The Fighting Gamecocks are gearing up for another football season and as the brave warriors of the field are preparing, we are watching by the sidelines in anticipation for what should be a spectacular season. After USA Today’s National Defensive Player of the year, Jadeveon Clowney who was the number 1 draft pick for the NFL was drafted by the Texans, Gamecock fans are waiting to see who the up and coming champions will be after ranking #9 on a recent U.S. poll.
High up on the list is running back Mike Davis, as the Walter Camp Foundation has named him one of the “50 players to watch” this season for their player of the year award. Standing at 5’9, 223 lbs., the Atlanta native rushed 203 times for 1,183 yards in a season, landing him in the number 4 spot in the school’s history (http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071814aaa.html). Another future champion to look for is 6’2, 195 lb. safety, Chaz Elder. Elder pulled off a great season in 2013, starting in 6 games and delivering every time. In 2012 he was ranked the nation’s 19th safety position, so given the experience over the past year, he is projected to have a stellar season (http://southcarolina.247sports.com/Season/2012-Football/Commits).
Coach Spurrier is still at the helm and going on to his 10th year leading the Gamecocks. Spurrier is a strong believer in paying careful attention to his players, making sure that they graduate and stay out of trouble. He and his team of recruiters have worked hard at finding strong members to keep Columbia’s Gamecock’s reputation high. Although many of the strongest players have been professionally drafted after last year’s amazing performance, Coach Spurrier believes that their new picks are ready to take charge. After winning the 2014 Capital One Bowl 34-24 against the Wisconsin Badgers and finishing with a 11-2, 6-2 sec record, fans are expecting big things from the Gamecocks.
With so many Gamecock players being prime candidates as NFL picks, one may ask what is in store for the University of South Carolina. Some of the nationally top rated players are opting to go to school in Columbia, this means big bucks for the University as well as stronger funding for several departments. So Columbians are sure to go out this season and support both their University and the state’s football heroes.