South Carolina opens spring practice on Feb. 28. Between now and then, The State newspaper will take a position-by-position look at the Gamecocks roster. Today, we’ll look at linebackers.
Bryson Allen-Williams, Senior, 6-0, 230 – The veteran played in only three games last year because of a shoulder injury that will limit him this spring, but he is expected to return to full strength and his starting job in the fall. He has 17.5 tackles-for-loss in his career, and his return should help make up for the exit of Skai Moore.
T.J. Brunson, Junior, 6-1, 230 pounds – It’s time for a breakout year for Brunson, who started all 13 games at middle linebacker last year. Brunson came into his own last year, finishing second on the team with 88 tackles. He also had three fumble recoveries and two sacks. Expect Brunson to be named to several preseason and postseason All-SEC teams.
Eldridge Thompson, Senior, 6-1, 215 pounds – The junior college transfer has one more year to make an impact and has a chance to win the open starting spot at linebacker.
Davonne Bowen, Redshirt Freshman, 6-1, 218 pounds – Bowen’s best physical skill is a quick first step that could give the Gamecocks desperately needed pass rush ability.
Sherrod Greene, Sophomore, 6-1, 223 pounds – Probably the front-runner for the open starting spot at this position, Greene had 22 tackles as a true freshman, including a season-high five against Clemson.
Damani Staley, Redshirt Freshman, 6-1, 210 pounds – The Columbia native and son of Gamecocks legend Duce Staley has a chance to earn a backup role this year.
Ernest Jones, Freshman, 6-2, 218 – Jones won’t participate in spring practice because of a back injury discovered when he arrived on campus in January.
Rosendo Louis, Freshman, 6-2, 245 – Louis is an early enrollee who has a chance to make an immediate impact.