South Carolina’s coach each year calls on a guest receiver to come off the sideline and catch a long ball. This time it was Rucker, the Hootie singer and best-selling country artist and native of Charleston who also attended the school. Rucker caught a perfectly thrown ball from quarterback Connor Mitch at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia rallied the Black team to a 14-13 victory over the Garnet squad. Scarnecchia completed 10 of 12 passes for 162 yards in the final three quarters, including a 2-yard TD pass to Terry Googer in the final seconds for the winning score. Scarnecchia also had a 2-yard touchdown run.
Rucker recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with Southern Style, which opened with 52,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
Rucker’s band, the country-tinged pop-rock act Hootie & the Blowfish, placed seven entries on the Billboard 200 from 1995 to 2005, including the No. 1s Cracked Rear View (1995) and Fairweather Johnson (1996), the group’s first two LPs; with 10.3 million copies sold to date, Cracked Rear View is the 17th-best-selling album since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
Rucker recently told reporters he’s keen to make a rap album and he’s been working on new Hootie music. “We’re brothers and we play all the time, and we know we’re going to do it, but we’re not going to do it until it’s right,” he said.