South Carolina announced the signing of junior college defensive tackle Abu Lamin on Wednesday afternoon, giving the Gamecocks potentially five defensive linemen in their 2014 recruiting class.
Lamin, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle who played last season at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, is the first player from the 2014 class to sign with South Carolina. The four-star prospect had 34 tackles in 2013 with 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in nine games.
Lamin selected USC over Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska and Tennessee. The Fayetteville, N.C. native will have three years of eligibility.
South Carolina currently has four defensive linemen committed to the 2014 class, the most recent coming from four-star defensive end Dante Sawyer on Tuesday. Lamin is the 17th member of the 2014 class, and the ninth four-star prospect.
There are three slots to place names on the Heisman Trophy ballot, and three only. Voters are encouraged to use all three positions, ranked from first to third. To fill out the 2013 ballot was a challenge.
Six Heisman Trophy finalists embarked on New York City this weekend for a ceremony awarding the most prestigious individual trophy in sports. In reality, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could have booked a reservation for one. This night, the city was his.
Winston became the second straight freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, something that had never happened until Johnny Manziel won in 2012. Winston received 668 first-place votes, the fifth-largest margin of victory in the modern era. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was runner-up, and he had 79 first-place votes.
On Saturday, as he has the entire season, Winston stood alone. Yet, there are three slots. Three names. Here are the players on my Heisman Trophy ballot.
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South Carolina’s ticket office is having one of its most successful bowl seasons in recent years.
The Gamecocks have distributed about 8,500 of the allotted 12,500 tickets for their Capital One Bowl game New Year’s Day against Wisconsin, assistant athletics director Lance Grantham told The Post and Courier on Friday. The school sold about 3,300 tickets this week, Grantham said.
The number of distributed tickets includes those kept for “house use,” as Grantham put it. Approximately 7,000 tickets have been sold overall, he said.
South Carolina is about 1,000 tickets ahead of the pace set in 2012, the last time it played in the Capital One Bowl.
“I expect to do better than the last time,” Grantham said. “I don’t think it was bad last time. We didn’t sell the entire allotment, but we’re ahead of that pace that we had two years ago.”
Grantham attributed the rapid ticket sales to multiple factors.
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a Walter Camp All-American for the second straight year.
Clowney was named to the Walter Camp All-American Second Team on Thursday. The junior defensive end had 35 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
It’s Clowney’s second straight season on the Walter Camp All-American team. He was a unanimous first-team selection in 2012.
Below are the Walter Camp All-American first and second teams.
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South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, receiver/returner Pharoh Cooper and kicker Elliott Fry were selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team on Thursday.
Moore blossomed into one of the Gamecocks’ top defensive players during his rookie season, leading the team with 51 tackles. He also added 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a half sack.
Cooper was selected to the team as an “all-purpose player,” a testament to his versatility. The freshman scored a receiving, rushing and passing touchdown this season, and he also filled a void returning kickoffs and punts. As a receiver, Cooper caught three passes for 54 yards.
“That kid’s a ball player, Pharoh Cooper,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said after his team defeated Clemson on Nov. 30. “He’s going to really be something before he leaves here. True freshman, he can run kickoffs, punts, run out of the backfield, catch passes, throw passes. He’s an all-around ball player that, we finally learned he was that good by the midseason.”
Fry made 15-of-18 (83 percent) field goals this season, his longest coming from 45 yards. He also made 50-of-51 extra-point attempts and finished fifth in the conference with 104 points. The honor completed a magnificent first season for the walk-on, which began when he become South Carolina’s first freshman starting kicker since 1996.
Here is a look at the full All-SEC Freshman Team.
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