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02/13/19 - (DT) - Josh Belk, rFr, 6-2, 359
Highly regarded defensive tackle Josh Belk, who signed with Clemson then transferred to rival South Carolina a few months later, has decided to give up football because of a back injury. Belk said on social media Wednesday he had fractured a vertebrae and decided "to choose another path in life." South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said in a statement that he had talked with Belk and confirmed he was giving up football. It ends an eventful chapter for Belk, a 6-foot-3, 359-pound defensive tackle from Richburg, South Carolina. He was a four-star prospect out of Lewisville High and enrolled at Clemson in January 2018 and went through spring workouts. Belk decided to transfer to the Gamecocks last summer. He played in six games and was credited with seven tackles. - AP College Football

01/29/19 - (RB) - TySon Williams, rJr, 5-11, 219
South Carolina running back Ty'Son Williams is leaving the Gamecocks. Williams, a redshirt junior from Sumter, posted on social media his thanks to South Carolina coaches and teammates and that he is "reopening my recruitment in order to find the best fit" for a final season. Williams is a 6-foot, 219-pound tailback who started his career at North Carolina in 2015 before coming to the Gamecocks, where he's been part of the regular rotation at tailback the past two seasons. He was the team's second-leading rusher in 2017 with 471 yards. Williams gained 328 yards and tied for the team high with four rushing TDs this season. He played in just eight games, though, because of an injury to his left hand. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is returning for a final season with the Gamecocks. Bentley announced Friday on Twitter that he would come back for his senior season. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound passer was a junior who had been South Carolina's starter since the middle of his freshman season in 2016. Bentley was considering turning pro and had received an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board about his chances at the next level. Bentley threw for 3,171 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in an up-and-down season. Bentley set career highs with 510 yards and five TDs passing in a 56-35 loss at Clemson. But he completed just 17 of 40 throws without a touchdown in a 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. - AP College Football

12/05/18 - (WR) - Deebo Samuel, rSr, 5-11, 216
South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel says he is skipping the Belk Bowl so he can begin preparing for the NFL draft. Samuel thanked fans in his announcement Monday on Instagram , but says it is time to support his family, adding "I realize the next 6 months will determine my next four years and potentially even more." Samuel has shown flashes of brilliance while fighting injuries. He was responsible for 30 touchdowns in his Gamecocks career catching, running and returning kicks along with two TD passes and an end zone fumble recovery on special teams. Samuel missed games his freshman year with hamstring problems and broke his leg in his third game of 2017 before deciding to return his senior year. Samuel was a first-team Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference pick as an all-purpose player and a second team pick as a wide receiver. The Gamecocks play Virginia on Dec. 29. - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
Jake Bentley threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns as South Carolina became bowl eligible with a 49-9 win over Chattanooga on Saturday night. A.J. Turner, a junior with eight career touchdowns coming in, accounted for three TDs for the Gamecocks (6-4) against the Mocs (6-5) of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Gamecocks, who fell to FCS opponent The Citadel here three years ago, didn't want to mess around with Chattanooga. Bentley and Turner made sure they started fast with touchdowns on their first three possessions. Bentley was 5-of-6 passing on South Carolina's opening possession, including a 16-yard TD throw to Turner. He was at it again the next time he got the ball with a 12-play drive that ended with a 6-yard TD throw to Turner. Turner was front and center on the next drive, too, finishing the series with an 11-yard scoring run. Turner had only one touchdown in eight games this season before breaking out big against Chattanooga in the opening half. Bentley, who was 25 of 29 passing, didn't stop after the break in adding scoring throws of 53 yards to Shi Smith and 61 yards to Deebo Samuel. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (WR) - Deebo Samuel, rSr, 5-11, 216
NOV 5 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deebo Samuel, KR, South Carolina,...Samuel took the opening kick 90 yards to paydirt to set the tone in a wild 48-44 Carolina win at Ole Miss...It was his fourth-career kickoff return for a touchdown, most in school history...Later in the fourth quarter after the Rebels had opened up a 10-point advantage, Samuel returned a kick 38 yards inside Ole Miss territory, setting up another Carolina touchdown...For the day, Samuel returned five kicks for 178 yards, a 35.6-yard average. - SEC Football

11/03/18 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
Jake Bentley passed for two touchdowns and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:50 left to lift South Carolina to a 48-44 comeback win over Mississippi on Saturday. South Carolina (5-3, 4-3) erased a 44-34 deficit in the fourth quarter to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Gamecocks covered 47 and 73 yards in fourth-quarter scoring drives, capped by a 3-yard run from A.J. Turner and Bentley's decisive score, respectively. Bentley finished 22-of-32 passing for 363 yards as the Gamecocks had 510 total yards. The South Carolina defense, after giving up eight scores in 10 possessions, closed with four consecutive scoreless series to preserve the win. Ole Miss (5-4, 1-4) rallied from an early 17-3 deficit for a 27-27 tie at halftime and moved out to a 44-34 fourth-quarter lead. Jordan Ta'amu was 31-of-46 passing for 379 yards as the Rebels had 616 yards of total offense, including 141 rushing yards on 21 carries from Scottie Phillips. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (DE) - D.J. Wonnum, Jr, 6-4, 258
OCT 29 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: D.J. Wonnum, DL, South Carolina,...Junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum returned to the lineup 27-24 win over Tennessee and made his presence felt with a pair of sacks, including one in the waning minutes to seal the victory...It was Wonnum's first appearance since the season opener, as he left that contest with a foot injury and had not played since. - SEC Football

10/29/18 - (OG) - Dylan Wonnum, Fr, 6-4, 310
OCT 29 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Dylan Wonnum, OL, South Carolina,...True freshman Dylan Wonnum made his first career start in the 27-24 win over Tennessee...He graded out at 71 percent and did especially well in the run game, which saw Carolina ground out 224 yards and a 5.6-yard average...The 224 yards rushing was the second-most in the Will Muschamp era against Power 5 schools...Wonnum became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line since Mike Matulis in 2011...With Dylan starting at right tackle and D.J. Wonnum starting at Buck, they became the first set of brothers to start for Carolina since the 2014 season when Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. were starters along the defensive line. - SEC Football

10/09/18 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
QB Jake Bentley, who missed last week's game with a sprained knee, will start against Texas A&M this week if he is healthy enough. according to coach Will Muschamp. The assumption is that Bentley will be healthy enough since he was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. Bentley has completed 64 percent of his passes for 928 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

10/08/18 - (CB) - Jaycee Horn, Fr, 6-0, 195
OCT 8 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jaycee Horn, DB, South Carolina...The 6-1, 195-pound true freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., had an impressive outing and was a key factor in the Gamecocks holding Drew Lock to just 17-of-36 passing for 204 yards, as he was credited with four pass break ups in the contest...He also logged three tackles, including a key diving trip, forcing Damari Crockett to step out of bounds on the 11-yard line instead of taking it in for a touchdown...The Tigers ended up not scoring on that drive, which was a key turning point in the game. - SEC Football

10/08/18 - (K) - Parker White, rSo, 6-4, 200
OCT 8 SEC CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker White, PK, South Carolina...The sophomore from Mount Pleasant, S.C., tallied 13 points in the Gamecocks' 37-35 win over Missouri...He hit on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from a season-long 42 yards on two occasions, and a 33-yard game-winner with just two seconds remaining...All three of his field goals came in the second half when the field conditions were soggy due to a rainstorm, and gave the Gamecocks the lead (24-23, 34-32 and 37-35)....It was the second game-winner in the final seconds of his young career. - SEC Football

10/06/18 - (QB) - Michael Scarnecchia, rSr, 6-2, 216
Backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia threw for three touchdowns in his first college start and Parker White hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with two seconds left in South Carolina's 37-35 victory over Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) had gone ahead 35-34 on Tucker McCann's career-long 57-yard field goal with 1:18 remaining. But the Gamecocks, behind Scarnecchia, drove to the Missouri 16 where White nailed his third go-ahead field goal of the game. The Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2) rallied from 23-14 at halftime to win their third straight over Missouri in a game that last more than five hours due to rain and lightning delays. When White's kick sailed through, only a few thousand soggy fans remained from the announced crowd of 73,393.Scarnecchia, a senior, started when Jake Bentley was kept out due to a knee injury suffered last week against Kentucky. And Scarnecchia did not flinch, connecting on touchdown passes of 5 and 17 yards to Bryan Edwards in the first half and 8 yards to Deebo Samuel in the third quarter. - AP College Football

10/06/18 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley didn't start against Missouri because of a knee injury sustained at Kentucky last weekend. With Bentley on the sideline, backup Michael Scarnecchia made his first college start. Bentley left the Kentucky game in the second half. He practiced much of the week and went through pre-game warmups with teammates. Bentley had a brace on his left knee. Bentley has thrown for 928 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Scarnecchia is a senior who has completed 8 of 13 career passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Bentley was cleared to play and available if needed. - AP College Football

10/03/18 - (CB) - Rashad Fenton, Sr, 5-11, 190
CB Rashad Fenton came up with his third interception of the season with his pick against Kentucky QB Terry Wilson. He has all of South Carolina's interceptions. He came into his senior campaign with just two picks for his career.

09/25/18 - (DT) - Javon Kinlaw, Jr, 6-5, 305
SEPT 24 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina...Kinlaw had a huge effort in the 37-14 win at Vanderbilt. The junior defensive tackle was a presence in the backfield all day against the Commodores, logging five tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss accounting for 21 yards, a pair of sacks for 18 yards, two forced fumbles, one of which directly led to a touchdown, a pass break up and a pair of quarterback hurries, before missing the final quarter with a toe injury...He earned a spot on the PFF National Team of the Week after receiving a 97.1 grade. - SEC Football

09/11/18 - (DE) - D.J. Wonnum, Jr, 6-4, 258
DE D.J. Wonnum sat out the loss to Georgia and likely will be out a month because of the ankle injury he sustained in the opener against Coastal Carolina. Wonnum led the team in sacks last season with six and had a tackle for loss among his three stops in the opener.

09/11/18 - (WR) - Deebo Samuel, rSr, 5-11, 216
WR Deebo Samuel had six catches against Georgia, leaving him with 99 for his career. He has 13 receptions in South Carolina's two games for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also has returned two kickoffs for another 45 yards in giving the Gamecocks a threat in the return game.

09/11/18 - (ILB) - T.J. Brunson, Jr, 6-1, 240
LB TJ Brunson leads the Gamecocks with 11 tackles in two games with 10 of them solo efforts. He also has an assist on a sack in the loss to Georgia among his five tackles but feels he and the defense overall could have done more. "We just didn't align fast enough," he said. "We weren't urgent. That is what it boiled down to -- urgency, being vocal, and getting the calls to everyone."

09/11/18 - (WR) - Bryan Edwards, Jr, 6-2, 220
WR Bryan Edwards had 111 yards on seven receptions with two of them going for touchdowns against Georgia. He is second to WR Deebo Samuel in receptions for the young season with 11 catches to Samuel's 13. "We're going to continue to get him the ball more and create some one-on-ones," coach Will Muschamp said of Edwards, a junior. "He's a good football player and a competitive young man, and we've got to continue to find ways to get him the ball."

09/11/18 - (QB) - Jake Bentley, Jr, 6-3, 224
QB Jake Bentley set a single-game career high in pass attempts with 47 against Georgia, completing 30 for 269 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. He was the victim of several drops, but shouldered the blame for that. "I have to put the ball in a better spot to make it easier to catch," Bentley said.

09/06/18 - (RB) - Rico Dowdle, Jr, 5-10, 215
RB Rico Dowdle hasn't got much notice after being limited to just 17 games over the last two seasons because of injuries. He went into the opener as one of four running backs slated to see action against Coastal Carolina but quickly established himself as "the man" in the running game, going for 105 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. "He got the ball vertically running north and south," coach Will Muschamp said. "He got some tough yards and did great getting yards after contact. He ran extremely well, and that is the Rico we are used to seeing."

09/06/18 - (WR) - Deebo Samuel, rSr, 5-11, 216
WR Deebo Samuel was back and in good form against Coastal Carolina. Samuel was making his first appearance since breaking a leg the third game of the 2017 season and rushed once for 11 yards to set up a touchdown, caught seven passes for 56 yards and a score, and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards. "It has been 11 months not being able to play against another opponent," Samuel said. "I was just glad I was able to get back out there and play."

09/05/18 - (CB) - Javon Charleston, rJr, 6-0, 187
DB Javon Charleston has been reinstated to the team following a near-three-month suspension following his assault and burglary arrest. Charleston was arrested in June on one count each of assault and burglary following an altercation with several people at a house. Charleston was accepted into a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders and ultimately will see the charges dropped provided he successfully completes the program. A 6-foot-1 junior, Charleston recorded two fumble recoveries in 13 games last season and led the club with six special teams tackles. Charleston was a walk-on at the school who received a scholarship in August 2017.

08/31/18 - (SS) - J.T. Ibe, rSr, 5-10, 191
S J.T. Ibe, a graduate transfer from Rice who missed the first two weeks of fall camp because of hip surgery, was a surprise at No. 1 on the depth chart for Saturday's game.

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