(Sports) Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team

The University of South Carolina placed three players on the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman squad as selected by the 14 head football coaches, the league office announced today.

Earning spots on the squad were tight end Jerell Adams, offensive tackle Brandon Shell and defensive back T.J. Gurley.

Adams, a 6-5, 224-pound true freshman from Pinewood, S.C. caught four passes for 90 yards, an average of 22.5 yards per reception, with one touchdown in eight games. His touchdown reception came from 29 yards out in the win over Arkansas.

Shell, a 6-6, 331-pound redshirt freshman from Goose Creek, S.C. started nine games during the season, including the final eight at right tackle. He was also the starting left tackle in the season opener at Vanderbilt.

Gurley, a 5-10, 183-pound true freshman from Cairo, Ga., played in eight games including a pair of starts (Missouri and Florida) before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Florida. He logged 13 tackles, including eight solo stops.

(Sports) USC Marcus Lattimore out indefinitely after knee injury vs. Tennessee

South Carolina All-American Marcus Lattimore may have suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year after a knee injury against Tennessee. With his Gamecocks up 21-14 and 4:45 remaining in the second quarter, Lattimore carried off left tackle and was met by Volunteer defenders Herman Lathers and Eric Gordon. Gordon’s helmet appeared to make direct contact with Lattimore’s right knee, which buckled in stomach-turning fashion.

The school announced after No. 17 South Carolina’s 38-35 win that Lattimore was out indefinitely. Lattimore missed the final six games of last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee against Mississippi State. He needed surgery and about six months of rehab before he was cleared to return to practice.

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Lattimore lay on the ground in obvious distress before being carted off the field. In a touching gesture, players from both sidelines emptied onto the field to wish the junior the best as he departed the field.

Lattimore was taken off the field on a cart and went to the hospital for further evaluation. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier didn’t give details of the injury, only that it was every bit as devastating as the one to Lattimore’s left knee last fall at Mississippi State. Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage, then needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.

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(Sports) Shaw on a streak heading into Kentucky game

 

University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has a streak to extend when the Gamecocks take on SEC opponent Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington.

Last week against Missouri, Shaw completed 20 straight passes to set a school record and tie for second in the SEC milestone.  Although he failed to connect on his first pass of the game, Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks 31-10 win over the Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Shaw’s 20 straight passes ties him with Kent Austin of Ole Miss for second-most straight completions in the Continue reading

(Sports) Dooley: Tennessee ready to compete again in SEC

Derek Dooley finally is speaking the language Tennessee fans love to hear and haven’t been able to use for too many years. “You’re not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore,” Dooley boasted at Southeastern Conference media days. He didn’t stop there either.

“I feel like we got a team that can go toe-to-toe for four quarters with all the teams in our league,” the Tennessee coach said.

Now the man whose job security depends on how many games his Volunteers win in his third season just has to back up all that tough talk. Tennessee has posted three losing records in the past four years and haven’t finished ranked in the Top 25 since 2007. Dooley’s first two seasons featured the first consecutive losing seasons in a century.