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WR Deebo Samuel shines as South Carolina outlasts NC State

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WR Deebo Samuel shines as South Carolina outlasts NC State

NC State Wolfpack v South Carolina Gamecocks


Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Score:  NC State 28, South Carolina 35


Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

NC State Wolfpack

Ryan Finley, QB, Redshirt Senior:  Ball comes easy off the hand, if a tad slow. Plays with decent mobility, scoring TD on read option. Has the ability to release from adjusted platforms on the run. Surprisingly lacks escapability in the pocket. Some accuracy issues in the short range, especially to the sidelines (high). Flashes the ability to move through progressions. Places the ball well relative to coverage. Excels at three-step drop game. Managed a 2-minute drill to perfection with poise and situational understanding. Has a bit of a wind-up in his release. Struggles to respond to pressure. Failed to adequately protect football through a strip-sack. Did well again manufacturing a potentially game-tying drive, yet was unable to punch it in. Stock:  Up

Jaylen Samuels, TE, Senior:  Suffered an early drop on catchable ball, but flashes the ability to catch away from the frame and through contact. Climbs the ladder nicely. Incredibly reliable target featured on 3rd/4th down. Used all over the formation and in various contexts. Nice exchange of power as a lead blocker, with natural leverage and well-placed hands. Runs crisp routes and creates throwing lanes. Has good vision as a ball carrier. Had an incredible adjustment on 4th quarter TD grab. Frame likely precludes him from TE play in the NFL, but “offensive weapon” potential is evident and alluring. Incurred a left leg injury that must be monitored moving forward. Stock:  Up

Justin Jones, DT, Senior:  Generating some interior push in pass-rush situations. Incurred an offside penalty despite being aligned directly over the ball. Does well to come in low and hot at the snap and strike with violent hands, but regularly fails to re-establish the line of scrimmage. Shows no schema for handling double-teams. Gets relocated far too easily and lacks sufficient power. Use of hands is most redeeming quality, but without much fruit. Stock:  Down

BJ Hill, DT, Senior:  Not showing considerable burst in pass-rushing situations. Failing to drop any anchor in the run. Has some one-gap upside in pass-rush upside due to first-step explosiveness. Does not utilize his mass to clog running lanes as well as one would hope. Must show greater quickness to be considered a larger 1-gapper, or more stoutness to be considered a sufficient 2-gapper. Stock:  Down

Kentavius Street, DE, Senior:   Often ran past the peak of the pocket. Lacks any notable hand usage or pass-rush plan. Attempts to out-sprint tackle to corner, with little success. Must develop some cornering ability to be a serviceable pass rusher. Cannot soften the edge. Invisible against the run. Fails to diagnose trap/down/reach blocks in enough time to adequately combat them. Stock:  Down

Bradley Chubb, DE, Senior:  Showed early burst off the line–a needed aspect of his evaluation. Nice use of hands to corner (rip move a favorite). Regularly won with tilt, using lower body power and hip flexion to keep the edge tight. Disruptive against the run by shooting gaps with excellent explosiveness. Flashes the ability to soften the edge by diminishing surface area. Inconsistent tackler due to high-cut frame, including a costly miss in the red zone. Had a quieter second half. Offense schemed protection to his side. Stock:  Up


South Carolina Gamecocks

Deebo Samuel, WR, Redshirt Junior:  Immediate impact as a returner, manifested in great vision. Illustrated nice flexibility as well, returned opening kickoff 97 yards for touchdown. As a receiver, did well adjusting to and attacking the football. Good quickness/hesitation move to create space on first touchdown reception. Highlight reel one-handed snag for a touchdown at full extension–excellent concentration and tracking, as well as ideal long speed and acceleration. Absolutely took over the game as a big-play threat. Stock:  Up

Hayden Hurst, TE, Junior:  Effective on split zone looks. Especially violent and devastating in the second level, with plus movement skills. Nice wiggle on in-breaking route to create separation. Not a featured aspect of the offense (only 1 target in first half, 1 target in second half). Was schemed open on some misdirection/screen plays. Stock:  Same

Zach Bailey, OT, Junior:  Absolutely embarrassed by Bradley Chubb on multiple reps. Unable to land punch and late getting into his catch step. Regularly must abandon kick-slide in an effort to preserve the corner. Generates decent movement in the run game when down-blocking. Climbs to the second level with moderate, spotty success. Poor movement skills cap his ceiling. Stock:  Down

Skai Moore, LB, Redshirt Senior:  Illustrated range and hitting ability early. Excellent pursuing through traffic when kept clean. Plays behind his hands, but lacks ideal mass to anchor against OL. Fills with authority moving downhill, and can lower his pad level to deliver a strike. Particularly effective stonewall on 3rd and Goal (1 to go). Often sucked in by play action. Stayed connected through man coverage consistently; was regularly moved over TEs and WRs in the slot. Loose hips in coverage. While a consistent tackler, often arrives too upright. Lacked a plan when blitzing. Has nice closing burst when clean to the QB, however. Stock: Up


Other Players that Flashed 

NC State’s Nyheim Hines, RB, Junior: Has undeniable burst. Turns the corner while retaining velocity. Active catching the ball out of the backfield. Nice toughness through tackles on TD run. Impatient behind blockers. Occasionally fails to lower pads into contact. Runs with good balance and toughness. Flashes good vision and decisiveness on zone runs. Coaching staff turned to him to jump start offense in dormant 3rd quarter, with success. Drops hips into cuts and explodes nicely.

South Carolina’s Jake Bentley, QB, Sophomore: Excellent poise in the pocket for such a young player. Has the ability to throw on the move, highlighted by an NFL-caliber throw to WR Deebo Samuel on rollout. Does well climbing the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield. Sees the entire field well and leads receivers with natural touch and placement to all three levels, especially the intermediate. Can rush through his footwork and mechanics, leading to inaccuracy. Only 19 (forewent his HS senior season) and clearly has an impressive ceiling.

South Carolina’s Jamarcus King, CB, Senior: Willing to come down and deliver a strike. Has ideal size for NFL corner. Physical through the stem and down the field. Does well attacking the ball through the receiver, despite lack of PBUs. Lacks ideal deceleration/explosiveness when responding to breaks. Click and close is impressive, however, considering size.


Best Players on the Field 

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Nyheim Harris, RB, NC State

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina

Forgettable Performances

Kentavius Street, DE, NC State

BJ Hill, DT, NC State

Justin Jones, DT, NC State

Zach Bailey, OT, South Carolina

Benjamin Solak

Ben Solak has been a football fan and film junkie for all of his life, and has the pleasure of serving as a National Scout for NDT Scouting. He also covers the Philadelphia Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and co-hosts the Locked On Eagles podcast. Ben takes many things far too seriously, including fishing, Captain America, grammar, and Game Of Thrones.

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