October 31, 2007

Freshman Redshirt Report

The following article appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of Spurs & Feathers.

The South Carolina football coaching staff signed what is universally regarded as the best recruiting class in the history of the program for 2007.

In fact, they did so well they wound up with 31 signatures, six over the NCAA-allowed 25-scholarship limit.

The staff expected one or two would not qualify and they had some creative plans, gray shirting, etc., for the others, but it never came to that as academic issues and a couple of defections reduced the number to 24.

Three Florida signees - DB Antonio Allen of Ocala, DB Akeem Auguste of Hollywood and RB Eric Baker of Jacksonville did not qualify. Two others -- DB Michael Bowman of Wadesboro, N.C., and DB Arkee Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., -- qualified under NCAA standards, but were denied admission by the university.

Bowman signed with East Carolina.

Then, before the season started, two other signees - DB Sam Pope from Southwest Mississippi Community College and freshman TE Mat Williams from Fort Myers, Fla., quit the team.

That leaves two junior college transfers and 22 true freshmen currently on the roster.

With the quality of this class, it was expected that many of them would play this season and that's certainly been the case, as 17 of the 24 have seen playing time, although one of those may receive a medical redshirt. The impressive note is that six have made at least one start.

Coach Steve Spurrier sat down with Spurs & Feathers recently for our annual Redshirt Report and he commented on the progress of each player individually.

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