Robinson stressing versatility for #Gamecocks defense, Joyner getting comfortable at WR (AUDIO)

Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and head coach Will Muschamp believe in cross-training their defensive backs to handle the responsibilities at cornerback, safety and nickel. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson met with the media, Tuesday, for the first time since spring practice kicked off last week. Robinson was very positive in his assessment of the defense, so far, although he was quick to point out the difficulty to gauge the growth of the defensive linemen with such little time spent in full contact.

The Gamecocks are a little thin at the BUCK position, but will get another contributor at that spot when highly touted recruit Jordan Burch joins the program.

Three offensive players: Wide receivers Shi Smith, Dakereon Joyner and running back Deshaun Fenwick also addressed the media.

You can count Fenwick among the fans of Mike Bobo’s new offense. Fenwick likes the addition of more plays run from under center with a lot of the action “in the box,” where he can better utilize his size and strength.

Smith is excited about the opportunity to make plays down the field in the new offense and is looking forward to contributing in the return game. Joyner, now working exclusively at receiver, also expects to contribute as a returner and has been watching Smith closely to improve his route running. But as far as NFL influences go, Joyner zeroes in on one star, “Deebo. I’m not going to lie, Deebo Samuel.”

Joyner, like Smith and Fenwick, is a fan of the concepts that have been introduced by Bobo. Joyner said, “He wants us to be the best offense in the SEC, and I know we will be.” Joyner added that despite the position switch, he never considered a transfer, “This is home.”

Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson

Wide receiver Shi Smith

Running back Deshaun Fenwick

Wide receiver Dakereon Joyner

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