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South Carolina's latest depth chart doesn't list any of the true freshman wide receivers. All three are hoping that changes this month.
Shaq Roland, Kwinton Smith and Jody Fuller enter camp with a goal of most true freshmen: playing right away.
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When the Gamecocks take the practice field Friday for the first time since the spring, junior receiver Ace Sanders knows seven others looking for their share of plays this season: Bruce Ellington, DeAngelo Smith, Damiere Byrd, Shamier Jeffery, D.L. Moore, Nick Jones and K.J. Brent.
"If the freshmen want to get on the field, they're going to really have to compete with those guys," Sanders said last month at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "They are just as hungry as everybody else in the SEC."
Each freshman was considered a four-star prospect by most of the major recruiting services. Roland, who played at nearby Lexington High, was a five-star athlete, according to Scout.com.
Smith, from Dillon, got a head start in the transition to college life, enrolling at the end of May in time for the first summer semester. His name came up from coaches and players as someone who stood out in summer workouts.
Roland and Fuller joined him in July.
"I want to prove that I deserve a spot," Roland said recently. "Everybody's working for a spot. I just want to prove myself."
Fuller, from Monroe, N.C., said he's spent the summer on conditioning, getting stronger and learning routes. He credited Sanders and Ellington with helping him along in workouts.
"They tell me what I need to do, help me be in the right spots and run the right routes to make plays," he said.
Fuller hopes redshirting won't be an option.
Roland, who battled a recurring shoulder injury earlier this year, declared himself healthy.
When practice starts, he expects to line up behind Smith at Alshon Jeffery's former receiver spot. Roland said his ultimate goal doesn't center on playing time.
"I just want to win," he said. "If I start, that would be great."