In an incredibly prescient article that our own RantinRhonda posted last week, she highlighted the importance of South Carolina’s special teams and how that phase of the game could be key against Missouri. She reasoned that winning the field position battle, among other things, would go a long way toward having success against the Tigers’ potent offense.
In an early 10-0 hole and looking very uneven across the board, the Gamecocks needed something — anything — to get off the mat and into the game. Enter Deebo Samuel, who reprised his 97-yard kickoff return touchdown against N.C. State, and it was the spark that started a fire en route to a 31-13 victory. While Samuel continues to get his rightful share of press and accolades, it’s worth appreciating South Carolina’s specialists as a whole.

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