There’s promise at receiver behind All-American Pharoh Cooper and South Carolina’s running back tandem of Brandon Wilds and David Williams has the potential to be one of the SEC’s best, but the rest is yet to be determined on offense for Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks this season.

Jon Hoke has transitioned South Carolina’s 4-2-5 defense to a revamped and more traditional 4-3 base. The Gamecocks will be replacing the ‘Spur’ position with a nickelback, a noticeable change from Lorenzo Ward’s tenure as lead DC.

Here’s a glance at our projection for the post-spring two-deep:

OFFENSE (spread multiple)

QB1: Connor Mitch
QB2: Lorenzo Nunez

RB1: Brandon Wilds — OR —
RB2: David Williams

This race is too close to call and in all likelihood, Wilds and Williams will split carries early until one separates from the other. It may however work out best for the Gamecocks to utilize both backs in rotational fashion.

X WR1: Deebo Samuel
X WR2: Shaq Davidson

Z WR1: Pharoh Cooper
Z WR2: Carlton Heard

B WR1: Terry Googer
B WR2: Shamier Jeffery

TE1: Jerell Adams
TE2: Kevin Crosby

LT1: Brandon Shell
LT2: D.J. Park

LG1: Cody Waldrop
Brock Stadnik

C1: Alan Knott
Cody Waldrop

RG1: Will Sport
Donell Stanley

RT1: Mason Zandi
RT2: Mike Matulis

The offensive line’s a major question heading into the 2015 season following the departure of draft picks A.J. Cann (guard) and Corey Robinson (tackle). The Gamecocks have depth at both tackle spots but the interior’s a bit more complicated. Clayton Stadnik started 12 games over the last two seasons but moved to tight end this spring after an offseason tonsillectomy pushed his weight down to 235 — too small to play up front in the SEC. Knott started eight games last fall as a redshirt freshman while Sport is the fifth-year veteran of the group. Waldrop is expected to play at left guard despite making all eight career starts at center.


DE1: Marquavius Lewis
DE2: Dexter Wideman

DT1: Gerald Dixon Jr.
DT2: Abu Lamin

DT1: David Johnson
DT2: Phillip Dukes

DE1: Dante Sawyer
DE2: Gerald Dixon

WLB1: Jonathan Walton
WLB2: Bryson Allen-Williams

There’s tremendous depth at the weakside spot where Walton, a junior, has All-SEC potential. Allen-Williams will move around a bit on Hoke’s defense, a rising sophomore who is excellent in pursuit and off the edge as a pass rusher. Moving back to his more natural position at outside linebacker will benefit Allen-Williams who was often forced to play out of his comfort zone at defensive end last fall.

MLB1: Skai Moore
MLB2: T.J. Holloman

NICKEL1: T.J. Gurley
NICKEL2: Jasper Sasser

CB1: Rico McWilliams
CB2: Wesley Green

CB1: Chris Lammons
CB2: Al Harris Jr.

SS1: Isaiah Johnson
SS2: Chaz Elder

FS1: D.J. Smith — OR —
FS2: Chris Moody

South Carolina’s other starter at safety alongside Kansas transfer Isaiah Johnson is a toss-up coming out of spring practice. It’s probably safe to give Smith a slight edge considering how well he played down the stretch last season, but Moody has seven starts under his belt and made 37 tackles in extensive action as a third-year sophomore. With that being said, both safety spots were inconsistent last season — bad angles, tackling — and need to show major improvement. One of Hoke’s primary tasks this spring was to ensure South Carolina has better safety play this fall.

K: Elliott Fry
P: Sean Kelly

KR: Shon Carson
PR: Pharoh Cooper