South Carolina dropped its season-opener in SEC play this past Saturday after falling to Georgia 41-30. The Gamecocks were seemingly out of the game early but managed to fight but to a 24-24 tie at halftime. From there, it was a back-and-forth affair but Georgia was able to prevail over the Gamecocks giving South Carolina their first loss in the rivalry since 2009.
There were some outstanding performers of the game and it's time to hand out the Gamecock Props of the Game against UGA:
- WR Nick Jones - Jones came alive against Georgia and became a favorite target of Connor Shaw against UGA. Jones had 6 catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. These were all career-highs for Jones who has waited his turn after being a solid receiving option his first two seasons with the Gamecocks. He showed Saturday that he can be a reliable option for the Gamecocks moving forward.
- RB Mike Davis - Davis was a man among boys on Saturday afternoon in Athens. Todd Gurley got all the praise but Mike Davis really showcased that he, too, should be considered one of the best running backs in the country. 19 carries for 149 yards and one touchdown. He improved upon his performance in an hostile environment and gave South Carolina every ounce of energy in his body. He's a good one.
- QB Connor Shaw - After a shaky start, the senior from Georgia settled and provided USC with enough firepower to hang in the ballgame. He finished the day throwing 16-of-25 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and had 16 carries for 75 yards. He was the leader USC needed him to be and, while he had a costly fumble, he did enough to get USC in position to win.
- P Tyler Hull - Hull had two big punts for South Carolina averaging 46 yards per punt with a long of 48 yards. He pinned one punt inside the 20-yard line. He's come a long way but is slowly becoming a consistent punter for the Gamecocks.
It's hard to give the defense much credit for their performance in Saturday's game. Sure, Kaiwan Lewis had 12 tackles, TJ Gurley had 11 but overall, this unit struggled in keeping Georgia's offense in check and gave up too much through the air. Georgia attached with quick strikes on the mainly zone play from the Gamecocks secondary and Murray was just way too comfortable.
It would be nice to hand out some Gamecock Props on defense but I think even the unit as a whole would say they don't deserve it.
South Carolina will play Vanderbilt at home on Saturday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.