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Tight end Hayden Hurst is one of three players representing South Carolina at SEC Media Days.

Sports Illustrated checks in on a Gamecocks legend, plus South Carolina contingent prepares for SEC Media Days

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A Gamecocks legend

Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated profiled former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore as part of the Where Are They Now? series.

“To know Marcus Lattimore is to know one of the most well-liked people in South Carolina,” writes Jones. “He was the state’s top player and nation’s top running back who stayed in-state for college and played three hard-fought, heartbreaking seasons without any off-field controversy.”

Do yourself a favor and check out the piece: Marcus Lattimore is coaching mere miles from the site of his gruesome career-ending injury

SEC Media Days reminder

The South Carolina contingent (Will Muschamp, QB Jake Bentley, TE Hayden Hurst and WR Deebo Samuel) steps up to the podium at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

Be sure to follow SEC Country: South Carolina group on Twitter for updates: Hale McGranahan, Mike Wilson and the official @SECCountrySC.

Wanted: Pass rush

With the 2016 team leader in sacks Darius English graduating, the Gamecocks are counting on an inexperienced, but promising group to get after the quarterback this season.

MORE: Searching for answers at defensive end

SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan has an in-depth look at the defensive line depth chart and projects who might step up this fall.

Gamecocks in CB’s top 4

Three-star CB Steven Gilmore Jr. unveiled his top 4 schools on Wednesday, with the Gamecocks making the cut, along with Georgia, Louisville and North Carolina.

MORE: South Carolina makes top 4 for talented defensive back Steven Gilmore Jr. 

Gilmore is the younger brother of former South Carolina standout and current New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore.

In-state QB talks Gamecocks

Only a rising sophomore, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School’s Luke Doty has already caught the eye of major college programs, with offers from Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and North Carolina.

South Carolina hosted the talented athlete, who plays both quarterback and wide receiver, for camp in June.

MORE: Myrtle Beach sophomore Luke Doty details recruitment by South Carolina 

“Basically, what they said is they want to offer, but they just need to see me play at the varsity level,” Doty said of the Gamecocks’ pursuit. “What we kind of talked about when we were up there last was whether I can be offered as an athlete or just as a quarterback and whether that would affect me in recruiting.

The champs are here

The national champion Lady Gamecocks arrived in style to the ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The team was one of the nominees for the Best Team award, ultimately losing out to the Golden State Warriors.

Former Gamecocks TE wins ESPY

Former South Carolina TE Jared Cook took home the ESPY for Best Play for his incredible catch in the Green Bay Packers’ Divisional Round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. Cook’s sideline snag set up the game-winning field goal.

Praise for new baseball coach

Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com is a fan of new South Carolina head baseball coach Mark Kingston’s hires  – especially his latest move to bring in Houston’s Trip Couch as Director of Player Personnel.

Flying high

LB Bryson Allen-Williams has quickly become my favorite player to follow on Twitter.