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Marino | Muschamp’s Defense Shines in Gamecocks’ Dominant Win Over Arkansas

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Marino | Muschamp’s Defense Shines in Gamecocks’ Dominant Win Over Arkansas

Arkansas Razorbacks at South Carolina Gamecocks


Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, SC

Score: Arkansas (22), South Carolina (48)

South Carolina Gamecocks

Jake Bentley, QB, Sophomore:

Tested man coverage vertically down the field early on but wasn’t placed favorably for his targets to make a play on the ball; too much air on the ball and not properly leveraged. Struggled with release point early. Perfect placement and showcased arm strength on 12-yard out to the far side of the field. Willing to work MOF and makes some questionable choices to try and fit the ball between levels. Should have hit TE Hurst for easy TD to go ahead by 14 early in the third quarter but the throw was high and behind. Developed more consistency was the game continued. Started reading overages more quickly and made better decisions. Flashed his ability to throw on the run and hit targets with good touch.

Stock:  Same

Hayden Hurst, TE, Junior:

Shows good vision on designed run; effective usage of his off-hand with good burst through the hole. On 62-yard TD reception in the second round he worked the seam easily got behind the linebacker; nice adjustment to an under thrown ball to make the catch and sprint for the endzone. Dug out undertown ball to haul in reception to set up TD before the half. Positional blocker; not overly powerful but is willing.

Stock:  Same

Skai Moore, LB, R-Senior: 

Springy in coverage. Easy movement skills and glides in his backpedal/transitions. Naturally reads the backfield and flows into throwing lanes. On second quarter TFL did well to play off a block and take a great angle into the boundary to make play. Interception returned for a TD midway through the third quarter was a terrific job of Moore reading the quarterback through an extended play and working into the throwing lane. Natural break on the ball and took it to the house for his 13th career interception. Showcased burst and closing speed on QB hurry late in the third quarter. Liability when the ball is run right him and can get worked out of gaps; more effective attacking laterally against the run.

Stock:  Up

Arkansas Razorbacks

Austin Allen, QB, Senior  

First quarter – held onto the football too long and wasn’t able to get into rhythm. Made throws that led his targets into coverage. Questionable ability to see the field; most completions in first half were schemed. Continues to struggle with exotic defensive schemes. Held onto the ball until the last moment and bad things would ensue.  Lacked any sort of comfort at any point in this game.

Stock:  Down

Frank Ragnow, C, Senior: 

Continues to impress with power at the point of attack and ability to create movement in the running game. Powerful leg drive. Devastating blocker in space when he gets squared up. Good ability to anchor and re-anchor in pass protection. Tends to be late with his hands and punch timing is off in pass pro. Hands can get wide and fired with an upward motion. Does not consistently win with first contact.

Stock:  Same

Henre’ Toliver, CB, Senior: 

Tested on vertical route towards end of 1st quarter and did well to remain in phase and get his head around to find the ball. Patient footwork. Locked down his man consistently in the game but fellow defensive backs were picked on.

Stock:  Same

Other Players that Flashed 

TJ Brunson, LB, South Carolina (Sophomore):  Good reactionary skills when defending inside run. Attacked windows and was a magnet to the ball. Physical finisher. Always around the ball as evidenced by two fumble recoveries. Good closing burst and ability to flow laterally.

Chris Lammons, S, South Carolina (Senior):  Active working downhill into the box/boundary on run downs and plays above his weight class. Excellent pass breakup on crossing pattern to undercut the route. Does well to breakdown in space and tackle.

Best Players on the Field

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina

Chris Lammons, S, South Carolina

TJ Brunson, LB, South Carolina

Forgettable Performances

Austin Allen, QB, Arkansas

Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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