Fans aren’t the only folks wondering why South Carolina’s tight ends haven’t caught more passes this year.
“We expected a little bit more this year, but things didn’t go as planned,” junior Rory Anderson said. “I’m not really tripping.”
The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Anderson has 17 catches this year, three more than last season, but hasn’t found the end zone after scoring five times last year.
“There is always next year,” he said. “Next year is my senior year, and I’m hoping for it to be a big one.”
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Jerell Adams 10 catches, 170 yards) and Drew Owens (two catches, 13 yards) are the only other tight ends to catch a pass this season. Last season, tight ends Justice Cunningham, Anderson and Adams combined for 41 catches for 685 yards.
“It’s no particular reason (tight ends haven’t caught more passes),” Anderson said.
The Gamecocks finished the regular season seventh in the SEC in offense, averaging 453.5 yards per game. Noting that wide receivers Damiere Byrd (injury) and Kwinton Smith (academics) won’t be available in the bowl game, head coach Steve Spurrier indicated perhaps the tight ends could pick up the slack.
“Maybe the tight ends will catch some balls,” Spurrier said. “Who knows?”