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. On the menu this afternoon: Spring football, Pro Day, and other stuff.
Jake Bentley talks injured wide receivers, Dan Werner and backup quarterbacks — Hale McGranahan, SEC Country
Quarterback Jake Bentley had brief media availability this morning before practice and shared some interesting tidbits. Perhaps most noteworthy is his assessment of new quarterbacks coach Dan Werner, and how he’s been fitting in with the program so far:
“I don’t think Coach Werner has raised his voice one time. He’s a real laid-back guy. He really just observes everything and is a very detailed guy, very detail-oriented in the meeting rooms. He’s very smart. But at practice, he kind of sits back and watches what we do and then really breaks it down in the film room. Obviously, he coaches on the field, too.”
Three Gamecocks had private meetings with Patriots coach Bill Belichick — Josh Kendall, The State
South Carolina held its Pro Timing Day yesterday, and among the scouts and NFL luminaries in attendance, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was the highlight. Tight end Hayden Hurst, linebacker Skai Moore, and defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth each had one-on-one time with the legendary coach. Hurst said he was a little starstruck at first, but got used to it:
“He’s just a normal football coach. You get in the room with him and he just talks football, asks you about plays, your offense, things like that. It’s not that crazy. At first, when I walked in, I was like, ‘That’s the guy I see on TV,’ but you get used to it after a little while.”
Hurst remains the most likely Gamecock to be drafted, with a late first-round/early second-round grade. As the Super Bowl runners-up, the Patriots are picking 31st in the first round, and current star tight end Rob Gronkowski has hinted at possible retirement.
Here’s a clip of Hurst doing a very Hurst thing:
Moore went over film with Belichick, largely from last year’s Clemson game (sheesh, what a choice):
“We were just talking about life, football, my career here. Just normal stuff. Cool guy. We had a great talk. Nothing too crazy. He’s real down to Earth. We just talked about the film. He said I was a good player.”
Chris Lammons, Dante Sawyer, D.J. Smith, Jamarcus King, and Alan Knott were among the other Gamecocks who worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
Guard from national power hearing from South Carolina, waiting for Frank Martin call — Phil Kornblut, The State
In hoops recruiting news, Findlay Prep point guard T.J. Moss is still very interested in the Gamecocks and is apparently just awaiting more action from Frank Martin and staff. The three-star prospect playing in Henderson, Nev., is also being courted by Minnesota, Arizona State, and Memphis with newly hired coach Penny Hardaway. As we saw this season, the Gamecocks are definitely in need of more depth and talent in their backcourt.
The softball team is still Doing Things
I’m just gonna go ahead and keep plugging the softball team here, because they’re ranked 15th nationally and have been enjoying an excellent season so far. After taking a series from No. 23 Ole Miss on the road last weekend, the Gamecocks beat Duke and will be hosting No. 2 Tennessee this week in a huge test. The SEC is the premier conference in the sport, so we’ll see if the Gamecocks can keep pace.