The Old Ball Coach's Corner

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  1. BigSmooth33

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    The Old Ball Coach's Corner

    2012 finished with a bang and some disappointment... The South Carolina Gamecocks were leapfrogged from a potential SEC/SEC National Championship matchup with Auburn by Troy, but were rewarded for an outstanding season with an invite to the Nokia Sugar Bowl. After the Sugar Bowl win, several key members have left, but overall, the outlook for the 2013 season looks promising.

    Key losses:
    WR Alshon Jeffrey
    Holds every SC receiving record imaginable and finished with an All-American 1st team honor.
    RB Jarvis Giles
    RB Latavious Murray
    Giles/Murray were SC's "thunder/lightning" combination for the last two seasons... A lot of yards on the ground and short yard TD's graduate.
    CB Stephon Gilmore
    SS Corey Addison
    Losing both of these guys will definitely hurt, however, SC's secondary is stacked for the next couple of years. SS Bolden will step right in, but Addison's ball hawking skills will be missed... As for the loss of Gilmore, heralded recruit from 2011, CB M. Daniels will finally get his shot as Gilmore left as one of the school's greatest CB's of all time.
    MLB Devonte Holloman
    His Senior leadership will be greatly missed, but again, the Old Ball Coach saw this coming and had recruited some solid MLB's to fill his spot.

    Key Returns:
    CB Chris Payne - Looking to cap off his career with a 3rd All-SEC honor and All-American
    DE - David Reed - Returning Lombardi and Tom Hendricks Award Winner
    OL - Entire OL returns

    Question marks:
    1) How will true freshman QB Alfred Carey handle the starting job? Stealing the reigns from RS freshman Joe Taylor, expectations are high in Columbia, and the media is picking SC for the SEC Championship. Carey will have to perform at a high level or hope the running game is better than typical at SC to meet expectations.
    2) WR - Alshon Jeffrey graduated... Top recruit Charles Moore will step in at the #2WR and Scruggs will be the #1, but who will separate from the pack as Carey's go to guy?
    3) How will the RS Freshman RB tandem perform with the graduation of Giles/Murray? Heralded RB recruit from 2012, Allen Norton appears to be the lead candidate to get the bulk of the carries, and with this years OL finally coming into its own, Norton could be a candidate for the Breakout Gamecock of the Year Award at the SC awards banquet.

    2013 Recruiting Focus:
    Returning still a very young team, South Carolina is looking to only sign a couple recruits for 2014.
    1) DL - Both starting DT's are seniors and there is not a lot of depth. The Old Ball Coach needs to sign a couple DT's and make sure one of them is an impact freshman that can start from day 1.
    2) WR - Still looking for that big play threat that Jeffrey brought to the table every day.
    3) TE - Sean Perry will graduate and the Old Ball Coach wants to find a project to redshirt and establish as Carey's future "emergency valve".
    4) OLB - Marvin Moore is a Junior and depth could be added with a marquis recruit.
    5) C - Senior starter will graduate, have a solid back up, but need to look to the future.
    6) Athletes - can never have too many

    Season Outlook:
    Brutal SEC schedule (vs. LSU and Ole Miss on top of SEC East) and regularly tough non-conference schedule are always a challenge that the fans in Columbia openly accept. The real question marks lie in how everything will play out with the reason coaching carousel that has taken place in the SEC.

    New coaches in Alabama, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Florida should make for an extremely interesting season.
     
  2. jdrhammer

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    Where does Fr sensation Darrell Britton fit in your plans?
     
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    Britton will be the slot WR and will look to get him potentially returning punts and kickoffs.

    Too much of an athlete to not get the ball in his hands frequently.
     
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    Three straight heartbreaking losses for the Gamecocks and the Old Ball Coach have Columbia reeling...

    The defense just can't catch the breaks they have in years past, David Reed is not getting off the ball as he has in seasons past, and the absence of a home run threat is obviously hampering Al Carey's progression...

    No help coming soon either... Might be a long season.
     
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    Have back to back nail biting wins got the Gamecocks back on track?

    Sean Perry's TD against UK and Lance Scruggs falling on a fumble in the end zone against LSU in what Ford referred to as the G.O.A.T. NCAA10 game of the year put the Gamecocks back in position to get bowl eligible.

    The LSU victory was huge for morale. The last 5 games have been unbelievably close, coming down to the last drive of the game in all five. One thing is for sure, Freshman sensation QB Al Carey is everything the Old Ball Coach hoped for and more... With intangible skills like Jake "the Snake" Plummer and leadership characteristics like Tom Brady or Montana, Columbia could be a squad to reckon with for the next four seasons...

    TheProgram's Vanderbilt squad is next.
     
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    Recruiting has picked up a bit in Columbia, having signed some key recruits filling the few holes that'll be popping up as a result of graduation.

    Signees thus far:
    Jonathan Anderson #2 CB 5* San Dimas, CA
    Very speedy corner and tough in coverage. May redshirt due to depth at the position.

    Danny King #2 ATH 5* Dublin, GA
    Interesting signee... Might be a better prospect at corner than Anderson. Again, depth may force a redshirt.

    Adrian Moses #8 4* DT St. Petersburg, FL
    Listed at 6' 3" 287 lbs, Moses may be expected to contribute immediately die to graduation. Really needs a year to bulk up and get quicker feet.

    Joe Maxwell #10 4* DT Newington, VA
    Attribute wise, Maxwell looks more fundamentally sound than Moses but his size and speed may force a redshirt. DT will be thin next year though, so anything is possible for the young buck.

    Kevin Weber 3* #14 C Statesboro, GA
    Adds depth. Most likely a redshirt candidate also.

    Only have a few more recruits to sign. Main target left is 3* ATH, Darren Christian from MN. Looks like a potential Alshon clone...
     
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    Got him!

    Darren Christian committed just before the Arkansas game...

    Can't wait for next season!
     
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    The Gamecocks finished off the SEC schedule with a much important victory over the rival Gators in OT.

    Another late game heroic drive by freshman phenom Al Carey allowed the SC offense to line up for a try at a 50 yard FG and overtime.

    In OT, an ill timed holding penalty set the Gators offense back and a stop on 3rd and 9 forced a chip shot field goal.

    Carey orchestrated a TD on the next possession to finish off the game.

    Columbia looks to be going in the right direction with football with the Carey/Britton connection.

    On the defensive side, David Reed tallied 2 more sacks bringing him closer to the NCAA record for sacks in a career.

    Next up, the Battle for the Palmetto State.
     

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