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  02/19/20 - Javon KinlawSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-5, 324 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina,...Named Associated Press first-team All-America, second-team All-America by USA TODAY, was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Southeastern Conference coaches, and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP...became the 25th first-team All-American in South Carolina football history… selected to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...named as one of six Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners...selected as one of five permanent team captains...notched 35 tackles and 6.0 sacks, tying for eighth in the SEC...added four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. - South Carolina Football

(DS#2 DT) Sr/2020 DT Javon KinlawSouth Carolina
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  02/19/20 - Bryan EdwardsSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina,...Named the Steve Wadiak MVP, the MVP of the offense (Steve Spurrier Award), the Most Explosive Player on offense, the Tenacity Award winner for offense, and one of five permanent team captains following his senior season...invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...set the school records for consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234) and career receiving yards (3,045)...also ranks third in school history with 22 career receiving touchdowns, one behind Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery. - South Carolina Football

(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Joseph Charlton, P, South Carolina,...Senior punter who was recognized as the MVP for special teams (Jim Carlen Award) and the Most Productive Player for special teams...also was named the winner of the Tenacity Award for special teams and Leadership Award for special teams...averaged 47.7 yards per punt, ranking third in the country and breaking his own single-season school record by nearly three yards...accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...also owns the school's best career punting average at 45.5 yards. - South Carolina Football

(DS#3 P) rSr/2020 P Joseph CharltonSouth Carolina
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  02/19/20 - Rico DowdleSr/2020, South Carolina, 5-11, 213 (DS#38 RB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina,...Senior running back who shared the Tenacity Award for offense...finished second on the squad with 108 carries for 498 yards and four touchdowns...also caught 22 passes for 167 yards… finished his career ranked 15th on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,167 yards, scoring 16 rushing touchdowns. - South Carolina Football

(DS#38 RB) Sr/2020 RB Rico DowdleSouth Carolina
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  02/19/20 - D.J. WonnumSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-5, 258 (DS#14 DE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: D.J. Wonnum, DE, South Carolina,...Senior BUCK who was named one of five permanent team captains...accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...was a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...was on the Mayo Clinic list for Comeback Player of the Year...selected by the Carolina coaches as the Comeback Player of the Year...also was a Nutrition Award, Strength & Conditioning, and Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winner...finished the season with 37 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks...his 29.5 career tackles for loss ranks ninth on the school's all-time list. - South Carolina Football

(DS#14 DE) Sr/2020 DE D.J. WonnumSouth Carolina
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  01/22/20 - Javon KinlawSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-5, 324 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Javon Kinlaw's motivation comes from his past, having lived at times without running water or electricity. Those humble beginnings drive the South Carolina defensive tackle to play with a different kind of aggression and have helped him become one of the top NFL prospects at this week's Senior Bowl. He is trying to cement his status as a first-rounder and perhaps even a top 10 draft pick. Kinlaw has traveled a path from poverty to junior college to the Southeastern Conference to arrive at this point.

A first-team Associated Press All-American last season, Kinlaw - along with his mom Leesa James and two brothers - immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago. He describes a childhood that included bouts of virtual homelessness and living in a basement in Washington D.C., filling buckets from a neighbor's hose for baths, eating lots of bologna and hot dogs and sharing shoes with his brothers even though they were a couple of sizes apart. "It just makes me play with an aggression, a different kind of aggression," Kinlaw said this week. "People just doing you wrong all your life. Football just became an outlet for that type of stuff. It's been working in my favor, honestly." - AP College Football


(DS#2 DT) Sr/2020 DT Javon KinlawSouth Carolina
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  12/11/19 - Javon KinlawSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-5, 324 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina,...Kinlaw, a 6-6, 310-pounder from Charleston, S.C., notched 35 tackles and 6.0 sacks, tying for eighth in the SEC. He added four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. The midseason All-American and probable first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was recognized as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in the upset win over Georgia. - South Carolina Football

(DS#2 DT) Sr/2020 DT Javon KinlawSouth Carolina
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  12/11/19 - Bryan EdwardsSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina,...Edwards, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Conway, S.C., led the SEC with 7.1 receptions per game and ranked fourth with 81.6 receiving yards per game. He owns the school records for consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234) and career receiving yards (3,045). He also ranks third in school history with 22 career receiving touchdowns, one behind Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery. - South Carolina Football

(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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  12/10/19 - Kyle MarkwayrSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-4, 250 (DS#29 TE) + More +

  South Carolina junior Tight End Kyle Markway announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he'll be forgoing his final season of eligibility and declaring for the NFL Draft. Markway was the 3rd leading receiver for the Gamecocks in 2019 with 31 catches for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns. The tight end had a 6th year of eligibility available after missing time in 2016 and 2017 with injuries. - WCSC TV5 News

(DS#29 TE) rSr/2020 TE Kyle MarkwaySouth Carolina
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  12/03/19 - Ryan HilinskiSo/2023, South Carolina, 6-2, 230 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  South Carolina starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. A release from the school Tuesday stated that a surgery date for the 6-foot-3 freshman starter has not yet been scheduled, but he is expected to be fully healthy when the Gamecocks start offseason workouts next month. Hilinski started the final 11 games when senior starter Jake Bentley injured his foot in the opener and was lost for the year. Bentley announced Monday he was leaving South Carolina to play a final college season elsewhere. Hilinski threw for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions. He was first among Southeastern Conference freshmen with 214 passing yards a game. Hilinski also set a school record by throwing 180 passes without an interception. Hilinski's father, Mark said his son was opting for the procedure to return "to full go as quickly as possible." - AP College Football

(DS#15 QB) So/2023 QB Ryan HilinskiSouth Carolina
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  12/02/19 - T.J. BrunsonSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-0, 219 (DS#31 OLB) + More +

  South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has demoted offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and fired quarterbacks coach Dan Werner and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an official announcement. McClendon was in his second season as Muschamp's offensive play-caller and fourth overall with the Gamecocks. Werner joined the staff two seasons ago. Dillman was also in his fourth year at South Carolina.

McClendon is considered a strong recruiter and was the program's receivers coach his first two seasons. It is not yet know what role he'll have with the Gamecocks going forward. The moves come after a disappointing 4-8 season where the Gamecocks did not qualify for a bowl game for the first time in Muschamp's four years. The offense struggled much of the season and was dreadful down the stretch with a total of 24 points and one touchdown in South Carolina's last three games. - AP College Football


(DS#31 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB T.J. BrunsonSouth Carolina
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  11/08/19 - Bryan EdwardsSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  South Carolina's Bryan Edwards will end his career as the most prolific receiver in school history. Edwards already has a school-record 225 career receptions. He also has 2,955 yards receiving to put himself well within reach of Alshon Jeffery's career record of 3,042. His 21 touchdown catches are two off the school record shared by Sidney Rice and Jeffery. Edwards tied a school single-game record last week by catching 14 passes in a 24-7 triumph over Vanderbilt. - AP College Football

(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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  11/03/19 - Bryan EdwardsSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  With one of their key playmakers out injured, South Carolina again turned to dependable "old man" Bryan Edwards. Edwards caught a school record 14 passes for a career best 139 yards to lead the Gamecocks (4-5, 3-4 Southeastern) to a 24-7 win that keeps South Carolina's season from skidding into a ditch for now. The senior shouldered the offensive load for the Gamecocks after receiver Shi Smith tweaked his hamstring this week and did not play. "He competes every down like it is his last down," South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. "I've seen that for four years now."

Ryan Hilinski was 24-for-31 for 235 yards for the Gamecocks, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Edwards midway through the fourth quarter that sealed the win. "He was hard to tackle," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "At times we knew the football was coming to him and we still had a hard time getting him down." Edwards' teammates call him "old man," in part because he is one of the few seniors on the offense and in part because he is a mature, calming presence in the locker room. That's been especially important in an up-and-down year that included an upset of No. 8 Georgia and second half collapses in losses to No. 6 Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. "Everybody calls me `old man.' I haven't turned 21 yet," said Edwards, who also had a 38-yard punt return late in the third quarter that flipped the field a defensive struggle. - South Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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  10/25/19 - Tavien FeasterSr/2020, South Carolina, 5-11, 221 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  South Carolina is planning to play this game without Rico Dowdle, who rushed for 140 yards against Tennessee last season but injured his knee against Florida last week. Dowdle has run for 457 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry this season. The emergence of Tavian Feaster should give South Carolina confidence that it can continue running the ball effectively even without Dowdle. Feaster rushed for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries against Florida. Feaster has run for a team-high 492 yards this season and is averaging 6 yards per carry. - AP College Football

(DS#31 RB) Sr/2020 RB Tavien FeasterSouth Carolina
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  10/22/19 - Bryan EdwardsSr/2020, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#17 WR) + More +

  South Carolina's football program was placed on probation for the next year by the NCAA for a former assistant coach's impermissible actions in recruiting a sophomore prospect in the spring of 2018. South Carolina reported the infraction to the NCAA, which considered it a Level II violation. The school and the NCAA handled it through the governing body's negotiated resolution process. The probation, which runs until Oct. 21, 2020, does not include any restriction on postseason competition, according to the NCAA. The violation involved impermissible texts and in-person contact between the ex-assistant and the high school sophomore. Neither were named in NCAA documents.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said he is responsible for all facets of the program, including when things go wrong. "I recognize that a violation occurred within my program and I have taken substantial corrective actions to ensure that similar instances do not continue to occur," he said in a statement. In the offseason, Muschamp let go of two assistants in defensive line coach Lance Thompson and tight ends coach Pat Washington. John Scott Jr. came over from Arkansas to coach the defensive line while assistant Bobby Bentley was shifted to take over tight ends and former Georgia tailback great Thomas Brown was hired to coach running backs. The NCAA said South Carolina cooperated fully in the investigation. - AP College Football


(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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