Everyone can let out a sigh of relief because football season is finally over. The long, hair-pulling, indigestion-inducing 12 games are now over and we can turn to what really matters: basketball season.
(Frank Martin and Dawn Staley’s teams are both undefeated, so why wouldn’t you be excited for that?)
But before we do, we must wrap up this season and put the polish on a season that may not be able to be polished.
So here are the final season superlatives for the 2015 Gamecock team.
King of the team: Pharoh Cooper
When Pharoh was in the Gamecocks' land, the defense seemingly parted like the Red Sea. In a season where his quarterbacks were a first-year starter, a true freshman and a former walk-on, he managed to have almost 1,000 yards receiving. He was the only reason this offense got out of first gear, scoring 10 total touchdowns (the offense scored 29 total all season) and was the crutch for most of it.
Best haircut: Skai Moore
Who doesn’t love major news that was broken by, um, someone’s barber? Well, that’s what happened with Moore. But before that, he and his fabulous tapeline were flying around the field to the tune of 111 tackles (best on the team), four interceptions (team high), two sacks, six-and-a-half tackles for loss (leads team), a team-high three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. If you look good, you play. And if that barber keeps up the good work (Moore’s doo is still looking fresh) he may have a NFL client soon.
Most likely to win a WWE tag team: Elliott Fry and Sean Kelly
A special teams tag-team duo to rival the WWE’s Legion of Doom. Kelly was two yards shy of setting the single-season punting record. He averaged 44.3 yards per punt. He punted his way to 2,434 yards including a 69-yarder this season. Almost half of his punts were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line. And Fry was just almost as good. He outscored everybody on the team by over 30 points, scoring 85 on the season. He was 20-for-28 on field goals and a perfect 25-for-25 on extra points. He also hit a career-best 52-yarder as well. The two would easily sweep a tag-team tourney, so be on the lookout next Wrestlemania.
Snazziest staffers: Gamecock equipment staff
All black uniforms are cool. But throwback garnet helmets are cooler. And white helmets with feathers on it are coolest. Thanks to the equipment staff, we got to see all three this year. These fresh-to-death unis were the talk of the SEC (good news, right?) and made some headlines every week.