SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress – or lack thereof – made during spring camp. Next up, South Carolina.
Here’s what we learned during South Carolina’s spring practice:
Nobody’s catching Dylan Thompson: As if there was a question, Dylan Thompson is the unquestioned starter and offensive leader. Steve Spurrier said earlier this spring that Thompson was the team’s best player, and he looked in complete control. Connor Mitch, Perry Orth and Brendan Nosovitch are all a ways behind Thompson, and there’s no catching him.
Backs are stacked: All-SEC running back Mike Davis headlines the position unit, but there’s legitimate depth to help take the load off Davis during the season. Brandon Wilds, Shon Carson and David Williams help make Carolina’s backfield one of the deepest and most talented units in the SEC. Wilds and Carson have a bright future, but Williams could be a difference maker. Wilds has been injury prone, and Williams could theoretically slide into that No. 2 running back slot come fall.
The strength: Carolina’s offensive line could be the best yet in the Steve Spurrier era. Tackle duo Corey Robinson and Brandon Shell, along with center Cody Waldrop and left guard AJ Cann, is one of the best in the league. Ronald Patrick’s vacant guard spot could be filled by former freshman All-American Mike Matulis, who played well this spring after missing last year with a shoulder injury. Experience, talent and ability headline the unit that will be pass protecting for Thompson and opening up running lanes for Davis.
Secondary concern: Is the secondary Spurrier’s biggest concern exiting spring? Maybe it’s the defensive line. Losing corner duo Vic Hampton and Jimmy Legree is the biggest secondary concern, but strong safety Brison Williams showed this spring he can handle the role. Freshmen highlight the cornerbacks, but Williams gives them a veteran option. Another interesting spring development was Jordan Diggs’ emergence, which really overshadowed incumbent Sharrod Golightly. This gives Lorenzo Ward options to mix and match the secondary to get the best fit.
Let’s break down the biggest takeaways of every spring practice:
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Arkansas Razorbacks
- Auburn Tigers
- Florida Gators
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Kentucky Wildcats
- LSU Tigers
- Mississippi State
- Missouri Tigers
- Ole Miss Rebels
- South Carolina Gamecocks
- Tennessee Volunteers
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Vanderbilt Commodores
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