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South Carolina star safety Jamyest Williams enters transfer portal, will sit out the rest of the year

Photo: Ryan Bethea/247Sports

Photo: Ryan Bethea/247Sports

South Carolina will be without its star safety not only this weekend against Kentucky, but for the remainder of the season.

Jamyest Williams, a 5-foot-9 defensive back out of Loganville, GA, has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal and will redshirt this season to preserve a year of eligibility as he looks elsewhere.

Williams, who was ranked No. 39 (ESPN) in the 2017 recruiting class and originally chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and Auburn, among others, started the first three games of the season for South Carolina.

Through four games this year, Williams was fifth on the team with 16 tackles (five solo). In his first year as a Gamecock, the Loganville, GA native was a Freshman All-SEC selection, totaling 38 tackles and two interceptions. He followed it up with a solid sophomore campaign, finishing with 32 tackles and an interception in just eight games, missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

South Carolina, who lost to Missouri this past weekend by a final score of 34-14, now sits at 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference play. And following the loss of Williams in a secondary that is considerably thin already, things aren’t going to get any easier.

Through four games this season, the Gamecocks have allowed an average of 290 passing yards per contest (1,162 passing yards total), good for No. 116 in the nation out of 130 total FBS programs. In terms of passing efficiency defense, South Carolina is ranked No. 104 overall.

Kentucky will head to Columbia, SC this weekend to take on USC on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network, where the Wildcats will look to extend their winning streak over the Gamecocks to six.

After Kentucky comes to town, South Carolina still has the likes of Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, and Clemson on its schedule, all schools that have averaged 250 or more passing yards per contest through four games this season.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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23 Comments for South Carolina star safety Jamyest Williams enters transfer portal, will sit out the rest of the year



  1. BluKudzu
    1:06 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    So, with their pass defense being so bad. We will try to establish the run, because our defense is so bad, we want to control the clock, and keep the ball away from their offense.

    We will need to score at least 35 points. We have not done that against an SEC defense thus far.

    Go Cats.



  2. Cat4life23
    1:18 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    Come join the cats?



    • ClutchCargo
      1:19 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure we really need a guy who quits on his team mid-year when the going gets tough. I can’t respect that.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      1:23 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      He had to leave now to preserve his redshirt. Only allowed to play four games.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:29 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      I understand the 4 games/redshirt part of it. Transferring after last season, I could even understand.
      I just believe in finishing what you started once the season begins.



    • secrick
      1:46 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      I agree with ClutchCargo on this one. Players leaving because the team is not winning seems kind of childish to me. Hell play better stay and get your team fired up and try your best don’t go running off to another team.



  3. Jesus H. Chrysler
    1:31 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    No midget DBs allowed @ UK



    • ballplayerstu
      1:38 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Kid is a baller & has very high IQ



    • Jesus H. Chrysler
      5:30 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      His IQ might be high but he must be this tall —-> ^ <——— to play @ UK



    • BlueGrass
      1:46 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      If he had such a high IQ why did he pick South Carolina out of that list of offers…



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:53 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe because, although he’s a terrible HC, Muschamp is a great DC, which is what he needs to stick to.



    • Heavy C
      4:14 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      I cant as much as drink a glass of water around a midget or antique furniture.



  4. BLUEVADER
    1:57 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    This transfer portal is messing game up imo. These millineals are not learning any life lessons. They want to jump ship if their team is loosing or they are 2nd string. It’s getting ridiculous just have traded and free agency.



    • secrick
      1:59 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      I agree it’s a awful rule.



    • nocode96
      2:14 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Okay grandpa. Maybe call your grandson over to help you learn how to use spell check. You boomers man, always with the “stupid millennials and their…checks notes…desire to be happy and content in life.



    • sprtphan
      4:41 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe someone could teach you how to disagree respectfully.



    • MrPioneer
      3:13 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Took the words right out of my mouth, nocode.



    • Peas and Carrots
      10:23 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

      Lol Millennials are past the college age and pushing 40 at this point.



  5. BobbyBlue
    2:26 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    It occurs to me that there could be more to it than just the losing—-just sayin !



  6. wes720
    2:33 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t believe in quitting mid-season but maybe there are other issues at play besides just a losing record. Maybe not, but hate to pass judgment on the kid without knowing.



  7. MacAssassin123
    5:36 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    I bet he ends up at Georgia he is from the state of Georgia plus they are losing a couple of guys in the secondary so he would have a legit chance to either win a starting job or significant playing time with a much better team that will help to bolster his NFL draft stock.



  8. JASUN74
    6:15 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    Mac they are losing a couple starters, but their second string guys are 5 star kids who are either freshman or redshirt freshman. Lol. Also they have four coming in that are ranked very high in their secondary. They are stocked to the top of the shelf. I understand he could go there but most Dog fans I’ve talked to say he wouldn’t have a spot. Must be nice. Now I’m not trying to say he would come here, but for the guy talking about how short he is. The kid is awesome. He can jump over most 6’6 kids to knock the ball away and is quick as lightning. If nothing else he would be a hell of a return man. There’s very few teams in the country he wouldn’t start at.



  9. makeitstop
    8:06 pm September 24, 2019 Permalink

    All SEC Freshman? Top 38? Yea, definitely too small. smh – We’d love to have him. Our defense is going to be solid for years to come w just a little more seasoning. We did lose the defensive POY and NFL secondary, so yea, a rebuilding year. But yes, we should recruit him. The more the merrier.