Scouting South Carolina: trouble spots for the Tigers

Connor Shaw, Mike Davis lead Gamecocks' attack; Jadeveon Clowney inconsistent, but dangerous

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South Carolina running back Mike Davis (28) and the Gamecocks invade Missouri today at 7 p.m.

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Associated Press South Carolina running back Mike Davis (28) and the Gamecocks invade Missouri today at 7 p.m.

Scouting South Carolina: trouble spots for the Tigers

QB Conner Shaw: He's an equal threat as a runner and passer, and is 25-5 as USC's starter, and is unbeaten at Williams-Brice Stadium. He was a semifinalist for both the Dave O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He a 65-percent career passer and has rushed for more than 1,500 yards in his career.

QB Dylan Thompson: Shaw's backup is 3-0 as a starter, including his 300-yard, three-touchdown performance last season against Clemson.

RB Mike Davis: James Davis' younger brother, Davis has carried the rushing load for the Gamecocks this season. He leads the SEC in rushing with a 111.2 average and has had seven 100-yard games this season.

RB Shon Carson: He alternates with Davis, and had a 102-yard performance against Florida, including a long run that set up USC's winning field goal in the fourth quarter.

PK Elliott Fry: His four field goals provided the Gamecocks' winning edge against Florida.

WR Bruce Ellington: Andre Ellington's cousin, Ellington leads the Gamecocks in receptions with 35 for more than 500 yards yards and five scores.

WR Damiere Bush: USC's fastest player, he has 26 catches for 506 yards in his last seven games.

WR Shaq Roland: He's averaging 19.5 yards per catch, and led the Gamecocks in receptions against Coastal Carolina.

DT Kelsey Quarles: He leads the Gamecocks in sacks this season with seven.

DE Jadeveon Clowney: He's had an inconsistent junior season, with just two sacks, after having 21 his first two seasons. He's still a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award.

TEs Rory Anderson & Jerrell Adams: The Gamecocks make good use of both their tight ends.

OG A.J. Cann: He leads all USC players in starts, and was a mid-season All-SEC pick.

OT Brandon Shell: He earned freshman All-America honors last season.

LB Skai Moore: The first-year freshman leads the team in tackles with 42.

DB Victor Hampton: The All-SEC candidate has two interceptions this season, and four in his career.

DB Jimmy Legree: He has six career interceptions.

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TigerNE writes:

I know Legree and Hampton perform at a very high level in the SEC, but they are still 5 or more inches shorter than Bryant and Williams. If those two are in opposite Sammy, Boyd simply has to be on top of his game with ball placement and they will be able to out reach those two a good part of the time. If Sammy is double covered, it may be even give some distance at times for Bryant or Williams.

Both of them have been able to reach over taller backs and safeties this year and make big plays.

33dtb writes:

"nervous nelly" fumbles

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