Is Deebo Samuel building some Heisman buzz?

Is Deebo Samuel building some Heisman buzz?

Is Deebo Samuel building some Heisman buzz?

Missouri outgained SC 423-359, but the Gamecocks were plus-three in turnovers and had Samuel's big kickoff return.

The redshirt sophomore ran for a career-high 78 yards on 14 carries, including breaking a 32-yard run to set up the Gamecocks' final touchdown of the night in the 31-13 victory on the road.

The junior do-it-all at SC has made his fair share of mesmerizing plays over the team's first eight quarters of 2017.

Coach Stoops said, "So we have to get some things cleaned up, and again I think the big word is just "discipline". "They probably haven't seen much on film. He works extremely hard, and that's why I think he has tremendous respect from his teammates". Missouri quarterback Drew Lock threw an interception on Mizzou's first play from scrimmage following the Samuel touchdown and Samuel promptly scored on a 25-yard run on the Gamecocks' first play after the interception.

Samuel broke free for another 97-yard touchdown return in the second quarter and then, after defensive back Jamyest Williams' interception got the ball back, scored on a 25-yard run on the next play to put SC up 14-10. "When I see a gap, I just hit it". He also rushed for a touchdown, joking it was the first time he ran the ball since Pop Warner. Bentley became the starter a year ago in the Gamecocks seventh game of the season. The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) and the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-0 Conference USA) will play at 3:30 p.m. EDT with the SEC Network televising the action. "We have three really good backs. We were trying to get Hayden more involved", Bentley said. So we don't need any more motivation than that. "He's just a dynamic playmaker and an explosive player to have on your team". Samuel had 167 all-purpose yards that included some rushing, receiving and returning.

This season, Bentley has similar stats to Johnson, throwing for 402 yards with a 61.4 completion percentage, four touchdowns and one interception. Turner also had 39 all-purpose yards and Muschamp said he's a guy the team has to find new ways to get the ball to him. That's what we've got dialed up. "He stayed here in May and lifted and didn't take a month off", Muschamp said. They want the ball in his hands.

Williams maybe stole the show in the second half as the Gamecocks went for 213 second-half yards, 121 on the ground, but Muschamp called Saturday's game a "great team win" in his postgame speech to his team. The two kick returns for touchdowns this season ties the school's single-season record and Samuel now owns the school record for kick returns for touchdowns in a career with three, all coming in the last five games. "Last week it was Deebo". It's the second time he's won the award in as many weeks after his return against the Tigers. It was the second-straight week he has returned a kick 97 yards to paydirt.

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