Gamecocks place four on SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Squads

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC) — The University of South Carolina was represented by four players on the SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC squads, the conference office announced today.

Senior defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare was named to the first-team unit, while junior running back Kevin Harris highlighted the second team. Senior tight end Nick Muse and junior defensive lineman Zacch Pickens were third team selections.

The Gamecocks will open the 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4, when they host Eastern Illinois University in a 7 pm contest at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and SECN+.

Kingsley ENAGBARE
EDGE | 6-4 | 265 | SR | 3L
Atlanta, Ga. (Hapeville Charter)

*2021 Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring
*2020 First-Team All-SEC (Coaches & Phil Steele)
*2020 Second-Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
*2019 Nutrition Award

A returning all-conference performer, “JJ” had a breakout season in 2020… has shown a knack for getting to the quarterback… naturally instinctive and athletic with an excellent skill set… veteran in the room, is learning how to be a leader and bring the younger guys along with him… was a standout in the spring, earning the Rex Enright Defensive Player of the Spring honors, as selected by the coaches… has appeared in 32 games, making nine starts… owns 17.0 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks… named to Athlon magazine’s and Phil Steele’s 2021 preseason All-SEC first team.

KEVIN HARRIS
RB | 5-10 | 220 | JR | 2L
Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell Institute)

*2020 First-Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
*2020 Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches & Phil Steele)
*2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
*2019 Strength & Conditioning Award

Junior running back who took the league by storm in 2020, earning All-SEC accolades after leading the SEC in rushing… has appeared in 16 games over his first two seasons, making 10 starts… has 206 career carries for 1,317 yards, 31st on the school’s all-time list… is the school leader in rushing average per carry at 6.4, among those with at least 1,000 career yards… has 19 rushing touchdowns, tying for 10th on the Gamecocks’ all-time list… is one of only two Gamecocks, along with Mike Davis, to own two carries of 75 yards or longer… owns six 100-yard rushing games in his career, including a pair of 200-yard efforts… named to Athlon magazine’s 2021 preseason All-SEC first team and Phil Steele’s All-SEC second team.

NICK MUSE
TE | 6-5 | 252 | SR | 2L
Belmont, N.C. (South Point/William & Mary)

*2021 Joe Morrison Co-Offensive Player of the Spring
*2020 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
*2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Tight end who is taking advantage of the NCAA rule allowing him to return for a fifth season despite never taking a redshirt year… joined the Gamecocks at the start of fall camp in 2019 following a transfer from William & Mary… is the Gamecocks’ top returning receiver and expected to play a significant role in the offense again in 2021… a willing blocker who has shown agility after the catch… sets the tone in the tight end room… coming off an outstanding spring in which he shared Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring honors with Dakereon Joyner… has 47 receptions for 583 yards in two seasons at Carolina and 81 catches for 1,091 yards spanning a four-year career… named to Athlon magazine’s 2021 preseason All-SEC third team and Phil Steele’s preseason All-SEC second team.

ZACCH PICKENS
DL | 6-4 | 305 | JR | 2L
Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna)

*2021 Most Improved Player of the Spring – Defense
*2021 Harold White GPA Award – Defense
*2020 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
*2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
*2019 SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team
*2019 Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (PFF)

Third-year player who still has a tremendous upside… big and athletic… has worked hard on his technique… solidified his role as a leader of the unit in the spring… named Most Improved of the defensive players in the spring by the coaching staff… also garnered the Harold White GPA Award for the defense… expected to be a stalwart on the defensive line… earned Freshman All-SEC honors and honorable mention Freshman All-America accolades in 2019… has appeared in all 22 games over the past two seasons with seven starts… credited with 51 tackles…named to Athlon magazine’s 2021 preseason All-SEC fourth team and Phil Steele’s preseason All-SEC third team.

2021 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* – ties)

First Team Preseason All-SEC
OFFENSE
QB
Matt Corral, Ole Miss

RB
Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
Tank Bigsby, Auburn

WR
John Metchie III, Alabama
Treylon Burks, Arkansas

TE
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

OL
Evan Neal, Alabama
Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Cade Mays, Tennessee

C
Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas

AP
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

DEFENSE
DL
Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
Jordan Davis, Georgia
Zachary Carter, Florida
Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

LB
Christian Harris, Alabama
Grant Morgan, Arkansas
Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

DB
Derek Stingley, LSU
Kaiir Elam, Florida
Malachi Moore, Alabama
Josh Jobe, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK
Cade York, LSU

P
Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Second Team Preseason All-SEC
OFFENSE
QB
JT Daniels, Georgia

RB
Kevin Harris, South Carolina
Zamir White, Georgia

WR
Kayshon Boutte, LSU
George Pickens, Georgia

TE
Jahleel Billingsley, Alabama

OL
Ed Ingram, LSU
Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
Charles Cross, Mississippi State

C
Nick Brahms, Auburn

AP
Tank Bigsby, Auburn

DEFENSE

DL
DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
Ali Gaye, LSU
Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri
Josh Paschal, Kentucky

LB
Henry To’o To’o, Alabama
Zakoby McClain, Auburn
Ventrell Miller, Florida

DB
Elias Ricks, LSU
Jordan Battle, Alabama
Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
Smoke Monday, Auburn

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK
Anders Carlson, Auburn

P
Paxton Brooks, Tennessee*
Mac Brown, Ole Miss*

RS
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

Third Team Preseason All-SEC
QB
Bo Nix, Auburn*
Connor Bazelak, Missouri*

RB
Chris Rodriguez, Jr., Kentucky
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss*
Brian Robinson, Jr., Alabama*

WR
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
Jacob Copeland, Florida*
Jermaine Burton, Georgia*

TE
Nick Muse, South Carolina

OL
Austin Deculus, LSU
Myron Cunningham, Arkansas
Luke Fortner, Kentucky
Nick Broeker, Ole Miss*
Brodarious Hamm, Auburn*
Ty Clary, Arkansas*

C
Michael Maietti, Missouri

AP
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

DEFENSE

DL
LaBryan Ray, Alabama
Travon Walker, Georgia
Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M
Zacch Pickens, South Carolina

LB
Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Owen Pappoe, Auburn
Christopher Allen, Alabama

DB
Roger McCreary, Auburn
Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
Leon O’Neal Jr., Texas A&M*
Lewis Cine, Georgia*

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK
Will Reichard, Alabama

P
Grant McKinniss, Missouri

RS
Kearis Jackson, Georgia

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