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Schedule Opponent Preview: TENNESSEE Opponent Roster: TENNESSEE Gameday Poster: USC vs. TENNESSEE Explaining The Game: G.A. Mangus Senior Profile: Walker Inabinet

20’s Recruit to Watch: Linebacker Larenz Bryant 21 Tennessee’s Fall the Karmic Product of Greedy Fans 22 USC Roster, Coaches, Depth

ON THE COVER: South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward congratulates D.J. Swearinger after he picked up a UAB loose ball for a touchdown during first-quarter action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 15. Photo by travis bell/sideline carolina

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08/30/12 at Vanderbilt h

W, 17-13

Nashville, Tenn.

09/08/12 vs. East Carolina

W, 48-10

Columbia, S.C.

09/15/12 vs. UAB

W, 49-6

Columbia, S.C.

09/22/12 vs. Missouri h

W, 31-10

Columbia, S.C.

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w, 38-17

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10/06/12 vs. Georgia h

w, 35-7

Columbia, S.C.

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10/20/12 at Florida h

L, 44-11

Gainesville, Fla.

10/27/12 vs. Tennessee h Columbia, S.C.


11/10/12 vs. Arkansas h Columbia, S.C.

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Jadeveon Clowney takes down LSU’s J.C. Copeland at Tiger Stadium during the game on Oct. 13. Photo by paul collins


Ward a Hit in First Year as Defensive Coordinator B Y D AV I D C L O N I N G E R


pinon on the decision was split. One side of South Carolina’s following applauded the move. No one could blame defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson for leaving USC in order to accept a head coaching job (at Southern Miss), and the Gamecocks looked to be in transition. What better way to eliminate any get-to-


know-you issues than by naming Johnson’s top assistant and close friend to replace him? The other side didn’t boo or complain, but was skeptical. The new guy had never been a coordinator, and he was about to take over a defense ranked in the nation’s top three? Gamecock football was at its highestever peak — why not use that

to conduct a national search for a new defensive coordinator, a well-known name, instead of just promoting the next guy? Steve Spurrier paid neither opinion any mind. He had a feeling, just as he did when he came back to Johnson after briefly settling on then-NFL assistant Brian VanGorder, that the new guy was the right guy.

“Lorenzo Ward is our defensive coordinator here at South Carolina,” Spurrier said, moments after the Gamecocks arrived in Orlando, Fla., for last year’s Capital One Bowl. “He’s the best guy I could hire, that’s why I hired him.” Ward was already the interim coordinator, but Spurrier made it official. Ward would guide the Gamecocks’ defense through the bowl game and he would be in charge for the 2012 season and beyond. Why? “I felt like I was going to do it anyway, and I felt like we needed to do it right now,” Spurrier said. “At one time I thought we’d look around a little bit, then I started thinking, ‘I don’t need to look around, I got the guy right here continues on page 14

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Kelcy Quarles tackles LSU’s Kenny Hilliard on Oct. 13 in Baton Rouge. LSU won, 23-21. Photo by paul collins

Whammy, continued from page 10 who knows how we want to coach defense, and he knows how to do it.’” Through USC’s first seven games, despite a bit of a stumble in the Gamecocks’ first loss of the year at LSU, Spurrier’s feeling was right on target. Ward’s defense is as nasty, aggressive and primed for success as Johnson’s was — if not better. The man nicknamed Whammy has the Gamecocks’ defense ranked 12th in the nation in total defense, which includes being a stingy No. 5 in the country in scoring defense. Ward has stressed to his group that the red zone always belongs to USC — a prime reason why the Gamecocks had only given up five red-zone touchdowns in seven games. “It’s an attitude that we have, that the red zone always belongs to us,” said Ward, who cuts a distinctive profile with his bald head, strutting walk and intense reactions on the Gamecocks’ sideline. “The players that we have have bought into that and we’ve been successful so far.” It should be said that whoever got the job was going to be walking into a loaded situation.


USC returned ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, a pair of feared pass-rushers that might be the best one-two defensive end tandem in college football. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was returning after a strong freshman campaign and had Byron Jerideau, the strongest member of the team and who holds several USC strength records, beside him. Veterans Shaq Wilson and DeVonte Holloman were back in the second level, while NFL prospect Victor Hampton was taking over at cornerback and headhunter D.J. Swearinger returned at free safety. Still, USC was losing AllAmerican defensive end Melvin Ingram and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, plus ball-hawking safety Antonio Allen and veteran defensive tackle Travian Robertson. (All are playing in the NFL this year.) There was going to have to be an adjustment. But Ward was the only candidate who could adjust with players who knew him, and who had been recruited by him. Ward would keep Johnson’s basic system with a small twist: He runs the same formation that Johnson did, but with more aggression.

Ward said numerous times that the Gamecock defense would employ the blitz more, but they’ve rarely had to use it. Most times, USC’s natural ability to rush the passer has been just fine. “We tried all summer to make it so that the rush is our game plan,” Clowney recently said. “To have me and Devin come off the edge and harass the quarterback.” But, he added: “We can do a lot better.” The LSU game showed that, with the Tigers’ patchwork offensive line shoving USC’s defensive line around. But for the other six games of the season, the Gamecocks under Ward have been just fine. Clowney is closing in on single-season school records for sacks and tackles for loss. While Taylor hasn’t been dominant, he’s made some big plays. Wilson has returned to his form from two years ago, challenging to lead the team in tackles. And the secondary has been no slouch — the surprising Jimmy Legree has two interceptions and one touchdown return, the other pick finishing a yard short of his second TD. It’s been a fine effort, the defense controlling the games just like it was being counted on to do. Yet, Ward doesn’t want to hear any congratulations or pats on the back — he’s been defensive coordinator for nine games, and one of them wasn’t great. Those are great numbers, but the one miss still bothers him. “We missed tackles,” he said after the LSU game. “We left quite a few tackles out there tonight. It was by far the worst performance we’ve had. I take all the blame as defensive coordinator. We’ll get back to work and fix the problems.” The first half of the season was masterful, Ward calling the shots from the sideline (unlike Johnson, who liked to sit in the pressbox and view the field). Ward likes the sideline, despite admitting he can’t get an entire view of any lastsecond adjustments based on the offensive alignment, because he can talk to his players face-to-face instead of through the headset.

“That’s something that I’ve always liked to do,” he said before the year. “Most times a player will respond better to that than talking to him through the headphones. I can talk to him there about correcting what he’s doing and also clap him on the back.” The players have bought into that approach. While Johnson was never stingy with praise, he saved most of it for the film review sessions during the week. Ward prefers doing it on the field and during the games. “It does make a difference,” Swearinger said. “When he comes to you during the game and tells you something, you pay more attention to it because you’re going to have to go out and do it on the next play. I started doing that with some of the younger players as well.” “Coach Whammy is great and coach Johnson was great,” Brison Williams said, declining to identify differences between the two. “We all came here under both of them and we like that Coach Whammy got the job.” Ward got that nickname, Whammy, from his coaches and teammates at Alabama. Because of his fierce tackling, Ward was once complimented by thencoach Bill Curry as having really “whammed” the ball-carrier. The name, helped by the TV show Press Your Luck (“No whammy no whammy no whammy!”), stuck. Ward is much gentler and kinder these days, as he is a leader of men instead of a youngster still learning the trade. He’s honed his approach well, having bounced around the Southeast and serving a year as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders. His fierceness comes out on gameday, when Ward is just as vocal and excited as his players when Clowney records a sack or Legree picks off a pass. That is a change from the stoic Johnson, who carried the same expression after clinching a trip to the SEC Championship Game as he did after the Gamecocks lost it. “We got the right guy,” Spurrier said. No argument thus far.

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Recruit to Watch BY CHRIS CLARK

Linebacker Larenz Bryant


ith five senior linebackers on the 2012 roster, a huge priority during the 2013 recruiting cycle was signing several talented prospects at that position. With National Signing Day less than four months away, the Gamecocks staff is well on its way to fulfilling that goal.  The headliner of the group is one of the nation’s top defenders: Vance (N.C.) High School’s Larenz Bryant. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder committed to USC in June after a recruiting process that saw him rake in offers from some of the country’s best programs; Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Virginia Tech and a host of others pursued Bryant heavily before he chose childhood favorite USC. “I just felt like it was a good fit for me,” he told shortly after his verbal commitment. “I grew up a South Carolina fan. It’s home for me. Every time I go there I felt like that’s where I wanted to be.” Bryant, a two-way player for Vance at running back and linebacker, earned an impressive list of accolades following his junior season. After rushing for 1,435 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense and recording 144 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions on defense, Bryant was named to the U.S. Army All-American team and as a participant in The Opening, an elite and intensive football camp sponsored by Nike. The team of analysts on the network all had great things to say about Bryant after seeing him in person this summer and on film. “Bryant is a complete linebacker,” said Jake Rowe of “Most linebackers at that age are great athletes that can run plays down and deliver the big hit. Bryant can definitely do that, but he is also very comfortable and smooth in coverage. The


Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 lbs. Hometown: charlotte, n.c. School: Vance high school class: senior Charlotte native also has excellent hip rotation and explosion. This allows him to have an elite ability to change direction, or turn and run with running backs or tight ends that are releasing vertically down the field.” “Had one of the best Nike camp performances at linebacker I’ve ever seen in six years doing this,” said Rivals’ Kynon Codrington. “Bryant showed great range in seven-on-seven period and collected a handful of interceptions. He was just as good in one-on-one’s, showing he can stick with running backs coming out of the junction point on angle routes. He should be an immediate contributor when he arrives to Columbia.” Given his skill set, Bryant is versatile enough to play several positions behind the line, but he’s likely to play one of the Gamecocks’ two inside linebacker positions. “Coach [Lorenzo] Ward, he said I will be playing on the inside mostly, but that they’re looking to put weight on me,” Bryant said. “They’re in the 4-2-5 and he said I can cover and if they put enough weight on me I can play [middle] linebacker. [South Carolina linebackers coach Kirk] Botkin, he’s very energizing, man. Him and coach Ward are very close, so they think the same way.” Bryant is the highest-rated prospect in USC’s 2013 class; he’s ranked as the second-best prospect in the state of North Carolina, the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in the country, and the No. 50 overall prospect in the country. 

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Tennessee’s Fall the Karmic Product of Greedy Fans OPINION BY JAMES HARLEY


f there is one thing that South Carolina can learn from Tennessee, it is the importance of supporting and having faith in a good coach when a team manages to land one. As one of the nation’s most historically successful college football programs, the Volunteers are currently in very unfamiliar territory — the middle of the pack. Granted, the particular pack the Vols run with is arguably the best, but that is no consolation to fans who expect so much more than what they are getting. Too bad for them. They should have stood behind coach Phillip Fulmer when he was on the hot seat four years ago. Instead, they whined like spoiled little brats who weren’t getting all the candy they wanted when, in fact, daddy Fulmer was a confectioner extraordinaire. The result of this lack of faith by fans and the administration? The mediocre team they have now, and very little hope for substantial improvement any time soon. Simply put, firing Fulmer ruined the great thing Tennessee built in Knoxville. Sure, in the decade following Tennessee’s 1998 national championship, Fulmer had a couple of losing seasons: two 5-7 bummers in 2005 and 2008, his last year with the Vols. But Fulmer also guided the team to four more 10-win-plus seasons (and two nine-win years), as well as three SEC East titles. But Volunteer nation expected more national championships and seemed to think it was possible to compete for one every year. It really isn’t. Face it: There are more than 120 schools out there, and to win a championship once every century is actually pretty good by the numbers, as hard as that might be to accept. If Tennessee had kept Fulmer, chances are that he would have bounced back from his losing season like he had after the previous one, when he climbed quickly back to the 10-win level. After all, he achieved that in about twothirds of his years there. Instead,

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the faithless now have a program with consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 100 years. Way to go, guys! Bitter fans will say that the egomaniacal Lane Kiffin screwed up the program by leaving early and causing the remaining talent to move on as well, but that’s what you get when you hire a sociopath with little reason to loyally commit to the program. Of course, the job shouldn’t have been open to Kiffin, or anyone else, in the first place. Now it’s Derek Dooley who is on the hot seat in Knoxville, as he’s the one who coached the Vols to two consecutive losing seasons. Conspiracy theories claiming that the son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley has actually been planted at Tennessee in order to destroy the program aside, the state of Volunteer football today still comes down to simply not recognizing when you have something good right in front of you. Football is a team game, and at the college level, part of that team is the athletics administration. But the fans are also part of it. In Tennessee they loudly voiced their negative opinions and lack of respect for Fulmer when they should have stood by him. It does seem that in this world of instant gratification, people are more willing to abandon the people who have done great things for them once those benefits are a few years old, but the best college football programs rely on strong traditions of loyalty and support to maintain their status. Tennessee’s failure in this regard is a good example for teams trying to build programs. Appreciate what you have going, Gamecocks. It might not be perfect yet, but if USC can stay near the top, then that magic season will eventually happen. Stay supportive when it doesn’t and it will get here faster. It’s a team game, and fans are part of the team. Keep up with Harley’s Side Line blog at and his Side Line column in the weekly edition of Free Times.


gamecocks roster No. Name 1 Ace Sanders 3 Akeem Auguste

Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown/High School/Last College WR 5-8 175 JR Bradenton, Fla./Manatee CB 5-9 188 SR Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna/Fork Union Military 3 Damiere Byrd WR 5-9 168 SO Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek 4 Ahmad Christian CB 5-10 189 RS FR Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian 4 Shaq Roland WR 6-1 173 FR Lexington, S.C./Lexington 5 Rico McWilliams CB 5-11 172 FR Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy 5 Brendan Nosovitch QB 6-1 210 FR Allenton, Pa./Central Catholic 5 Kelvin Rainey TE 6-3 219 FR Yulee, Fla./Yulee 6 Chris Moody CB 6-1 208 FR McDonough, Ga./Henry County 6 DeAngelo Smith WR 6-1 196 RS JR Kingsland, Ga./Camden County 7 Shon Carson TB 5-8 192 RS FR Scranton, S.C./Lake City 7 Jadeveon Clowney DE 6-6 256 SO Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe 8 Darius English DE 6-6 215 FR Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern 8 Shamier Jeffery WR 6-1 214 RS FR St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County 8 Adam Yates PK 6-1 196 RS SR Sparks, MD/Hereford 9 Sharrod Golightly SPR 5-10 179 RS SO Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb 9 Kwinton Smith WR 6-4 206 FR Dillon, S.C./Dillon 10 Nick Jones WR 5-7 184 RS SO Moore, S.C./Byrnes 11 T.J. Holloman LB 6-2 209 FR Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X 11 Seth Strickland QB 6-2 195 RS SR Laurens, S.C./Laurens 12 Jody Fuller WR 5-11 201 FR Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley 12 Brison Williams SS 5-11 205 SO Warner Robins, Ga./Northside/Fork Union Military 13 Patrick Fish P 6-0 193 RS SO Shelby, N.C./Burns 13 Tyler Hull P 6-2 205 RS SO Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy/Guilford College 14 Connor Shaw QB 6-1 207 JR Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch 15 Andrew Clifford QB 6-2 212 RS JR Tampa, Fla./Wharton 15 Jimmy Legree CB 6-0 189 RS JR Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort 16 Austin Hails QB 6-2 212 RS FR Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville 16 Nick St. Germain PK 5-9 182 FR Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern 17 Chaz Elder CB 6-2 187 FR College Park, Ga./Banneker 17 Dylan Thompson QB 6-3 212 RS SO Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs 18 Cedrick Cooper LB 6-2 215 RS FR Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia 18 Dwayne Duckett WR 6-0 185 FR Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley/Gray Military 19 Landon Ard P/K 5-9 189 RS FR Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe 19 Kyle Fleetwood SAF 5-11 199 FR Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson 20 T.J. Gurley SAF 5-10 183 FR Cairo, Ga./Cairo 21 DeVonte Holloman SPR 6-2 241 SR Charlotte, N.C./South Pointe 21 Marcus Lattimore TB 6-0 218 JR Duncan, S.C./Byrnes 22 Kaiwan Lewis LB 6-0 225 FR Hammonton, N.J./St. Joseph 22 Brandon Wilds TB 6-2 218 SO Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood 23 Bruce Ellington WR 5-9 197 SO Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley 24 Kendric Salley RB 5-9 205 FR Williston, S.C./Williston Elko 24 Quin Smith LB 6-1 239 SR Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten 25 Kadetrix Marcus SS 6-1 185 SO Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson 26 Jacob Baker FB 5-9 188 SR Ridgeland, S.C./Thomas Heyward Academy 26 Kenny Robinson FS 5-9 176 RS SO Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island 27 Victor Hampton CB 5-10 197 RS SO Darlington, S.C./Darlington 28 Mike Davis RB 5-9 216 FR Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson 28 Jared Shaw FS 5-10 179 RS SR Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill/Newberry 29 Chaun Gresham LB 6-2 266 RS JR Auburn, Ga./Apalachee 29 Blair Lowery TB 6-1 178 RS SR Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork 30 Sidney Rhodes CB 5-10 170 SO Easley, S.C./Wren/Western Carolina 31 Jordan Diaz LB 6-1 236 RS SO Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West 31 Kenny Miles TB 5-9 193 RS SR Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood 32 David Wilkins CB 6-1 180 RS SR Cowpens, S.C./Broome 33 Damario Jeffery LB 6-4 233 SR Columbia, S.C./Columbia 34 Joshua Blue TB 5-7 167 SO Tatum, S.C./Marlboro County 34 Mason Harris LB 6-3 210 RS FR Fort Oglethorpe, Ga./Ridgeland 35 Jeff Homad TE 6-2 225 RS SO Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island/ UNC Pembroke 36 D.J. Swearinger FS 6-0 210 SR Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood 39 Jessie Dukes DB 5-11 162 SO Blackville, S.C./Blackville-Hilda 40 Kyle Madden FB 6-3 248 RS SR Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison/UCF 41 Connor McLaurin FB 6-0 222 RS SO Raleigh, N.C./Garner 42 Jordan Diggs SPR 6-0 197 FR Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast 43 Qua Gilchrist FB 6-1 245 RS SR Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville/Butler County CC 44 Gerald Dixon DE 6-2 272 RS FR Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe 45 Ty Sutherland FB 5-10 220 RS FR Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton 46 Darian Sims LB 6-2 250 RS FR Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek 47 Reginald Bowens LB 6-3 254 RS SR Holly Springs, N.C./Garner 48 Marcquis Roberts SPR 6-1 206 RS FR Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern 49 Devin Potter FB 5-10 202 FR Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell 50 A.J. Cann OG 6-4 309 RS SO Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt 51 Cody Waldrop OG 6-2 300 FR Seffner, Fla./Armwood 52 Phillip Dukes DT 6-3 306 RS FR Manning, S.C./Manning


No. Name 53 Corey Robinson 54 Clayton Stadnik 54 Shaq Wilson 55 T.J. Johnson 57 Aldrick Fordham 58 Ryland Culbertson 59 Coleman Harley 61 Travis Ford 62 Davis Moore 65 Brock Stadnik 67 Ronald Patrick 70 Kyle Harris 70 Byron Jerideau 71 74 75 76 77 78 80 81 82 84 84 85 86 87 88

Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown/High School/Last College OT 6-8 337 RS SO Havelock, N.C./Havelock OC 6-3 265 FR Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford LB 5-11 224 SR Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast OC 6-6 319 RS SR Aynor, S.C./Aynor DE 6-4 269 SR Jamestown, S.C./Timberland OG 6-4 254 RS SO Laurens, S.C./Laurens Academy LS 6-1 280 RS FR Aiken, S.C./South Aiken OC 6-3 278 RS JR Fork, S.C./Lake View/Coastal Carolina LS 6-0 217 RS JR Buford, Ga./Mill Creek/Emory & Henry OT 6-5 287 FR Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford OG 6-2 305 JR Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa OC 6-3 268 RS FR Silver Creek, Ga./Pepperell DT 6-1 316 RS SR Green Pond, S.C./Colleton County/Fort Scott C.C. Brandon Shell OT 6-6 331 RS FR Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek Kaleb Broome OG 6-6 332 SR Aiken, S.C./Aiken/Georgia Military College Will Sport OT 6-5 291 RS FR Milton, Fla./Pace Mike Matulis OT 6-5 274 SO Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista Mason Zandi OT 6-9 266 FR Chapin, S.C./Chapin Cody Gibson OT 6-7 278 RS SO Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln K.J. Brent WR 6-4 184 RS FR Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge Rory Anderson TE 6-5 218 SO Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern D.L. Moore WR 6-5 198 RS SR Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green Tevin Bradshaw WR 5-7 155 RS FR Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley/Brevard Mike Williamson P 6-1 190 RS JR Norway, S.C./Orangeburg Prep/Columbia University Kane Whitehurst WR 5-11 170 RS FR Duluth, Ga./Chattahoochee/Arkansas Reilly Madden P 6-0 185 FR Vienna, Va./Paul VI Catholic South Carolina Justice Cunningham TE 6-4 264 SR Pageland, S.C./Central Drew Owens TE 6-6 236 RS FR Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell

No. Name 89 Jerell Adams 90 Chaz Sutton 91 Walker Inabinet 92 Gerald Dixon, Jr. 93 Deon Green 94 Ashton Holmes 95 Michael Washington 96 Jamal Hall



1 Ace Sanders 6 DeAngelo Smith 4 Shaq Roland


57 Aldrick Fordham 44 Gerald Dixon


Bruce Ellington Ace Sanders Damiere Byrd DeAngelo Smith K.J. Brent Shaq Roland

5-9 5-8 5-9 6-1 6-4 6-1

197 175 168 196 184 173


Moncks Corner, Bradenton, Fla. S.C. Sicklerville,Ga. N.J. Kingsland, Waxhaw, N.C. Lexington, S.C.


233 82 3 10 80

Damiere Byrd Bruce Ellington D.L. Moore Damiere Byrd NickBrent Jones K.J.

5-9 5-9 6-5 5-9 5-7 6-4

168 197 198 168 184 184


Sicklerville, N.J.S.C. Moncks Corner, Bowling Green, Sicklerville, N.J.Ky. Moore, S.C. Waxhaw, N.C.


53 3 76 82 10 50 75 53

Corey Robinson Damiere Byrd MikeMoore Matulis D.L. Nick Jones A.J. Cann Will Sport Corey Robinson

6-8 5-9 6-5 6-5 5-7 6-4 6-5 6-8

337 168 274 198 184 309 291 337


Havelock, N.C. Sicklerville, N.J. Boynton Green, Beach,Ky. Fla. Bowling Moore, S.C. Bamberg, S.C. Milton, Fla. Havelock, N.C.

76 55 70 50 61 75

Mike Matulis T.J. Johnson KyleCann Harris A.J. Travis Ford Will Sport

6-5 6-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-5

274 319 268 309 278 291


Boynton Beach, Fla. Aynor, S.C. Silver Creek, Bamberg, S.C.Ga. Fork, S.C. Milton, Fla.

67 55 74 70 61 71 78 67

Ronald Patrick T.J. Johnson KalebHarris Broome Kyle Travis Ford Brandon Shell Cody Gibson Ronald Patrick

6-2 6-6 6-6 6-3 6-3 6-6 6-7 6-2

305 319 332 268 278 331 278 305


Cocoa,S.C. Fla. Aynor, Aiken,Creek, S.C. Ga. Silver Fork, S.C. Goose Creek, S.C. Tallahassee, Cocoa, Fla. Fla.

74 87 81 71 89 78

Kaleb Broome Justice Cunningham Rory Anderson Brandon Shell Jerell Adams Cody Gibson

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


14 87 17 81 11 89

ConnorCunningham Shaw Justice DylanAnderson Thompson Rory Seth Strickland Jerell Adams

6-1 6-4 6-3 6-5 6-2 6-6

207 264 212 218 195 224


Flowery Branch, Pageland, S.C. Ga. Boiling Springs, Springs,Ga. S.C. Powder Laurens, S.C. Pinewood, S.C.


43 14 41 17 11 21 31 43 28 41

Qua Gilchrist Connor Shaw Connor McLaurin Dylan Thompson Seth Strickland Marcus Lattimore Kenny Miles Qua Gilchrist Mike Davis Connor McLaurin

6-1 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-9 6-1 5-9 6-0

245 207 222 212 195 218 193 245 216 222


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



21 Marcus Lattimore 31 Kenny Miles 28 Mike Davis



19 8 19 13 13 8

19 Landon Ard

5-9 189 FR-RS


13 Tyler Hull 13 Patrick Fish

6-2 205 SO-TR Mount Airy, N.C. 6-0 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C.

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

Sparks, Md. Rock Hill, S.C.

6-1 5-9 6-1 5-9 6-2 6-0 6-1

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

196 189 196 189 205 193 196


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6-1 267 316 SR-3L SR-2L Beaufort, Green Pond, 6-8 S.C.S.C. 6-3 269 304 SR-3L FR-RS Jamestown, Rock Hill, S.C. 6-4 S.C. 6-2 272 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C. 6-4 286 SO-1L Hodges, S.C. 6-2 316 295 SO-SQ Winston-Salem, 6-1 SR-2L Green Pond, S.C.N.C. 6-3 304 306 FR-RS FR-RS Rock Manning, S.C. 6-3 Hill, S.C.

Jadeveon Clowney 997 Kelcy Quarles 90 J.T. ChazSurratt Sutton 97 52 Phillip Dukes 47 Reginald Bowens 33 Damario Jeffery 7 Jadeveon Clowney

6-6 286 256 SO-1L SO-1L Hodges, Rock Hill,S.C. S.C. 6-4 6-5 295 248 SO-SQ JR-2L Winston-Salem, Savannah, Ga. N.C. 6-2 6-3 306 FR-RS Manning, S.C. 6-3 254 SR-2L Holly Springs, N.C. 6-4 256 233 SO-1L SR-3L Rock Columbia, S.C. 6-6 Hill, S.C.

90 54 24 47 18 33

Chaz Sutton Shaq Wilson Quin Smith Reginald Bowens Cedrick Cooper Damario Jeffery

6-5 5-11 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-4

248 224 239 254 215 233


Savannah, Ga. Jacksonville, Fla. Lenoir,Springs, N.C. N.C. Holly Lithonia, Ga. Columbia, S.C.

21 54 249 18 27 214

DeVonte Holloman Shaq Wilson Sharrod Golightly Quin Smith Cedrick Cooper Victor Hampton Ahmad Christian DeVonte Holloman

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

241 224 179 239 215 197 189 241


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

9 12 20 27 4 36 25 12 28 20

Sharrod Golightly 5-10 179 SO-1L Brison Williams 5-11 205 SO-1L T.J. Gurley 5-10 197 183 SO-1L FR-HS Victor Hampton 5-10 Ahmad Christian 5-10 189 FR-RS D.J. Swearinger 6-0 210 SR-3L KadetrixWilliams Marcus 5-11 6-1 205 185 SO-1L SO-SQ Brison Jared Shaw 5-10 183 179 FR-HS SR-SQ T.J. Gurley 5-10

Decatur, Ga. Warner Robins, Ga. Cairo, Ga. S.C. Darlington, Jacksonville, Fla. Greenwood, S.C. Stone Mountain, Ga. Warner Robins, Ga. Fort Mill, Cairo, Ga. S.C.


15 D.J. Jimmy Legree 36 Swearinger Akeem Auguste 253 Kadetrix Marcus 28 Jared Shaw

6-0 210 189 SR-3L JR-2L Greenwood, Beaufort, S.C. 6-0 S.C. 5-9 185 188 SO-SQ SR-3L Stone Hollywood, Fla. Ga. 6-1 Mountain, 5-10 179 SR-SQ Fort Mill, S.C.


15 Jimmy Legree 3 Akeem Auguste

6-0 189 JR-2L Beaufort, S.C. 5-9 188 SR-3L Hollywood, Fla.

*Note: The depth chart lists 12 offensive positions.

*Note: The depth chart lists 12 offensive positions.


23 Bruce Ellington 3 Damiere Byrd

1 Specialists PR 27

Rock Hill, S.C.

6-8 267 SR-3L Beaufort, S.C. 6-4 269 SR-3L Jamestown, S.C. 6-2 272 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.

70 Devin Byron Taylor Jerideau 98 92 Aldrick Gerald Dixon Jr. 57 Fordham 44 Gerald Dixon 99 Kelcy Quarles 97 Byron J.T. Surratt 70 Jerideau 52 Gerald Phillip Dixon DukesJr. 92


8 Adam Yates 19 Landon Ard

Landon Ard Tyler Hull PatrickYates Fish Adam


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


8 Adam Yates Landon Ard Adam Yates

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 Depth Chart Scott Morgan - Recruiting Assistant Patrick Shine - Administrative Coordinator for Recruiting Defense

Devin Taylor South CarolinaDE Depth 98Chart

23 1 63 80 4



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



97 J.T. Surratt 98 Devin Taylor 99 Kelcy Quarles

Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown/High School/Last College TE 6-6 224 FR Pinewood, S.C./Scott’s Branch DE 6-5 248 RS JR Savannah, Ga./Jenkins/Fork Union Military LS 5-10 204 RS SR Columbia, S.C./Hammond School DT 6-3 304 RS FR Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern DE 6-4 290 RS FR Windermere, Fla./Olympia DE 6-3 252 RS JR Spartanburg, S.C./Byrnes/Butler CC DE 6-3 228 FR Allendale, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax/S.C. State DE 6-2 232 RS JR Ladson, S.C./Fort Dorchester/Brevard College DT 6-2 295 RS SO Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland DE 6-8 267 RS SR Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort DT 6-4 286 SO Hodges, S.C./Greenwood/Fork Union Military

Ace Sanders Victor Ellington Hampton Bruce Damiere Byrd Walker Inabinet Coleman Harley Ace Sanders

5-9 197 SO-1L 5-9 168 SO-1L 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-8

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


23 3 91 59 1

175 197 197 168 204 280 175

27 Victor Hampton 11 Seth Strickland 13 Walker Patrick Inabinet Fish 91 59 Coleman Harley

JR-2L Bradenton, Fla. SO-1L Moncks Darlington, S.C. S.C. SO-1L Corner, SO-1L Sicklerville, N.J. SR-2L Columbia, S.C. FR-RS Bradenton, Aiken, S.C.Fla. JR-2L 5-10 197 SO-1L Darlington, S.C. 6-2 195 SR-2L Laurens, S.C. 6-0 204 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C. 5-10 SR-2L Columbia, S.C. 6-1 280 FR-RS Aiken, S.C.


11 Seth Strickland 13 Patrick Fish

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

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The Side Line No. 5  
The Side Line No. 5  

USC Gamecocks gameday publication previewing the USC-Tennesee college football game on Oct. 27, 2012.