We now enter the countdown at 49 days. Now that South Carolina is officially under the 50-day mark, kick-off is right around the corner. The number 49 is actually to be regarded as very unique.
For example, there are actually 49 strings on a harp, and “Forty-Nine” was the actual first chartered steamboat to sail the Columbia River in British Columbia. The southern boundary of the British Columbia is actually the 49th parallel.
Not exactly the Columbia that houses Williams-Brice Stadium, but none-the-less an interesting coincidence.
Let’s take a look at who holds the countdown number for the garnet and black.
A Granite Falls (N.C.)-native, Potter was a freshman walk-on in 2012 and is now a RS sophomore in 2014. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 202 pound running back played in the Coastal Carolina game with three carries for 12 yards. He’s noted to add depth to this year’s roster and will be someone to keep your eye on for seasons to come.
Also a walk-on, Shank enrolled at Carolina in August of 2012 and stood as a RS freshman last season. The 6-foot, 204 pound safety saw action in four games in 2013 on special teams.
In 1949, the garnet and black were coached by Rex Enright and held a 4-6 record that year.
One of the all-time best punters at South Carolina, Max Runager was a three-year starter and team captain. Runager took a two Super Bowls with two different teams. In 1984, he scored his second with the San Francisco 49ers. He was elected to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
There have been several great Gamecocks who have played for the 49ers, including Dutch Elston, Trey Pennington, Ken Roskie, Dave Sparks, Bishop Strickland, and Ben Washington. Currently, the 49ers have Chris Culliver, Bruce Ellington, and Marcus Lattimore listed on their roster. Interestingly enough, the 49ers are named after the 1849 gold rush.
Also, South Carolina is home to several big names in Hollywood. This year, South Carolina-native Chris Rock turned 49 on February 7th. Next year, the infamous Darius Rucker will join him with a 49th birthday of his own. Later this year, another Carolina-native comedian Andy Dick will turn 49 this December.
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on South Carolina’s progress through the preseason and in the season to come.