With Skai Moore missing 2016, T.J. Holloman is the anchor in the middle for the South Carolina football team. Larenz Bryant and Jonathan Walton round out the group, plus Bryson Allen-Williams, who should fill several roles.
South Carolina’s football team is heavy on unproven talent, but cornerback/safety Chris Lammons, defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, defensive end Marquavius Lewis and cornerback Jamarcus King will all have to shoulder heavy loads for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks are short on experience with redshirt sophomore Deebo Samuel, he of five career games, suddenly thrust into the role of likely No. 1 option. Beyond him, early enrollee freshman Bryan Edwards could step in as a key option, Jamari Smith might have found a home in the slot and a slew of freshmen (Kiel Pollard, Korey Banks, et al) will have chances.
South Carolina’s new football operations building, budgeted at $50 million, is set to begin construction in January. The new facility will keep USC just under the state’s mandated debt limit of $200 million, but it also keeps the Gamecocks current in the ever-changing arms race.
At a South Carolina Coaches for Charity event Tuesday night in Greenville, Will Muschamp said the verbal jousting between South Carolina and Clemson coaches, a staple of the Steve Spurrier-Dabo Swinney era, is at an end. But the Gamecock’s coach did get in one Head Ball Coach-style joke.
The South Carolina secondary could get a boost with Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson working hands-on with the unit. It can’t hurt, and there are some new pieces. Jamarcus King, a top JUCO prospect, might step in as the man to lock down No. 1 receivers, and Rico McWilliams returns on the other side. Safety is less clear, but Chaz Elder, Jordan Diggs, D.J. Smith or Chris Lammons could get a shot.
South Carolina enters fall with junior David Williams positioned firmly at the top of the depth chart. Freshman A.J. Turner established himself as the No. 2 tailback in the spring, but there could be some movement on the depth chart this fall as Gamecocks coaches get their first look at newcomers Rico Dowdle and C.J. Freeman.
South Carolina’s football team is heavy on unproven talent, but guard Cory Helms, tight end Hayden Hurst, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, running back David Williams and quarterback Brandon McIlwain will all have to shoulder heavy loads for the Gamecocks.
The battle for the starting spot looks like it’s down to Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain, with the possibility of a Jake Bentley surge. Injuries and a position change likely knocked Michael Scarnecchia and Lorenzo Nuñez out of the running, leaving the older steady hand (Orth) trying to hold off the young gun in an early enrollee freshman (McIlwain)
Looking at five games that could play an outsized role in determining South Carolina’s season. They’re clustered early, as crawling atop the bottom teams in the SEC East, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Missouri, will be key.
South Carolina enters the 2016 football season, its first under head coach Will Muschamp, with more questions than answers so we thought we’d start the year off with one question for members of the college football media both locally and nationally.