At long, long last, the wait is over and the South Carolina football team will kick off its season this Saturday evening at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Below is a look at South Carolina's schedule this week as well as the media opportunities that we'll be covering at GamecockCentral.com:
Monday, September 21 - Practice No. 22
Tuesday, September 22 - Practice No. 23; Offensive and Defensive Players Zoom after practice; Will Muschamp Zoom conference - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, September 23 - Practice No. 24
Thursday, September 24 - Practice No. 25; Will Muschamp call-in show at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 25 - Walk-Thru
Here are a few notes heading into the week...
• While all of the Vegas lines aren't out yet, the consensus from the desert seems to be that the Gamecocks are slight underdogs against Tennessee in their opener. Carolina opened as a 2.5-point underdog to the Vols with most books now showing that line at 3 points.
• Heading into game week, most starting positions appear filled, but the Gamecocks are still looking for their second offensive tackle to start opposite Dylan Wonnum.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said on Friday that the position battle would go into this week. Jalen Nichols, Jaz Turnetine, Jakai Moore, Jordan Rhodes and Vershon Lee have all been in the mix there.
• South Carolina released its first Will Muschamp TV show of the season and while there wasn't much new in the episode that hasn't already been covered, Muschamp did confirm that freshman Kai Kroeger will be the team's starting punter. That was expected but is now official.
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Football: The plan for Burch early this season - If Will Muschamp’s said it once, he’s said it a thousand times: the closer your position is to the football, the harder it is to play as a freshman. (link)
What we learned: Week 5 of training camp - As the season gets closer, things are getting a little clearer, so GamecockCentral wanted to break down some things we learned in the final week of the preseason. (subscription)
The Recruiting Roundup: Could TID decide soon? - High school football is underway in many areas of the country and the Gamecocks are getting ready for their season, but that doesn't mean recruiting has stopped. Check out our rundown below. (link)
Football: Hilinski 'responded the right way' to QB decision - Collin Hill is getting the nod as South Carolina’s QB1, which mean Ryan Hilinski ultimately lost out on the job but Mike Bobo said the sophomore is handling it as well as possible. (link)
Football - Bobo: 'I like everything' about Eric Shaw - The Gamecocks don’t have many experienced guys on the roster—Nick Muse is the only one with over 10 catches—but one freshman in Eric Shaw is showing promise after missing some time early. (link)
Football Recruiting: Gamecock commitments in action over the weekend - Many of the South Carolina Gamecocks football verbal commitments saw high school action over the weekend. (link)
Football: Doty focusing at QB, going to be a 'Swiss Army Knife' this season - The Gamecock freshman playing three different positions in training camp hit a wall a few weeks ago, according to his offensive coordinator, and because of it the Gamecocks spent the last few days focusing on him at quarterback. (link)
Football - PFF analysis: what Collin Hill brings to the table - GamecockCentral went deep into Hill's Pro Football Focus stats to see what the Gamecocks' starter can bring to the table this year. (subscription)
Football: Powers considered top 15 freshman - Powers made an early impression during summer camp and quickly garnered the attention and respect of the coaching staff. (link)
Athletics: SEC announces policy for canceled and rescheduled games - The Southeastern Conference announced on Friday policies and parameters for football game cancellations, rescheduling of games and no-contest declarations for the 2020 season as the SEC continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19. (link)
MSOC: Gamecock sports returned Friday after 192 days off - Usually the Gamecocks would be playing a season opener in front of a sellout crowd of over 5,000 people but Friday night it was in front of 675. (link)
Football: Gamecocks name starting quarterback - South Carolina officially has its starting quarterback for its season opener against Tennessee. (link)
Football: Five Gamecocks selected to preseason All-SEC teams - It took a little longer than normal, but the preseason All-SEC are officially here. (link)
Football: Muschamp updates position battles, injuries - After the first practice after training camp ended, Muschamp spoke with South Carolina media relations to address some of those competitions. (link)
Football: Gamecocks tweaking practice plan in Coronavirus age - Because of the volatility in when a positive test can come, Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks are changing the way they practice this year. (link)
Football Recruiting: The Insider Report - In this edition of The Insider Report - presented by Cornerstone Financial Management - we give fans the latest on the South Carolina Gamecocks football program. (link)
MBB Recruiting: In-state forward talks South Carolina offer - You can probably count on two hands the number of players South Carolina offers before their sophomore year of high school, but the Gamecocks recently extended one to one of the best in-state prospects in the 2023 class. (subscription)
WBB: A'ja Wilson wins WNBA MVP - Former Gamecock A’ja Wilson was named the 2020 WNBA MVP. (link)
Sept. 21, 1991 - USC was off to a shaky 0-1-1 start with Virginia Tech and future NFL QB Will Furrer coming to town, and things didn't start well in this one either. USC went three and out on its opening possession, then Tech marched 61 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead. The Gamecocks regrouped after that, and a 55-yard pass from Bobby Fuller to Eddie Miller set up a 3-yard TD toss from Fuller to Robert Brooks. Carolina held the Hokies on their next possession thanks to a third-down sack by David Turnipseed and Troy Duke, then drove 52 yards to take a 14-7 lead. The drive ended on a 2-yard touchdown run by Brandon Bennett. USC pushed the lead to 21-7 late in the second on a touchdown pass from Fuller to Leroy Jeter. Tech rallied, scoring with 21 seconds left in the half on a pass from Will Furrer to Boo Campbell. The Hokie surge continued in the third quarter, tying the game on another Furrer-Campbell connection. One of the key plays in the game came with just under four minutes go in the third, as USC linebacker Robert Gibson picked off a pass at the USC 39 and returned to the Tech 45. It took just two plays to get into the red zone, as Fuller found Miller for 15 and David Pitchko for 26. Two plays later Terry Wilburn reached the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown run for a 28-21 lead. The final period was scoreless and Tech took the ball for a final drive on their own eight with 2:10 to go. Furrer moved them to the USC 33 and threw another TD pass to Campbell, but the play was nullified by an illegal procedure penalty on the Hokies. Gamecock defensive back Jerry Inman ended the drive for good on the next play by picking off a pass by Furrer at the USC 3-yard line.
Sept. 21 Birthdays
• Chris Brown (Second Baseman, 2005-2006) - Made 2006 NCAA All-Regional team, hit .358 that year as senior
• Gene Cone (Outfielder, 2014-2016) - Hit blistering .363 as senior in leadoff spot, named to NCAA All-Regional Team
• John Cooper (Tight End, 1989) - Walk-on was team member in 1989 as a senior
• Trey McNickle (Pitcher, 2014) - JuCo transfer pitched in two games, didn't allow a run
• Kasia Roszak (Women's Basketball, 2002-2004) - Had 63 rebounds in 24 games
• Kendrick Salley (Running Back, 2012-2013) - Redshirted in 2012, reserve in 2013