Tuesday, July 29, 2008

LOHD's Hidden Gem on Offense

LOHD is going to share with you who we feel is the "hidden gem" on offense in 2008.

First, let's take a quick glance at what we got on offense.
Whoever the quarterback is will have wide receiver Kenny McKinley to look for down the field. McKinley compiled 968 yards and 9 touchdowns on a school record 77 catches last season and has a good shot at breaking every South Carolina receiving record this season. He didn't participate in the Gamecocks' spring game, but is expected to return in time for fall practices. Dion Lecorn will also return at receiver as the Gamecocks look for more consistency from their offensive line, which returns three starters. Senior tailback Mike Davis, who rushed for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, will probably get the go-ahead at tailback in replacement of Boyd. The running game was ranked No. 101 in the nation last season with an average of 113. 7 yards per game, while the passing offense ranked No. 37 at 258. 2 yards per game. We know the two weapons at TE so who does LOHD think is the sleeper impact player on offense?

By now you are saying...get to the point...well here is who we think will be a "hidden gem" in 08 -

Eric Baker.......Baker, in 2007, was at Fork Union Military Academy where he played on both sides of the ball... rushed for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns despite battling an ankle injury... a four-star prospect, was considered the eighth-best prep schooler in the nation by Rivals.com. Check out these two videos - 1 and 2.

Look for Baker to emerge as the season progresses. I know he could face a redshirt but we are holding out hope for him. And Yes Maddox, Davis and Wallace are good backs but look for Baker to add that much needed spark on offense. Heck give him a screen pass and let him work some magic.


Anonymous said...

You guys know anything about a certain coach calling out a tiger website for sending out packets to recruits that show negative things about USC??? curious

JR said...

here is my hidden Gem:
Spurrier: Garcia could return Thursday
Gamecocks awaiting word on suspended quarterback
USC freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia could return two weeks earlier than expected from his suspension, coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.

Garcia was suspended before spring practice after his third run-in with the law since coming to campus in 2007. He was due to be eligible on Aug. 15, but Spurrier said he's waiting for word from the university, which handed down the suspension.

"I'm not sure if Stephen Garcia will be here Thursday night," Spurrier said. "I do not know if he'll be there this Thursday night. Certainly we're hoping he will be there, but that's in the hands of our university and those who are in charge of that."

Spurrier said he was "not in the loop" on the decision.

"What was told to Stephen is if you do what you're supposed to do, we'll look at your situation and make a call," Spurrier said. "But I've been out of the loop on that. I'm staying out of the loop, and we'll find out in the next three-to-four days."

Meanwhile, Spurrier is optimistic that defensive lineman Jarriel King will be eligible. King, who originally signed with USC three years ago, is at Georgia Military College taking a math class he needs to get into school.

"We believe everything is on schedule for Jarriel King to finally report after three years," Spurrier said.

Dev said...

Here is my hidden gem on offense-
Jarriel King made it in (as of 12:30 AM) and will probably score more touchdowns on defense than the cock-n-fire.

Moose said...

Jarriel King has been tring to get into carolina for the past 10 years it seems like.

Anonymous said...

J king can add and divide so he is ready for usc now

dev said...

J King will make every Carolina fan that remembers the 'los dunlap debacle quickly forget it.

Mike from Texas said...

Carlos Dunlap will crush Carolina this year and bring back those horrific memory's that keep me up at night. Did anybody see Dunlap in the Gator spring game, he spent more time in the backfield then Tebow.