South Carolina Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the South Carolina spring football game?
1. Basketball, Schmasketball
The spring game moved times to accommodate the Gamecock Final Four game, but at least on the football side, South Carolina won – at least the Black Team did, beating the Garnet 35-24.
The fireworks were there throughout the day from the offense, kicking in after just one play. On the second play …
2. Jake Bentley To Bryan Edwards …
Get used to it.
Bentley hit Edwards on a 68-yard touchdown pass, and the two hooked up for a 21-yarder later in the first half. It’s one of the most interesting and, potentially, dynamic pitch-catch combinations in the SEC, with Edwards catching four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Bentley went off, completing 19-of-31 passes for 301 yards and three scores with a pick. But he wasn’t alone.
3. The Running Game Helped, Too
North Carolina transfer Ty’Son Williams ran well, coming up with 83 yards on just 11 carries, while the biggest run of the day came from Mon Denson, who ran tore off a 34-yarder among his 41 yards for the day. The passing attack controlled the day, but the backs showed off a little bit of depth. Just as important was the O line that did a nice job. It’s still a work in progress, but at least the Gamecocks should have more of a ground game.
4. Skai Moore?
Not quite yet. The star linebacker missed last year with a neck injury, but he worked throughout spring ball and should be all systems go this fall. But he didn’t play in the Black & Garnet game.
Other key linebackers Bryson Allen-Williams and T.J. Brunson each got in a little work, combining for 3.5 tackles for loss. Brunson will end up in the middle, while Allen-Williams and Moore will play on the outside.
5. The Kicking Game?
There’s no Elliott Fry around anymore. The four-year starter was one of the nation’s top placekickers, hitting 13-of-17 field goals last season. Redshirt freshman Alexander Woznick was put in several interesting situations, showing off his big leg on shots from 50, 47 and 48 yards out, but he missed a 33-yarder and two bomb attempts from 52 and 55 games.