Breaking news out of winter workouts:
Gamecocks' winter workouts Big BAMF winner was OL Mike Matulis. Little BAMF winner was RB Shon Carson.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 3, 2014
Congrats to Mike "Matoozles" Matulis, who took home the Big BAMF award, which I desperately hope gets added to his official bio. Shon Carson took home the little BAMF award, which is impressive thing to do while maintaining a rigorous selfie regimen.
[cut to Shon Carson, surrounded by hollering teammates, angling phone and duckfacing]
Team: C'MON BABY, YOU GOT THIS, YOU GOT THIS! ONE MORE!
Shon: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! [takes selfie] [stomps around and pounds chest]
By the way, let's address the $64,000 question. What on EARTH does BAMF stand for???
As for what BAMF stands for, I'm going to have to let you figure it out, but it includes a lot of $%&!@!$!%^!— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 3, 2014
The GABA editorial staff isn't satisfied with speculation, so we locked a fleet of interns in the Garnet and Black Attack war room with a box of graham crackers, a case of Red Bull and about sixty armed guards, and told 'em to decode this cryptogram. We reviewed their results, conducted a thorough round of fact checking, and can report that it's likely one of these:
• Be A Mean Footballplayer
• Bro, Add Me (on) Facebook?
• Barnacles Adorn My Frigate
• Bathrooms Are Mere Formalities
• Brutality Arrestee: Martin, Frank
• Baskets, Artfully Made. Free (*taken from Peoria, IL Craigslist post)
• Boatshoes Are Mucho Fratty
• Bacon All Morning, Friends!
Ban All Murderous Bears [ed: intern has been fired]
• Buck Ate Mexican Fajitas
• Busted A Monkey Fart
Butts Are Mighty Fine. RT @JoshatTheState As for what BAMF stands for, I'm going to let you figure it out— Violence (@PhilKenSaban) March 3, 2014
It's weightlifting, so probably "Build a meat farm" RT @JoshatTheState As for what BAMF stands for, I'm going to let you figure it out— Jorge (@Jorge_Stevens) March 3, 2014
It's probably one of those. Oh, and lest you think Dylan Thompson is resting on his laurels:
QB Dylan Thompson and OL A.J. Cann were Iron Gamecocks which is basically winter MVP.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 3, 2014
Cann's a noted gym rat, but it's nice to see Dylan Thompson fully embracing his front-and-center status. Another player who made an impression in winter workouts was rising sophomore Pharoh Cooper, who S&C coach Joe Connolly compared to a player who was also known as a multipositional talent:
S&C coach Joe Connolly says Pharoh Cooper "reminds me of Stephon Gilmore. He doesn’t like to mess around."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 3, 2014
Connolly: "The only difference between (Pharoh Cooper) and Gilmore is he’ll give you a smile every now and then. Gilmore was all business."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) March 3, 2014
Hey, let's not make a big deal/stress about the fact that only offensive players won these awards and instead note that spring practice begins tomorrow (here are a few players to watch) and, woo, football stuff is happening!