South Carolina boasts top notch special teams play

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Kentucky football visits South Carolina on Saturday in Lexington. Here is your first look at South Carolina.

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South Carolina Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Georgia State W 35-14 Home
09/10 Arkansas L 30-44 Away
09/17 Georgia L 7-48 Home
09/24 Charlotte W 56-20 Home
09/29 S Car State W 50-10 Home
10/08 Kentucky 7:30 pm Away
10/22 Texas A&M 8:00 pm Home
10/29 Missouri 8:00 pm Home
11/05 Vanderbilt 1:00 pm Away
11/12 Florida 12:00 pm Away
11/19 Tennessee 2:00 pm Home
11/26 Clemson 12:00 pm Away

Key Stats (per game)

Stat South Carolina Kentucky
Scoring Offense 35.6 28.8
Scoring Defense 27.2 14.8
Total Offense 395.6 367.8
Rushing Offense 138.2 86.8
Passing Offense 257.4 281.0
Team Passing Eff. 131.9 174.9
Total Defense 365.4 297.4
Rushing Defense 185.4 123.8
Pass Yards Allowed 180.0 173.6
Team Pass Eff. Def. 121.05 99.67
Turnover Margin -1.20 -0.60

South Carolina Injuries and Suspensions

[LB] Mohamed Kaba (Knee) – Questionable
[TE] Chad Terrell (Knee) – Out


Challenges for Kentucky

Shane Beamer has built a culture of excellent special teams at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have one of the top kick/punt return units in the nation. Two different players have returned punts for Gamecock TDs this season. Ahmarean Brown and DQ Smith each returned blocked punts for a touchdown in the Gamecock’s opening win over Georgia State. Return man Josh Vann averages over 13 yards per punt return, which is fourth in the SEC and 13th best nationally. Mitch Jeter is an excellent kicker. He’s made connected on all five attempts so far this season including two from over 50 yards.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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