Is That a Byrd? No, its . . .

Randon Tidbits From the Martin Game

One of the neat plays of the game, was reserve linebacker Rod Byrd punting the ball in the third quarter. If Tatum ever goes down, it appears the Gamecocks have a credible backup. Byrd boomed the punt 52 yards for a touchback.

Another memorable play was TJ Heath running over pre-season OVC Player of the Year, Cade Thompson, on his first int return for a touchdown. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Congrats to Calvin Middleton on being the first Gamecock runner to go for over 100 yards this season. Calvin carried it 13 times for 121 yards. Crowe indicated post game that Middleton could be a 1500 yard per year back. To paraphrase the legendary Larry Munson, he’s just a sophomore.

Tackling machine Zander Henderson had 11 tackles on the day, 36 on the year. This guy is an All-American. I had the pleasure of sitting by his parents at the A&M game. They are good people and have a lot to be proud about based on the play of this former walk-on who will likely have a chance to play professional football.

Sackmaster Kevin Dix continues to dominate. He had two on the day, bringing his total on the year to 5. What is the JSU record?

Jamison Wadley and Brandon George were both in street clothes. These guys are both young, but are emotional leaders of the team that play hard. Lets hope they are back in action soon.

Justin Kay and Tyler Ogletree are both seeing a lot of action on the offensive line this season. They both looked good against UTM.

Finally, is there a more improved player on the roster than wide receiver James Wilkerson. Wilkerson had 6 catches for 138 yards and 2 TDs. James is just a humble kid that catches everything thrown to him and plays with a physicality (as Coach Crowe might say) that reminds one of Hines Ward. He has to be an all OVC candidate. Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks for an interesting interview with James’ position coach, Matt Wannebo.

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