South Carolina is just a few months away from kicking off the 2022 season against Georgia State in Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 3.
On Thursday afternoon, Athlon Sports released its 2022 SEC football predictions. Athlon predicted the order of finish in the SEC East and West in the article and had the Gamecocks finishing fifth in the East in 2022.
Here is what was said about the Gamecocks in the article.
“The Gamecocks easily exceeded preseason expectations last season with a 7-6 finish. A jump in wins in coach Shane Beamer’s second year is aided by the arrival of a handful of transfers, including quarterback Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) and receivers Corey Rucker (Arkansas State) and Antwane Wells (James Madison) to add to a receiving corps already featuring Josh Vann (15.8 yards per catch) and Dakereon Joyner. A solid stable of running backs is in place, but even with five starters back, the offensive line is an area of concern after averaging 3.8 yards per carry in ’21. The line of scrimmage is an area of focus on the other side of the ball too. The Gamecocks allowed 175 rushing yards a game last fall and must replace standout lineman Kingsley Enagbare (seven TFL). Cornerback Cam Smith leads a secondary that finished fourth in the SEC in pass efficiency defense but lost All-SEC safety Jaylan Foster. The schedule features tough crossover matchups against Texas A&M and at Arkansas, along with the annual showdown against Clemson. Getting to seven (or eight) wins will require Rattler to regain his freshman form from Oklahoma and better play along the line of scrimmage.”
The order of finish predicted in the SEC East by Athlon was Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt. The SEC West’s predicted finish was Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn.
In addition to predicting the order of finish in both the SEC East and West, Athlon also predicted SEC superlatives for the 2022 season. Quarterback Spencer Rattler and Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs are predicted to share the top offensive newcomer award.
Following the Garnet and Black Spring Game, head coach Shane Beamer let his team know just how much he is enjoying coaching them.
“I just told the players in the locker room, I absolutely love coaching this team,” Beamer said. “They love to work and love to compete. Tonight was a reward for them for all of their hard work this spring. We have a lot of work to do going forward.”
Rattler said after the spring game that he has witnessed just how hard Beamer and everyone else is working to make the 2022 season successful.
“Just every day when he comes to work, he has a smile on his face,” Rattler said. “He is happy to be with us and we are happy to be there. A lot of other places, you won’t be happy at the facility. Here, guys want to be in the facility. They love to be up here and be working. He makes the environment really laid back but still, we are getting our work in. He doesn’t play games. He is a real genuine guy.”