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  Spencer Rattler threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in South Carolina's 50-10 victory over South Carolina State in a game moved from Saturday to Thursday night because of Hurricane Ian. Rattler finished with 212 yards, completing 21 of 27 passes including a 5-yard scoring strike to tailback MarShawn Lloyd and an 11-yarder to tight end Austin Stogner, his teammate at Oklahoma, to help South Carolina (3-2) rout the FCS Bulldogs (1-3). Administrators at both schools agreed to the change because of the hurricane's approach. Ian moved through Florida into the Atlantic and was expected to re-enter land in the Palmetto State as a Category 1 storm Friday.

Many parking areas were half-filled at best and the normal, Southeastern Conference-style tailgating setups were absent for this one. South Carolina said 61,551 were at Williams-Brice Stadium, which lists a capacity of 77,559. But the upper decks were largely empty and it wasn't a stretch to think only about the announced crowd came out. The Gamecocks overcame a sluggish start, including two interceptions off Rattler's receivers' hands, to take control in the opening half. The Gamecocks broke through on Rattler's first-quarter TD toss to Lloyd, which was followed by a funky, "swinging gate" formation on a successful two-point conversion by defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway. South Carolina pulled out the wishbone on its next touchdown, a 1-yard handoff to versatile tight end Jaheim Bell. Rattler ran his way to a score from 6 yards out with 37 seconds left in the half to put Gamecocks up 22-0. South Carolina State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had more penalty yards than offensive yards, 112 to 83, in the first 30 minutes. - South Carolina/AP College Football


Sr/2023 TE Austin StognerSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina's home game with South Carolina State has been moved up from Saturday to Thursday night due the approach of Hurricane Ian. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner announced the switch Tuesday. The approaching storm is expected to make landfall in Florida this week. "Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon," Tanner said in a statement. South Carolina had spoken with the office of Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials, state and local law enforcement who routinely help at games. Tanner said he was confident they could safely host the game Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. A planned reunion of the 2010-2013 football teams coached by Steve Spurrier was postponed. - AP College Football

rSo/2025 RB MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
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  Marshawn Lloyd ran for a career-high 169 yards and three touchdowns as South Carolina scored on its first eight possessions to put away Charlotte 56-20 on Saturday night. The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Gamecocks (2-2) - and was a welcome performance for an offense stuck near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference this season. Lloyd had scoring runs of 25, 14 and 7 yards, the first two that left fans' jaws dropped and Charlotte defenders in disbelief. On the first, Lloyd cleanly hurdled safety Wayne Jones in the open field on the way to the end zone. On his second, Lloyd was stood up for what looked like a short gain before breaking free to put South Carolina ahead 28-14.

Lloyd had some help on the last, converting after Gamecocks linebacker Brad Johnson intercepted Charlotte's Chris Reynolds deep in 49ers territory. Lloyd calmly found the end zone a final time and finished with South Carolina's most rushing yards since Kevin Harris gained 182 against North Carolina in its 38-21 Duke's Mayo Bowl victory last New Year's Eve. Charlotte (1-4) of Conference USA entered with the country's 30th best passing attack at 289 yards a game and the one of the worst rushing defenses (129 out of 131) in the NCAA at 243 yards allowed per game. Both were evident at South Carolina. - South Carolina/AP College Football


rSo/2025 RB MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
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  In the 47-7 loss to Georgia, South Carolina played without four defensive starters out with injuries: cornerback Cam Smith, safety R.J. Roderick, linebacker Mo Kaba and edge rusher Jordan Strachan. Smith was held out with a concussion but may return this week. - Athens Daily Banner

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  The South Carolina Gamecocks substantially improved their pass-catcher room this year, importing Wells (James Madison), Corey Rucker (Arkansas State) and tight end Austin Stogner (Oklahoma). Rucker has missed the first two games with a foot injury but could play Saturday against No. 1 Georgia. They've also welcomed Brooks back to the team after he missed the last half of last year with a personal issue, and have hit running back MarShawn Lloyd eight times out of the backfield with five more passes going to fellow RB Juju McDowell. - The Post and Courier

Jr/2024 WR Corey RuckerSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina's defense is dealing with some tough injury news. Defensive starters Jordan Strachan and Mo Kaba will miss the remainder of the season, USC confirmed on Monday. Both suffered ACL injuries in Saturday's 44-30 loss to Arkansas. "I'm extremely disappointed and heart-broken for both of these young men," Beamer said through a statement. "They both worked really hard to prepare for this season and were off to great starts for us. Their best football is still in front of them." Kaba, a junior, was injured in the second quarter while pressuring KJ Jefferson in the backfield. He was helped off the field and didn't put much weight on his leg. He also suffered an ACL injury in high school. - Rock Hill Herald

rSr/2023 DE Jordan StrachanSouth Carolina
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 48. Cam Smith, rJr, CB, South Carolina, 6-1, 188, 2,...Smith was aggressive with a team leading seven tackles and an additional four assists in South Carolina's 44-30 loss to Arkansas. Previous week, No. 47: In a 35-14 win over Georgia State, the South Carolina Gamecocks were in control, giving up 311 total yards, including only 111 in the air. Smith was credited with two total tackles. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rJr/2024 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina lost starting linebacker Mohamed Kaba and backup defensive end Jordan Strachan for the season after both suffered ACL injuries during a weekend loss at Arkansas. Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer announced the status of both players Monday, two days after the 44-30 loss to the Razorbacks. It's a huge blow for a South Carolina defense that faces No. 1 Georgia at home Saturday. Kaba is a 6-foot-2, 239 pound junior from Clinton, North Carolina, who started the first two games for South Carolina (1-1). He had eight tackles and a pass breakup. The 6-5, 245-pound Strachan is from Kingsland, Georgia, and in his sixth year of football after transferring from Georgia State. Strachan had 10 tackles and led the Gamecocks with three stops behind the line of scrimmage. "I'm extremely disappointed and heartbroken for both of these young men,” Beamer said in a statement. "They both worked really hard to prepare for this season and were off to great starts for us." - South Carolina/AP College Football

rSr/2023 DE Jordan StrachanSouth Carolina
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 47. Cam Smith, rJr, CB, South Carolina, 6-1, 188,...In a 35-14 win over Georgia State, the South Carolina Gamecocks were in control, giving up 311 total yards, including only 111 in the air. Smith was credited with two total tackles. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rJr/2024 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina's special teams led the way toward a season-opening 35-14 victory over Georgia State on Saturday night. Special teams have always been an emphasis for Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer, who watched his father, Frank, win game after game with "Beamer Ball," and its big special teams play. The approach worked as the Gamecocks pulled away from Georgia State with 23 unanswered points in the second half. The Gamecocks returned two blocked punts for touchdowns, new placekicker Mitch Jeter debuted by knocking two field goals of 50-plus yards and long snapper Hunter Rogers carried a fake field goal 5 yards for a first down that led to the Gamecocks' only first-half touchdown.

New quarterback Spencer Rattler took in a key two-point conversion in the third quarter to restore South Carolina's lead and it was just enough to squeak past a determined Panthers' squad that held a brief third-quarter advantage, 14-12. The back-breaker also came in the third, when Rashad Amos blocked a Georgia State punt and DQ Smith retrieved the carom and ran it in for a touchdown. Rattler, the former Heisman Trophy contender at Oklahoma, showed off his dynamic playmaking ability. He finished 23 of 37 passing for 226 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. - South Carolina/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: WR - Josh Vann, South Carolina,...Vann, a 5-11, 192-pound "Super Senior" from Tucker, Ga., was the Steve Spurrier Award winner as the team's offensive MVP in 2021. He caught 43 passes for 679 yards with five touchdowns. He enters the 2022 season with 90 career receptions, tying for 25th on the school's all-time list. - South Carolina Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: DL - Zacch Pickens, South Carolina,...The 6-4, 305-pound senior from Anderson, S.C., has appeared in 35 games over the past three seasons with 20 starts. He logged 38 tackles including four sacks a year ago. A member of the 2019 SEC Coaches' All-Freshman team and a regular on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Pickens shared 2022 Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring honors with defensive back Cam Smith. - South Carolina Football

Sr/2023 DT Zacch PickensSouth Carolina
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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DB - Cam Smith, South Carolina,...The 6-0, 188-pounder from Blythewood, S.C., earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press a year ago after leading the team with 14 passes defended, including three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He allowed multiple catches in just two of 11 games played and only 15 catches on 32 targets throughout the season. He has been listed on multiple pre-season All-SEC and All-America teams and numerous watch lists this summer, including A.P. second-team All-America, the Jim Thorpe Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik watch lists. - South Carolina Football

rJr/2024 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 59. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 41 tackles (31 solo), 3 INT. Last year's ranking: NR. He has emerged as a shutdown cornerback for South Carolina and a fascinating prospect for the 2023 NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Smith as the No. 2 draft-eligible cornerback and No. 20 overall prospect. Smith earned second-team All-SEC honors last season, when he started seven games and allowed multiple catches just twice in 11 contests. - ESPN.com

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: DL - Jordan Burch, South Carolina,...Burch, a 6-6, 275-pounder from Columbia, S.C., has appeared in 21 games over the past two seasons. The former five-star prospect logged 26 tackles a season ago and returned an interception 61-yards for a touchdown. - South Carolina Football

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