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  2022 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Kai Kroeger, South Carolina,...Kroeger, 6-4, 207-pound junior from Lake Forest, Ill., was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He averaged 46.8-yards per punt, tops in the SEC, second in the country and the second-best mark in school history. Of his 52 punts, 17 traveled 50 or more yards, including a long of 79, the third-longest in FBS in 2022. Twenty-seven of his punts (52 percent) were spotted inside the 20-yard line. He was also named to the All-SEC first team by the AP and was recognized as the Jim Carlen Most Valuable Player for Special Teams at the team's Senior Banquet earlier this week. - South Carolina Football

Jr/2024 P Kai KroegerSouth Carolina
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  2022 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Antwane Wells, South Carolina,...Wells, a 6-1, 207-pound junior from Richmond, Va., leads the Gamecocks with 63 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns. He ranks second in the SEC in receiving yards per game at 74.8 and is third in receptions per game at 5.25. He also has cracked the school's all-time single-season list in both receptions and receiving yards, ranking 10th in both categories. Wells was recognized as the Steve Spurrier Most Valuable Offensive Player at the team's Senior Banquet and was named to the Associated Press' All-SEC second team earlier this week. - South Carolina Football

rJr/2024 WR Antwane Wells Jr.South Carolina
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  2022 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LS Hunter Rogers, South Carolina,...Rogers, a 6-1, 205-pound redshirt sophomore from Columbia's Spring Valley High School, handled both the short- and long-snapping duties for the Gamecocks this season. He was part of a punting unit that helped Kai Kroeger lead the conference in punting at 46.8 yards and the team rank second in the SEC and fifth in the country in net punting at 43.27 yards per punt. In addition, Rogers was the snapper working with first-year placekicker Mitch Jeter, who was successful on all 10 of his field goal attempts in 2022. Rogers added three special teams tackles and rushed five yards for a first down on a fake field goal attempt. - South Carolina Football

rSo/2025 LS Hunter RogersSouth Carolina
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  2022 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Jovaughn Gwyn, South Carolina,...Gwyn, a 6-3, 300-pound redshirt senior from Charlotte, N.C., started all 12 games for the Gamecocks at right guard in 2022 and has made 46-consecutive starts, most on the squad and third on the school's all-time list behind only T.J. Johnson (53) and Brandon Shell (47). Gwyn garnered the Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, the Strength & Conditioning Award, the Most Outstanding Senior Award and was named a Rex Enright Team Captain for the second-straight year at the team's Senior Banquet held earlier this week. - South Carolina Football

rSr/2023 OG Jovaughn GwynSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina's Jaheim Bell, the most versatile offensive weapon the Gamecocks have, will enter the NCAA transfer portal, he announced late Monday night. A multi-use talent who could play running back, receiver and tight end, Bell came into the season with expectations that he would be a heavy part of every offensive game plan. Instead, he spent most of it without the ball in his hands, which led to late-season statements about his frustration and explanations from former offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield that didn't make much sense. Satterfield declared he wanted Bell to touch the ball as much as possible, something that was echoed by head coach Shane Beamer, but the execution screamed otherwise.

It came to a head after a 23-10 loss to Missouri where Bell was on the field for nine snaps and received no carries nor catches. "It's very frustrating going through the week knowing that you're going to get the ball and it doesn't happen," Bell said then. "It's kind of frustrating, but I kind of tried to let that go after Sunday and Monday and today on Tuesday, try to come in and build on it and be positive and prepare like a pro." The Gamecocks' final four games, which also featured injuries to top two running backs MarShawn Lloyd and Christian Beal-Smith, saw Bell's usage dramatically increase. Bell rushed nine times, scoring one touchdown, and caught two passes in the Gamecocks' 31-30 win at Clemson on Nov. 26. The thought was that Bell would consider the NFL Draft, but his statement on Monday said nothing about professional football, only that he was leaving USC. With fellow tight end Austin Stogner also announcing his intention to enter the portal on Monday, and Nate Adkins out of eligibility, the Gamecocks stand to return only Traevon Kenion from their four-TE rotation. - The Post and Courier


Jr/2024 TE Jaheim BellSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina defensive back Cam Smith is leaving the 20th-ranked Gamecocks for the NFL. Smith, the 6-foot, 188-pound junior, announced his decision on social media Friday. He is considered a first-round NFL draft pick. Smith thanked his teammates, coaches, team personnel and fans. He said after discussing his options with his family, he was ready to move on to the pros. "I am eager to pursue my dreams of playing in the NFL," Smith wrote in his post. "But I will always be a Gamecock." Smith was part of a secondary that limited consecutive top-10 opponents in Tennessee (63-38) and Clemson (31-30) to close the regular season. Smith's picture on his Twitter post showed him holding the Palmetto Bowl Trophy and smoking a victory cigar after defeating the rival Tigers last week. Smith finished the season with 27 tackles and an interception. - AP College Football

rJr/2023 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  NOV 28 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kai Kroeger, P, South Carolina,...Kroeger showed why he's a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. Kroeger booted seven punts for a 53.7-yard average, including three of 60-yards or more with a long of 63, in the Gamecocks' 31-30 win over No. 7 Clemson...Five of his seven punts pinned the Tigers inside the 10, including 3 inside the 5, as the Gamecocks netted 48.6-yards per punt. - SEC Football

Jr/2024 P Kai KroegerSouth Carolina
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  NOV 28 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcellas Dial, DB, South Carolina,...Dial was targeted 11 times, according to PFF, in the Gamecocks' 31-30 win over No. 7 Clemson on Saturday...He allowed just one completion for 11 yards while recording three pass breakups and one interception...He was also credited with two solo tackles, as the Gamecock defense held Clemson to just 8-of-29 passing for 99 yards...In the second half, Clemson was just 3-of-16 passing for just 13 yards with Dial's interception. - SEC Football

rJr/2024 CB Marcellas DialSouth Carolina
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  Spencer Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns, Mitch Jeter hit the go-ahead field goal with 11 minutes left and South Carolina crushed the playoff hopes of a second straight top-10 team with a 31-30 victory at No. 7 Clemson on Saturday. The Gamecocks (8-4, 3-2 SEC) were the talk of college football last week after their 63-38 dismantling of then fifth-ranked Tennessee, ending the Vols' hopes of a College Football Playoff berth. South Carolina and Rattler, who threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee, ended any chance Clemson (10-2, 6-1 ACC, CFP No. 8) had of reaching the CFP. The Gamecocks rallied from 14-0 down 10 minutes in to end Clemson's seven-game series winning streak and 40-game home streak that dated to 2016. Antwane Wells Jr. had nine catches for 131 yards, including touchdowns of 4 and 72 yards.

Clemson was looking to set a series record with its eighth in a row over South Carolina. And the Tigers were up 30-21 midway through the third period after Will Shipley's 11-yard burst to the end zone. That's when Wells, the James Madison transfer, broke behind the defense for a 72-yard scoring catch two plays later. After Clemson's three-and-out, Rattler moved the Gamecocks to the Tigers 10 before Jeter connected for a 35-yard kick to go 10 of 10 on the season. Clemson had no answer after South Carolina took the lead. The Tigers managed only 15 yards on three series as DJ Uiagalelei went a combined 0-of-6 passing with an interception. Clemson got the ball back a final time with 2:09 left, but Antonio Williams fumbled on a punt return and South Carolina's Nick Emmanwori recovered. The Gamecocks went wild in celebration, rushing to the team's fans and band in Death Valley's West end zone. Wells wrapped it up with his final catch for a first down with 1:04 left. Rattler took the final snap and heaved the ball high in the air in joy. - South Carolina/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  NOV 21 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina,...Rattler had arguably the best game by a quarterback in Carolina school history in the win over No. 5 Tennessee...Rattler completed 30-of-37 passes for 438 yards and a school-record six touchdowns with no interceptions...The 30 completions, 438 yards and six TDs were all career highs. The 438 yards was the fourth-highest single game mark in school history...Twelve different players had receptions, including a 15-yarder by Rattler from Dakereon Joyner...He was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Division I National Performer of the Week. - SEC Football

rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  NOV 20 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: SPENCER RATTLER, SOUTH CAROLINA, Redshirt Junior, Quarterback, Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle,...Spencer Rattler competed 30-of-37 passes for a career-best 438 yards and set a school record with six touchdown throws as South Carolina defeated fifth-ranked Tennessee, 63-38. Rattler and the Gamecocks' 63 points set a school record against a top-five opponent. With the win, South Carolina improved to 7-4, 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Notes: Spencer Rattler is the sixth South Carolina player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since the award started in 2004, and the first since defensive Jaycee Horn (Oct. 18, 2020). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  NOV 21 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jaylen Nichols, LT, South Carolina,...Nichols graded out at 90 percent with no quarterback pressures or sacks in the Gamecocks' 63-38 win over No. 5 Tennessee...The Gamecocks rolled up 606 yards of offense, including 153 on the ground and 453 through the air...Carolina's 63 points was its second-highest points scored in an SEC; the most by a Carolina team against a top-5 opponent; the most by an unranked team against an AP top-5 opponent in the poll era (since 1936); the most points by an unranked SEC team vs a ranked SEC team ever in regulation; and the most points allowed by Tennessee in an SEC game. - SEC Football

Sr/2023 OT Jaylen NicholsSouth Carolina
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  Spencer Rattler had the best day of his unpredictable career, throwing for 438 yards and five touchdowns as South Carolina beat No. 5 Tennessee 63-38 on Saturday night, all but eliminating the Volunteers from the playoffs. Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern, No. 5 CFP) may have also lost Heisman Trophy candidate Hendon Hooker, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, falling and fumbling without being hit. Even before the injury, the quarterback of the night was Rattler, who went from Heisman contender to the bench at Oklahoma in 2021. The junior finally lived up to the potential fans of South Carolina (7-4, 4-4) hoped for when he arrived. Rattler came into the night with nine interceptions and eight touchdowns and averaging 198 yards a game passing. There were questions asked about whether the Gamecocks might want to test out the backup. But the junior was patient in the pocket, dropping passes into the narrowest of windows.

He ran when he had to with five carries for 16 yards. And he even caught a pass in the red zone from Dakeron Joyner, who South Carolina typically uses as a running threat under center. Rattler's best day before Saturday was 387 yards against Kansas State for Oklahoma in 2020 and five TDs for the Sooners against Western Carolina in 2021. Antwane Wells Jr. caught 11 passes for 177 yards and Josh Vann and Jaheim Bell each caught two touchdowns for the Gamecocks. The Tennessee defense could do almost nothing to stop the 11th best offense in the SEC. The Gamecocks gained 606 yards after failing to get over 300 yards in three of their past four games. The 63 points were the most the Vols have ever allowed in an SEC game, eclipsing the 62-37 loss to Steve Spurrier's Florida in 1995. Hooker was 25 of 42 for 247 yards and three TDs before his injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of his hurt leg, but he did not return to the game. Joe Milton III took over at QB for the Vols when Hooker went down, turning the ball over om downs after driving into the red zone then leading a four-play 75-yard scoring drive in the final two minutes. - South Carolina/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  NOV 7 SEC CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kai Kroeger, P, South Carolina,...Kroeger continues to show why he is one of the top punters in the nation and a four-time Ray Guy's "Ray's 8" honoree this season...He booted five punts against Vanderbilt for a 53.6-yard average, including kicks of 69 and 66 yards, with two of his punts downed inside the 20...Kroeger, who is also the holder on placements, completed a 16-yard pass on a fake field goal for a first down, and is now 4-for-4 in his career passing. - SEC Football

Jr/2024 P Kai KroegerSouth Carolina
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  Spencer Rattler threw three touchdown passes and South Carolina became bowl-eligible with its sixth win of the season, a 38-27 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Rattler threw a 29-yard TD pass to Xavier Legette, a 19-yard TD to Josh Vann and a 17-yard TD to Antwane Wells. The Gamecocks (6-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) won their 14th straight game over the Commodores (3-6, 0-5). South Carolina built a commanding 31-14 halftime lead and handed Vanderbilt its fifth straight loss. The Commodores suffered their 26th consecutive SEC defeat despite a career-high 167 rushing yards from senior running back Ray Davis, a Temple transfer.

South Carolina scored 10 points off turnovers in the first quarter. Darius Rush intercepted an underthrown pass by AJ Swann at the Gamecocks 30-yard line, setting up the game's first touchdown. Five plays later, Legette got behind the coverage in the middle of the end zone for a 29-yard scoring strike from Rattler to give South Carolina a 7-0 lead. The teams traded long TD passes before Swann fumbled during a sack at the Commodores 17, setting up Mitch Jeter's 31-yard field goal which extended the Gamecocks' lead to 17-7 with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. - South Carolina/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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