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Bischoff | Aggies grind out win over shorthanded Gamecocks

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Bischoff | Aggies grind out win over shorthanded Gamecocks

South Carolina Gamecocks @ Texas A&M Aggies

9/30/2017

Kyle Field – College Station, Texas

Score:  Texas A&M (24), South Carolina (17)

Texas A&M Aggies

Keith Ford, RB (Senior)

Ford runs with good power behind his pads. He doesn’t look to have a lot of lateral juice and his game is all about running through contact at the line of scrimmage and getting into the second level to unleash that power. He is a north and south type runner and he doesn’t bounce the ball to the outside. He takes what is there and delivers a blow to finish the play, falling forward consistently to maximize his results. He did score twice in the game, both coming on runs where he showed excellent power. Stock: Same

Christian Kirk, WR (Junior)

Kirk wasn’t that involved in the action in this game as A&M only passed for 159 yards. He showcased good foot quickness and solid route-running ability, but the offense just didn’t work through him in this contest. He did fumble a punt that was recovered by South Carolina. Stock: Down

Armani Watts, S (Senior)

Watts is an extremely aggressive safety and he needs to play with better eye discipline. He got caught peeking into the backfield and allowed a receiver to get behind him for a long score. He also took a few bad angles to the ball and that brings up questions about his long speed, and there were times when he simply couldn’t get to where he needed to be to make a play on the ball. Watts needs to play with a little less aggression as it appears that he is out of control at times. Stock: Down

South Carolina Gamecocks

Jake Bentley, QB (Sophomore)

Bentley is a very intriguing prospect as he’s only a true sophomore but he graduated high school after his junior year and that makes him draft eligible in 2018. He is accurate outside the hashes to the intermediate areas of the field. Also, pressure does not look to bother him all that much and he does a very good job of keeping his eyes down the field which allows him to make throws others don’t see. Bentley consistently shows the ability to make tight-window throws and he is very impressive for a young player. He did fumble the ball in the red zone and he needs to clean up some ball security issues, but overall, this was an impressive performance.  Stock: Up

Hayden Hurst, TE (Junior)

Hurst is a very smooth athlete and he has the ability to stretch the seam down the field and he can also beat defenders down the sidelines. His speed keeps safeties honest and holds them deep. Hurst showed very good lateral quickness to make a defender miss near the sideline and then he accelerated away from him. With receiver Deebo Samuel out, Hurst was very active in the passing game, but that’s not the only area of the game where he helps his offense. Hurst is a good blocker, displaying good knee bend and a solid base. He does a solid job of walling/sealing off defenders and making it tough for them to get around him.  Stock: Up

Skai Moore, LB (Redshirt Senior)

Moore excels in run defense when he can come forward, attack gaps and penetrate into the backfield. He shows very good instincts to attack at the right time and has the foot speed to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He struggles to get off of blocks and is at his best when he stays clean and can pursue to the ball. Stock: Same

Other Players that Flashed

South Carolina LB T.J. Brunson (sophomore): Brunson is incredibly quick to defeat a gap and disrupt plays in the backfield. This was on display when he stopped A&M receiver Christian Kirk on an end around and was able to burst through the gap and get to Kirk before Kirk could turn the corner. Brunson also is an extremely hard hitter and consistently punishes the runner with physicality. He diagnoses quickly and reacted to a run off tackle, came from the middle of the field and pounded the runner just short of the goal line, saving a touchdown.

South Carolina CB Jaymest Williams (freshman): Williams was incredibly active in this game, coming up from his cornerback position to make plays against the run. He is very fast to come out of his backpedal and can close on the ball in a flash. While he is small, he shows no hesitation to step up and make plays against bigger running backs.

Best Players on the Field

Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina (sophomore)

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (junior)

T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina (sophomore)

Scott Bischoff

Scott Bischoff has appeared on ESPN radio satellites, podcasts and other media outlets and is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, the Football Writers Association of America and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Bischoff is an analyst at Draft Breakdown. Bischoff has written for the Bleacher Report, going through their writing internship in the summer of 2012. He was a Featured Columnist for the Detroit Lions and the NFL draft. While taking a scouting class through the National Football Post in 2012, he approached Russ Lande at GM Junior Scouting about joining his staff and was brought on, joining the crew at the 2012 Senior Bowl. Bischoff now brings his keen eye for the game to NDT Scouting as of February 2017.

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