Olympic trials, Second Team All-America status and a gold medal are just a few of the things on junior sprinter Clayton Gravesande’s resume. Gravesande, who is a captain on the track and field team, competed for the United States in the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, running the 4×400 meter relay.
It is no secret that the majority of the South Carolina men’s basketball team is made up of players who are fresh out of high school. But despite the team’s youthful nucleus, head coach Frank Martin is embracing the growing process of his younger players as he attempts to combat the learning curve.
The South Carolina women’s soccer team went back-to-back games without recording a win for the first time this season during their two game road trip this weekend. The Gamecocks lost 2-1 at Missouri on Friday night before drawing 1-1 at No. 24 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon.
South Carolina was able to salvage their weekend series by defeating Ole Miss on Sunday, but their loss to Mississippi State on Friday will serve as a constant reminder for the rest of the season not to take any team for granted.
For the third consecutive week, junior wide receiver Damiere Byrd caught a touchdown pass off a deep ball. He was responsible for South Carolina’s first score of the day, a 76-yard reception after beating one-on-one coverage once again.
South Carolina football has had consistency issues all year, but many fans thought that last week’s dominant showing at Arkansas would be a turning point in the season.
Arkansas @ No. 1 Alabama, Sat. 7 p.m., ESPN/WatchESPN Coming off its 48-7 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Alabama Crimson Tide switches focus to an Arkansas team that suffered a 52-7 home loss to South Carolina last weekend. Alabama’s ground game destroyed a mediocre Kentucky defense last Saturday, accounting for five touchdowns from three different players.
No. 16 Texas Tech @ West Virginia, Sat. noon, Fox Sports 1 A pair of Big 12 teams face off Saturday. One of them is Texas Tech, led by first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. It is uncertain who will start for the Red Raiders this weekend, as freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield missed last weekend’s victory against Iowa State.
Through its first four meets of the season, No. 3 South Carolina jumped out to an early lead against its opponents. Against No. 1 Georgia on Friday, the Gamecocks did the same thing, jumping out to a 4-1 lead after the first event.