"America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed," Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936.
OK, so we all know that Eleanor Roosevelt did not say this, and it is a quote from the hilarious Talladega Nights. However, if she did, she could have been talking about the 2011 Gamecocks.
Steve Spurrier has been in love with his new freshmen toys. During the last seven days of spring practice three freshmen have been eating up the field.
Damiere Byrd may already be a star. According to ESPN, he recorded the fastest 40-time ever recorded at the Nike High School Combine with a blazing time of 4.26. This was to go along with a 38-inch vertical jump.
Steve Spurrier Jr. had this to say about his young speedster, “Damiere has really good hands for not being a big guy. He’s got great balance. People come and shove him around, and he really maintains a center of gravity really well. For a smaller guy he’s really done well.”
He also runs a 6.74 in the 60-yard dash. He is by far the fastest player on the team, which includes speedy players such as Ace Sanders, Bruce Ellington and C.C. Whitlock.
Shon Carson, a freshman running back, may be pushing Kenny Miles for the second running back spot. He is the perfect change of pace to Marcus Lattimore who said (humbly, of course), that Shon was pushing him to be better.
According to SCNow.com, Lattimore and Steve Spurrier had high praise for Carson:
Then of course, we have South Carolina's manfreak, Jadeveon Clowney. I have already discussed his speed in another article, so I won't go into detail.
However, he has been putting some veterans on notice, taking A.J. Cann and Rokevious Watkins down in one on one drills.
All in all, these freshmen are weapons that will be used in 2011 and will improve an already stellar team.
It's great to be a Gamecock.