A quick look at South Carolina's key storylines and returning players at cornerback, safety and spur.
The loss of Stephon Gilmore and C.C. Whitlock will hurt, particularly Gilmore, who manned a starting job for most of three seasons.
The return of Akeem Auguste, who missed all but one game last season due to a foot injury and subsequently redshirted, will help offset the losses. Auguste should win one of the starting jobs easily.
Victor Hampton will get the first shot at the other starting job and has plenty of talent to do it well. Hampton has as much to prove off the field as on it between now and the beginning of the 2012 season. Ahmad Christian will compete with Hampton for that spot.
Akeem Auguste, Sr.
Victor Hampton, So.
Ahmad Christian, Fr.
Cadarious Sanders, So.
D.J. Swearinger will open the 2012 season on the first team and won't be asked to do much in the spring.
Most of the time will be spent developing depth. One of the most promising youngsters is rising sophomore Brison Williams. Sheldon Royster and Kadetrix Marcus are two more names to watch.
D.J. Swearinger, Sr.
Brison Williams, So.
Jimmy Legree, Jr.
Sheldon Royster, Fr.
Kadetrix Marcus, Fr.
Josh Woods, Jr.
Kenny Robinson, So.
With Antonio Allen gone, DeVonte Holloman will move from safety to spur and likely won't see many snaps in the spring. Sharrod Golightly and Marcquis Roberts will battle for playing time as well.
Last year's spur backup Damario Jeffery appears headed back to linebacker.
DeVonte Holloman, Sr.
Sharrod Golightly, So.
Marcquis Roberts, Fr.