With the 2020 season officially coming to a close, we look back at some of the best moments from an up and down campaign.
While the season had its fair share of turmoil, there were standout plays on nearly a weekly basis for this South Carolina squad.
Let’s take a look at some of the best plays from this past season:
5. “Somebody @ 14 Lil Ass”
Amidst the struggles the Gamecocks had in the passing game in 2020, Shi Smith served as the bright spot for the USC passing attack.
Smith made a plethora of highlight reel catches throughout the season, including this catch over a wimpy Auburn defensive back.
The question simply is what was better: the catch? Or the trolling of the Auburn defenders after the Gamecocks upset win over Auburn?
Shi Smith with the absolute murder disrespect Instagram post and you are the 🐐 for this lmaoooooo I love this guy pic.twitter.com/2wPJt6ISOs— NickAndoTTP (@NickAndoTFF) October 18, 2020
4. Jammie Tip Toes For The INT
While the majority of the attention on the secondary this past season focused on Israel Mukuamu and Jaycee Horn, Jammie Robinson quietly had a very nice season for himself.
The sophomore from Georgia was second on the team in tackles and more than held his own in the passing game.
Although it came in a losing effort, this interception by Robinson was an insane display of focus and pure ball skills.
With his recent transfer announcement, it goes without saying South Carolina will miss his presence in the secondary next fall.
3. Harris Won’t Be Denied
This play summarizes all you need to know about the Gamecocks star running back.
Kevin Harris shined in 2020, becoming the first South Carolina back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season since Mike Davis did it all the way back in 2013.
Even more impressive? He did it in a ten game, all conference schedule when teams KNEW the Gamecocks were going to line up and run the football.
Kevin Harris was the heart and soul of this football team and will be fun to watch over the next few years in garnet and black.
2. Only One Hand Needed For Izzy Mukuamu
There’s no denying it was an up and down career for the other half of the Gamecocks star defensive back duo.
While his career was marred by inconsistency at times, Israel Mukuamu made a living off of making the highlight, momentum changing type play for South Carolina.
Look no further for an example than his play this past season in The Swamp against UF.
Mukuamu used all of his 6’4″ frame to snag the errant Kyle Trask pass for a beautiful INT, similar to one of his jaw dropping plays in his breakout game a season ago in Athens, GA.
It will be very interesting to see which NFL team takes the long, lean defensive back with a ton of upside from Bossier City, LA.
1. Shi Smith Does It Again
As I stated previously, Shi Smith’s 2020 season was nothing short of a non-stop highlight reel.
When you look back, it’s truly amazing the type of season Smith was able to have while being the only real threat for the Gamecocks on the outside,
Still, he continued to make unreal catches look routine, like this one in Oxford in South Carolina’s tough loss to the Ole Miss Rebels.
While he may have not received as many accolades as some of his other teammates, one could argue Smith was the most fun to watch and explosive Gamecock on the field this season.