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South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is a leader on the field and in the weight room.

The strongest Gamecock, plus 2 more players named to award watch lists

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South Carolina strength

According to South Carolina QB Jake Bentley, TE Hayden Hurst is the strongest player on the team.

“You can just look at Hayden [Hurst] and tell he’s the strongest,” Bentley told reporters. “He looks like Thor or something.”

Watch lists

Redshirt senior LB Skai Moore was named to the Butkus Award watch list on Monday, according to Gamecocks Online.

Not to be outdone, WR Deebo Samuel earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award watch list. Now in its eighth season of existence, the Hornung Award honors the nation’s most versatile player.

Creating Butkus buzz

Top South Carolina linebacker targets Dax Hollifield and Channing Tindall both landed on the 2017 Butkus Award high school watch list.

Hollifield and Tindall are two of the top recruits left on South Carolina’s board for the Class of 2018.

Running back recap

Class of 2019 RB Aidan Robbins was among those prospects on campus last weekend, visiting with coach Will Muschamp and his staff.

“What stood out to me is that it’s football country and that’s what they like to do down there. They’ve got the best of the best; the facilities are second to none,” Robbins told SEC Country. “The stadium is the best, one of the best stadiums I’ve ever seen.”

Safety ready to return

Three-star 2018 safety Israel Mukuamu will return to Columbia for another visit on Friday, just days before announcing his commitment the following Monday.

The Berkeley, S.C., standout is down to four finalists: South Carolina, Florida State, Indiana and Oklahoma State.

Elite eight

South Carolina made the cut for 4-star Class of 2018 PF Jermaine Harris. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native unveiled his top eight schools on Twitter on Monday night.

Shining on the international stage

Point guard Tyasha Harris, a rising sophomore for the Lady Gamecocks, did a little bit of everything in the USA Women’s U19 Team’s 84-72 win against Spain in its exhibition opener on Monday night.

Harris posted 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in 24 minutes of action.

Robbing Aaron Judge

Former South Carolina OF Jackie Bradley Jr. was spectacular in robbing New York Yankees’ All-Star Aaron Judge of a home run on Sunday night.

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