CAROLINA FOOTBALL: Edwards not only Gamecock eyeing records

CAROLINA FOOTBALL: Edwards not only Gamecock eyeing records

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COLUMBIA -- This season hasn't gone according to script for South Carolina, head coach Will Muschamp has even admitted to that, but that doesn't mean the year is without standout performances.

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The Gamecocks have a few guys who could set school records and finish in the top 10 of other ones down the stretch this year.

The headliner is obviously Bryan Edwards, who is on the cusp of breaking almost every career record for a receiver at South Carolina. But he's quite loudly having one of the best single seasons from a receiver in school history.

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Edwards is only 88 yards away from breaking Alshon Jeffery's career record of 3,042 yards and is three touchdowns from surpassing Jeffery and Sidney Rice for that school record as well.

He already set the record for consecutive games with a catch and receptions.

But the senior receiver is on pace for 82 receptions for 968 yards this season, which would be career highs and rank in the top 10 in school history as well.

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If those numbers hold, it would be the second-most catches by a receiver in a single season, six behind Jeffery's record of 88. His yardage would be tied for seventh in a season with Kenny McKinley.

But he's not the only one who's on pace to finish in the top 10 in the record books this season.

Ryan Hilinski, despite some struggles as a freshman, is putting together one of the best seasons from a freshman quarterback.

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He is on pace to finish the year going 236-for-386 with 2,409 yards, 13 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

It would be the eighth-most completions and attempts by a Gamecock quarterback and make him one of just 10 quarterbacks in school history to throw for 2,400 yards in a single season.

Since 2000, there have only been six quarterbacks to throw for 2,400 yards and at least 13 touchdowns in a season.

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In the same time frame, there has only been one quarterback with at least 2,400 yards, 13 touchdowns and less than five interceptions: Connor Shaw (2013).

Joseph Charlton is also on pace to shatter his own school record for punting average in a season at 47.9 yards, breaking the mark of 44.8 set last season.

His 45.3 career yards per punt would be a school record as well.

The Gamecocks have three games left — two home games against Appalachian State and Clemson plus a road trip to Texas A&M — and will need to win at least two of those games to secure a bowl bid.

Theyl host the Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Saturday with the game scheduled to be televised on ESPN2.

Collyn Taylor reports for, the affiliate devoted to USC athletics.


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