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Draft Scout Shaq Wilson News
01/01/13 - Scouting the South Carolina run defense: Featuring one of the top defensive fronts in the nation, along with veteran seniors at linebacker, the Gamecocks have been solid against the run. It has allowed opponents 119 yards per game. The team has accomplished that despite using few blitzes. LB Shaq Wilson is the team's leading tackler with 77, while the squad has garnered 85 tackles for loss. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/12 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: East Carolina at South Carolina, Sept. 8 -- The Gamecocks managed to sneak out of Nashville with a four-point come-from-behind victory over Vanderbilt despite not playing particularly well. Last season. South Carolina fell behind East Carolina by 17 points before rallying to claim a 56-37 victory. The Gamecocks hope to improve to 2-0 for the third consecutive season. KEYS TO THE GAME: South Carolina raced to a 10-point lead against Vanderbilt, but then allowed the Commodores to score 13 straight points. Against East Carolina last season, in a game played in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, the Pirates jumped to a 17-point advance before South Carolina got it together. Whether QB Connor Shaw plays or not, the Gamecocks must establish its running game, while improving on its passing attack. Defensively, South Carolina needs to apply more pressure, as the Pirates have a prolific passing attack which could cause problems. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Shaq Wilson -- The senior was disappointed with his personal results from the 2011 season, but displayed the form that led former defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson to call him the smartest defensive player he ever coach. He not only led the team in tackles with eight against Vanderbilt, but returned a first quarter interception 37 yards, a play that set-up South Carolina's first touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/12 - LB Shaq Wilson, once called by former defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson the smartest defensive player he ever coached, got off to a quick start in 2012 after what he deemed a sub-par 2011 campaign. Wilson tied for the team lead with eight tackles and was credited with half a tackle for loss. He also picked up a first-quarter interception that he returned 37 yards to set up Carolina's first touchdown. - The Sports Xchange