South Carolina picked as SEC’s surprise team, another impressive stat from Jake Bentley, and more
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Don’t sleep on the Gamecocks
Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports picked South Carolina as his surprise team in the SEC this season.
“South Carolina enters 2017 with a good, young quarterback in Jake Bentley, a proven defender in linebacker Skai Moore and a winnable division,” writes Kercheval. “It’ll be a longshot for South Carolina to take the SEC East, but don’t be surprised if they’re in the running.”
More Jake Bentley buzz
Bentley posted the highest adjusted completion percentage among all freshmen quarterbacks in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus College. The sophomore signal caller was also No. 1 in the SEC.
Just 4 days from football – here are the returning leaders who saw the highest adjusted completion percentage last season. pic.twitter.com/pxGjZCfWjV
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) August 22, 2017
After having his redshirt pulled halfway through the season, Bentley started seven games for the Gamecocks in 2016. He completed 65.8 percent of his passes, for 1,420 yards, 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Jamyest Williams’ impact
CBS Sports’ Barton Simmons tabbed cornerback Jamyest Williams as the Gamecocks’ breakout freshman this fall.
“There are few prospects in the Class of 2017 that are more instinctive than Williams and that should serve him well early in his career,” writes Simmons.
Williams was the highest rated prospect in the South Carolina’s 2017 class. The Loganville, Ga., native was ranked No. 76 overall in the 247Sports composite.
South Carolina’s future QB targets
Hale McGranahan of SEC Country looks ahead to see which Class of 2019 quarterbacks the Gamecocks might be interested in.
The list is highlighted by 4-star Garrett Shrader, the first 2019 quarterback South Carolina offered. The Charlotte, N.C., native already has offers from Alabama, Louisville, Tennessee and more.
The Gamecocks are evaluating a number of prospects from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Lady Gamecocks release SEC schedule
The defending national champion South Carolina women’s basketball team unveiled its conference schedule for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday.
The Lady Gamecocks SEC season is highlighted by a Feb. 5 trip to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will surely have revenge on their mind. South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 67-55 on April 2 to win the program’s first national championship.
Final Four run impacts freshman class
Thanks to the “basketball bounce” from the men’s basketball team’s run to the Final Four last April, South Carolina welcomed a record-breaking freshman class of 5,800 to campus on Tuesday, according to Avery G. Wilks of The State.
South Carolina Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Scott Verzyl told The State he believes the Gamecocks’ March Madness run “could have tipped the scales” for undecided high school seniors looking at the school.
Hard work pays off
South Carolina walk-on defensive back Javon Charleston got some good news on Tuesday night.
Coach Will Muschamp informed the redshirt sophomore that he had earned a scholarship.
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) August 23, 2017
Charleston, a former wide receiver, is perhaps best remember for his performance in the 2016 Garnet & Black Spring Game, catching 4 passes for 54 yards. He converted to defensive back during fall preseason camp in 2016.
The Gurnee, Ill., native played in every game last season, primarily on special teams. He was named Special Teams Player of the Game following South Carolina’s 31-21 win over Missouri last season.
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