Shaw and Thompson both will play
The two-quarterback formula worked for the Gamecocks in 2012. How it will play out might not be known until the season is under way. Dylan Thompson on Saturday said he and Connor Shaw have the right attitudes to make it work again in 2013. Shaw missed the spring after foot surgery but is expected to be at full strength this summer. As long as both stay healthy, Shaw and Thompson will take almost all of the snaps in 2013.
Coaches are counting on Hampton
Victor Hampton had one pass breakup Saturday and, as expected, didn’t play much. He will be counted on to lead the Gamecocks’ secondary this fall. D.J. Swearinger and Akeem Auguste are gone, and there’s youth and inexperience on the depth chart after Hampton and Jimmy Legree. Hampton has been vocal this spring, even chiding wide receivers for drops. He’s also penciled in as the favorite to be the team’s punt returner.
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Roland will play more in 2013
A centerpiece of the 2012 signing class, Shaq Roland had a quiet freshman campaign with five catches for 80 yards. He and Shamier Jeffery capped off solid springs with four catches each in Saturday’s game, with Roland finding the end zone. The Lexington High product and 2011 Mr. Football in South Carolina has improved enough to earn starting consideration in the fall.
Davis is the starting tailback — for now
Mike Davis, the other star signee in 2012, is tops on the depth chart as spring football ends, he said after Saturday’s game. Davis had 52 carries for 275 yards as a true freshman last season. Coaches named him the most improved running back of the spring, but he’ll still be challenged by Brandon Wilds this summer. Steve Spurrier praised both after the spring game and said incoming freshman David Williams also will get a shot to crack the rotation.
There should be no letdown on the defensive line
Jadeveon Clowney has 21 sacks in two seasons and said Saturday that he wants to break Eric Norwood’s career mark (29). The hype surrounding Clowney in 2013 could be astronomical, but he will have plenty of help on the line. Chaz Sutton is starting as a senior and had 25 tackles and five sacks last year coming off the bench. Tackles Kelcy Quarles, J.T. Surratt and Gerald Dixon Jr. add size and experience to the middle.