How South Carolina has filled in for Deebo Samuel; plus, can ‘The Flipper’ live up to his name?

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Up to the challenge

In the absence of injured wide receiver Deebo Samuel, sophomore Bryan Edwards has performed admirably in the No. 1 receiver spot over the last four games.

“Edwards has at least 5 receptions in five of seven games this season and has at least 50 receiving yards in six of seven games,” John Del Bianco of The Big Spur wrote. “He leads the Gamecocks with 420 receiving yards, good for fifth most in the SEC. His 33 receptions are tied for second most in the league.”

The Conway, S.C., native made arguably the biggest play of South Carolina’s season when his 41-yard juggling catch put the Gamecocks in position for a game-winning field goal against Louisiana Tech.

Flip candidates for Gamecocks

Can the man they call “The Flipper” live up to his name? South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a reputation for convincing other schools’ commits to switch their pledges to his own.

Coming off the upset win in Knoxville, who are Muschamp’s best flip candidates?

According to Hale McGranahan of SEC Country, current Tennessee pledges Jaycee Horn and Dorian Gerald could take a second look at the Gamecocks should Tennessee decide to fire coach Butch Jones.

South Carolina draft hopefuls

Which Gamecocks project as 2018 NFL Draft picks? McGranahan answered this question and more in the latest edition of the South Carolina football mailbag.

Among the seniors, McGranahan tabbed redshirt senior linebacker Skai Moore as the highest potential draft pick. The Gamecocks even have a few juniors who could enter the draft early following the 2017 season.

“Among the juniors who are eligible to go pro: Zack Bailey, Rashad Fenton, Hayden Hurst and Deebo Samuel should be the most likely,” McGranahan wrote. “At this point, Fenton and Hurst are the most likely to leave, because they haven’t missed time to injury, like Bailey and Samuel.”

‘It’s just incredible’

Kevin Pyne, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, was impressed with his visit to South Carolina last summer.

“Like every place I go, it’s just incredible, from the stadium to the facilities and the stuff they offer. … I’m up here in Massachusetts and it’s just different at the schools down south,” Pyne said. “The fan base is different, because up here, we’re all just Patriots fans. College football isn’t really — we’re not really as attached with it as they are down south.”

Though the Millis, Mass., native doesn’t list an offer from South Carolina, he has several from top schools such as Florida, Florida State, Michigan and more.

Louisville commit to visit Gamecocks

According to Phil Kornblut of SportsTalk, 3-star defensive end and Louisville commit Jarrett Jackson will take an official visit to South Carolina on Nov. 11.

“Right now, I’m taking things slow to see what they have to offer,” Jackson told Kornblut when discussing his South Carolina offer. “I think the program is heading in a good direction.”

The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native is rated as the No. 40 strongside defensive end for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Frank Martin on media expectations

What does South Carolina coach Frank Martin think of the media picking his team to finish 11th in the SEC?

“I really don’t care,” Martin said, via Josh Hyber of Spurs & Feathers. “This is what I’ll tell you, and I’m not taking a shot at anybody. We were a top 20 team last year, and we played a league game. After the game, there was not a single media person covering the game.”

Martin continued on to compliment the conference’s overall depth and parity.

“I might be happy we’re 11th because the league is so good,” he said.

What a catch

Former South Carolina star and Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook made an incredible catch to set up a game-winning touchdown in the Raiders’ 31-30 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

While at South Carolina, Cook earned first-team All-SEC honors following his junior season in 2008. The Suwanee, Ga., native went on to become a third-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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