Scouting South Carolina Offense

The South Carolina Gamecocks come to Gainesville on a bit of a role. They've won two straight and six of seven after a 1-2 start to the season. They are bowl eligible and probably headed for Tampa and the Outback Bowl with one more win. They have two chances to get it, this one and a game at Clemson two weeks later.

Overall the offense has not been very good. Carolina averages 333 yards of total offense, with just 104 on the ground. They average 24 points and have topped 27 just three times with a high of 34 on opening day. The biggest problem they have had is turnovers, topping the SEC with 25 of them.

Stop me if you've heard this before; South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier uses multiple QBs and last week switched them back and forth. He has started three different guys this season, but seems to have settled on two guys… for now.

Stephen Garcia is a freshman from Tampa and an excellent athlete who is their second leading runner (150 yards, 2 TD). He is not that accurate a thrower, connecting on 55 percent with 6 TD and 4 INT. Chris Smelley is much loss mobile, but a more accurate passer (59%) who knows the offense better than Garcia does. He's thrown 11 TD and 9 INT.

The main RB is senior Mike Davis (479, 3.5, 3). He's a solid back, but he doesn't scare you. They've been getting a spark off the bench from freshman Eric Baker. The fullbacks mostly block but will occasionally catch a pass. The starter is Floridian Patrick DiMarco who is the nephew of former Gator golf star Chris DiMarco.

Carolina has two outstanding threats in the passing game. WR Kenny McKinley (35, 13.2, 4) is coming off a great game against Arkansas and TE Jared Cook (33, 16.2, 2) might be the best in the SEC. Moe Brown and Jason Barnes give them a couple of other solid receivers. They will throw to the RB… Davis and Baker have combined for 25 catches.

The offensive line is not good. They don't block well for the run and have allowed 33 QB sacks. They have decent size and some experience but it just hasn't happened for them.

Overall the Gamecocks have a pretty decent offensive unit, but one that normally wouldn't cause many sleepless nights. They certainly don't have the talent of LSU and Georgia for example. But they do have one thing that makes them incredibly dangerous… and that's the guy on the sidelines.


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