2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2011 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Capital One Bowl champion
Capital One Bowl, W 30–13 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
2011 record11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachSteve Spurrier (7th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorEllis Johnson (4th season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumWilliams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
No. 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
No. 2 LSU x$   8 0         13 1  
No. 1 Alabama %#   7 1         12 1  
No. 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
    1. – 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]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:00 pmvs. East Carolina*No. 12FSNW 56–3758,272
September 104:30 pmat GeorgiaNo. 12ESPNW 45–4292,746
September 176:00 pmNavy*No. 10ESPN2W 24–2178,807
September 247:00 pmVanderbiltNo. 12
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
ESPN2W 21–377,015
October 13:30 pmAuburnNo. 10
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
CBSL 13–1681,767
October 812:21 pmKentuckyNo. 18
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 54–375,838
October 1512:21 pmat Mississippi StateNo. 15SECNW 14–1255,418
October 297:15 pmat TennesseeNo. 14ESPN2W 14–396,655
November 57:15 pmat No. 8 ArkansasNo. 10ESPNL 28–4473,804
November 1212:00 pmFloridadaggerNo. 15
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
CBSW 17–1280,250
November 1912:00 pmThe Citadel*No. 14
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECRNW 41–2076,816
November 267:45 pmNo. 18 Clemson*No. 14
ESPNW 34–1383,442
January 21:00 pmvs. No. 21 Nebraska*No. 10ESPNW 30–1361,351
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

East Carolina[edit]

1 234Total
East Carolina 7 1776 37
South Carolina 0 142814 56

Georgia[edit]

1 234Total
South Carolina 0 141417 45
Georgia 6 7722 42

Navy[edit]

1 234Total
Navy 7 770 21
South Carolina 7 1007 24

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 3 000 3
South Carolina 0 1470 21

Auburn[edit]

1 234Total
Auburn 3 607 16
South Carolina 6 070 13

Kentucky[edit]

1 234Total
Kentucky 3 000 3
South Carolina 7 131321 54

Mississippi State[edit]

1 234Total
South Carolina 0 707 14
Mississippi State 7 005 12

Tennessee[edit]

1 234Total
South Carolina 0 770 14
Tennessee 3 000 3

Marcus Lattimore was injured during this game and he remained out for the remainder of the season.

Arkansas[edit]

1 234Total
South Carolina 7 777 28
Arkansas 10 14614 44

Florida[edit]

1 234Total
Florida 3 036 12
South Carolina 0 1403 17

The Citadel[edit]

1 234Total
The Citadel 7 607 20
South Carolina 7 13714 41

Clemson[edit]

1 234Total
Clemson 0 1003 13
South Carolina 10 7710 34

Capital One Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
Nebraska 13 000 13
South Carolina 9 7014 30

Players[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

  • Antonio Allen – AP Second-Team All-SEC;[1] AP Second-Team All-American[2]
  • A.J. Cann – Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team[3]
  • Jadeveon Clowney – Coaches Second-Team All-SEC;[4] Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team;[5] SEC Freshman of the Year;[6] Sporting News All-Freshman Team[7]
  • Bruce Ellington – SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, 10/17/11;[8] Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team[9]
  • Melvin Ingram – Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, 9/11/11;[10] SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 9/12/11;[11] SEC Defensive Player of the Week, 9/26/11;[12] SEC Defensive Player of the Week, 10/3/11;[13] AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC;[14][15] AFCA All-American Team;[16] Walter Camp First-Team All-American;[17] AP First-Team All-American;[18] Sporting News All-American Team[19]
  • Alshon Jeffery – AP Second-Team All-SEC;[20] Capital One Bowl MVP
  • Marcus Lattimore – SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 9/19/11;[21] AP & Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[22][23]
  • Mike Matulis – Sporting News All-Freshman Team[24]
  • Travian Robertson – SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 10/14/11[25]
  • Connor Shaw – SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/10/11;[26] SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 11/28/11[27]
  • D.J. Swearinger – SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, 10/17/11[28]
  • Rokevious Watkins – SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 9/5/11;[29] AP First-Team All-SEC;[30] Coaches Second-Team All-SEC[31]
  • Brandon Wilds – SEC Freshman of the Week, 10/31/11[32]
  • Dalton Wilson – Capital One Academic All-America Second Team[33]

2011 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/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 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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:

  • "South Carolina Signee List 2011". Rivals.com.
  • "Scout.com Football Recruiting: South Carolina". Scout.com.
  • "2011 Player Signees- South Carolina". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

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[34]
  • Ellis Johnson – Assistant Head Coach & Defense Assistant Coach[35]
  • Lorenzo Ward – Defensive Coordinator & Cornerbacks[36]
  • John Butler – Special Teams Coordinator[37]
  • Shawn Elliott (American football) – Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator[38]
  • Craig Fitzgerald – Strength & Conditioning[39]
  • Jay Graham – Running Backs/Tight Ends[40]
  • Jeep Hunter – Safeties[41]
  • Brad Lawing – Defensive Line[42]
  • G.A. Mangus – Quarterbacks[43]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. – Wide Receivers[44]

References[edit]

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