How explosive will South Carolina’s offense be in 2017? Plus two former Gamecocks shine in the MLB
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Are the Gamecocks setting up to be an offensive juggernaut? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but with QB Jake Bentley at the helm and an impressive wide receiver corps, the South Carolina offense could be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.
“The offense is the proven commodity,” writes The State’s David Cloninger. “As long as the line holds up, USC has the potential to knock opponents on their heels and put up enough points so the Gamecocks defense doesn’t have to be at its best right away.”
Barrett Sallee of Sirius XM and VSporto is another believer in the Gamecocks dangerous offense – saying the team is “set for a massive offensive turnaround in 2017.”
Peach State talent
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“Four-star Snellville-Brookwood wide receiver Matthew Hill (No. 17 in Georgia according to 247Sports) is the highest-rated target left for the Gamecocks,” writes Hale McGranahan of SEC Country. “Four-star Tucker wide receiver Josh Vann is a few spots back at No. 21. Alpharetta cornerback Jaycee Horn (23), Hampton-Dutchtown safety Trey Dean (27) and Stockbridge wide receiver Marquez Ezzard (28) are also rated as 4-star prospects.”
Two 2018 signal callers
With former quarterbacks Lorenzo Nunez and Brandon McIlwain both transferring from South Carolina following the 2016 season, the Gamecocks are looking to sign two quarterbacks from the Class of 2018.
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Four-star QB Dakereon Joyner is already on board, and 3-star QB Carter Bradley, son of former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, appears to be one of the top remaining options. According to 247Sports, Bradley already has several offers, including from Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
No. 1 returns
Look who was back on campus earlier this week, former South Carolina star and current Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery.
Into the night… pic.twitter.com/aAYwFoTbif
— Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) June 27, 2017
Solid on the mound
Former South Carolina LHP Jordan Montgomery has been spectacular in his rookie season with the New York Yankees. He has a 3.53 ERA in 14 starts.
After Monday's 6-5 win, Jordan Montgomery now leads all A.L. rookie starters in wins (6), innings pitched (81 2/3) & strikeouts (79). pic.twitter.com/jp7MbjsL9x
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 27, 2017
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and former South Carolina standout Justin Smoak is in the midst of his best pro season yet — batting .304 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI.
The Goose Creek, S.C., native is locked in a tight battle with Kansas City 1B Eric Hosmer for the American League All-Star team’s starting first baseman position.
Voting ends at midnight on Thursday so go vote for your fellow Gamecock.
🚨This Just-In! 🚨
Smoak is now in 2nd place & only 71,654 votes away!
— #SmoakTheVote (@BlueJays) June 26, 2017
Welcome (back) to the PGA Tour
Former South Carolina golfer Kyle Thompson is headed back to the PGA Tour for the third time. Thompson secured his tour card for next year after clinching a spot in the top 25 of the Web.com Tour money list on Sunday.
Didn't have my best stuff today but happy that I'm headed back to the @PGATOUR next year! Congrats to Adam Shenk on his win!
— Kyle Thompson (@KyleThompsonPGA) June 26, 2017
Thompson, who lives in Greenville, S.C., was a three-time All-American at South Carolina from 1999-2001, according to The State. He played on the PGA Tour in the 2008 and 2012 seasons.