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Raymon Taylor got picked in coverage early and often.
Raymon Taylor, Cornerback: Overall Game Grade: D
Courtney Avery, Cornerback: Overall Game Grade: B
Jordan Kovacs, Strong Safety: Overall Game Grade: C
Thomas Gordon, Free Safety: Overall Game Grade: C
The wealth of the blame from the Michigan Wolverines loss on Tuesday afternoon lies with the secondary, which blew several coverages, missed tackles and were gashed to the tune of 341 yards between the quarterback combination of Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson.
Time and time again, the Gamecocks picked on sophomore cornerback Raymon Taylor and two of South Carolina's touchdown passes were a direct result of blown coverage by the Detroit, Mich. native.
Taylor saved himself from a failing grade by chasing down Shaw on a 64-yard run, which saved a touchdown and allowed the Wolverines to keep points off the board thanks to a missed field goal by Adam Yates.
Junior cornerback Courtney Avery did not get thrown at as often as Taylor, and made some solid open-field tackles in his first career start.
Senior safety Jordan Kovacs missed a tackle on Shaw's big run and got burned on the game-winning touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington.
Finally, junior free safety Thomas Gordon made an impressive tackle early in the fourth quarter only to later get burned by Ace Sanders twice.
The first mistake by Gordon resulted in a 31-yard touchdown for the Gamecocks, while the second allowed Sanders to convert a fourth-and-three on South Carolina's final drive of the game. Gordon did lead the Wolverines with five tackles, but his mistakes level out his letter grade.