The University of South Carolina has a NCAA Division I college football team named the South Carolina Gamecocks. Before the 1900's, the Gamecocks football team was known by a multitude of other nicknames, but none ever stuck. The Columbia newspaper "The State," shortened one of their nicknames to Gamecocks in 1903 and that's when it became their permanent name. The Mascot "Cocky" has been named the National Mascot of the Year in 1986, 1994 and 2004.
They currently play at the Williams-Brice Stadium which was opened on September 23, 1934. The stadium was known as the Municipal Stadium from 1934 to 1940 and Carolina Stadium from 1941 to 1972. Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Southern California are teams that have never won a game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Students of South Carolina nicknamed the stadium "The Cockpit."
South Carolina had its first football team in 1892. In their first game they played against Furman on Christmas Eve in Charleston. At that time it was not sanctioned by the University and they had to pay their own train fare as well as buy their own uniforms. It wasn't until 1992 that they joined the Southeastern Conference.
The South Carolina Gamecocks have had many remarkable games. Their first win as the Gamecocks came in 1934 when they beat Erskine 25-0. Fans will never forget the game played on November 22, 1975 when USC beat their biggest rivals, Clemson University Tigers, 56-20.
Along with having remarkable games the Gamecocks also had amazing players throughout their history. Bill Wohrman played for USC from 1952-1982. He received many different awards as the 1954 co-captain and Most Valuable Player award recipient. He was the only player in Carolina history to win four Jacobs blocking trophies. Bill Wohrman went on to play with the Cleveland Browns and the New York Titans. The most famous football player in the University of South Carolina's football history would have to be George Rogers. Not only did Heisman Trophy he also left behind a handful of records yet to be broken.
University of South Carolina Gamecock players that have gone on to play professional players are: John Abraham(Atlanta Falcons), Fred Bennett(Houston Texans), Cory Boyd(Denver Broncos), Sheldon Brown(Philadelphia Eagles), Terry Cousin(Cleveland Browns), Kalimba Edwards(Oakland Raiders), Na'Shan Goddard(Seattle Seahawks), Langston Moore(Detroit Lions), Jamar Nesbit(New Orleans Saints), Andrew Pinnock(Denver Broncos), Sidney Rice(Minnesota Vikings), Dunta Robinson(Houston Texans), Ko Simpson(Buffalo Bills), Shaun Smith(Cleveland Browns), Travelle Wharton(Carolina Panthers), Troy Williamson(Jacksonville Jaguars), Rod Wilson(Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Anthony Wright(New York Giants).
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