Sound Off: Grading the Gamecocks after beating Vols, going into bye week

Hale McGranahan

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coming off a big road win against Tennessee, South Carolina is riding high into the bye week. Mike Chapman joins SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan to look back at the first seven games of the 2017 season in this edition of Zaxby’s Sound Off.

South Carolina heads into the bye week on a good note

South Carolina won an ugly game in Knoxville, and that’s all that matters as the Gamecocks head into the open week with a record of 5-2 and 3-2 in the SEC. (:18)

Offensively, South Carolina started slow, but the Gamecocks finished with authority, running the ball at will late in the second half against Tennessee. (1:32)

What was the turning point for South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon? Parker White’s 47-yard field goal. Considering how inconsistent the redshirt freshman walk-on had been at that distance, it was a huge make. (2:18)

Once again, South Carolina suffered another significant injury to a player at a critical position: Sophomore running back Rico Dowdle. (2:45)

Fortunately for the Gamecocks, sophomores Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner have been productive at the running back position. Plus, there’s an emerging option in Mon Denson, who has been elevated from fourth string to third. (4:18)

The culture of the program is showing up in South Carolina’s ability to bounce back from critical injuries to Deebo Samuel, Zack Bailey and Bryson Allen-Williams. (4:58)

What is the bye week schedule for the Gamecocks? Days off, recruiting, practice and self-scouting are at the top of the to-do list for Will Muschamp & Co. (6:59)

Grading South Carolina’s offense. (8:59)

Grading South Carolina’s defense. (10:38)

Grading South Carolina’s special teams. (12:09)

Grading South Carolina’s coaching. (13:29)