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South Carolina soccer: Gamecocks fall 2022 depth chart

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opens coaching camp Friday within the first tangible step towards the 2022 common season. Right here’s a take a look at what USC’s depth chart ought to appear to be coming into the autumn:

South Carolina offense

Quarterback

Starter: Spencer Rattler

Backups: Luke Doty, Tanner Bailey, Colten Gauthier

No surprises right here. Spencer Rattler is the man, even when Beamer hasn’t formally named him QB1 but.

Issues get a bit attention-grabbing behind Rattler. Luke Doty was the starter a season in the past earlier than a foot damage derailed his yr. He needs to be pushed by Tanner Bailey — a four-star signee within the 2022 class — and an older Colten Gauthier, who benefited from his redshirt season.

Operating again

Starter: MarShawn Lloyd

Backups: Christian Beal-Smith, Juju McDowell, Lovasea Carroll, Rashad Amos

I’ll go on a limb and say MarShawn Lloyd returns to his pre-ACL tear self and snags the beginning job from Wake Forest switch Christian Beal-Smith.

That stated, Beal-Smith goes to play a lot this fall and it’s not completely inconceivable he and Lloyd merely cut up the starter reps given the tandem’s expertise.

The Gamecocks are deep at working again for the second-straight yr. Don’t be stunned if Carroll, a Georgia switch, and Amos get a contact right here or there as we get into the season.

Receiver

Starters: Antwane “Juice” Wells Jr., Corey Rucker, Josh Vann, Dakereon Joyner

Backups: Xavier Legette, Ahmarean Brown, Jalen Brooks, Landon Samson

South Carolina is deeeeep at receiver this fall. Early reviews from the offseason recommend Corey Rucker might be a shock star for this offense in 2022. Wells, too, is anticipated to be a game-breaker alongside Josh Vann and Dakereon Joyner.

Xavier Legette, Ahmarean Brown and Jalen Brooks ought to all issue into the equation in some capability, although how a lot stays to be seen. Receivers coach Justin Stepp has ample choices right here, and the offense ought to take a step ahead merely by means of how proficient this group could be prime to backside.

Tight finish

Starters: Jaheim Bell, Austin Stogner

Backups: Nate Adkins, Traevon Kenion, Zavier Quick

Jaheim Bell goes to play nearly all over the place on the sphere. He’s already lined up at receiver, tailback, fullback and tight finish during the last yr, and that shouldn’t change.

Including Austin Stogner was a coup for South Carolina. He had choices at each Iowa State and Ohio State after leaving Oklahoma and needs to be an enormous piece to unlocking the passing recreation with Rattler this fall.

Nate Adkins, the son of USC offensive line coach Greg Adkins, ought to see loads of time as a blocker and in some purpose line units. I like his probabilities to be a sneaky difference-maker in a recreation or two.

Offensive line

Starters: Jaylen Nichols (LT) , Vershon Lee (LG) , Eric Douglas (C), Jovaughn Gwyn (RG) Dylan Wonnum (RT)

Backups: Jakai Moore, Tyshawn Wannamaker, Hank Manos

South Carolina’s offensive line was a large number in 2021. For higher or worse, nearly the whole unit outdoors of Jazston Turnetine — who transferred to Florida State — is again within the fold this yr.

The Gamecocks are older and skilled on the road, however they’ll have to have a greater grasp of the blocking schemes Adkins and Satterfield want out of the group. In the event that they take a step ahead, the offensive ceiling shifts tremendously.

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South Carolina’s Jordan Burch through the 2021 recreation at East Carolina. Juan Blas Particular to The State

South Carolina protection

Defensive finish/edge rusher

Starters: Jordan Burch, Jordan Strachan

Backups: Terrell Dawkins, Gilber Edmond

Jordan Burch and Jordan Strachan are the names to know right here. Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare and Aaron Sterling are gone. It’ll fall on the “Jordans” to fill their roles.

Burch has all of the expertise on the earth and his five-star recruiting rating urged as a lot. That stated, he hasn’t put all of it collectively but. If he does, together with Strachan’s expertise from his time at Georgia State, this group can change the complexion of the protection.

Defensive sort out

Starters: Zacch Pickens, Alex “Boogie” Huntley

Backups: M.J. Webb, T.J. Sanders, Tonka Hemingway

Zacch Pickens is the large piece right here. He’s a man who might find yourself being a first-round NFL Draft choose subsequent April and he’s anticipated to be the anchor of the whole defensive position.

Alex Huntley had an enormous recreation in South Carolina’s win over North Carolina within the Duke’s Mayo Bowl final yr. It’s anticipated he’ll take one other step ahead with an elevated position.

Linebacker

Starters: Brad Johnson, Sherrod Greene

Backups: Mo Kaba, Stone Blanton

Getting Brad Johnson and Sherrod Greene again was an important step for the protection this season. Each might’ve pursued skilled alternatives or concluded their careers elsewhere, however they’re again within the fold.

Johnson ought to profit from one other offseason after transitioning from defensive finish to linebacker final fall. Assuming Greene is absolutely recovered from the ankle damage that ended his 2021 season in Week 3 at Georgia, he and Johnson needs to be the starters.

Kaba is a former four-star recruit who noticed loads of time rather than Greene final yr. He might push for a beginning gig if both Johnson’s or Greene’s play slip.

Cornerback/nickel

Starters: Cam Smith, Darius Rush, David Spaulding

Backups: Marcellas Dial, Isaiah Norris, O’Donnell Fortune

Cam Smith is South Carolina’s largest title within the secondary. He’s a projected first-round choose and needs to be the face of the group. The thought is he’ll play each nook and nickel, although how he splits time between these two spots.

Darius Rush ought to maintain down the opposite nook spot reverse Smith, whereas Spaulding is the likeliest different possibility at nickel.

Marcellas Dial, Isaiah Norris and O’Donnell Fortune all have positional flexibility and might doubtless play each the nickel and cornerback. Anticipate them to all issue into the rotation.

Security

Starters: Devonni Reed, R.J. Roderick

Backups: Tyrese Ross, Nick Emmanwori

Jaylan Foster is off to the NFL, leaving Central Michigan switch Devonni Reed to fill his slot alongside R.J. Roderick.

The Gamecocks are skinny behind the entrance line of Reed and Roderick. Tyrese Ross was anticipated to be a depth piece a yr in the past, however South Carolina may want extra from him. Emmanwori was a monster at Irmo throughout his highschool profession and will crack the lineup if accidents or ineffectiveness pop up.

Particular Groups

Kicker

Starter: Alex Herrera/Mitch Jeter

Backups: TBD

South Carolina has to switch all-time main scorer Parker White. That’ll fall on Mitch Jeter or Alex Herrera.

Jeter and Herrera each held kickoff duties at various instances final season. Jeter held down the fort for the majority of he season, together with a 63 yard common on his kicks.

This competitors ought to final into camp, however actually might go both method.

Punter

Starter: Kai Kroeger

Backup: Mitch Jeter, Alex Herrera

Kai Kroeger has shortly advanced right into a weapon for South Carolina on particular groups. The Chicago-area product might be a fringe All-SEC caliber man in 2022 assuming all goes effectively.

Hale McGranahan of The Huge Spur reported earlier this week that Kroeger is coping with an damage, and it’s unclear whether or not that may final into the season.

If Kroeger is down for any time, count on Jeter or Herrera to take snaps in his place.

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Ben Portnoy is The State’s South Carolina Gamecocks soccer beat author. He’s a five-time Related Press Sports activities Editors award honoree and has earned recognition from the Mississippi Press Affiliation and the Nationwide Sports activities Media Affiliation. Portnoy beforehand lined Mississippi State for the Columbus Industrial Dispatch and Indiana soccer for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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