Welcome back to the Feed Pail! It’s been a fairly busy week or so in South Carolina athletics, so let’s get you caught up on the action and what you might have missed.
The biggest news out of Columbia comes on the heels of the Gamecocks’ annual Garnet and Black spring football game, in which the sophomore Doty emerged as South Carolina’s starter. While Beamer took care to note that competition will continue throughout the summer and fall, Doty is the easy pick here after the departures of Collin Hill and Ryan Hilinski left him the most experienced player in the quarterbacks room. In leading the first-team offense during the scrimmage, he went 5-of-7 for 54 yards before giving way to the other QB hopefuls. St. Francis and Division II transfer Jason Brown also stood out, going 3-of-5 for 47 yards and a touchdown, so we’ll see if he can challenge Doty for the right to go under center for South Carolina on Sept. 4.
South Carolina’s former standout cornerback has been at the center of a lot of NFL Draft chatter in recent days, with the prevailing assumption that he’ll be a top-15 pick targeted primarily by the Philadelphia Eagles (though the “hometown” Carolina Panthers have emerged as a possible suitor as well). Some haters have entered the chat, but the above story is a nice read from The State about how Horn got here and a fun change of pace from the endless draft mocking, evaluating, etc.
It took 43 years — as in, the program’s entire existence — but there will finally be a face on the men’s soccer sideline that isn’t Mark Berson’s. With his retirement, South Carolina brings in Annan, who was previously with the MLS’s Atlanta United in a player development role with its academy and USL team. This will hopefully be the start of something new and exciting for the men’s soccer program, which is a rarity among SEC schools but has also been in a steep and undeniable decline over the past several seasons. With Annan’s track record of building and developing talent, the future seems bright.
Speaking of soccer, it’s match day for the women’s program! Their first-round game against Montana will be streamed at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com. Owing to the pandemic, this year’s tournament looks a bit different — the field was reduced from 64 to 48, and the top 16 seeds received a bye. The Gamecocks, who are unseeded, would face Georgetown in the following round. It’s also worth noting that this is the program’s eighth straight appearance in the tournament. Good luck to them today!