Damiere Byrd

Halftime: South Carolina has no answers for Texas A&M offense


If you thought Texas A&M was going to struggle to replace Johnny Manziel under center, Kenny Hill is making you reconsider that feeling tonight in Columbia, South Carolina. Hill has been confident and calm under center and has been accurate in leading Texas A&M to a halftime lead against South Carolina. Texas A&M holds a 31-14 lead at the break.

Hill has completed 27 of 33 pass attempts for 299 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Texas A&M has done exceptionally well spreading the football around. The Aggies have had nine different players catch a pass and four players carry the football.

South Carolina’s defense has had no answers for Kevin Sumlin‘s Aggies. It does not help that South Carolina’s secondary has been depleted trying to keep up, but whoever has been on the field for the Gamecocks has simply been struggling to keep up with A&M’s receivers. To further complicate things, South Carolina is quickly learning that life without Jadeveon Clowney is difficult, because the Gamecocks have really struggled to bring any pressure on Hill in the Texas A&M backfield.

South Carolina’s star running back Mike Davis did not start the game and has been limited in the first half. At the half, Davis has just six carries for 15 yards.

South Carolina will get the football to start the second half. It is not time to panic, but starting the second half off with a solid drive and a score would sure calm some nerves in Columbia.

South Carolina loses receiver for Capital One Bowl


South Carolina was dealt a blow Friday with the loss of one of the top receivers on the team. Damiere Byrd will miss South Carolina’s Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin after suffering a knee injury in practice this week.

According to South Carolina’s football office, Byrd will have to have arthroscopic surgery in the coming days, which leaves him out of action for some time, including the bowl game.

Byrd accounted for 575 receiving yards and four touchdowns for the Gamecocks this season. the school says the hope is that he will be able to return to the team in time for spring practices.