South Carolina O-line preps for N.C. State, Wolfpack lose starting CB for opener, coach climbs wins ladder

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Offensive line prepared for N.C. State’s defensive front

North Carolina State boasts one of the best defensive lines South Carolina faces all season, and the Gamecocks offensive line sounds up to the task.

“I’m really looking forward to it, because I take every challenge as an opportunity in my head, because I feel like that’s an opportunity to prove myself,” left tackle Malik Young said. “They have a really good defensive line, four legit guys, maybe five.”

Wolfpack defensive ends Bradley Chubb, Kentavius Street and Darian Roseboro combined for 23 sacks last season. Defensive tackles B.J. Hill, Justin Jones and Eurndraus Bryant are just as formidable in the interior.

South Carolina opens the 2017 season against N.C. State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 2.

North Carolina State CB out against South Carolina

N.C. State will be without starting cornerback Mike Stevens for the season opener, according to Joe Giglio of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

The senior cornerback is still dealing with a training camp injury from earlier this month. According to Giglio, fifth-year senior Johnathan Alston is expected to start in Stevens’ place.

Stevens started every game for the Wolfpack last season, finishing the season with 32 tackles and 1 interception.

Bobby Bentley talks running backs

South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley broke down the Gamecocks’ running back corps on Friday.

With the two top rushers from last season, Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner, both returning, and adding North Carolina transfer Ty’Son Williams to the mix, the Gamecocks are suddenly deep at running back.

“Ty’Son brings a different tool belt to the table than A.J., just like Rico. All of them are a little bit different, yet similar,” Bentley said. “We want them to compete every single day to get better, because we’ve got to get more physical.

Previewing South Carolina’s linebackers

South Carolina linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler met with the media on Saturday morning to discuss the Gamecocks’ linebackers.

Hutzler praised the strides Sherrod Greene and Eldridge Thompson have made, while also paying high compliments to Skai Moore and T.J. Brunson.

“I think Sherrod Greene and Eldridge have come along,” he said. “They’ve got to continue to practice well, but, obviously, Skai and T.J. have had a good fall camp and are really practicing and competing at a high level. But those other two have really shown some good things.”

Update on 4-star LB Dax Hollifield

Four-star linebacker and major South Carolina target Dax Hollifield plans to use one of his five official visits to check out the Gamecocks.

“They’ve got some big-time recruits — they got Josh Vann. Their message to me is, I’m going to be with some really good players,” Hollifield said. “I really don’t want to go in with a recruiting class that’s not really good.”

The Shelby (N.C.) High School standout, rated the No. 5 inside linebacker in 2018 by the 247Sports composite, already has visits scheduled for Florida State and Virginia Tech, with pending trips planned for North Carolina, South Carolina and Stanford. LSU just invited him for an official, as well.

Gamecocks offer Class of 2020 QB Luke Doty

South Carolina offered Class of 2020 quarterback Luke Doty on Sunday.

The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School quarterback made his first varsity start on Friday, going 15 of 31 for 199 yards with another 173 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns in a 54-51 loss to Charlotte (N.C.) Christian.

The 6-foot-2 quarterback already boasts offers from North Carolina, Charlotte and Coastal Carolina, with several others expressing interest.

RB commit explodes in season opener

Class of 2018 running back and South Carolina commit Deshaun Fenwick was spectacular in his team’s season-opening win on Friday night.

Thanks to Fenwick’s 133 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, Braden River (Fla.) High School beat Chatfield (Littleton, Colo.) 49-32.

“He had something in him where I was like, ‘Whoa,’” Chatfield coach Bret McGatlin said of Fenwick. “I could tell when he got going, our guys just bounced off him. He’s a good athlete.”

The Bradenton, Fla., native is ranked as the No. 12 all-purpose running back in the Class of 2018 by the 247Sports composite.

New CB target emerges

With Class of 2018 cornerback and South Carolina target Jaycee Horn committing to Tennessee on Thursday, the Gamecocks are looking for additional defensive backs for their next signing class.

Former LSU CB Saivion Smith has emerged as a prospect to watch.

Smith, now enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is a former 5-star prospect who began his college career at LSU. His only two offers right now are from Alabama and South Carolina.

South Carolina soccer coach stands tall

South Carolina men’s soccer coach Mark Berson is now No. 4 on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list with 495, thanks to the Gamecocks’ 2-1 win against USC Upstate in the season opener on Friday.

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