2018 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2018 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2018 record7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachWill Muschamp (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorBryan McClendon (1st as OC; 3rd overall season)
Offensive schemeHurry-up, no-huddle
Defensive coordinatorTravaris Robinson (3rd season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumWilliams–Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Georgia x   7 1         11 2  
No. 16 Kentucky   5 3         9 3  
No. 10 Florida   5 3         9 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 5  
No. 24 Missouri   4 4         8 4  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 6  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$^   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 Texas A&M   5 3         8 4  
No. 11 LSU   5 3         9 3  
No. 18 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Auburn   3 5         7 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of December 10, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks football team (variously USC, SC, South Carolina, or The Gamecocks) represents the University of South Carolina in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This season marks the Gamecocks 125th overall season, 27th as a member of the SEC, and 3rd under head coach Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks play their home games at Williams–Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

Background[edit]

Previous season[edit]

South Carolina started out the 2017 season with a win over NC State in the Belk Kickoff Game 35–28.[1] They then followed it up with a road win against Missouri 31–13.[2] In the following game vs Kentucky, star wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his right fibula, and would miss the remainder of the season.[3][4] After close losses to Texas A&M and Kentucky, South Carolina defeated 3 SEC schools in a row; Arkansas, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.[5][6][7] After a hard fought 24–10 loss to rivals #1 Georgia on the road, South Carolina defeated Florida 28–20 finishing 5–3 in SEC play good enough for 2nd in the SEC East.[8][9] South Carolina recorded their fifth 9-win season in the last 8 years, going 9–4, 5–3 in the SEC.[10] The Gamecocks finished in the top 2 in the SEC East for the 4th time in 8 years, and won their fifth bowl game in 7 years defeating Michigan 26–19 in the Outback Bowl.[11][12]

Offseason departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Note
Hayden Hurst #81 TE 6'5 253 Junior Jacksonville, FL Declared for NFL Draft[13]
Skai Moore #10 LB 6'2 221 RS Senior Cooper City, FL Graduated
Jamarcus King #7 CB 6'1 186 Senior Eight Mile, AL Graduated
Dante Sawyer #95 DE 6'3 265 Senior Suwanee, GA Graduated
Chris Lammons #3 S 5'9 188 Senior Sunrise, FL Graduated
Alan Knott #70 C 6'4 274 RS Senior Tyrone, GA Graduated
Taylor Stallworth #90 DT 6'3 308 Senior Mobile, AL Graduated
Ulric Jones #93 DT 6'6 309 RS Senior Oxford, AL Graduated
D.J. Smith #24 S 5'9 188 Senior Marietta, GA Graduated
Corey Helms #51 OG 6'5 308 RS Senior Alpharetta, GA Graduated
D.J. Park #69 RT 6'5 332 RS Senior Dillon, SC Graduated
Kaleb Chalmers #12 CB 5'10 181 RS Sophomore Greenwood, SC Transferred[14]
C.J. Freeman #36 RB 5'11 204 RS Sophomore Greensboro, NC Transferred[15]
Jerad Washington #9 WR 5'8 171 RS Sophomore Jacksonville, FL Transferred[15]
Antoine Wilder #29 LB 5'10 198 RS Junior Riverdale, GA Transferred[16]
Aaron Thompson #96 DT 6'3 300 RS Sophomore Fort Lauderdale, FL Transferred[16]
Terry Googer #6 WR 6'4 217 RS Junior Atlanta, GA Retired[17]
Davonne Bowen #54 LB 6'1 218 RS Freshman Simpsonville, SC Retired[18]

Preseason[edit]

Returning starters[edit]

South Carolina will have sixteen returning players on offense, nine on defense and two on special teams that started games in 2017.[19]

Offense[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[20] Donell Stanley C JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[21] D.J. Wonnum DE JR
Maxwell Award[21] Jake Bentley QB JR
Deebo Samuel WR SR
Davey O'Brien Award[22] Jake Bentley QB JR
Doak Walker Award[23] Rico Dowdle RB JR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[24] Deebo Samuel WR SR
John Mackey Award[25] K.C. Crosby TE SR
Paul Hornung Award[26] Deebo Samuel WR SR
Wuerffel Trophy[27] T.J. Brunson LB JR
Walter Camp Award[28] Jake Bentley QB JR
Ted Hendricks Award[29] D.J. Wonnum DE JR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[30] Jake Bentley QB JR
Manning Award[31] Jake Bentley QB JR

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Gamecocks predicted to finish in second place in the East Division.[32]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1,977 (271)
2 South Carolina 1,535 (8)
3 Florida 1,441 (2)
4 Missouri 1,057
5 Kentucky 874 (1)
6 Tennessee 704 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 392

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

The Gamecocks had three players at five positions selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

2018 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Rick Sandidge
DT
Concord, NC Concord 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Feb 7, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Josh Vann
WR
Tucker, GA Tucker 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Aug 19, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Dylan Wonnum
OT
Tucker, GA Tucker 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 291 lb (132 kg) Feb 3, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Dakereon Joyner
QB
North Charleston, SC Fort Dorchester 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Jun 18, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Jaycee Horn
CB
Alpharetta, GA Alpharetta 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Dec 18, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
Kingsley Enagbare
DE
Atlanta, GA Hapeville Charter 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 257 lb (117 kg) Jul 26, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Jovaughn Gwyn
OG
Charlotte, NC Harding 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 294 lb (133 kg) Dec 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Rosendo Louis
ILB
Deerfield Beach, FL Deerfield Beach 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Dec 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Jonathan Gipson
CB
Hoschton, GA Mill Creek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Jul 31, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Maxwell Iyama
OT
Murfreesboro, TN Siegel 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Apr 2, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Deshaun Fenwick
RB
Bradenton, FL Braden River 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg) May 3, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Hank Manos
C
Chapin, SC Chapin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Mar 28, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Lavonte Valentine
RB
Melbourne, FL Melbourne Central Catholic 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Tyquan Johnson
WR
Sylvania, GA Screven County 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Jul 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Jabari Ellis
DT
Santee, SC Georgia Military College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Jul 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Israel Mukuamu
CB
Bossier City, LA Parkway 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Dec 9, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Jesus Gibbs
OG
Dumfries, VA Potomic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Jul 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Ernest Jones
OLB
Waycross, GA Ware County 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) May 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 76
Wyatt Campbell
OT
Lugoff, SC Lugoff-Elgin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Jun 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Darius Rush
WR
Greeleyville, SC C.E. Murray 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 173 lb (78 kg) Feb 27, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
R.J. Roderick
S
Summerville, SC Cane Bay 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jun 3, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 19   Rivals: 19  247Sports: 19  ESPN: 18
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 South Carolina Football Commitment List". Rivals.com.
  • "2018 South Carolina Commits". Scout.com.
  • "2018 commits". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Incoming transfers[edit]

South Carolina added two grad transfers, and two regular transfers to the 2018 roster.[33][34]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Prev. School
Nick Harvey CB 5'10" 185 Senior (Grad Transfer) Richmond, TX Texas A&M
J.T. Ibe S 6'0" 190 Senior (Grad Transfer) Mansfield, TX Rice
Jamel Cook S 6'4" 186 RS Sophomore Miami, FL Southern Cal
Josh Belk DT 6'3" 359 Freshman Richburg, SC Clemson

2019 recruiting class[edit]

South Carolina jumped out to a fast start for recruiting the 2019 class with early commitments from 4 star Defensive Lineman Rodricus Fitten, and 3 star Offensive tackle Jaylen Nichols. In January 2018 the Gamecocks received commitments from 4 star OT Mark Fox out of Miami, and 3 star JUCO DE Devontae Davis from Georgia Military College. In February the Gamecocks added local South Carolina 4 star WR Jamario Holley out of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. USC also picked up 3 star center, Vincent Murphy from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida.

On April 4th, 2018, 4 star QB Ryan Hilinski out of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California committed to South Carolina.[35] Ryan is the brother of the former Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski.[36] Ryan is rated the #1 QB in the 2019 class according to the ESPN rankings.[37] Also in April, 4 star TE Traevon Kenion committed to the Gamecocks.[38]

On May 25, 5-star Defensive end Zacch Pickens committed to South Carolina.[39]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zacch Pickens
DE
Anderson, SC T. L. Hanna 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 268 lb (122 kg) May 25, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
Ryan Hilinski
#1 QB
Orange, CA Orange Lutheran 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Apr 4, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 87
Joseph Anderson
DE
Murfreesboro, TN Siegal 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Jun 1, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Jamario Holley
WR
Rock Hill, SC Northwestern 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 2, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Traevon Kenion
TE
Monroe, NC Monroe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Apr 29, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Cameron Smith
CB
Blythewood, SC Westwood 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 17, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Keveon Mullins
WR
Memphis, TN Whitehaven 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Jun 28, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
DJ Daniel
CB
Griffin, GA Georgia Military College 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Aug 16, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: n/a
Rodricus Fitten
DE
Atlanta, GA Washington 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 335 lb (152 kg) Sep 13, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Mark Fox
OT
Miami, FL Northwestern 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Jan 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Derek Boykins
LB
Concord, NC Central Cabarrus 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Jun 2, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Jahmar Brown
LB
Opa Locka, FL St. Thomas Aquinas 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Vincent Murphy
C
Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Feb 3, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Jahkeem Green
DT
Highland, KS Highland Community College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Mar 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: n/a
Devontae Davis
DE
Milledgeville, GA Georgia Military College 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Jan 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: n/a
Kevin Harris
RB
Hinesville, GA Bradwell Institute 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Jun 5, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Jaylen Nichols
OT
Charlotte, NC Myers Park 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Dec 11, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Keshawn Toney
TE
Williston, SC Williston Elko 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Mar 4, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 16   Rivals: 16  247Sports: 12  ESPN: 18
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

[40][41]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp will enter his third-year in 2018. Muschamp has led the Gamecocks to 15 wins and 11 losses over his first two years, tying Steve Spurrier, and Joe Morrison for most wins in the first two seasons as a Gamecock head coach. On December 6th, Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper was terminated after offensive struggles.[42] Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon served as the Offensive coordinator for the Outback bowl win against Michigan, and was promoted to permanent Offensive Coordinator to replace Roper.[43] On January 5th, Dan Werner accepted the role of Quarterbacks coach.[44] Werner has previously been on Ole Miss, Miami, and Alabama's coaching staff.[45]

On January 11th, it was announced that former South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore would be joining the staff as the Director of Player Development.[46][47]

Name Position Consecutive season
Will Muschamp Head coach 3rd
Lance Thompson Assistant Head coach and Defensive line coach 3rd
Travaris Robinson Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach 3rd
Bryan McClendon Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receiver coach 3rd (1st as OC)
Bobby Bentley Running backs coach 3rd
Eric Wolford Offensive line coach 2nd
Coleman Hutzler Linebacker coach and Special teams coordinator 3rd
Mike Peterson Outside linebacker coach 3rd
Pat Washington Tight ends coach 3rd
Dan Werner Quarterbacks coach 1st
Kyle Krantz Nickelbacks & Strong-Side Linebackers/ Assistant Special Teams Coach 1st
Jeff Dillman Strength & Conditioning Director 3rd
Matthew Lindsey Director of Player Personnel 2nd
Marcus Lattimore Director of Player Development 1st

[48]

Roster[edit]

2018 South Carolina Gamecocks Football Roster

Quarterback

  •  4 Darius Douglas - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 199)
  •  7 Dakereon Joyner - Freshman (6'1, 208)
  • 10 Jay Urich - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 210)
  • 11 Corbett Glick - Freshman (6'1, 203)
  • 12 Michael Scarnecchia - Redshirt Senior(6'3, 216)
  • 16 Bailey Hart - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 178)
  • 17 Danny Gordon - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 211)
  • 19 Jake Bentley - Junior (6'4, 224)


Running Back

  •  5 Rico Dowdle - Junior (6'0, 215)
  • 14 Deshaun Fenwick - Freshman (6'1, 220)
  • 25 A.J. Turner - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 195)
  • 27 Ty'Son Williams - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 219)
  • 31 Lavonte Valentine - Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 32 Caleb Kinlaw - Senior (5'10, 198)
  • 33 Slade Carroll - Redshirt Freshman (5'9, 210)
  • 34 Mon Denson - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 212)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Deebo Samuel - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 210)
  •  6 Josh Vann - Freshman (5'10, 185)
  •  8 Randrecous Davis - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 189)
  • 13 Shi Smith - Sophomore (5'10, 187)
  • 18 OrTre Smith - Sophomore (6'4, 222)
  • 28 Joe Thomas - Freshman (5'9, 183)
  • 80 Shemar Glenn - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 165)
  • 81 Darius Rush - Freshman (6'2, 184)
  • 82 Bailey Rogers - Junior (5'9, 167)
  • 83 Chavis Dawkins - Junior (6'2, 220)
  • 86 Chad Terrell - Sophomore (6'3, 219)
  • 89 Bryan Edwards - Junior (6'3, 220)

Placekicker

  • 12 Shane Hynes - Senior (5'9, 178)
  • 42 Alexander Woznick - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 166)
  • 43 Parker White - Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 200)

Punter

  • 20 Joseph Charlton - Redshirt Junior (6'5, 188)
  • 85 Michael Almond - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 225)
 

Tight End

  •  3 K.C. Crosby - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 229)
  • 15 Evan Hinson - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 230)
  • 40 Jacob August - Redshirt Senior (6'6, 252)
  • 41 Caleb Jenerette - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 221)
  • 46 Patrick Reedy - Freshman (6'7, 240)
  • 84 Kyle Markway - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 242)
  • 87 Kiel Pollard - Junior (6'1, 235)
  • 88 Will Register - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 251)

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Sadarius Hutcherson - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 310)
  • 51 Maxwell Iyama - Freshman (6'5, 310)
  • 54 Jovaugn Gwyn - Freshman (6'2, 296)
  • 55 Christian Pellage - Redshirt Junior (6'7, 305)
  • 60 Chandler Farrell - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 61 Cameron Johnson - Redshirt Sophomore (6'6, 289)
  • 63 Blake Camper - Senior (6'8, 309)
  • 66 Will Putnam - Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 297)
  • 68 Wyatt Campbell - Freshman (6'6, 305)
  • 70 Hank Manos - Freshman (6'4, 289)
  • 71 Eric Douglas - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 298)
  • 72 Donell Stanley - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 315)
  • 73 Summie Carlay - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 300)
  • 74 Dennis Daley - Senior (6'6, 324)
  • 75 Jordon Carty - Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 315)
  • 76 Jordan Rhodes - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 325)
  • 77 Malik Young - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 287)
  • 78 Zack Bailey - Senior (6'6, 314)
  • 79 Dylan Wonnum - Freshman (6'5, 310)

Defensive Lineman

  •  3 Javon Kinlaw - Junior (6'6, 305)
  •  5 Keir Thomas - Junior (6'2, 276)
  •  8 D.J. Wonnum - Junior (6'5, 258)
  • 15 Aaron Sterling - Sophomore (6'1, 245)
  • 19 Brad Johnson - Sophomore (6'2, 250)
  • 35 Daniel Fennell - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 246)
  • 50 Griffin Gentry - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 270)
  • 52 Kingsley Enagbare - Freshman (6'4, 285)
  • 57 Jazuun Outlaw - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 238)
  • 61 Javion Duncan - Redshirt Senior (5'11, 273)
  • 90 Rick Sandidge - Freshman (6'5, 285)
  • 91 Shameik Blackshear - Redshirt Junior (6'5, 270)
  • 92 Tyreek Johnson - Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 93 Jesus Gibbs - Freshman (6'3, 280)
  • 94 M.J. Webb - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 288)
  • 95 Kobe Smith - Junior (6'2, 295)
  • 96 Josh Belk - Freshman (6'3, 359)
  • 99 Jabari Ellis - Junior (6'3, 280)
 

Linebacker

  •  4 Bryson Allen-Williams - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 230)
  •  6 T.J. Brunson - Junior (6'1, 240)
  • 11 Eldridge Thompson - Senior (6'1, 229)
  • 30 Damani Staley - Sophomore (6'0, 225)
  • 42 Rosendo Louis Jr. - Freshman (6'2, 240)
  • 44 Sherrod Greene - Sophomore (6'1, 228)
  • 45 Spencer Eason-Riddle - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 225)
  • 46 Noah Vincent - Freshman (6'0, 209)
  • 48 Sean McGonigal - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 221)
  • 53 Ernest Jones - Freshman (6'2, 235)
  • 59 Alex DeLoach - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 209)

Defensive Back

  •  1 Nick Harvey - Redshirt Senior (5'10, 195)
  •  7 Jaycee Horn - Freshman (6'1, 195)
  •  9 Keisean Nixon - Senior (5'10, 193)
  • 10 R.J. Roderick - Freshman (6'0, 207)
  • 16 Rashad Fenton - Senior (5'11, 188)
  • 17 Javon Charleston - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 187)
  • 21 Jamyest Williams - Sophomore (5'8, 182)
  • 22 Steven Montac - Senior (5'10, 186)
  • 23 Korey Banks - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 191)
  • 24 Israel Mukuamu - Freshman (6'4, 200)
  • 26 Jaylin Dickerson - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 191)
  • 28 Tayvn Jackson - Redshirt Freshman (5'9, 185)
  • 29 J.T. Ibe - Redshirt Senior (5'10, 191)
  • 31 Jamel Cook - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 186)
  • 32 Kevin Pickens - Redshirt Junior (5'8, 177)
  • 33 Zay Brown - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 36 Jonathan Gipson - Freshman (6'1, 186)
  • 39 Dawson Hoffman - Freshman (5'11, 197)
  • 40 Jason Senn - Redshirt Junior (5'8, 186)
  • 47 Jaylan Foster - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 184)

Long Snappers

  • 45 Ben Asbury - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 199)
  • 49 Matthew Smith - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 209)

  •  : 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks Football Roster 08/15/18[49]

Depth chart[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Spring game[edit]

2018 Garnet and Black Spring game
1 234Total
• Black 14 10100 34
Garnet 3 1700 20

The 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks Garnet and Black spring game took place in Columbia, South Carolina on March 31st, at 12:00 p.m. EST. The game was broadcast live on the SEC Network.[50][51] The Black team defeated the Garnet team by a score of 34–20, QB Jake Bentley completed 15 of 25 passes for 174 yards and 2 TD's.[52]

Regular season[edit]

South Carolina announced its 2018 football schedule on September 19, 2017.[53] The schedule consists of 7 home games and 5 away games for the regular season. The Gamecocks will host SEC opponents Georgia (rivalry) on September 8th, Missouri on October 6th, Texas A&M on October 13th, and Tennessee, on October 27th. South Carolina will travel to four SEC opponents: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Florida.

South Carolina's out of conference opponents represent the ACC, C-USA, SoCon and Sun Belt conferences. The Gamecocks will host three non–conference games which are against Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt, Marshall of C-USA and Chattanooga of the SoCon. South Carolina will travel to archrival Clemson of the ACC for 116th annual Palmetto Bowl to finish the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 p.m.Coastal Carolina*SECNW 49–1575,126
September 83:30 p.m.No. 3 GeorgiaNo. 24
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC (rivalry)
CBSL 17–4183,140
September 224:00 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNW 37–1426,078
September 297:30 p.m.at No. 17 KentuckySECNL 10–2463,081
October 612:00 p.m.Missouri
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 37–3573,393
October 133:30 p.m.No. 22 Texas A&M
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNL 23–2676,871
October 277:30 p.m.Tennessee
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 27–2480,614
November 312:00 p.m.at Ole MissSECNW 48–4456,798
November 1012:00 p.m.at No. 19 FloridaESPNL 31–3582,696
November 177:30 p.m.Chattanooga*
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 49–972,832
November 247:00 p.m.at No. 2 Clemson*ESPNL 35–5681,436
December 1[a]12:00 p.m.Akron*
  • Williams–Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 28–353,420
December 2912:00 p.m.vs. Virginia*ABC
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between South Carolina and Marshall, originally scheduled for September 15, 2018, was canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. The Gamecocks scheduled Akron to replace Marshall, as Akron had their game against Nebraska canceled due to inclement weather.[54]
Schedule Source:[55]

Game summaries[edit]

Coastal Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 W, 70–10
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Coastal Carolina 0 3 3915
South Carolina 14 14 14749

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: September 1, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88° F • Wind: ESE 3 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,126
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Kris Budden (sideline)
  • [56]
Game information

Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
18–50-2 4–6 2017 L, 10–24
Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 3 Georgia 17 3 21041
No. 24 South Carolina 7 3 0717

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 92° F • Wind:SE 5 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 83,140
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • [57]
Game information

at Vanderbilt[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
23–4 9–1 2017 W, 34–27
South Carolina Gamecocks at Vanderbilt Commodores – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 10 10 10737
Vanderbilt 0 14 0014

at Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 22, 2018
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 72° F • Wind: NE 11 mph • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 26,078
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Kris Budden (sideline)
  • [58]
Game information

at Kentucky[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
17–11 5–5 2017 L, 13–23
South Carolina Gamecocks at Kentucky Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 3 0 7010
No. 17 Kentucky 3 21 0024

at Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 29, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 70° F • Wind: NE 6 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 63,081
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color), Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • [59]
Game information

Missouri[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2017 W, 31–13
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Missouri 14 9 01235
South Carolina 7 7 17637

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: October 6, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 86° F • Wind: ESE 2 mph • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,393
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Kris Budden (sideline)
  • [60]
Game information

Texas A&M[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2017 L, 17–24
Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 22 Texas A&M 3 10 31026
South Carolina 0 0 16723

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: October 13, 2018
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76° F • Wind: NNE 3 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,871
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color)
  • [61]
Game information

Tennessee[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
9–25 6–4 2017 W, 15–9
Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 7 7 10024
South Carolina 3 6 15327

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: October 27, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 60° F • Wind: W 11 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 80,614
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color), Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • [62]
Game information

at Ole Miss[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
7–8 4–6 2009 W, 16–10
South Carolina Gamecocks at Ole Miss Rebels – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
South Carolina 17 10 714048
Ole Miss 3 24 107044

at Vaught-Hemmingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi

  • Date: November 3, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66° F • Wind: • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 56,798
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Kris Budden (sideline)
  • [63]
Game information

at Florida[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
9–26–3 5–5 2017 W, 28–20
South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 14 7 10031
No. 19 Florida 0 14 71435

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: November 10, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68° F • Wind: N8 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,696
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
  • [64]
Game information

Chattanooga[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Chattanooga Mocs at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chattanooga 0 3 069
South Carolina 14 14 71449

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: November 17, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 72° F • Wind: Calm • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 72,832
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SECN): Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Barrett Jones (color), Alyssa Lang (sideline)
  • [65]
Game information

at Clemson[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
42–69–4 5–5 2017 L, 10–34
South Carolina Gamecocks at Clemson Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 7 14 01435
No. 2 Clemson 14 14 141456

at Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina

  • Date: November 24, 2018
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 49° F • Wind: NNW 2 • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 81,406
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color), Todd McShay (sideline)
  • [66]
Game information

Akron[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Akron Zips at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Akron 3 0 003
South Carolina 14 14 0028

at Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: December 1, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56° F • Wind: SE 3mph • Weather: Showers
  • Game attendance: 53,420
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Cole Cublic (color), Dawn Davenport (sideline)
  • [67]
Game information

vs. Virginia (Belk Bowl)[edit]

Overall record Last 10 meetings record Last meeting Result
21–13 7–3 2003 W 31–7
Virginia Cavaliers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 Total
Virginia 0
South Carolina 0

at Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC

  • Date: December 29, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • TV announcers (ABC): Adam Amin (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (color), Rocky Boiman (color)
Game information

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 RV 24 RV RV RV NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches RV 24 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

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