Will Muschamp talks win over Louisiana Tech; plus, another South Carolina player out for season
Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here.
Will Muschamp on South Carolina’s 17-16 win against Louisiana Tech
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp spoke with reporters following the Gamecocks’ 17-16 win against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
“Sloppy with the ball. We put the ball on the ground 3 times and lost 1,” Muschamp said. “Self-inflicted wounds. … We’re going to have a hard time overcoming those things. Hat’s off to the defense and the effort that they had.”
Muschamp praised his team’s attitude in the face of adversity.
“Very gutty performance by our guys,” he said. “They fought their tails off. Down 13-0 going into the fourth quarter. There weren’t a lot of positive things going on and our guys fought through it. The culture of our football team is outstanding.”
Parker White wins it
Redshirt freshman kicker Parker White was 0 for 4 this season, with 2 misses earlier in the day, when he lined up for a potential game-winning 31-yard kick against Louisiana Tech.
All the freshman did was play it cool and kick right down the middle to lead the Gamecocks to a 17-16 win.
“The first half didn’t go the way I wanted to. I didn’t make my kicks,” White told reporters after the game. “The biggest thing as a kicker is you’ve got to forget about the previous kicks and move on to the next one. That’s what I did and I was fortunate enough to make it, thanks to all of my teammates and thanks to God and coaches, everyone that just got me here.”
Quarterback Jake Bentley, one of White’s roommates, was impressed with his teammate’s fight and perseverance in spite of his early miscues.
“[White] kept his confidence and he kept battling, and I think he kind of epitomizes today what it took for us to win,” Bentley said. “He just kept battling through adversity and found a way to get it done. That’s what he did and that’s what he did at the end of the game in a big moment.”
Bryson Allen-Williams out for season
South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, Muschamp told reporters after the game on Saturday.
“This is something that kind of came up in practice, actually Tuesday — non-contact,” Muschamp said. “The shoulder kept bothering him. We went back and did a different exam on his shoulder and he’s going to have to have surgery. We kind of finalized that on Friday.”
Allen-Williams later announced on Twitter that he planned to use his redshirt and return next season.
The junior linebacker posted 10 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception through the first three games.
Where do the Gamecocks rank in the SEC?
Though they improved to the 3-1 with a win on Saturday, the Gamecocks slid from No. 10 to No. 11 in the latest 2017 SEC Country Power Poll.
South Carolina was ranked as high as No. 8 in at least one poll, and as low as No. 13 in another.
The Gamecocks’ next opponent, Texas A&M, is ranked No. 8 in the latest power poll.
South Carolina bit by injury bug
The Gamecocks have been hit with an excess of injuries, even beyond the loss of Allen-Williams and wide receiver Deebo Samuel for the season.
Starting right tackle Zack Bailey will be out against Texas A&M, missing his second game in a row with an ankle injury. Running back Rico Dowdle and right guard Cory Helms are both dealing with injuries suffered against Louisiana Tech.
“We don’t think it’s extremely serious,” Muschamp said of Helms. “It’s more of an Achilles than it is an ankle sprain. We think he’ll be day to day.”
Though he missed the game against Louisiana Tech, senior defensive end Dante Sawyer should “be fine” to play against Texas A&M, according to Muschamp.
Skip Holtz discusses return to South Carolina
Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz, an assistant at South Carolina from 1999-2004, enjoyed returning to Columbia, despite leaving with a loss.
“It was neat to come back in here and see so many familiar faces,” Holtz told reporters after the game. “We have made life-long friends that we had the opportunity to catch up with a little bit. To see all of the people that are still here from when I left 13 years ago, to see all of the incredible changes Ray Tanner has made to the stadium and the surrounding area, it’s truly an incredible job that he has done. This is a special place with incredible facilities, but it is the people that make this place special.”
Holtz is in his fifth season at Louisiana Tech, having led the Bulldogs to 9 wins each of the last three seasons.
Checking in on South Carolina’s commits
A number of South Carolina’s Class of 2018 commits had standout performances for their respective teams over the weekend, highlighted by 4-star QB Dakereon Joyner.
“Fort Dorchester High School, led by 4-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner, defeated James Island [S.C.], 70-6,” reported SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “Joyner accounted for 5 touchdowns, with 170 yards passing and 94 yards rushing.”
South Carolina RB Ty’Son Williams turned on the jets in a 35-yard touchdown run against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Attack the day like Williams bursts through the line.
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) September 24, 2017
Craving more Chicken & Waffles? Get your fix with previous versions here.