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The Feed Pail: Chris Silva earns SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

The Gamecocks’ go-to big man received a well-earned honor.

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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 evening: Basketball, recruiting tidbits, the NFL combine, and more.

Silva earns All-SEC accolades from league coaches

South Carolina junior forward Chris Silva was honored in a big way by the SEC today, taking home a Co-Defensive Player of the Year award along with making the All-SEC first team and All-Defensive team. As the only remaining star from last season’s Final Four run, Silva has been a rock for the Gamecocks this year, leading them with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in league play, and it’s great to see his hard work recognized.

Rice graduate transfer safety wraps official visit — Hale McGranahan, SEC Country

The Gamecocks are still in the market for help at safety and still on the radar with J.T. Ibe, who visited Columbia this past weekend. The former Owl tallied 131 tackles and 11 pass breakups over his three seasons in Texas. His decision should be coming soon, and with South Carolina’s depth at safety, the Gamecocks should be an attractive destination.

Gamecocks among suitors for UNC transfer Jalek Felton — Lou Bezjak, The State

In recruiting news of a different variety, Frank Martin and the Gamecocks are interested in soon-to-be UNC transfer Jalek Felton. Felton, the nephew of star Tar Heels guard Raymond Felton, was a heralded member of UNC’s recruiting class as a five-star point guard, but was suspended for allegations of misconduct in January and subsequently withdrew from the school. (It’s important to note that no criminal charges were involved.) The Gray Collegiate product and former South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year will likely make a decision in the next couple months.

How the NFL graded the South Carolina Gamecocks at the combine — Ben Breiner, The State

Tight end Hayden Hurst, linebacker Skai Moore, defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, and cornerback Jamarcus King performed at the NFL Combine this past week. Hurst and Stallworth’s grades indicate starter potential, while Moore was given a good chance to make an NFL roster and King was assessed as a possible backup or special-teamer.

The softball team is really good right now, y’all

The Gamecocks rose to No. 17 in the USA Softball poll and No. 18 in the NFCA rankings after a perfect weekend in the Carolina Classic, running their win streak to 16 games with victories over George Washington, Marshall, and Liberty. The SEC is an incredibly deep and challenging league, so hopefully they can keep this up when conference play begins.