2010 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2010 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division Champions
SEC Championship vs. Auburn, L 17–56
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #22
AP #22
2010 record 9–5 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#22 South Carolina x   5 3         9 5  
Florida   4 4         8 5  
Georgia   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   3 5         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         6 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Auburn x#   8 0         14 0  
#12 Arkansas   6 2         10 3  
#8 LSU   6 2         11 2  
#10 Alabama   5 3         10 3  
#15 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Ole Miss   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head football coach was Steve Spurrier, who was in his sixth season at USC. The Gamecocks played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina and were members of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks finished the season 9–5, 5–3 in SEC play to win the Eastern Division. They earned their first appearance in the SEC Championship where they were defeated by Auburn 17–56. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they were defeated by Florida State 17–26.

Preseason[edit]

On April 10, 2010, the White squad defeated the Garnet squad, 21–17, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 22,000.

Schedule[edit]

The October 9 game against Alabama played host to ESPN's College GameDay, the program's 5th time hosting the popular ESPN show.[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:30 pm Southern Miss* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN W 41–13   70,438
September 11 12:00 pm #22 Georgia #24 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN2 W 17–6   80,974
September 18 7:00 pm Furman* #13 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN3 W 38–19   73,681
September 25 7:45 pm at #17 Auburn #12 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN L 27–35   87,451
October 9 3:30 pm #1 Alabama #19 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS W 35–21   82,993
October 16 6:00 pm at Kentucky #10 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 L 28–31   67,955
October 23 7:00 pm at Vanderbilt #19 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN SECRN W 21–7   33,425
October 30 12:21 pm Tennessee #17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SECN W 38–24   79,336
November 6 7:00 pm #17 Arkansas #18 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN L 20–41   75,136
November 13 7:15 pm at #24 Florida #22 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL ESPN W 36–14   90,885
November 20 12:21 pm Troy* #17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SECN W 69–24   74,117
November 27 7:00 pm at Clemson* #18 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN2 W 29–7   81,355
December 4 4:00 pm vs. #2 Auburn #18 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) CBS L 17–56   75,802
December 31 7:30 pm vs. #23 Florida State* #19 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN L 17–26   72,217
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 3 3 0 7 13
Gamecocks 7 17 10 7 41

Quarterback Stephen Garcia and freshman running back Marcus Lattimore each rushed for two touchdowns and USC head coach Steve Spurrier won his 18th straight season opener, 41-13 over Southern Miss. Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery also had 106 receiving yards and freshman wide receiver Ace Sanders had a 53-yard run off of a reverse. Freshman backup quarterback Connor Shaw also had a highlight, throwing his first touchdown pass as a Gamecock to wide receiver D.L. Moore.

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Bulldogs 3 0 3 0 6
#24 Gamecocks 7 7 0 3 17

Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore carried for 182 yards and two touchdowns, as #24 South Carolina outmatched #22 Georgia, 17-6, in the SEC opener for both teams. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was 12-17 for 165 yards, with seven of his passes caught by wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who finished with 103 yards. Lattimore had 103 yards rushing in the first half, and USC held a 228-73 edge in total yards after the first two quarters. Georgia's 6 points were the fewest allowed by Carolina to a Bulldog team since a 2-0 USC victory in 1904, and the Gamecock defense held the Bulldogs to 61 rushing yards. Head Coach Steve Spurrier won his 106th SEC game, tying him for second all-time in the conference with former Ole Miss coach Johnny Vaught.

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Paladins 0 6 7 6 19
#13 Gamecocks 14 7 10 7 38

Stephen Garcia went 13-20 for 150 yards with two touchdown passes, and Marcus Lattimore had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown to lead the #13 Gamecocks to a 38-19 win over Furman. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore sealed the game with an 80-yard interception return for touchdown in the 4th quarter.

Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Gamecocks 14 6 7 0 27
#17 Tigers 7 7 7 14 35


Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Crimson Tide 3 6 5 7 21
#19 Gamecocks 14 7 7 7 35


USC toppled Alabama at home to notch their first defeat of a top-ranked team in school history.

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Gamecocks 14 14 0 0 28
Wildcats 0 10 7 14 31


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Gamecocks 0 7 7 7 21
Commodores 0 7 0 0 7


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Volunteers 3 7 7 7 24
#17 Gamecocks 0 10 14 14 38


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Razorbacks 7 17 10 7 41
#18 Gamecocks 7 3 0 10 20


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Gamecocks 9 6 7 14 36
#24 Gators 7 0 0 7 14


Troy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 7 10 7 24
#17 Gamecocks 28 28 3 10 69


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Gamecocks 9 10 10 0 29
Tigers 7 0 0 0 7


2010 SEC Championship vs. Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Tigers 21 7 14 14 56
#18 Gamecocks 7 7 0 3 17


2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Gamecocks 0 3 7 7 17
#23 Seminoles 6 7 6 7 26


Players[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Projected starters and primary backups for SEC Championship Game versus Auburn on December 4, 2010.

Defense


FS
Akeem Auguste
DeVonte Holloman


WLB MLB SLB
{{{WLB_Starter}}} Josh Dickerson {{{SLB_Starter}}}
Quin Smith Rodney Paulk {{{SLB_Backup}}}
SS
D. J. Swearinger
DeVonte Holloman
CB
C.C. Whitlock
Marty Markett


DE DT DT DE
Cliff Matthews Ladi Ajiboye Travian Robertson Devin Taylor
Melvin Ingram Kenny Davis Aldrick Fordham Byron McKnight
CB
Stephon Gilmore
Akeem Auguste
Offense
WR
Alshon Jeffery
D.L. Moore
LT LG C RG RT
Kyle Nunn Garrett Chisolm T.J. Johnson Rokevious Watkins Hutch Eckerson
Jarriel King Rokevious Watkins Ronald Patrick Terrence Campbell Kyle Nunn
TE
Patrick DiMarco
Justice Cunningham
WR
Tori Gurley
Ace Sanders
QB
Stephen Garcia
Connor Shaw
Key Reserves
RB Kenny Miles
WR Jason Barnes
WR Lamar Scruggs
WR DeMario Bennett
WR DeAngelo Smith
DE Chaz Sutton
DT Byron Jerideau
TE Mike Triglia
RB
Marcus Lattimore
Brian Maddox
FB
Patrick DiMarco
Brian Maddox
Special Teams
PK Spencer Lanning
P Spencer Lanning
KR Bryce Sherman
PR Ace Sanders
LS Charles Turner
H Seth Strickland


Awards[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier - SEC Coach of the Year[3]
  • Stephen Garcia - Maxwell Award Watch List; Manning Award Watch List; Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, 10/10/10;[4] SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/11/10; Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, 10/11/10;[5] Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week, 10/14/10[6]
  • Alshon Jeffery - Biletnikoff Award Finalist;[7] Maxwell Award Watch List; Rivals.com National Player of the Week, 10/11/10;[8] AFCA Coaches' All-America Team;[9] AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC;[10][11] Walter Camp Second-Team All-American[12]
  • T.J. Johnson - SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 9/6/10[13]
  • Spencer Lanning - Lou Groza Award Watch List, Ray Guy Award Nominee;[14] SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 11/15/10;[15] SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 11/29/10[16]
  • Marcus Lattimore - Maxwell Award Watch List; SEC Offensive Player of the Week & SEC Freshman of the Week, 9/13/10;[17] SEC Freshman of the Week, 11/1/10;[18] SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 11/15/10;[15] SEC Freshman of the Week, 11/22/10;[19] AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC;[10][11] AP & Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year;[3][10] Walter Camp Second-Team All-American[12]
  • Devin Taylor - SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 11/1/10;[18] AP First-Team All-SEC;[10] Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[11]
  • Garrett Chisolm - Campbell Trophy Semifinalist;[20] Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[11]
  • Stephon Gilmore - Bednarik Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy Watch List; Coaches First-Team All-SEC;[11] AP Second-Team All-SEC[10]
  • Cliff Matthews - Hendricks Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy Watch List, Lott Trophy Watch List; Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[11]

2010 recruiting class[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Receiving votes.
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 RV 24 13 12 20 19 10 19 17 18 22 17 18 18 19 22
Coaches RV 25 16 15 22 20 12 20 17 17 22 17 17 16 20 22
Harris Not released 11 21 19 19 22 17 17 17 20
BCS Not released 21 20 19 23 17 18 19 20

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier - Head Coach[21]
  • Ellis Johnson - Assistant Head Coach & Defense Assistant Coach[22]
  • Lorenzo Ward - Defensive Coordinator & Safeties[23]
  • Shane Beamer - Cornerbacks/Special Teams & Recruiting Coordinator[24]
  • Shawn Elliott - Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator[25]
  • Craig Fitzgerald - Strength & Conditioning[26]
  • Jay Graham - Running Backs[27]
  • Johnson Hunter - Tight Ends[28]
  • Brad Lawing - Defensive Line[29]
  • G.A. Mangus - Quarterbacks[30]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. - Wide Receivers[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]