South Carolina had its share of big-time offensive plays and game-changing defensive plays this season. But the play of the year for the Gamecocks came on special teams.
Elliott Fry kicked a 55-yard field goal in the season opener for South Carolina, giving the Gamecocks their signature play in Week 1.
With 41 seconds to play against Vanderbilt, Fry stepped up to attempt the 55-yard field goal. He had plenty of distance, splitting the uprights easily to give South Carolina 13-10 lead, which the defense would hold as the Gamecocks left with a victory in Will Muschamp’s first game as the South Carolina head coach.
Fry said he was “locked in” prior to heading out to boot the long field goal, knowing the game was on the line.
“I had total confidence he was going to hit the thing,” Muschamp said. “The guy’s really good. He has been a good kicker for a long time.”
The kick was a career-long for the senior, who would go on to break the school record for most points scored later in the season.
On Thursday, Fry announced that he would be available to train kickers in the Columbia area in the course of the coming months with his USC career behind him.
Fry set the all-time scoring record with an extra point against Missouri, giving him 331 points in his career and breaking Collin Mackie’s record of 330.
Fry finished with 70 points in the 2016 season, giving him 359 in his four-year career. He had a career-high 105 as a sophomore in 2014. He was 13 of 17 on field-goal attempts in 2016, hitting all 31 of his extra-point attempts as well.
Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams’ leaping interception in the Birmingham Bowl was picked as the defensive play of the year, topping the top 5 list. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards’ diving touchdown in the Birmingham Bowl was the top offensive play of the season.