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SEPT. 22, 2012 • ISSUE #3


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10 LOOKING FOR NO. 1 USC Searching for Breakout Receiver

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Schedule Opponent Preview: MISSOURI Opponent Roster: MISSOURI Gameday Poster: USC vs. MISSOURI Explaining The Game: Steve Spurrier Jr. Senior Profile: D.J. Swearinger GamecockCentral.com’s Recruit to Watch: Quarterback Connor Mitch 22 USC Needs To Establish Alpha Status in New Rivalry 26 USC Roster, Coaches, Depth ON THE COVER: Alshon Jeffery hauls in a pass from Stephon Gilmore over Clemson’s Chris Chancellor during first-quarter action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Nov. 28, 2009. Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina.

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DeAngelo Smith hangs on to a touchdown pass over East Carolina’s Jacobi Jenkins during second-quarter action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 8. Photo by travis bell/sideline carolina

LOOKING FOR NO. 1 USC Searching for Breakout Receiver B Y D AV I D C L O N I N G E R

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ike his father, Steve Spurrier Jr. has been at South Carolina for eight years. Like his father, he’s seen the attempts to implement a high-flying passing game ebb and flow, but mostly ebb. 10

When it’s on, it’s on, and Spurrier Jr. has reaped the benefits of it. The Gamecocks’ receivers coach, Spurrier Jr. has been blessed with three straight record-breaking pass-catchers under his direction: Sidney Rice, Kenny McKinley and Alshon Jeffery. All left an indelible mark upon the program, and it was easy to think that the next great one would come along and announce himself soon. While the passing game in the Gamecocks’ first two games has followed the standard of Spurrier Jr.’s tenure — a sickening 67 yards against Vanderbilt segued into a healthy 397 against East Carolina — USC is still awaiting that announcement. The USC receivers had an outstanding day against the Pirates, but are still waiting for the go-to label to attach itself to one player. Who’s it going to be? “Pick one,” Spurrier Jr. recently cracked. “Nah, we have a large group and one of them will rise to the top. I don’t know if we’ll have the kind of guys like we’ve had in the past, but if I can get a group of six every Saturday that can do as a group what those guys did by themselves, I’ll be happy.” The group features a lot of candidates. Junior Ace Sanders has the most experience, but at 5-foot-8, he doesn’t seem likely to be the possession or jump-ball artist that the others were. D.L. Moore is a senior, but his first three years were middling at best (although Moore caught two touchdowns against East Carolina and could be on his way up). DeAngelo Smith had a touchdown against the Pirates, but overall he has been inconsistent in the fall despite being a standout in the spring. Bruce Ellington and Nick Jones have the hands and speed, but, like Sanders, are not blessed with height. Prospects are heavy. Redshirt freshman K.J. Brent has a good upside. Kwinton Smith is a skywalker from Dillon. Shaq Roland

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Damiere Byrd hauls in a pass over East Carolina’s Adonis Armstrong during first-quarter action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 8. Photo by travis bell/sideline carolina

is the latest South Carolina Mr. Football recipient to come to USC and was an all-world athlete down the road at Lexington High School. Shamier Jeffery, Alshon’s brother, is built like his sibling but has yet to establish himself as deserving of more playing time. Many of these players had better recruiting rankings than the Big Three did. Alshon Jeffery was the most notable prospect, a four-star player by rivals.com who reneged on a verbal commitment to Southern Cal to stick close to his St. Matthews home. McKinley and Rice were each three-star recruits; Rice sat out his first year due to injury, and McKinley was a high-school quarterback who came to USC having caught just one pass during his prep career. By that standard, it seems likely that Spurrier Jr.’s plan of letting the cream rise to the top will work. McKinley learned under Rice as the latter exploded onto the scene in 2005, then became the go-to man when Rice bolted for the NFL after the 2006 season. Jeffery was an also-ran his first few games until the coaches turned him loose against Kentucky in 2009; three touchdowns later, he was on his way to becoming the Gamecocks’ all-time leader in receiving yards (3,042), and 100-yard games (12), as well as tying with Rice for the all-time record in receiving touchdowns (23, tied with Rice). The Gamecocks have yet to

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sign a wide receiver in their class for next season, and spots are dwindling. It stands to reason that the group the team has now will still be around next year, as only Moore and walk-on Blair Lowery are seniors. No doubt, Spurrier Jr. would love to know that one of the underclassmen coming back in 2013 will be the man to demand the ball. Yet he has a problem. There isn’t just one trait or skill or characteristic that made Rice, McKinley and Jeffery what they were. Most of what they did couldn’t be taught, and could only be discovered on game day. They just did it. Every time. “Those guys were special,” Spurrier Jr. said. “And a lot of it, maybe not so much with Kenny, was we had to put them in and throw it up to them. That they kept making those plays was a testament to how natural they could do it.” The highlight reels were extensive. Whereas McKinley constantly got open and caught the ball, then turned the catch into a long gain with his ability to wiggle free, Rice and Jeffery soared through the air like twin eagles uncaged for the first time. There wasn’t a pass they couldn’t grab, making their quarterbacks’ lives easy. For some receivers, play calls had to be a five-step drop, a turn to the right and a throw to the spot where the receiver should be if he buttonhooked two steps off

the line. One slight mistake and the pass was at best incomplete, and at worst intercepted and returned for a touchdown. But with Rice and Jeffery, it was the standard option on every play-action pass — throw it in their general direction. (In a pleasant coincidence, the day after USC torched East Carolina through the air, Rice and Jeffery each caught a touchdown for their respective NFL teams.) “It is going to be tough without Alshon, because he could go up and get it,” quarterback Connor Shaw recently said. “But I trust our guys to make up for him.” Shaw, ailing with a bad shoulder, ceded to Dylan Thompson against East Carolina, and Thompson went to work. Ellington started him off with some catches in traffic; sophomore Damiere Byrd had the day’s biggest completion with a 53-yard haul-in; and Moore and Smith were responsible for three scores between them. Thompson revealed that the receivers had each come to his hotel room the morning of the game and told him that they were there for him. It eased Thompson’s mind after a lousy game at Vanderbilt and helped him to throw for 330 yards in his first collegiate start. “We’re receivers,” Ellington said. “We want the ball and we want to throw it around. It’s great

to just catch the ball and make plays and be a part of the offense. Everybody got into the game and everybody made plays. It was fun to be out there and winning.” Spurrier Jr. hopes that it’s the start of something big. Shaw is able to play through the pain in his shoulder, but the hope is that he heals enough so that it’s not painful at all. Saturday against Missouri might really determine how the season will progress. Thompson has been good, but he can’t run like Shaw can. But with Shaw in, it becomes more of a running-game plan. Yet, USC wants to be able to pass the ball no matter who is playing quarterback. It’s how Spurrier made his bones and it’s going to be necessary to win someday. Running the ball while stuck on its 30-yard-line with 45 seconds to play will not aid USC. Whoever’s throwing, it will help if he has a great wide receiver to throw to. The Gamecocks have several receivers who are good or who can be good or who will be good. But which one is going to be great? The search continues. “I don’t lay awake at night thinking of that,” Spurrier Jr. said. “We have a good group. And we don’t necessarily have to have the one guy to be the star. We can get group production.” Yet it would be nice to see that No. 1, in jersey or status, back on the field.

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ne position on the recruiting trail that fans always seem to pay extra attention to is quarterback. In particular, many South Carolina fans have been hoping for Steve Spurrier to bring in a highly-rated signalcaller with offers from many of the name programs around the Southeast. In January, those fans will get their wish. Quarterback Connor Mitch has the accolades to go along with the big numbers he’s racked up at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others. He was a regional Elite 11 participant. Recruiting website rivals.com ranks Mitch as a four-star prospect, the nation’s 17th-best pro-style quarterback, and the ninth-ranked prospect out of North Carolina. Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell has called him the best quarterback prospect Spurrier has signed in his tenure as head man in Columbia. After receiving an offer from USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus in the spring, it did not take Mitch long to decide that USC was where he wanted to be. In early May, he pulled the trigger on a verbal commitment to the Gamecocks. “It's just a place I wanted to be,” Mitch told rivals.com after his commitment. “It's where I felt comfortable and feel at home. It's everything I want in a college. When they offered me, I started falling in love with the

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Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs. Hometown: RAleigh, nc School: wakefield high class: senior (dec. grad) school. The second time I went back for the spring game, I knew it was the place for me.” Having not one, but two experienced teachers of quarterbacks was another facet of the USC program that Mitch felt would help him tremendously. “Coach Spurrier is kind of like the second QB coach at South Carolina, and that’s obviously a great thing,” he told rivals.com in May. Gamecock fans also do not have to worry about losing Mitch late to another program. In interviews with the media and on his personal Twitter account, the talented passer has frequently condemned the practice of prospects verbally committing to a program only to flip to another later in the process. Interestingly, the athlete bloodlines in the Mitch family are strong. His father Bob was a quarterback at Syracuse. His brother Ryan played the position at Maryland. Sister Brittany earned a basketball scholarship to Duke to play basketball and later finished her career at Lenoir-Rhyne. Mitch will also graduate from high school in December and enroll at USC in January, which will allow him to go through spring practice next year with USC. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Wakefield, he passed for over 7,000 yards combined. 

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USC Needs To Establish Alpha Status in New Rivalry OPINION BY JAMES HARLEY

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espite already having one SEC game under its belt, it’s safe to say that South Carolina’s matchup with Missouri this week is the most highly anticipated game of the year so far, as people are eager to meet and evaluate the new kid in town. While the Vanderbilt game was anticipated for many good reasons — first game of the season, first SEC game, first opportunity to see the team in action — ultimately most fans were fairly confident of a win going in, which is not so much the case this week. The Missouri game generates more nervousness and more an-

ticipation among the USC faithful because it will offer new insight into the overall competitiveness in the SEC East. Tradition makes it difficult to take Vanderbilt as a serious threat. There is no such tradition with the Tigers, and they are expected to win some games; therefore, figuring out where they belong on the ladder is understandably suspenseful. There is data to analyze in this pursuit, of course, but that really doesn’t have the same power as getting a feel for a team on the playing field. Although the Tigers ended up losing their first conference game to Georgia by three

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touchdowns, their will to keep up with the Joneses in their new SEC neighborhood surprised and impressed many, at least until the second half when they got worn out and UGA blew the game open. It turned into a rather ironic beating, considering Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson’s incendiary pre-game remarks to The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune that the Tigers would win because Georgia plays “old man football,” and that, “If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us, period.” Well,

meeting with that expectation, however unacknowledged or deeply buried the feeling might be in their psyche. Thus, this game is not just about a 2012 division title, but a possible 2020 title as well. Need an example? The Gamecocks lost their first two games (and three of their first four) to Arkansas upon joining the SEC, and have managed to beat the Razorbacks twice in a row only two times since then, no matter how good they were or how bad Arkansas was at any given time. Simply put, the Razorbacks have

The last thing USC wants to do is simply replace Arkansas with another team that beats USC every time they meet, which at this point is the case with Mizzou, who put the Gamecocks down most recently in 2005 (Steve Spurrier’s first year at USC) in the Independence Bowl. Sheldon, regardless of how much confidence and swagger you have, it’s hard to execute when your team gets tired out by halftime … like a bunch of old men. Still, despite being worn down by a strong and fast Georgia team, Missouri showed that it has some drive and some weapons. Coupled with the uncertainty caused by USC’s unfamiliarity with this new annual opponent, it becomes fair to wonder just who the Gamecocks are dealing with here. Are the Tigers a Vanderbilt or Kentucky that the Gamecocks can depend on to bow down in most cases, or are they a Georgia or Tennessee, who can never be counted out even if they aren’t looking that good on the surface? Georgia rendered its opinion on the matter two weeks ago; it’s now time for USC to do the same. The importance of winning this game is both immediate and long-range, as the Gamecocks need to establish themselves as the alpha male in this pairing. It always helps if an opponent gets used to losing and goes into each

owned USC from the beginning. Thankfully, Missouri’s inclusion in the SEC takes care of that particular problem by knocking the Razorbacks off of USC’s yearly schedule, starting next season. But the last thing USC wants to do is simply replace Arkansas with another team that beats USC every time they meet, which at this point is the case with Mizzou, who put the Gamecocks down most recently in 2005 (Steve Spurrier’s first year at USC) in the Independence Bowl. This may give Missouri bragging rights at the moment, but with little history between the two, that status can be quickly corrected before it becomes ingrained. If USC can just jump on top of the Tigers in the conference series and establish them as a Kentucky-like “breather” between the traditional SEC powerhouses, the Gamecocks can add another expected win every year to the list. Keep up with Harley’s Side Line blog at free-times.com and his Side Line column in the weekly edition of Free Times.

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gamecocks roster No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. 89 Jerell Adams TE 6-6 224 FR 81 Rory Anderson TE 6-5 218 SO 19 Landon Ard P/K 5-9 189 RS FR 3 Akeem Auguste CB 5-9 188 SR 10 26 34 47 84 80 74 3 50 7 4 15 7 18 58 87 28 31 42 44 92 18 39 52 17 23 8 13 19 61 57 12 78 43 9 93 29 20 16 96

Kareem Auguste Jacob Baker Joshua Blue Reginald Bowens Tevin Bradshaw K.J. Brent Kaleb Broome Damiere Byrd A.J. Cann Shon Carson Ahmad Christian Andrew Clifford Jadeveon Clowney Cedrick Cooper Ryland Culbertson Justice Cunningham Mike Davis Jordan Diaz Jordan Diggs Gerald Dixon Gerald Dixon, Jr. Dwayne Duckett Jessie Dukes Phillip Dukes Chaz Elder Bruce Ellington Darius English Patrick Fish Kyle Fleetwood Travis Ford Aldrick Fordham Jody Fuller Cody Gibson Qua Gilchrist Sharrod Golightly Deon Green Chaun Gresham T.J. Gurley Austin Hails Jamal Hall

SAF FB TB LB WR WR OG WR OG TB CB QB DE LB OG TE RB LB SPR DE DT WR DB DT CB WR DE P SAF OC DE WR OT FB SPR DE LB SAF QB DE

6-0 200 5-9 188 5-7 167 6-3 254 5-7 155 6-4 184 6-6 332 5-9 168 6-4 309 5-8 192 5-10 189 6-2 212 6-6 256 6-2 215 6-4 254 6-4 264 5-9 216 6-1 236 6-0 197 6-2 272 6-3 304 6-0 185 5-11 162 6-3 306 6-2 187 5-9 197 6-6 215 6-0 193 5-11 199 6-3 278 6-4 269 5-11 201 6-7 278 6-1 245 5-10 179 6-4 290 6-2 266 5-10 183 6-2 212 6-2 232

RS FR SR SO RS SR RS FR RS FR SR SO RS SO RS FR RS FR RS JR SO RS FR RS SO SR FR RS SO FR RS FR RS FR FR SO RS FR FR SO FR RS SO FR RS JR SR FR RS SO RS SR RS SO RS FR RS JR FR RS FR RS JR

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Victor Hampton Coleman Harley Kyle Harris Mason Harris DeVonte Holloman T.J. Holloman Ashton Holmes Jeff Homad

CB LS OC LB SPR LB DE TE

5-10 197 6-1 280 6-3 268 6-3 210 6-2 241 6-2 209 6-3 252 6-2 225

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T.J. Johnson Nick Jones Marcus Lattimore Jimmy Legree Kaiwan Lewis Blair Lowery Kyle Madden Reilly Madden Kadetrix Marcus Christopher Massey Mike Matulis Connor McLaurin Rico McWilliams Kenny Miles Chris Moody D.L. Moore Davis Moore

OC WR TB CB LB TB FB P SS OL OT FB CB TB CB WR LS

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Hometown/High School/Last College Pinewood, S.C./Scott’s Branch Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna/Fork Union Military Miramar, Fla./Miramar Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy Tatum, S.C./Marlboro County Holly Springs, N.C./Garner Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley/Brevard Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge Aiken, S.C./Aiken/Georgia Military College Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt Scranton, S.C./Lake City Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Tampa, Fla./Wharton Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy Pageland, S.C./Central Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley/Gray Military Blackville, S.C./Blackville-Hilda Manning, S.C./Manning College Park, Ga./Banneker Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern Shelby, N.C./Burns Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Fork, S.C./Lake View/Coastal Carolina Jamestown, S.C./Timberland Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville/Butler County CC Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb Windermere, Fla./Olympia Auburn, Ga./Apalachee Cairo, Ga./Cairo Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville Ladson, S.C./Fort Dorchester/Brevard College Darlington, S.C./Darlington Aiken, S.C./South Aiken Silver Creek, Ga./Pepperell Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./Ridgeland Charlotte, N.C./South Pointe Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Spartanburg, S.C./Byrnes/Butler CC Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island/ UNC Pembroke Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy/Guilford College Columbia, S.C./Hammond School Columbia, S.C./Columbia St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County Green Pond, S.C./Colleton County/Fort Scott C.C. Aynor, S.C./Aynor Moore, S.C./Byrnes Duncan, S.C./Byrnes Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort Hammonton, N.J./St. Joseph Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison/UCF Vienna, Va./Paul VI Catholic Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Summerville, S.C./Ashley Ridge Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista Raleigh, N.C./Garner Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood McDonough, Ga./Henry County Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green Buford, Ga./Mill Creek/Emory & Henry

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. 5 Brendan Nosovitch QB 6-1 210 FR 88 Drew Owens TE 6-6 236 RS FR 67 Ronald Patrick OG 6-2 305 JR 49 Devin Potter FB 5-10 202 FR 99 Kelcy Quarles DT 6-4 286 SO 5 30 48 53 26 4 24 1 14 28 71 46 6 9 24 75 16 65 54 11 97 45 90 36

Kelvin Rainey Sidney Rhodes Marcquis Roberts Corey Robinson Kenny Robinson Shaq Roland Kendric Salley Ace Sanders Connor Shaw Jared Shaw Brandon Shell Darian Sims DeAngelo Smith Kwinton Smith Quin Smith Will Sport Nick St. Germain Brock Stadnik Clayton Stadnik Seth Strickland J.T. Surratt Ty Sutherland Chaz Sutton D.J. Swearinger

TE CB SPR OT FS WR RB WR QB FS OT LB WR WR LB OT PK OT OC QB DT FB DE FS

6-3 219 5-10 170 6-1 206 6-8 337 5-9 176 6-1 173 5-9 205 5-8 175 6-1 207 5-10 179 6-6 331 6-2 250 6-1 196 6-4 206 6-1 239 6-5 291 5-9 182 6-5 287 6-3 265 6-2 195 6-2 295 5-10 220 6-5 248 6-0 210

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1 Ace Sanders 6 DeAngelo Smith 4 Shaq Roland

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Bruce Ellington Ace Sanders Damiere Byrd DeAngelo Smith Shaq Roland D.L. Moore

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Moncks Corner, S.C. Bradenton, Sicklerville,Fla. N.J. Kingsland, Ga. Lexington, S.C. Ky. Bowling Green,

71 82 53 10 OR 80 50 75 76 53 55 70 50 61 75

Brandon Shell D.L. CoreyMoore Robinson Nick Jones K.J. Brent A.J. Cann Will Sport Mike Matulis Corey Robinson T.J. Johnson Kyle Harris A.J. Cann Travis Ford Will Sport

6-6 6-5 6-8 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-8 6-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-5

331 198 337 184 184 309 291 274 337 319 268 309 278 291

FR-RS SR-3L SO-SQ SO-1L FR-RS SO-1L FR-RS SO-1L SO-SQ SR-3L FR-RS SO-1L JR-1L FR-RS

Goose Creek, S.C. Bowling Havelock,Green, N.C. Ky. Moore, S.C. Waxhaw, N.C. Bamberg, S.C. Milton, Fla. Boynton Beach, Fla. Havelock, N.C. Aynor, S.C. Silver Creek, Ga. Bamberg, Fork, S.C.S.C. Milton, Fla.

Ronald Patrick T.J. Johnson Kaleb Broome Kyle Harris Travis Ford Mike Matulis

6-2 6-6 6-6 6-3 6-3 6-5

305 319 332 268 278 274

JR-1L SR-3L SR-SQ FR-RS JR-1L SO-1L

Cocoa, Fla. Aynor, Aiken, S.C. S.C. Silver Creek, Ga. Fork, S.C.Beach, Fla. Boynton

78 Cody Gibson 67 Ronald Patrick 74 87 Kaleb JusticeBroome Cunningham 89 Jerell Adams 78 Cody Gibson 71 Shell 81 Brandon Rory Anderson

6-7 278 SO-1L Tallahassee, Fla. 6-2 305 JR-1L Cocoa, Fla. 6-6 S.C.S.C. 6-4 332 264 SR-SQ SR-3L Aiken, Pageland, 6-6 224 FR-PG Pinewood, S.C. 6-7 278 SO-1L Tallahassee, Fla. 6-6 S.C. 6-5 331 218 FR-RS SO-1L Goose PowderCreek, Springs, Ga.

5 87 89 14

Yulee, Fla. Pageland, S.C. Pinewood, S.C. Ga. Flowery Branch,

17 Dylan Thompson 81 11 Rory Seth Anderson Strickland 5 Kelvin Rainey

6-3 219 FR-HS 6-4 264 SR-3L 6-6 6-1 224 207 FR-PG JR-2L 6-3 212 SO-1L 6-5 6-2 218 195 SO-1L SR-2L 6-3 219 FR-HS

43 14 41 17 11 21

Qua Gilchrist Connor Connor Shaw McLaurin Dylan Thompson Seth Strickland Marcus Lattimore

6-1 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-0

245 207 222 212 195 218

SR-SQ JR-2L SO-SQ SO-1L SR-2L JR-2L

Abbeville, S.C. Flowery Raleigh, Branch, N.C. Ga. Boiling Springs, S.C. Laurens, S.C. Duncan, S.C.

31 43 28 41

Kenny Miles Qua MikeGilchrist Davis Connor McLaurin

5-9 6-1 5-9 6-0

193 245 216 222

SR-3L SR-SQ FR-HS SO-SQ

Lawrenceville, Ga. Abbeville, S.C. Lithonia, Ga. Raleigh, N.C.

Kelvin Rainey Justice Cunningham Jerell Adams Connor Shaw

Boiling Springs, S.C. Powder Laurens,Springs, S.C. Ga. Yulee, Fla.

TB

21 Marcus Lattimore 31 Kenny Miles 28 Mike Davis

KO

19 Landon Ard 52 Adam Yates

5-9 189 FR-RS 6-1 196 SR-1L

Rock Hill, S.C. Sparks, Md.

PK KO P PK

52 19 19 83 13

6-1 5-9 5-9 6-1 6-2

Steve Spurrier - Head Coach Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Elliott - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne Brad Lawing - Defensive Line G.A. Mangus - Quarterbacks Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Everette Sands - Running Backs Jamie Speronis - Associate AD/Football Operations Steve Spurrier Jr. - Co-Offensive Coord/Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord Lorenzo Ward - Defensive Coordinator Robbie Liles - Director of High School Relations Scott Morgan - Recruiting Assistant Depth Chart Patrick Shine - Administrative Coordinator for Recruiting

Sparks, Md. Rock Hill, S.C. Rock Hill, S.C. Sparks, Md. N.C. Mount Airy,

13 Patrick Fish 83 Adam Yates 19 Landon Ard

6-0 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C. 6-1 196 SR-1L Sparks, Md. 5-9 189 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.

P

13 Tyler Hull

6-2 205 SO-TR Mount Airy, N.C.

DT DE DT DT DE DT MLB DE WLB MLB SPR WLB CB SPR SS CB FS SS CB FS CB

Defense

SR-1L FR-RS FR-RS SR-1L SO-TR

70 52 98 90 99

Byron Jerideau Phillip Dukes Devin Taylor Chaz KelcySutton Quarles

92 70 527 57 99 44 92 47 7 33 57 44 54

Defense 6-1 316 SR-2L 6-3 6-8 6-5 6-4

306 267 248 286

FR-RS SR-3L JR-2L SO-1L

Green Pond, S.C. Manning, S.C. Beaufort, S.C. Savannah, Ga. Hodges, S.C.

Gerald Dixon Jr. Byron Jerideau Phillip Dukes Jadeveon Clowney Aldrick Fordham Kelcy GeraldQuarles Dixon Gerald Dixon Jr.

6-3 6-1 6-3 6-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-3

304 316 306 256 269 286 272 304

FR-RS SR-2L FR-RS SO-1L SR-3L SO-1L FR-RS FR-RS

Rock Hill, S.C. Green Pond, S.C. Manning, Rock Hill, S.C. S.C. Jamestown, S.C. Hodges, Rock Hill,S.C. S.C. Rock Hill, S.C.

Reginald Bowens Jadeveon Clowney Damario Jeffery Aldrick Fordham Gerald Dixon Shaq Wilson

6-3 6-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 5-11

254 256 233 269 272 224

SR-2L SO-1L SR-3L SR-3L FR-RS SR-3L

Holly Springs, N.C. Rock Hill, S.C. Columbia, S.C. Jamestown, S.C. Rock Hill, S.C.Fla. Jacksonville,

24 Quin Smith 47 Bowens 18 Reginald Cedrick Cooper 33 Damario Jeffery

6-1 239 SR-3L Lenoir, N.C. 6-3 Springs, 6-2 254 215 SR-2L FR-RS Holly Lithonia, Ga. N.C. 6-4 233 SR-3L Columbia, S.C.

21 54 42 24 18 27

DeVonte Holloman Shaq Wilson Jordan Diggs Quin Smith Cedrick Cooper Victor Hampton

6-2 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-2 5-10

241 224 197 239 215 197

SR-3L SR-3L FR-HS SR-3L FR-RS SO-1L

Charlotte, N.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Fort Myers, Fla. Lenoir, N.C. Lithonia, Ga.S.C. Darlington,

4 21 42 12

Ahmad Christian DeVonte Holloman Jordan Diggs Brison Williams

5-10 6-2 6-0 5-11

189 241 197 205

Jacksonville, Fla. Charlotte, N.C. Fort Myers, Fla. Ga. Warner Robins,

25 27 4 36

Kadetrix Marcus Victor Hampton Ahmad Christian D.J. Swearinger

6-1 5-10 5-10 6-0

185 197 189 210

FR-RS SR-3L FR-HS SO-1L SO-SQ SO-1L FR-RS SR-3L

Stone Mountain, Ga. Darlington, S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Greenwood, S.C.

28 Jared Shaw 12 Brison Williams 25 Marcus 15 Kadetrix Jimmy Legree 20 T.J. Gurley 36 D.J. Swearinger 28 Jared Shaw

5-10 179 SR-SQ Fort Mill, S.C. 5-11 205 SO-1L Warner Robins, Ga. 6-1 Mountain, 6-0 185 189 SO-SQ JR-2L Stone Beaufort, S.C. Ga. 5-10 183 FR-HS Cairo, Ga. 6-0 210 SR-3L Greenwood, S.C. 5-10 179 SR-SQ Fort Mill, S.C.

15 Jimmy Legree 20 T.J. Gurley

6-0 189 JR-2L Beaufort, S.C. 5-10 183 FR-HS Cairo, Ga.

*Note: The depth chart lists 13 offensive positions due to the number of formations used by the team.

Specialists

13 Patrick Fish 6-0 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C. South Carolina vs. East Carolina u September 8, 2012

6-8 267 SR-3L Beaufort, S.C. 6-5 248 JR-2L Savannah, Ga.

*Note: The depth chart lists 13 offensive positions due to the number of formations used by the team.

6-0 218 JR-2L Duncan, S.C. 5-9 193 SR-3L Lawrenceville, Ga. 5-9 216 FR-HS Lithonia, Ga.

196 189 189 196 205

Hometown/High School/Last College Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs Seffner, Fla./Armwood Allendale, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax/S.C. State Duluth, Ga./Chattahoochee/Arkansas Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood Cowpens, S.C./Broome Warner Robins, Ga./Northside/Fork Union Military 190 RS JR Norway, S.C./Orangeburg Prep/Columbia University 224 SR Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast 196 RS SR Sparks, MD/Hereford 266 FR Chapin, S.C./Chapin

coaches

90 Chaz Sutton

5-7 184 SO-1L Moore, S.C. 5-9 6-4 197 184 SO-1L FR-RS Moncks Waxhaw,Corner, N.C. S.C. 5-9 168 SO-1L Sicklerville, N.J.

Adam Yates Landon Ard Landon Ard Adam Yates Tyler Hull

84 Mike Williamson

Devin Taylor South CarolinaDE Depth 98Chart

5-8 175 JR-2L Bradenton, Fla. 6-1 196 JR-1L Kingsland, Ga. 6-1 173 FR-HS Lexington, S.C.

10 Nick Jones Ellington OR 23 80 Bruce K.J. Brent 3 Damiere Byrd

67 55 74 70 61 76

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. 98 Devin Taylor DE 6-8 267 RS SR 17 Dylan Thompson QB 6-3 212 RS SO 51 Cody Waldrop OG 6-2 300 FR 95 Michael Washington DE 6-3 228 FR 85 Kane Whitehurst WR 5-11 170 RS FR 22 Brandon Wilds TB 6-2 218 SO 32 David Wilkins CB 6-1 180 RS SR 12 Brison Williams SS 5-11 205 SO

KR

23 Bruce Ellington 3 Damiere Byrd

9 PR Specialists

Ace Sanders

5-9 197 SO-1L 5-9 168 SO-1L

Moncks Corner, S.C. Sicklerville, N.J.

5-8 175 JR-2L

Bradenton, Fla.

KR LS

23 91 Bruce WalkerEllington Inabinet 3 Damiere 59 ColemanByrd Harley

5-9 197 Corner, 5-10 204 SO-1L SR-2L Moncks Columbia, S.C. S.C. 5-9 6-1 168 280 SO-1L FR-RS Sicklerville, Aiken, S.C. N.J.

PR H LS

9 11 13 91 59

5-8 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-1

H

11 Seth Strickland 13 Patrick Fish

Ace SethSanders Strickland Patrick Fish Walker Inabinet Coleman Harley

175 195 193 204 280

JR-2L SR-2L SO-SQ SR-2L FR-RS

Bradenton, Fla. Laurens, S.C. Shelby, N.C. Columbia, S.C. Aiken, S.C.

usc VS missouri

6-2 195 SR-2L Laurens, S.C. 6-0 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C.

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