December 18, 2014

Clemson’s Beasley, USC’s Cann named AP All-Americans

The post-season honors continue to roll in for Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley and USC offensive guard AJ Cann.  Tuesday both were named to the AP All-American Team.  Beasley was selected for the first team and Cann was named to the second team.

Here’s the roster for the entire team:

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Gamecocks give Holbrook contract extension

Holbrook is locked up thru 2019

Holbrook is locked up thru 2019

The Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina has approved a two-year contract extension for head baseball coach Chad Holbrook. The contract extension puts Holbrook under contract through the end of the 2019 season.

“It is an honor to be the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina,” said Chad Holbrook. I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pastides and Coach Tanner for their unwavering commitment to the entire Gamecock baseball program and me. It is really neat and comforting to be surrounded by such great leadership. South Carolina is a special place with the best fans in the country and I am fortunate to work with an incredible staff and a group of great players that continue to represent this university the right way. We look forward to getting back out on the field soon and are excited for the upcoming season and the years ahead.”

Chad Holbrook is in his third year as head coach of the South Carolina program after directing the Gamecocks in 2014 to a 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Holbrook is the only head coach in South Carolina history to have led a team to the NCAA Regionals in his first two years as head coach. His SEC winning percentage of .593 is the highest of any South Carolina coach in the first two seasons of the league and his overall winning percentage of .696 is the second-highest of any South Carolina coach in his first two seasons at the helm of the program.

Last season, the Gamecocks finished 44-18 and finished ranked as high as No. 22 by the USA Today coaches’ poll. South Carolina went 18-12 in the SEC and is one of only two schools in the conference to finish among the top four teams in the league in both 2013 and 2014 and one of four schools in the SEC to win at least 40 games in both 2013 and 2014. South Carolina is also one of only nine schools in the nation to host a NCAA Regional in 2013 and 2014.

Among the highlights in 2014 included a series sweep of instate rival Clemson, the eighth consecutive year the Gamecocks have won more games than the Tigers on the baseball diamond. Holbrook’s team would claim six SEC series including a pair of wins at eventual national champion Vanderbilt as well as a series victory vs. CWS participant Ole Miss. South Carolina hosted a NCAA Regional for the fifth-straight year marking the Gamecocks as one of only two schools in the nation to claim that distinction. Gamecock Nation flocked to Carolina Stadium as South Carolina set a total attendance record at 305,564 in 2014, the first time South Carolina eclipsed the 300,000-plus mark. South Carolina also set a record with 5,957 season tickets sold.

The 2014 Gamecocks led the SEC with a 2.43 earned run average that ranked ninth in the nation. The pitching staff was among the best in the country with 13 shutouts, fifth-highest in the nation, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.03, sixth-best in the country and a 1.12 WHIP that was eighth overall. South Carolina hit .281 as a team with a .361 team on-base percentage and fielded .975 as well.

South Carolina would have seven players selected in the 2014 MLB Draft including five players in the first 11 rounds. Highlighting that group was junior catcher Grayson Greiner, who was a third round pick and the No. 99 overall selection by the Detroit Tigers. Greiner was a second-team All-America honoree by Baseball America and Perfect Game and was named he 2013-14 USC Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year alongside Gamecock football/basketball standout Bruce Ellington.

Great Scott! Clemson wide receiver named freshman All-American

Artavis Scott put together a solid freshman season.

Artavis Scott put together a solid freshman season.

Clemson freshman receiver Artavis Scott has been named a first-team Freshman All-American by ESPN.com and 247 Sports.  Scott will be one of the top Clemson players when it plays Oklahoma in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on December 29.

Scott has 68 receptions for 851 yards and seven touchdowns this year.  His reception total is third best in the nation among freshmen and ranks second in school history for a freshman. Only Sammy Watkins 82 receptions in 2011 rank higher among Clemson freshmen.   Scott leads the Clemson team in touchdowns this year.

The native of Oldsmar, Fla. became the first player in Clemson history to record 10 receptions in consecutive games when he had 10-66 in the win over Louisville, then had 10-72 the following week in the victory over Boston College.  He finished the regular season with 7-185 and two scores in the win over South Carolina, the most receiving yards in the history of the rivalry by a Clemson player, and the most in any game by a Clemson freshman.

Clemson makes it 3-0 vs the SEC with win over Auburn (AUDIO)

Hall led Clemson with 20 points (File Photo)

Hall led Clemson with 20 points (File Photo)

Damarcus Harrison and Rod Hall combined for 39 points in a 72-61 win over Auburn on Sunday in front of 7,140 fans in Littlejohn Coliseum. The win improved the ACC Tigers to 6-3 on the season and dropped the SEC Tigers to 3-5.

Hall matched his career high with 20 points on 8-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, while Harrison matched a season best with 19 on 5-of-8 shooting, 7-of-8 from the line. Clemson shot 45 percent for the game to Auburn’s 39 and the Tigers made 20-of-25 free throws in the second half to slowly pull ahead.

Clemson overcame a sluggish start offensively, where the Tigers converted just three of their first 11 shots from the floor and suffered a rash of turnovers. Down 14-12, Clemson put together an 8-0 run behind Hall and Harrison to force a pair of Auburn timeouts. The lead grew to 12 at one point, 29-17, before Auburn ended the half on a 6-0 spurt.

The run extended into the second half as Auburn pulled within two at 29-27, but Clemson charged ahead with an 11-2 run to go up 40-29. Later, with Clemson up 60-50, Auburn put together a 9-4 run and made it a five-point game inside the final two minutes, but Hall iced the game when he hit a driving layup from the right side that gave the Tigers a three-possession cushion.

The Tigers return to action against another SEC foe, in-state rival South Carolina, on Friday, Dec. 19. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Colonial Life Arena.

AUDIO: Brad Brownell [3:42]

Final Stats

Clemson gets to work on Oklahoma Saturday (VIDEO)

Clemson's defense is preparing for Oklahoma's strong running game

Clemson’s defense is preparing for Oklahoma’s strong running game

Clemson practiced for approximately two hours on the practice fields behind the indoor facility Saturday. It was the second official practice, but the first in pads. The Tigers are preparing to meet Oklahoma in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on December 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s practice was the first in pads for a Clemson offense that features newly-promoted Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, and new Quarterbacks Coach Brandon Streeter. Cole Stoudt will serve as Clemson’s starting quarterback in the game and has been impressed by Streeter, himself a former Tiger quarterback.

The Tigers worked for 16 periods, the first three of which were devoted to special teams. After practice, the veteran players did conditioning work while the younger players, including redshirts, worked on fundamentals with their position coaches.

Clemson continues with its bowl practices next week. The final practice before a short break for the holiday will be Saturday, December 20. The team holds its first practice in Orlando on December 24.

Post practice interviews:

Cole Stoudt

Grady Jarrett