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South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp will have his turn at the podium on Thursday at SEC Media Days.

Previewing Will Muschamp at SEC Media Days, national writer likes Gamecocks as SEC East sleeper, and more

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Predicting questions for Will Muschamp at SEC Media Days

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp steps up to the podium at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

MORE: Ridiculous SEC Media Day questions for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp

For every good question Muschamp will be asked, there will likely be a handful of ridiculous ones. SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan took a crack at forecasting a few of those off-the-wall questions, including this gem:

You and Frank Martin in a tag-team match with Dabo Swinney and Brad Brownell. What happens?

SEC Network host likes the Gamecocks

SEC Nation co-host Marcus Spears is impressed with the Gamecocks’ collection of playmakers.

“From a skill-position standpoint, they have one of the best teams in the conference,” Spears told TheState.com at SEC Media Days on Tuesday.

Sleeper pick

“If you had to have a trendy, sleeper pick to win the SEC East, mine would be South Carolina,” Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman told Josh Kendall of The State on Tuesday at SEC Media Days.

Feldman went on to praise the Gamecocks offense, calling QB Jake Bentley “the most underrated quarterback in the conference.”


South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst earned a spot on 247Sports preseason All-SEC team, released on Tuesday.

Hurst caught 48 passes for for 616 yards and 1 touchdown in 2016.

Delayed decisions?

Both 4-star CB Jaycee Horn and 3-star ATH Bryce Thompson announced earlier this week they may delay their respective decisions.

Horn, thought to be choosing between South Carolina and Alabama, said Tennessee has upped their game as of late.

Thompson, a former Virginia Tech commit, is reportedly down to South Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. Schoolwork pending, the Irmo, S.C., native planned to announce his new pick on July 30, but may push it back if need be, he told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut.

Learning the safety dance

Three-star South Carolina commit RJ Roderick is learning the ropes at the safety position, while still planning to take snaps at quarterback this season for Cane Bay High School in Summerville, S.C.

MORE: RJ Roderick begins transition from quarterback to safety 

Projected to play in the defensive backfield at the next level, Roderick hopes to log more time on that side of the ball this fall.

“I think the amount of defense that I play just really depends on my coaches,” he said. “It will be heavier this year, though. I’m expecting more time with the head coach who is also the defensive backs coach, just learning coverages. That way, when I’m called upon, I’m extremely confident in whatever I’m doing.”

Justin Smoak: All Star

Former South Carolina standout Justin Smoak made his MLB All Star Game debut on Tuesday night, starting at first base for the American League. He singled to right field in his only at-bat, off Philadelphia pitcher Pat Neshek in the second inning

Before the game, Smoak had a fun little exchange with a familiar face from the Palmetto State, WCIV in Charleston Sports Director Scott Eisberg.

Bryson Allen-Williams disagrees

South Carolina LB Bryson Allen Williams takes issue with the Gamecocks’ latest roster sheet, listing him at 6 feet.

We hear you, Bryson.