Gamecocks prepare for No. 19 Florida; former Gamecock earns Pro Bowl nod
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Gamecocks prepare for Part I of big week
The first game of the Gamecocks’ back-to-back Top 25 matchups happens Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena.
The No. 24 Gamecocks (14-3, 4-0) will host No. 19 Florida for the first Top 25 game at CLA since 2004.
If the Gamecocks are to go 2-0 over this stretch, their stingy defense will have to be the main reason.
“I always tell everybody give as much effort as you can,” senior guard Sindarius Thornwell told the media on Tuesday. “The only thing we can really control is our effort. That’s really on defense. If we guard and do as much as we can on defense, I think that will give us a chance at the end of the game to be in a situation where we can win.”
Designated as a blackout for fans, the most highly anticipated game at CLA in recent memory tips off at 6:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday.
Baseball commit passes away
Some upsetting news out of Lexington.
Brett Williams, a sophomore at White Knoll High School, passed away from unknown causes suddenly on Tuesday afternoon.
The first baseman had committed to the Gamecocks less than two weeks ago, on Jan. 5.
Head coach Chad Holbrook, along with countless other Gamecocks and baseball fans, offered their condolences throughout the day.
Go rest high #22
— Chad Holbrook (@cholbrook2) January 17, 2017
Hale McGranahan has more details on the sad situation.
Baseball ranked again
The Gamecocks again find themselves in prime preseason position — coming in at No. 4 in D1 Baseball’s Top 25 poll.
It is the third time the Gamecocks have been ranked in the top 5 by an organization preseason. South Carolina was ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game and No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball.
Expectations are high for Holbrook’s team this season, especially after it was unceremoniously bounced from the NCAA tournament last season after being swept at home by Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals.
Stewart going to Pro Bowl
Former South Carolina DB Darian Stewart earned his first Pro Bowl nod on Tuesday.
Denver’s “No Fly Zone,” will actually be well-represented in Orlando. Stewart will play alongside cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., as well as outside linebacker Von Miller. Together, Denver’s defense was the only team to allow fewer than 200 passing yards per game.
Stewart played the linebacker/safety “Spur” position for the Gamecocks from 2006-09.
The hard-hitting Huntsville, Ala., native was a pivotal part of the foundation built by Steve Spurrier in the years prior to the success of the 2010-13 teams.
Stewart was known as the jack-of-all-trades on the Gamecocks defense — creating turnovers in the secondary while still providing run support and causing havoc in the backfield.
From undrafted to Super Bowl champ to the Pro Bowl, major congrats to this former Gamecock.
More from Orth
SEC Country’s Mike Wilson spoke with former Gamecocks QB Perry Orth about his post-playing career venture, QB1 Athletics.
“I’m fired up,” Orth told SEC Country. “It’s really good knowing that I can help motivate the next generation of quarterbacks coming up.”
Orth will pull from years of experience and tutelage under proven offensive minds such as Spurrier and Kurt Roper.
The quarterback cited his work in helping bring freshmen signal callers Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley up to speed as sparking his interest in training.
In case you missed it
— Gamecock M. Soccer (@GamecockMSoccer) January 17, 2017
- With an eye on adding flexibility to South Carolina OL, Eric Douglas takes up yoga.
- Frank Martin and Gamecocks inspired by Rhodes Scholar Jory Fleming, from The Daily Gamecock.
- The Big Spur previews the way-too-early opening line for the South Carolina vs. N.C. State tilt in Week 1 of next season.
- Gamecocks Central looks at WR commit Shi Smith’s big leap in the Rivals 250 for 2017.
The Vine app officially became the Vine Camera on Tuesday. Let’s give it the proper send-off with a flying Michigan helmet …
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 16, 2017