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Multiple Gamecocks earn All-SEC Freshman honors
Finally, the Gamecocks’ legion of talented freshmen gets its collective due.
South Carolina didn’t land a player on the All-SEC Freshman team voted on by the league’s coaches. But the Gamecocks had a handful of representatives on Athlon Sports’ All-SEC Freshman team.
WR Bryan Edwards was named to Athlon Sports’ first-team All-Freshman SEC, with RB Rico Dowdle, DE D.J. Wonnum and RB A.J. Turner all making the second team.
If the baby Gamecocks continue to progress, I’m looking forward to an All-Gamecocks All-Sophomore SEC team. That’s a thing, right?
Charlie Strong to South Florida
Source: Charlie Strong expected to be next coach at South Florida. Sides closing in on a 5-year contract.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 11, 2016
The Gamecocks’ Birmingham Bowl opponent wasn’t without a coach for long.
It was reported on Sunday that South Florida has hired Charlie Strong as its next head coach.
“Strong takes over the Bulls with an overall record of 53-37 between stops at both Texas and the University of Louisville, where he won the now-defunct Big East in both 2011 and 2012, notably defeating Florida in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.”
The coach of that Florida team Strong defeated? Will Muschamp.
Strong’s defensive acumen could present some challenges to the offensively challenged Gamecocks. Alas, lucky for Carolina, it’s being reported Strong will not coach the Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl.
Decision day upcoming for two Gamecocks targets
JUCO DB Kaleb Chalmers is set to choose between Ole Miss and Carolina on Monday or Tuesday. Signing the former Clemson player would be a huge boost for the Gamecocks, particularly their secondary.
Carolina already had major success in 2015 with a JUCO corner in Mark King, adding Chalmers to the mix could help make up for lost depth with Jordan Diggs and Chaz Elder graduating.
“… being able to be coached by Coach Muschamp, a pure defensive guy, that’s pretty strong,” Chalmers’ JUCO coach Benji Parker told The State’s Phil Kornblut. “I know he really likes Coach Robinson and Coach Muschamp, I’ve heard him say that.”
The nation’s No. 10 JUCO player overall, CB Keisean Nixon, also will make his pick this week.
The Compton, Calif., native is set to pick either the Gamecocks or Tennessee.
Final 2 Schools
— ? (@keiseannixon) December 11, 2016
In case you missed it
- South Carolina offensive linemen drafted in Shawn Elliott’s tenure
- Predicting South Carolina’s next All-SEC player
- The State has a Q&A with new Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott.
- Men’s basketball can’t wait to play in Madison Square Garden on Monday night, from The Big Spur.
- RB C.J. Freeman had successful ACL surgery on his right leg.
Thanking god for the successful surgery! I know he has a plan and purpose for me???? pic.twitter.com/TCdpIyddtx
— CJ Freeman (@WhoThat_CJ) December 9, 2016
Women’s basketball bounces back
After having a week to think about its first loss of the season (a 74-63 defeat on Dec. 4 at Duke), the women’s basketball team bounced back with a 98-58 win against Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. The victory included 16 (!) 3-pointers from the Gamecocks.
“It had been a long, grueling road trip against three tough opponents, and for USC head coach Dawn Staley, it was just what the doctor ordered to start the last leg of nonconference play.
The No. 6 Gamecocks started the game on a 15-0 run, stretched it even further with an 18-0 run in the second quarter and sped away with a 98-58 win over Minnesota at Colonial Life Arena.”
Redshirt-junior guard Kaela Davis led the way with 22 points off the bench.
The No. 6 Gamecocks are 50-1 at home during the last four seasons.
— GamecockWBB (@GamecockWBB) December 11, 2016
Finally fully healthy, former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been a force this season.
Clowney showed off his speed and athleticism on Sunday, beating former Clemson TE Dwayne Allen on the edge to record a critical sack/fumble.
"LOOK OUT FOR CLOWNEY!!!"
— NFL (@NFL) December 11, 2016
I was getting sick of hearing folks start to label the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 a bust.
Clowney is tied for fifth in the league in tackles for loss with 12.
Some schadenfreude to start your week:
It was a close one, but Deshaun will officially tie my 90 year old grandmother for total Heisman trophies (0)
— jorhay (@jorhay) December 11, 2016
Jamyest Williams’ Punt-Return Skills: Ace Sanders Level
South Carolina commit Jamyest Williams with the punt return pic.twitter.com/XIrLlJwHFy
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) December 11, 2016
That’s South Carolina’s name on the marquee
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) December 11, 2016