South Carolina's secret weapon: Sean Kelly
Punter Sean Kelly is South Carolina's version of "The Waterboy."
He doesn't provide hydration services, nor does he drop-kick opponents. Kelly also doesn't drive a lawn mower to practice (as far as anyone knows). However, the fellow walk-on does impact the game in a myriad of ways.
In the season opener, Kelly called his own number and bolted upfield 17 yards for a first down on a punt attempt. It was a gutsy call by the junior, considering South Carolina was backed up on its own 21-yard line.
As Kelly said, "It was just a read pretty much. See what they were giving us. If we had it, take it, get the first down and kind of let the offense keep driving."
Kelly also accrued a very solid 46.2 yards-per-punt average against North Carolina. Two of those punts pinned the Tar Heels back deep in their own territory.
Kelly's performance caught the eye of his head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier didn't hesitate to praise his athlete.
"One player that had a super night was our walk-on punter. If you want me to brag on a punter, I'm bragging on ours. Not only did he punt beautifully all night, he made a tackle on the field goal attempt on the last play of the half. That thing looked like it was going all the way when the kid cut back. Sean Kelly, our punter, made the tackle right there."
We can only hope Kelly continues to channel his inner "Captain Insano" throughout the remainder of the year.
(H/T Willie T. Smith -- Greenville News)