South Carolina Football 2001 Preview

This is another segment in a series of previews on every SEC football and basketball team.

South Carolina Gamecocks

Coach: Lou Holtz
2000 Record: 8-4, 5-3 SEC
Returning Starters: 8 Offense, 8 Defense
All-Star Candidates: OLB Kalimba Edwards, DB Sheldon Brown, OL Cedric Williams, OL Melvin Paige, RB  Derek Watson.

2001 Schedule
Sep. 1 Boise State
Sep. 8 at Georgia
Sep. 15 Bowling Green
Sep. 20 at Mississippi State
Sep. 29 Alabama
Oct. 6 Kentucky
Oct. 13 at Arkansas
Oct. 20 Vanderbilt
Oct. 27 at Tennessee
Nov. 10 Florida
Nov. 17 Clemson


Strengths: Offensive line, running back, linebackers

Weaknesses:  Wide receiver

Key Game: at Georgia, Sept. 8.  South Carolina's upset over Georgia last season set the two programs heading in opposite directions.  This season's matchup will be just as important.

Coach Holtz says: "Playing with confidence is very important. They will point toward us, but they also won't play as loose and relaxed as they have in the past. Maybe we'll play with more confidence and not make as many mistakes. We have to take better care of the ball. We had that sucker on the ground more than in a soccer match."

Overall projection:  South Carolina is loaded with returning starters and are well coached.  Expect the Gamecocks to be in the thick of things in November.  However, they still have a ways to go before they can overtake Florida or Tennessee as king of the SEC East. 


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