Cooper has been a revelation for the Gamecock offense. With 7 catches for 152 yards and 2 TDs against Auburn, Cooper has stepped in to fill the role as go-to-guy for Dylan Thompson. He also attempted a deep pass to Shaq Roland that sailed a little. Cooper, who was a quarterback in high school, is best known for his running ability. That hasn’t stopped him from throwing passes out of the Wildcat set, and its good news. With the impending departure of senior QB Dylan Thompson and probable loss of Mike Davis to the pros, the Gamecock offense keep the unique wrinkles Cooper brings to the offense.
2. Moore leading the Defense
Skai Moore has become a solid leader for the defensive unit. Moore recorded 8 tackles on the game, and is the leading tackler on the defense, along with T.J. Gurley. Moore has really filled into his role at the weak-side linebacker, and still has a ton of potential for growth and improvement. Although the defensive play for Carolina has been shaky at best this year, look for Moore and the young secondary to continue to get better.
3. Secondary Play
Auburn isn’t necessarily known for throwing the ball, but the young secondary has stepped up when they had to. A great showing against Missouri (not including the final 8 minutes) and solid performances against powerful offenses like ECU and Georgia have been overshadowed by the tough losses the Gamecocks have endured this year. That being said, the freshmen cornerbacks have seen almost a full season of SEC football, and are responding by growing in talent and experience. True freshman Chris Lammons tallied 6 tackles against the Tigers, and has seen solid playing time in the last two games. Lammons and fellow freshmen Al Harris, Jr. have both had to grow up pretty quickly due to the lack of depth at cornerback, but there is a huge upside: both have played well, and both have 3 more years of eligibility.