older ball coach.”
In Case You Missed It
- According to Gamecock Central, Muschamp’s confidence level in the ground game could determine the starting QB.
- The Big Spur has a full report on the freshmen performances from Sunday.
- The State on ex-Irmo basketball standout Devontae Shuler picking Ole Miss over South Carolina on Monday night.
- It was announced early Monday that South Carolina’s next home game against UMass will kick off at noon ET on Oct. 22.
- Spurs & Feathers with a quick retrospective on the first half of the season.
Andre, let me borrow your garnet glasses sometime.
— Andre Lyon (@klepto2klub) October 10, 2016
I found your new phone background!
— Charles Bloom (@CharlesBloomSC) October 10, 2016
Does this mean Sean Kelly is the next great SEC quarterback?
Sean Kelly had more yards passing last week than Jacob Eason had yesterday. What a wacky world!
— TRC (@RubrChickens) October 10, 2016
The Non-Rev Report
- Freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week just a week after earning Freshman of the Week honors.
- The Gamecocks softball team had 14 players named 2015-16 NFCA Scholar-Athletes.
- After helping lead the men’s soccer team to a seven-game unbeaten streak, sophomore forward Bjorn Gudjonsson was named C-USA Offensive Player Of The Week.
- The men’s soccer team’s aforementioned streak was actually a six-game winning streak before Monday’s 0-0 draw against FIU. Impressive nonetheless.
What’s Behind The Gamecocks’ Recent Run Of Bad Luck? My Top 3 Theories
- The new indoor practice facility was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
- Kurt Roper mistook the Book of the Dead for the offensive playbook and accidentally read an incantation summoning Daer Noitpo, the ancient deity of option-read plays that go for negative yards.
- Sir Big Spur actually passed away this summer and was subsequently reanimated thanks to dark magic or Wicca sorcery a la Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (great movie, but a frustrating, intentionally misspelled title).
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Carolina football fans, so let’s shine the light on a happier time. A time almost exactly four years ago when Gamecocks all over the country were reveling in a 35-7 thrashing of the Bulldogs. In a night full of highlights, Ace Sanders’ electric punt return stole the show.