Tyler Byrd Takes Shot at South Carolina Player

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    Photo Credit: Mason Burgin/RTI

    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.

    Byrd apparently saw the video and wasn’t impressed.

    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:

    Then Terry Googer, a junior receiver, followed that up with this tweet:

    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.

    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.

    Nathanael Rutherford

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He can break down football film as effectively as he can a Star Wars film.