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THE DAILY FEED 08.30.11 // Spurrier presser, ECU game explained, and Andrew Clifford gets the college experience

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Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes & Video | Gamecocks Online
Coach Spurrier talks about Saturday's game.

We'll need to cover. The ball's going to get out. It will be a test for our pass defense, not only our third-down defense but also our fourth-down defense. These guys attempted 28 (fourth downs) last year and hit 21 out of 28. They believe in their offense.

Notes from Monday's Practice | Spur of the Moment

"D.J. Swearinger will start at kickoff return. Gilmore will be the first man up to return punts, but Butler added Ace Sanders will also see time on punt return."

The college football Top 25: There's an SEC team on top, duh | Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley ranks the Gamecocks 12th... right below UGA at 11. That may go against most predictions for the season, but I'm guessing Bradley is assuming UGA will beat the Gamecocks (He does work for the AJC, after all).

Daily 5: Biggest areas of concern | The Big Spur
Big Spur takes a look at some of the concerns heading into the ECU game. Spoiler alert: ECU can throw the ball. We don't defend the pass well. Should be interesting.

SEC Football 2011: South Carolina Upset Alert; Why ECU May Shock Gamecocks | Bleacher Report
Why East Carolina might become the sexy pick for a major upset this Saturday.

To Life, Love, and Loot: An ECU Primer - The Rubber Chickens
TRC helps get you ready for Saturday. Learn you some ECU "history."

SEC Football by the Numbers: Preseason -- Eastern Division |
Some great stats here for people who love numbers.

814 Receiving yards needed by South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery to break the SEC career record. Jeffery is chasing Georgia's Terrence Edwards, who gained 3,093 yards on 204 catches for Georgia from 1999 through 2002.

South Carolina has its reasons (how about a million of them) |
We've all wondered at some point why South Carolina would agree to play East Carolina at a neutral site. Take a quick moment out of your schedule to read this enlightening piece.

So, South Carolina and East Carolina agreed on May 31, 2007 to play six games - three in Columbia (2008, 2012 and 2016), two in Charlotte (2011 and 2014) and one in Greenville, N.C. (2015).

Even given the economy, I'm pretty surprised that this game wasn't sold out. I'm looking forward to a time when we can start selling out games regularly again.

Spurrier has South Carolina in position to take title |
Not that the New York Post is known for its, um, reliability.


South Carolina Football: Breaking Down the Key Player for Each Opponent | Bleacher Report
LOHD introduces you to the opposing players.

TRC Unleashed, Episode 3 Is In the Can - The Rubber Chickens
TRC talks why the Gman was late to the show, why we should/should not fear ECU, a couple of our USC “first game” memories, why we may lose 2 out of 3 to MSU, UT, and Arkansas (but win the rest), and why we need to let Travis Haney go…LET HIM GO.

Gamecocks Podcast: Talking about East Carolina | Leftover Hot Dog
LOHD talks Players on ECU to watch out for, who must step up for USC, key position battles, expectations for Connor Shaw, some kid named Clowney, and predictions.

South Carolina Season Preview Video | Spur of the Moment
Gene and Andrew remake the Seth & Joe Show. Andrew Miller mentions the chicken curse in the first 40 seconds. /SMH...

In Photos: Depth chart on offense | The Big Spur
Get to know your Gamecocks starters.

Filling in the depth chart |
More on the Gamecocks' depth chart and the scintillating battle for punter.

South Carolina adds 4 walk-ons to roster | Houston Chronicle

The school said Friday the newcomers are quarterback Austin Hails, safety Josh Woods, wide receiver Riley Gallaher and defensive end Jamal Hall.

South Carolina Gamecocks 2012 Recruiting Class | ESPN
In case you were wondering, this is what our current class looks like.

USC QB wrecks moped while carrying pizza | WIS News 10
The only word to describe this injury is "weird."

College football 2011: USC freshman Clowney staying humble | Anderson Independent Mail

When Clowney takes the field Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., for the season opener against East Carolina, there will be no more talk, no more speculation. It’s just football — and the limelight that comes with it.

Flowery Branch grads, brothers translate high school stardom into college football success |
Get to know the Shaw boys.

South Carolina's Taylor primed for a big season | The Post and Courier
A closer, interesting look at South Carolina's Devin Taylor. If I'm ever in Beaufort, you better believe I'm eating at his dad's restaurant, L.T.'s.

Heisman history isn't on Luck's side |
Marcus Lattimore comes in as Rivals' #8 pick to win the Heisman.

The Freshman 15: First-years who will make an instant impact | Andy Staples -
In a surprise to no one, USC's own Jadeveon Clowney headlines the list.

Top players, coaches, teams honored in Herbie Awards | ESPN
Quite a few Gamecocks on the list this year.

Decision Day! DB Chaz Elder to pick UGA, South Carolina or Vandy | AJC College Sports Recruiting
Elder has since postponed his announcement, but this article gives some insight into what the young man might be thinking.

Former USC DB Bennett Signed By Cardinals |
A wise man once said "Pressure busts a pipe. Pressure don't bust Fred Bennett." That man was Fred Bennett.



From The Desk of Eric Hyman | Gamecocks Online

I recently was at a function where a dad and his son, both wearing Gamecock shirts, approached me. The dad asked his son, "Why do you like the Gamecocks?" The boy, who I would guess was around 11 years old, responded, "Because they always win."


Pep Rally Set For Thursday, September 1 | Gamecocks Online

Festivities including a cornhole tournament, the Gamecock bounce house and live music from Tokyo Joe will begin at 3:30 p.m. During the 5:00-6:00 p.m. hour the 2011 Baseball College World Series trophy will be available for photo opportunities and the Carolina dance team, Gamecock cheerleaders, Cocky and the marching band will join the party leading up to head coach Steve Spurrier's weekly "Carolina Calls" talk show hosted by Gamecock great Todd Ellis. "Carolina Calls" broadcasts live from Wild Wing each week from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on the Gamecock Radio Network.

Former Clemson coach Garner joins track and field staff at South Carolina | Daily Journal
Clemson can keep Brad Scott and we'll keep Ron Garner.

2011 Season Preview: Fear, Invisibility And The Florida Gators |
Bill Connelly previews the 2011 Florida Gators. He also says he "wouldn't be surprised" is South Carlina were make it to the BCS Championship Game.




Whitney's Golden Goal Propels Gamecocks To 1-0 Win At Arizona | Gamecocks Online
The Lady Gamecocks are now 2-1-0 on the season.

South Carolina Drops 1-0 Thriller At Arizona State | Gamecocks Online
Dang it, I meant 2-2-0.



Cougars knock off Gamecocks | The Post and Courier
The College of Charleston took the victory 3-2. Not the best start for men's squad, but it's a long season.



Baker’s commitment a special one |
More on recent basketball commit, Ian Baker.

"It’s probably about as happy as I’ve felt since before his death," Baker said of the commitment. "I wish my friend was here to see this."