South Carolina did not have to look far to address its depth concerns at tight end.
Gazing across the line of scrimmage was all it took.
The Gamecocks released their spring practice depth chart this week and revealed a handful of position changes along with it. Nowhere is the shuffling more apparent than at tight end, where former defensive ends Chaun Gresham and Corey Simmons now play. Walk-on Payton Brady also has been converted from quarterback to tight end.
Gresham played in 12 of 14 games last year, mostly on special teams, while Simmons redshirted. Those two will compete this spring to back up junior Justice Cunningham, who moves into the starting role vacated by Patrick DiMarco.
The offensive line also got a few tweaks heading into the spring. Ronald Patrick, who was listed as the No. 2 center the last time the Gamecocks played, has been moved to right guard and will back up Rokevious Watkins. That move suggests junior T.J. Johnson has strengthened his grip on the starting center spot.
The most surprising name on the offensive line depth chart is Cody Gibson, who played in the first game of 2010 but has applied for a medical redshirt due to a knee injury. Gibson is listed as the Gamecocks’ starting right tackle ahead of junior college transfer Kaleb Broome.
Melvin Ingram, who had a breakout season playing inside and outside of the defensive line last year, will start the spring at defensive end. Ingram had a team-high nine sacks last season. The Gamecocks have Aldrick Fordham, who played defensive end last year, listed as a starter at defensive tackle heading into spring.
Bryce Sherman, who got two carries as a running back last year, has been moved to wide receiver. He remains the starter at kickoff returner. Billy Byrne was moved from defense to fullback. As Ellis Johnson said last month, Akeem Auguste has been moved from safety back to cornerback. Marty Markett, who started two games last year, is listed as fourth-team at cornerback.