South Carolina football surprisingly won seven games in Shane Beamer’s first season in Columbia. Can the Gamecocks continuing building off last season’s success?
In the two seasons prior to 2021, South Carolina football had won a total of six games and fired Will Muschamp after a dismal 28-30 record in Columbia.
Enter first year head coach Shane Beamer. He was saying all the right things but taking over a program left in shambles by the previous regime.
The Gamecocks surprised everyone last season, winning seven games including a bowl victory over North Carolina. While they were blown out by Georgia, Tennessee and rival Clemson, they were supposed to win a lot less games. It was a solid start to the Beamer era, so what will his Gamecocks do for an encore?
It was not just about winning games a year ago. Beamer had to change the entire culture in South Carolina. The players bought into the makeover and confidence is a big part of the battle. That confidence spilled over into victories.
The bowl victory to conclude the season led to momentum heading into the offseason. Beamer made his biggest splash move of the offseason, signing former Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler as a transfer from Oklahoma. The hope is Rattler can revitalize an offense that finished near the bottom of the SEC in several statistical categories a year ago.
The arrow is certainly pointing up in Columbia and fans have a reason to be excited about the Beamer era. Getting back to a bowl game is a must but can the Gamecocks also win a few more games this season? Read on for a deeper look into this year’s South Carolina football team.