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South Carolina Lands Alshon’s Brother

Athlete Shamier Jeffery from Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, S.C., has committed to South Carolina.

Jeffery, whose older brother Alshon Jeffery is a star wide receiver for the Gamecocks, also had offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, according to Rivals.com.

Jeffery is the 25th commitment for South Carolina’s 2011 class.

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Alshon Jeffery Named To 2010 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team

South Carolina sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been selected to the 2010 AFCA Coaches’ All-America team it was announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. Jeffery, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best receiver, is one of two wide receivers to be named to the AFCA BCS team. He currently leads the SEC in receiving yards per game (112.6) and is second in receptions per game (6.2). He ranks fifth in the NCAA in receiving yards per game and has 23 plays of 20-plus yards to go along with eight plays of 40-plus yards.
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No. 18 Gamecocks Shut Down Clemson, 29-7

Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game and No. 18 South Carolina posted its third nine-win season ever with a 29-7 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday.
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Across Enemy Lines: Q & A with Block-C

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Clemson’s Kyle Parker throws against North Texas during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

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Christmas came early this year, folks! I have another Across Enemy Lines for you here, this time with Block-C. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Andre Ellington‘s status for the game is uncertain. Will he play? If so, will he be effective? Wouldn’t it be pretty risky to play him? Will the Tigers be able to move the ball effectively with Jamie Harper as the featured back?

Ellington will be a game time decision. He has a broken bone in his foot and a strained ligament in his leg. He has been practicing in pads this week, but it’s been very limited contact and slow movement. It wouldn’t be risky to play Ellington because at this point in the year, what does Clemson have to lose. Bones will heal over the off season and the ligament is just strained. Ultimately, it’s up to the player but you always want to protect a player at the end of the day though. We learned that lesson when Bowden soured Willy Korn’s throwing arm. Oddly enough, as bad as he’s been in the past and still sometimes continues to be Jamie Harper has been doing extremely well and to borrow an expression, “running as if his hair was on fire.” He is finally starting to adopt a north/south running mentality and it’s paying off big time. He hits his gaps with speed and intensity and is turning into a big, mean, orange destroying machine.

2. Clemson’s receivers have really struggled this year. Why has that been the case? Most of them were highly recruited and were expected to do good things.

There are a few things coming into play here. First off, they were severely undersized when they came to campus. Not only that, they’re all still pretty damned undersized. Some have not developed up to their full high school star rating.The Tigers are still extremely young in the wide receiving corps and they don’t have any leaders in that group yet to get Clemson through this rough spot. Another thing I can point to here is that Jeff Scott is only in his second year at coaching on the collegiate level and it’s apparent that he’s having trouble. He’s a hell of a recruiter but our talent isn’t being developed as well as they could be. He’s schooled up and very smart in terms of coaching that position but there seems to be a disconnect somewhere. The Tigers had problems with development of our receivers last year as well outside of Jacoby Ford.

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3. If you could have any one player on Carolina’s roster, which would it be? You can’t pick Alshon Jeffery; that’s too obvious.

I thought the obvious pick would be Marcus Lattimore. Can you imagine having Andre Ellington AND Lattimore on the same team. That’d be one hell of a two headed beast to contend with. You literally would not have to pass the ball more than five times a game. He really is a certified stud but we all knew that when he was playing for Byrnes. When he gets to be older he’s going to be THE premiere running back in the SEC. I’d take him over two Alshon Jeffery’s any day because a pass requires more effort and coordination from an offensive unit than a run does.

4. Talk about what this game means to the Clemson fan base. Has the spirit of rivalry been jacked up a bit after last year’s result? What would a win mean for Clemson?

This game is really important for the fan base for a variety of different reason. It’s not so much that last years result bothers us because you guys are quick to forget that the game was a flip-flopped version of the 2008 outcome. A win would certainly buy this coaching staff a huge amount of vindication and it would somewhat quell the grumblings for now. I’m sure there will be plenty of Clemson fans still griping because for some reason it’s all our fan base like to do. A majority of the fan base is pretty butt hurt right now and as one of our readers said it best, “People (Institutions) with class don’t air their dirty laundry in public like that.” There’s no doubt that things need to change around the Athletic Department, but Dabo’s not dropping the passes.


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The Daily Feed // 11.25.10

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I'm thankful for "21."

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I’m thankful for “21.”

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FOOTBALL

Gamecocks Continue Clemson Week | Gamecocks Online
Video interviews with Marcus Lattimore, Alshon Jeffery, TJ Johnson, Coach Elliot, Coach Johnson, and Coach Graham.

Roles reversed for Clemson, South Carolina | ESPN
Get used to it.

This isn’t the South Carolina that Clemson has grown accustomed to.

SEC superlative tracker | ESPN
Lattimore nominated for SEC offensive player of the year and Steve Spurrier for coach of the year.

Big Thursday and My Clemson Cousin – a Proposal | The Rubber Chickens
Tbone has a return to Big Thursday and consobrinuscide on the brain.

“Inside the Chart” with Andy Demetra 11/24 | Spurs Up

As I crunched the numbers Tuesday, I found that 2nd half time of possession has been a stunning barometer of South Carolina’s success this season.

game-predictions-112410 | ESPN
At least one pundit is picking us.

South Carolina 27, Clemson 21: Yes, I know all about the history in this rivalry and that Clemson has dominated and South Carolina hasn’t won two in a row since the Gamecocks won three straight from 1968-70. But repeating something the Head Ball Coach said back in August, this is a different South Carolina football team, not to mention a South Carolina team with Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery taking turns carving opposing defenses apart.


MEN’S SOCCER

College Soccer Professor: Third Round Preview (Regions 1&2) | Goal.com
South Carolina’s game with Michigan is termed a “dream matchup for the neutral fan.”

 

 

BASEBALL

College baseball gives thanks | Rivals.com

The Gamecocks entered last season with high hopes, but exceeded expectations when they rolled through the College World Series and won the program’s first national title. Interestingly, it wasn’t too long ago the Gamecocks were on the verge of possibly losing coach Ray Tanner. Now, the outstanding head coach is entrenched and likely will retire with the Gamecocks.

 


MEN’S BASKETBALL

Time Changes Announced For Dec. 5 Basketball Doubleheader | Gamecocks Online

Time changes have been announced for the Dec. 5 South Carolina men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader. The men’s contest versus Clemson, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. has been moved to 4 p.m., while the women’s contest against Savannah State, which was originally scheduled at 4 p.m. has been moved to the 1 p.m. time slot.

 


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Staley Takes Team to #3/2 Stanford for Friday Showdown | Gamecocks Online
Some history for you.

The Cardinal lead the young series 2-0. The two teams opened a home-and-home contract in 2006-07 with the Gamecocks traveling to Palo Alto, on Jan. 8, 2007. Stanford, ranked No. 10 at the time, collected a 69-54 victory on its home court. Two years later, the then-No. 3 Cardinal arrived in Columbia and posted a 78-47 win over the Gamecocks in head coach Dawn Staley’s first matchup against her former Olympic head coach. In that meeting, La’Keisha Sutton was South Carolina’s offensive leader, netting 13 points, as the Gamecocks trailed by just nine at the half before struggling to shoot in the second period.

 

 

SWIMMING & DIVING

Michael Flach Named National Swimmer of the Week | Gamecocks Online

South Carolina sophomore Michael Flach was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week, as announced by CollegeSwimming.com on Wednesday.


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Alshon Jeffery Named Biletnikoff Finalist

University of South Carolina sophomore Alshon Jeffery has been named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver, it was announced today.
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Jeffery Named Biletnikoff Semifinalist

University of South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is among 10 semifinalists for teh 2010 Biletnikoff Award, as presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, it was announced today.
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The Daily Feed // 11.3.10

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Stephen Garcia asks, "Who's afraid of the Razorbacks?"  (AP/Rich Glickstein)

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Today’s Daily Feed features not only links about football and recruiting, but also the women’s soccer team’s post-season preparations and honors, and news of former Gamecocks trying to work their way to the NBA.

FOOTBALL

Seniors Focused on Arkansas | Post & Courier

I think this senior class has said the right things all season.  There are rumors and anecdotal evidence that some of our prior seniors lost focus towards the end of the season.  If you believe that was a factor in previous late season slides, you have to feel much better about how this year’s seniors seem to be focused on all the goals in front of them.

Video Review of Season to Date | Justin King Media (HT: LOHD)

A very well made ten minute recap of the season to date.  Best of all, there is none of the over-the-top hip hop music drowning out any play-by-play and crowd noise that plagues most highlight videos.

Gamecocks by the Numbers | NCAA.com

South Carolina is among the national leaders in rushing defense, pass efficiency, and sacks.  We also lead the SEC in each of those stats. 

Several Gamecocks are also among the national individual leaders.  Stephen Garcia is fifth in passing efficiency, Alshon Jeffery fifth in receiving yards, Marcus Lattimore eighteenth in rushing yards, and Devin Taylor twentieth in sacks.

WR Joe Adams Returns to Practice | The Slophouse

With top receiver Greg Childs out for this weekend and beyond, the Hogs were happy to have #2 receiver back at practice Tuesday afternoon.  He is about 80%, but hopes to be full strength by Saturday. 

Keeping up the Joneses | The Slophouse

Starting DT DeQuinta Jones returned to practice.  He sat out the Vanderbilt game for a drug arrest.  It should come as a surprise to no one that Bobby Petrino is from the Urban Meyer school of (non-)discipline.  Starting NT Byran Jones continues to sit out from an ankle injury suffered against Vanderbilt.

(I shouldn’t be surprised that the Slophouse used the same name for this tidbit that I had already chosen.  It was just too easy.)

SEC Weekend Picks | CollegeFootballNews.com

CFN was burned by picking South Carolina to win the East a few years ago, and they have remained Gamecock skeptics ever since.

RECRUITING

Greenwood’s Kelcy Quarles Looks Forward to Playing at Carolina | TheBigSpur.com

Quarles is a DT considered the #1 prep schooler in the nation by some services.  We don’t provide original recruiting coverage at GBA, but USC has some of the best recruiting coverage out there.  South Carolina is poised to put together a 2011 class much like the 2009 group headlined by Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore.  That group was rated in the 10 to 15 range nationally, but has performed like a top five class.  Multiple national recruiting analysts have called in-state DE and rumored Gamecock lean Jadeveon Clowney the best high school player they have ever seen.  We may get to see the #1 HS player and the #1 prep school player side by side on the 2011 defensive line.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Kayla Grimsley Named SEC Player of the Year | GamecocksOnline

Junior forward Kayla Grimsley becomes the first Gamecock to take Offensive Player of the Year.  She was joined on the All-SEC teams by three other Lady Gamecocks.

Lady Gamecocks Looking for Revenge in SEC Tourney | The Daily Gamecock

The team looks to put a disappointing loss to Florida for the regular season crown behind them, beginning with a first round match with #7 seed Kentucky.

BASKETBALL

Three Gamecocks Selected in NBDL Draft | Spurs Up

Dominique Archie will begin his return from a Gamecock-career ending injury with the Austin Toros, while Brandon Wallace and Antoine Tisby are coming to the NBDL after spending last season playing basketball overseas.


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SC’s Lattimore Says He’s “100 Percent”

The straw that stirs the drink is ready to start stirring again.

South Carolina offensive MVP Marcus Lattimore is likely to be back in action Saturday against Tennessee.  The Cocks’ top tailback says that his ankle sprain is behind him at this point.

“I feel really good.  I feel 100% now.”

That’s great news for a Carolina team that saw its scoring punch dry up with Lattimore out of the line-up.  The Gamecocks held a 28-10 lead at Kentucky when their star freshman tailback left that game two weeks ago.  The Wildcats came back to win the game 31-28.  Last Saturday — as they coaches rested Lattimore — Carolina won an ugly game over Vanderbilt 21-7.

As Travis Haney of The Charleston Post & Courier pointed out yesterday, with Lattimore back, play-calling probably won’t be a big topic of discussion in Columbia after Saturday’s game.

Expect USC’s play selection to look something like this:

Lattimore right. 
Lattimore left. 
Lattimore up the middle.
Alshon Jeffery occasionally deep.
Repeat.

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