The Daily Feed: Friday, 12/28/2012


It's been, like, five minutes since someone mentioned that South Carolina is holding its bowl practices at Stephen Garcia's high school, so let me do that here.

Gamecock Football

Thursday's Bowl Practice Report
The University of South Carolina football team worked out at Jefferson High School in Tampa on Thursday.

Brad Lawing had this to say about what Jadeveon Clowney has done to improve since arriving to Columbia: "He's using his hands. Most kids coming out of high school play on athletic ability and technique kind of flys out the door. He's learned out how to use his hands, and because of it he can keep people from holding him. Last year he'd stick his shoulder in on pass rush and he'd get held, but officials are going to call that - and rightly so. His understanding of football technology (sic) is getting better."

"[Darius English] is getting better... He got dinged up a little bit, so we decided to go ahead and get a medical [redshirt] year... He's getting a little bigger. His ability to run and play with athleticism is the best thing he has going for him."

Damario Jeffery talked about some of the differences between playing for Ellis Johnson and Lorenzo Ward:

Coach Johnson was more of an uptight, old-fashioned coach. 'Be quiet. Listen to me. This is how I want to do it.' ... Coach Ward is a lot more of a player's coach. We feel a lot more confident going to him if we don't think something's going to work.

This sentiment is in line with what just about everything else we've heard about the differences in their coaching style, but there had been scant detail about specific ways in which Ward has made himself more engaging and approachable with the players.

Speaking of Ellis Johnson...

Ellis Johnson says Clowney was ready for NFL as high school senior (AUDIO)
Former South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson talks with SportsTalk about his new position at Auburn, his old one at Southern Miss, and provides some observations about the state of the South Carolina defense under Lorenzo Ward.

Football Recruiting

Ngakoue, Rodgers update things at all star game
Maryland natives and Gamecock targets Na'Ty Rogers (OT) and Yannick Ngakoue (LB) provided the latest news on their respective timetables for announcing a decision.

USC making late run at Alabama linebacker
Current Penn State linebacker commitment Jonathan Walton will take an official visit to South Carolina in January. Walton is listed as a three-star inside linebacker by 247 Sports. Plan A for the Gamecocks is definitely to land Ngakoue to close out its 2013 linebacker class, but the Gamecocks have reached out to Walton and former USC commit Brandon Golson in case that falls through.

Football Strategy

The future is already here: How the Pistol Offense is changing the NFL -
Chris Brown's writing finally gets the layout design that it deserves. Kudos to everyone involved.

Gamecock Basketball

Welcoming Tyrone Johnson to the Gamecock family
Chicken Hoops looks at what we can realistically expect to get out of Tyrone Johnson once he becomes eligible to play for Frank Martin's squad next season.

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