South Carolina Gamecocks: Spring Game Recap
The South Carolina Gamecocks held their annual Spring Game today in Columbia. It was your typical spring game, with the Gamecocks starters playing against each other, and the backups playing against the backups.
THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
- TEMPO, TEMPO, TEMPO!
ESPN reporter Tom Luginbill, said of a practice he went to, that the South Carolina offense looked like an old-school Oregon offense under Chip Kelly. Offensive Coordinator Bryan McClendon put an emphasis on getting a faster pace going. New QB coach Dan Werner, who was most recently the OC at Ole Miss, is helping aid in this transition. If the first drive of the game is any indication, this is going to be a whole new world for fans of the Gamecocks. Each snap was coming within 15 seconds of the previous play. It went a long way to getting Jake Bentley in a rhythm. The offense moved the ball right down the field and finished the drive with a 25-yard TD run by Ty’Son Williams.
- WHO REPLACES TE HAYDEN HURST?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question. The only player with a similar skillset on the roster is a former walk-on, now Senior, Jacob August. August isn’t nearly as skilled as Hurst. Juniors K.C. Crosby and Kiel Pollard are more of the H-Back types than true tight ends. Kyle Markway could be the answer if he could stay on the field. He has battled injuries throughout his career and left the first half of the spring game with an injury.
- DEFENSIVE DEPTH COULD BE AN ISSUE
I believe the starters for South Carolina will be fine but they are going to have to count on a lot of true freshmen to fill out the two-deep depth chart. This is especially true of the defensive line. Javon Kinlaw and Aaron Sterling are two of the bright spots there but they can’t sustain many setbacks. They also have to replace Skai Moore at linebacker. Sherrod Greene or Eldridge Thompson are the ones that will be asked to fill his shoes. At corner, Jamarcus King and Chris Lammons are gone. Look for true freshman Israel Mukuamu, a 6’4” player who enrolled in January, to help the transition.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the Gamecocks going into to 2018!