Three things the Gamecocks need to do against Clemson

South Carolina will travel to Clemson to face their bitter rival, Clemson, on Saturday. The Gamecocks will look to break the four game win streak by the Tigers in the Palmetto Bowl. South Carolina is heavily favored against, but Will Muschamp can at least put up a fight in a game where the Gamecocks have been blown out the last two years. Even if South Carolina doesn’t win, I want to see three things from South Carolina.

More from the true freshman

I want to see Deshaun Fenwick break out. Fenwick was a freshman that everyone thought would split carries with the other backs this season, but he hasn’t seen the field until last week against Chattanooga. Muschamp said the reason he didn’t play this season was a lack of confidence, but he seemed to have confidence last week. Fenwick had 17 carries for 112 yards and touchdown, which is impressive for the true freshman. South Carolina doesn’t have much to lose in this game, so I’d like to see Muschamp use Fenwick more.

Sense of urgency

I also want to see the Gamecock defense play with a sense of urgency the whole game. The last two years, South Carolina’s defense has given up halfway through the Clemson game the past two years. They made Hunter Renfrow, a walk on, look like a heisman receiver. The Gamecock secondary is very beat up, but they need to play with a sense of urgency the whole game to hold Clemson and show some fight.

Keep it up Jake Bentley

I want to see Jake Bentley play like the team leader. Bentley has been lights out since the Texas A&M game, and even I had criticisms of him. He has thrown for 13 touchdowns since and has looked like the Jake Bentley everyone wants to see. He has shown that he can play in hostile environments like Florida, but he needs to show that he can be a leader on the road in
one of the loudest environments in college football. The whole team needs to have a complete game for South Carolina to stand a chance, but Jake Bentley can prove that he’s the right leader for this team heading into 2019.

South Carolina isn’t expected to upset the number two team in the country Saturday. However, I at least want to see some fight in them, especially since the Gamecocks have been embarrassed the last two years. If South Carolina can keep it close, they can prove that they’ll stand a chance against Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia next year.

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