Georgia v. South Carolina Preview
It’s looking more and more like South Carolina may return some help at the quarterback position this weekend and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Luke Doty was presumed to be the starter for the Gamecocks before the season started, but a midfoot injury has sidelined him for the first two games. Coaches were hopeful that he would start last week, but soreness kept him on the bench. But according to Coach Beamer, the soreness is gone, and “We fully expect him to be ready to roll on Saturday…”
As for J.T. Daniels’ injury, his status is still questionable for this weekend. Coach Smart spoke on the injury on Monday, saying the “biggest thing we’ve been told is that you don’t want to aggravate it.” Backup Stetson Bennett would be in line for the start if Daniels is not able to go.
Bennett started in place of Daniels last weekend against UAB, tossing 5 touchdowns on 10/12 passing while only playing about half of the game. The Bulldogs won 56-7. Freshman tight end Brock Bowers led Georgia in receiving yards and touchdowns with 3 receptions for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Georgia’s offense had been in question after the Clemson game but came out firing on Saturday. They gained 539 total yards, 376 passing, and 163 rushing. The defense was as stiff as ever, racking up 3 interceptions and holding UAB to just 1/11 on 3rd down.
The Gamecocks are coming off a close win against East Carolina, hitting a game-winning field goal as time expired after going down 14-0 early in the game. It wasn’t pretty, as USC turned the ball over 3 times, once on an interception, and twice due to fumbles. But they overcame adversity and staved off a loss. The defense only allowed the Pirates to collect 263 total yards and held them to just 2/16 on 3rd down.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at Dooley Field in Sanford Stadium.