Cloninger Soundoff: USC depth chart taking shape

Posted by DAVID CLONINGER on August 20, 2013 

South Carolina running back Mike Davis (28)

TIM DOMINICK — Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com

— Connor Shaw has been anointed, and now Mike Davis has. Most of the linemen seem to be set on each side of the ball, and you know that Victor Hampton will start at one corner spot.

It’s that time of camp, where starting positions are solidifying and are at least able to be educated-guessed by we chumps in the media, if position coaches are squeamish about naming starters now. The Gamecocks, despite a few bang-ups in camp, are pretty much following the same trend they were thought to be following in the preseason.

The two spots that need answers are linebacker, where Cedrick Cooper is looking less and less likely to recover from a dislocated elbow in time, and place-kicker. Steve Spurrier said he hoped to have a definite answer for kicker this time this week, and perhaps Joe Robinson has found an answer.

Despite the injuries, nobody has gone down with what could be a season-ender (Mike Matulis’ shoulder injury may be classified that, but even he said that he wouldn’t mind redshirting). There shouldn’t be any massive changes from what the preseason depth chart said (see that below) once the new one is released on Sunday.

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Updated preseason depth chart

The depth chart below includes known changes since the depth chart's release in July. It does not including the Gamecocks' incoming freshman class, and several of those new faces could crack the two-deep against North Carolina on Aug. 29.

OFFENSE

WR1
Damiere Byrd
Shaq Roland - OR - Shamier Jeffery

WR2
Bruce Ellington
K.J. Brent
Jody Fuller

WR3
Nick Jones
Kwinton Smith
David Wilkins

LT
Corey Robinson
Mason Zandi
Mike Matulis

LG
A.J. Cann
Brock Stadnik

C
Cody Waldrop
Clayton Stadnik

RG
Ronald Patrick
Will Sport
D.J. Park

RT
Brandon Shell
Cody Gibson

TE
Rory Anderson
Jerell Adams
Drew Owens - OR - Kelvin Rainey

QB
Connor Shaw
Dylan Thompson
Brendan Nosovitch
Connor Mitch (expected to redshirt)
Perry Orth

FB
Connor McLaurin

TB
Mike Davis
Brandon Wilds
Shon Carson
Kendric Salley

DEFENSE

DE
Chaz Sutton
Mason Harris
Gerald Dixon

DT
J.T. Surratt
Gerald Dixon Jr.
Deon Green

DT
Kelcy Quarles
Phillip Dukes

DE
Jadeveon Clowney
Darius English

MLB
Kaiwan Lewis
T.J. Holloman

WLB
Cedrick Cooper (injured)
Marcquis Roberts

SPUR
Sharrod Golightly
Jordan Diggs
Kyle Fleetwood

CB
Victor Hamtpon
Ahmad Christian
Sidney Rhodes

SS
Kadetrix Marcus
T.J. Gurley
Chaz Elder

FS
Brison Williams
Chris Moody

CB
Jimmy Legree
Rico McWilliams
Ronnie Martin

SPECIAL TEAMS

KO
Landon Ard
Nick St. Germain

PK
Landon Ard
Nick St. Germain

P
Tyler Hull
Patrick Fish

KR
Bruce Ellington
Damiere Byrd

PR
Victor Hampton
Bruce Ellington

LS
Coleman Harley
Ryland Culbertson

H
Patrick Fish

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