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South Carolina has many questions entering the season when it comes to the two-deep. Who takes over for Marcus Lattimore? How do the Gamecocks replace five of six linebackers featured on the two-deep?

For what it’s worth, this will change many times over. Players rise in camp and showcase skills and improvements made over the summer. This is the time when kids grow into their roles and figure out what type of players they can truly be. It’s an exciting time of the year. As much as fans will call for Dylan to be the number one guy, Connor Shaw does more than enough to maintain his starting roll.

Fret not, Thompson enthusiasts, he will get opportunities to play, and probably a great deal. Again, fans need to step back and enjoy the fact that the Gamecocks have two legitimate options at quarterback for the first time in the history of the Steve Spurrier Era.

People may look at the individual statistics, but these guys work as a tandem to create one of the best quarterback situations in the SEC. Together, the statistics are truly amazing. Who care’s that it’s two guys? Why change what works?

Let them both play. They’ll get the job done. This position could go a wide variety of ways. However, if I had to put my money down on the two-deep, I’d put it down to end up with the talented Mike Davis leading the way and the powerful Brandon Wilds spelling him. Davis has the ability to be a superstar. He’s aggressive and shifty.

He has great burst and speed. He runs angry. He will be the next big name offensive weapon to emerge. Brandon Wilds is coming off of surgery and a red-shirt year. He was fabulous as a freshman when Marcus Lattimore went down. If he comes back healthy, he’s the closest to a Lattimore-type that we have. He’s a bruising runner with great balance and vision.

We’re unsure if Shon Carson will stay on the football team or completely dedicate his time to the two-time National Championship baseball program. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds coming out of High School, but is also coming off of injury. He’s a fast, shifty playmaker when in the lineup.

Or in theory, anyway. He’s been hurt more often than not. Kendric Salley is an impressive redshirt freshman with great skills, and true freshman David Williams could make an impact. Williams ran a 4. He could redshirt to add weight. Justin Cunningham will be missed from this group. Gone is the tough, all-star caliber blocking and leadership that Cunningham possessed. At 6’5″ and 6’6″ respectively, these guys are long tight ends with wide receiver skills.

They’re both fast and have the capability of going the distance if they become more consistent with their catching and route running skills. Linebackers can’t keep up and corners are too small to cover these two, if they work hard over the offseason.

Good luck, SEC. Shaq Roland, last year’s big time recruit, will most likely step into the starting role. He’s an excellent receiver in practice but he failed to do any major damage as a freshman last year.

This should change. He’s got excellent speed and hands and the ability to jump like a basketball star. However, he needs to strengthen his hands and concentration. He seems nervous out on the field a good bit. If he gains confidence, he could be South Carolina’s next great receiver. For now, pencil upcoming senior DeAngelo Smith into that role. Last year, Bruce Ellington shed the label of “basketball player playing football”.

Ellington is a football player, plain and simple. With 45 catches for yards and seven touchdowns, he’s a proven playmaker and a lock to return as a starter.

The number two spot is wide open. Brent should see the most playing time here. Damiere Byrd was the number two Y receiver for the Michigan game, and it could be him. Nick Jones may get in the mix as well. The Gamecocks have many solid wide receivers. It’s another great problem to have. Brent’s 6’4″ frame and speed should help him see the field more as a sophomore. Damiere Byrd should excel as the Z receiver next year. His elite speed and improved route running will make it his more dangerous spot to work.

He may work with the Y unit again and see time there, but he’s the prototypical slot receiver. Nick Jones is a lot like Damiere Byrd. He’s wicked fast and has pretty decent hands. He hasn’t made quite as many big plays as Byrd, but he’ll create a one-two punch from the Z position that the Gamecocks haven’t ever seen. Corey Robinson beat out Brandon Shell for the left tackle spot, which is generally reserved for your best linemen.

Robinson has elite size and strength. With some work, he could become a really good player. Brandon Shell could end up as the starter here, but for now I’ll give the nod to Robinson, with Shell starting on a different part of the line. Brock Stadnik is going to be a very good player for the Gamecocks, and will play next year after red shirting his first year. My guess is that his excellent technique and hands lead him to the backup left tackle spot.

I don’t see much movement here. Cann has the potential to be an NFL caliber guard. He’s athletic, fierce and has great hands. If he could stay on the field he’d be stellar. Will Sport has been a surprisingly steady. While he’s listed as a tackle, his play at the guard spot was strong throughout the year. His balance needs work. However, if they decide to keep him as the backup left guard he could develop into a good one. Cody Waldrop has garnered rave reviews and has been identified by Coach Elliot as the man that should win the starting job.

He’s a tough guy with good size. He’s an angry blocker and has been excellent in practice. However, he is a redshirt freshman and replacing one of the most underrated offensive linemen the Gamecocks have ever had in T. The backup spot should belong to Brock Stadnik’s “little” brother, Clayton. He’s a talented player with a great deal of upside. Again, no changes here. Patrick and Broome will share the right guard position.

They played solidly throughout the year and continued to grow. Broome improved at a really high level this year and may challenge Patrick for the starting spot. However, the seniority of Patrick will give him the starting nod. Brandon Shell was a five star offensive tackle coming out of high school and was widely regarded as one of the best in the entire class two years ago.

He’s been solid but not spectacular. He seems to have conditioning issues. He will retain his starting right tackle spot and continue his development. He has the chance to be a really special linemen.

Gibson has unique size and agility. He moves quickly and knows how to counter stunts with the best of the linemen. He has a tendency to play too highly allowing the opposition to get under him and establish a solid push. If he learns to play a bit lower he will be an extremely solid linemen capable of starting down the road.

 
 

2013 south carolina football depth chart

 
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South Carolina Gamecocks Football Preview.

 

The secondary is full of returning veterans. Their efforts get bolstered by a defensive line that continues to be hungry for quarterbacks. Speaking of which, Jadeveon Clowney has proven to be all that he was cracked up to be out of high school. No where across the land is there a defensive end that can single-handed win football games.

This has been a great defense but the linebacker unit loses all three solid full-time starters. In short, three of the top four tacklers played here and were seniors. Kenny Miles stepped in to cover but he too will move on. That leaves only sophomore Mike Davis, considered one of the top senior high school performers, to carry the load.

The limited depth behind him won’t get labeled until spring. WR Ace Sanders. DE Jadeveon Clowney. Their coverage will begin with our full Preseason Preview due out this coming spring. Connor Shaw-Sr. Dylan Thompson-Jr. Mike Davis-So. Ace Sanders-Sr. Shaw Roland-So. Bruce Ellington-Jr. Damiere Byrd-Jr. Nick Jones-Jr. Rory Anderson-Jr. Jerell Adams-So. Corey Robinson-Jr. Mike Matulis-Jr.

Kyle Harris-So. Ronald Patrick-Sr. Brandon Shell-So. Cody Gibson-Jr. Chaz Sutton-Sr. Gerald Dixon-So. Phillip Dukes-So. Kelcy Quarles-Jr. Jadeveon Clowney-Jr. Cedrick Cooper-So. Victor Hampton-Jr. Ahmad Christian-So. Jimmy Legree-Sr. Brison Williams-Jr. Kadetrix Marcus-Jr. Tyler Hull-Jr. Patrick Fish-Jr. Offense hasn’t been one of them for the former Gainesville “offensive genius”. The Gamecocks continue to win with defense and the scales have to be tipped more to the other side in if this team is to get better as the defensive personnel takes a few hits.

Quarterback Connor Shaw has been more than serviceable because he can run. His passing ability isn’t going to force a defense to game plan around it. At times Shaw looks brilliant and at other times sub-par. Back up Dylan Thompson will continue to look over his shoulder. The offensive line has a rare opportunity to be the rock offensively with four starters returning. This unit has been an area of massive concern and shake up in the past. The top two pass catchers are back in Sanders and Ellington which should help keep this passing game moving forward.

Ace Sanders is also a threat to take any punt return in for six points. This defense featured one of the top fronts in the nation with veteran seniors at linebacker.

They’re gone now. The holes get enhanced by the fact there is little to no proven experience behind them. Clowney and Sutton are back. With so much experience in the secondary the pass defense should be solid.

 
 

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