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COLUMBIA, S. Cheap Air Max Plus China.C. -- Freshman Brandon McIlwain made a fast impression on his South Carolina teammates last January. McIlwains impact has continued, so far, on the football field his first season.The young quarterback led the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) to a 20-15 victory over pesky East Carolina last week in his first start and will look to equal South Carolinas victory total from last year when he opens at Kentucky (1-2, 0-1) on Saturday.McIlwain was one of new coach Will Muschamps top recruits last season, turning down offers from Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee among others. He graduated high school a semester early and enrolled at South Carolina in January.He came in worked hard, center Alan Knott said. He busted his butt in the weight room. He busted his butt in the film room and that showed a big thing for us.McIlwain split first-team reps with returning starter Perry Orth throughout spring and summer workouts. The 6-foot, 205-pound McIlwain looked lost two weeks ago at Vanderbilt, with Orth getting the call in the second half and rallying the Gamecocks from a 10-point deficit to a 13-10 victory.The next week, it was McIlwains turn to attempt to lead the Gamecocks out of a 24-0 hole at Mississippi State. While South Carolina did not win, McIlwain led the team on two touchdown drives in the 27-14 defeat and earned the chance to start against East Carolina.McIlwain played solidly and without mistakes, completing 16 of 28 passes for 195 yards and zero interceptions. He had scoring runs of 9 and 10 yards as South Carolina took a 14-0 lead and held on against the Pirates, who had entered with wins in six of their previous games with Power Five schools.Knott, a junior, said McIlwain has commanded the offense so far with his poise and leadership.I think hes handled it tremendously well and I think hes got a big future in front of him, Knott said.McIlwain has his mistakes to clean up, Muschamp said. The coach, though, is pleased with McIlwains throws and his knowledge of the offense.It is no different than any other player or positon, Muschamp said. Just continue taking the reps, taking the coaching and doing the things you need to do to be successful.Part of that process, for Muschamp, is keeping McIlwains head focused on the field. Muschamp does not permit freshmen to talk with media, although the coach said the possibility of that changing is day to day.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks Kurt Roper also has not spoken to reporters since the season began.Right now I just think (McIlwain) has a lot on his plate. He needs to worry about being the quarterback at South Carolina, Muschamp said. Thats the most important thing, along with him playing well for his teammates.McIlwains teammates are excited about what the young quarterback brings to the offense.South Carolina tight end K.C. Crosby said McIlwains accuracy and strong throws were evident in the spring and throughout summer drills. Each series McIlwain seems to gain a better grasp of the Gamecocks attack.Thats just Brandon. Hes going to make sure he takes authority of the situation and take his next game to the next level, Crosby saidKentucky coach Mark Stoops sees South Carolina improving the more McIlwain plays.,I can tell theyre gaining a little confidence and continuity in what theyre doing with him and some of the problems that he presents and some of his strengths, Stoops said. Theyre going to get nothing but better offensively.Crosby believes McIlwains running skills and ability to lead a fast-paced offense will lead to good things for the Gamecocks.The Gamecocks tight end said, Were not where we want to be, but were making steps to where we need to be.---AP College Football writer: www.collegefootball.ap.org Cheap Air Max Plus. A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Air Max Plus On Sale. -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. http://www.cheapairmaxplus.net/. Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. ENCINITAS, California -- A row of girls in hot-pink helmets huddle around the bowl at Encinitas Community Park. With skateboards in hand, they know they can do anything. I feel free, 11-year-old competitor Stella Reynolds says before her heat. There are competitors between the ages of 4 and 40, donning turquoise helmets, carrying neon-orange skateboards, wearing shirts that say Boss and Fearless. With the bowl, vert and street courses their canvas and the tricks their paint, these girls and women ripped from morning to sunset.Welcome to Exposure Skate 2016, the premier female skateboarding event in the world, held in Southern California each November since 2012. This years competition featured 171 amateurs and pros from all over the world, competing on three types of courses: vert, bowl and street. Vert, short for vertical ramp, is similar in many ways to a snowboard halfpipe, and the bowl is just what it sounds like -- a giant bowl that skaters stay inside. Street involves tricks in public spaces like down stairs and on railings.At this years event, the parking lot was already jammed by 8 a.m. Girls and women go to compete -- but also hope to get a glimpse of pros like Lizzie Armanto, Brighton Zeuner and Lacey Baker. This is the competition that, if youre a girl, you have to be here. This is it. There is no bigger competition, said Hagan McCreath, 40, of Monster Skatepark in Sydney, Australia, who also served as an emcee at Exposure.Amelia Brodka couldnt have pictured this scene when she co-founded the nonprofit organization Exposure Skate, dedicated to empowering girls and women in skateboarding. The idea came after she directed the documentary Underexposed, which highlighted the lack of opportunities for female skateboarders. Exposure the event was born in 2012, with proceeds going toward helping survivors of domestic violence. It feels like a community, it feels like a family out here, Brodka said. These women want to see the sport grow and they want to support all the other girls.There were winners, like Zeuner, age 12, in pro bowl; Armanto, 23, in pro vert; and Alexis Sablone, 30, in pro street. But skateboarding veteran Dave Duncan, emceeing the event, reminded the crowd of something equally important: It doesnt matter if you win or lose. If youre having a good day, if youre having fun, thats what skateboardings all about.What does this event mean to the girls and women who compete each year? We talked to seven of them to find out.Quinne Daniels, 8, and Julie Daniels, 52; Manhattan Beach, CaliforniaQuinne wouldnt stop smiling, even as her mother, Julie, placed a bandage on her bloody knee from a recent skateboard fall. With a temporary, red star tattoo on her other thigh, rainbow socks, turquoise laces and a Girl is not a 4 letter word shirt, Quinne was ready to ride in the amateur 14-and-under bowl.She has been skating for a year and a half. Her mother suggested she try the sport since she had mastered her scooter. Soon, she attended her first skateboarding camp. I dropped in my first day, Quinne said, beaming. It felt pretty awesome.This was her first time competing at Exposure, though she attended the event last year with her mother. She saw other girls competing and she was just google-eyed, Julie said. We were going to come back again as spectators, but she was asked to compete. She had so much fun!Jordyn Barratt, 17; Encinitas, CaliforniaJordyn Barratt has racked up numerous skateboarding medals, including first place at the 2016 Girls Combi Classic in the 15-and-over amateurs division, and third at this years X Games in Austin, Texas, in womens skateboard park. But Exposure provides somethhing equally special for her: Everyone is empowering each other to land a trick, Barratt said. Cheap Air Max Plus Mens. Its not like, Dang she landed it. Its like, Yeah! She landed it! Thats so rad!Winning is always a fun thing to do and being competitive is super fun, said Barratt, who took second in both the pro bowl and vert competitions, but hanging out with your friends at a skate park and pushing each other to do a trick, finally getting that trick and being so stoked for each other, knowing how hard it is -- no matter if youre an older guy or a young little girl -- were all here supporting each other.Stephanie Allen, 40; Oceanside, CaliforniaStephanie Allen double-checked with Exposure to make sure she was the oldest competitor. By a long shot, Allen said, proudly, as her cheetah elbow and knee pads and her lime-green board glimmered in the sun.Its been a journey, said Allen, who began skating last year. She had been sick for the past nine years, and extremely ill for the past two. Thats when she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, hypogammaglobulinemia.She was barred from surfing due to monthly blood plasma transfusions, which left her immune system unable to fight off the germs and bacteria in the ocean. I was like, Thats it. Im going to learn how to skate. I dont care that Im 39! Allen said.To me, this is kind of a rebirth. This is showing me that life can really turn around, said Allen, who said she feels healthier than ever. For me to just be here and celebrate being alive and healthy and being able to skate, Im amped. Skateboarding saved my soul.Sari Simpson, 16; Sydney, AustraliaSimpson followed Exposure veterans on Instagram over the past few years. She aspired to come to the United States and compete, practicing daily on a bowl at the end of the block of her Sydney home.Im used to competing against two girls at the most, maybe three, Simpson said. Its so good when you go to a skate park and the guys will be like, What are you doing here? Whats a girl doing here? Then you start skating and they see that girls can skate too.Simpson no longer feels like an outsider. Exposure allowed her to meet new friends and push her skills to a new level, as she took first in the amateur 15-and-over vert and third in the amateur 15-and-over bowl.To compete against this many girls, has been so much fun, Simpson said. Its been a dream seeing all these girls who love skateboarding like I do.Kendra Sebelius, 37; Vista, California and Aubrey Kelsay, 9; Encinitas, CaliforniaThough Sebelius and Kelsay are 28 years apart, the two friends share a love of skateboarding. They also happen to share the same birthday -- on the day of Exposure -- where they both competed in bowl.It was meant to be, said Sebelius, taking off her purple helmet, recalling how the two met at Alga Norte Community Park in nearby Carlsbad.Sebelius originally frequented skate parks to follow her crush, a skater boy. Then, she grew tired of watching. She wanted to drop in, despite her fear of heights. Skateboarding has taught me perspective, patience and persistence, Sebelius said. You have to keep going.Kelsay, who has watermelon grip tape spray-painted on her skateboard, started skating a year ago after it was getting too cold to surf. She loved the challenge. It helps prove that girls can do the same things that boys can do, Kelsay said.The pair often practices together. We just fell in love with each other, Sebelius said. She makes me want to be better and to do it, because if she can do it, why am I letting it stop me? ' ' '