Welcome to The Final Cockdown’s Wide Receiver week! We go down the depth chart and take a look at who will be catching touchdowns from Jake Bentley this year. Here’s a list of who you can expect to read about in the coming days, along with any you may have missed:
#5 Terry Googer
RS Junior / 6’4” / 220 / Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy
Terry Googer’s basically been the odd man out among the South Carolina wide receivers.
The issue with Googer (pronounced GOO-jer) isn’t that he’s not talented enough to stack up to the potential Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and Hayden Hurst have shown among Jake Bentley’s top targets. However, he’s only made 12 receptions in his first two seasons here at South Carolina. One would hope that Kurt Roper can make him a bigger part of the offense in 2017: either by lining him up under center in a wildcat package to make use of his skills as a high school quarterback, or employ him in end-around formations (he was a 1,000+ yard rusher in high school). He’s also an inch taller than Edwards at 6’4”; height’s certainly a big plus for any receiver looking to break through.
Maybe the newfound stability at the quarterback position can help Googer finally become a featured part of this offense - probably not the #1 receiver, but someone who can help take the pressure off the primary players.
2016 Stats: Seven catches, 66 yards.
Recruitment: Three-star recruit with twenty-two offers out of high school, including Clemson, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He announced his commitment to South Carolina on August 17, 2013; here’s what we wrote about him back then:
(H)is upside may be even more promising than it appears. He was his team's QB last year and will be again this season. That's slowed down his development as a receiver, his projected college position. Athletically, though, he appears to be an elite big-body receiver in the mold of the style of the receivers we've had the most success with during the Spurrier era....If he had played more receiver in high school, he very well might have been one of the southeast's most coveted players at the position.
Selected highlights: This was a good catch against UMass last year. Hopefully there’s more to come.
Up next: A fellow Atlanta product that was able to successfully restart his eligibility after a hamstring injury kept him out of all but two games.