South Carolina’s wide receiver rotation is starting to come together with a quartet emerging at the top.
Senior Jason Barnes, juniors Alshon Jeffery and D.L. Moore and sophomore Ace Sanders will begin the season at the top of the depth chart, wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said.
“Those four guys will right now be the top four guys,” Spurrier Jr. said, “but Bruce Ellington is going to play, Nick Jones is going to play, (DeAngelo) Smith is going to play, Damiere Byrd is going to play. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of snaps in the first game, and we can evaluate them more and pick out the guys we think are going to have the biggest impact on our offense.”
Freshmen K.J. Brent and Shamier Jeffery probably are headed for redshirt seasons as long as the rest of the wide receiving corps remains healthy, Spurrier Jr. said. Brent, who has impressed the coaches throughout the preseason, still is hoping to get on the field next week when the No. 12 Gamecocks play East Carolina in Charlotte, which is near Brent’s hometown of Waxhaw, N.C.
“Hopefully, I can get on that top six or however many he plays because I know a lot of my family and friends are going to be there,” Brent said. “Hopefully, I can play in front of them.”
Brent and Shamier Jeffery have been impressive but not as impressive as the more veteran receivers, Spurrier Jr. said.
“I told Shamier he’s got a lot of the qualities Alshon has got, except Alshon happened to come here when we didn’t have six other receivers that are really good,” Spurrier Jr. said.
The lineup remains fluid, Spurrier Jr. said.
“It’ll be week to week,” he said. “This isn’t the NFL where you get the four you are going to play and cut the rest of them.”
Steve Spurrier Jr.