South Carolina Gamecocks Update Loss to Georgia, Recruiting Insights, Injury Updates, Basketball Uniforms, and More

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South Carolina Gamecocks Update: Loss to Georgia, Recruiting Insights, Injury Updates, Basketball Uniforms, and More

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Here’s the latest news from South Carolina Gamecocks in the past week, starting with their competitive football game against Georgia:

The Gamecocks faced off against the two-time defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs, ultimately falling 24-14. After leading 14-3 at halftime, the Gamecocks were overpowered by the Bulldogs, who scored 21 consecutive points in the second half.

Spencer Rattler had another impressive performance until some desperate passes at the end resulted in interceptions.

Defensive lineman TJ Sanders had a standout game with 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup. The Gamecock safety group, consisting of Nick Emmanwori, DQ Smith, and Jalon Kilgore, totaled 25 tackles. Linebacker Debo Williams also had a strong game with 11 tackles.

True freshman offensive tackle Tree Babalade delivered an outstanding performance in pass protection, allowing just one quarterback pressure against the formidable Georgia defense.

Despite it being a relatively quieter period for recruiting due to high school seasons, the Gamecocks still made headlines last week:

  • Class of 2024 4-star athlete Darrell “Duke” Johnson included South Carolina in his top-11 schools.
  • Class of 2025 top-5 national prospect, defensive tackle Elijah Griffin, had positive comments about his visit to Columbia for the Furman game.
  • ’25 offensive lineman Juan Gaston, Jr. released a top-8 list that featured the Gamecocks.

Some Gamecocks received recognition for their recent performances:

  • Spencer Rattler was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Furman, throwing for 345 yards on 25/27 passing attempts with 4 total touchdowns.
  • Tree Babalade earned 247Sports’ True Freshman of the Week after his stellar pass protection against Georgia, allowing just one pressure and no sacks.

Injuries remain a significant storyline for the Gamecocks:

  • Star receiver Juice Wells, after returning and scoring a touchdown against Georgia, left the game with a suspected “broken bone” in his foot.
  • Offensive lineman Markee Anderson will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery.
  • Other offensive linemen, Cason Henry, Jaylen Nichols, and Ryan Brubaker, will remain sidelined.
  • Wide receiver Ahmarean Brown and defensive ends JT Geer and Tyreek Johnson are hopeful to play in the upcoming game against Mississippi State.

Several NFL Gamecocks had notable performances over the weekend:

  • Deebo Samuel recorded 101 yards on offense and a touchdown in the 49ers’ victory over the Rams.
  • Ernest Jones led the Rams with 10 tackles in the same game.
  • EDGE Jadeveon Clowney secured his first sack as a Baltimore Ravens member.

Lamont Paris’ basketball team received promising updates in their pursuit of top talent:

  • 5-star Sadiq White, known for his positionless playstyle, announced his visit to Columbia this fall.
  • 4-star point guard Bishop Boswell, a target for the Gamecocks, is currently a high school teammate of White at Myers Park High School.
  • Class of 2026 player Tre Raymon from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, had an official visit and had a “great” experience.

The Gamecock women’s team unveiled new uniforms, receiving mixed fan reactions. Most fans seemed to prefer these uniforms over the pinstripes worn in the last two seasons.

In the WNBA, Gamecock legend Aja Wilson made playoff history:

  • Aja Wilson led her Las Vegas Aces team to a first-round sweep of the Chicago Sky, with a remarkable performance in the closeout game—38 points and 15 rebounds.
  • She won the Associated Press’ WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, and fellow Gamecock Aliyah Boston received the AP’s WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Both players are considered favorites to win the same awards from the league, with Wilson also a top contender for the league’s MVP.
  • Wilson was one of three former Gamecocks who finished the 2023 regular season as league leaders in major statistical categories, with Wilson leading in blocks, Boston in field goal percentage, and Ty Harris as the most efficient 3-point shooter.

Reference:
https://garnetandcocky.com/2023/09/18/south-carolina-gamecocks-news-latest-columbia-28/

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