Will Muschamp previews Mizzou, Jake Bentley praises Drew Lock

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Will Muschamp previews Mizzou

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview the Missouri game.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Muschamp, whose Gamecocks kick off against the Tigers at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. “Offensively, very explosive. [Missouri scored] 72 points last week. 815 yards. Drew Lock can make all the throws, the short ones, the intermediate, the long throws. ”

He continued on to praise Tigers’ massive offensive line and young, but promising defense.

Jake Bentley vs. Drew Lock

The South Carolina-Missouri game on Saturday night will feature a matchup between two of the SEC’s better quarterbacks, Lock and South Carolina signal caller Jake Bentley.

South Carolina’s sophomore quarterback met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the Tigers and his talented counterpart.

“He’s a great quarterback,” Bentley said of Lock, a junior. “They have a great offense, but the name of the game is to score more points than them, whether it’s 14-10 or 70-60. Our goal is to score more points than them and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

Bentley completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Gamecocks’ 31-21 win against the Tigers in 2016. Lock completed 23 of 40 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted twice.

Deebo Samuel earns Player of the Week honors

South Carolina wide receiver and kick returner Deebo Samuel was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday.

The redshirt junior receiver returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught 5 passes for 83 yards and two more scores.

Samuel now has two kickoff return touchdowns in his career, the first coming against Western Carolina in 2016.

South Carolina in the SEC Power Rankings

Coming off of their 35-28 upset of North Carolina State, the Gamecocks are No. 5 in the first edition of the 2017 SEC Country Power Poll released on Tuesday.

“Seriously, did any non-South Carolina fans think the Gamecocks would beat the Wolfpack? Probably not,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan said in his ballot. “This is Will Muschamp’s second-best win as Gamecocks coach, trailing only the victory against Tennessee last season.”

South Carolina’s next opponent, Missouri, is ranked No. 14 in the poll.

South Carolina receives votes in Top 25

Following their Week 1 win against the Wolfpack, the Gamecocks received votes in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll.

According to Alex Martin Smith of SEC Country, South Carolina deserves even more respect from pollsters. He tabbed South Carolina as the No. 23 in his poll.

SEC Storied: King George premieres

SEC Storied: King George, spotlighting the career of former South Carolina running back and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, premiered on the SEC Network on Tuesday night.

“Big George” sent out a heartfelt thank you to South Carolina fans on Twitter just before the episode debuted.

Say what?

Check out South Carolina defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth’s reaction when he learns of Missouri’s offensive output in Week 1.

The Tigers scored 72 points and totaled 815 yards of offense in their 72-43 win against Missouri State on Saturday.

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