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Gamecocks wide receivers should be young with Samuel, Edwards in lead

3 storylines for South Carolina football team's offense in 2016

The State's Josh Kendall gives his take on three issues facing the South Carolina football team's offense in Will Muschamp's debut season as head coach.
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The State's Josh Kendall gives his take on three issues facing the South Carolina football team's offense in Will Muschamp's debut season as head coach.

The Gamecocks are short on experience with redshirt sophomore Deebo Samuel, he of five career games, suddenly thrust into the role of likely No. 1 option. Beyond him, early enrollee freshman Bryan Edwards could step in as a key option, Jamari Smith might have found a home in the slot and a slew of freshmen (Kiel Pollard, Korey Banks, et al) will have chances.

2016 Wide Receivers (listed alphabetically)

Fr. Korey Banks (5-foot-11, 173 pounds) – He projects as a potential deep threat, perhaps as soon as next season after netting 61 catches for 813 yards and six scores as a high school senior.

Fr. Randrecous Davis (5-10, 173) – The smaller, prolific player from Georgia snagged 58 passes for 1,024 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior last fall.

Fr. Chavis Dawkins (6-2, 200) – A tall product of the Byrnes High machine, he was one of the best receivers in South Carolina, with 73 catches for 1,319 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Fr. Bryan Edwards (6-3, 205) – One of the top signees in the 2015 class, the Conway alum enrolled early and exited spring listed as a starter.

So. Terry Googer (6-4, 220) – A tall, lanky former four-star prospect who saw spot snaps after transitioning from being a high school quarterback.

RFr. Christian Owens (6-5, 211) – One of the most physically imposing pass catchers on the roster, he redshirted last year after being projected either at tight end or receiver.

Fr. Kiel Pollard (6-0, 230) – The Moultrie, Georgia, product has an odd build, but made plenty of plays for one of the best high school programs in the nation.

So. Deebo Samuel (6-0, 205) – Hampered most of 2015 with a hamstring injury, he posted 131 yards in the final two games and projects as a top target.

Jr. Jamari Smith (5-10, 204) – The former running back and cornerback finished the spring as the only listed slot receiver and had six catches for 54 yards in the spring game.

RFr. Jerad Washington (5-9, 150) – A quick, smaller option in the slot, he missed all of 2015 with a broken leg in August after enrolling early.

Lettermen Lost

Pharoh Cooper

Carlton Heard

Shamier Jeffery

D.J. Neal

Preseason Depth Chart

Outside – Deebo Samuel

Terry Googer

Outside – Bryan Edwards

Javon Charleston

Slot – Jamari Smith

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