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South Carolina Football vs. Vanderbilt:
- South Carolina football started a repeat offensive line for the first time all year.
- The Big Boy package resulted in a Boogie Huntley score through the air as the defense keyed in on the possibility of Tonka Hemingway carrying the ball.
- Snap issues were a huge problem all game for both offenses and both special teams units. Dropped and bobbled passes were also a consistent factor.
- The Gamecocks utilized a little 3-man front last week, but they used it more frequently against Vanderbilt.
- Linebackers Bam Martin-Scott, Debo Williams, and Stone Blanton rushed the passer a lot in this set, both off the edge and up the middle.
- The defense also ran several plays with no players in a stance. Instead, five or more Gamecocks stood up across the line of scrimmage before the snap.
- JonDarius Morgan, rocking #47, played fullback/h-back some in goal line situations.
- Spencer Rattler’s interception seemed to be a result of the fact he couldn’t get a good grip on the wet football. However, it was an ill-advised throw as three Commodores were in Xavier Legette’s neighborhood.
- Some of it is because Vanderbilt isn’t good. Some of it is because the bad weather caused offensive mistakes. But the Carolina defense played well.
- Mario Anderson’s big play came primarily as a result of his hard, never-quit running style. However, a small assist must be given to Nyck Harbor for continuing to push defenders off of Mario as he fought to break tackles. Whether Anderson would have broken free without the extra help is unknown, but it was a great effort from Harbor, as well.
- Tight end Josh Simon had a great game.
- Simon lined up as an inline tight end, an h-back in the backfield, and as a receiver.
- The defense played a good game. However, the run defense was not very good in the second half.
- South Carolina football’s future QB1 came in for one drive. After handing the ball off three times, he kept it on 4th down and ran for a 36-yard touchdown.