It was a tough season for South Carolina, but five Gamecocks nonetheless found their way onto the All-SEC teams as voted on by the league coaches and Associated Press: Running back Kevin Harris, defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare, defensive back Jaycee Horn, linebacker Mohamed Kaba, and punter Kai Kroeger.
Harris, the SEC’s leading rusher who was famously snubbed earlier in awards season for the Doak Walker finalist list, was also suspiciously left off the coaches’ first team, instead garnering a nod for their second squad. The sophomore was seventh nationally with 1,138 yards, with five 100-yard showings and two 200-plus yard performances en route to scoring 16 total touchdowns — good for third in the SEC. Thankfully, the AP had some sense, placing him on its first team — making him the first Gamecock running back to notch that distinction since one Marcus Lattimore.
The junior Enagbare was named to the coaches’ first team and the AP’s second team after shining as a leader on South Carolina’s defense, ringing up six sacks (second in the SEC) and three forced fumbles (first in the league). He finished with 30 tackles, seven for loss.
Horn, a junior who has already declared for the NFL Draft, put an exclamation point on his final year with the Gamecocks. Horn compiled 16 tackles, six pass breakups, two interceptions, and a tackle for loss, drawing national attention with his shutdown performance against Auburn.
Kaba and Kroeger rounded out the Gamecocks’ selections with their spots on the SEC’s All-Freshman team. Kaba started three games for South Carolina, logging 13 tackles and a half-tackle for loss, while Kroeger sported a 43.3-yard average in 10 games and also earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after his performance against Auburn.