Kneauxing the Enemy 2020 4
by Bryan Follins
South Carolina comes to Tigertown with a modest two game winning streak. Their most impressive win was last Saturday again Auburn. The most impressive player on defense, and perhaps for the game for the Gamecocks, was junior defensive back Jaycee Horn. South Carolina assigned Horn to cover Seth Williams, one of the most impressive receivers not only in the SEC, but in the country. Williams was limited to 74 yards on four catches and no touchdowns. Horn had two interceptions and four pass breakups in the game. Auburn actually had 272 yards passing in the contest, but Williams was not a factor. Auburn had 481 total yards to 297 for South Carolina. Auburn ran 83 plays to 67 for South Carolina. Auburn rushed for over 200 yards in the contest, but the Gamecocks won. South Carolina found a way to win despite losing the statistical battle.
South Carolina’s first two scores were set up on interceptions by Horn and junior Jaylin Dickerson in the first half. The picks gave the Gamecocks a short field to work with twice, and both times they cashed in scoring two touchdowns, keeping the game close at halftime, trailing 16-14 at intermission.
Horn also intercepted a pass late in the third period with Auburn deep in its own territory, setting up a Kevin Harris eight-yard touchdown run, and a 27-19 Gamecock lead.
On this day, defensive playmaking was the best offense for South Carolina.
Harris a sophomore, had 83 yards rushing in the contest. He is the third leading rushing in the SEC with 409 yards. Harris has rushed for over 100 yards twice this year, in the Florida game, and against Vanderbilt.
He runs behind an offensive line which returned three starters from last year. One is senior guard Sadarius Hutchinson, and the other is sophomore guard Jovaugn Gwyn. Junior Eric Douglas is the returning starting center.
The Gamecocks have passed for 842 yards in four games, and their quarterback, senior Colin Hill, has been sacked 11 times this season.
The leading receiver is senior Shi Smith with 347 yards in receptions after four games.
The playmakers for this squad, at least through the first four games, appear to be on defense. Horn and Dickerson are not the only ones with penchants for making plays.
Junior defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare is tied for the lead in the SEC in sacks with four. His senior teammate, and defensive lineman, Keir Thomas, has three sacks after four games. Junior linebacker Ernest Jones leads the team in tackles with 36, 21 unassisted.
This a treacherous season and Saturday will be no different. Statistics, while they provide a guide, are as good as the last game.