2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Outback Bowl Champions
Outback Bowl vs. Michigan, W 33–28
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
BCS #10
Coaches #7
AP #8
2012 record 11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier (8th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. (1st as Co OC, 8th overall year)
Co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliot (1st as OC, 3rd overall year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward (1st as DC, 4th overall year)
Base defense 4–2–5
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
#9 Florida x   7 1         11 2  
#8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
#23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x   7 1         13 1  
#14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
#5 Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks were led by eighth-year head coach Steve Spurrier and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The season finished with 11–2, 6–2 in SEC to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl, where the Gamecocks defeated Michigan 33–28 by a game-winning TD with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Preseason[edit]

On April 14, 2012, the Black squad defeated the Garnet squad, 38–24, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 34,513. Quarterback Connor Shaw finished the day 6–7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Black team, while Garnet QB Dylan Thompson was 15–20 for 168 yards and a rushing touchdown.[1]

Schedule[edit]

The October 6 game against Georgia played host to ESPN's College GameDay, the school's sixth time hosting the popular ESPN show.[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 PM at Vanderbilt #9 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN W 17–13   38,393
September 8 12:21 PM East Carolina* #9 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC SECN W 48–10   77,006
September 15 7:00 PM UAB* #8 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SECRN W 49–6   77,963
September 22 3:30 PM Missouri #7 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC (Battle of Columbia) CBS W 31–10   80,836
September 29 7:00 PM at Kentucky #6 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 38–17   49,810
October 6 7:00 PM #5 Georgia #6 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 35–7   85,199
October 13 8:00 PM at #9 LSU #3 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN L 21–23   92,734
October 20 3:30 PM at #3 Florida #9 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 11–44   90,833
October 27 12:00 PM Tennessee #17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 38–35   80,250
November 10 12:00 PM Arkansas #12 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS W 38–20   78,772
November 17 1:00 PM #9 (FCSWofford* #12 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC PPV W 24–7   79,982
November 24 7:00 PM at #12 Clemson* #13 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN W 27–17   84,513
January 1 1:00 PM vs. #19 Michigan* #11 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 33–28   54,527
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 South Carolina 7 3 0 7 17
Vanderbilt 0 10 3 0 13
  • Date: August 30
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 38,393
  • Game weather: 86, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Rece Davis (play-by-play), David Pollack and Jesse Palmer (color), Samantha Steele (sideline)


East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 0 0 3 7 10
#9 South Carolina 14 7 14 13 48
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:21 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 77,006
  • Game weather: 88, Sunny
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UAB 3 3 0 0 6
#8 South Carolina 7 14 14 14 49
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:08 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 77,963
  • Game weather: 84, Fair
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • Television network: FSN


Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 3 0 7 10
#7 South Carolina 0 21 7 3 31
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 80,836
  • Game weather: 88, Fair
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)


Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 South Carolina 0 7 14 17 38
Kentucky 3 14 0 0 17
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 49,810
  • Game weather: 70, Fair
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (color), Jeannine Edwards (sideline)


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Georgia 0 0 0 7 7
#6 South Carolina 21 0 7 7 35
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 85,199
  • Game weather: 78, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Heather Cox (sideline)


LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 South Carolina 0 7 7 7 21
#9 LSU 3 0 7 13 23
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Game start: 7:06 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance: 92,734
  • Game weather: 79 Degrees
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Heather Cox (sideline)


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 South Carolina 3 3 2 3 11
#3 Florida 7 14 16 7 44
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 90,833
  • Game weather: 79, Sunny
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 7 7 7 14 35
#17 South Carolina 7 21 7 3 38
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 80,250
  • Television network: ESPN


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 10 3 7 20
#12 South Carolina 7 14 17 0 38
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 78,772
  • Television network: CBS


Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wofford 0 7 0 0 7
#12 South Carolina 0 7 0 17 24
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 1:05 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 79,982
  • Television network: PPV


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 South Carolina 7 3 10 7 27
#12 Clemson 14 0 3 0 17
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:15 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 82,000
  • Television network: ESPN


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 South Carolina 14 7 0 12 33
#19 Michigan 3 10 9 6 28
  • Date: January 1, 2013
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Game start: 1:00 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:45
  • Game attendance: 54,527
  • Television network: ESPN


Players[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Projected starters and primary backups versus Clemson on November 24, 2012.


Defense


FS
D. J. Swearinger
Kadetrix Marcus


WLB MLB SPUR
Shaq Wilson Reginald Bowens DeVonte Holloman
Quin Smith Damario Jeffery Sharrod Golightly
SS
Brison Williams
Jared Shaw
CB
Victor Hampton
Ahmad Christian


DE DT DT DE
Devin Taylor Kelcy Quarles Byron Jerideau Jadeveon Clowney
Aldrick Fordham J.T. Surratt Gerald Dixon, Jr. Chaz Sutton
CB
Akeem Auguste
Jimmy Legree
Offense
WR
Ace Sanders
Nick Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Corey Robinson A.J. Cann T.J. Johnson Ronald Patrick Brandon Shell
Brandon Shell Will Sport Kyle Harris Kaleb Broome Cody Gibson
TE
Justice Cunningham
Rory Anderson
WR
Bruce Ellington
Damiere Byrd
QB
Dylan Thompson
Connor Shaw
Key Reserves
RB Mike Davis
WR D.L. Moore
WR DeAngelo Smith
WR Shaq Roland
WR K.J. Brent
TE Jerell Adams
DE Gerald Dixon
LB Cedrick Cooper
RB
Kenny Miles
Mike Davis
FB
Qua Gilchrist
Connor McLaurin
Special Teams
PK Adam Yates
P Tyler Hull
KR Bruce Ellington
PR Ace Sanders
LS Walker Inabinet
H Seth Strickland


Awards[edit]

  • Jadeveon Clowney – SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 9/17/12;[4] SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 10/1/12;[5] SEC Defensive Lineman and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, 11/26/12[6]
  • T.J. Johnson - SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 10/8/12[7]
  • Marcus Lattimore – SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 9/3/12[8]
  • Ace Sanders - SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, 9/24/12,[9] SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, 10/8/12[7]
  • Connor Shaw - SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 9/24/12,[9] SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/29/12[10]
  • D.J. Swearinger - Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, 11/11/12[11]

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 9 9 8 7 6 6 3 9 17 11 12 12 13 11 11 8 
Coaches' 9 9 9 8 6 6 3 8 16 11 11 11 12 10 10 7 
Harris Not released 3 7 16 11 11 11 12 10 10 Not released 
BCS Not released 7 13 8 8 9 12 10 10 Not released


Coaching staff[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier – Head Coach[12]
  • Lorenzo Ward – Defensive Coordinator[13]
  • Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs[14]
  • Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator[15]
  • Shawn Elliott – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne[16]
  • Brad Lawing – Defensive Line[17]
  • G.A. Mangus – Quarterbacks[18]
  • Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends[19]
  • Everette Sands - Running Backs[20]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. – Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers[21]

References[edit]