- For those of you who have been dying to see some Gamecock pros live and in-person, there might not be a better opportunity than this Sunday, when the Houston Texans roll into Charlotte to take on the Panthers. The Herald, which serves York, Chester, and Lancaster counties, reminds us that the two Gamecocks on Houston's roster, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph, both hail from Rock Hill.
According to Joseph's mother, there'll be at least a hundred people coming from his family's church, Pineville AME Zion. Joseph has been very generous to his hometown, having bought a new bus for his church and running a summer football camp. While Joseph has played in Charlotte before as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, this will be the first time Clowney's been as close to home for a game. Rock Hill is just 20 miles south of Bank of America Stadium, which also means it's 20 miles south of the NASCAR Hall of Fame! ROAD TRIP Y'ALL!
- Darian Stewart, fresh off of his game-clnching interception at the end of the Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens game, wrote a very nice article for the Broncos' website. Stewart gave nice detail about what was going on in his head when he made the play and the moments leading up to it, including an admission that he was injured prior to the play, but refused to leave the field.
“Go out if you’re hurt,” cornerback Aqib Talib told me. But it was a critical moment in the game and I felt like I had some more juice in me to finish so I just stayed in. I was in the coverage and had good vision on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and he just so happened to throw it to the seam. He put some air under it and I was able to get to it. I think if he would have put it on a straight line, I wouldn’t have been able to get in front of their tight end Crockett Gillmore. But he put air under it and with good coverage from David Bruton Jr., I was able to get it – and seal our first win of the season."
In addition to his game-sealing pick, Stewart had four tackles and a pass deflection on the day.
- A game that Gamecock fans might also want to pay close attention to will be the New England Patriots against Stephon Gilmore and the Buffalo Bills. USC fans could be treated to a heck of a matchup, as Gilmore has already called out the proverbial "big dog," Rob Gronkowski.
"I hope I get 'Gronk,' to be honest with you," Gilmore said. "We’ll see what the coaching staff says."
The reason is simple.
"Because I know the ball’s going to him.”
Gilmore went into further detail with the Buffalo News, establishing that due to Gronkowski's size, Gilmore could afford to go inside on coverage. As for whether or not he'll actually get to cover the Pats' number one receiver, his chances are likely better than those of his secondary counterparts. Gilmore had six solo tackles and four pass deflections against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, in a performance head coach Rex Ryan described as "phenomenal."
- The Detroit Free Press, of all newspapers, went into detail on how Melvin Ingram and the San Diego Chargers managed to lay a big hit on the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford and nab a tide-turning interception. Ingram's hit was absolutely vicious, and it disrupted the pass enough to allow Kyle Emanuel to make the diving pick. Even Stafford had to be honest about the severity of the hit.
"It was a tough one," Stafford said of the hit in his weekly team-sponsored interview Monday night on Fox2. "He got me good."
The article mostly discusses the breakdown in protection from the perspective of the offensive linemen, complete with their own quotes. It's rather refreshing to hear any player discuss their failures on an individual play with such honesty, and I have to applaud the Lions for doing it. Though I'm still too busy applauding Ingram for that hit. Give me a few more minutes here.
* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured