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      Gamecocks quarterback puts faith first

      Gamecocks QB Dylan Thompson says he puts faith before football.

      Whether he's on the field or in a post-game press conference, Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson will talk about his faith when talking to the media. Whether it's a Bible verse or simply thanking God, Thompson makes it his top priority before talking about anything that happened during the game.

      Thompson has taken his faith to another level, well beyond the playing field. He has spent the summer talking to a number of churches across the state about his faith. Last week, he spoke on a Friday night at Langston Baptist Church in Conway and on Wednesday he spoke to a youth Christian group in Florence.

      "I feel so many times as athletes often when we do interviews it kind of ends on the field," Thompson said. "Every single day I want people to see it in my life, to see there's something different about that guy and the way he acts and the way he treats people."

      Thompson was the backup to Connor Shaw in 2012, but played a significant role in USC's 11 win campaign. He started and won for an injured Shaw against East Carolina and then stepped in to beat archrival Clemson at Death Valley. After Shaw suffered an injury in the Outback Bowl, Thompson came in late in the 4th quarter an engineered the game winning drive to beat Michigan, highlighted by the game winning TD pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds to go. Head coach Steve Spurrier has said that Thompson will see playing time along with Shaw at quarterback in 2013.

      Thompson's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DT_ONE_SEVEN