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Starters for 2013

  • The Benk

    This is a topic on the BB and i figured I would cut/paste my post from that thread here to see what the Gamecocks think about it.

    South Carolina

    OFFENSE:
    QB: Connor Shaw - SR - He might not finish the season as the starter but he will start his final season as QB1
    RB: Brandon Wilds - RSo - Proved as a freshman that he can handle starting in the SEC. He had 3 100+ yd games after Latt went down. It was a luxury to Redshirt him in 2012.
    TE: Rory Anderson - Jr - Half of this dudes catches have been for touchdowns and most of the others have been big gains or come in the clutch. Jerrell Adams could unseat him by years end though.
    WR; Ace Sanders - Sr - Capped his junior season with a 9 catch/2 TD game at the Outback Bowl. He is small but he can make plays.
    WR: Bruce Ellington - Jr - Returning leading receiver. Might choose to stick with basketball but I think his success this season will bring him back for another year of football.
    WR: Kwinton Smith - RFr - Redshirtted because he wasnt strong/physical enough for SEC defenses coming out of high school. Coaches considered removing the redshirt towards the end of the year but decided against it.
    OT: Corey Robinson - RJr - Always had the size and talent but didnt have the confidence/work ethic until this past season. Looked good at times but was obviously a first year starter. Should be much more poised next year.
    OG: AJ Cann - RJr - Has started every game since the beginning of his RFr season. Very solid interior lineman.
    OC: Cody Waldrop - RFr - Kyle Harris was supposed to be our next Center in line but Waldrop passed him on the depth chart heading into spring. Harris transferred.
    OG: Brock Stadnik - RFr - Ronald Patrick was the weak link in the line this year and I think after redshirtting and going through 2 springs Stadnik should be ready to step in and play.
    OT: Brandon Shell - RSo - Was supposed to be our LT of the future but ended up being better suited for the right side. If he progresses more than Robinson he might switch to LT. That also depends on where Mike Matulis is coming off of another shoulder injury.

    DEFENSE:

    DE: Chaz Sutton - RSr - Chaz has been waiting patiently to become a starter the entire time he has been here. That time has come. He made some big plays for us this year and will break out in 2013.
    DT: JT Surratt - RJr - Similar to Corey Robinson on the OL, Surratt wasnt mentally ready his first 2 years in the program. This year he stepped in and made some plays. Our DL Coach believes that, when focused, he is our most physically talented DT (above Kelcy Quarles).
    DT: Kelcy Quarles - Jr - Earned his starting role by the end of his Fr season and has not let go.
    DE: Jadeveon Clowney - No explaination needed.
    WLB: Larenz Bryant - Fr - We only have 2 healthy scholarship LBs heading into spring practice. This was supposed to be Cedrick Cooper's job but he tore his ACL during bowl prep. I doubt he is back 100% before the first game and Larenz is too talented to keep off the field.
    MLB: Kaiwan Lewis - So - Lewis didnt get to play much at LB as a freshman but our coaches felt his play on special teams warranted burning his redshirt. He also wins this spot by default considering we dont have any other MLBs on scholarship right now.
    SPUR: Jordan Diggs - RFr - Another case of the mystery injury. Diggs played the first few games of the year and looked pretty good. But Devonte Holloman was playing so well that we were conveniently able to redshirt Diggs. None of the other spurs are quite as talented as he is.
    CB: Victor Hampton - RJr - He made some mistakes but is a great cover corner. He made some huge plays for us and will surely make more next year before heading to the NFL.
    SS: Brison Williams - Jr - Solid 2 year contributor, 1 year starter. Won't be All-SEC but can make some plays.
    FS: TJ Gurley - So - He earned playing time as a freshman and made some big plays. Halfway through the season he tore his ACL and was put on the shelf. Our coaches hope to get him back by the start of fall camp. If he isnt ready look for RFr Chaz Elder to move over from CB as FS is his more natural position.
    CB: Jimmy Legree - RSr - Legree looked great the first few games of the year but started to fade down the stretch. The talent is there, he just has to maintain his confidence throughout the season.

    KR: Bruce Ellington - Jr - Has gotten close but always seems to get caught up by the last man. He'll finally return one for a TD in 2013.
    PR: Ace Sanders - Sr - Solidified himself as one of the best punt returners in the country with a 63 yard return for TD in the Outback Bowl.

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  • eddy

    Couple things:

    1 I've heard both Stadniks have a lot of work to do to get in the rotation.

    2 TJ Holloman might be the best of the bunch we've got at LB

    3 if Gurley can't go, look for Chaz Elder to get a strong look at FS

  • Who would have ever thought that our defense could have 2 starters named Chaz. I mean the Harvard rowing team I could believe, but not an SEC defense.

    The rug really tied the room together, did it not?

  • The Benk

    1. I have heard the same about Stadnik but I believe his ceiling is much higher than Patricks. Hoping that he can move to OG in the spring and the light comes on. Might just be wishful thinking.
    2. Didnt see much of Holloman in the fall before they closed practices. Have heard he looked better than expected. Really put Larenz in there because for 2 years all I have heard is that he is an immediate impact guy with special talent. Not a knock on Holloman but I have high hopes for Bryant.
    3. I said exactly this in the little writeup next to TJ Gurley's name. I think the insiders on here have also said it depends on how Legree/Christian look and if McWilliams is back.

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