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Picks for South Carolina-Texas A&M
SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan and Mike Chapman don’t like South Carolina’s chances against Texas A&M on Saturday night at Kyle Field.
McGranahan calls for a 38-24 Texas A&M win, while Chapman sees the Aggies doubling up the Gamecocks, winning 42-21.
The two cite the Gamecocks’ injuries and recent struggles on offense as the reasons for their predicted downfall in College Station.
“The heart is there for South Carolina, but the players to get it done this week are not,” Chapman writes. “They do not have enough horses in the stable to keep up with a high-powered Aggies offense that’s led by freshman quarterback Kellen Mond and sophomore running back Trayveon Williams.”
South Carolina is looking for its first win in the series since the two schools became cross-division rivals in 2014.
K.J. Henry applauds Will Muschamp’s personal recruiting efforts
Five-star defensive end K.J. Henry told SEC Country that South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is recruiting him hard.
“That’s definitely been a guy, whenever I want to talk to someone there, he’s the one I’m calling, so I think our relationship is very well,” Henry said. “To have that relationship with the head coach, that speaks volumes.”
Henry noted that Muschamp has been the only coach to come see him play this season.
The 5-star defensive end is rated as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
‘He’ll be special there’
Count Adrian Snow, Henry’s coach at West Forsyth High School (Clemmons, N.C.), among those impressed with Muschamp.
“[Muschamp has] done a good job and he’ll continue to do so,” Snow said. “If they just leave him alone, let him get things straight, he’ll do it there and he’ll be special there, too.”
Snow has already sent two former players to Power 5 programs: Jalen Dalton, currently a junior at North Carolina, and Alex McCalister, who played for Muschamp at Florida and is now on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hayden Hurst talks with Paul Finebaum
South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday to discuss his team’s upcoming game against Texas A&M and how the Gamecocks can exceed expectations this season, via Gamecock Central.
Despite having just 11 catches for 145 yards and 1 touchdown, the all-SEC tight end has contributed greatly in blocking this season, an area of his game he looked to improve from 2016.
News on Bryson Allen-Williams
South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams underwent surgery on his injured shoulder on Wednesday.
His mother, Darnisha Allen-Jackson, had a brief update on the junior linebacker’s status.
Surgery done. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and concern. @B_Quatro4 is resting now. Again, thanks!
— Darnisha (@sportsmommy74) September 27, 2017
Allen-Williams posted 10 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 interception in three games this season.
The Ellenwood, Ga., native plans to use his redshirt for the remainder of this season and return for his redshirt senior season in 2018.
Puerto Rico Tip-Off relocated
Due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off has been moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., ESPN announced on Wednesday.
The tournament, scheduled for Nov. 16-19, features South Carolina, Iowa State, Tulsa, Western Michigan, Appalachian State, Boise State, Illinios State and UTEP.
South Carolina will play Illinois State in the first game of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Former Gamecocks earns NFL honors
Former South Carolina standout and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month on Wednesday, via Lou Bezjak of The State.
Through three games this season, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has 5½ sacks and 14 total tackles.
Ingram is best-remembered for his sensational 68-yard touchdown run on a fake punt against Georgia in 2011.
Not to be outdone by his old South Carolina teammate, ex-Gamecocks kicker Ryan Succop took home AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors for September.
Succop made 10 of 11 field goals and all 8 extra points for the Tennessee Titans through the first three weeks of the season.
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