GAMECOCKS SCRIMMAGE ON SATURDAY
S.C. – The University of South Carolina football squad went
inside Williams-Brice Stadium on a warm Saturday afternoon and
conducted its first scrimmage of the preseason camp.
scrimmages we’ve had, nobody got hurt seriously,” said head coach Steve
Spurrier. “It was hot today but that was good for us. We’re going to
have some hot ball games and we need to get ready to play at 1 o’clock,
4 o’clock or whenever they tell us to play. “
The offense scored
three touchdowns and added one field goal during the 44-play scrimmage
that was split almost evenly between running (21) and passing (23)
plays. Nick St. Germain got the scoring started when he capped the
first drive quarterbacked by Connor Shaw with a 36-yard field goal.
Shaw finished the day 3-for-10 for 27 yards with one interception.
did ok,” said Coach Spurrier. “He was a little slow on one throw and
got one picked. T.J. Holloman made a nice interception on him. Give
T.J. credit. He broke on the ball and picked it off. I think (Connor’s)
back is a little stiff. He’s been running around and getting a lot of
snaps. He might be a little weary-legged right now. He wasn’t as good
Dylan Thompson, the second quarterback to enter the
game, was the most effective signal-caller, hitting on 5-of-7 passes
for 74 yards, including a 31-yard hookup with Shamier Jeffery. He also
scored on a one-yard run on his first possession.
showed off their deep and talented stable of running backs, as Brandon
Wilds carried five times for 34 yards, Mike Davis logged four rushes
for 27 yards, David Williams had three totes for 25 yards and Shon
Carson added 25 yards on four carries, including a 15-yard touchdown on
a sweep. Jamari Smith added one carry for six yards and also caught a
“The tailbacks ran hard,” noted the Head Ball Coach. “All five of them did well.”
Shaq Roland capped the scoring with a 55-yard catch-and-run from Perry Orth.
“Shaq caught a little 10-yard pass and turned it up for a touchdown there at the end,” said Coach Spurrier.
offense did some good things,” continued the Gamecocks’ ninth-year head
coach. “I think it’s the first scrimmage since I’ve been here that
there wasn’t a punt. The defense got one turnover and we didn’t make a
fourth-and-five or so, but there was not any punting. The offense moved
the ball good here and there. Dylan’s group scored two touchdowns – 70
yard drives. The defense did some good things, but overall, I would say
the offense was a little bit better today. Now, the defense didn’t play
any of their starters at all. It was sort of a young guys scrimmage.
Some of the second (team) offensive linemen showed some improvement, so
that was encouraging.”
Among those who did not scrimmage today
and new to the injury list were Jadeveon Clowney (bruised shoulder),
Gerald Turner (ankle sprain), Chaz Sutton (foot sprain), Landon Ard
(groin), Connor Mitch (illness) and Kyle Fleetwood (hamstring).
Gamecocks will hold their annual Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday
afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. Doors will open at 1 and the team is
expected to be on hand from 1:15-2:45 pm. Fans are reminded that the
players will sign only the official team poster, which will be
available for free, one per person.
The squad will return to the practice fields on Monday with the first two-a-day of the fall camp. The practice is closed.
Nick St. Germain 36-yard field goal
Dylan Thompson 1-yard run (St. Germain kick)
Shon Carson 15-yard run (St. Germain kick no good)
Shaq Roland 55-yard pass from Perry Orth (Elliott Fry kick)
Dylan Thompson 5-7-0-74; Perry Orth 2-2-0-68, 1 TD; Connor Shaw 3-10-1-27; Brendan Nosovitch 2-4-0-5. TOTALS: 12-23-1-174, 1 TD.
Wilds 5-34; Mike Davis 4-27; Shon Carson 4-25, 1 TD; David Williams
3-25; Dylan Thompson 2-6, 1 TD; Connor Shaw 1-7; Jamari Smith 1-6;
Perry Orth 1-0. TOTALS: 21-130, 2 TD.
Wilds 2-18; Shaq Roland 1-55, 1 TD; Shamier Jeffery 1-31; Jody Fuller
1-20; Kwinton Smith 1-13; Jamari Smith 1-13; Jerell Adams 1-9; Shon
Carson 1-5; David Williams 1-5; Carlton Heard 1-4; Jeff Homad 1-1.
TOTALS: 12-174, 1 TD.