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Gamecocks to open season ranked No. 20

The South Carolina women’s golf team is set to kick off its much anticipated 2013 season this weekend at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. The Gamecocks, ranked No. 20 by Golfweek’s preseason countdown, return from a year in which the team reached its fourth consecutive NCAA Championship finals appearance under coach Kalen Harris.

	Senior Danielle Au has scored three goals in South Carolina’s first four games, citing strong chemistry in the young Gamecock offense as a reason for her early production.

Women's soccer set to renew rivalry

One of the most anticipated matches of the season has arrived for the South Carolina women’s soccer team. The Gamecocks will travel to Clemson on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to play the Tigers (1-0-2). South Carolina is undefeated at 3-0-1 after finishing up a road trip in Boston last week. The Gamecocks tied Boston University 0-0 Friday, and Sunday the Gamecocks won 3-0 against Northeastern.

	Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney failed to record a sack against the Tar Heels

National media criticize Clowney in opener

After months of building up the Jadeveon-Clowney-is-unstoppable hype, the junior star finally hit the field for a new season last Thursday against North Carolina. Because of the constant replay of Clowney’s hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in January, it appears that fans and critics around the nation expected that highlight to be a given every week this season.

Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

South Carolina men's soccer team opens up season with victory

Leading up to the start of the new season, coach Mark Berson said that in order for Gamecock men’s soccer to win games this fall, the team would need production from key young players. And after sophomore Jeffrey Torda’s screamer of a goal in South Carolina’s 1-0 season opening victory over East Tennessee State, Berson had nothing to complain about.

Davis shows off speed against UNC

Sophomore running back Mike Davis took advantage of his new opportunity as a starter with 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the Gamecocks’ Thursday night win over North Carolina.

Offensive, Defensive lines return key starters

The offensive and defensive lines are often overlooked and underappreciated, but this year, the battles in the trenches could determine South Carolina’s fate. With other position groups scrambling to replace departed starters and much of the weight of the team on his unit’s shoulders, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott is confident that his group can deliver come gameday.

	Highly touted players such as junior defensive Jadeveon Clowney have helped draw nationally-ranked recruits to South Carolina.

And then there was one

Last season, the South Carolina defense was full of names. Safety D.J. Swearinger made a name for himself by making big hits and intimidating players on the field. DeVonte Holloman was a consistent presence at the spur and linebacker positions, as were Shaq Wilson, Quin Smith and Reginald Bowens.

Young receivers battle for playing time

There are a few familiar wide receivers from last season that will return this year for South Carolina, but some new names are expected to contribute, too. The big story involving the receivers for the game against North Carolina is the status of junior Bruce Ellington, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. He would normally start as an outside receiver, but is not listed as a starter in the depth chart USC released before this week’s game.