Gamecock Props of the Game: Tennessee
South Carolina unraveled on Saturday against the Tennessee Volunteers to come away on the losing end of the 23-21 upset victory by the Volunteers.
The Gamecocks weren't able to maximize their opportunities in the second half and were unable to hold on to their slim lead in the in the fourth quarter as Tennessee hit a short field goal no time remaining in the game.
This game likely ended South Carolina's hopes for the SEC East title and will certainly put a damper on the Gamecocks season the rest of the way, especially if they don't regroup soon and regain their focus.
However, there were still some standout performers from Saturday's game and here are this week's recipients of Gamecock Props of the Week.
- -- DE Jadeveon Clowney - This was clearly Jadeveon Clowney's coming out party for the 2013 season. Clowney has been effective all year but hasn't put up the stats like he did today. He clearly played with an edge to him today, like last week against Arkansas, and the stats finally showed up. He finished with five tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. He was in the backfield often, made a few highlight-worthy tackles and looked like the Jadeveon Clowney of old. It was a great sight to see on Saturday.
- -- RB Mike Davis - Whether or not Mike Davis was used in the right way against Tennessee is a question that will be brought up all week. However, you can't overlook what he was able to do when he did have a chance with the football. 21 carries for 137 yards and one touchdown put him over the 100-yard mark for the sixth time this season. Davis had some tough running room at times but was able to make big plays and would have certainly been a player who should have controlled the ball in the fourth quarter. That didn't happen but Davis still put up gaudy stats for another week against SEC competition.
- -- WR Damiere Byrd - This guy is showcasing his speed on a weekly basis. This time, it was a 76-yard bomb from Connor Shaw that Byrd tracked down after running right past his defender and used his speed to get to the end zone. Byrd finished with four catches for 121 yards and one touchdown. Byrd has become the receiving threat South Carolina thought they had when they signed him two years ago.