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    Besting florida key to hopes in sec east race

    November 13, 2013 Volume 35 Issue 33

    home and hungry

    basketball faces early test at Clemson

    Gators stand inway of record16 home wins

  • 2 Spurs & Feathers November 13, 2013

    The end is in sight for a difficult season at the University of Florida and it isnt an enjoyable scene for Gators.

    It could all finish with a lot of uncomfortable questions or it could de-scend to the unmitigated disaster of not qualifying for a bowl game for the first time since 1986.

    Standing between those two unwelcome alterna-tives are the Gamecocks.

    For as much as it means to Florida, with what is sure to be a daily accu-mulation of doubt and concern by local and national media, this weeks game is a pretty big deal for Carolina as well.

    No offense to the Floridians, but Carolina isnt in position to hold hands and make an attempt to comfort this weeks visitors through their trying times.

    A victory for the home team this week greatly increases the likelihood that the Ga-tors will fail to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since they went 6-5 for Galen Hall and no need to bother wondering what Steve Spurriers team was doing back then,

    it was the year before he began his head coaching career in 1987 at Duke.

    And yes, even the Head Ball Coach would surely admit, its been a long time.

    Florida didnt go to a bowl game in 1990 when it was forced to stay home because of NCAA sanctions, but the Gator fan base will no doubt derive a special level of resentment should a team coached by one of their own legends deliver the blow that would knock UF among the ranks of those squads inca-pable of winning at least six football games.

    At home against Vanderbilt, the Gators did nothing to indicate they are bowl-worthy, losing for the first time since 1945 to the Commodores with a succession of bungled opportunities and mistakes that are always found in losing teams.

    As bad as it was after they watched Vanderbilt take the ball right down the field on the Gators and then saw a muffed punt that was quickly turned into a touchdown for a 10-0 lead, Florida had a chance to re-gain momentum just before halftime when it gained a first and goal at the Vandy 1-yard line, only to settle for a field goal.

    Instead of gaining momentum, they seemed to play down to a level not seen in Gainesville for as long as some fans can remember.

    The last losing season came in 1979 when Charley Pell took over and the Gators went 0-10-1.

    The Gamecocks can bring the sting of a losing season right to the surface this week with a win because, at 4-5 and 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference, Floridas only remaining game after the trip to Williams-Brice will be at home against Georgia Southern, followed by the last regular-sea-son game at home against Florida State.

    Injuries, sure, theyve had plenty of them, but after all these years, Florida fans have seen injuries just as every other team has

    seen injuries, but through it all, they man-aged to win enough games to at least be winners at the end of the season.

    Memories of Pell, who took the Florida job after committing a list of recruiting viola-tions at his previous stop, will be fighting for attention among Gators, transposed with the image of Spurrier, their former Heisman winner, their former national championship coach now at South Carolina.

    It would make it a November Nightmare if the Gamecocks can get a win and retain a chance for a spot in the conference champi-onship game.

    This weeks game is a pretty big deal

    photo by jenny dilworth

    Bart WrightContributing

    Writer

  • November 13, 2013 Spurs & Feathers 3

    Spurs & FeathersPublished by Aiken Communications, Inc.

    Contact Us:218 Richland Ave. W. Aiken, SC 29801(803) 335-1399

    To subscribe:Please call 800-559-2311;annual subscription price is $50

    Scott B. HunterPublisher & PresidentAiken Communications, Inc.

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    Matt SochaGraphic Designer

    Postal Information:Spurs & Feathers (ISSN 074454368) is published weekly by Aiken Commu-nications, 326 Rutland Drive, Aiken, South Carolina 29801. Application to Mail at Periodicals Postage Prices is pending at Aiken, SC. POSTMASTER: please send address changes to Spurs & Feathers, 326 Rutland Drive, Aiken, SC 29801.

    Whats Inside? - Table of ContentsDefense, attention to detail key for Gamecocks .4

    Record-setting opener for womens basketball ..6

    SEC standings/football schedule ..............................7

    Recruiting Roundup ......................................................8

    Mens basketball season preview .............................9

    Distinguished Alumni serve as Honorary Captains .................................................10

    Columbia Tip-Off Club ...............................................11

    Gamecocks make a splash outside pool .............12

    Legendary Fan profile ................................................13

    Gamecocks/Gators depth charts ...........................14

    Womens basketball season preview ....................15

    South Carolina/Florida football rosters ........ 16-17

    Sand volleyball & mens golf ....................................18

    Darlington County profile ........................................19

    The Ultimate Tailgaters ..............................................20

    Gamecocks in the NFL ...............................................22

    Meet the mens basketball team ............................26

    Inside the Chart with Andy Demetra ................27

    Meet the womens basketball team ......................28

    Upcoming Events: Gamecock Club .......................29

    Ed Girardeaus column ...............................................30

    Something to Crow About!

    Gamecock football players receive recognitionUniversity of South Carolina senior quarterback Connor Shaw has

    been selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the 2013 Davey OBrien National Quarterback Award and is one of 10 finalists named for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

    Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pound senior from Flowery Branch, Ga., has completed 62.9 percent (122-for-194) of his passes this season for 1,655 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. His quarterback efficiency rating of 164.13 ranks 11th in the country. In addition, he is the Gamecocks second-leading rusher with 375 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.

    Shaw is 23-5 as the Gamecocks starting quarterback, just one win shy of Todd Elliss school record of 24 career wins. He is a perfect 14-0 as a starter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Shaw is the schools career leader in passing completion at 65.6 percent, is second in touchdown passes with 50, is fourth in total offense with 6,782 yards, is seventh in career passing yards with 5,282, and is the only player in Carolina history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards.

    University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is among 12 players named as semifinalists for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award.

    Clowney has started eight games at defensive end for the Gamecock defense and compiled 27 tackles (19 solo). He has made 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks on the year. Clowney was named to Phil Steeles Mid-Season All-SEC Team as well.

    Gamecock junior wide receiver Damiere Byrd earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team as a wide receiver for the second-consecutive year as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    Byrd leads the team with 485 receiving yards on the season and has started eight of the nine games thus far for the 7-2 Game-cocks. He has four touchdown receptions on the year, tied for second on the team. Byrd twice has pulled down five catches in wins over UCF and Kentucky, while he set a new personal best with 121 yards at Tennessee.

    (Courtesy of South Carolina Athletics Media Relations)

  • 4 Spurs & Feathers November 13, 2013

    by brian handbhand@spursandfeathers.com

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina opened its 2013-14 regular season with a dominating 82-44 win over Longwood at the Colonial Life Arena.

    The Gamecocks never trailed in the game and finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (28-for-57) as a team. South Carolina shot a scorching 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the field as a team in the second stanza.

    South Carolinas stingy defense held Longwood (0-1) to just 22.8 percent (13-of-57) shooting as a team. The 13 field goals allowed by the Gamecocks tied for the fewest field goals made in the history of the Colonial Life Arena. The 22.8 percent shooting by the Lancers in the game is the lowest field goal percentage in the his-tory of the Colonial Life Arena.

    The 44 points surrendered by the Gamecocks in the

    game were the fewest points by a Gamecock opponent since Southeastern Loui-siana scored 43 points in a South Carolina win on Dec. 21, 2011.

    South Carolina (1-0) head coach Frank Martin was ob-viously happy with the play of his teams defense in the game.

    We gave up some