Scoring the unconventional way

September, 15, 2011
9/15/11
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Melvin Ingram, South Carolina's 276-pound defensive lineman and fleet-footed upback on the punt team, will take touchdowns any way the Gamecocks can get them.

"You can't really be picky," Ingram said. "When you get a chance to score, you better get into that end zone."

Ingram had one of three non-offensive touchdowns for South Carolina last week in its wild 45-42 victory agaist Georgia. He ran 68 yards for a touchdown on a fake punt and also scooped up a fumble and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown. The Gamecocks' third non-offensive touchdown came on Antonio Allen's 25-yard interception return.

In two games, South Carolina already has five non-offensive touchdowns. That's compared to seven for the Gamecocks in the past two seasons combined.

If you look around the SEC after the first two weeks, there's been an outbreak of non-offensive touchdowns -- 18 to be specific.

Every team in the league has one with the exception of Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.

There have already been seven interception returns for touchdowns, five punt returns, three fumble returns, two kickoff returns and Ingram's run on a fake punt, which made him a celebrity last weekend around the college football landscape.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Ingram was a good enough athlete to play running back, and his teammates also weren't surprised to see him running away from everybody on Georgia's team.

"My teammates and coaches knew what I could do. It was just time for the world to see it," said Ingram, who led the Gamecocks with nine sacks last season.

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