When South Carolina Has the Ball
|Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:43 AM- -|
When South Carolina Has the Ball
Normally on Mondays we review the previous game but since it was Georgia State and since we will take Thursday off for Thanksgiving, I decided to jump right into the game with the rival.
Today, I want to look at the South Carolina offense. This unit has a chance to break a lot of school records, but there are also some question marks coming into Saturday's game.
The Gamecocks offense was productive in September and October but have stalled with the win at Florida and with turnovers this past weekend against South Alabama.
South Carolina is balanced on offense and it all starts with the left side of the offensive line in seniors Corey Robinson (6-8, 344) and A.J. Cann (6-4, 311). When USC has success, it usually starts on the left side. The center position has had some issues with snaps in the shotgun. Clayton Stadnick and Alan Knott have split time there. The right side has seen new starter Will Sport emerge to play beside veteran Brandon Shell. This was supposed to be the best offensive line in school history and at times they have played well but consistency is an issue.
Dylan Thompson is the senior quarterback who has completed 223 of 338 passes for 3,031 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Like the rest of the Carolina offense, Thompson has played well at times but has not been consistent throughout the season.
The receiving corps is led by Pharroh Cooper who has 58 catches for 921 yards and eight scores. Senior Nick Jones has 38 receptions for 486 yards and five scores. Shaq Roland has been a curious case. The former Mr. Football in South Carolina is currently listed as a third team wide out and has 23 catches for 330 yards and four scores. The Gamecocks do like throwing to their tight ends, Busta Anderson and Jerrell Adams, who have combined for 37 receptions for 482 yards and a couple of scores.
The Gamecocks have two talented backs in Mike Davis, who has 174 carries for 888 yards and nine scores, and Brandon Wilds, who has 99 carries for 556 yards and four touchdowns.
South Carolina's balance is seen in their statistics. They are 22nd in the country in passing yards with 281 yards per game. Carolina is 51st in the country in rushing yards with 179 per contest. The 461 yards per game of total offense ranks USC 26th in the country. Their 34.8 points per game is currently 31st in the nation.
One aspect of the Gamecocks' offense is the play calling of Steve Spurrier. In my opinion, Spurrier is the best I have seen at reading a game. When a game needs to be shortened, Spurrier can slow it down and run the ball and control the clock. When a game needs to be lengthened Spurrier can run the hurry up and throw the ball and get more plays in. His feel for the game and knack for play calling makes him one of the best offensive minds in the game.
South Carolina will put an impressive offense on the field Saturday. At the same time, they will face perhaps the best defense they have faced this season.
Tomorrow we will look at the South Carolina defense and what the Tigers will face when they have the ball.
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