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  09/14/21 - Parker WhiterSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-4, 195 (DS#9 K) + More +

  SEPT 13 SEC CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker White, PK, South Carolina,...White connected on a 39-yard game-tying field goal with 6:46 remaining in the contest, then converted a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Gamecocks to a 20-17 come-from-behind win over East Carolina...White's game-winner was the sixth of his career in the 4th quarter or later. - SEC Football

(DS#9 K) rSr/2022 K Parker WhiteSouth Carolina
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  09/11/21 - Parker WhiterSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-4, 195 (DS#9 K) + More +

  The turnovers and penalties kept coming to put South Carolina in a 14-point hole. An aggressive defense, a stick-with-it running game and a clutch kick kept the Gamecocks from stumbling. Parker White knocked through a 36-yard field goal as time expired as South Carolina rallied to beat East Carolina 20-17 on Saturday, earning its first road win under first-year coach Shane Beamer. Damani Staley had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime to give the Gamecocks a needed spark after trailing 14-0 in a mistake-filled opening half. Former graduate assistant Zeb Noland also had a game-tying touchdown pass to Dakereon Joyner in the back of the end zone late in the third quarter.

It was the perfect outcome for Beamer: resilient enough for a win, with plenty of obvious deficiencies to improve. "I just told the team in there I don't think I've ever been more proud of a football team than that group right there," Beamer said, adding: "Having said that, we've got to get a whole lot better." In the end, the Gamecocks (2-0) did enough to give themselves a shot, then rode the legs of Juju McDowell – who gained 45 yards on six carries on South Carolina's final 10-play drive – to set up White's winner that had the Gamecocks spilling onto the field from the sideline to celebrate. - South Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#9 K) rSr/2022 K Parker WhiteSouth Carolina
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  09/07/21 - Kevin HarrisJr/2023, South Carolina, 5-10, 225 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Kevin Harris is finally healthy enough to play college football again after his breakthrough season as one of the Southeastern Conference's top rushers. Harris finished with 1,138 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, leading the SEC with 113.8 yards a game last season. His touchdowns were second only in the league to Alabama's Najee Harris. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Gamecock was eager to keep that going this year. However, back surgery to correct what he and South Carolina coach Shane Beamer called a "minor procedure" led Harris to miss all of spring camp and much of the summer. Harris will play for the Gamecocks (1-0) at East Carolina (0-1) on Saturday.

The tailback "looked good out there" for Tuesday's practice, Beamer said. "He'll help. It's another back in the room." Harris was much more than just another back in the room last season; he was the brightest spot in an offense that was 10th in the SEC in both total yards and points. He had five games with 100 yards or more last season, incuding a season high 243 against Mississippi and 210 against Kentucky. Harris became only the third South Carolina runner — Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and Marcus Lattimore are the others — with multiple 200-yard rushing games. "I'm feeling pretty good," said Harris, who usually keeps his comments brief. "I want to do better than I did last year." - AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) Jr/2023 RB Kevin HarrisSouth Carolina
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  SEPT 6 SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Debo Williams, LB, South Carolina,...The redshirt freshman, playing in his first collegiate game, was credited with a pair of blocked punts in the Gamecocks' 46-0 win over Eastern Illinois...He registered a block in both the first and second quarters, each setting up Carolina with good field position which resulted in touchdowns on both occasions. - SEC Football

(DS#9999 ILB) rFr/2025 ILB Debo WilliamsSouth Carolina
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  09/01/21 - Zeb NolandrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Former Iowa State quarterback Zeb Noland has landed another starting job - this time at the University of South Carolina. Noland was named the starting quarterback for the Gamecocks' game Saturday against Eastern Illinois. Noland was a graduate assistant offensive coach as recently as three weeks ago, the Greenville (S.C.) News reported. Noland, a Georgia native, started five games during his Cyclones career, including four in 2018. Noland began 2018 as Iowa State's backup quarterback but took over the starting spot when Kyle Kempt was hurt in the season opener.

After struggling, Noland was replaced as starter by Brock Purdy, who was a freshman then. Purdy has gone on to throw 62 touchdowns and for nearly 9,000 yards. Noland left Iowa State in the middle of the 2018 season and later transferred to North Dakota State. This past spring, Noland started seven games for the North Dakota State, leading the offense with 740 yards passing with five touchdowns and six interceptions. - Des Moines Register


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zeb NolandSouth Carolina
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  08/23/21 - Zeb NolandrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  In its 10th practice of fall camp, South Carolina added another quarterback to the roster. Zeb Noland has moved from a graduate assistant role to the practice field, taking reps at quarterback during Tuesday's media viewing period. Head coach Shane Beamer confirmed his addition to the roster while speaking with reporters afterward. "He's going to compete like everyone else," Beamer said. "If he deserves the opportunity to play and can help us win football games, he will. And if he can't, he won't." Though he was originally in a GA role with the Gamecocks, the 6-foot-2, 224-pound Noland still has college eligibility. He played at Iowa State for three seasons before transferring to North Dakota State, where he backed up first-round NFL draft pick Trey Lance. Noland took reps at quarterback alongside Jason Brown, Connor Jordan and Colten Gauthier in Luke Doty's absense. Doty was the Gamecocks' starter throughout the preseason before he was sidelined with a foot sprain in last Friday's practice. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zeb NolandSouth Carolina
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  New coach Shane Beamer definitely wanted Sterling back, and Sterling wanted to be back. He proved that in Beamer's first month, the coach crediting his work to get healthy and his encouragement to everyone else on the team. "Aaron Sterling is a guy that I thought had a fantastic summer," Beamer said before preseason camp. "Really committed to getting his body right, getting in shape and making strides from that standpoint." He had to. He didn't want to let anybody down, most of all himself. "Knowing my role on this team. Knowing I got a lot of guys that kind of look up to me," Sterling described as his mindset. "So I just got to make sure I'm doing the right things and being the leader that they need me to be, and the team needs me to be."

At practice every day with the first team, having put on 20 pounds of "good" weight, Sterling is driving back his opponent, coaching his backups how to do the same and not wonderingly looking down at his knee, which failed him last year. He decided as soon as he was medically cleared that he couldn't and wouldn't play tentatively. "My knee's feeling good right now. I just try to keep focused on making sure I get the treatment and stuff, keep it healthy. That's all I'm really focused on sometimes, is making sure I stay healthy." - The Post and Courier


(DS#56 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Aaron SterlingSouth Carolina
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  08/20/21 - Karon PruntySo/2024, South Carolina, 6-1, 189 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The roster is never finalized until the first game. South Carolina cornerback Karon Prunty is no longer with the team, having entered the NCAA transfer portal on Aug. 12. Prunty was practicing at first-team cornerback as recently as Aug. 10 (Aug. 11 was an off day) and had appeared at the Gamecocks' media day on Aug. 5. The transfer from Kansas, who didn't give up a touchdown all season as a freshman in 2020, was considered a coup after he picked the Gamecocks over Tennessee. A native of Portsmouth, Va., Prunty said he chose USC because of its proximity to his hometown. "It just felt like home, when I first came here," Prunty said then. "It's closer to home, like five hours away, so I just felt like this was a perfect fit for me." A reason for Prunty's departure on Aug. 12 was unknown, but one source said that it had nothing to do with on-field or off-field issues. It was solely Prunty's decision. - The Post and Courier

(DS#999 CB) So/2024 CB Karon PruntySouth Carolina
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  08/20/21 - OrTre SmithrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 222 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  OrTre Smith is ready for his true sophomore year at South Carolina. If he had to wait three years to get here, that's just the hand he was dealt. "I feel great. Knee is great," said Smith, who was an Army All-American coming out of Wando High School in 2017. "My knee situation, that's over with now. I feel completely fine. The little year and a half, that was just something I had to go through. I'm past that." That was Smith catching a pass between a corner and a linebacker at practice the other day, then turning upfield, no knee brace in sight. His body looked slimmer, his speed strong.

Some of the newcomers at practice asked who that was. Smith's name was pointed to, along with his "redshirt senior" designation. Yes, that's correct. Smith has been at USC for five years, and he's just now completely ready to play his true second season. The first time he tried a balky knee sent him down a path he is happy to revisit, but only to illustrate how far he's come. "When I got my knee injury my sophomore year, I wasn't thinking a long-term thing. It was, 'OK, I'm hurt, I've been hurt before, I'll be fine next year," Smith said. "My junior year, that's when everything kind of hit me. I couldn't play like I used to play. I never thought about quitting at all. But it weighed on me." - The Post and Courier


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR OrTre SmithSouth Carolina
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  08/18/21 - EJ JenkinsSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-7, 235 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver or tight end? That's a question South Carolina's E.J. Jenkins gets asked a lot these days. At 6-foot-7 and 243 pounds, Jenkins has a simple answer to the question. "I'm an athlete. I do both. I play offense so I do whatever they need me to do," Jenkins said last week at USC's on-campus media day. Jenkins played both receiver and tight end in the spring and summer since arriving to the Gamecock football program from St. Francis (Pennsylvania) in January along with teammate Jason Brown. Jenkins had 39 catches for 779 yards and a school-record 13 touchdowns in 2019 for St. Francis. The Red Flash didn't have a fall 2020 or spring 2021 season because of COVID-19. This spring, Jenkins said he rotated between receivers and tight ends and bounced back and forth between both positions' meeting rooms. During the media viewing portion at two of USC's fall practices, Jenkins was working strictly as a tight end with the second team. With offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield's desire for more two tight-end sets, Jenkins could see plenty of time at that spot.

Brown still views his childhood friend as more of a receiver but acknowledges that he could play both. Jenkins said he hasn't played a whole lot of tight end in live games except for a select handful of formations at St. Francis. "I look at him more as a receiver because I have been with him for 10 or 11 years," said Brown, who played with Jenkins at Chancellor High School in Virginia and at St. Francis.."He is built for tight end, but he can play receiver. He can play anywhere. He can put his hand in the dirt and can block. He can run short intermediate routes or take the top off the coverage if he has to. "He is a special athlete. They don't breed them like that everywhere, that is for sure." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR EJ JenkinsSouth Carolina
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  Call Rodricus Fitten "Hot Rod." It's the name South Carolina's roster lists, anyway. Heading into his third year with the Gamecocks, his name was changed to "Hot Rod Fitten" on the official 2021 football roster ahead of fall camp. Fitten said the change was just easier for everyone to understand and pronounce. He grew up with constant mispronunciations of "Rodricus." The nickname has Gamecock origins. Fitten was actually first called "Hot Rod" by a South Carolina recruiter wanting to find a good nickname for him. Fitten also grew up playing with Hot Wheels cars, so "Hot Rod" made sense.

Fitten swapped positions this season, moving from the Buck/Sam linebacker spot over to edge. He saw his first year of meaningful playing time in 2020, coming down with eight tackles across six games. He started at defensive end in South Carolina's last two games against Georgia and Kentucky. He signed with the Gamecocks in 2019 out of Booker T. Washington in Atlanta. He redshirted that first season and took reps on the scout team. - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Rodricus FittenSouth Carolina
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  Dakereon Joyner will talk about the past, because it isn't like there's something to hide. "I think everybody in the country knows what happened," he quipped at South Carolina's Media Day. But a much more personal topic is foremost on his mind. "This the year, man. This is the year," the Gamecocks' fourth-year athlete said. "I just know God is going to do some great things for me. I'm confident, I'm prepared." That's always been the question with Joyner, who had a tremendous high school career at Fort Dorchester High that culminated with the 2017 "Mr. Football" award given to the state's top player. When will the lethality he showed whenever the ball was in his hands in high school manifest itself on the college field? He hasn't been able to do it thus far, mostly because he hasn't had a real opportunity. - The Post and Courier

(DS#56 WR) rJr/2023 WR Dakereon JoynerSouth Carolina
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  08/14/21 - Luke DotySo/2024, South Carolina, 6-1, 210 (DS#21 QB) + More +

  South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said expected starting quarterback Luke Doty sprained his foot and could miss the team's season opener. Beamer said Saturday that Doty, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound second-year passer, got his foot accidently stepped on at practice Friday. Exams showed that the injury was not as bad as originally feared and that Doty was hopeful he could play in the team's first game against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4. Doty started the final two games last season as the Gamecocks went 2-8. He completed 43 of 71 passes for 405 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Beamer said there was no reason to panic about the quarterback position as Doty will be day to day with the injury going forward. "Luke's in great spirits and is optimistic he'll be able to play in the first game," Beamer said. "But if he's not, it'll be shortly after that." If Doty can't go, the Gamecocks will rely on St. Francis (Pennsylvania) transfer Jason Brown or freshman Colten Gauthier, neither who has taken a snap in a game for South Carolina. - AP College Football

(DS#21 QB) So/2024 QB Luke DotySouth Carolina
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  08/07/21 - Cam SmithrSo/2024, South Carolina, 6-0, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  South Carolina football will be without one of its key defensive cogs heading into fall camp. Junior cornerback Cam Smith is currently battling back from a cracked bone in his left foot. Smith told reporters he had a procedure on the injury Friday. "Right now I feel great," he said. "I feel like if they would let me take the cast off right now I'd probably start running." Exactly how the injury happened was not revealed. During Thursday's preseason media day in Columbia, Smith came and went on a scooter while his foot was wrapped in a cast. Head coach Shane Beamer said the expectation is that Smith will be ready to practice soon and the hope is he'll be available for the Sept. 4 opener. The coach described the surgery as "a pretty simple procedure." Smith reiterated Beamer's message and said he feels good as he works his way back to full health. "He'll be out starting practice and not fully cleared," Beamer said. "But again, expect him to be ready for for game one." - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  08/06/21 - Nick MuserSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 250 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  The Gamecocks have the depth and versatility to run two tight-end sets this season. Senior Nick Muse is the unquestioned No. 1 tight end and could be poised for a big season after passing up a chance at the NFL and return to USC. The William & Mary transfer was the team's second-leading receiver this past season with 30 catches for 425 yards and a touchdown. He said he never got back to where he wanted to be after tearing his ACL late in the 2019 campaign, so he decided to come back one more year and improve his draft stock.

"Nick can do everything and he is really intent on improving his run blocking because that is something he knows he needs to do on the next level," USC tight ends coach Erik Kimrey said. "But he also can go out and split out for you. He does an outstanding job of creating space with his body and his route running. "He is the leader in our tight end room and on our team, so there is not much he doesn't bring to the table. And he has been a wonderful guy for me to lean on with this being my first year coaching the position." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#12 TE) rSr/2022 TE Nick MuseSouth Carolina
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