South Carolina vs. Clemson: Top 5 Performers in the 34-13 Tiger Beat Down
South Carolina's recent stranglehold on the in-state rivalry against the Clemson Tigers continued with a resounding 34-13 victory. The game really wasn't close, and the Tigers looked lost for most of the game.
Clemson fans are finally understanding that the South Carolina days of old are gone. These Gamecocks are different. The facilities are better, the coaching is better, the recruiting is better, and the expectations are higher. This recipe will result in more 10+ win seasons in the future... and Clemson fans couldn't be more excited about that reality.
There were many players who had a hand in the debauchery. However, there are five players that really stand out in my mind.
5. Bruce Ellington, 3 Catches for 71 Yards and a Touchdown
Bruce won the battle of the Ellington boys. His three catches were a team high, and he looks to be a legit SEC wide receiver and runner. Rumor has it that his future is only in one sport. My hope is that Bruce's sport of choice will be football.
He has a bright future in it.
4. Kenny Miles, 21 Carries for 71 Yards
While his per-carry average isn't ridiculously high, Kenny Miles had some tough, backbreaking runs against the weak Tiger D. In his final game as a Gamecock, Kenny put an exclamation point on a productive career.
He is a fan favorite and will be a cherished Gamecock for a long time after this game.
3. Rory Anderson, 2 Catches for 57 Yards and a Touchdown
This freshman pass catcher was very, very solid in this game. Not only did he make two great catches and a score a touchdown, he blocked well, and ran after the catch well.
This is a name to remember for 2012.
2. Melvin Ingram, 2 Sacks, Innumerable Hurries
Melvin Ingram was a man possessed against Clemson. He finished what may have been the finest single season a defensive tackle has ever had at South Carolina with one of his strongest games. He harrassed Tajh Boyd all night.
Quick shout out to the rest of the defensive line. Jadeveon Clowney, Travian Robertson, and Devin Taylor all recorded sacks for a total of five. What an incredible unit.
1. Connor Shaw, 14-20, 210 Yards, 3 TD's, 19 Carries for 107 Yards, 1 TD
Here is your game MVP by a mile.
Connor Shaw is a good quarterback as a sophomore. The potential for him as a player is limitless. He finished the regular season with a 7-1 record as a starter.
His legs are dangerous, his arm is live and his mind is steady. You may have just seen the birth of a star against Clemson.
Next year he could easily throw for 3,000 yards and rush for close to 1,000. Yes, he's that good.
If you doubt it just go back and watch his games. He got more confident and awesome as the year progressed. With a year under his belt as the starter and another off season of coaching you will see more of what he showed against Clemson.
Way to go, Connor.
It's GREAT to be a Gamecock!