While the this season was one most fans would like to forget, it wasn’t lacking of great individual plays by those in garnet and black.
From Bryan Edwards one hander at Tennessee to Israel Mukuamu’s pick six in Athens, here are the top five plays from the 2019 football season:
5. Kevin Harris Goes Beast Mode
Marshawn Lynch or Kevin Harris?
The young freshman showed flashes of brilliance, shaking off wimpy tacklers and going 75 yards for the TD in the Gamecocks thrashing of Charleston Southern.
Harris finished with 147 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but none of his runs were as impressive as this one.
He went full “beast mode” that day, giving fans hope for what he could possibly be for years to come in the backfield.
4. Mukuamu’s Second INT Of The Day
In my opinion, one of the most underrated plays of the 2019 season.
The pure strength it takes to not only extend your entire body, but hold on to this football and keep it off the ground is insane.
It was a career day for Mukuamu, as he hauled in three interceptions, helping the Gamecocks upset #3 UGA 20-17 in Athens.
His performance that day single handedly sparked his 2019 season, earning him 2nd Team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press.
3. Ryan Hilinski Threads The Needle
Great throw, better catch.
I think this play really served as everyone’s first “wow” moment when it comes to the pure arm talent of Ryan Hilinski.
In just his second career start, Hilinski showed what he could do, throwing an absolute dime to Shi Smith, beating double coverage for the touchdown.
What gets lost in this play however is just how good the catch by Shi Smith actually was.
To keep your concentration with two defenders basically draped all over you is masterful in itself. A+ from both guys here.
2. Mukuamu Takes It To The House
The play that sparked the upset in Athens.
Israel Mukuamu was the best player on the field that day, hauling in three picks and seemingly being in the right place at the right time all day long.
None of his INTs were bigger, however, than the pick six he took to the house just before halftime.
Mukuamu secured the halftime lead and let the nation know that the upset was on.
1. Bryan Edwards Makes The Catch of the Year
Not just the best South Carolina play of the season, but arguably the best play in college football in 2019.
It was a record setting year for Edwards this year. However, no play stands out more than his one handed catch in Knoxville.
I’ve watched the replay more than 100 times and it’s still hard to fathom just how Bryan was able to go up in traffic, get a hand on it AND hold on to the football.
A great play by a great player. Thanks for the memories 89.