Breaking down the loss to Texas A&M; plus, the silver lining in Deebo Samuel’s absence

South Carolina football-Will Muschamp

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Will Muschamp talks about loss to Texas A&M

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp spoke with the media after the Gamecocks’ 24-17 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night.

South Carolina’s defense performed admirably while the offense failed to score 20 points for the third straight week. This fact wasn’t lost on the Gamecocks coach.

“We have to look at the offense, can’t win scoring 17 points,” Muschamp said, via SportsTalk. “We’ve moved the ball at times, need to be more productive.”

Muschamp went on to praise Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond.

Offensive struggles

The South Carolina offense has been stuck in a rut the past few weeks, continuing the trend with just 279 total yards against the Aggies on Saturday.

One of the biggest issues on Saturday was the lack of protection for QB Jake Bentley. Bentley was sacked 7 times by Texas A&M. The sophomore quarterback has been sacked 14 times through five games this season.

What can the Gamecocks do to give Bentley more time in the pocket? Muschamp is determined to find a solution.

Young receivers shining

The Gamecocks may be without star wide receiver Deebo Samuel for the foreseeable future, but they’ve seen freshmen OrTre Smith and Shi Smith emerge in his absence.

“They’re expected to play well when they get on the field,” Muschamp said of the freshmen receivers, via Ben Breiner of The State. “We don’t accept anything but that. I’m never going to pat them on the shoulder and say, ‘It’s OK, you’re a freshman.’ That’s not part of the deal.”

The Smiths combined for 6 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns against Texas A&M.

Update on Terry Googer

South Carolina WR Terry Googer was injured in a scary collision on Saturday. The redshirt junior receiver was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Googer tweeted good news on Sunday that he was fine and recovering.

The former 4-star prospect has 12 catches for 140 yards in his career.

Update on injured Gamecocks

The Gamecocks may be without three starting offensive linemen against Arkansas.

Zack Bailey, Cory Helms and Malik Young are all dealing with ankle injuries and are questionable for the game on Saturday, reported SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.

“The injuries are what they are, so that’s not changing,” Muschamp said on Sunday.

Between the injuries to several linemen, Samuel and linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, the Gamecocks have had just 13 players start all five games this season, according to Gamecocks Online.

The Gamecocks’ spot in the SEC

Despite losing to Texas A&M on Saturday, South Carolina climbed to No. 8 in the latest edition of SEC Country’s SEC Power Poll rankings.

“The 27 voters in the SEC Country Power Poll elevated the Gamecocks from No. 11 to No. 8. Most of the teams behind South Carolina didn’t fare well in Week 5,” McGranahan wrote. “Two teams behind South Carolina in the poll [Ole Miss and Tennessee] suffered lopsided losses, LSU was upset by Troy, Vanderbilt lost to Florida, Arkansas beat New Mexico State and Missouri didn’t play.”

The Gamecocks will play host to the No. 9 team, Arkansas, this Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

4-star QB commit delivers 5 TDs

Four-star QB and South Carolina commit Dakereon Joyner was electric in leading Fort Dorchester High School to a 63-8 win against Stratford on Friday night.

The 6-foot-2 signal caller accounted for 5 total touchdowns, 3 through the air and 2 on the ground.

Joyner committed to South Carolina over North Carolina State in June. The North Charleston, S.C., native is rated as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Feel-good flashback

The Monday after a loss can be tough. Fight off the dread with this classic D.J. Swearinger highlight against Arkansas, the Gamecocks’ opponent this week.

Penalty. Penalty. Pick-six.

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