The upcoming Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd will feature three former Gamecocks still in the hunt for Super Bowl rings.
Deebo Samuel with the San Francisco 49ers and Rashad Fenton with the Kansas City Chiefs, which also features Chris Lammons who hasn’t seen much action being on the practice squad.
Both are big-time players for the Gamecocks that have started to find their ways and represent the Palmetto State very well in their first few seasons in the NFL.
The former teammates will now stand on the field as opponents and may even match up against each other one on one.
Samuel has seen a flurry of action this season and has shown his worth and value including being a versatile player in the playoffs thus far for the impressive and powerful 49ers team.
Deebo racked up three receptions for 42 yards and one carry for six yards in the win over the Minnesota Vikings. He also hauled in two receptions for 46 yards and coming off a nice rushing day with two carries for 43 yards in the outing against the Packers, earning him and his team the NFC Title.
He led the team in targets and yards on the receiving side in both outings but unfortunately wasn’t able to get in the end zone.
He has been tough on the ball and a great presence to the team as well.
The cornerback for the Chiefs has officially put his stamp on the defensive side of the ball these past few games.
On Sunday against a hot Titans team, he accounted for three total tackles and some solid defensive plays downfield.
His biggest game this postseason came against the Houston Texans, picking up six total tackles along with one tackle for a loss, one sack, one quarterback hit and one pass defended.
Fenton has finally begun getting good quality minutes and upgrading from his regular-season frantic play with solid lockdown defense.
Fenton continues to grow every week and is getting good amounts of action and progressively proving why he is valuable and an impact for the Chiefs secondary.
Rashad Fenton played a really good game Sunday, especially in fourth quarter— Nate Christensen (@natech32) January 15, 2020
1. Curl/Flat player, passes off #2 WR to Mathieu
2. Sprints to flat
3. Relentless pursuit on tackle
Whether blitzing or covering middle of field, Fenton made an impact in the dime pic.twitter.com/QnxsTtiLCJ
Samuel and Fenton haven’t been the only two seeing action this postseason.
The list of former Gamecocks in the playoffs has been deep and well represented and included some former big names as well from the University of South Carolina:
Divisional Round Players:
Hayden Hurst, Baltimore TE
Johnathan Joseph, Houston CB
Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle DE
Wildcard Round Players:
Patrick DiMarco, Buffalo FB
Stephon Gilmore, New England CB
Jared Cook, New Orleans TE
D.J Swearinger, New Orleans S
Taylor Stallworth, New Orleans DT