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What They’re Saying: Notes From Muschamp’s Presser
In his weekly Tuesday meeting with the media, Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp offered little clarity about who will start behind center on Saturday.
I’ll let ABC Columbia’s Mike Gillespie summarize Muschamp’s comments on the QB situation with a brilliant pun …
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) October 19, 2016
The State’s Josh Kendall has a source who claims Jake Bentley could be “the best offensive player in the school’s history.” Kendall goes on to note the dangers of heaping such high expectations on a true freshman.
David Caraviello of The Post & Courier notes the offense’s lack of production has “led coaches to explore the one change they have yet to make.”
“Leaving camp, Perry (Orth) and Brandon (McIlwain) were ahead of Jake after training camp was over. As you continue to work through the season, we are not having the production we need to have offensively, and it’s not all on the quarterback. But at each position, you constantly evaluate if you make a change, is it going to make our football team better?” Muschamp said.
Ben Breiner from The State with a closer look at Muschamp’s comments about the offensive line.
“We’re just trying to find the best combination of guys we can find,” Muschamp said in the weekly teleconference on Sunday. “D.J. Park has repped at the left tackle and the guard position. He does give us some movement inside when he’s at guard.”
Former Gamecocks first baseman Justin Smoak is set to enter the USC Athletics Hall of Fame this year.
Though the Goose Creek native was a part of some special teams in Columbia from 2006 to 2008, it always bums me out to think he never made it Omaha. Can you imagine if Smoak arrived two years later and had been a part of the 2010 team? Yeesh.
“I grew up a Gamecock fan, and something that I always wanted to do was go to South Carolina to play baseball, and to be able to do that, be on good teams and be known nationally (is special),” Smoak said.
The two-time All-American isn’t losing any sleep about missing out on the College World Series. Smoak was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft and can be seen in the ALCS with the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s a well-deserved honor for one of my favorite Gamecocks on the diamond.
In Case You Missed It
- The State looks at Sidney Rice’s post-NFL career.
- The Big Spur scopes out the new signage in the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility.
- Players preview UMass with Gamecock Central.
- The Post & Courier on linebacker Larenz Bryant’s projected start against UMass.
As a South Carolina fan, the amount of audio analysis available to you each week is incredible. From lighthearted banter to in-depth analysis, there’s a podcast for every Carolina fan:
Locked on the Gamecocks Podcast: Easily one of my favorite listens every week. JC and Keith have this incredible rapport, with JC coming in from a pure journalist perspective and Keith as a true Carolina fan.
This episode, the two discuss what needs to happen for the Gamecocks to turn around their season.
— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) October 18, 2016
Gamecock Central Radio: Every time Wes Mitchell and Emerson Phillips record a podcast together, a Gamecock gets its wings. The Gamecock Central contributor and Columbia radio personality make quite the duo when it comes to covering the Gamecocks.
GCR sometimes can be a little on the short end, but the entertainment and info value always is high.
Carolina CrowLine: From VSporto and Gamecock Sports Radio, Tyler Garrett is fantastic on this one-man show. Garrett’s got the fun radio personality that makes a 45-minute commute significantly more enjoyable.
I’ll give you a hint what topic dominates the episode this week. It rhymes with “Bake Jentley.”
More recommended Carolina audio
- The media picked South Carolina’s women’s basketball team to win the SEC.
- A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates were named to the Preseason All-SEC Team.
- Wilson was tabbed as the SEC Preseason Player of the Year.
Former South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger lit up former Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake on Monday Night Football.
— ? Two Weeks ? (@YotesHereToStay) October 18, 2016
Alas, the play still didn’t make Swearinger’s top 3 of all time.
My favorite DJ things:
3) Penalty, penalty, pick-6, penalty
2) Ellington hit
1) That time he was watching film while getting a pedicure
— Connor Tapp (@MeetMeAtTapps) October 18, 2016
Y'all ain't even touched on the real controversy – BENTLEY DOESN'T THROW WITH THE LACES. pic.twitter.com/3blSasC0W1
— TRC (@RubrChickens) October 18, 2016
Top 5 Non-Jake Bentley Questions to Ask Muschamp
- Queso or guacamole?
- Have you ever been to Pavlov’s?
- Will John Cena ever turn heel?
- Sweet Caroline: Does it stay on the game-day playlist?