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Bischoff | South Carolina rides Samuel and Hurst to big SEC win over Missouri

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Bischoff | South Carolina rides Samuel and Hurst to big SEC win over Missouri

South Carolina Gamecocks at Missouri Tigers


Faurot Field – Colombia, Missouri

South Carolina 31, Missouri 13

South Carolina Gamecocks

Deebo Samuel, WR (Redshirt Junior)

Samuel continues to be dangerous every time he touches the ball. He is a dynamic weapon as a receiver, runner, and as a returner. Samuel has a thick build but is explosive in his movements, and he displayed very good foot quickness to make defenders miss against Missouri. He breaks arm tackles easily and can make a decisive cut and is off to the races. This was on display in both touchdowns he scored in the game. Samuel also showed outstanding instincts and patience to allow blocks to get set up which allowed him to explode into space and to take both the run and the return to the end zone. Stock: Up

Hayden Hurst, TE, (Junior)

Hurst is the rare dual threat tight end that can block and make plays in space. He is a solid blocker giving outstanding effort to open holes at the line of scrimmage, and he uses his long arms and body to shield defenders down the field to help in the running game. Hurst showcased a good base where he drew his power to sustain blocks. He is a very good receiving option as he can move well for a big tight end, and he looks to have a strong understanding of coverage concepts which helped him find an opening for a long touchdown in the game. The Gamecocks know what they have in Hurst and used him on a wheel route when he was lined up against a defensive end, but the ball was overthrown. He also scored on a run from the two-yard line on an end around. Hurst looks like a smooth athlete and is under the radar for what he is as a player at the moment. He is going to get knocked during the evaluation process as he is a 24-year old junior. Stock: Up

Zach Bailey, OT (Junior)

Bailey looks like he is laboring when he moves into his kick slide and is underwhelming as an athlete. He struggles to get to a proper depth to challenge edge defenders and gets beat with speed easily. There were instances throughout the game where he could be seen reaching/lunging and bending at the waist which erodes at his ability to play with any power at all. He does not look like he plays with good balance and it impacts his ability to generate movement in the running game or protect the edge in the passing game. Stock: Down

Skai Moore, LB (Redshirt Senior)

Moore played a good game behind an aggressive defensive front against Missouri. It was interesting as the Gamecocks were in their nickel defense almost exclusively on Saturday. Moore is a very good run defender and did a nice job coming forward to attack the line of scrimmage. He showed good instincts to find the ball and made a few impressive plays in the game. He looks to struggle to come off of blocks and doesn’t have the bulk to hold up to pulling guards while defending the run. He has decent fluidity and showed some range in coverage, but was best coming forward to attack the ball carrier in the running game. Stock: Same

Missouri Tigers

Drew Lock, QB (Junior)

Lock is an intriguing player as he has very good arm strength and a very quick release with solid overall mechanics. He was not helped in the game as there were multiple drops by Missouri receivers, and he made a few very poor decisions which led to interceptions. Lock stared down his receiver both times and didn’t see the defender waiting to make the play. Lock has all the tools and has great size, but needs to show better decision-making ability to avoid forcing the ball into bad spots. Stock: Same

J’Mon Moore, WR (Redshirt Senior)

Moore is long and lean but shows solid route running skills. He does not chop his feet to slow down, and he will work back to the quarterback to help out when pressure forces the quarterback to move from the pocket. He did have a concentration type drop in the game while coming across the middle of the field. Moore has the look of a big possession type receiver, and he will need to work hard to improve on his footwork and ability to win with the ball in the air. Stock: Same

South Carolina LB Bryson Allen-Williams (senior): Allen-Williams is undersized but is feisty and a handful all over the field. He is incredibly aggressive to read and react to plays evolving in front of him, and he has very good overall athleticism to run and chase to make plays. He jolted the Missouri right tackle back as he got under his pads and then ran the tackle back into the quarterback on a pass rush. He showed very good speed and quickness to turn the corner as a pass rusher, but also the awareness to drop into zone coverage and defend the pass. He showed great hands when he picked off a pass dropping into coverage.

South Carolina LB T.J. Brunson (sophomore): Brunson was effective in the game attacking the line of scrimmage, but he was overly aggressive biting on play action and Missouri hit the Gamecocks defense over the top for a big touchdown to a tight end running the seam.

South Carolina CB Jamyest Williams (freshman): Williams read an out route and jumped the play, picking off the pass early in the game on Saturday. He flashed great footwork and patience with good instincts to sniff out the play.

Missouri LB Cale Garrett (sophomore): Garrett was all over the field on Saturday working multiple levels of the defense. He displayed good discipline and patience, but also the ability to attack at the right time. He covers ground easily from the middle of the defense and Missouri asked him to work at the line of scrimmage throughout the game. He handled the physicality well and did a nice job of disengaging and shedding blockers to make plays.

Missouri DL Jordan Harold (senior): Harold flashed excellent bend and quickness to threaten the corner. He got a sack on a stunt when he moved back inside after the defensive tackle cleared room for him.

Missouri TE Jason Reese (senior): Reese showed excellent speed when he ran a seam route that went for 61 yards and a score. The Tigers hit the South Carolina defense with play action, and Reese got loose behind the defense.

Missouri DT Rashad Brandon (redshirt junior): Brandon got me out of my chair with his first step quickness a few times during the game. While that first-step quickness is rare, he needs to find a secondary move and the ability to finish once he gets into the backfield.

Best Players on the Field

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina (Redshirt Junior)

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (Junior)

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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  1. Christian

    September 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Wow! Following up a nailbiter with NC State by blowing out Missouri is impressive.

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