Pharoh Cooper is 11th in the SEC in receiving yards with 151 on 13 catches.
He needs more if South Carolina is going to reach its full potential this season. Cooper was held to one catch for 6 yards by Georgia one week after having nine against Kentucky.
The good news for the Gamecocks is the team’s other wide receivers seemed to take a step in the right direction against the Bulldogs, albeit on limited chances. Walk-on Matrick Belton had four catches; Deebo Samuel had two catches and freshman D.J. Neal had a nice grab across the middle.
"They did make a couple tough catches," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "We didn’t get a lot of guys open. They played zone, but they played tight coverage in their zones so it was a struggle."
It was nice to see someone other than Cooper fighting that fight, though, and that could be a building block for the offense whoever the starting quarterback ends up being.