The South Carolina Gamecocks will have to mold some players into quick shape in order to build off of the defensive season they had in 2017.
USC tied for 13th in the nation in turnover margin a season ago, in a year where they had to experience youth at a number of positions.
While South Carolina has developed some contributors with last year’s experience, they will have to rely on some new ones. One of those is graduate transfer Nick Harvey, who says that he’s already seen why he wanted to come to USC.
The Gamecocks are also relying on some of the same faces in new places as Jamyest Williams comes into this season playing a new position at safety, moving over from nickel.
He believes he’s up to the transition:
Williams has to hold down the fort in the defensive middle, with Steven Montac donning a yellow non-contact jersey Tuesday and Tavyn Jackson missing practice altogether.
One player who has returned from injury is Jaylin Dickerson, who is eager to deliver on his potential for the first time in a Gamecocks uniform:
The shuffling continues as well on the defensive line, as Keir Thomas, who contributed on both the interior and at end, has now taken a central role at defensive tackle.
Thomas talked about his versatility, his relationship with line-mate Javon Kinlaw and how he feels about High School teammate Jamel Cook joining the Gamecocks yesterday at defensive back:
Defensive Line Coach Lance Thompson spoke Tuesday, calling Thomas, “the toughest player on our football team”.
Thompson also stopped short of heaping any kind of expectations on the younger players, such as Josh Belk, JJ Enagbare and Rick Sandidge.
Regarding Belk, who has yet to practice with the Gamecocks, Thompson said Head Coach Will Muschamp will update his status Saturday.
To hear more from Thompson’s only chance to speak this Fall, including his analysis of freshmen, click below:
South Carolina has its first scheduled off day Wednesday, and will return to the practice field on Thursday morning at 9 AM.