College football’s silly season is in full swing and I’m not talking about Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison being arrested for barking at a police dog. Jadeveon Clowney made waves at SEC Media Days by calling out Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Georgia’s Aaron Murray, claiming that the two signal-callers are scared to face him.
South Carolina is preparing for another successful season, and head coach Steve Spurrier and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney spoke about that preparation and last year’s 11-wins season last Thursday at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. “Our message this year about South Carolina football is pretty simple,” Spurrier said, “We believe we’re capable of winning the SEC … Win the division, and win our first ever SEC Championship, that’s the goal,” This upcoming season for the Gamecocks is centered on hype, potential and a more favorable schedule then in recent seasons.
South Carolina may have lost Ace Sanders to the NFL Draft, but USC’s wide receiving corps appears to be in capable hands this season. Gamecock receivers Damiere Byrd, Bruce Ellington and Shaq Roland were each named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Tuesday.
South Carolina senior Michael Flach earned a silver medal in the 4×200-meter relay for Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Flach, earning his first-career international medal Monday, was a part of Team USA’s final swim time of 7:13.58 to finish in second place.
Students may now request football tickets for the Gamecocks’ five away games, an Tuesday morning email from Student Ticketing announced.
Three Gamecock juniors, — Jadeveon Clowney, Rory Anderson and Bruce Ellington — have been named to preseason award watch lists for the 2013 season.
Hastings wins first championship, Beckles sets meet record A busy week for former and current South Carolina track athletes ended with two ex-Gamecocks capturing national titles. Natasha Hastings, who competed for the Gamecocks from 2005 to 2008, won the 400-meter dash at the USATF Senior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa to claim her first national title USA Outdoor Championship.
Seven new players joining Frank Martin’s team The South Carolina men’s basketball team will have a much different look this season. The Gamecocks’ roster feature seven new recruits, including the No. 11 ranked shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell.
Four departing seniors debuting in minors While their former teammates are honing their skills at summer leagues around the country, four members of South Carolina’s 2013 baseball squad are beginning their journeys as professionals. L.B. Dantzler, Tyler Webb, Colby Holmes and Adam Westmoreland all signed contracts with their respective clubs and have begun their first season in the minor leagues.