Dion LeCorn began the fall with the Gamecocks' wide receivers but has since shifted to defense and the spur position.
The senior from Ocala, Fla., so far has seen most of his playing time on special teams in 2010.
LeCorn has battled injuries and position swaps in his time at USC. He went from wide receiver to spur midway through 2008, then back to receiver in 2009.
LeCorn suffered a broken leg on the final play of the 2009 spring game, then reinjured his ankle during practice leading up to last year's Alabama game and was sidelined again for several games.
He says he's making the most of his final go-round with the Gamecocks.
Any personal goals for your senior season?
It's my last time out there. I'm trying to help the team out any way I can. I just want to be there for my team whenever my time comes.
How has the transition back to defense gone?
Luckily I had played defense before, so I kind of caught on to some of the stuff we used to run. It wasn't too bad.
What's different this time?
A lot of different checks, things we call by different names. But it's pretty much the same stuff.
What are the benefits to having played both offense and defense?
It helped on both sides of the ball. When I first moved to defense and went back to offense, you kind of get a feel for what the defense is doing. You recognize a lot of the stuff. Now being on defense, you recognize what the offense is doing and why they're doing it.
What was your reaction to the death of former teammate Kenny McKinley?
It's a sad thing to hear about. It gives you something to play for now.
Was it good to have a weekend off?
It's good to have a week off before Alabama. Everybody can get their legs fresh, get their mind right.
Does it feel different playing Alabama this time around?
There's more excitement. We've got a little bit more publicity. It's exciting. I love it ... the spotlight.
Have the players talked about the prospect of beating a No. 1 team?
We talked about it here and there, but it's another game. We'll go out there like it's another game. We're not going to put them on a pedestal. ... It would be nice to beat a top team. But we still have a lot more games left to play.
Has such a big game affected the team's focus in practice this week?
We know we're going to have to try to come out there mistake-free. It seems like everybody's more focused, trying to practice like we're going to play.
What impresses you the most about Alabama?
It's the same old physical Alabama.
With Florida struggling vs. Alabama, do you think a win over the Tide would give USC the upper hand in the SEC East?
Being in the SEC, I don't feel like anyone has an upper hand. You have to come out and play every week.