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South Carolina Recap

The SEC matchup between South Carolina and Georgia went as everyone expected it to go. Let’s be honest, if you’re a true South Carolina fan, you didn’t expect South Carolina to win this game; you were merely hoping to escape with no significant injuries and make it somewhat competitive. Unfortunately, we failed on both counts.

Sherrod Greene, a senior linebacker for South Carolina, broke his ankle and did not return, going into surgery immediately upon the team’s return to Columbia. As of right now, it is unknown when he will return, but the optimistic prognosis is by November at the end of the season, according to Coach Beamer. Additionally, quarterback Zeb Noland was injured early in the game, forcing Luke Doty into his first live-action of the season.

Thankfully, that is where the “good” of the game began. Luke Doty is this team’s quarterback, and there is no debate. Immediately upon being inserted into the lineup, the energy of the team felt different. Doty
had several long passes, two drops, and one dime thrown to Josh Vann for the season’s first touchdown scored against Georgia’s talented defense. Doty showed that he could push the ball downfield, which was a question coming into the season. South Carolina also found a true #1 wideout in Josh Vann.

The receiver has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games and now has career-highs in touchdowns and yards this season after his performance last night. We can’t forget the impressive performance of Jaylan Foster. While there weren’t many opportunities to talk positively about the South Carolina defense, Foster was bright. The
defensive back added to his interception total, adding 2 to his stat line.

The result was what most everyone expected. This could be the year for Georgia, and South Carolina did not have the talent to take down a team as loaded as Georgia. If there is such a thing as a moral victory, South Carolina has found a quarterback and a number one wide receiver. There are still question marks on this roster, but bowl eligibility is still within reach. The Gamecocks will look back on track next weekend at Williams Brice stadium against a Kentucky team that struggled against Chattanooga yesterday, escaping with a 28-23 victory.

Justin Shealy