Gamecocks freshman DT shines; Sports Illustrated on Will Muschamp’s time at South Carolina

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‘He works hard’

Freshman defensive tackle and former 4-star prospect J.J. Enagbare has already caught the eye of South Carolina Gamecocks defensive line coach Lance Thompson .

“He works hard. Football is important to him. He’s always got a positive attitude, willing to learn, willing to work, but then he’s got the measurables and an unbelievable skill set,” Thompson said. “He’s long and he’s got to get bigger and he’s got to get stronger. That will come in time, but he’s extremely athletic and extremely instinctive.”

The Atlanta native arrived on campus in January as a defensive end but has since moved to the interior of the line. He was rated as the No. 269 overall prospect for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Overachieving

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples took a closer look at Will Muschamp’s tenure and trajectory at South Carolina on Wednesday.

“If Muschamp underachieved at Florida, he has overachieved to an equal degree at South Carolina,” Staples wrote. “His first season, he took a three-win roster and won six games. Last season, he won nine games. And while the gap between nine wins and 10 or 11 wins is probably as wide as the gap between six wins and nine wins, the talent level in Columbia is going to keep getting better for the next few years.”

Muschamp is 15-11 through two seasons in Columbia.

High praise

Junior DT Javon Kinlaw is another player who’s impressed Thompson this spring.

“I think he can be as good as anybody me or [Muschamp] has ever been around defensively, and we’ve had some good ones,” Thompson said, via Josh Kendall of The State . “I think he can be as good as he wants to be.”

The junior college transfer had 17 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries in 2017.

Back in action

The Gamecocks returned to the practice field on Thursday and SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan was on hand for the session’s first three periods.

“During the tempo period, the first-team offense was in its two-tight end set, which included Jake Bentley, A.J. Turner, OrTre Smith Bryan Edwards, K.C. Crosby and Jacob August,” McGranahan wrote. “It also appeared that the original starting offensive line group was still intact: Dennis Daley, Zack Bailey, Donell Stanley, Sadarius Hutcherson and Blake Camper.”

South Carolina’s annual Garnet and Black spring game is on Saturday, March 31, followed by the final two spring practices on April 3 and 5.

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Both fields

Class of 2020 athlete Brandon Fields has his options , as a football and baseball prospect.

“I’m a baseball guy when it’s baseball season,” the running back/center fielder said. “I’m a football guy when it’s football season.”

Fields was in Columbia last Thursday to watch South Carolina’s baseball team open SEC play against Florida, visiting Founders Park with Muschamp.

Beyond South Carolina, the Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.) standout lists football offers from Florida, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech — though all schools would surely welcome him to their respective baseball programs.

To the point

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley was quite candid when asked about the vacant coaching position at her alma mater, Virginia.

Through 10 seasons in Columbia, Staley has posted a 249-86 record, with two Final Four appearances and one national championship.

Staley and the Gamecocks play Buffalo in the Sweet 16 of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Close-up

McGranahan posted a shot of South Carolina’s spring media guide on Thursday.

The cover features Bentley, linebacker T.J. Brunson, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and DE/OLB D.J. Wonnum, with the team’s new mantra adorning the back cover.

The “All Gas, No Brakes” saying comes from Muschamp’s comments after South Carolina’s 26-19 win over Michigan in the 2018 Outback Bowl.

“We need to have a great offseason. I told the guys, I thanked the seniors, I told the underclassmen, ‘When you come back in January it’s all gas, no brakes, let’s get ready to roll,'” Muschamp said, via John Del Bianco of The Big Spur . “You have to keep pressing forward, stay hungry in everything you do and that’s what we’re going to do in our program. We’ve scratched the surface of what I think we can do.”

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