Previewing South Carolina vs. Tennessee; plus, update on injured Gamecocks

Previewing South Carolina vs. Tennessee; plus, update on injured Gamecocks

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Will Muschamp talks Tennessee

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday to preview the Gamecocks’ upcoming game against Tennessee.

Muschamp praised Tennessee running back John Kelly as a “violent” runner and said the Gamecocks have been preparing for Neyland Stadium with “Rocky Top” blaring at practice.

MORE: South Carolina football players look ahead to Tennessee 

He continued on to preach consistency, hoping South Carolina can maintain momentum from the win over Arkansas last week.

“Consistency in your performance,” Muschamp said. “… That’s not something we’ve done necessarily as a team. … Consistency is very important, to have the type of program we want to have.”

Update on injured offensive linemen

Muschamp gave a brief update on South Carolina’s injured offensive linemen in his meeting with the media on Tuesday.

“Muschamp said injured offensive linemen Zack Bailey [ankle] and Cory Helms [ankle] ‘moved around in practice’ on Tuesday morning,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “The third injured offensive lineman, Malik Young, will get a look on the practice field on Wednesday.”

All three players missed the Arkansas game.

Volunteers name new starting QB

Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has been named the Vols’ new starting quarterback, according to a report from SEC Country’s Mike Griffith. Guarantano’s first career start will be against the Gamecocks on Saturday.

“Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady started the first five games for the Vols, but he has committed 8 turnovers in the past three games for the Vols, leading coach Butch Jones to pull him out of the last two contests in favor of Guarantano,” Griffith wrote.

Guarantano was rated as the No. 81 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports composite.

4-star OL likes Gamecocks

Four-star offensive tackle Michael Tarquin lists South Carolina among his favorite schools.

The Belleview, Fla., native was in attendance on Saturday for the Gamecocks’ win against Arkansas.

“It went great. The game was awesome. The atmosphere was awesome. Heck of a win,” Tarquin said of the visit.

The 6-foot-5 offensive tackle is listed as the No. 150 overall prospect for 2019, according to 247Sports.

Former South Carolina great to be honored by SEC

Former South Carolina linebacker John Abraham will be honored as a member of the SEC’s 2017 Football Legends Class at the SEC  Championship Game in December, according to John Whittle of The Big Spur.

“The outside linebacker led the Gamecocks in quarterback sacks each of his four seasons, amassing 23.5 sacks in his career, the fourth-highest total in school history,” according to a release from the conference. “Abraham earned All-Southeastern Conference honors his senior season and went on to become a first-round pick by the New York Jets in 2000, the 13th selection overall.”

After 15 years in the NFL, Abraham recently returned to Columbia to earn his degree.

Snoop Dogg praises Gamecocks CB

South Carolina cornerback Keisean Nixon received a major shout-out from Snoop Dogg on Sunday.

Nixon, who played for the famous rapper in the Snoop Youth Football League in Compton, Calif., speaks to Snoop every week.

Nixon returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Gamecocks’ 48-22 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

The 5-foot-10 junior college transfer is in his first season at South Carolina. He was rated as the No. 18 overall JUCO prospect for 2017 by 247Sports.

‘Fenton Island’

Nixon wasn’t the only South Carolina cornerback to earn major props in the past week.

Junior CB Rashad Fenton and his outstanding coverage skills got a tweet and a matching emoji from former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

Fenton has 23 tackles and 3 pass breakups in six games this season.

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