Biggest matchup in South Carolina-Arkansas game; David Williams returns to South Carolina

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Gamecocks, Razorbacks prepare for battle in trenches

For the Arkansas Razorbacks to leave Williams-Brice Stadium with a win on Saturday, they must exploit South Carolina’s injury-ravaged offensive line, according to Trent Shadid of SEC Country.

Arkansas has struggled to rush the quarterback this season, posting just 7 sacks through four games. Shadid sees South Carolina’s thin offensive line as the perfect remedy for the Hogs’ pass rush.

“I think that’s accurate,” Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said when asked about taking advantage of the Gamecocks’ patchwork offensive line. “I’d hope that opportunity would exist. Getting back to a team that’s in 11 [one back, one tight end, three receivers] and 12 personnel [one back, two tight ends, two receivers] and has a few more people around the ball and maybe doesn’t run the quarterback as much as some other folks, I think puts you in position to maybe make some calls to go after the quarterback.”

The Gamecocks could be without offensive linemen Zack Bailey (ankle), Cory Helms (ankle) and Malik Young (ankle) against the Razorbacks on Saturday.

South Carolina favored over Arkansas

The Gamecocks opened as 1-point favorites over Arkansas for this Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks have won the last two games in the series by a combined score of 90-27.

Arkansas leads the series, 13-9. The one-time cross-division rivals haven’t played since 2013.

David Williams comes back Columbia

Former South Carolina running back David Williams will return to Columbia on Saturday as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

“I’m happy for David,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “David is a good young man. He did everything we asked when he was here at South Carolina. He came to me when the year was over, said he wanted a fresh start.”

Williams graduated from South Carolina in May and enrolled in Arkansas as a graduate transfer, immediately eligible for the 2017 season.

The former 4-star prospect has 43 carries for 203 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Razorbacks this season.

South Carolina-Tennessee game time set

South Carolina vs. Tennessee will kick off at noon ET on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Knoxville, Tenn., the SEC announced on Monday.

The Volunteers have a bye this week, giving them plenty of time to prepare for the Gamecocks in Week 7. Tennessee will look to bounce back from a 41-0 home loss to Georgia last Saturday.

In 2016, South Carolina upset No. 18 Tennessee, 24-21. The Volunteers lead the all-time series, 25-8-2.

Will Muschamp’s to-do list

The Gamecocks went through all of September without a commitment, so what does Muschamp have on his recruiting to-do list for October? SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan has a full breakdown, with a clear-cut priority to beat Tennessee on and off the field.

“Picking up a road win over an SEC East opponent is always a big deal, but it could mean a little bit more by the time National Signing Day rolls around in February, especially if Tennessee fires coach Butch Jones,” McGranahan wrote.

“A change at the head coaching position in Knoxville could potentially cost the Vols at least two of their 2018 commitments. A win next weekend by the Gamecocks could help make that a greater possibility.”

South Carolina offers pair of 2019 QBs

The Gamecocks offered 3-star 2019 quarterback Ty Evans on Monday night. The No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite, is currently committed to Arkansas.

South Carolina also offered 4-star 2019 QB Sam Howell just days earlier. Howell is rated as the No. 212 overall prospect for 2019.

‘It was awesome’

Class of 2020 QB Luke Doty visited Columbia for the Kentucky game a few weeks ago. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., native left Williams-Brice in awe of the game-day experience.

“It was awesome. First home game, that place was rocking. They’ve always been very good to my family and me,” he said. “That was my mom’s first time coming to a game in a while. That was my brother’s first time being there. We just had a blast. It was awesome.”

Doty already has offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Charlotte and Coastal Carolina.

South Carolina basketball returns to the court

The South Carolina men’s basketball team started practice on Monday.

The Gamecocks are looking to build off the momentum created from their first-ever Final Four appearance last season.

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