Saturday Scrimmage for South Carolina

The University of South Carolina held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at Williams-Brice. Although the damp weather moved in, it didn’t scare fans away from coming to support their Gamecocks in garnet and black.


The offense dominated in the air, completing 27-of-44 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore walk-on Perry Orth saw some action and became the number two signal-caller by completing 9-of-13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard catch by Pharoh Cooper and connecting with freshman Deebo Samuel on a 15-yard score.

“It was a good scrimmage I think,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “Everybody got to play a bit and nobody got hurt, so that’s always good.”



Senior and team-leader Dylan Thompson completed 9-of-15 passes for 114 yards, with a score. He took the offense on a 70-yard scoring drive on its first possession, notching a 3-yard TD pass to junior tight end Jerell Adams.

And competing for that slot behind Thompson as well, RS freshman Connor Mitch hit on 6-of-9 passes for 52 yards.

The ground was another story. The Gamecocks didn’t have much luck running the ball on Saturday, netting just one yard on 24 carries.

“We’ve got a ways to go,” Spurrier said. “You don’t want to get too good right now. We’re still almost three weeks away. We’ll just keep practicing and keep trying to get better.”

Mike Davis stood as the leading rusher with 11 yards on four carries. Many rushing yards were lost on QB sacks after poor snaps from center.



“I thought our D-line stopped the run very well. I thought our offense didn’t run the ball very well at all. We still can’t snap the ball to the quarterback in the shotgun very well,” noted Spurrier. “We’ve only got two centers and they played a bunch last year, so we should be a lot better at that.”

Sunday will pose as the annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day at Colonial Life Arena. Doors will open at 1 p.m. The squad will not practice on Sunday. The next scheduled practice is Monday at 10 a.m. at the Bluff Road practice fields. It is closed to the public.

To take a look at the official results from Saturday’s scrimmage click here.





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