August 21, 2007

Who's Hot On Offense?

Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks are now beyond the halfway point of fall practice, with their first game of the 2007 season less than two weeks away. While it hasn't been a terrific camp offensively, this Gamecock Central article takes a look at five players on the offensive side of the ball who have been consistent standouts thus far.

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Jared Cook, TE, 6-5, 239, So., Suwanee, Ga.

Cook tested off the charts during winter conditioning, running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and displaying a vertical leap of almost 40 inches, both team highs at the time. And he accomplished both while weighing in at almost 240 pounds. He followed that up with a solid spring practice as a receiver, but has taken his game to a new level thus far in fall practice. His blocking at tight end is improving, and he's poised to become a consistent part of the passing game during the 2007 season. His emergence could prove huge for the Gamecock offense.
Kenny McKinley, WR, 6-0, 180, Jr., Mableton, Ga.

McKinley was far and away the best wide receiver on the team in the spring, and nothing has changed so far in fall practice. He has the best hands, runs the best routes, and has the most complete understanding of South Carolina's offense. He's also playing an important role as one of the overall leaders on offense and in acting as a mentor to the young but talented newcomers at his position. He'll be entering the 2007 season aiming to prove wrong the voters who left him off the preseason All-SEC teams.