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  03/27/21 - Nick MuserSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 250 (DS#11 TE) + More +

  Nick Muse has aspirations of joining his brother Tanner and playing in the NFL. But those dreams could wait a year, as the Gamecock tight end decided to come back for his "super senior" season at South Carolina - the NCAA granted all players an extra year of eligibility because of COVID-19, and so Muse had the option to return. Muse talked about that decision publicly for the first time Friday as USC offensive players met with the media. "I don't think I had the year that I wished to have last year," Muse said. "I started practicing seven months out of rehab when it is usually a nine or twelve months thing. I was limpy...I just wasn't myself." Muse, who transferred to USC from William & Mary back in 2019, was the team's second-leading receiver this past season with 30 catches for 425 yards and a touchdown. But he said he never got back to where he wanted to be after tearing his ACL late in the 2019 campaign. He wore a brace throughout the 2020 season and also wasn't used much on special teams, where he excels. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#11 TE) rSr/2022 TE Nick MuseSouth Carolina
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  03/26/21 - *Jaycee HornJr/2021, South Carolina, 6-1, 205 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn believes he's the best defender in the NFL draft. He showed the pros he's one of the fast with a sizzling performance at the school's pro day Wednesday. Horn, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back from Alpharetta, Georgia, is projected as a first-rounder and ran a time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. "I feel I'm the best defensive player in the draft," Horn said Tuesday. Horn showcase his speed for 61 NFL personnel including head coaches Matt Rhule of Carolina and Mike Vrabel of Tennessee. He's expected to be among the first cornerbacks chosen and did little to change that image as he worked out Wednesday. Horn, the son of former New Orleans and Atlanta receiver Joe Horn, said he's been matched against some of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference and came out on top. "I'm versatile, have the size, (have) the speed and athleticism," the younger Horn said. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#2 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Jaycee HornSouth Carolina
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  03/25/21 - R.J. RoderickSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-0, 205 (DS#16 SS) + More +

  R.J. Roderick couldn't stop worrying about the future. He worried about his falling grades, about COVID-19 and the nagging hip pointer injury that made it painful for him to play. Then South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp - the coach who had recruited him - and Roderick decided to step away from the game altogether. The Gamecock safety from Summerville opted out last November, midway through his junior season, and turned his attention toward himself. The NCAA and schools allowed such a move during the pandemic while preserving his scholarship and eligibility. Months later, Roderick is back in garnet and black, rejoining the team for spring practice under a new coaching regime. On Monday, Roderick spoke to reporters for the first time since he opted out, explaining what it was like to spend those months away from football.

"It was hard, just dealing with it, just still watching my boys play, watching football period," Roderick said. "But I just spent that time committing myself to working harder, bringing my grades up, making sure that I stay eligible, making sure that my grades are good, to make my mom proud. So I just focused on making myself better in different areas, as well, just to kind of take my head off of it. "I mean, it's depressing just to not be able to play football. So I'm appreciative that I'm here and that spring has started and just loving everything." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#16 SS) Sr/2022 SS R.J. RoderickSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina is adding another graduate transfer to its football roster. Defensive back Carlins Platel of Division II Assumption College in Massachusetts committed to the Gamecocks on Wednesday. Platel, who graduates in May, has been in the transfer portal since October. Coastal Carolina and Austin Peay also had offered Platel, and Mississippi State showed interest. The Gamecocks reached out to Platel over the past week. USC has one scholarship left for Class of 2021, though it's possible Platel could count toward 2022's numbers. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder appeared in 33 games over three seasons for Assumption and had 96 tackles and picked off seven passes. He was a first-team all Northeast Conference selection in 2019. Assumption didn't play football in 2020 because of COVID-19. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Carlins PlatelSouth Carolina
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  01/31/21 - Shi SmithrSr/2021, South Carolina, 5-10, 186 (DS#31 WR) + More +

  Shi Smith made a positive impression this week in his quest to become a professional football player. The former South Carolina Gamecocks standout had three catches for 57 yards Saturday in the annual Reese's Senior Bowl held in Mobile, Alabama. He was a favorite target for American team teammate and Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, whose 32-yard connection with Smith was the game's longest play from scrimmage. Smith stood out at times during this week's all-star game practices and, by most accounts, helped his standing for the NFL Draft that begins April 29. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#31 WR) rSr/2021 WR Shi SmithSouth Carolina
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  01/27/21 - Jason BrownrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  South Carolina added two players to its football roster for the spring on Tuesday. Quarterback Jason Brown (6-4, 230) and wide receiver EJ Jenkins (6-8, 230), teammates at Saint Francis College in Pennsylvania, were told Tuesday they were approved for admission at USC and immediately committed to the Gamecocks. They will arrive on campus March 1. The two are from Fredericksburg, Va., and decided to transfer after Saint Francis canceled its spring season. Their goal was to continue playing together, and the Gamecocks offered them that opportunity. In 2019, Brown set a school record with 3,084 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his attempts. He believes the new offense Marcus Satterfield plans to install at USC will fit him well. - The Post and Courier

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason BrownSouth Carolina
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  01/21/21 - Tyrese RossrJr/2023, South Carolina, 6-2, 181 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  After appearing in just one game this season and missing three others for reasons that were undisclosed, Washington State safety Tyrese Ross has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ross announced his decision to transfer on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon and indicated he'll be playing elsewhere this fall. Entering the shortened 2020 season, Ross was projected to start at safety for the Cougars, but he didn't travel with the team to the season opener at Oregon State. Ross started at strong safety in the next game, versus Oregon at Martin Stadium, and was credited with two tackles, but he didn't travel with the Cougars in the final two games of the season, at USC and Utah. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 SS) rJr/2023 SS Tyrese RossSouth Carolina
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  01/14/21 - Jason BrownrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Saint Francis University, an FCS program in Pennsylvania that's in the Northeast Conference, last week notified its players that plans to play a spring season had been scratched. With that news, some players headed into the NCAA transfer portal. Two of those were the best offensive players on the team, junior quarterback Jason Brown (6-4, 230) and junior wide receiver E.J. Jenkins (6-8, 235), who announced a decision Friday to transfer. The natives of Fredericksburg, Virginia have played together since the seventh grade, and they want to continue to play together. On Tuesday they were contacted by South Carolina. If things work out, they could be headed to Columbia by the weekend. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason BrownSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina football just got some much-needed help with its pass rush. Georgia State's Jordan Strachan, the nation's co-leader in sacks in the 2020 season, announced Wednesday he is transferring to the Gamecocks. Strachan put his name in the transfer portal on Monday. Strachan posted the news of his new school on Twitter where he thanked Georgia State, his coaches, mentors and trainers to help get to this point. This year, Strachan had a school-record 10.5 sacks, tied for most in FBS, and had a school record 14.5 tackles for loss as part of his 41 tackles. He was part of a Georgia State defense that had a school-record 35 sacks. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#15 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jordan StrachanSouth Carolina
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  01/09/21 - Collin HillrSr/2021, South Carolina, 6-4, 213 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  South Carolina's quarterback room is starting to grow somewhat thin. A school spokesperson confirmed Friday that fifth-year senior Collin Hill will not return after a challenging lone season with the program. Hill will begin training for USC's NFL pro timing day, according to the school. Hill also accepted an invitation to play in the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas on Jan. 17-21. Hill joined the Gamecocks as a grad transfer, following his former coach Mike Bobo from Colorado State, starting eight games before ceding the starting job to freshman Luke Doty. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2021 QB Collin HillSouth Carolina
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  01/05/21 - Kevin HarrisJr/2023, South Carolina, 5-10, 225 (DS#8 RB) + More +

  The rise of South Carolina running back Kevin Harris continues. Before the season, it wasn't clear that the sophomore tailback would even start for the Gamecocks. Months later, Harris' name has surfaced on an early list of odds for the 2021 Heisman Trophy, college football's highest individual honor. While not a frontrunner for the award - Harris (+2000) ranks 16th according to odds from MyBookie Sportsbook - his inclusion is a testament to a breakout 2020 season. After emerging early in the season as South Carolina's bell cow, Harris became the ninth Gamecock to run for 1,000 yards in a season. His 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns came in just 10 games and are fifth-most yards and tied for second-most touchdowns in a single season in prgoram history. - The State

(DS#8 RB) Jr/2023 RB Kevin HarrisSouth Carolina
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  01/02/21 - Ahmarean BrownJr/2023, South Carolina, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Ahmarean Brown will be a South Carolina Gamecock. Brown, who led the Yellow Jackets in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown catches as a freshman in 2019 before entering the transfer portal at the end of the 2020 season, made his announcement Thursday. In 2019, Brown, from Tampa, Fla., caught 21 passes for 396 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, tying Calvin Johnson's school record for touchdown catches by a freshman. This season, his production declined, with 11 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown in seven games as wide receiver Jalen Camp and running back Jahmyr Gibbs assumed larger roles in the passing game. Brown missed the team's final three games. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Ahmarean BrownSouth Carolina
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Jordan Strachan, Georgia State, LB,...Outside linebacker who leads the Sun Belt and ranks No. 4 in FBS with 9.0 sacks (1.0 per game)...Keys a GSU defense with a school-record 32 sacks (No. 7 in FBS)...Ranks second in the Sun Belt with 12.5 tackles for loss (1.4 per game)...Leads the Sun Belt with two fumble recoveries and is second with three forced fumbles. - Georgia State Football

(DS#15 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jordan StrachanSouth Carolina
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  01/02/21 - Keem GreenSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-5, 315 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Keem Green decided to seek more playing time elsewhere. A 6-foot-5, 320-pound defensive lineman, Green has entered the transfer portal after recording three tackles in five games this season as a reserve for Nebraska. He made two tackles in the Huskers' season opener at fifth-ranked Ohio State and added another stop against Illinois. He appeared in only one of the final four games. He originally joined Nebraska's roster in August 2019 - at the midpoint of preseason drills - as a transfer from Highlands (Kansas) Community College. He recorded a single tackle in his debut, against Ohio State, and also earned playing time against Wisconsin and Maryland. By playing in only three games, he maintained a redshirt season. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 DT) Sr/2022 DT Keem GreenSouth Carolina
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  12/29/20 - Nick MuserSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 250 (DS#11 TE) + More +

  Nothing's official yet, but South Carolina football's new tight ends coach certainly seems confident that the Gamecocks' top player at the position will return for another season. Erik Kimrey has been a part of new head coach Shane Beamer's staff for only a couple of days, but he's taken the time to speak with senior Nick Muse, who led the tight end unit in 2020 with 30 catches, 425 yards and a touchdown. And from that conversation, Kimrey said, he got a positive indication that Muse will be back. "Had a great conversation, and I feel confident that he's gonna be back next year," Kimrey said. "He's still working through some things in terms of talking to some people, but we had a wonderful conversation. He seems like a great guy and I look forward to him coming back and being a great leader on this team. We need him." - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#11 TE) rSr/2022 TE Nick MuseSouth Carolina
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