The Gamecocks Spring Game took place under the lights in front of a raucous crowd amped to see transfer Spencer Rattler in game action wearing Garnet and Black. Rattler didn’t disappoint, showcasing his arm talent and athleticism early on, leading the Garnet over the Black 20-13 at Williams-Brice Stadium, Saturday. Rattler completed 8 of 10 passes for 79 yards.
Luke Doty started at quarterback for the Black team, hitting 7 of 10 passes for 85 yards and a 31-yard touchdown to receiver-turned-tight end Chad Terrell. Terrell looked comfortable in his new role and caught four passes for 49 yards. In his postgame comments, head coach Shane Beamer said he expects Terrell to contribute as a tight end this fall. Fellow tight end Traevon Kenion also shined, catching three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Both offenses moved the ball in the first half, effectively mixing the run with the short passing game. Running back JuJu McDowell found the most success, rushing six times for 57 yards (9.5 yards/carry). Marshawn Lloyd looked lightning quick, as well, picking up 40 yards on eight rushes. The defense produced pressure in pass-rushing situations, racking up a combined six sacks. The game was cleanly played until the final drive, when many of the reserves were running an up-tempo offense.
South Carolina is also trying to replace its all-time leading scorer, kicker Parker White. The top candidates, Mitch Jeter and Alex Herrera, combined to hit four field field goals, Saturday. Jeter knocked down kicks from 47 and 34 yards. Herrera hit from 40 and 33 yards.
Beamer also announced the Spring Award Winners at halftime.
Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring: QB Spencer Rattler
Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring: DB Cam Smith, DL Zacch Pickens
Jim Carlen Special Teams Player of the Spring: LB Mohamed Kaba