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Clemson Football: Oppo Research – Gamecocks from South Carolina

Another dominating performance a week ago, as Clemson Football picked up a nice win over preseason media darlings, the Miami Hurricanes 40-10. Turnover was still an issue, but not enough to change the game.

Freshman QB Jacurri Brown failed to get anything going offensively, and it wasn’t until Jake Garcia was brought into the role that Miami moved the ball a bit.

A few hours into the game, this week’s opponents, South Carolina Gamecocks, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season by beating Tennessee by 4 points. A utterly dominating performance that has her fan base crowing that the game has been the norm and not a complete outlier of the past 10 weeks.

This week will be challenging as UofSC realized they have some athletes on the offensive side of the ball and used many of them a week ago. And they’re also bringing back leading rusher Marshawn Lloyd this week (reportedly).

Here’s your preview of the South Carolina Gamecocks of Columbia, SC.

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head coach Shane Beamer is in his second season as head coach of the Gamecocks. Quite a surprising occupation, but a popular one in the Midlands. Beamer has taken a Dabo Swinney-like approach to building a program, genuinely cares about their players, is transparent in their approach and, in all honesty, just being a good guy. His record in two seasons is 14-10. The son of famed Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Beamer played for his father at Virginia Tech and has had coaching stints at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina as an assistant, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.

season at a glance

South Carolina is currently 7-4 on the season in the “mighty” Southeastern Conference. Her 7 wins are against: Georgia State (35-14), Charlotte (56-20), SC State (50-10), Kentucky (24-14), Texas A&M (30-24), Vanderbilt (38-27) and Tennessee (63-38). The five losses came across: Arkansas (44-30), Georgia (48-7), Missouri (23-10) and Florida (38-6).


offensive coordinator Markus Satterfield is in his second season in the role. He was the fanbase’s #1 public enemy when things went wrong offensively. Satterfield has over 20 years of coaching experience with stints in Chattanooga, Richmond, Tennessee, UT Martin, Western Carolina, Temple, Baylor, a stint in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and now South Carolina.

Here’s a look at the predicted starters at Offense (based on published depth charts), along with a few other key points to know:

QB: Spencer Rattler – Jr. – 210-314-2420 yards. 14 TDs, 9 Ints; 2 rushing TDs

RB: Marshawn Lloyd – Sun. – 100 Att. 556 meters. 9 TD’s

WR: Xavier Legette – Sr. – 11 rec. 89 meters, TD

WR: Ahmarean Brown – Sr. – 17 rec. 163 meters

WR: Jalen Brooks – Sr. – 30 rec. 471 yards. TD

WR: Josh Van – Sr. – 16 rec. 240 meters. 3 TD

WR: Antwane “Juice” Wells Jr. – Jr. – 54 rec. 767 yards 4 TDs

TE/Hybrid: Jaheim bell – Jr. – 23 rec. 229 yards 2 TDs; 64 Hurry. 232 yards, 2 TDs

TE: Austin Stogner – Sr. – 19 rec. 205 meters, TD

LT: Jaylen Nichols – Sr.

LG: Trai Jones – Like that.

C: EricDouglas – Sr.

RG: Jovaughn Gwyn – Sr.

RT: Dylan Wonnum – Sr.

quarterback Spencer Rattler entered the game against Tennessee a week ago with 8 TD passes and 9 interceptions. He finished the season with 14 TDs and did not contribute to the interception total. He threw for 438 yards with 81% accuracy to match those 6 touchdowns, which was clearly his best gamecock effort. The highly recruited QB from high school has been struggling behind a mediocre offensive line and possible play-calling, but the arm talent is there for Rattler and he’s also got the athletes on receiver. Inconsistent play led to his elimination from Oklahoma and continued in the Midlands for 10 of 11 games.

Don’t sleep on Super Senior Dakereon Joyner, who will play quarterback in a wild role, but the former Fort Dorchester High School quarterback can do a little of anything for the Cocks. He caught 5 passes and also rushed for 2 touchdowns. Listed as a wide receiver who preferred South Carolina to Clemson because Will Muschamp lied to him and said he would only play quarterback since Clemson recruited him as a WR/DB.

Injuries have played a big part in the running back room for the Cocks. Leading rusher Marshawn Lloyd showed hints of being a dominant back, but it’s been on the shelf for the past few weeks. He will reportedly be back against the Tigers this weekend and has 9 touchdowns in the game in progress. Hybrid all-round player Jaheim bell is second on the team in the rushing as he is their “Swiss Army Knife” where he does a little of everything for Beamer’s team. Juju McDowell is the tempo change back and Christian Beal Smiththe Wake Forest transfer, can’t stay sane enough to talk about it much.

The WR room is the one that has athletes all over the list. Whether it is leading receiver juice fountain, Josh Van, Jalen Brooks or Jaheim bell, which is clearly the best group on the team. Wells has the most catches at 54, 24 ahead of next receiver (Brooks), but the second-tier group has caught a number of passes (171 between the remaining group).

The offensive line was really good against Tennessee a week ago. However, the larger sample size would show this is a group where Rattler has been fighting for his life for most of the season, having been sacked 24 times in the last 10 games.

Attack by the Numbers

The offensive has 349 points in 11 games for an average of 31.7 points per game. South Carolina gained a total of 4,158 offensive yards that season, 1,425 on the ground and 2,733 in the air; for an average of 129.5 rushing and 248.4 passing for a total of 377.9 total yards per game.


On the defensive side of the ball: defensive coordinator Clayton White is in his sophomore year in South Carolina. A former NC State and NFL linebacker and special teamer, he has nearly 20 years of coaching experience. His scheme is quite varied, but the 4-2-5 is his most common tendency since arriving in Colombia. His defense was ranked 46th in the nation in his freshman year at Columbia. White has had previous coaching stints in Western Carolina, Western Michigan, Stanford, Western Kentucky and NC State.

Here’s a look at the planned starters (and a few other names to know) for defense:

Edge: Jordan Burch – Jr. – 53 tackles, 3.5 sacks

DT: Zach Pickens – Sr. – 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks

DT: Tonka Hemingway – Jr. – 27 tackles, 4 sacks

Edge: Gilbert Edmond – Sun – 34 tackles, 2 sacks

MLB: Sherron Green – Sr. – 60 tackles, 1.5 sacks, int

WLB: BradJohnson – Sr. – 36 tackles, int

A notice: Cam Smith – Jr. – 26 tackles, int

A notice: D Q Smith – Fri. – 47 tackles, int

CB: Marcella’s dial – Jr. – 39 tackles, 2 ints

CB: Darius Rush – Sr. – 35 tackles, 2 ints

SS: Nick Emmanwori – Fri. – 72 duels,

FS: Devonni reeds – Sr. – 39 tackles

This defensive line is really good. Led by Jordan Burch and Zach Pickens, two highly recruited state talents the Tigers spurned in their respective recruiting cycles. Burch is third on the team in tackles, and Pickens is a liability for the interior. Tonka Hemingway is the leader with 4 sacks. While the line has some talent, their sack totals aren’t all that impressive (17 total for the season), but they do have 52 tackles for losses. They’re disruptive even without coming to the QB much.

At the linebacking position, South Carolina has been trying to find its way. Led by two seniors Sherron Green and BradJohnson. Greene is second on the team in the tackle with 60th reserve Debo Williams noticeable when he comes into the game with 41 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks on the season. Williams is just a sophomore and will see plenty of time on the field on Saturday.

The secondary school has a few people who have talent. The outspoken Cam Smith is the leader at the back end. The two corners Marcella’s dial and Darius Rush Lead the team in interceptions tied by 2 each. Freshman Strong security Nick Emmanwori is the team leader with 72 tackles, including 54 solo. The hard-hitting freshman is someone to watch, especially when covering Clemson’s tight ends. D Q Smith is another name to keep an eye on, and he’s also a newbie logging a ton of minutes.

defense by the numbers

South Carolina has 300 points defensively this season, averaging 27.3 points per game. They conceded 2,072 yards on the ground for an average of 188.4 yards per game and 2,295 yards through the air for a 208.6 average. The defense’s total surrendered average yards is 397 yards per game.


South Carolina has 17 takeaways in the season with 11 interceptions and 6 fumble recoveries. Opponents have 23 takeaways with 11 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries against the Gamecocks. South Carolina has minus 6 in the sales margin for the season.

Special teams

Here are the expected starters in special teams:

gamblers: Kai Kroeger – Jr. – 45.8 m. average; long of 79 yards.

foosball: Mitch Jeter – Jr – 9-9; long of 53 yards.

Kick returner: Xavier Legette – Sr. – 31.5 m avg. TD

Punt Returners: Josh Van – Sr. – 15.1 m. Avg.

Last week was a nice win for the Tigers as the game was never in question. The three turnovers are worrying as turnovers were a big topic towards the end of the season. South Carolina has the advantage on defense and has the athletes who are taking chances to make a game. With the way their offense played last week, turnovers must be kept in check to be successful this weekend.

The Gamecocks hit the transfer portal hard in the offseason and really didn’t reap the benefits as a quarterback Spencer Rattler wasn’t good for most of the season. Back race Christian Beal Smith was injured many times and TE Austin Stogner was used more as a blocker than the pass catcher he was in Norman, Oklahoma.

There were a few bright spots from the portal when James Madison made the switch Antwane”juice” Wells is a leader in receptions and security Devonni reedsa mid-Michigan transfer is 6th on the team in tackles.

South Carolina comes to Death Valley as a confident group. They just amassed 63 points against previously fifth-placed Tennessee and had touchdowns on 9 of their 10 possessions. But don’t forget the other 10 games of the season where they won against FCS and Group 5 opponents, plus Kentucky without their starting quarterback and the dumpster fire that is Texas A&M. The best win before Tennessee is probably Vanderbilt.

When analyzing the Gamecocks, don’t forget the first ten games. That’s all I’ll say.


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