I have family who attends USC. I'm sick of them poking fun of michigan and talking about the ESSS-EEEE-SEEE when they have the trophy case relevant to vandy. Lets kick their fucking ass
Michigan v. South Carolina in the Outback Bowl
Let's kick their fucking asses!
I'm afraid to say, I don't forsee that ending well for you. But hey, they said the same thing about the 2008 Citrus Bowl.
I'm have confidence our defense can hang with them. What I'm worried about is al Borges with his "questionable" play calling
I'm more worried about the O-line than just Borges's playcalling. Borges will be Borges, IMO, but the interior line might very well get manhandled. Hope I'm wrong.
Agreed. Jadeveon Clowney is a beast, a man among boys. He would be a high draft pick this year if he wasn't a true sophomore.
Lewan is pretty good?
Lewan lines up at left tackle everytime. USC can line Clowney up on either side to take advantage of match ups.
I'll get flaimbaited for this, but Lewan has not impressed as of late. 'Overrated' flies to mind. And I hope he really proves me wrong.
It was just made official, and wasn't posted anywhere yet...
It was made official hours ago
Can't wait for i-form power with Vincent Smith vs. Jadeveon Clowney.
Not to mention the subsequent 10 play-action passes in a row where Clowney doesn't have to worry about the run.
Just think, Al has a whole month to draw up one half's worth of a game plan.
I shouldn't be laughing as hard as I am right now
Beat the Cocks!
I like it. They are the SEC team I think we have the best chance against this year.
This will be the first meeting since Bo's troops traveled to Columbia and gave them a pounding in '85.
I agree - their offense doesn't scare me. Just need to see a good, entire game from Borges - we can score on this team.
You haven't seen South Carolina play this year I see, so I'll fill you in. Their front 7 is a bunch of fuckbeasts like ND that will absolutely eat the souls of our interior OL blocking, and Taylor Lewan will at best be even with Clowney, who is a bonafide first round pick.
It doesn't matter what Borges calls unless he can call for a play where Denard levitates and flies into the end zone. This team has a brutal front that will make running nearly impossible, and passing definitely impossible. The thing to hope for is the 2nd half ND game plan without turnovers and somehow scoring 15-22 while getting turnovers from SCAR. With a defensive TD, 4 FG, and 1 offensive TD, you might get 26 points, which could be enough. But that's about all you can hope for. They are good man.
I agree this team is better than some are getting credit for, but I don't agree with your dire forecast either. First off, I was at that ND game, and we moved the ball great. I was actually impressed with Borges game plan (minus the HB pass). We were able to spread out a much more physical team and get our quick guys in space. The problem with ND, is they manage to play a true bnd not break D. When we played them, we moved it steadily, but they wouldn't give up big plays, which forced us to stay on the field and increased the odds we turn it over.
This is not an Alabama team that wil both faster and stronger. I think it wil come down to not turning the ball over, and our defense continuing to play tough and keep people out of the end zone
was wiiiiiiiide open. smith just paniced and threw it to a defender cause there was a dude about to kill him
Well he is a HB. Even IF the guy is open (which he was), theres still the part of having a 5'8'' guy throw it accuratly over an oncoming ND defense
Actually I have relatives that go to school there and have seen every game but one this year. They are good but a major step down from Alabama, and probably ND for that matter. Their defensive front is very good, after that they get pretty beatable.
SC is a step down from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, and A&M. This should be a competitive game.
They were a step up from Georgia on the field this year, they won 35-7. Apart from that their season was pretty meh, they laid an egg against Florida and barely beat weak Vandy and Tenn teams. They played LSU close, though.
SC beat Georgia early in the year. IIRC, Georgia had a few defensive starters out on suspension. At that time, Marcus Lattimore had two intact knee joints. At this moment, I believe Georgia is a better team than SC. Things can change during the season and sometimes the better team drops a game. Do you think Appy State beats Florida in the 2008 Capital One bowl?
Funny how you question calling them a step down and then go on talking about the reasons one can reasonably call them a step down
Color commentator Frank Broyles was shocked at how our DL controlled the LOS! Great game, I can't wait until we get back to having a dominating defense!
This is awesome! Denard's last game closer to my house than my office is? Yes, please!
Fei ratings are 41st on offense and 6th on defense
are 25th and 23rd? Not as easy as splitting the difference, especially when we haven't been able to establish the run all year. But I will take it, especially if Borges goes bonkers with Denard and Devin.
Good test of our faith in Borges, I'd say, because there's zero reason not to pull every wild hair out of his yass.
Was there a reason I missed "not to pull every wild hair out of his yass" against OSU?
I just want to wake up on New Year's slightly hungover and turn the game on and be like hell yeah Borges that's the offense I've been envisioning.
For one half
i'll be overseas. oh well.
also, every time i see your avatar, i am awed.
Even worse I'll be traveling in India...Oh wait. That's awesome!
Beckmann and Brandstatter could make that drive easier.
The iheart radio app is your friend -- go to wood 1300 am out of Grand Rapids and you should be able to listen to the game.
Play-by-play on radio apps is often turned off. I don't know if I tried 1300 specifically, but I was driving during the OSU game this year and several attempts to get the game on my phone were failures due to PBP being turned off and replaced with commercials.
I came prepared, though; I brought my laptop, tethered it to my phone, and listened to the game using the mgoblue.com audio link.
I think that our D will hang with them and keep us in the game. What scares the hell out of me is ther D vs our offense. We struggle mightily against decent to good defenses and they have a very good D.
This game is Borges' chance to shut up many of his critics and to make a statement to kids like treadwell that he can coach a great pro style attack.
If he comes out with a straight up pro style gameplan, he's gonna catch hell.
And the hell that he will catch will be deserved.
Next year, I am all for making the move and just being a straight-up pro-style, west coast, air raid, power run or whatever he wants to call it team. That is what he and hoke like to run and that is what he is recruiting for. But for now, we have a qb (yes they should play Denard assuming that he heals) who is fast as shit but not a great thrower, another qb who cab throw and who can scramble, slot receivers and no non-Denard running game. Run Denard from the zone read, mix in a good dose of the 2-qb set. Intersperse power and deap balls (when devin is in) and generally just confound the opposing d with all of the many options that devin/Denard provide. Straight up pro style for denard's last game - and in a meaningless second tier bowl game, with nothing to lose, no less - would be a sin.
Go Blue! Let's fuckng maul those fucking fucktards.
You seem pretty angry.
(picks up phone) -- "Ole' Ball Coach here! We're playing Shoelace? Aww Sh......"
Michigan's combined opponents record is now 96-63 with south carolina now on the schedule. That is the most wins in the history of Michigan's COR.
5 teams with 10+ wins. 3 of them with 12 wins, 2 with undefeated records.
Apples and motor oil; we didn't play 12 games per season until recently, I think. Still, it's impressive; our average opponent is 8-4
I like those odds.
I'm confident our team will show up ready to go in all phases. Borges terrifies me though...
So basically 2 of 3 phases?
If Borges gets his shit together, we have a legitimate chance to win. If he insists that the power I will work, it could be over by the half.
Exciting match up!
Coming in to the year most had us border-line top 10ish teams. We lost to #1 #2 and #3 teams and Nebraska (top-20ish team) all on the road and Nebrasa with a big asterisk.
We beat Northwester (top-20ish team) and everyone else we should have- so its very hard to accurately gauge how good this team is.
This will be a really good chance to see. If we win we are border-line top 10ish to top 15ish, if we keep it close 15-25, and if we stink it up then we can agree we were most likely overrated and are a fringe top-25 team.
have any more eligibility left?
I see what you did there. As long as Joe Kane is drunk, Alvin Mack has a broken leg, and Steve Lattimer is having to work on his limp (her dad is a friend of the program), we shouldn't need Tim "He Could Go All The" Wayman.
Several of these are fairly comparable - no gigantic differences, and of course, different conferences. It has been mentioned in other threads, but we stack up well on both sides of the ball when season averages are considered on a few important, cursory metrics...
|PER GAME AVG.||MICHIGAN||SOUTH CAROLINA|
|PASSING OFFENSE||198.08 yds||229.50 yds|
|PASSING DEFENSE||155.17 yds||193.25 yds|
|RUSHING OFFENSE||187.33 yds||142.92 yds|
|RUSHING DEFENSE||156.00 yds||119.00 yds|
|SCORING OFFENSE||30.00 pts||31.42 pts|
|SCORING DEFENSE||18.75 pts||17.42 pts|
And as brutal a schedule as Michigan had this year, no one can qualify those numbers as saying "Yeah, but they didn't have to play most of their games against ESS EEE SEE competition."
There is no Wofford on the Michigan schedule this year.
Yeah, instead of that horrible 9-3 Wofford team that was behind SC 10-7 in the fourth quarter, we played an awesome 1-11 UMass powerhouse.
If denard is healthy with the hand, does Borges get cute and let him play qb? I hope Gardner continues to run the offense and denard lines up in a skill position. I think that would be our best chance to win. Thoughts?
From a football standpoint this makes sense. The offense is just better able to move the ball with devin in. Denied at qb will allow a very good d to load up the line and the result will be something like the ND game (with a few less self-inflicted wounds).
I like going with the 2-qb set for about 50% of the plays. Of these, there should be some where Denard is rb, some at WR (slot), some in a jet sweep / reverse type play, some as a qb where he run and some where he throws. of the remaining 50%, I would like half to each qb, but for denard's plays, he has to be able to throw occasionally.
From a pure emotion standpoint, Denard at qb where he throws for 4 Tds, runs for 3 more with 365 through the air and 225 on the ground. 1 pick, just because.
Michigan student here, and randomly love University of South Carolina with no affiliation to it at all so I decided to donate there this year. My ideal matchup, even considering sitting in the South Carolina section.
is you love the cocks?
Sorry but your post is by far some of the most random shit I have ever read. Weirder than reading "naked lunch." Boy, get your head on straight.
I've lived above the Mason-Dixon line my whole life, but I have several friends from the state of South Carolina, and their unanimous opinion is that South Carolina is the Michigan State of the region - the drunken brahs remaining once the admissions offices from better schools were done selecting their students.
We're gonna shove those Cocks in the dirt.
Maybe this time we can actually beat USC in a bowl game...
But definitely winnable. Sorry for the overused meme, but:
You know the old saying... a cock in the bush is worth two in the hand.
How about a cock in the Outback is worth two in the hand?
This should be a good match up if Al doesn't blow it. I am definitely looking forward to it.
And given my hazy recollection as a student back in the 80's when the gamecocks played in A2, I look forward to the crowd shots. I honestly don't remember the game from back in the day (I believe we smoked them), but I definitely remember being impressed by the hotties from SC wandering around tailgates trying to sell GameCock boxer shorts (which they were thankfully modeling).
Here's to hoping that Borges pulls an '08 Capital One Bowl. Please.
is Cocks by 7.5
I think Vegas will favor the Cocks by 6.5
Old Ball Coach
VS. Man Ball Coach.
I like it.
He hates being called the old ball coach!
Says he;s the "Head Ball Coach".
Do you have any pictures of Bigfoot? Or aliens? Or a smiling Bo Pelini? Or ghosts?
Hey guys, I just realized something from when the Cowboy Classic jerseys were released back in July...
Michigan may consider designing a special bowl game jersey if the opportunity presents itself. However, a final determination will be made later in the year.
I think we're safe. The Outback Bowl (still the best corporate-sponsored nowl name) isn't a high-profile enough game for us to be sporting the clown uniformz.
of the Brandon (especially after 60 minutes)
Did you just out yourself as Herm?
2nd tier bowls look SOOOOO much better than Sugar and Orange!! Die BCS DIE!!!
I feel like Chicken tonight, Chichen tonight!
Wife's employer has an office there. If they get comp tickets (and they just might, they're a MNC health insurance provider) and she can score a pair and get assigned there over New Year's, attending Denard's send-off on the cheap might very well be manageable.
I'm going to be there. Who else is going?
...work: off, beers: bought, vehicle: loaded, food: handled, parking: done.....who's with me???? I'm a season ticket holder for the Bucs...huge UM fan and ready to go. Let's take RayJay over.
I am with you. just booked my hotel to go with my tickets. I will be driving down from Charleston, SC on new years eve. I may buy some tickets to Busch gardens and make faces at the orangutans.
Flights out of BWI are only $200 rt. Fly in for the1st, leave the next day.
Verrry tempting, especially if the tix on stubhub drop down to $20
Just bought the alumni association tour pacakge and bringing my son (a junior in the Music School) for his second bowl game (Sugar Bowl last year)
Going to the game for my honeymoon! There is no other place that I would rather be.
Somehow this will end badly....semi seriously joked about going to Dallas for mine. It always was met with a resp once that said that's fine if that's what you want to do...but always translated to you'll pay for it later if your dragging me to that horrid city instead of some place with a beach.
your avatar presents other logical choices...
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this matchup will determine, probably clearly, if Lewan is ready for the NFL. Clowney is a beast with some sick moves. A great day from Taylor and he could be leaving.
Most of my coworkers are Carolina grads. Work will be intolerable if we lose. Please, Al, don't fuck this up!"
Do they play on the team? Are you gonna let some rube take credit for someone else's work?! Just shake your head in pity.
Holtz and May indidicate the USC vs UM matchup will end up like the Alabama game... I hope Hoke can use this to motivate the troops....it's good to be the underdog here. I can't wait to see if our O can adapt. We have a month.
Now there's a fucking shock. Watching my dog wipe his ass on the new living room rug is more appealing than listening to those two pontificate.
Your avatar sells that line perfectly.
Now I need to wipe off my computer screen...
News Flash: senile old man with ties to South Carolina and to one of Michigan's rivals thinks South Carolina will beat Michigan.
Fergodakes, Borges, keep Denard and Devin on the field at the same time. Having to account for two elite playmakers, and USC having to respect our passing game, could make for a very good game.
A lot of how this game will be on the back of Lewan and is ability to contain Clowney. It will also say a lot about his draft status as well.
Our OL is going to get beasted. That DL is about the worst possible matchup.
Shaws QB rating would be best in the B10. And he did it playing Florida, Georgia, and LSU.
Dude, he suggested using the 2008 Cap One plan, which was 2nd round NFL draft pick at QB, #1 pick overall at LT, 2 NFL recievers + Greg Mathews, and then Mike Hart. He doesn't realize that that UF defense was young and terrible, and also coached by Mattison. If we try that offense, it'll last for all of 5 snaps, because at that point Clowney will have killed Denard AND Devin, and Jack Kennedy will be handing off for 55 minutes.
So, let's stop trying to use facts and reason, okay chitown?
Connor Shaw could be replaced with Dylan Thompson. He has a better arm and different skillset. Spurrier seems to open it up a little more with him in the game. It still comes down to the offense of MI being able to do something against IMO the best defense they'll faced all year. I think SC has a better secondary than AL or ND, and their line & LBs are as good as anyone's.
Even if your panicked nightmare is right and Clowney somehow injures two QBs in the first 5 minutes, I'd rather have Jack Kennedy handing off for 55 minutes than Vincent Smith running I-form isos for 60 minutes. At least then we can say we tried.
All these posts you keeps throwing up just seem like you trying to cover the fact that you spoke out without any knowledge of the player and got caught. I mean...we play USC on Jan 1st of this year. People are talking about how we match up against them THIS YEAR...why would you be refering to Shaw's ability in the NFL when you are talking how he matches up against UM THIS YEAR (I mean, I guess it is really next year, but you know what I mean). We aren't playing him when he is in the NFL so why would his ability there have anything to do with how he will perform against us next month?
Honestly, I'm not trying to disrespect you. In all seriousness I know nothing about USC other than Clowney is a beast and I only get that from highlights, I never follow them. I know too that it is easy to think you know something when really you have just made an assumption that turns out to be wrong. When that happens (and I think that is what did here) the best thing to do is just admit your error and move on.
This rash of posts does nothing in the way of justifying your point, it makes it look like you are just rtying to save face after a mistake.
Too bad SCar didn't play Bama this year. RDT could have written up a nice little scouting report for us
In order to beat SC I am of the opinion DR has to take the majority of snaps at QB. This of course presumes his hand is fully healed. Gardner has proven he can be the starting QB the next two years. However, I do not believe his throwing advantages will be enough to offset losing a bit of QB runnning. Here is my logic. Even against very poor run defenses we struggled to generate any kind of a runnning game from a RB. If you consistantly position DR as a RB, he is up against an extra defender thus negating is advantage.
Gardner did pretty good throwing up for grabs bombs against awful Big10 teams. However, this tactic failed against a better team like OSU. SC is going to have a more complete defense. Recall that OSU's best defender did not even play and they were forced to start a FB at MLB. OSU was true to form in that they busted a few plays. Depending on those kinds of big plays against a more complete defense that WILL have their best defender is unrealistic.
I agree with one of the other posters we would have to move down the field similiar to what we attempted to do against ND. DR would have to play his best game of the year as we can not afforda any TO's. My hope would be these long drives would eat up clock and shorten the game. If our defense gets gassed it will be game over.
I think to win we would still need maybe a +2 on the big plays. I am including TO's in that mix. Mattison is good enough I think he can come up with a scheme to keep SC off balance at least for a little while. Thus the importance of shortening the game.
I will say I am very happy that Wisc beat Nebraska as a matchup with Georgia would not have been fun as we would most certainly have been face planted.
I agree with most of this.
IF Denard can throw, I think he needs to be our QB. It's not, at all, a knock on Gardner, but playing that DL with our OL, with absolutely no threat to run the ball is a way to get Gardner broken in half in about ten minutes.
Totally OT(But I am too much of a watcher and never post, so I cannot create a topic)
But my brother is an FSU alum and super fan(we live in Tampa area), and he has friends who are big boosters for FSU. He just told me that he has heard that Georgia Tech is 100% going to join the Big 10 this week and that BC or VIrginia is going to come with them as the 16th team. He says the ACC is basically done.
If someone wants to creat a thread about this, I would move this post.
Sorry, not threadjacking
I don't believe any of these rumors about GT (or don't want to), but it won't be BC, unless the Big Ten is going to dump their historical standard of admitting only AAU members to the conference
Hi ya'll. Looking forward to a fun and exciting game in Tampa. And wanted to give you a little friendly 411 on some gamecock players to keep your eyes on come January. We did this with the huskers before the C1b and it made watching the game much better.
Clowney, Lattimore and Shaw are names of our players that you might have heard. I’ve compiled a list that you most likely haven’t heard of but are considered some of our "playmakers."
Since it's our strong suit, I'll start with the defense. FWIW, we run a 4-2-5 defense with one our DB's playing a safety/MLB position we call "the spur".
#7 Jadevon Clowney. 6’6” 265 lbs. Don't really need to say much about him. Already projected as the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. We are VERY lucky to have him...
#98 Devon Taylor. Plays DE opposite of Jadevon Clowney. 6'8" 270 lbs. He cleans up alot of what Clowney flushes his way. He’s got a HUGE wingspan and a when he doesn’t get a sack he often can bat down passes.
DT Arky Pick 6
#70 Byron Jerideau Defense tackle. 6'1 320 lbs. Holds down the middle of our D-line. Big time run stopper. He doesn't always get that many tackles, but he takes up a lot of space in the middle of the D-line. Remarkably fast for a big guy.
Our other DT is #99 Kelcy Quarles. 6’4” 286 lbs. Kelcy’s a sophomore and has started all year for us.
#54 Shaq Wilson 5’11” 224 lbs (Sr) middle linebaker excellent pass rusher.
Shaq Wilson INT
#21 Devonte Holloman 6’2” 241 (Sr) Plays the “Spur” a hybrid LB/DB. A "disrupter". A lot of our defense depends on Holloman making a read off the QB (run or pass). Passing he drops to coverage (unless it's a blitz). On running play he plugs the last gap.
Our best DB, safety is DJ Swearinger (6’ 0” 210 lbs). He's Senior and the heart of our defense. He's been called a "headhunter" and is the hardest hitter on our team. DJ is not afraid to talk smack and can back it up. He had the distinction this year of having 3 personal fouls in a row, with a pic 6 thrown in for good measure.
DJ 3 Personal Fouls in a row.
DJ HUGE hit.
It's been said that our DB's are our weakest link.
Other than Swearinger, in the defensive secondary we have Akeem Auguste 5’9” 188lbs at CB who’s a senior and a good player, but seen limited playing time due to injury (both this year and in years past).
We also have CB Vic(tor) Hampton 5’10” 197 lbs (RS SO).
On offense you've heard of Shaw and Lattimore. As I'm sure you've all heard, Lattimore's out for the year, so you don't have to worry about him. I love the guy, but honestly I hope he makes the jump to the pro's. I couldn't stand the thought of him suffering another injury while playing for us.
On top of that, Shaw (6’1” 207 lbs JR) has been fighting nagging injuries all year (shoulder/foot). He was hurt (shoulder) vs Vandy (our first game of the year). Shaw is the son of a coach, and a “gamer” in every since of the word. He spends lots of time watching film and in the weight room (The coaches had to tell him to STOP lifting so much in last year’s off season (he was getting TOO big.)) Honestly, his performance in that game was one of the toughest I've ever seen in a football game. When he’s healthy, he’s a better runner than a thrower and played WR in high school. He’s got a decent arm, but at times has been hesitant to pull the trigger on passing plays (at least that’s what ½ our fanbase says…). His backup is Dylan Thompson, who's looked REALLY good vs lesser opponents this season and was on fire vs Clemson (310 yards, 3TD 1 INT), but he was abysmal during the Vandy game. They say Shaw’s been nursing a “broken foot”, for the last 3-4 games which is why DT go the start vs Clemson. I wouldn’t put him on the same “dual threat” category as Denard, but he’s got some wheels…
Shaw 80 yard TD run vs Missou (called back).
With Lattimore out, our go to back in Kenny Miles. Kenny is a 5th year senior that almost didn’t come back this year (before the injury bug hit, we were STACKED at RB, now, not so much). Kenny’s a good, solid back that carried a good deal of the load LAST YEAR when Lattimore went down.
A couple of receivers to watch out for:
Ace Sanders (#1), Bruce Ellington (#23) and Damiere Byrd (#3). The downside is none of this trio is very tall at 5'8"-5'9" but they all have great speed. Byrd is out of NJ and ran a 4.3 40 yard dash in high school (Nj state record at the time). Bruce is a two sport star playing both football and point guard on the B-ball team. Ace is an outstanding punt returner.
Our O-line has played well at times and poorly at times. I consider it a work in progress. Their run blocking needs to improve and their pass blocking is adequate, but could be better. On the O-line we have 1 Sr (TJ Johnson, C, 6’6” 319), 1 JR (Ronald Patrick 6’2” 305 RG), 2 So (Corey Robinson 6’8” 337lbs LT and AJ Cann 6’4” 309 lbs LG) and 1 Fr (Brandon Shell 6’6” 331lbs RT). On a side note, TJ Johnson will set a school record for consecutive starts (56, I think?) if he starts in the Outback Bowl.
We've been running a fair amount of two TE sets as well, with our two big TE's Justice Cunningham (#87) and Rory "Buster" Anderson (#81). I think this is in response to teams trying to stack the box trying to stop lattimore, forcing us to beat them deep (ask ECU how that worked out for them). With Lattimore gone from the game, the play book has been open considerable.
Two freshman that might see playing time are running back Mike Davis (#25) and Shaq Roland (#4). Mike is a little faster than lattimore but not as powerful. He had 85 yds and scored his first TD on 4 carries vs UAB. Davis is now our #2 back with Lattimore out.
Shaq was "Mr. Football" in SC last year. At 6'1" he's a bit taller than our other WR's. He's still learning the routes and the system but he's looked good (but not great) when's he's been in.
That's about it. As I said earlier, I think this game comes down to our D-line & Db's vs your QB and receivers and if our Offense can move the ball with the stacking the box to stop the run (everyone else has done it, so I anticipate you'll do it to).
Good luck and may the best team win come January.
Edit: If someone will give me the youtube embedding protocol here, I'll embed all the vids....
We Gamecock fans are really looking forward to playing the Big Blue down in Tampa, and believe we have at least equal talent across the board as UM. We're not quite as big in some positions, but we have good size in the trenches. One thing that has separated us from most of the SEC pack is our coaching staff, starting with our OL and DL coaches. Both are gritty, neck-vein-popping, in-your-face kinds of guys. Those of you who get in early enough to see pre-game warm ups will be wondering why our OL coach (Shawn Elliott, a former player and then a coach at App St when they beat you guys a few years back) isn't wearing pads. The guy's freakin nuts, but pretty effective at waking our guys up and getting them ready to play. He's also our run-game coordinator on offense, and has taken some flack this year because, like you guys have said about UM, we can't seem to get a decent push up the middle to help our run game. If your D is stout on the interior line, you will likely stuff whatever we run up in there. Even so, we'll run it up in there anyway just to keep you guys honest.
Our QB position is a 2 headed monster. Connor Shaw is our starter and is simply a winner. The funny thing about Shaw is that he can be very frustrating for Gamecock fans to watch because his play is so unorthodox from what most fans' minds are programmed to seeing out of the QB position. Most of our opponents absolutely hate him for the same reasons that frustrate Gamecock fans. When he drops back in the pocket and holds onto it, we're yelling "throw it!" while opponents are yelling "sack him!", then he'll just take off at the last second and run with it, usually very well. The thing that Shaw taught UGA's Jarvis Jones and other teams was that, for a white boy ;), you just don't expect to see legit 4.5 speed outrunning you to the edge and then turning it up field for nice gain's. Shaw has been somewhat inconsistent in the downfield passing dept overall, but is really good at the dink and dunk game. Above all, Shaw is really smart, and I promise you this, even though he's not that big, he's as tough or tougher than any player he's ever faced.
Our back up QB, Dylan Thompson has played really well in the 2 games this season that he played significant snaps in, albeit against weak teams, East Carolina and Clemson. Dylan is your prototypical QB that you'd expect to see out of a Spurrier offense. He's excellent in the pocket, and won't take off unless a defender practically has a hand on him. Unlike Shaw, Thompson is a pure passer in that he sees the route unfolding downfield and delivers the ball where it's supposed to be. To me, he's much more entertaining to watch than Shaw, but like I said, Shaw's our starter and a winner.
Long story short, we have 2 QB's that can win. If we have one advantage in this game it's that your D-Coordinator is going to have to prepare for 2 entirely different offenses. The one that Shaw Qb's, and the one that Thompson QB's.