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2014 SOUTH CAROLINA FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 28, 2014
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2014 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL PREVIEW


South Carolina Gamecocks (0 - Pres)

 

COACH: STEVE SPURRIER, 77-39 @ SOUTH CAROLINA

 

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: STEVE SPURRIER

 

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: LORENZO WARD

 

LAST LEAGUE TITLE: 1969 IN THE ACC

 

RETURNING STARTERS: 16, 8 OFFENSE, 6 DEFENSE, PUNTER AND KICKER

 

OFFENSE PPG: 34.1

 

RUSHING: 198.5

 

PASSING: 253.8

 

TOTAL OFFENSE: 452.3

 

DEFENSE PPG: 20.3

 

RUSHING: 153.8

 

PASSING: 196.2

 

TOTAL DEFENSE: 350.0

 

TO MARGIN: +13


South Carolina Gamecocks (0 - Pres)

 

South Carolina lost a lot of excellent players from last year’s football team but still return 16 starters and 58 letterman who have a lot of experience. Quarterback Connor Shaw is perhaps the biggest loss after becoming the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history. Senior Dylan Thompson will take over under center and most feel that the South Carolina offense will continue to produce at a high rate. Thompson has plenty of game experience, is a very smart quarterback and is an accurate passer. Thompson will have four starters back on the offensive line, all over 300 pounds, including left tackle Corey Robinson, left guard AJ Cann, right tackle Brandon Shell and center Clayton Stadnick. The receiving corps is back including receivers Shaq Roland, Damiere Byrd and tight end Rory Robinson. The running game will belong to Mike Davis who rushed for over 1000 yards in 2013 and many feel that he could be in the Heisman discussion this year.


South Carolina Gamecocks (1983 - Pres)

 

South Carolina lost two key players off their defense to the NFL including end Jadeveon Clowney who many considered the best defensive player in college football. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward won’t have the personnel to put pressure on the opposing quarterback the way he had last season. The strength of the team will be the linebackers with Skai Moore, Kalwan Lewis and Sharrod Golightly expected to pick up the slack. Moore is only a sophomore but is expected to be the top playmaker on defense. Only one starter returns on the defense of line and that is tackle JT Surratt (6-2 305). He’ll be joined by DT Philip Dukes (6-3 322), and defensive ends Darius English and Gerald Dixon.

The secondary may be the weakest link returning strong safety Brison Williams and Chaz Elder. Williams may be forced to play some corner because of the lack of depth in the secondary. TJ Gurley and Kadetrix Marcus will in all probability rotate the safety positions along with Elder.

 

South Carolina will be tested in two of their first three games when they host Texas A&M on August 28 and Georgia on September 13. Coming off the school’s best offense of season in history, South Carolina will return a physical and experienced offensive that should open plenty of holes for the running attack and protect Dylan Thompson. The biggest question mark for South Carolina in trying to win a very tough SEC will be the weak secondary.


South Carolina Gamecocks (1983 - Pres)


SCHEDULE:


 

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/28/14 vs. Texas A&M # TV Columbia, S.C. 6:00 p.m. ET
09/06/14 vs. East Carolina TV Columbia, S.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
09/13/14 vs. Georgia # TV Columbia, S.C. 3:30 p.m. ET
09/20/14 at Vanderbilt # Nashville, Tenn. TBA
09/27/14 vs. Missouri # Columbia, S.C. TBA
10/04/14 at Kentucky # Lexington, Ky. TBA
10/18/14 vs. Furman Columbia, S.C. TBA
10/25/14 at Auburn # Auburn, Ala. TBA
11/01/14 vs. Tennessee # Columbia, S.C. TBA
11/15/14 at Florida # Gainesville, Fla. TBA
11/22/14 vs. South Alabama Columbia, S.C. TBA
11/29/14 at Clemson Clemson, S.C. TBA


South Carolina Gamecocks (1983 - Pres)


ROSTER:

 

 
No.NamePos.Hgt.Wgt.Cl.Hometown/High School/Last College
89 adams jerell Jerell Adams TE 78 6-6 247 5 JR Pinewood, S.C./Scott's Branch
81 anderson rory Rory Anderson TE 77 6-5 230 7 SR Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern
19 ard landon Landon Ard PK 69 5-9 176 6 RS JR Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe
40 august jacob Jacob August TE 78 6-6 242 1 FR Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman/Fork Union Military
29 belton matrick Matrick Belton WR 76 6-4 215 4 RS SO Columbia, S.C./Keenan/Hampton
80 brent k.j. K.J. Brent WR 76 6-4 190 6 RS JR Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge
32 bryant larenz Larenz Bryant SPR 72 6-0 219 3 SO Charlotte, NC./Vance
21 bunch andrew Andrew Bunch WR 71 5-11 175 4 RS SO Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Bishop England/Presbyterian
1 byrd damiere Damiere Byrd WR 69 5-9 166 7 SR Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek
31 camara mohamed Mohamed Camara SPR 73 6-1 200 2 RS FR Cumming, Ga./Forsyth
50 cann a.j. A.J. Cann OG 76 6-4 318 8 RS SR Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt
7 carson shon Shon Carson TB 68 5-8 200 6 RS JR Scranton, S.C./Lake City
18 cooper cedrick Cedrick Cooper DE 74 6-2 226 6 RS JR Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia
11 cooper pharoh Pharoh Cooper WR 71 5-11 200 3 SO Havelock, NC./Havelock
58 culbertson ryland Ryland Culbertson LS 76 6-4 278 8 RS SR Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy
28 davis mike Mike Davis TB 69 5-9 216 5 JR Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson
13 davitte grant Grant Davitte QB 75 6-3 185 2 RS FR Columbia, S.C./Irmo
31 diaz jordan Jordan Diaz FB 73 6-1 228 8 RS SR Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West
42 diggs jordan Jordan Diggs SPR 72 6-0 221 4 RS SO Fort Myers, Fla./Island Coast
44 dixon gerald Gerald Dixon DE 74 6-2 267 4 RS SO Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe
92 dixon, jr. gerald Gerald Dixon, Jr. DT 75 6-3 325 6 RS JR Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern
52 dukes phillip Phillip Dukes DT 75 6-3 322 6 RS JR Manning, S.C./Manning
17 elder chaz Chaz Elder FS 74 6-2 196 4 RS SO Union City, Ga./Banneker
5 english darius Darius English DE 78 6-6 235 4 RS SO Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern
18 fish patrick Patrick Fish P 72 6-0 196 8 RS SR Shelby, N.C./Burns
36 fleetwood kyle Kyle Fleetwood SPR 71 5-11 226 4 RS SO Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
29 fry elliott Elliott Fry PK 72 6-0 155 3 SO Frisco, Tx./Prince of Peace Christian
19 fuller jody Jody Fuller WR 71 5-11 207 4 RS SO Charlotte, N.C./Sun Valley
78 gibson cody Cody Gibson OT 79 6-7 288 8 RS SR Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
43 gist garrison Garrison Gist FB 70 5-10 260 6 RS JR Rock Hill, S.C./Northwesterm
9 golightly sharrod Sharrod Golightly SPR 70 5-10 205 8 RS SR Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb
93 green deon Deon Green DT 76 6-4 285 4 RS SO Windermere, Fla./Olympia
94 griffin kelsey Kelsey Griffin DT 74 6-2 307 3 SO Buford, Ga./Mill Creek
14 groves ali Ali Groves CB 70 5-10 189 2 RS FR Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
20 gurley t.j. T.J. Gurley SS 70 5-10 194 5 JR Cairo, Ga./Cairo
15 hails austin Austin Hails QB 74 6-2 225 6 RS JR Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville
59 harley coleman Coleman Harley LS 73 6-1 254 6 RS JR Aiken, S.C./South Aiken
34 harris mason Mason Harris DE 75 6-3 231 6 RS JR Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./Ridgeland
84 harvey matthew Matthew Harvey WR 80 6-8 229 6 RS JR Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill
83 heard carlton Carlton Heard WR 72 6-0 185 6 RS JR Athens, Ga./Clarke Central/Gardner-Webb
11 holloman t.j. T.J. Holloman LB 74 6-2 233 4 RS SO Stone Mountain, Ga./St. Pius X
35 homad jeff Jeff Homad TE 74 6-2 228 8 RS SR Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island/UNC Pembroke
13 hull tyler Tyler Hull P 74 6-2 210 8 RS SR Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy/Guilford College
35 james shannon Shannon James DB 67 5-7 160 4 RS SO Florence, S.C./South Florence
8 jeffery shamier Shamier Jeffery WR 73 6-1 203 6 RS JR St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County
55 johnson david David Johnson DE 73 6-1 280 2 RS FR Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia
3 jones nick Nick Jones WR 67 5-7 174 8 RS SR Moore, S.C./Byrnes
96 kelly-rice tre Tre Kelly-Rice DE 74 6-2 239 6 RS JR Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg/Newberry
52 king bryce Bryce King OG 75 6-3 320 2 RS FR Dillon, S.C./Dillon
70 knott alan Alan Knott OC 76 6-4 275 2 RS FR Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
99 lamin abu Abu Lamin DT 76 6-4 295 4 RS SO Fayetteville, N.C./Trinity Christian/Fort Scott C.C.
8 lewis kaiwan Kaiwan Lewis LB 72 6-0 235 5 JR Pleasantville, N.J./St. Joseph
46 malone cedrick Cedrick Malone SPR 72 6-0 197 4 RS SO Camden, S.C./Camden/Coastal Carolina
25 marcus kadetrix Kadetrix Marcus FS 73 6-1 197 7 SR Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
76 matulis mike Mike Matulis OT 77 6-5 304 6 RS JR Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista
41 mclaurin connor Connor McLaurin FB 72 6-0 238 8 RS SR Raleigh, N.C./Garner
1 mcwilliams rico Rico McWilliams CB 71 5-11 184 4 RS SO Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy
6 mitch connor Connor Mitch QB 75 6-3 217 2 RS FR Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield
6 moody chris Chris Moody SS 73 6-1 212 4 RS SO McDonough, Ga./Henry County
10 moore skai Skai Moore LB 74 6-2 210 3 SO Cooper City, Fla./University
41 morini kyle Kyle Morini LB 70 5-10 222 8 RS SR Warner Robins, Ga./White Knoll/Gray Military
5 nosovitch brendan Brendan Nosovitch QB 73 6-1 222 4 RS SO Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic
87 odom sean Sean Odom WR 72 6-0 190 4 RS SO Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg Prep
10 orth perry Perry Orth QB 73 6-1 211 4 RS SO Ponde Verda, Fla./Ponte Verda/Florida State College
88 owens drew Drew Owens TE 78 6-6 244 6 RS JR Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell
69 park d.j. D.J. Park OT 76 6-4 342 2 RS FR Dillon, S.C./Dillon
30 paulk darius Darius Paulk FB 68 5-8 192 4 RS SO Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast/North Greenville
61 petty stephen Stephen Petty OL 74 6-2 260 4 RS SO Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg/USC-Upstate
49 potter devin Devin Potter TB 70 5-10 202 4 RS SO Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell
34 price jonas Jonas Price K/P 74 6-2 165 2 RS FR Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's
16 rainey kelvin Kelvin Rainey TE 75 6-3 232 4 RS SO Yulee, Fla./Yulee
30 rhodes sidney Sidney Rhodes CB 70 5-10 175 8 RS SR Easley, S.C./Wren/Western Carolina
21 roberts marcquis Marcquis Roberts LB 73 6-1 211 4 RS SO Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern
53 robinson corey Corey Robinson OT 80 6-8 348 8 RS SR Havelock, N.C./Havelock
55 rodgers na'ty Na'Ty Rodgers OT 77 6-5 289 2 RS FR Waldorf, Md./McDonough
4 roland shaq Shaq Roland WR 73 6-1 185 5 JR Lexington, S.C./Lexington
43 russell benjamin Benjamin Russell DB 72 6-0 175 2 RS FR Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy
26 sasser jasper Jasper Sasser FS 72 6-0 202 2 RS FR Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson
49 shank garrett Garrett Shank SS 72 6-0 204 4 RS SO Marietta, Ga./Lassiter
71 shell brandon Brandon Shell OT 78 6-6 334 6 RS JR Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
39 smalls demetrius Demetrius Smalls DB 71 5-11 175 2 RS FR Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton
27 smith jamari Jamari Smith CB 70 5-10 199 3 SO Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher
75 sport will Will Sport OG 77 6-5 301 6 RS JR Milton, Fla./Pace
65 stadnik brock Brock Stadnik OG 77 6-5 294 4 RS SO Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford
54 stadnik clayton Clayton Stadnik OC 75 6-3 279 4 RS SO Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford
45 sturdivant brandon Brandon Sturdivant FB 74 6-2 225 4 RS SO Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford/York Tech
97 surratt j.t. J.T. Surratt DT 74 6-2 305 8 RS SR Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland
32 talley rod Rod Talley TB 70 5-10 201 3 SO Laurens, S.C./Laurens/Gardner-Webb
17 thompson dylan Dylan Thompson QB 75 6-3 219 8 RS SR Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs
44 turner gerald Gerald Turner FB 74 6-2 251 2 RS FR Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
51 waldrop cody Cody Waldrop OC 74 6-2 315 4 RS SO Seffner, Fla./Armwood
28 walton jonathan Jonathan Walton LB 72 6-0 237 3 SO Daphne, Ala./Bayside Academy
51 washington devin Devin Washington DE 75 6-3 226 2 RS FR Orlando, Fla./Jones
95 washington michael Michael Washington DE 75 6-3 241 6 RS JR Allendale, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax/S.C. State
85 whitehurst kane Kane Whitehurst WR 71 5-11 180 6 RS JR Duluth, Ga./Chattahoochee/Arkansas
22 wilds brandon Brandon Wilds TB 74 6-2 218 6 RS JR Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood
12 williams brison Brison Williams SS 71 5-11 218 7 SR Warner Robins, Ga./Northside/Fork Union Military
33 williams david David Williams TB 73 6-1 210 2 RS FR Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter
47 williams drew Drew Williams LS 74 6-2 192 3 SO Irmo, S.C/Dutch Fork
74 zandi mason Mason Zandi OT 81 6-9 303 4 RS SO Irmo, S.C./Chapin
Coaches
Steve Spurrier - Head Coach
Deke Adams - Defensive Line
Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs
Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Shawn Elliott - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne
G.A. Mangus - Quarterbacks
Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator
Everette Sands - Running Backs
Jamie Speronis - Associate AD/Football Operations
Steve Spurrier Jr. - Co-Offensive Coord/Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord
Lorenzo Ward - Defensive Coordinator
Joey Blake - Director of Football Nutrition
Robbie Liles - Director - Recruiting Operations
Patrick Shine - Administrative Coordinator - Recruiting
Scott Spurrier - Quality Control Coordinator (Offense)
Shaq Wilson - Quality Control Coordinator (Defense)



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