Five years into this Will Muschamp/Gamecock marriage and the honeymoon is clearly over. The Gamecocks are starting to wonder why they got themselves into this marriage. The Gamecocks were 4-8 (2-6 SEC) last year and projected to go a measly 5-7 (2-6 SEC) this year. The Gamecocks have seen no real success with Muschamp. If he doesn’t bring more to this marriage, the Gamecocks just might file for a separation.
South Carolina Gamecocks 2020 schedule (projected 5-7, 2-6 SEC)- *BOLD is projected wins
Sept. 5 Coastal Carolina
Sept. 12 East Carolina
Sept. 19 Missouri
Sept. 26 at Kentucky
Oct. 3 at Florida
Oct. 10 Tennessee
Oct. 24 Texas A&M
Oct. 31 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 Georgia
Nov. 14 at LSU
Nov. 21 Wolford
Nov. 28 at Clemson
In a move to save Muschamp’s job, South Carolina brought Mike Bobo back into the SEC as their new offensive coordinator. Bobo is re-doing the playbook, looking to try to take their offense from being one of the worst in the SEC to the top.
Sophmore QB Ryan Hilinski will be returning back under center this season, back from health issues. Hilinski was able to throw for 2,300 yards, 58.1% and 11 TDs in his time on the field.
The rushing corps has to step it up. Highly sought after, true Freshman blue chip recruit, RB Marshawn Lloyd has NOT impressed anyone, but the Gamecocks are now stuck and committed to waiting for Lloyd to come into his own. RB Kevin Harris and RB Deshaun Fenwick (combined for 290 yards in 11 games last year) are the only other options Bobo has at this point.
WR Shi Smith (43 catches, 489 yards) will have to step up and lead the Gamecock receiving corps this season. Smith is surrounded by a bunch of unprovens and next man up…WR Josh Vann (19 catches in nine games).
Five star recruit DT Zacch Pickens, five star local DE Jordan Burch and Senior DE Aaron Sterling (six sacks among ten tackles for loss) will give the Gamecocks an edge on the line. Something that has been missing since Jadaveon Clowney was drafted to the NFL.
All eyes will be on Junior corners Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu. NFL scouts will be on hand to see one of the most dynamic corner tandems in the nation. The Gamecocks will live or die on the physicality and man coverage of these two. With back end help of SS R.J. Roderick and FS Jammie Robinson, either they lock down the opposing receivers giving their front line time to get to the quarterback or this will be another long season.
The Gamecocks lost one of the school’s best punters in their history, Joseph Charlton, and now will have to find someone to fill these shoes. K Parker White (18 of 22 FG, all 25 XPT) will be returning for the Gamecocks.
Muschamp and the Gamecocks have had four years to get this right, here we enter year five and they are projected to have another bad season. Will we see things finally fall into place by years end or will it be time for a divorce?