How Javon Kinlaw can have a huge impact on South Carolina’s defense
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“Obviously, being here in May, you’ve got a whole other month to train, along with the eight-week program that we’ll put him through in June and July,” South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said of incoming JUCO DL Javon Kinlaw. “That’s the most critical thing right now, just to get in the best physical condition you can be in, to be able to sustain, especially a big body early in the season.”
Muschamp surely has big plans for highly regarded JUCO signee Javon Kinlaw — but before he hits the field, Coach “Boom” wants to see Kinlaw in top shape.
For a team desperate for a pass rush, Kinlaw represents much more than just a promising Signing Day coup.
The 6-foot-6 lineman has the ability to transform the South Carolina defensive — not individually, but rather his impact could be far reaching.
An increased pass rush frees up the linebackers (Skai Moore and Bryson Allen-Williams) to make plays in space and allows the defensive backs to play less on an island with the receivers and more on the ball — all hopefully leading to more turnovers.
Bentley heads to camp
South Carolina QB Jake Bentley got the invite of his young college career last week when he was chosen to be a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy.
“Archie [Manning] had recently placed a call to South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp for Bentley’s availability for the camp and Muschamp had glowing words to say about his young quarterback,” writes Connor Riley.
PJ Dozier goes the distance
Former South Carolina PG PJ Dozier made the most of his 5-on-5 opportunity at the NBA combine on Friday …
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 12, 2017
As if PJ Dozier hadn’t already solidified himself as a South Carolina hoops luminary, the point guard gushed when asked about his former head coach, Frank Martin, and the Gamecocks’ basketball program while at the combine …
“It’s all about believing in him,” Dozier said when asked about Martin. “Just check the résumé. Check the résumé, statistics don’t lie. You check his résumé, no matter where he went, he was successful.”
The former 5-star prospect talked up Martin’s approach when pitching big-time recruits on the USC program.
“He’s a great father figure and a better coach,” Dozier continued.
‘What a rushhhhh’
Note: This needs to play at Williams-Brice whenever Darius Rush makes a big catch for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina WR commit Darius Rush was one of several pledges to make waves at the state track meet over the weekend.
“The junior from Kingstree, S.C., took home the 2017 [triple jump] title with a jump of 46 feet, 1 inch,” reported Hale McGranahan. “It was the third individual state title of his track career at C.E. Murray High School.”
Rush committed to the Gamecocks on Feb. 27 over offers from Charlotte, Old Dominion and Miami (Ohio).
‘We’re going streaking!’
South Carolina baseball has now dropped a staggering seven straight SEC series.
South Carolina went from 1998-2014, 17 years, without losing 7 SEC series in a season. USC has now lost 7 SEC series 2 times in past 3 years
— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) May 14, 2017
Well, if there’s a silver lining, the Gamecocks can still finish at .500 in conference play! All they have to do is sweep UGA in Columbia next weekend!
I don’t know who, or what, “Ram Man” is — but I like that idea that he’s Cory Helms …
If Ram Man played OL in the SEC:
South Carolina guard Cory Helms pic.twitter.com/yHWVVBJ3fv
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) May 14, 2017
Former Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney took in the Astros’ game on Saturday, sporting a very slick Texans baseball jersey …
Me and my boy. pic.twitter.com/KVdfNqkFbf
— jadeveon clowney 7 (@clownejd) May 14, 2017