So another season has come and gone, and now that it's over, we get to wait till next season.
With Saturday's game we saw, for the last time in Gamecock uniforms, Connor Shaw, Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles and maybe Bruce Ellington. Those guys have each played HUGE parts in the success of this program. Without each of them, each of the past 3 seasons could have had 2-3 more losses.
There are 4 or 5 guys that I could really give this toast to. We had some huge plays made that impacted the game, and we had some great performances for the entire game, but when it comes down to it. 1 guy shined a little brighter than the rest.
This week's ...
CACK'S TOAST OF THE GAME ... FOR THE CAPITAL ONE BOWL AGAINST WISCONSIN ... GOES TO ... BRUCE ELLINGTON
Bruce has made huge catch after huge catch over his career, and if it came to an end Wednesday, we will sorely miss him. We're not able to come back against Mizzou if he doesn't keep his tip toe in bounds as he caught the TD to tie it up. Connor had an amazing game, and amazing stats, but those stats were helped with a few phenominal catches by Bruce. Plus, Bruce finished with a higher completion percentage than Connor did, so I had to give it to him.
Connor Shaw -
You couldn't end a career any better than Shaw did. We will miss Shaw as a leader and a WINNER. I'm glad he was able to go out on a game that he passed for 3 TDs, rushed for a TD, and caught one as well. Here's soluting you Shaw. Best of luck with the pros, but if that doesn't work out, best of luck with your future.
Jadeveon Clowney -
THANK YOU, for coming to South Carolina and giving us the greatest 3 year run in school history. This year didn't turn out to be what we all hoped and dreamed it would have been, but Clowney showed us one more time what we're losing. You could have went anywhere in the nation, but you chose to be a Gamecock.
Skai Moore -
He has gotten better and better has the season has gone, and with him as the Defensive ancor, I think we'll be just fine in the future.
Shaq Roland -
Could argue that Shaq should have gotten the toast as well. He made a couple of big catches at critical parts of the game. I would love to see Bruce return, to see what these 2 can do next year together. That's a dangerous combo.
The Whole Team -
The Defense stood up when they had to, and the Offense did what it needed to put points up on the board. The coaches had a game plan in place that set our team up for success. 11 wins for the 3rd straight season is something on 3 other teams in the nation can say. HOW 'BOUT THEM GAMECOCKS!!!!!
Week 1 - Offensive Line
Week 2 - Mike Davis
Week 3 - The Receivers
Week 4 - Mike Davis
Week 5 - JT Surratt
Week 6 - Connor Shaw
Week 7 - Jadeveon Clowney
Week 8 - Connor Shaw
Week 9 - Sharrod Golightly
Week 10 - Elliott Fry & Shon Carson
Week 11 - The Entire Team
Week 12 - Connor Shaw
Bowl Game - Bruce Ellington
EVERYONE RAISE YOUR GLASS ... HERE'S TO YOU BRUUUUUUUUCE
Guys and gals, thanks for letting me do this for you again. It kind of started as a post here and there, and grew from there. I don't claim to know everything about Football (some of you would say that I don't know anything), but I enjoy putting these together and hearing what some of you have to say about them. Till next season ... GO COCKS!!!!!