South Carolina Football 2013 Spring Game: Live Analysis, Notes and Recap
Welcome to the 2013 South Carolina spring game. The Garnet team is led by quarterbacks Brendan Nosovitch and Connor Mitch, as they look to out duel the Black team led by Dylan Thompson, Perry Orth and Austin Hails.
Garnet Team 30 - Black Team 44 FINAL
The Garnet team, led by the two quarterbacks competing for the third spot, jumped out to an early lead following a Dylan Thompson interception. However, the Black team was able to answer and then gain control as the game wore on.
Thompson played just the first quarter, going 6-10 with an interception and one touchdown pass. After the first drive he settled in nicely and led his team down the field in commanding fashion. Running backs Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds also looked solid totaling 71 combined yards on the ground during the first half action.
The 35,218 fans on hand got a chance to see Jadeveon Clowney sit the game out but be active on the sidelines. NFL bound stud running back Marcus Lattimore was in attendance, as were many of his teammates in what proved to be a festive afternoon in Columbia.
Back from the post-spring game press conference where Steve Spurrier, Jadeveon Clowney, Lorenzo Ward, Mike Davis, Dylan Thompson and Chaz Elder spoke. Some interesting quotes from them, most notably Davis letting us know that he had earned the starting running back job at South Carolina going into the fall.
With Davis at the helm, backed by Brandon Wilds, and aided by a healthy Connor Shaw come fall, this South Carolina ground game is going to be quite alright. Davis, in the spring game and throughout spring, showed a toughness and a shiftiness that should give folks confidence in what he can do as the starter this fall.
Austin Hails, the fifth quarterback to play in the game, completes a touchdown pass to Matthew Harvey for the Black Team to give them a two score lead.
Garnet Team 30 - Black Team 44 with 1:30 to go in the fourth
In a trick play Jadeveon Clowney comes off the sidelines to catch a touchdown pass. The rising junior slips on the play after catching it and falls to the turf, before getting up to score a touchdown. After holding their collective breaths to make sure their stud defensive end was alright, the crowd cheers as Clowney gets up and chucks the ball into the crowd after scoring.
Spurrier took a risk there but in the end no harm, no foul as the folks got to see Clowney get out there on the field and have a little fun. The All-American is in good spirits, talking to teammates on the sideline after the play.
Oh, and we had more bonus points to start the fourth quarter.
Garnet Team 30 - Black Team 37 with 9:00 to go in the fourth
Kendric Salley, a redshirt fresman from Williston, South Carolina runs into the endzone to give the Black Team the lead. Great blocking up front on the five yard run as he walks to paydirt untouched.
Garnet Team 30 - Black Team 34 with 1:00 left in the third quarter
Nosovitch scores with a pass into the seam to tight end Jeff Homad. Caps off a drive where the redshirt freshman was able to find the spacing in the defense and push the ball down the field.
Garnet Team 30 - Black Team 27 with 5:06 to go in the third quarter
Nosovitch is driving the ball down the field and he appears to be gaining grasp of what the coaches want. He's allowing the plays to happen before hitting his spots. With doubles on the outside he's letting the inside guy force the underneath defensive player to expand, before hitting the outside receiver curling up in the space that defender just vacated.
Leading a solid drive here with his arm.
Here are some of my thoughts at the half:
The defense has some work to do. The ones and twos surrendered points pretty easily to both the Garnet and the Black teams. Filling the holes left by graduation is not going to be easy, but of course getting Clowney back will help. Missed tackles have also turned short gains into longer carriers and first downs.
Dylan Thompson is clearly the better of the guys playing today at the quarterback position. However, Connor Mitch and Brendan Nosovitch are going to have a battle for that number three spot, as anticipated. At the half, Mitch is 4-6 for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Nosovitch is 4-7 for 69 yards, a touchdown and two sacks. Should be interesting to see how this shakes out in the second half as the defense gets more subs into the game.
Jerell Adams is a player. He's playing for both teams and has 107 yards receiving on four catches, and two touchdowns.
Oh, and more bonus points as Garnet gets three more points.
Garnet Team 23 - Black Team 27 to start the second half
We've got halftime here in Columbia as the Garnet Team trails the Black Team 20-24 at the break. After the addition of the specialists bonus points, the score is 27-20, Black Team grows their lead.
Now we've got some excitement. Connor Mitch throws a pass into the void and Jerell Adams fights off his defender to make the catch and breaks a tackle for the score. Adams records his second touchdown of the day and the 6'6" 224-pound tight end is showing not only the speed to out race in the box defenders, but he also showed the safety that he is still a load to bring down.
Garnet Team 20 - Black Team 24 and there is 1:09 to go until the half
Marcus Lattimore just showed up at the South Carolina spring game to a loud ovation from the crowd.
Marcus Lattimore has just arrived to the spring game— Alyssa Lang (@AlyssaLang34) April 13, 2013
After what's been a sloppy second quarter, the only score coming on a fumble returned touchdown, the crowd certainly needed something to get them excited.
After a sloppy play with flags for too many men in the backfield, safety Kyle Fleetwood recovers a Devin Potter fumble and returns it for a touchdown. Given the scrum on the play, the press box, and the folks in the stands, are still trying to make heads or tails of what actually happened on that team.
Garnet Team 13 - Black Team 24 with 9:30 to go in the second quarter
Apparently, there are bonus scores for each side by the specialists as both teams get field goals to start the second quarter's action.
Garnet Team 13 Black Team 17 in the second quarter
The first quarter comes to an end with the Black Team on top. The running game of the Black Team, led by Mike Davis' effort, looks very solid. Dylan Thompson, following his early interception, has rebounded well and looks like the calm passer we expected to see today. On the Garnet side, Nosovitch has hit some of his spots very well, other times he's looked like a redshirt freshman.
Quarter two is set to start now as it appears Dylan Thompson's day is done and Perry Orth, from Ponte Vedra, Florida, gets the go to start the quarter. Black has the ball with second and one from the Garnet 28.
Garnet Team 10 - Black Team 14 to start the second quarter
Mike Davis, who is competing with Brandon Wilds for carries in the fall, takes the ball 25 yards for a touchdown score. He takes the Power-O through a nice initial hole on the right side of the line and then takes advantage of good downfield blocking to slip get into space, slip a tackle and score.
Garnet Team 10 - Black Team 14
After the Brendan Nosovitch led drive stalls at the Black 18-yardline, Nick St. Germain hits the 35 yard field goal to put the Garnet back on top.
Garnet Team 10 - Black Team 7 in the first quarter
Dylan Thompson, after his first drive interception, rebounds to lead the Black team on a touchdown drive. Mike Davis had a nice catch and run and a 15 yard rushing attempt on the drive. Thompson completed a nice 22 yard pass to get the Black Team into scoring position and then capped it off with a six yard pass to Shaq Roland for the touchdown.
Garnet Team 7 - Black Team 7 there is still 6:02 to go in the first quarter
Brendan Nosovitch works quickly for the Black team. He tosses a 29 yard pass to Jerell Adams, who makes a nice catch, for the score. The redshirt freshman puts his team ahead.
Garnet Team 7 - Black Team 0 with 8:45 to go in the first quarter.
Chaz Elder picks off a deep Dylan Thompson pass on the Garnet team's first possession. He returns it 44 yards for the defense. Reads the quarterback's eyes in the deep middle and broke on the ball for the game's first turnover.
The quarterbacks are announced as the game gets ready to start. On the Garnet team Dylan Thompson, Perry Orth and Austin Hails will be the signal callers today. For the black, Brendan Nosovitch and Connor Mitch will be splitting reps. Nosovitch and Mitch, a redshirt freshman and an early enrollee respectively, should be exciting to see as they push to grab that third spot on the depth chart.
As expected, All-American defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney is not suited up for the Gamecocks today. As the other defensive linemen warm-up, Clowney took the time to sign a few autographs for excited South Carolina fans.
The Gamecocks are out stretching as fans really start coming into the stadium. 30 minutes to go until kickoff.
We're set up in the press box at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game kicks off in about 45 minutes and we've got a great seat for all of the action.
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