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Preparing for Wofford
Mike Chapman joins SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan to preview South Carolina’s upcoming game against Wofford in the latest edition of Zaxby’s Sound Off.
South Carolina’s running game was impressive against Florida last Saturday, but can the team cut back on turnovers? Chapman and McGranahan stress the importance of taking care of the ball against Wofford, because with the Terriers’ triple-option attack, possessions could come at a premium.
The duo gives keys to the game and makes final predictions.
Let’s get offensive
Who can the Gamecocks reel in from the Class of 2018 to help on the offensive side of the ball? SEC Country takes a look at South Carolina’s commits and targets that project to play on offense.
The group is led by current commits, 4-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner and 4-star wide receiver Josh Vann, with the Gamecocks hoping to bring 4-star offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum into the fold as well.
“Wonnum, who’s uncommitted right now, has made multiple visits to South Carolina this season,” McGranahan wrote. “It certainly helps that his brother, D.J., plays for the Gamecocks. The thought here is that he’ll follow in those footsteps.”
The Tucker, Ga., native is rated as the No. 92 overall prospect for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
Looking at the current SEC standings and conference bowls, the Gamecocks are most likely headed to either the Outback Bowl or TaxSlayer Bowl.
“But if it was up to me, I’d like to see South Carolina in the Belk Bowl [1 p.m., ESPN],” McGranahan wrote. “Starting and ending the season at the same venue would be kind of cool, plus it would make for a quick, easy trip up I-77.”
Not the time
With a staff full of young, talented recruiters and promising coaches, South Carolina’s assistant coaches could become hot commodities in the offseason.
According to South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, any talk of retaining assistants or coaches moving on is “real premature.”
With a top 10 FCS program (Wofford) coming to Columbia Saturday and the Palmetto Bowl against No. 2-ranked Clemson on the horizon, it’s no surprise Muschamp’s mind is firmly in the present.
New border rival
South Carolina will host Charlotte as a nonconference opponent in 2022, the school announced on Wednesday.
“Charlotte, a member of Conference USA, has logged an overall record of 17-39 since beginning play in the 2013 season,” according to the press release. “They competed as an FCS independent for two seasons before making their debut at the FBS level in 2015. The 49ers are coached by Brad Lambert who, in 2011, took on the responsibility of building the upstart program from scratch.”
The Gamecocks are 12-1-1 all time against Conference USA foes.
‘You just gotta beat Clemson’
With the South Carolina women’s basketball team heading to the Upstate to take on Clemson on Thursday night, Gamecocks forward A’ja Wilson was blunt in discussing the rivalry with The State’s Greg Hadley.
“I always want to beat Clemson at anything,” the reigning SEC Player of the Week said. “It’s always going to be a rivalry to me. I’m a homegrown girl and that’s everything. You just gotta beat Clemson.”
The Lady Gamecocks and Tigers tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
With its knack for creating turnovers, the 2017 Gamecocks defense has reminded many of the stout defensive unit that led South Carolina to three consecutive 11-win seasons from 2011 to 2013.
The Gamecocks could use more Akeem Auguste-like plays against the Terriers and Tigers in their next two games.
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