There was plenty of trash talking going back and forth between the South Carolina and Auburn football teams on Saturday. Usually when words were exchanged, Gamecocks wide receiver Shi Smith was involved in some capacity. The Tigers, losers of the 30-22 decision at Williams-Brice Stadium, seemed to have the game plan to get under Smith’s skin and see if they could take him out of his game.
The talking started early and didn’t end until the clock hit zero. Even at that time, Smith was on the Auburn sideline jawing with some of the losing players who had yet to leave the field. Players and coaches had to separate Smith from the Tigers, but there was never any pushing, shoving or worse throughout the game.
Smith, however, delivered a haymaker on social media following the game.
Smith, a senior for the Gamecocks and top wide receiver on the team, has a young son named Bray, per his Instagram account.
Also according to his Instagram account, he made two Auburn players his “lil boys.”
Smith posted photos of two catches on his Instagram account with the caption, “Damn I got 3 lil boys now ! somebody @ 14 lil ass”
The catches were over Auburn defensive backs Traivon Leonard and Roger McCreary. Leonard is a senior and has played only in a reserve role until this season for the Tigers. McCreary is one of the top players at his position in the Southeastern Conference.
Smith had another great game for the Gamecocks, which moved to 2-2 on the season with the upset of the No. 15 Tigers. He caught eight passes for 76 yards with one touchdown. He also had a long reception of 32 yards.
For the season, Smith has 34 receptions, which is almost five times more than the next wide receiver on the roster (Xavier Legette, 7 receptions). He has 347 yards receiving, good for a 10.2 yards per catch average, with three touchdowns. He’s averaging 86.8 yards per game receiving over his first four games.
Smith and the Gamecocks will hit the road for the next game on the schedule. South Carolina will face LSU at Tiger Stadium next Saturday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. with coverage on ESPN.