COLUMBIA, S.C. – Collin Mackie’s run as South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer is about to end.
The record, which he set in 1990, has survived almost 26 seasons, several of which were some of the best in program history.
Senior kicker Elliott Fry needs two more points to pass Mackie’s 330-point mark, which was set with 72 field goals and 114 extra-points.
“I knew he was going to break it this year. He’s been a solid kicker for the Gamecocks, for four years … it’s been there 26 years, that’s a pretty long time,” Mackie said. “Had a great run with it, lots of fun, but it’s time to pass it on to him, so congratulations to him. I know he’ll do well.”
That’s the plan for Fry, who hopes to pursue a career in the NFL at the end of this season. With another semester to go before graduation, football is the only profession he’s considering, for now.
“If the NFL works out for 20 years, that would be awesome, but then I’d probably be looking at doing something different when I was 40 as opposed to maybe not making it or getting in for a couple of years and then coming out,” he said. “I haven’t thought too much about it. I’m focused on making the NFL. If that doesn’t work, I will come back and finish my degree.”
Given his track record, he’s bound to get a look. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp doesn’t hesitate when Fry’s got a chance to build his resume.
“He’s a guy that I’ve got a lot of confidence in,” Muschamp said. “I go into pregame and I ask Elliott, ‘Where do you feel good from?’ And he says, going into the tunnel, I feel good at the 35, going this way, I feel good from the 38.
“So I know right then I don’t even worry about it anymore. There’s no discussion about it anymore on the headsets, just that’s where we are.”
For Muschamp, it’s one less thing to worry about on game day, which is every coach’s dream.
“I’ve been in that other situation where you’re worried about whether you can get it through the uprights for an extra-point,” Muschamp said.
Fry doesn’t think that will be an issue when he leaves.
“We have a pretty good freshman kicker in Alex Woznick who will probably be playing next year,” he said. “He’ll have four years with a really progressive team that’s probably going to be really good the next four years.”
The senior marketing major from Frisco, Texas, entered the season with 289 points, 42 shy of Mackie’s record.
Now a banker and a father of two, Mackie plans to ride down from Greenville for the Missouri game, just as he does for nearly every game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Mackie said he has plenty of good memories there, several of them made during his four-year career.
“I look back on it, what an awesome time it was, how fortunate I was to be a part of all of that. We had good teams back then. We went to two bowls, could have gone to a third, but we declined,” he said. “It was a great time, great people that I’ve met over the years. I’m just thankful God gave me an opportunity to be a part of it.”