Showboatin’ can be harmful to your health.

Ah, those South Carolina Gamecocks, bless their hearts. Twelfth in the polls is such rarefied territory for them. Sort of like the Beverly Hillbillies, they don’t seem to have mastered the art of acting like you’ve been there before.

Case in point: defensive end Nathan Pepper, who blew out his left knee in their game against SC State. Exactly what was he doing that caused the injury?

… Pepper sustained the freak injury after reaching the end zone following his 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.“Hopefully, it will teach all of our guys a lesson. He just made some kind of little, funny move, I guess in a celebration-type way,” Spurrier said. “It wasn’t much. But it was enough to tear his knee ligament.”

“Teach our guys a lesson”? Sure, except this isn’t the first time that Pepper’s engaged in on-the-field antics that have caused problems:

Spurrier tried to teach Pepper a lesson last year when Pepper slowed up near the end zone during an interception runback at Clemson. After Pepper was caught from behind and fumbled into the end zone, Spurrier suspended for the first quarter of the Liberty Bowl.

What a scamp. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next season.

Gaaawwwlee! He shore dance pretty!

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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