2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Capital One Bowl Champions
Capital One Bowl vs. Nebraska, W 30–13
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #9
2011 record 11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier (7th year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson
Base defense 4–2–5
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama #   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks were led by seventh-year head coach Steve Spurrier and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. They are a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference and finished 11-2 for the season and 6–2 in SEC play. While they finished undefeated against the Eastern Division, a 13-16 loss to Auburn and a 28-44 loss to Arkansas left them second in the division standings behind Georgia. In the Capital One Bowl, they defeated Nebraska 30–13. The 11 wins were a school record; it was only the second time in the school's 119-year football history that it won as many as 10 games. They also finished eighth in the final Coaches' Poll and ninth in the final AP Poll—their first-ever top-10 finishes in any major poll.

Preseason[edit]

On April 10, 2011, the Garnet squad defeated the Black squad, 21–17, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 30,100.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 pm vs. East Carolina* #12 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC FSN W 56–37   58,272
September 10 4:30 pm at Georgia #12 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ESPN W 45–42   92,746
September 17 6:00 pm Navy* #10 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN2 W 24–21   78,807
September 24 7:00 pm Vanderbilt #12 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN2 W 21–3   77,015
October 1 3:30 pm Auburn #10 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS L 13–16   81,767
October 8 12:21 pm Kentucky #18 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SECN W 54–3   75,838
October 15 12:21 pm at Mississippi State #15 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS SECN W 14–12   55,418
October 29 7:15 pm at Tennessee #14 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ESPN2 W 14–3   96,655
November 5 7:15 pm at #8 Arkansas #10 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN L 28–44   73,804
November 12 12:00 pm Floridadagger #15 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS W 17–12   80,250
November 19 12:00 pm The Citadel* #14 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SECRN W 41–20   76,816
November 26 7:45 pm #18 Clemson* #14 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN W 34–13   83,442
January 2 1:00 pm vs. #21 Nebraska* #10 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Capital One Bowl) ESPN W 30–13   61,351
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time[1].

Game notes[edit]

East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 7 17 7 6 37
South Carolina 0 14 28 14 56


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 0 14 14 17 45
Georgia 6 7 7 22 42


Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 7 7 7 0 21
South Carolina 7 10 0 7 24


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 0 3
South Carolina 0 14 7 0 21


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 3 6 0 7 16
South Carolina 6 0 7 0 13


Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 3 0 0 0 3
South Carolina 7 13 13 21 54


Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 0 7 0 7 14
Mississippi State 7 0 0 5 12


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 0 7 7 0 14
Tennessee 3 0 0 0 3


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 7 7 7 7 28
Arkansas 10 14 6 14 44


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 3 0 3 6 12
South Carolina 0 14 0 3 17


The Citadel[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
The Citadel 7 6 0 7 20
South Carolina 7 13 7 14 41


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 10 0 3 13
South Carolina 10 7 7 10 34


Capital One Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 13 0 0 0 13
South Carolina 9 7 0 14 30


Players[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Projected starters and primary backups versus Clemson on November 26, 2011.


Defense


FS
D. J. Swearinger
Jimmy Legree


WLB MLB SLB
{{{WLB_Starter}}} Shaq Wilson {{{SLB_Starter}}}
Quin Smith Rodney Paulk {{{SLB_Backup}}}
SS
DeVonte Holloman
Brison Williams
CB
C.C. Whitlock
Marty Markett


DE DT DT DE
Melvin Ingram Kelcy Quarles Travian Robertson Devin Taylor
Jadeveon Clowney Aldrick Fordham Byron Jerideau Chaz Sutton
CB
Stephon Gilmore
Victor Hampton
Offense
WR
Alshon Jeffery
Nick Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Rokevious Watkins A. J. Cann T.J. Johnson Terrence Campbell Mike Matulis
Mike Matulis Kyle Harris Travis Ford Ronald Patrick Cody Gibson
TE
Justice Cunningham
Rory Anderson
WR
Ace Sanders
Bruce Ellington
QB
Connor Shaw
Dylan Thompson
Key Reserves
RB Eric Baker
WR DeAngelo Smith
WR Lamar Scruggs
WR Damiere Byrd
WR D.L. Moore
WR Jason Barnes
DE Byron McKnight
LB Qua Gilchrist
RB
Brandon Wilds
Kenny Miles
FB
Dalton Wilson
Connor McLaurin
Special Teams
PK Jay Wooten
P Joey Scribner-Howard
KR Bruce Ellington
PR Ace Sanders
LS Walker Inabinet
H Seth Strickland


Awards[edit]

  • Antonio Allen – AP Second-Team All-SEC;[2] AP Second-Team All-American[3]
  • A.J. Cann – Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team[4]
  • Jadeveon Clowney – Coaches Second-Team All-SEC;[5] Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team;[6] SEC Freshman of the Year;[7] Sporting News All-Freshman Team[8]
  • Bruce Ellington – SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, 10/17/11;[9] Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team[10]
  • Melvin Ingram – Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, 9/11/11;[11] SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 9/12/11;[12] SEC Defensive Player of the Week, 9/26/11;[13] SEC Defensive Player of the Week, 10/3/11;[14] AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC;[15][16] AFCA All-American Team;[17] Walter Camp First-Team All-American;[18] AP First-Team All-American;[19] Sporting News All-American Team[20]
  • Alshon Jeffrey – AP Second-Team All-SEC;[21] Capital One Bowl MVP
  • Marcus Lattimore – SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 9/19/11;[22] AP & Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[23][24]
  • Mike Matulis – Sporting News All-Freshman Team[25]
  • Travian Robertson – SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 10/14/11[26]
  • Connor Shaw – SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/10/11;[27] SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 11/28/11[28]
  • D.J. Swearinger – SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, 10/17/11[29]
  • Rokevious Watkins – SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 9/5/11;[30] AP First-Team All-SEC;[31] Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[32]
  • Brandon Wilds – SEC Freshman of the Week, 10/31/11[33]
  • Dalton Wilson – Capital One Academic All-America Second Team[34]

2011 recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jerell Adams
TE
Summerton, SC Scotts Branch HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.53 Jan 31, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Rory Anderson
TE
Powder Springs, GA McEachern HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.65 Jan 19, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
K.J. Brent
WR
Waxhaw, NC Marvin Ridge HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.5 Apr 14, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Kaleb Broome
OL
Milledgeville, GA Georgia Military College 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 315 lb (143 kg) 4.97 Jul 23, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: -
Damiere Byrd
WR
Sicklerville, NJ Timber Creek HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 4.27 Feb 4, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Shon Carson
RB
Scranton, SC Lake City HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.4 Oct 10, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Ahmad Christian
DB
Jacksonville, FL Trinity Christian HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.5 Jan 23, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Jadeveon Clowney
DE
Rock Hill, SC South Pointe HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.6 Feb 14, 2011 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Cedrick Cooper
LB
Lithonia, GA Lithonia HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.5 Feb 2, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Gerald Dixon
DE
Rock Hill, SC South Pointe HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 240 lb (110 kg) - Jan 4, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Gerald Dixon, Jr.
DT
Rock Hill, SC Northwestern HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 5.0 Jan 4, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 71
Phillip Dukes
DT
Manning, SC Manning HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.0 Feb 1, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Deon Green
DT
Orlando, FL Olympia HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) - Jun 29, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Kyle Harris
OT
Lindale, GA Pepperell HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) 4.97 Nov 7, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Mason Harris
LB
Rossville, GA Ridgeland HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.5 Jun 7, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Shamier Jeffery
WR
St. Matthews, SC Calhoun County HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.6 Nov 29, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Kadetrix Marcus
DB
Stone Mountain, GA Stephenson HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.6 Nov 7, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Ronnie Martin
DB
Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.4 Aug 4, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Martay Mattox
ATH
Athens, GA Clarke Central HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.5 May 17, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 74
Mike Matulis
OT
Lake Worth, FL Park Vista HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 5.1 Jul 24, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Tanner McEvoy
QB
Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.6 Jan 20, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Quincy McKinney
OL
Columbus, GA Carver HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 295 lb (134 kg) - Aug 25, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Edward Muldrow
LB
Snellville, GA South Gwinnett HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.7 Jun 19, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Drew Owens
TE
Charlotte, NC Ardrey Kell HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.8 Dec 20, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Kelcy Quarles
DT
Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 265 lb (120 kg) - Nov 24, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: -
Marcquis Roberts
LB
Powder Springs, GA McEachern HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.7 Jan 19, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Sheldon Royster
DB
Jersey City, NJ St. Peter's Prep 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) - Jan 20, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Brandon Shell
OL
Charleston, SC Goose Creek HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 310 lb (140 kg) 5.35 Nov 1, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Will Sport
OL
Pace, FL Pace HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 275 lb (125 kg) - Oct 4, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Angelo Watley
LB
Suwanee, GA Peachtree Ridge HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) - Jun 25, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Brandon Wilds
RB
Blythewood, SC Blythewood HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.5 Aug 19, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Brison Williams
DB
Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg) - Aug 25, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: -
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 18  ESPN: 15
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 12 12 10 12 10 18 15 14 14 10 15 14 14 14 10 9 
Coaches' 12 12 11 10 9 14 13 12 14 10 15 14 13 13 9 8 
Harris Not released 15 13 14 11 16 15 13 14 9 Not released 
BCS Not released 14 13 9 13 12 12 12 9 Not released


Coaching staff[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier – Head Coach[35]
  • Ellis Johnson – Assistant Head Coach & Defense Assistant Coach[36]
  • Lorenzo Ward – Defensive Coordinator & Cornerbacks[37]
  • John Butler – Special Teams Coordinator[38]
  • Shawn Elliott – Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator[39]
  • Craig Fitzgerald – Strength & Conditioning[40]
  • Jay Graham – Running Backs/Tight Ends[41]
  • Jeep Hunter – Safeties[42]
  • Brad Lawing – Defensive Line[43]
  • G.A. Mangus – Quarterbacks[44]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. – Wide Receivers[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/scar-m-footbl-sched.html
  2. ^ Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC
  3. ^ Ingram Named First-Team AP All-American
  4. ^ Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team
  5. ^ Ingram Named to SEC Coaches' First Team
  6. ^ Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team
  7. ^ Clowney Named Freshman of the Year
  8. ^ Ingram Named to Sporting News Squad
  9. ^ Swearinger, Ellington Honored by SEC
  10. ^ Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team
  11. ^ Ingram Honored as Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week
  12. ^ Ingram Honored by SEC
  13. ^ Ingram Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
  14. ^ Ingram Earns SEC Honors Again
  15. ^ Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC
  16. ^ Ingram Named to SEC Coaches' First Team
  17. ^ Ingram Named AFCA All-American
  18. ^ Ingram Named to First Team Walter Camp All-America Squad
  19. ^ Ingram Named First-Team AP All-American
  20. ^ Ingram Named to Sporting News Squad
  21. ^ Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC
  22. ^ Lattimore Honored For Performance
  23. ^ Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC
  24. ^ Ingram Named to SEC Coaches' First Team
  25. ^ Ingram Named to Sporting News Squad
  26. ^ Robertson Honored By SEC
  27. ^ Shaw Earns SEC Accolades
  28. ^ Shaw Honored by SEC
  29. ^ Swearinger, Ellington Honored by SEC
  30. ^ Watkins Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
  31. ^ Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC
  32. ^ Ingram Named to SEC Coaches' First Team
  33. ^ Wilds Named Freshman of the Week
  34. ^ Dalton Wilson Named to Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
  35. ^ Bio: Steve Spurrier
  36. ^ Bio: Ellis Johnson
  37. ^ Bio: Lorenzo Ward
  38. ^ Bio: John Butler
  39. ^ Bio: Shawn Elliott
  40. ^ Bio: Craig Fitzgerald
  41. ^ Bio: Jay Graham
  42. ^ Bio: Jeep Hunter
  43. ^ Bio: Brad Lawing
  44. ^ Bio: G.A. Mangus
  45. ^ Bio: Steve Spurrier, Jr.