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Welcome to Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
@forchavis asks … It seems we have so much talent on offense but struggle to score. Is Roper back if this continues?
In the short time that I’ve spent around him, it seems to me that Will Muschamp won’t be ready to address that until after the season is over. After all, they’ve still got three games and a bowl to worry about, so until then…
But in the meantime, folks like us — media, fans, etc. — have to wonder about the results from the first nine games. Nationally, South Carolina is 115th in the country in total offense, averaging 335.2 yards per game. The Gamecocks 24.4 points per game is 93rd.
I think everybody – folks on the outside and even those inside the program – believed this offense would be better than those numbers. But all of that was under the assumption that Deebo Samuel would be available in every game, not just the first two and about three quarters of the third.
Now, I have no insight as to what Muschamp is thinking about with his offensive coordinator, but when you look at all of the pieces that you know are coming back in 2018: Samuel, Jake Bentley, all three running backs, Bryan Edwards, the Smiths – it would have me thinking twice.
Personally, I would have a hard time making a change, a big reason being the continuity. But sometimes changes are needed and I certainly understand why there are folks who want someone else calling plays/coordinating the offense in 2018.
@803kidcoop asks … Will South Carolina be talented enough next year to be a legitimate SEC East contender despite play-calling doubts?
Like I’ve written before in this space, I’m not big on nit-picking play-calling, especially during the game, because it’s too easy to just make a snap judgement when all you see is the incomplete pass or run getting stuffed at the line.
To me, Roper has called some good games, in spite of what others might think. I liked, for the most part, what I saw against North Carolina State. The Missouri game was one of his best ones, if not the best. It was a slow start against Tennessee, but the second half, in particular, was strong. I thought the Vanderbilt game was right there with Missouri.
It’s hard to hold Louisiana Tech against him, because everybody was stuck in the mud. And Georgia, well, they’re just better across the board, in terms of talent, so I can’t get too critical there either.
Whomever Muschamp has calling plays on offense next year, I’m confident the Gamecocks can compete for the East. Georgia, the class of the division, is at home. So is Tennessee, plus they’ll probably have a new head coach. Florida’s on the road, but again, new head coach.
Overall, it’s a pretty favorable schedule next season for South Carolina. And, obviously, they’ll have a lot of experienced talent back on offense.
@gshill94 asks … With the rumors surrounding Kevin Sumlin’s job security at Texas A&M, do you think there’s any chance he become an offensive coordinator in the SEC? Specifically, at South Carolina, if things with Kurt Roper don’t get better.
I graduated from Winthrop University in the spring of 2007, which was a really, really long time ago. Like too long.
That was Sumlin’s first spring as head coach at Houston.
To me, he’s been a head coach for far too long to take another offensive coordinator job, at least at the college level.
I’m of the opinion that he would go a few different routes if fired by Texas A&M, none of those have him staying in the SEC as an offensive coordinator. I think he’d take a year off and do TV or go to to the NFL before settling for an offensive coordinator post in the SEC.
But I could be totally off base.
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