The Gamecocks opened the season last night against Georgia State. While the Gamecocks escaped the game with a win, many fans were disappointed with how the offense played. The offensive line failed to give Spencer Rattler any time in the pocket, with many of his big plays coming after the play broke down. The Gamecocks rushing attack didn’t fair any better, only averaging a paltry 3.3 yards per carry against an inferior Sun Belt opponent.
The bright spot of the night had to be special teams, where Beamer Ball was on full display. Mitch Jeter took over placekicking duties from senior Parker White, who graduated. His first kick under the lights was a 53-yarder that would’ve been good from 60. He followed that up with a 51-yard attempt that also split the uprights. The Gamecocks special teams also blocked two punts returning both for touchdowns.
With 20 of the 35 points coming on special teams, it shows that the Gamecocks have a lot to improve on offense heading into next week’s SEC opener at Arkansas, where the Gamecocks currently sit as 8-point underdogs. Hopefully, they can right the ship offensively heading into week 2.