Things to Know About South Carolina
Oct. 16, 2007
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MLB #52 Jasper Brinkley, an All-SEC caliber performer, is out for the season after sustaining an injury earlier this year against LSU. Brinkley was arguably the team's best defensive player and has been one of the best in the SEC over the last several years.
PK/P #14 Ryan Succop is one of the best kickers in the nation and is on both the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top place kicker, and Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter, watch lists. This season, he has made 7-10 field goal attempts and averages 41.7 yards per punt.
QB #12 Blake Mitchell, the starting QB for the Gamecocks the last two seasons, has moved to the backup role but could see some playing time Saturday. Mitchell is 13-7 as a starter, including three starts this season. Mitchell ranks seventh in Gamecock history with 4,636 passing yards, seventh in school history in pass attempts (607), sixth in school history in pass completions (371), and fifth in school history in passing touchdowns (31).
LB #32 Marcus Davis is the team's oldest player (28) and is believed to be the oldest Division I football player in the country this season.
Steve Spurrier is one of only 14 Division I-A head coaches who also calls his team's offensive plays.
South Carolina is currently ranked sixth in the BCS Standings.
South Carolina is ranked eighth in the SEC in scoring offense at 27.86 points per game.
The Gamecocks average 127.71 yards on the ground (11th in the SEC) and 221.14 pass yards (6th in the SEC) per game.
The Gamecock defense allows only 16.57 points per game (3rd in the SEC; 14th nationally).
The pass defense has been significantly stringent, allowing only 149.14 yards per game (1st in the SEC; 3rd nationally).