Projected 2017 South Carolina offensive depth chart, post-fall camp

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Fall camp is over for the South Carolina football team and the 2017 depth chart has started to take shape.

A lot of key pieces are back for the Gamecocks offense this season, including sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley, sophomore running back Rico Dowdle, redshirt junior wide receiver Deebo Samuel and junior tight end Hayden Hurst.

What could the rest of the Gamecocks offensive depth chart look like when the season opens at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 2 against North Carolina State? SEC Country takes a stab below.

Jake Bentley (19) will be backed up by Michael Scarnecchia (12). (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Quarterback

Sophomore Jake Bentley

Redshirt junior Michael Scarnecchia

Freshman Jay Urich

There was no doubt about the starter, but the backup job was up for grabs. Scarnecchia apparently hasn’t given an inch to freshman Jay Urich.

Running back

Sophomore Rico Dowdle

Redshirt sophomore Ty’Son Williams

Redshirt sophomore A.J. Turner

On the team’s official listing, you’ll see all three listed as co-starters. Though each player could get the first snap in any given game, Dowdle gets the nod on our list because he was so productive last season. All three will play meaningful snaps this fall.

Wide receiver

Redshirt junior Deebo Samuel

Freshman Shi Smith

Samuel will do a little bit of everything this season for the Gamecocks. He’ll line up outside, in the slot, go in motion and maybe even spend some time in the backfield with Bentley — or even on his own. Smith might get to do some of those same things. Redshirt freshman Randrecous Davis is another name to know.

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Bryan Edwards (89) was the No. 2 wide receiver for South Carolina in 2016. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Wide receiver

Sophomore Bryan Edwards

Sophomore Chavis Dawkins

Edwards, the second-most productive wide receiver last season, is back as the complimentary piece to Samuel. Dawkins, a fellow 2016 signee, will provide depth.

Wide receiver

Redshirt junior Terry Googer

Freshman OrTre Smith

One of the elder statesmen, Googer is a dependable part for the Gamecocks offensive coaches, something they don’t have much of at wide receiver, given the influx of youth. Like the other Smith, there are high expectations surrounding OrTre in his freshman campaign.

Tight end

Junior Hayden Hurst

Redshirt junior Jacob August

Of the two tight end positions South Carolina will utilize, this one is the more traditional type, which will, at times, attach Hurst or August to the line.

H-back

Redshirt junior K.C. Crosby

Sophomore Kiel Pollard

The H-back role allows Crosby and Pollard to move around to several different spots in any given formation.

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Malik Young started nine games last season at right tackle. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Left tackle

Redshirt junior Malik Young

Junior Dennis Daley

Young started most of last season at right tackle and has solidified himself as the protector of Bentley’s blind side. He fended off Daley during preseason camp, after Daley arrived from junior college.

Left guard

Redshirt junior Donell Stanley

Redshirt freshman Sadarius Hutcherson

Since Eric Wolford’s return as offensive line coach, Stanley has gone wire to wire as the starter. Hutcherson, who competed in the spring for the starting left tackle job, worked at left guard during fall camp.

Center

Redshirt senior Alan Knott

Redshirt senior Cory Helms

If Knott goes down, Helms would slide over from right guard and handle the job.

Right guard

Redshirt senior Cory Helms

Redshirt senior D.J. Park

If Helms had to slide over to center to take over for Knott, Park probably would be the guy here. If both Helms and Knott are out, that’s where things get dicey.

Right tackle

Junior Zack Bailey

Junior Blake Camper

Bailey hasn’t had much of a challenge from Camper during camp. Apparently, Park has gotten some work here, too.

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