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Today in Gamecock History: July 21 - Happy Birthday to Steve Taneyhill!
Taneyhill was Sparky Woods' highest profile recruit, choosing the Gamecocks over Alabama after being a Parade All-American and SuperPrep's third ranked quarterback nationally. He started his freshman season on the bench behind senior Wright Mitchell and redshirt freshman Blake Williamson, but when the Gamecocks started 0-5 he was elevated to the starting role. Taneyhill sparked a revival, leading Carolina to five wins in their last six games. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors in his first game, a 21-6 upset of top 25 foe Mississippi State. He also threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Toby Cates for the winning score in a 24-23 upset of Tennessee. He was named SEC Freshman of the Year and Football News named him to their Freshman All-America team in addition to winning the team's Scott Sinclair Award as the top freshman. His sophomore season would be a struggle, as after an opening win over Georgia the Gamecocks lost seven of their next ten and Taneyhill had twice as many interceptions as touchdown passes. A coaching change to Brad Scott jump started the USC offense, as Taneyhill had a 451-yard game against East Carolina and threw four touchdowns against Mississippi State. Taneyhill would lead USC to its first ever bowl win, a Carquest Bowl victory over West Virginia in which he ran for one touchdown and threw for another. As a senior he had four hundred yard games against Georgia (405) and Mississippi State (473, 86% completion percentage, 3 TDs) in addition to five touchdown games against Vanderbilt and Louisiana Tech. Taneyhill won the team's Steve Wadiak MVP in both 1994 and 1995 and was a team captain in 1995. Following his senior season Taneyhill played in the Blue-Gray Game and the Senior Bowl and was in camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996 and spent time with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 1997. He went on to a successful coaching career in the South Carolina high school ranks, working as an assistant at Charleston (SC) West Ashley and as head man at Cambridge Academy, where he won back-to-back state titles, and Chesterfield High School, where he won state titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was elected to the USC Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Taneyhill recently left the high school coaching ranks and bought legendary Five Points bar Group Therapy.
Eight Gamecocks Named To USC Athletics Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Chuck Allen, Bill Currier, Larry Davis, Randy Martz, Jamar Nesbit, Eric Norwood, Tricia Popowski and Jennifer Van Assen Brunelli on being named to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame! Click the link for bios for each of these Gamecock standouts More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 20 - Gamecocks Land Future Anchor of the OL
In the summer of 2007, the Gamecocks got a commitment from their center of the future. Named All-State by the Associated Press, T.J. Johnson committed to USC over Wake Forest before his senior season at Aynor. He also had offers from Vanderbilt, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and N.C. State. Johnson played in the 2007 Shrine Bowl and was named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region team. Rivals.com rated him the #13 center prospect nationally. He redshirted in 2008, then took over as the starting right guard in 2009 after earning Most Improved Offensive Lineman during 2009 spring practice. His play in 2009 earned him Freshman All-SEC honors from the league's coaches as well as honorable mention Freshman All-America from CollegeFootballNews.com. Johnson won the team's Weight Room Effort award in spring 2010, while also moving inside to become the starting center. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in the 2010 opener against Southern Miss and earned All-SEC honors from Rivals.com and second team All-SEC from Phil Steele. Johnson also made the SEC Academic Honor Roll was named to the All-Sophomore team by CollegeFootballNews.com. In the spring of 2011 Johnson won the team's Harold White GPA Award and that season made the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second straight year, while starting all 13 games and earning a spot on the Rimington Award watch list for the nation's top center. Johnson was named second team All-SEC in the 2012 pre-season and earned his second SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week award for his play in the win over Georgia. He was chosen for the East-West Shrine Game following his senior year. Johnson finished his career having started a school record 53 games. He was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round has played for them since 2013. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 19 - Happy Birthday to Scott Hagler!
Hagler redshirted in 1982 then took over as the primary kickoff man in 1983. He won the team's Ed Guerard Academic Award that year, then took over from the graduated Mark Fleetwood as the full-time kicker in 1984. He began an impressive streak of 82 consecutive successful extra point attempts by making all 45 of his extra points that year, none bigger than the one that provided the margin of victory in a 22-21 win over Clemson. He also made field goals of 23 and 41 yards in that game. His longest kick of the year, 49 yards, came in a win over Pittsburgh. Hagler was named All-State in 1985 after again making every extra point try. He made a pair of field goals in wins over both Appalachian State and Navy and hit a 52-yarder against N.C. State. Hagler did miss one extra point attempt as a senior but also made a career high in field goals (10) and field goal percentage (66.7). He made field goals of 41 and 45 yards against N.C. State and had a 50-yarder against Wake Forest. He played for the Seattle Seahawks in 1987 before going into a career in banking. He lives in Columbia now. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 18 - Happy Birthday to Tim Lewis!
From Norristown, PA, Lewis teamed with Earl Bass to give Carolina a dominant 1-2 punch in their rotation. After playing for former Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts in high school, Lewis turned down the Dodgers to come to USC and was 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA as a freshman, but really blossomed in 1974, going 11-2 with a 2.29 ERA. As a junior he threw a no-hitter against Old Dominion and was 11-0 as the team reached the College World Series. Lewis' ERA was 1.82 that season. As a senior he won 10 more games and his 36 wins are second all-time at USC. Lewis pitched six years in the Yankees' system, going 45-37 with a 3.38 ERA. He was elected to the USC Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 17 - Happy Birthday to Langston Moore!
Named All-Lowcountry and All-Region as a senior at James Island in 1998, Moore played in the Shrine Bowl before joining USC. He picked the Gamecocks over Florida State, Virginia Tech and N.C. State and started seven games at offensive guard as a true freshman. Moore moved back to his more natural defensive line position in 2000, starting one game that year, recording 21 tackles, 8 for loss and 2 sacks. He started 22 games over the next two seasons, with 116 tackles, 12 TFL and 4 sacks. Moore had key blocked field goals in wins over Boise State and Georgia in 2001. He was named All-SEC and 3rd team All-America as a senior in 2002. He went on to play in the NFL with the Bengals, Cardinals and Lions as well as with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL. Moore works on the Carolina broadcast team now, handling sideline reporting duties. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 16 - Happy Birthday to Jabari Levey!
The big offensive tackle from Moncks Corner was a big get for USC in the 2002 recruiting class. Named one of SuperPrep's top 35 offensive linemen nationally as well as one of Athlon's Top 100 incoming freshmen, Levey played in the Shrine Bowl and was also one of The Charlotte Observer's top five recruits in South Carolina. He signed with USC over offers from Tennessee, Florida State and North Carolina and played as a reserve on the offensive line as a true freshman. As a true sophomore he started much of the year at left guard (seven games) before moving into his more natural position at left tackle in 2004. He went on to start the next 22 games at that position and was named the team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the spring of 2005. After his USC career Levey played with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, Montreal Alouettes of the CFL and the Arena league's Philadelphia Soul and Alabama Vipers franchises. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 15 - Happy Birthday to Ernest Dye!
The brother of Gamecock defensive lineman Marty Dye, Ernest was named All-Region and All-State as a senior at Greenwood and played in the Shrine Bowl. He went on to play two seasons at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi before joining his brother at Carolina in 1991. Dye was rated as USC's best offensive lineman in his two years as a starter and was named All-SEC in 1992. He also won the squad's Steve Wadiak MVP award and played in the Senior Bowl after the 1992 season. Dye was drafted in the first round by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 and played for them through 1996 then played one season with the St. Louis Rams. He lives in the Atlanta area now. More...
Sortable 2017 Football Roster
It's here! The 2017 football roster, straight from the media guide, is loaded up and sortable by player, number, position and other things. Includes new players Austin Connor, Stephen Davis Jr., Darius Douglas, Nicholas Edwards, Caleb Jenerette, Sean McGonigal and Matthew Smith
Today in Gamecock History: July 14 - Happy BIrthday to Mathew Campbell
One of the first big recruits of the Sparky Woods era, Campbell was named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team as a senior at North Augusta before picking USC over Georgia, Tennessee and Clemson. An outstanding blocker, Campbell saw playing time right away as a true freshman, though he only had one reception that season (1990). Over the next three seasons he would catch 23 more for 228 yards while forming a strong tight end duo with Boomer Foster. Campbell played in the Senior Bowl following his senior season at USC and was one of the first eight players signed by the expansion Carolina Panthers. He converted to the offensive line in the NFL and played from 1995 through 2001 with the Panthers and Redskins. After retirement Campbell coached at Bluffton High School before working as offensive coordinator under Sparky Woods at VMI. He is currently head football coach and athletic director at Lugoff-Elgin. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 13 - Happy Birthday to Joel Seddon!
The Gamecocks picked up Seddon in 2010 when he committed to USC over Wake Forest, Ohio State, Arizona and Vanderbilt. Baseball America's #1 prospect in Michigan, Seddon passed on a pro baseball deal after being drafted in the 20th round by the Blue Jays and enrolled at USC in the fall of 2012. He pitched sparingly in the spring of 2013, taking the mound just nine times, but going 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA. He got a win and a save in back to back outings as he pitched five shutout innings against UNC-Asheville for a victory, then picked up a save against Charleston Southern six days later by striking out the final batter of the game. Seddon slumped a little in 2013, recording a 4.50 ERA largely due to one rough outing against Arkansas. He rebounded with a strong junior season, pitching in 33 games and recording 15 saves with a sparkling 1.69 ERA. Seddon was named second team All-SEC that season then was drafted in the 11th round by the Oakland A's. He is currently pitching in Triple-A Nashville for the A's. More...
Today in Gamecock History: July 12 - Happy Birthday to the Brinkley Twins!
Happy Birthday to the Brinkley twins, Jasper and Casper. The Gamecocks beat out Georgia for Jasper's signature and picked up the two linebackers after two seasons at Georgia Military College. Casper was named honorable mention All-State in 2002 and earned All-State honors from the Georgia Association of Coaches in 2003. He played the 2004 and 2005 seasons at Georgia Military then transferred to USC with his twin brother Jasper, picking the Gamecocks over offers from Arizona State, Baylor and Kansas State. Brinkley started all thirteen games in 2006, leading the team in sacks and forced fumbles. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording four tackles for loss and two sacks in a 31-13 win over Vanderbilt. He made one of the big plays of USC's bowl win over Houston that year, as the Cougars were driving for the tying score in the fourth quarter and had the ball at the USC 36. Brinkley sacked QB Kevin Kolb for a thirteen-yard loss and the drive stalled. Brinkley began the 2007 season as an outside linebacker but moved to defensive end when injuries struck the USC defensive line. He had four tackles for loss against Vanderbilt and had sacks against Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Brinkley made the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
Jasper Brinkley was named All-State as a senior, then played two seasons at Georgia Military College where he was a second-team All-American in 2005. He transferred to USC with this twin brother Casper, as the two picked Carolina over Arizona State, Baylor and Kansas State. After winning the Spring Everyday Effort for the defense Brinkley started eleven games at linebacker in 2006, leading the team in tackles and tackles for loss. He was named All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the league's coaches and teamed with Syvelle Newton to sack Clemson QB Will Proctor for a ten yard loss on the game's next to last play, enough to lead to a missed field goal that gave Carolina a 31-28 win. He was fourth in the SEC in tackles and had a game high of 13 against Florida. Brinkley got off to a fast start in 2007, with 21 tackles in a little more than three games. He intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass with less than a minute left in the game to preserve a 16-12 Gamecock win over Georgia. Brinkley hurt his knee in the fourth game of the year (against LSU) and missed the rest of the year. He received a medical redshirt and was able to start all 13 games in 2008, earning second team All-SEC honors. He had nine tackles, two for losses and a sack on which he forced a fumble by Clemson QB Cullen Harper in the finale against the Tigers. Brinkley was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played for them from 2009 through 2012, also playing with the Cardinals, Cowboys and Giants. More...