Spring spotlight: USC fullback Qua Gilchrist

April 5, 2012 

USC Football players practice at Williams-Brice stadium on Saturday morning, March 24, 2012.

ROB THOMPSON — Special to GoGamecocks

Qua Gilchrist is in a familiar spot this spring: the backfield.

With Dalton Wilson graduated and Matt Coffee recovering from a knee injury, Gilchrist moved from linebacker to fullback for the Gamecocks.

Gilchrist last played running back in 2007 at Abbeville High School. His best season statistically came his junior year, when he rushed 170 times for 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He was recruited mostly as a running back out of high school but was converted to linebacker at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Gilchrist had 61 tackles, including 45 solo stops, in 2009.

At linebacker for the Gamecocks last season, he had his first and only tackle against Kentucky.

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Class: Redshirt Senior

Hometown: Abbeville, S.C.

Last College: Butler County Community College

Height, Weight: 6-1, 245

Position: fullback

Jersey number: 43

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Q&A with Qua Gilchrist

How did the postition change come about?

They asked me if I thought I could still play fullback? I said yes. I decided I wanted to come play fullback and help out the offense and help the team any way I can. It's been great. I'm learning a lot. I'm having a great time so far on offense.

How did you end up at linebacker at Butler County?

It was a big change when I got there. They asked, 'Do you want to play linebacker? You're going to get bigger. You might want to make that change to go to the next level.' So I did and it turned out to be great for me.

When the did the move to fullback take place?

During winter workouts. They called me into talk to me and said we need a fullback. They made the transformation for me. It was a great move. I'm thankful to get another chance to come out here to compete.

Last year's primary fullback, Dalton Wilson, didn't get a carry all season. Are you OK if your primary role is blocking?

I'm happy blocking, whatever the team needs. I'll leave it to the coaches. I'll just go out and play hard and do what I have to do.

What are your goals for the rest of spring practice?

That I am worthy of the positoin and go out here and help protect the running backs and the quarterbacks and help the offensive line as much as I can.

Compiled by Dwayne McLemore

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