Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery continues to pile up yardage. He leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation with 108.7 yards per game, and he is 110 yards from a new school single-season record for receiving yards (Sidney Rice with 1,143).
Jeffery needs 26 more receiving yards to move into eighth in career yards at USC. His eight 100-yard receiving games is third in school history. Jeffery is coming off his worst statistical game of the season, six catches for 53 yards against Florida.
Last day in Williams-Brice
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South Carolina’s 17 seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony. The home stadium has been mostly friendly to the group.
The bulk of this year’s seniors entered school in the 2007 signing class, and that group is 20-7 at Williams-Brice Stadium. A win Saturday will give the Gamecocks their second consecutive 6-1 home record.
It’s getting no national attention, but Saturday’s game matches two of the winningest coaches in college football.
Steve Spurrier is sixth among active coaches with 184 wins. Troy’s Larry Blakeney has gone about his business much more quietly, but still is 10th among active coaches with 158 wins.
The only other matchup this season between coaches on the active top-10 list came when Penn State’s Joe Paterno (400 wins) met Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (237 wins).
Closer to history
A victory Saturdaywould give the Gamecocks their second eight-win season of the Steve Spurrier era.
South Carolina has won eight or more games nine times in its history. Getting to eight wins would put the Gamecocks at the doorstep of some serious history.
They have won more than eight games twice in history (nine games in 2001, 10 games in 1984).
Men of Troy
The Trojans have a puncher’s chance Saturday because their passing game, which is ranked 13th in the country.
Troy has been an NFL pipeline through the years, producing first-round draft picks Leodis McKelvin and Demarcus Ware in the past five years.
This year’s future pro appears to be wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, who has 58 catches for 617 yards, 33 rushes for 258 yards and has completed 6 of 7 passes.