Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 04, 2018 at 9:05 pm.


–QB Jake Bentley took advantage of no pass rush to speak of to complete 22 of his 29 attempts in the rout of Coastal Carolina, but he won’t have that luxury this week against Georgia. He needs to keep calm against the Bulldogs in this key SEC East matchup. “So, no matter who they are or what they do, we’re going to approach each preparation the same,” Bentley said after the opening win, “and a lot of good things are going to carry over.”

–WR Deebo Samuel was back and in good form against Coastal Carolina. Samuel was making his first appearance since breaking a leg the third game of the 2017 season and rushed once for 11 yards to set up a touchdown, caught seven passes for 56 yards and a score, and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards. “It has been 11 months not being able to play against another opponent,” Samuel said. “I was just glad I was able to get back out there and play.”

–LB Bryson Allen-Williams made his return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him last September for the rest of the 2017 season notable with three tackles for loss among his five stops. “I just know right after that first play, I was locked in. I was ready to go,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, 350 days to be exact, so I was just excited to be back.”

–NB Jaycee Horn started his first collegiate game, and the freshman responded with a sack among his three tackles. He also played some at corner in addition to nickel. “He’s a very mature young man,” coach Will Muschamp said. “Young players struggle most with when to focus and when to relax. He’s a guy that understands when to focus.”

SERIES HISTORY: Georgia leads the series with South Carolina 50-18-2 with 17-9 advantage since the Gamecocks joined the SEC. The Bulldogs have won the last three, including a 24-10 win in Athens last year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “At the end of the day, they know us pretty well, and we know them pretty well.” — Coach Will Muschamp, on the familiarity between his South Carolina team and Georgia.