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South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore returns to the field this season after missing all of the 2016 campaign with a neck injury.

Gamecocks LB Skai Moore returns; plus, honors for 2 South Carolina staff members

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Skai Moore is ready for more

South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore has not lost a step after redshirting last season.

“There’s been no falloff,” Moore said on Thursday. “I’m the same player — if not better — than the last time I stepped on the field, for sure, so just to prove there’s no falloff for me.”

Moore has led South Carolina in tackles every season he’s played.

The redshirt senior linebacker currently sits just outside the school’s all-time top 10 for tackles and is just 3 shy of tying the school-record of 14 interceptions.

Honor for Gamecocks staff

Two members of the South Carolina athletics staff were named to 247Sports‘ 30 Under 30 list on Thursday: Matt Lindsey and Justin King.

Lindsey joined the South Carolina football staff as director of player personnel in February 2017. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native oversees all recruiting services, including identifying prospects for the coaching staff. Prior to coming to Columbia, Lindsey worked in the pro and college scouting departments for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-17.

King was named associate athletics director for new and creative media in February 2017. The 2010 South Carolina grad is beloved among Gamecocks fans for the highlight videos he independently produced prior to joining the athletic department last year.

In his official role with the Gamecocks, King oversees all graphic/video content for athletics recruiting and messaging strategy for all sports.

4-star DE talks South Carolina visit

Four-star defensive end Latrell Jean took his first visit to Columbia last month.

“It was great. It felt like home. The whole staff, players, everything — it was fantastic,” Jean said of his visit with the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks were the first to offer the Class of 2019 prospect. The Lakeland (Fla.) High School standout also has an offer from Syracuse and has garnered interest from Florida, Miami and Penn State as well.

BJ McKie gets new gig

Former South Carolina basketball star BJ McKie is leaving his associate head coach position at Charleston Southern to take an assistant coach role at East Tennessee State, according to Scott Eisberg of WCIV in Charleston.

McKie is the Gamecocks’ all-time leading scorer with 2,119 total points from 1995-99. The Norfolk, Va., native was elected to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

McKie’s son, Justin, was a senior guard on the Gamecocks’ Final Four team last season.

Allisha Gray in the running for WNBA ROY

Former South Carolina women’s basketball star and current Dallas Wings G Allisha Gray is one of the leading candidates for the WNBA Rookie of the Year award, according to Michelle Smith of WNBA.com.

Gray was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. She is averaging 13.1 points and 27.8 minutes per game for the Wings. Smith calls the Wings guard’s award prospects “very good.”

Gray arrived at South Carolina as a transfer from North Carolina in 2015. After sitting out the 2015-16 season, she averaged 13 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in helping lead the Lady Gamecocks to a national championship.

Marcus Lattimore knows how to inspire

Looking for some Friday motivation? Look no further than former South Carolina football star Marcus Lattimore. The former All-America running back delivered a rousing pregame speech to the Heathwood Hall Highlanders on Thursday night. Watch the speech below, via The State.

Lattimore is a first-year coach at the Columbia private school. Thursday night was his first game of the season.

Will the real Jake Bentley please stand up?

South Carolina football posted a video on Twitter on Thursday featuring several players doing their best impressions of sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley.

Senior LB Bryson Allen-Williams stole the show with a hilarious nickname for Bentley at the end.

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