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Afternoon Football Links

-Defense continues to flourish, despite injuries (Charleston Post & Courier)

Through 11 games — and mercifully at the team’s bye week — South Carolina’s plug-and-play defense is hanging in there.

Giving up 308 yards a game, the Gamecocks are third in the SEC (behind only No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Alabama) and 20th in the country in total defense.

They’re even better in passing defense (eighth in FBS, 163 ypg), despite a corner rotation that consists of two true freshmen and two sophomores. (Tip your cap to first-year corners coach Lorenzo Ward for a lot of that.)

“It’s obvious these kids have something to them,” Johnson said after the Florida game, which included a fourth-and-short stop of Tim Tebow.

Wilson’s a pretty prime example of that “having something to them.”

Johnson and head coach Steve Spurrier wondered aloud whether Wilson — listed at 5-11 and 210 pounds — could physically perform in the middle of the field against SEC offenses. Spurrier said he might get “pushed around by some of them big linemen.”

That was after the Georgia game, the second game of the season.

Now in November, Wilson leads the Gamecocks with 77 total tackles.

Mangus speaks to Touchdown Club (The Times and Democrat)

“Right now, we are a young football team,” Mangus told the crowd. “We are the second-youngest Division I football team in the country. We have some great young players.”

One player singled out by Mangus was freshman defensive back Stephon Gilmore.

“(Gilmore) is truly one of the best I have ever seen,” Mangus said. “His attitude, his love of the Gamecocks. I’m a big believer that at the University of South Carolina, everything that we want to happen here will happen here. The way that it is going to happen is to have everybody in the locker room that is 100 percent Gamecock. That is where we are at, what we are looking for, and that’s what we have in our locker room. All our young players are 100 percent Gamecock.”



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Women’s Soccer Link Round-up

With their run to the SEC title and the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the South Carolina women’s soccer team has been making some news:

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Wednesday Links

Here’s some news links to get your morning started:

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Cocks Crow: Tuesday Links

Here’s some links to get you in the mindset for Saturday’s game at Alabama. Did you know it’s Homecoming for the Crimson Tide? I sure would love to spoil that party.

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Cocks Crow: Thursday

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Cocks Crow: Thursday Showdown

If you’re not going to be in the stands tonight, check out tonight’s live blog from the pressbox.

Forgot to add this to the blog yesterday, but tonight’s Gamecock Walk for the team will be at 5:30 p.m. in the southwest corner of the stadium lot.

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The Closer: Afternoon Links & AEC Photos

Don’t forget about “Inside the Roost” tonight with AD Eric Hyman and Derek Scott on 107.5 FM.  Men’s soccer coach Mark Berson will be on tonight’s show.

Downey said he and his teammates were in a “wait and see” mode in determining whether they could compete with the big boys in the SEC. This year will be different.

“We know we’re good enough to compete at the highest level now,” Downey said. “Guys have that swagger now.”

Construction continues on the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center.  The project is just over 70% complete.  Here’s some recent photos from the site:



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