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