Seniors aim to finish strong against Clemson

Not only is this weekend's game huge because of the annual renewal of the Carolina-Clemson rivalry, but it will also be Senior Day at Williams-Brice Stadium. This year's seniors are part of the winningest decade in Gamecock football history, and they hope to finish their careers with a .500 record against Clemson.

This senior class has helped establish a new attitude at South Carolina, and with only nine seniors being honored Saturday, they know they have left the program in some very capable young hands. This year's seniors include WR Moe Brown, OL Lemuel Jeanpierre, DT Nathan Pepper, LB Gerrod Sinclair, OL Garrett Anderson, FB John Guerry, LB Eric Norwood, WR Scott Spurrier, and S Darian Stewart. It is tied with Duke for the second smallest senior class in the country.

On Tuesday, seniors Brown, Jeanpierre, and Pepper all talked with the media, and much of the focus was on their four years at USC. While all of the players may not have reached their own goals as far as winning championships, they have helped the Gamecocks build a consistent winning tradition.

Over the history of Gamecock football, there have been few leaders like Moe Brown. Not only has he been a productive player on the field, but he has also been a vocal leader for the offense as well as the entire team. This season he is the second leading receiver behind freshman Alshon Jeffery, with 31 catches for 454 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brown said that despite some disappointments, he wouldn't trade his time at USC for anything.

"It means the world to me," said Brown. "I definitely have grown as a person, a football player, and a man since I have been here. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. All the ups and downs have made me into who I am today. I love it. The last time I am putting on these cleats here, it's going to mean the world to me. Playing one more time for the Gamecocks."

Jeanpierre also commented on the senior class, saying that they have helped the team establish the "New Carolina" attitude that has been so publicized this season.

"This year has been a pretty solid year for me and I'm happy about how I'm doing," stated Jeanpierre. "This season, our team has been a lot more upbeat and keeps a positive attitude."

The senior offensive lineman has started eight straight games, as the offensive line has been adjusting and shifting around throughout the season. Jeanpierre's versatility has been a big key for Coach Eric Wolford's unit, as he has started games at both center and left guard.

Another area that has been a constant shuffle for the Gamecocks is the defensive line. After losing DT Travian Robertson to injury against Ole Miss, USC was faced with limited options on the vital interior d-line. But, senior Nathan Pepper has helped a unit that has played well at times, despite the current three game losing streak.

Pepper also echoed Moe Brown in saying that this senior class is about leaving a good legacy for the team to build upon.

"We helped build a good foundation so that the guys coming in can go and get something done like an SEC Championship," said Pepper.

With a win, Brown, Pepper, and Jeanpierre and the rest of the seniors will finish their careers in style. Brown summed it up best when he said that breaking a losing streak to Clemson would be the perfect way to finish his career.

"We are definitely on a losing streak, so we want to break that," added Brown. "Personally, it's my last game here and my last Clemson-Carolina game. To go out on a big win would be just fantastic."

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