Special teams coaches don’t usually get a lot of attention, but Pete Lembo and his South Carolina unit is getting some high praise after the Gamecocks’ season-opening win.

Lembo’s unit blocked 2 punts that turned into South Carolina touchdowns. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger averaged 49.1 yards per punt, including 3 of 50 yards or more with a long of 79. Kicker Mitch Jerter hit field goals of 51 and 53 yards in a 35-14 win for Shane Beamer’s squad.

The strong special teams showing has led to Lembo being described as the best coach at his position and possibly the best assistant in the country.

Lembo is in his second season on staff at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are happy to have him.