South Carolina promoting mental health awareness during Alabama game
Opening their season with a disappointing 24-20 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte, the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back by defeating Charleston Southern on Saturday, 72-10.
Making his first career start, freshman Ryan Hilinski was very good, completing 24-30 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
A four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, Hilinski is the younger brother of late Washington State quarterback, Tyler Hilinski.
Committing suicide in January 2018, the Hilinski family has become deeply involved in promoting mental health awareness since Tyler’s death.
Now, it appears the South Carolina fan base is looking to provide their support:
Gamecock fans!! Please please please share this!! Imagine if we got everyone to do this for the Bama game!! pic.twitter.com/Uc7dUU69XR
— gabrielle comeau (@gabbycomeau) September 8, 2019
As the photo shared by Gabrielle Comeau, a Gamecock cheerleader, says, they are asking all fans to stand and hold three fingers in the air during the first play of the second half of Saturday’s game vs. No. 2 Alabama.
Tyler Hilinski wore No. 3 while playing for the Cougars from 2015-17. Appearing in 11 games for Washington State, the elder Hilinski completed 154-209 passes for 1,421 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
“The guy can handle what we’re doing,” head coach Will Muschamp said of Ryan Hilinski.
“He’s extremely bright.”
The Gamecocks host the Crimson Tide at 3:30PM ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast as part of the SEC on CBS.