With the departure of place-kicker Nick St. Germain, South Carolina is well into the attrition phase of its football season.
While the Gamecocks close out the season with three more regular season games and a bowl game (at least, as the SEC championship game remains a possibility), there will some behind-the-scenes decisions that will have a lot to do with how the team looks next year and into the future.
South Carolina at the moment faces a numbers crutch. With only four scholarship seniors and 14-and-counting verbal commitments, the Gamecocks are going to need to find scholarships somewhere. The early departures of St. Germain and offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek (which was reported last week) get South Carolina closer to making their numbers work.
The decisions by defensive linemen Kelcy Quarles and Jadeveon Clowney to turn pro early will help too, but the Gamecocks still need more space so keep your eyes and ears open in the coming weeks.
Around the SEC:
It looks like Alabama has only one more real test left, and that’s only if the SEC East champions can give the Crimson Tide a game in the title game in December. Alabama has a commanding lead in the BCS standings after thumping LSU on Saturday.
Auburn has run the ball on 86.1 percent of its snaps in the last two games.
"You know what? If we throw it seven or nine times the rest of the way, we’re going to be winning games because what that means is we’re running the football and nobody’s stopping it," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said.
This Florida columnist says Will Muschamp can stay but somebody’s got to go after four straight losses. You gotta think offensive coordinator Brent Pease is going to be the first to go.
Georgia’s Aaron Murray threw his 115th touchdown pass on Saturday becoming the SEC’s career leader.