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WR Kwinton Smith leaving Gamecocks

Kwinton Smith AP

A temporary break in spring practice has afforded Kwinton Smith the opportunity to presumably make a permanent break from the South Carolina football program.

Both and are reporting that the wide receiver has decided to take his leave of the Gamecocks and transfer to another program.  No reason in particular was given for the decision, although the opportunity for more playing time might be a good place to start.

According to, FCS-level James Madison is a likely landing spot for the Dillon, SC, product.

The 6-4, 202-pound Smith played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, catching five passes for 42 yards.  A three-star member of USC’s 2012 recruiting class, Smith was rated as the No. 51 receiver in the country by and the No. 6 player at any position in the the state.

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8 Responses to “WR Kwinton Smith leaving Gamecocks”
  1. woebegong says: Mar 13, 2014 12:32 PM

    I agree with you about more playing time. S.C. has a new QB, and a pretty good running game, so they most likely will run a bunch more, making it harder for a kid, that wants to catch passes in the Sunday League someday to get noticed there. He might be jumping the gun a little early though since Spurrier is a QB’s coach at heart and he turned Shaw into a pretty fair one. They probably will not stray too far away from the pass, since the last couple of years, Spurrier has used the run to soften the defenses and then opened up with a big pass play to catch them off guard. He isn’t going to give up on passing, and the kid does have a pretty fair arm.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Mar 13, 2014 12:39 PM

    I feel like there have been a lot of articles about players leaving the gamecocks this offseason. Reminds me of rats jumping off a sinking ship.

  3. woebegong says: Mar 13, 2014 12:48 PM

    Not a big fan of Spurrier’s by any means but he manages to find a way to put together a decent football program and team, one way or another usually. I don’t think they will be all that bad this year, but I think a top ten finish and another 11 win season is going to be a little bit tougher this year, with the loss of players that graduated or moved on and big cogs missing on both sides of the ball. He had a fair recruiting class this year and has some good players coming back on both sides of the ball.

  4. jdgrn01 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:55 PM

    Rats jumping ship?


    Classy Jack (hardly) always spouting off when he doesn’t know anything.

    Reminds me of a time when Tater fans used to say, “You’ll never beat us twice in a row, uh.. three times in a row, dang it! Four times in a row!! Geeeeez…. five times…. ”

    Best out of 100?

    Who else has left? Uhhhhhhh No one of value..

  5. jets12 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    A lot more “rats” will need to jump ship before clemson will be in the running to beat Carolina again. But maybe it will happen sooner than I think as I read yesterday that dabo has said that all of the quarterbacks he has now are NFL worthy. Must be why he put up the “Countdown to Carolina clock” in the locker room. Seems Spurrier is in his head more and more each year.

  6. floridacock says: Mar 13, 2014 2:11 PM

    Kid was not going to see much playing time, too much talent in front of him and coming in this year. Good move for him. As for classlessjack, how do you like Dabo’s locker room countdown clock until beatdown # 6?

  7. jonkybon says: Mar 13, 2014 4:09 PM


    The Jailcocks are currently on PROBATION again.

    If the NCAA is getting off their butts to investigate Clowney emulating Johnny Football or his ride with JayZ at the ESPY’s, there may not be a Coot football program too much longer.

    The funny part is that everywhere Slurrier leaves, serious punishment follows in his wake.

    To the clueless that actually believe Slurrier develops anybody, name one former QB that was a success in the NFL. Or the funniest part are those that don’t realize Slurrier is only in Columbia football weekends and speaking engagements as he spends most of his time at the Augusta Country Club. Now Spurrier Jr, does a damn fine job even if he doesn’t get the credit.

  8. jets12 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    Anything and I mean anything jonkybon says needs to be fact checked multiple times. He is incapable of being truthful.

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