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South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp stole the show at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

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Young gunslingers

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley told reporters on Thursday he is in awe of his fellow young SEC quarterbacks.

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“There’s a lot of great quarterbacks in the SEC, a lot of great young guys,” the rising sophomore said. “It’s great to see their success and I really just try to learn from them, things that they do well. I try to talk to them.”

No offense to the defense

When asked why he didn’t bring any defensive players to SEC Media Days, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp had a surprisingly funny answer.

“But, honestly, the last time we brought our defensive guys to Birmingham, it didn’t go real good,” Muschamp joked.

Coming soon

Though JUCO CB Keisean Nixon, OT Jordon Carty and OT Jordan Rhodes have yet to arrive in Columbia, Muschamp expects all three to arrive in the coming weeks.

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The South Carolina coach told reporters on Thursday that the trio of “missing” 2017 signees should be with the team when they report on July 30.

‘My God, a freshman’

When asked who the fastest player on the team was, there was one constant in Bentley, WR Deebo Samuel and TE Hayden Hurst’s respective responses: Freshman WR Shi Smith.

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Speaking of freshmen

Smith, along with fellow wide receivers Chad Terrell and OrTre Smith, are just three of the freshmen skill position players the Gamecocks will be counting on in 2017.

Terrell’s already been turning heads in the weight room, according to Hurst.

Feels like home

Class of 2019 OT Chris Akporoghene enjoyed his time at camp with the Gamecocks in June.

“I really like South Carolina,” the 6-foot-5 tackle said. “It’s a cool place. It feels like home out there.”

Making an impact

Auburn S Tray Matthews remembers his time with Muschamp fondly, as the South Carolina coach served as Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2015.

“A lot of coaches haven’t played the game at the highest level, like he did at Georgia, and he’s just a great coach,” Matthews said. “He definitely helped me out a lot, too.”

The total package

Samuel’s do-everything versatility gets a lot of publicity, but his sure hands don’t receive enough love. The rising junior has the lowest drop rate among returning SEC receivers, according to Pro Football Focus College Football.

Greatest hits

Muschamp put on a show for the media on Thursday, passing on the boilerplate coach speak for something a little more exciting and different.

Coach was on fire today! 😂👌

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