Gamecock Newcomers Sparking Attention

South Carolina has been preparing for kick-off August 28 at Williams-Brice Stadium all month long in anticipation for the big day. Fall camp reps have been handed out, and the time has developed into big news for some newcomers on the team that could be seeing some playing time on the field in 2014.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has been incredibly impressed with linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, as he mentioned after Thursday’s practice. However, Allen-Williams is the only newcomer to catch Ward’s eye.

“We’ve got a lot of freshman that have been impressive, especially for all the stuff we do on defense. We’ve got a lot of young guys that came into college ready to play,” said coach Ward.

Bryson Allen-Williams has really stepped up to the plate over the past couple of weeks. Check out what he had to say here about being a contender early on in his football career at practice on Monday.

Defensive tackle Abu Lamin cam on the scene in January of this year. Ranked as a 4-star JUCO by, Lamin attended Fort Scott Community College, where he notched 34 tackles in 2013 with 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in nine games.

Son of former NFL defensive back Al Harris, freshman Al Harris, Jr. has impressed the Gamecock staff, as well.

The cornerback hails from St. Thomas Aquinas HIgh School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and was ranked as the 46th-best in his position on Tearing his hamstring in the third game of his senior season, Harris was not able to play the rest of the way.

Also, quarterback Michael Scarnecchia has been impressing head coach Steve Spurrier. At last Saturday’s scrimmage, Spurrier noted the Fleming Island, Fla.-native was able to play and could be a promising addition to the team.

Check out what the Old Ball Coach had to say about the freshman here.

His senior year at Fleming Island High School, Scarnecchia led his team to a 10-1 record as a senior, while throwing 28 touchdowns and only two picks. will keep you updated on South Caorlina and its development on the field.

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