Welcome back to the feed pail, where we take a look around the internet for some choice South Carolina Gamecocks tidbits and share them back here with you. As you’d expect, things have been a bit quiet over the Christmas break, but there are still some notes worth passing on.
First, a couple Belk Bowl updates
After arriving in Charlotte, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met briefly with the media to dole out some tidbits about the Gamecocks’ preparation for Virginia this week.
Freshman linebacker Ernest Jones, who has already played in four games this season, will burn his redshirt to play in the bowl.
The biggest news: Ernest Jones, after talking with his mom and Will Muschamp, has decided to play. He could have gotten this year as a redshirt if he sat out, but he wants to play and his family is OK with it.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) December 25, 2018
With the absence of injured stalwart Zack Bailey, the Gamecocks’ offensive line will experience some shuffling. A preview of that was on display at practice this morning.
Hank Manos taking reps with the first team at center. Daley, Stanley, Manos, Hutcherson, Wonnum across.— Josh Hyber (@JoshHyberUSC) December 26, 2018
If you were intrigued by the idea of A.J. Turner playing corner, you’re in luck, because you’ll see more of that on Saturday.
A.J. Turner, who repped at corner for the Akron game, will stick on defense for Virginia. He may also get a look at kick return. KR and center (Chandler Farrell/Hank Manos) are still being decided.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) December 25, 2018
And now, the fun stuff! After practicing at a local high school, the Gamecocks headed over to Charlotte Motor Speedway to put “All gas, no brakes” into practice. (Well, hopefully there were some brakes.)
That moment when the starting quarterback is about to step into a stock car that will top 160 mph. pic.twitter.com/bDSGWQAMlD— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) December 26, 2018
Dakeron Joyner may not have been scared, but on the other hand, Ty’Son Williams looks a little uncertain before takeoff here.
It’s nice to see the players having some fun since they’re not home for the holidays.
A’ja Wilson has a special Christmas moment
Kids are really getting my jersey for Christmas this is truly amazing! Such a blessing ❤️— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) December 26, 2018
The former South Carolina star and WNBA Rookie of the Year with the Las Vegas Aces reflected a bit on the incredible year she’s had, which has culminated in kids getting her jersey for Christmas. What a wonderful ambassador she continues to be for this university.
D.J. Swearinger claimed on waivers by the Arizona Cardinals — Jacob Bogage, The Washington Post
Never one to beat around the bush, former Gamecock safety D.J. Swearinger made some critical and candid comments about the Redskins’ defensive playcalling after Washington’s loss to Tennessee last week. The incident went viral and the organization’s brass was not exactly amused — Swearinger found himself quickly back on the job market, despite being one of Washington’s most productive defenders. Just as quickly, though, he was snapped back up by his former team, the Arizona Cardinals. This is a look from the DC point of view of how things played out, featuring plenty of quotes from Swagg, who still seems quite bewildered by the whole thing. While I’m glad he found a landing spot, this would have been interesting:
DJ Swearinger is a Pro Bowl alternate. He said if he gets to play in the pro bowl he may try to wear a South Carolina jersey and helmet. Would be odd if he gets to play in the pro bowl a few weeks after being cut.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 24, 2018
Never a dull moment with Swearinger, that’s for sure.
‘The first face they see’: How Jessica Jackson helps South Carolina recruiting — Andrew Ramspacher, The State
Now that the early signing period frenzy is over, here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how one facet of the recruiting apparatus ticks at South Carolina, focusing on campus director Jessica Jackson (who also has an active Twitter presence). That’s gotta be a hectic job.