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Breaking down Jake Bentley
How did South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley grade out in South Carolina’s 35-28 win against North Carolina State on Saturday? Hale McGranahan of SEC Country has a full breakdown of the sophomore signal caller’s performance .
“Bentley played well,” McGranahan wrote. “He did enough to help his team win and didn’t do anything to lose the game. Kudos to him for sticking with the game plan and coming away with his first neutral-site win.”
Bentley completed 17 of 30 passes for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
South Carolina injury update
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp provided an update on several injured South Carolina players in his weekly teleconference on Sunday night.
Freshman cornerback Tavyn Jackson (foot) is expected to miss more time, but redshirt freshman wide receiver Randrecous Davis (leg) is close to returning to the field.
“Randrecous practiced [Sunday] and looked good, so we’ll go with him this week and see what we can do, and Tavyn is probably another week or so out,” Muschamp said.
Spotlight on Zack Bailey
South Carolina right tackle Zack Bailey was impressive in his first start at the position on Saturday, wrote The State’s Ben Breiner .
“He made his first start against N.C. State, and facing a fearsome Wolfpack defensive front led by Bradley Chubb, he held his own,” Breiner wrote.
The junior offensive lineman started every game at left guard in 2016. He was moved to tackle in the offseason.
Bailey was named to the Coaches’ SEC All-Freshman team in 2015.
South Carolina tabbed as underdog against Mizzou
Vegas installed the Gamecocks as 3.5-point underdogs in their Week 2 road game against Missouri.
“The oddsmakers are looking for a close game, tabbing the Tigers as a 3.5-point favorite,” wrote Randy Capps of SEC Country. “Missouri was 3-2 against the spread as a home favorite last season, while South Carolina was 1-4 ATS as road underdogs.”
South Carolina is 3-2 against Missouri since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2013.
The Gamecocks are looking for their first SEC road victory with Bentley under center.
Mizzou coach praises Deebo Samuel
Missouri coach Barry Odom had nothing but good things to say about South Carolina’s wide receiver corps in his teleconference on Monday, via John Whittle of The Big Spur .
“The quarterback makes them go, but Deebo Samuel, I think he’s one of the best guys in the country, and I thought that last year after we left playing them,” Odom said when previewing the Gamecocks. “[He excelled] in jump ball situations last year, and he continued to do it the other day. Bryan Edwards, 89, is a really good player and the freshman, 13 (Shi Smith), played really well.”
Samuel had 9 catches for 125 yards, plus 2 carries for 7 yards and 1 rushing touchdown in South Carolina’s 31-21 win against Mizzou in 2016.
Latest South Carolina bowl projection
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports posted his latest bowl predictions on Monday , with South Carolina projected to face TCU in the Texas Bowl.
Clearly, Palm was impressed by the Gamecocks’ performance against N.C. State on Saturday as South Carolina was absent from his earlier bowl projections.
The Gamecocks and Horned Frogs have never met on the gridiron.
Gamecocks offer 2019 QB
South Carolina offered 3-star 2019 QB Ryan Hilinski on Sunday.
The Orange, Calif., native is rated as the No. 21 pro-style quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
Hilinski has also been offered by Boston College, Fresno State, Montana State and San Jose State.
SEC Storied: King George premieres Tuesday
The latest episode of SEC Storied, profiling the college career of former South Carolina running back George Rogers, premieres Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
The @GamecockFB Heisman.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 3, 2017
Rogers led the country with 1,781 yards rushing in 1980, becoming the school’s first and only Heisman Trophy winner.
The Duluth, Ga., native was picked No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft. He led the NFL in rushing his rookie season with 1,674 yards, earning Rookie of the Year honors.
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