2008 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2008 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Outback Bowl vs. Iowa, L 31–10
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2008 record 7–6 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium (c. 80,250, grass)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x   7 1         13 1  
#13 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Vanderbilt   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 7  
Kentucky   2 6         7 6  
Western Division
#6 Alabama x   8 0         12 2  
#14 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
LSU   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         5 7  
Auburn   2 6         5 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the college football season of 2008–2009. The team's head football coach was Steve Spurrier, who served his fourth season at USC. The Gamecocks played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

Preseason[edit]

Carolina had their first spring practice on March 21, 2008. It was the first of 15 spring practice sessions for the Gamecocks, who return 54 lettermen in Steve Spurrier's fourth season. The annual Garnet & Black Spring Game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 8:00 pm NC State* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN W 34–0   80,616
September 4 8:30 pm at Vanderbilt #24 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN L 17–24   36,850
September 13 3:30 pm #2 Georgia Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS L 7–14   83,704
September 20 7:00 pm Wofford* Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPNGP W 23–13   76,599
September 27 7:00 pm UAB* Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPNGP W 26–13   78,286
October 4 2:00 pm at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS ESPNGP W 31–24   54,628
October 11 12:30 pm at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY Raycom W 24–17   70,822
October 18 8:00 pm #13 LSUdagger Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN L 17–24   82,477
November 1 7:00 pm Tennessee Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN2 W 27–6   81,731
November 8 1:00 pm Arkansas Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPNGP W 34–21   80,290
November 15 3:30 pm at #3 Florida #24 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 6–56   90,646
November 29 12:00 pm at Clemson* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN2 L 14–31   81,500
January 1 11:00 am vs. Iowa* Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 10–31   55,117
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

[1]

Radio coverage for all games was provided by the Gamecock Sports Radio Network.[2]

Game notes[edit]

North Carolina State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 0 0 0 0 0
Gamecocks 0 3 10 21 34


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 7 3 0 7 17
Commodores 0 3 14 7 24


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 6 8 0 14
Gamecocks 0 7 0 0 7


Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terriers 0 7 3 3 13
Gamecocks 0 10 3 10 23


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 3 3 0 7 13
Gamecocks 10 10 3 3 26


Mississippi[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 3 14 7 7 31
Rebels 14 7 0 3 24


Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 7 7 0 10 24
Wildcats 7 10 0 0 17


LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 7 7 7 24
Gamecocks 0 17 0 0 17


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Volunteers 0 0 6 0 6
Gamecocks 7 14 3 3 27


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 7 7 7 21
Gamecocks 10 7 3 14 34


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 3 3 0 6
Gators 21 7 14 14 56


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 7 7 0 14
Tigers 10 14 7 0 31


Players[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

These are the projected starters and primary backups for the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009.


Defense


FS
Chris Culliver
Akeem Auguste


WLB MLB SLB
Eric Norwood Jasper Brinkley Marvin Sapp
Dustin Lindsey Rodney Paulk Shaq Wilson
SS
Darian Stewart
Dion LeCorn
CB
Captain Munnerlyn
Addison Williams


DE DT DT DE
Jordin Lindsey Nathan Pepper Ladi Ajiboye Cliff Matthews
Clifton Geathers Travian Robertson Jonathan Williams Byron McKnight
CB
Stoney Woodson
Carlos Thomas
Offense
WR
Jason Barnes
Moe Brown
LT LG C RG RT
Jarriel King Jamon Meredith Garrett Anderson Terrence Campbell Justin Sorensen
Hutch Eckerson Kevin Young Seaver Brown Quintin Richardson Hutch Eckerson
TE
Jared Cook
Weslye Saunders
WR
Kenny McKinley
Joe Hills
QB
Stephen Garcia
Chris Smelley
RB
Mike Davis
Eric Baker
FB
Patrick DiMarco
Bryan Kingrey


Key Committed Freshmen

Antonio Allen – DB Akeem Auguste – DB Eric Baker – RB Reggie Bowens – LB Jarrett Burns – ATH Ronald Byrd – DL Kenny Davis – DL Aramis Hillary – QB T.J. Johnson – OL Jarriel King – DL Reid McCollum – QB Kenneth Miles – RB D.L. Moore – WR Darrell Simmons - DB Jay Spearman – DB Chaz Sutton – DL Devin Taylor – DL Mike Triglia – TE Charles Whitlock – DB/WR Elliot Williams - OL Shaq Wilson – LB

Roster[edit]

Wide Receiver
  • 4 Jason Barnes - Freshman[3]
  • 8 Larry Freeman - Sophomore[4]
  • 9 Moe Brown - Junior[5]
  • 11 Kenny McKinley - Senior[6]
  • 13 Mark Barnes - Freshman[7]
  • 15 Matt Clements - Freshman[8]
  • 17 Chris Culliver - Sophomore[9]
  • 18 Dion Lecorn - Sophomore[10]
  • 81 Paul Haile - Junior[11]
  • 82 Freddie Brown, III - Junior[12]
  • 83 Scott Spurrier - Junior[13]
  • 85 Joe Hills - Freshman[14]
  • 89 Leon Gamble - Senior [15]
Offensive Lineman
  • 54 Hardee Sanders - Junior[16]
  • 57 Lemuel Jeanpierre - Junior[17]
  • 62 Pierre Andrews - Sophomore[18]
  • 63 Seaver Brown - Sophomore[19]
  • 64 Kevin Young - Sophomore[20]
  • 65 Ryan Broadhead - Freshman[21]
  • 66 Hutch Eckerson - Junior[22]
  • 68 Kyle Nunn - Freshmen[23]
  • 70 Garrett Anderson - Junior[24]
  • 72 Quintin Richardson - Freshman[25]
  • 74 Heath Batchelor - Sophomore[26]
  • 75 Gurminder Thind - Senior[27]
  • 76 Jeremy Burgess - Senior[28]
  • 77 Jamon Meredith - Senior[29]
  • 78 Justin Sorensen - Senior[30]
Tight End
  • 19 Nick Prochak - Sophomore[31]
  • 84 Jared Cook - Junior[32]
  • 87 Alex McGrath - Senior[33]
  • 88 Weslye Saunders - Sophomore[34]
  • 90 Foxy Foxworth - Sophomore[35]
 
Quarterback
  • 5 Stephen Garcia - Freshman[36]
  • 6 Tommy Beecher - Junior[37]
  • 7 Chris Smelley - Sophomore[38]
  • 16 Michael McQueeney - Junior[39]
  • 17 Zac Brindise - Sophomore[40]
Running Back
  • 10 Brian Maddox - Sophomore[41]
  • 22 Bobby Wallace - Junior[42]
  • 20 Taylor Rank - Junior[43]
  • 25 Mike Davis - Senior[44]
Fullback
  • 35 Jim Hutton - Junior[45]
  • 44 Clark Gaston - Sophomore[46]
  • 46 Bryan Kingrey - Senior[47]
  • 47 Patrick DiMarco - Sophomore[48]
Defensive tackle
  • 61 Donte'e Nicholls - Freshman[49]
  • 79 Marque Hall - Senior [50]
  • 81 Terrence Campbell - Sophomore[51]
  • 91 Ladi Ajiboye - Sophomore[52]
  • 95 Nathan Pepper - Junior [53]
  • 97 Kenrick Ellis - Sophomore[54]
Defensive End
  • 40 Eric Norwood - Junior[55]
  • 42 Travian Robertson - Sophomore[56]
  • 83 Cliff Matthews - Sophomore[57]
  • 92 Byron McKnight - Freshman[58]
  • 96 Clifton Geathers - Sophomore[59]
  • 99 Jonathan Williams - Senior [60]
 
Cornerback
Defensive Back
  • 23 Jamire Williams - Freshman[67]
Linebacker
  • 4 Alonzo Winfield - Freshman[68]
  • 6 Melvin Ingram - Sophomore[69]
  • 30 Yvan Banag - Senior[70]
  • 31 Gerrod Sinclair - Junior[71]
  • 44 Dustin Lindsey - Senior[72]
  • 45 Rodney Paulk - Junior[73]
  • 48 Vandaral Shackleford - Junior[74]
  • 49 Damien Wright - Junior[75]
  • 53 Marvin Sapp - Senior[76]
  • 58 John Guerry - Junior[77]
  • 52 Jasper Brinkley - Senior[78]
Free Safety
  • 32 Darian Stewart - Junior[79]
  • 42 Mike Newton - Senior[80]
Strong Safety
Long Snapper
  • 59 Charles Turner - Sophomore[83]
Punter / Place Kicker

Awards[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP NR 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 NR NR NR
Coaches NR 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 23 NR NR NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR 25 NR NR NR NR

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

USC Opp
Scoring 270 274
  Points per Game 20.8 21.1
First Downs 241 214
  Rushing 91 98
  Passing 129 95
  Penalty 21 21
Total Offense 4115 3795
  Avg per Play 4.7 4.7
  Avg per Game 316.5 291.5
Fumbles-Lost 23-11 21-13
Penalties-Yards 75-640 69-586
  Avg per Game 49.2 45.1
USC Opp
Punts-Yards 49-2019 70-2986
  Avg per Punt 41.2 42.4
Time of Possession/Game 29:42 30:18
3rd Down Conversions 70/180 66/177
4th Down Conversions 12/18 5/11
Touchdowns Scored 30 34
Field Goals-Attempts 20-30 12-19
PAT-Attempts 30-30 32-32
Attendance 563,703 334,446
  Games/Avg per Game 7/80,529 5/66,889

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 44 102 39 85 270
Opponents 72 78 76 48 274

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Mike Davis 12-11 163 615 42 573 3.5 3 50 47.8
Brian Maddox 7-0 32 128 7 121 3.8 1 13 17.3
Eric Baker 9-0 46 191 9 182 4.0 0 20 20.2
Bobby Wallace 8-0 25 110 11 99 4.0 0 21 14.1
Stephen Garcia 8-3 70 289 91 198 2.8 2 25 24.8
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                 
Total   403 1489 309 1180 2.9 7 50 98.3
Opponents   429 1872 328 1544 3.6 20 80 128.7

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Chris Smelley 12-9 114.78 169-302-15 56.0 1922 14 66 160.2
Stephen Garcia 8-3 113.60 65-122-8 53.3 832 6 41 107.6
Tommy Beecher 2-1 63.8 26-14-4 53.8 126 0 18 63.0
                 
Total   113.9 249-452-27 55.1 2892 20 66 222.5
Opponents   110.0 189-328-14 57.0 1923 9 70 159.2

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Kenny McKinley   54 642 11.9 4 41 64.2
Jared Cook   37 573 15.5 3 66 44.1
Moe Brown   30 391 13.0 1 34 30.1
Jason Barnes   27 346 12.8 2 38 28.8
Mike Davis   24 213 8.9 1 18 17.8
Weslye Saunders   16 214 13.4 3 27 16.5
Dion LeCorn   14 106 7.6 2 20 17.7
Joe Hills   11 87 7.9 1 24 7.9
Freddie Brown   7 66 9.4 1 16 9.4
               
               
               
               
               
Total   249 2842 11.6 20 66 222.5
Opponents   189 2070 11.0 9 70 159.2

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total 332 156 488 36-140 12-81 19 24 8-126 15.8 46 6-81 7 1

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Spencer Lanning 22 932 42.4 52 5 2 5 0
Ryan Succop 40 2743 68.6 15 0
Total 22 932 42.4 52 5 2 5 0 40 2743 68.6 15 0
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Captain Munnerlyn 15 105 7.0 0 35 3 106 35.3 0 84
Chris Culliver 19 438 23.1 0 50
Larry Freeman 1 24 24.0 0 24
Total

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier - Head Coach [87]
  • Ellis Johnson - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers & Assistant Head Coach [88]
  • Shane Beamer - Cornerbacks [89]
  • Ron Cooper - Safeties [90]
  • Robert Gillespie - Running Backs [91]
  • John Hunt - Offensive Line [92]
  • Brad Lawing - Defensive Line [93]
  • David Reaves - Quarterbacks & Recruiting Coordinator [94]
  • Ray Rychleski - Special Teams [95]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. - Wide Receivers [96]

References[edit]