This game was just what the Gamecocks needed. A comfortable conference win where the Gamecocks were able to play a lot of young players. Here are a few post-game observations:
*Are the Bandits back? The Gamecocks’ D seems to get more accustomed to the new system every week. Its hard to believe this was the same defense that struggled so mightily against Martin and UTC.
*Bye Bye Bye Jinx. The Gamecocks ended their struggles coming off a bye week.
*6-3- No, its not a baseball score. Peay had six turnovers. The Gamecocks had three.
*His greatest ability is his flexibility. Lequintez Reynolds is ready to go on either side of the ball. He has apparently moved back to fullback the position he originally was playing for JSU prior to moving to linebacker.
*Ealey is streaking. Washaun went for over 100 yards again. That’s 3 straight (Peay, Murray, EIU).
*JSU has the biggest #27 in the Country. Defensive lineman Sean Watson,a transfer from Baylor, is now wearing #27.
*We Were Only Freshmen. What a night for some freshman for the Gamecocks:
1) Blake Burks, an offensive lineman from Hoover, played just about the whole game. He primarily played in place of Matt Jones, another offensive lineman from Hoover. According to the radio team, Jones is o.k., the coaches are just being cautious with him.
2) DaMarcus a/k/a Coot a/k/a Heavy D James, got a heavy dose of playing time tonight rushing for almost fifty yards- all in one drive.
3) Steven Coates, a quarterback from SW Dekalb in Atlanta, had a lot of snaps and completed his first pass as a Gamecock.
4) Ben Endress, a walkon linebacker from Clay County, continued his great play this season with an interception for a touchdown.
5) Jamaal Johnson, a safety from Piedmont, also had an interception for a touchdown.
Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson: Brooks Robinson returned a fumble for a touchdown. He has now scored on both side of the ball for the Gamecocks. It would be interesting to know how many guys have done that in the history of JSU football.