It’s that time of year again for conference media days, in which largely nothing of consequence is revealed, but the dropped crumbs nonetheless serve as vital sustenance for starving college football fans everywhere.
Your very own South Carolina Gamecocks are taking the podium today in Hoover, Ala., last but not least at 4 p.m. on the SEC Network. Coach Will Muschamp will be joined by senior quarterback Jake Bentley, senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards, and senior linebacker T.J. Brunson.
Speaking of Bentley, the veteran signal-caller has been named to watch lists for both the Maxwell Award, given to player of the year, and the Davey O’Brien Award, bestowed on the country’s best quarterback. It’s safe to say expectations are high for Bentley this season.
Oh, and let’s not leave out senior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw, who landed on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the defensive player of the year.
But back to media days, which is what’s really important. Here are a few items of note to catch up on from other teams’ sessions, because hey, everyone loves talking about the Gamecocks:
Gene Chizik on Jake Bentley: "It's time."— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) July 16, 2019
'It's the deepest OL he's had. He's got skill guys back. It's time for him to get a 9 or 10-win season.'
Fromm talked about enjoying time spent at Manning Camp w other SEC QB’s, especially Jake Bentley and Joe Burrow who he hung out with the most.— Jimmy Ott (@JimmyOtt1045) July 16, 2019
USC's @CoachWMuschamp played at Georgia with @KirbySmartUGA and it sounds like the competition in those practices has endured. Kirby says Will is a great competitor on the recruiting trails and he really likes what he sees in @JakeBentley19 #Gamecocks #UGA #SECMediaDays @WLTX pic.twitter.com/aDHkIv56uP— Joe Cook (@JoeCookSports) July 16, 2019
Jimbo Fisher is asked about South Carolina football QB Jake Bentley and calls him a heck of a player.— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) July 16, 2019
Calls Will Muschamp a good athlete, but states he and Saban were an undefeated duo in their much-discussed pickup basketball games.
And finally, here’s an interesting nugget on USC’s possible participation in Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff, which has bafflingly avoided including the Gamecocks so far:
When might USC play in Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta? “I love Ray Tanner, and I love Will Muschamp, and I love the South Carolina fan base, and we’ve been trying,” Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan tells us. BUT, that game booked out through 2024. (1/2)— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) July 16, 2019
What are you guys hoping to hear about from South Carolina today? What’s the over/under on how many questions Muschamp gets about how brutal this schedule is? Feel free to chat away!