We’re not spilling state secrets here to suggest that Vanderbilt might want to prepare to defend a few wide receiver screens the next time it faces South Carolina.
Man, does Steve Spurrier love to screen the Commodores. A review of the film by The State from Saturday’s 35-25 win against Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium showed that the No. 12 Gamecocks ran nine wide receiver screens for 78 yards against the Commodores.
Tori Gurley, now a wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns, could have told the Commodores this was coming. Gurley caught a career-high 14 passes for 112 yards against Vanderbilt in 2010 and almost every one was a screen.
Saturday’s game looked a lot like that. It wasn’t until South Carolina’s 67th offensive snap that Vanderbilt jumped the wide receiver screen, forcing Shaw to tuck the ball and run for a short gain.
Add the wide receiver screens to the 133 yards Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds gained on screens and swing passes, and the vast majority of the Gamecocks 359 passing yards came after the catch.
The tape also revealed
Jadeveon Clowney had a Clowney-like play with his sack and forced fumble against Austyn Carta-Samuels, but his explosion throughout the game still is not Clowney-like.