First Look - Game 2 - South Carolina

On September 14th, the Dawgs will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to face the Gamecocks of <b>Lou Holtz</b> in a game that may very well set the tone for both teams this Fall.

On September 14th at Williams-Brice Stadium, Georgia will seek to stop a two game losing streak to rejuvenated Carolina, which constitutes the high water mark for the Gamecocks in the series which began back in 1894. During that span, the two have met 54 times, with Georgia winning 39 (there have been 2 ties), and twice stringing together 10 game winning streaks of their own. The Dawgs own a 15-7-2 advantage in games played in Columbia and in games played at the WB, the record stands at 13-6-2.

Looking at the 2002 Gamecocks reveals a team that lost many fine players from last season's Outback Bowl winners that posted a 9-3 mark. The off season work to fill in the gaps has progressed well by all accounts, as new starting QB Cory Jenkins takes the reins behind a stout and experienced OL, the left side tandem of Travelle Wharton and Cedric Williams starting for the third season in a row. The running game will again be a strength with 250lb. bruiser Andrew Pinnock, last year's leading rusher back, along with Mr. Do Everything Ryan Brewer, one of the most versatile backs in the Conference. When the need for passing is called for, 6'5" Sr. James Adkisson will be joined by two promising Soph.'s, Andrea Gause, and Matt Thomas. This may be the year that Lou unshackles his son Skip to run an aggressive offense. We will see.

On defense, the smallish 'Cocks will replace 7 starters, are led by Senior NG Langston Moore (6-2, 290), SR. LB Jermaine Lemon, SR. Spur Rashad Faison the leading tackler, and DE Sr. Dennis Quinn. Replacing both Safeties and Corners may give the Cocks some worry, but all of the new starters are either Juniors or Seniors, evidence of the depth that Holtz has built in Cola. When one adds that both kicker and punter return, the early rumors of a down year for South Carolina don't quite seem to ring so true.

The first look at matchups seems to point to the ability of the rebuilt defenses to slow down a couple of offenses poised to accentuate their strengths. With the Gamecocks having an extra game under their belts, they will be ready for a titanic battle when the Dawgs visit. This will be a critical early season SEC East matchup, one that the Dawgs know all too well can make for an uphill battle for the rest of the season to remain in contention. After last year's defeat, being ready to go to war should be no problem for the Dawgs.

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