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  Quarterback Spencer Rattler, perhaps the brightest spot for South Carolina in a losing season, is giving up his final year in college for the NFL. Rattler, a fifth-year senior who spent his first three seasons at Oklahoma, announced his intentions Wednesday on social media. "This has been a dream and goal of mine since I was a little kid and cannot wait for the chance to turn my dream into reality," he said in his post. Rattler called his two years with the Gamecocks the best of his football life. He led South Carolina to consecutive wins over top 10-, potentially playoff-bound teams in Tennessee and Clemson in 2022, when the Gamecocks went 8-5.

Rattler and the team had higher hopes this season, but a four-game SEC losing streak in September and October left them at 5-7. South Carolina fell to rival Clemson 16-7 this past Saturday night, when Rattler was pressured throughout the game and held to a season-low 112 passing yards. "This place meant everything to me," Rattler said afterward. "Coming here, in two years and just enjoying every moment: the adversity, the success. I wanted to be a part of change in this program. And I feel like I put 110% effort into it every day." He teased fans that he might make use of his sixth season of eligibility before declaring that he was turning pro. Rattler finished his career with 10,807 yards passing, 77 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. His draft status is all over the place in year considered deep with talented quarterbacks. Rattler appeared in some first-round mock drafts earlier this fall. He also has been projected as a late second-day or early third-day selection. He started all 25 games at South Carolina and 42 of 48 contests in his career, which began with the Sooners. - AP College Football


rSr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  2023 MEAC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Torricelli Simpkins III, North Carolina Central,...Simpkins III is North Carolina Central's second straight offensive lineman to earn the conference's top spot in as many years. Simpkins III anchored the Eagles' offensive line that amassed the conference-best total passing yards (2354), passing average (214.00 avg/g), scoring offense (36.6 avg/g), and rushing touchdowns (25), seventh-best in the football championship subdivision (FCS). The Eagles ranked second in the conference in total offense with 4138 yards. Simpkins III has received three MEAC Weekly Offensive Lineman honors this year. - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Football

Jr/2025 C Torricelli Simpkins IIISouth Carolina
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  2023 MEAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jawarn Howell, South Carolina State,...Howell leads the MEAC in rushing with 808 yards (80.9 ypg) on 102 carries, and 7 TDs. He also recorded ten receptions for 149 yards, 2 TDs in nine games. He was named the FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week following a 283-yard rushing performance on 27 carries and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' win over Howard. In addition to the national honors, Howell earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors for four straight weeks. - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Football

Fr/2027 RB Jawarn HowellSouth Carolina
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  Defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway and offensive lineman Cason Henry likely won't be available for spring practice due to minor surgeries, South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Thursday. The purpose of those procedures was to "clean up some things" from the end of the 2022 season to be fully healthy for this year. Hemingway totaled 33 tackles and four sacks last season. He made a few highlight plays on special teams, catching a fake field goal against Vanderbilt and taking a direct snap for a two-point conversion against S.C. State. Henry played in two games as a true freshman for South Carolina in 2022. - Rock Hill Herald

rSr/2025 DT Tonka HemingwaySouth Carolina
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  Coach Shane Beamer announced on Feb. 3 that freshmen Monteque Rhames and Cameron Upshaw, plus redshirt freshman Anthony Rose, were suspended. The three were allegedly caught with a rifle in their dorm suite. Rhames, the only player arrested and charged with a crime, has a court date on March 31. All three were removed from the dorm, suspended from school and are barred from campus due to violating the university's rule on weapons.

Details on what exactly happened are not clear. Richland County officials have supplied only a heavily redacted incident report. The three players are not listed on the online roster. Rhames has to get his legal process handled, while all have to face a school judiciary board. There is no word on when the matter may be presented to the judiciary panel and the status of the three players is not expected to change anytime soon. - The Post and Courier


Fr/2026 SS Anthony RoseSouth Carolina
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  He's always had to turn others' views of him into reality. Coach Brian Smith knew that Darius Rush was a standout athlete, even if Rush didn't really know all of the plays he was supposed to run, which is why Rush started on the C.E. Murray varsity as a freshman. Rush was put in at quarterback on the 1-yard line and told to run an option play, with the best choice to tuck the ball and try to bull forward for a few yards. He sprinted 99 yards for a touchdown. Chad Wilkes knew he didn't inherit a great team at Murray when he took over for Smith, but he also knew he had Rush, a dynamic receiver. A first view of Rush made Wilkes think, "Man, I really think he could be a great, great corner!" Rush dabbled at corner. C.E. Murray reached the Lower State championship game.

Rush came to South Carolina as an athlete/receiver, but wasn't getting on the field. He was asked if he wanted to switch to defensive back. Swallowing the hurt of knowing that if he said no, he was still never going to play receiver, Rush said sure. He started 21 of his 43 career games, was an inspiring sight last season as he filled in for an injury-riddled secondary, and intercepted two of his nine broken-up passes. Going to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., he was one of dozens of players trying to get one last shot at impressing an NFL scout. Rush was named his team's Cornerback Practice Player of the Week, which is voted on by the team's receivers. - The Post and Courier


rSr/2023 CB Darius RushSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina football players Monteque Rhames, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw have been suspended from the team, coach Shane Beamer announced on Friday. "Our student-athletes know what is expected of them," Beamer said in a statement. "They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions." No reason for the suspensions was given in the statement. But a search of online court logs revealed that Rhames, 18, of Sumter, was detained at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia on Friday afternoon on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.

Online records say Rhames was booked at midnight Feb. 3. There is no record of arrests for Rose and Upshaw. Rhames was out of jail by Friday evening after posting a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. An incident report log from the university's police department revealed that USC officers were dispatched to 650 Lincoln on campus on the evening of Jan. 25 for an undisclosed housing complaint. That address is where all freshmen USC athletes are required to live. Rose, Rhames and an unidentified juvenile are listed as suspects in what the report called a "weapon law violation" and listing a rifle as the weapon. No other details were released. - The Post and Courier


Fr/2026 SS Anthony RoseSouth Carolina
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  Hugh Freeze's arrival on the Plains brought loads of questions, and many of the on-the-field wonders came from one spot: the quarterback room. Would Auburn dip into the transfer portal for a quarterback? What does Freeze, a known quarterback guru, think of Robby Ashford? Is last year's Week One starter, TJ Finley, even still around? A little over two months later, Auburn wrapped up its first signing class under Freeze. It has seen the first of two transfer portal windows come and go. And still, a lot, if not all, of the questions surrounding the position remain. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Freeze said he thinks he'll know lots more about his quarterback room after spring practices start Feb. 27. "Truthfully, when I watched the cut-ups that I've watched, man, it's hard," Freeze said of Auburn's quarterbacks. "It's hard for me to adequately judge quarterbacks if they're not afforded the opportunity to stand in the pocket and make reads and make different throws for a decent percentage of time. The sample size for that is pretty small if they weren't under some type of duress, or maybe it was more of a move-the-pocket scheme. "So I'm anxious to get into spring and kind of see how they handle that, and then I'll go from there with what we do in the second portal window."

Auburn head football coach Hugh Freeze previews spring practices, recaps signing day while speaking to the media Feb. 2. Freeze confirmed reports that the program entertained bringing in a quarterback during the first transfer portal window, which closed in late January. Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall, North Carolina State's Devin Leary and Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders were all named that were tied to the Tigers. Although he didn't specify who was pursued, Freeze said he "never felt great" about many quarterbacks in the portal. "I was OK with that, honestly," Freeze said. "I'm excited to work with the ones we have." - Opelika-Auburn News


rSo/2026 QB Robby AshfordSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina has turned to the transfer portal to fill a need at wide receiver with the enrollment of Eddie Lewis from Memphis. The Big Spur reported Lewis that was enrolled at USC, and The State newspaper confirmed that through a school spokesman. Lewis is a native of Harlem, N.Y., and began his college career at Rutgers in 2018, playing two two seasons there. He caught 29 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown with the Scarlet Knights.

Lewis then transferred to Butler Junior College in Kansas, where he played a spring season in 2021, catching 23 passes for 512 yards and four touchdowns in 6 games. From Butler, Lewis transferred to Memphis, where he developed into one of the top receivers in his league. Last season, he earned second-team all-AAC honors after catching 40 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns. For his two seasons with the Tigers, Lewis caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a long of 75 yards. He averaged over 15 yards per catch. - The Post and Courier


rSr/2024 WR Eddie LewisSouth Carolina
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  At the end of the college season NFL teams were saying good things about South Carolina guard Jovaughn Gwyn. When he was weighed and measured at the NFPA workouts, his height (6-1 7/8) and wingspan (76 5/8) were disappointing. But on the field he was impressive in practice using strong hands and great technique to be consistent as a pass protector. NFL Draft Scout has him rated No. 206 overall (sixth round area), but Gwyn may have improved his stock last week. - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout

rSr/2023 C Jovaughn GwynSouth Carolina
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  Three South Carolina seniors with eligibility remaining aren't expected back in 2023. Head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Saturday he doesn't anticipate receiver/tight end Chad Terrell or offensive linemen Hank Manos and Wyatt Campbell will return for another season, despite having varying amounts of eligibility available.

All three walked during senior day festivities on Nov. 19 prior to the win over Tennessee. "They're not involved in our workouts right now," Beamer said. "But great young men and want to certainly wish them well and (thank them) for everything they did for Gamecock football, as well." Terrell, a high-three-star recruit in the 2017 class, battled injuries and position changes throughout his Gamecocks career. The Mississippi product tore an ACL three times over five-plus years in Columbia - once in 2018, again in 2020 and finally during fall camp in 2022. Despite that, he appeared in 27 contests, working at both tight end and receiver. He recorded seven career receptions for 76 yards. Manos and Campbell both worked mostly in reserve roles along the offensive line. - Rock Hill Herald


rSr/2023 FB Chad TerrellSouth Carolina
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  It's a tradition unlike any other. Auburn announced the date for its 2023 A-Day spring game, and unsurprisingly, it coincides with the Saturday of the Masters Tournament. That has often been the case over the years, including last year, and it will again be the case this spring as the Tigers hold their annual spring game on April 8 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This year's A-Day game will mark the culmination of the Tigers' first spring under new head coach Hugh Freeze, who was hired in late November and tasked with resurrecting a program that fell on hard time during a less-than-two-year tenure under Bryan Harsin.

Freeze retooled the coaching staff, retaining only Cadillac Williams and Zac Etheridge as assistants, and has overhauled the roster with 17 incoming freshmen and a transfer haul featuring a dozen more players; the Tigers' recruiting class ranks 18th nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings, while its transfer class ranks fourth. Auburn will be allotted 15 practices during the spring, and while an official start date has yet to be announced, the Tigers are likely to return to the field in early March. It will all lead to A-Day on April 8, which typically includes a full, split-squad scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. - Birmingham News


rSo/2026 QB Robby AshfordSouth Carolina
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  The show goes on. Sandwiched between 2022 highlights and a clip out of Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street," Spencer Rattler announced his return to South Carolina via a social media video on Tuesday evening. It didn't send quite the same shockwaves that his initial commitment to USC one year ago elicited, but the ramifications are just as massive. Rattler's 2022 season had its ups and downs. He threw five picks in his first three games. His final 18-12 touchdown-to-interception ratio leaves something to be desired.

Still, there were moments of "wow" that reminded everyone why he was such a massive get in December 2021. The November wins over No. 5 Tennessee and No. 8 Clemson will live on in South Carolina lore. Rattler's magician-like performances in those contest ensured that he'll never have to buy another drink in Columbia. He finished those two wins throwing for a combined 792 yards and eight touchdowns. He connected on 72% of his throws. - Rock Hill Herald


rSr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  Wide receiver Eddie Lewis, who led the Memphis Tigers in receiving yards (615) and finished tied for the team lead in touchdown catches (7), has entered the transfer portal, an athletics department official confirmed. It means Memphis will likely have to replace its top four receivers from the 2022 campaign after tight end Caden Prieskorn and wide receiver Javon Ivory entered their names into the portal soon after the Tigers' win in the First Responder Bowl. Wide receiver Gabe Rogers is also gone since he ran out of eligibility. Prieskorn subsequently committed to Ole Miss earlier this week. - Memphis Commerical Appeal

rSr/2024 WR Eddie LewisSouth Carolina
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  Another former Gamecock has found a home in Tallahassee. Defensive end Gilber Edmond announced his commitment to Florida State on Tuesday over reported interest from LSU. Edmond was thrust into starting duties in the wake of Jordan Strachan's season-ending injury Week 2 at Arkansas. The Florida native finished the year with 39 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and two sacks.

A late-bloomer coming out of high school, Edmond signed with South Carolina on signing day in 2020 having played receiver for the bulk of his prep career before transitioning to defense. Edmond is also the fifth ex-South Carolina player in recent memory to land with the Seminoles. - Rock Hill Herald


rJr/2025 DE Gilber EdmondSouth Carolina
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