As South Carolina kicks off summer practice on Friday, we take a quick look at five Gamecocks who are on the rise to stardom.
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, DE
Despite not breaking into the starting lineup, the heralded recruit from Rock Hill was named SEC Freshman of the Year. He understands the scheme better, so he should improve on his totals of 8 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in limited snaps.
KELCY QUARLES, DT
The sophomore moved into the starting lineup midway through last season and did enough to garner several Freshman All-American accolades. He is stronger and has a good motor.
D.J. SWEARINGER, FS
The senior emerged as a leader in the secondary last year. He missed spring practice with a foot injury but will be counted on heavily in the fall. He is the top returning tackler (80) and made several big plays, including interceptions to seal the victories against Mississippi State and Tennessee.
RORY ANDERSON, TE
The sophomore had eight catches but he averaged 23.5 yards per grab and scored three touchdowns. As the Gamecocks look to incorporate the tight ends more into their offense, Anderson could see his role expand.
BRANDON SHELL, LT
Two other freshman offensive linemen played in 2011 while Shell redshirted, but the former prep All-American should take over at left tackle. The imposing 6-6, 331-pounder from Goose Creek has all the tools to be a future first-round NFL draft pick.