Previewing the Vanderbilt offense; plus, how Jake Bentley spent his bye week
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Will Muschamp talks Vanderbilt
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Tuesday to preview the Gamecocks’ upcoming game against Vanderbilt this Saturday.
Muschamp called the Commodores an “experienced, veteran” football team, led by two talented upperclassmen in their offensive backfield: running back Ralph Webb and quarterback Kyle Shurmur.
Webb “runs the ball extremely hard,” said Muschamp, while Vanderbilt’s junior quarterback “is playing extremely well this year.”
Shurmur has an impressive 14-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio while completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,331 yards through seven games.
Jake Bentley works on accuracy
South Carolina QB Jake Bentley spent part of the Gamecocks’ bye week cleaning up his footwork in an effort to improve his accuracy.
“A lot of times, we kind of saw through film, feet just getting out of whack for no reason,” Bentley said. “Just trying to move too much in the pocket, so we just worked on real subtle movements in the pocket and keeping my feet ready to throw and just delivering a good ball.”
The sophomore quarterback has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,585 yards, 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this season.
Sadarius Hutcherson praises O-line depth
With offensive linemen Zack Bailey and Cory Helms returning to the lineup, redshirt freshman guard Sadarius Hutcherson has moved back to the second team.
Instead of sulking about losing his spot in the starting lineup, Hutcherson instead sees the silver lining, noting the “real good” amount of depth the unit’s developed.
“I feel like, since a lot of people got that experience and everything, I feel like it’s going to carry on for years now,” the 6-foot-4 guard told the media on Tuesday.
Dakereon Joyner has what it takes
According to Hale McGranahan of SEC Country, 4-star QB and South Carolina commit Dakereon Joyner “has the makeup and skill set to have a successful quarterback career” for the Gamecocks.
McGranahan also noted that there’s already quarterback in the Palmetto State Joyner reminds him of: Clemson’s Kelly Bryant.
“Much like Bryant did through his high school years, Joyner has progressed as a passer, improving from one season to the next,” McGranahan wrote. “That, to me, should make South Carolina fans even more excited about what [they] could be in store [for].”
4-star CB coming to Columbia Saturday
Samuel, the son of former NFL CB Asante Samuel, has been committed to the Seminoles since April. He’s rated as the No. 98 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
Louisville commit set for visit
“I know coach [Lance] Thompson is great at getting defensive linemen to the next level,” Jackson said. “Coach Muschamp is a great defensive coach and they’ve been successful in recent years.”
The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native is rated as the No. 40 strong-side defensive end in 2018 by 247Sports.
Need a boost to get through the second half of the workweek? Look no further than redshirt sophomore RB Mon Denson and his attitude toward perseverance on the practice field.
The hard work has already paid off. After RB Rico Dowdle went down with a leg injury in the first half of the Tennessee game, Denson was forced into action, carrying the ball 4 times for 14 yards. He’s now listed as the team’s third-string running back.
It took almost 2.5 seasons for Mon Denson to get his first carry at South Carolina. In this day and age, this was pretty refreshing to hear pic.twitter.com/1GnOcuUKcl
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_SECcountry) October 24, 2017
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