Maddox Awaits First Game Day Experience

T.L. Hanna (Anderson, SC) star running back Brian Maddox announced back in June that he would be playing his college football for the home state Gamecocks in 2006, and he has remained firm in his commitment to South Carolina. GamecockAnthem.com recently caught up with Maddox, and he shared his thoughts on the first three games of his senior season and much more.

Maddox, who rushed for 1,328 yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago, has gotten off to a fantastic start in the first three games of his senior season, while leading his team to a perfect 3-0 mark.

"It's going great. We're 3-0 right now, and I have 500 yards and I think five touchdowns."

The 5'11, 215 pound Maddox has seen his T.L. Hanna team improve by leaps and bounds since last season, and he believes that they are on track to have a very good year.

"I know for sure that we'll make it to the playoffs this year, unlike last year when we had a poor season and went 4-7. I think we have a good chance of making it to state this year just because of all the team chemistry we've got. People are playing extremely well on both sides of the ball, and Cameron Ford is doing a great job at receiver. That's taking a whole lot of pressure off of me."

Maddox, who is rated as the #7 prospect in the Palmetto State in the recent Scout.com state prospect rankings, says that he has improved his game in two major areas this season.

"Blocking and more explosiveness."

The talented running back has struck up friendships with several fellow prospects during the recruiting process, but he is looking forward to one particular game where he will have the opportunity to go head to head with two of those friends.

"We play RNE on September 29. It's going to be fun playing against Gary (Gray) and Mark (Barnes). We talk a good bit. They're some great guys, and it'll just be a fun experience."

Maddox says he is also keeping in touch with a few other prospects that he is hoping will join him at South Carolina.

"I'm talking with Jason Barnes, my teammate Cameron Ford, and Stephen Garcia."

Maddox, who will enroll at South Carolina next summer, has maintained contact with several of the USC coaches in recent weeks.

"Coach (Steve) Spurrier called me on Friday, and I talked to him. I talked to Coach (Robert) Gillespie Friday night after the game and Coach (Fred) Chatham. I've been talking to most of the coaches pretty regularly."

One of the topics of discussion was what Maddox can expect when he attends his first ever South Carolina football game when the Gamecocks host Georgia on Saturday, and he is very excited about witnessing the game day atmosphere at Williams Brice Stadium for the first time.

"I'm attending that game. I'm just looking forward to the excitement and to see how loud it is. This will be my first Carolina game that I've gone to. I've never been to a game there before, so I'm very excited."

However, while this may be his first trip to Columbia for a game, Maddox stated that the visit for the Georgia game is only the first of many to come during the 2006 football season.

"I'm going to be at all the home games this year, except for when they play on Thursday night."

Lastly, Maddox shared his thoughts on the Gamecocks season opening victory over Mississippi State this past Thursday, and he was particularly impressed by one of his future backfield mates, Cory Boyd.

"It was a great win. It's always good to win. They were kind of disappointed at how the offensive side of the ball did, but Cory Boyd stepped up and had a great game. He helped them out on offense a lot."

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