South Carolina football: Muse drafted by the Minnesota Vikings

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Nick Muse, South Carolina soccer player

Nick Muse, South Carolina soccer player

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The NFL has another Muse on its hands.

South Carolina tight end Nick Muse, the brother of former Clemson standout Tanner Muse, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round and No. 227 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday.

6-foot-5, 259-pound Muse finished his South Carolina career as a largely dependable wide receiver and solid blocker on runs, ending his time at Columbia with 805 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 67 catches in three years.

The North Carolina native began his career at William & Mary, where he earned All-Colonial Athletic Association third-team honors as a sophomore. Muse completed its second season in Williamsburg, Va. seventh in the CAA in receiving yards per game (64.7) and second on the team in catches (30) and receiving yards (453).

Muse’s best season as a Gamecock came in 2020, when he recorded 30 receptions for 425 receiving yards, putting him second on the team in both categories behind only 2021 sixth-round rookie Shi Smith. He was named a fourth team All-SEC performer by Phil Steele.

“Muse is an interesting talent that could be drafted late,” Dane Brugler of The Athletic told The State ahead of the NFL Draft. “He has more drops than you want and his routes need to be refined all the time. But he’s a successful contender and tested very well with a 4.70 dash for 40 yards at 258 pounds on the Gamecocks’ pro day. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Muse earn a back-up role as a rookie.

Muse is the third South Carolina tight end to be drafted in recent years after Hayden Hurst (2018) and Jerrell Adams (2016) were both selected in the NFL Draft following their Gamecocks careers.

Tanner Muse was also drafted before, advancing to the third round and No. 100 overall at the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Ben Portnoy is the football beats writer for the in-state South Carolina Gamecocks. He is a five-time winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors Award and has been recognized by the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy previously covered Mississippi State for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana football for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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