Welcome back to the Feed Pail, where we gather up random but choice tidbits of South Carolina Gamecocks news to share with you. Today’s agenda is full of football odds and ends, so let’s get into it.
New offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s contract finalized
As we covered yesterday, former Colorado State head man and Will Muschamp teammate Mike Bobo is now officially on staff with the Gamecocks, and the Board of Trustees ironed out the details this afternoon. Perhaps most interestingly, head coach Will Muschamp’s contract was also amended, in large part to account for running backs coach Thomas Brown’s raise.
New #Gamecocks OC Mike Bobo gets 2-year, $1.2 million/year deal. Will Muschamp voluntarily surrendered his $200K/year escalation raise to offset cost of RB coach Thomas Brown's raise (he's going from $300K to $500K on a 2 year deal).— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) December 10, 2019
This all seems pretty reasonable, at least within the wild world of college sports finance. Now, an offseason of speculation on how much Bobo will help this offense can truly begin.
Kinlaw, Edwards earn All-SEC honors
While the Gamecocks collectively had a rough 2019 on the gridiron, senior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards continued to elevate their NFL Draft stock and garnered All-SEC attention. Kinlaw’s performance landed him on the All-SEC first team, while Edwards is a second-team selection.
Kinlaw racked up 35 tackles and six sacks, good for eighth in the league, along with two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. Edwards led the SEC with 7.1 receptions per game and became South Carolina’s all-time leader in consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234), and career receiving yards (3,045).
Big congrats to these guys, and many thanks to them for giving fans something to smile about during their time at South Carolina.
Markway moving on
Veteran tight end Kyle Markway has decided not to pursue a sixth year of eligibility and take a shot at the next level.
Markway enjoyed his most productive season in 2019, finishing with 31 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. This leaves the Gamecocks with a young and largely anonymous group at tight end, with Nick Muse likely the presumptive starter if all goes well with his ACL recovery.
Bentley chooses Utah
Former South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is going for a major change in scenery, selecting Utah as his graduate transfer destination.
It’s going to be interesting to see how well he fits in with the Utes, who are coming off an incredible season with a Pac-12 championship game appearance and Pac-12 coach of the year nod for Kyle Whittingham. Bentley will have to battle to win the starting job, though, competing with a couple incumbent guys in Jason Shelley and Drew Lisk, as well as fellow transfer Cameron Rising from Texas.