Gamecock running game stout

ATHENS – Georgia knows South Carolina executed their offense to near perfection last week in Nashville. In fact, the Gamecocks racked up more yards (453) in their win over Vanderbilt since their 9-3 season in 2001.

"They executed everything they tried on offense," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs travel to Columbia for their first Southeastern Conference game of the season. South Carolina is currently in first place in the SEC East (1-0).

Demetris Summers, a highly touted running back from the Columbia area, is called "shifty" by Richt. Summers had 87 yards against Vanderbilt. Summers is the Gamecocks' break away threat. He is also an effective tackle breaker.

Daccus Turman, a Georgia native, is a physical back. "He will pound you," said Richt. Turman does not get the ball as much as Summers, but is a good change of pace for the Cocks.

Cory Boyd, a running back that has looked just as good as any other Gamecock back, is suffering from an ankle injury, but reportedly should be ready to play before the weekend. He scored a touchdown against Vanderbilt.

"They have a slew of backs," said Richt. "They are running the same offense no matter which one is in there."

But the player that could give the Bulldogs the most trouble is Pinkins. "Dondrial Pinkins looks sleeker this year," said Richt. The South Carolina quarterback, and Georgia native, carried the ball 17 times against the Commodores in the Gamecocks' 31-6 win.

"He threw the ball well against Vanderbilt," said Richt. A physical quarterback, Pinkins is not known for his passing touch. However, he throws the ball just good enough to give the Gamecocks a deep ball threat.

He was 11 for 18 with 168 yards and one touchdown last week.

"We will get more tested than we did in the last game," said Richt of the Gamecocks' rushing attack. Georgia Southern had 294 yards rushing last week on 63 attempts; a 4.6 yard average.

Dondrial Pinkins 17 rushes for 77 yards – one touchdown rushing, one passing

Demetris Summers 11 rushes for 87 yards

Daccus Turman six rushes for 21 yards

Cory Boyd four rushes for 16 yards


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