The war of words has started for the Tennessee vs. South Carolina game.
Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Tyler Byrd took to Twitter on Thursday morning to throw some shade at one of South Carolina’s best defenders. But the Gamecocks’ players had their teammate’s back as well.
Earlier this week, South Carolina’s official Twitter account sent out a video celebrating cornerback Rashad Fenton’s excellent career thus far with the Gamecocks. Fenton has yet to allow a receiver to catch a touchdown pass on him in two seasons, and South Carolina released a video calling Fenton’s side of the field “Fenton Island” because few receivers have had much luck against him.
Book your trip to Fenton Island today! 🏝🤙 pic.twitter.com/ZrglaiTZD4
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) October 10, 2017
Byrd apparently saw the video and wasn’t impressed.
I just spent 30 mins trying to book a flight to “Fenton island” no air line recognized that destination I guess it doesn’t exist🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️
— Tyler Byrd (@D1fuzzymuffin17) October 12, 2017
But Fenton’s teammates weren’t about to let that jab go unnoticed. Bryson Allen-Wms, a linebacker for South Carolina who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this year, tweeted this rebuttle to Byrd’s tweet:
— Bryson Allen-Wms (@B_Quatro4) October 12, 2017
Then Terry Googer, a junior receiver, followed that up with this tweet:
Dude got two more catches than me and I haven’t even played offense this year😂😂 https://t.co/fUrFtPmreU
— Terry Googer (@D1MANOS) October 12, 2017
Then there was this tweet sent out by Chris Lammons, another South Carolina cornerback. The photo features Byrd, No. 10, on the ground during the Vols’ game against the Gamecocks last season.
Last Time On The Island … pic.twitter.com/nlQVrmMaGc
— Chris Lammons (@Lammons_1) October 12, 2017
Byrd has just two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown this season in his sophomore year. Byrd has only registered stats in one game for the Vols this year thus far.
Tennessee will host South Carolina in Neyland Stadium this Saturday at noon. The two teams have won six games apiece over the last 12 meetings in the series, and South Carolina defeated the Vols last season 24-21.