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Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


South Carolina steps out of conference when it hosts Appalachian State on Senior Day Saturday, but this isn't a typical late-season breather that shows up on many SEC schedules. The Mountaineers spent three weeks in the Top 25 before a 24-21 loss to Georgia Southern on Oct. 31 snapped a 13-game winning streak and damaged their Sun Belt title chances, so the Gamecocks could be in for a fight.

South Carolina's banged-up offense may be even thinner as senior running back Tavien Feaster, who leads the team with 625 yards and five touchdowns, is questionable to play because of a groin injury. It remains to be seen how Appalachian State regroups after rival Georgia Southern knocked it from the Top 25 for the second straight season. "It's going to be a tremendous challenge for our guys, a great game for us to refocus and a great opponent to work toward this weekend,'' Mountaineers coach Eli Drinkwitz told reporters. "We're excited about the opportunity." Appalachian State's only other Power Five conference experience this season was a 34-31 victory at North Carolina on Sept. 21, while the Gamecocks lost to the Tar Heels 24-20 on Aug. 31 in Charlotte, N.C.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: South Carolina -5

ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE (7-1): Junior quarterback Zac Thomas (14 touchdowns, three interceptions) was 25-of-51 for 271 yards with three TDs against Georgia Southern and runs the No. 12 offense in the nation at 38.5 points per contest. Junior running back Darrynton Evans paces the club with 798 yards and 10 touchdowns but has scored once in his last four games. Senior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither boasts team highs of 64 tackles, four passes defended and 2.5 sacks.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (4-5): Senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards posted career highs with a school record-tying 14 catches and 139 yards and scored his fifth touchdown of the season in a 24-7 victory over Vanderbilt last week, and needs 88 yards to pass Alshon Jeffery (3,042) as the school's receiving yards leader. Redshirt freshman running back Deshaun Fenwick made his season debut a memorable one with team bests of 102 yards on 18 carries last week and could shoulder the load again with Feaster ailing. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski (10 TDs, three interceptions) has thrown for five scores without a pick in his last five games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Gamecocks are 16-1 against the Sun Belt with the Mountaineers prevailing 39-34 in 1975.

2. Saturday's contest is the first in a three-game contract that includes a 2025 meeting in Boone, N.C., and a 2027 encounter in Columbia, S.C.

3. Appalachian State is 22-11 on the road since joining the FBS in 2014.

Prediction

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Williams-Brice Stadium
Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 80,250

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Last Injuries

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • A.J. Turner

    Hamstring
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Turner has a hamstring injury and did not play in the last three games. It is unclear if he will line up against Texas A&M on Saturday.

  • OrTre Smith

    Knee
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Smith is nursing a knee injury and is not expected to be on the field Saturday versus Texas A&M.

  • Shi Smith

    Hamstring
    Prob Sat | probable

    Smith has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Saturday versus Texas A&M.

  • Damani Staley

    Toe
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Staley has a toe injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Saturday against Texas A&M.

  • Bryan Edwards

    Lower Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Edwards left the previous game with a lower-body injury, but he is expected to be available for Saturday's matchup against Texas A&M.

  • Jaylen Nichols

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Nichols sat out the last game due to a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will face Texas A&M on Saturday.

  • Tavien Feaster

    Groin
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Feaster missed the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unlikely that he will face Texas A&M on Saturday.

  • Chavis Dawkins

    Hamstring
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Dawkins is tending to a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will draw back into the lineup versus Texas A&M on Saturday.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

  • Collin Reed

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Reed exited the previous game with a lower leg injury, leaving his status clouded for Saturday's contest against Georgia State.

south-carolina-gamecocks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 126.793 0 117 73 3 0 0 5 772
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 120.633 0 12 7 0 0 0 0 89
Jake Bentley 1 0 90.760 0 30 16 2 0 0 1 142
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Rico Dowdle 4 0 268 0 41 3
Tavien Feaster 4 0 183 0 35 1
Kevin Harris 1 0 147 0 6 3
Mon Denson 1 0 118 0 9 1
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 49 0 10 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 311 0 21 0 3
Shi Smith 4 0 190 0 16 0 1
Kyle Markway 4 0 172 0 14 0 2
Josh Vann 4 0 70 0 10 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 52 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Ernest Jones 4 0 16 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
T.J. Brunson 4 0 16 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Israel Mukuamu 4 0 15 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
R.J. Roderick 4 0 14 9 0 0 1 3 0 1 8 1
J.T. Ibe 3 0 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Parker White 4 0 6 8 48 11 11
Will Tommie 1 0 0 0 0 5 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Shi Smith 4 0 7 0 60 162
Kyle Markway 4 0 2 0 6 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rico Dowdle 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jake Bentley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joseph Charlton 3 0 0 734 0 63 15 0 0
Kevin Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryan Edwards 4 0 3 0 38 66
Josh Vann 4 0 2 0 22 24

appalachian-state-mountaineers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Jacob Huesman 1 0 572.800 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 17
Zac Thomas 3 0 152.334 0 73 50 1 0 0 5 556
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Darrynton Evans 3 0 411 0 52 7
Zac Thomas 3 0 93 0 21 1
Daetrich Harrington 3 0 89 0 17 0
Marcus Williams Jr. 3 0 68 0 14 0
Camerun Peoples 1 0 23 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Thomas Hennigan 3 0 186 0 16 0 2
Malik Williams 3 0 157 0 13 0 1
Jalen Virgil 3 0 94 0 6 0 2
Corey Sutton 1 0 58 0 7 0 0
Keishawn Watson 2 0 28 0 3 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Shaun Jolly 3 0 13 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan Fehr 3 0 12 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Akeem Davis-Gaither 3 0 11 13 0 0 1 0 2 1 7 3
Josh Thomas 3 0 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Noel Cook 3 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Chandler Staton 3 0 2 3 43 18 18
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Darrynton Evans 3 0 3 0 45 83
Jalen Virgil 3 0 1 0 45 45
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Christian Wells 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Darrynton Evans 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Jacob Huesman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jalen Virgil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Malik Williams 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Thomas Hennigan 3 0 3 0 14 29
Malik Williams 3 0 1 0 33 33
Shaun Jolly 3 0 1 0 10 10
D'Marco Jackson 3 0 0 0 0 16