Football returns Wednesday when South Carolina takes the field for the first time this spring.
This team has a lot of uncertainties, and I can’t say I feel good about how this team will perform.
Although spring practices and scrimmages won’t reflect what happens in the season whatsoever, there are still some interesting position battles.
The quarterback position is easily Ryan Hilinski’s job, but I wouldn’t rule out Luke Doty just yet.
The only reason why I haven’t ruled Doty out yet is because college football has been crazy lately, and true freshman quarterbacks are looking better and better.
Doty was a Top 100 recruit and has a little more athleticism than Hilinski. Doty also excels at redzone touchdowns, which was a huge issue for the Gamecocks last year.
However, I fully expect Hilinski to start because he will have the full spring to prepare as a starter instead of being thrown into that role.
I think Kevin Harris will ultimately start because this kid is one of the most impressive runners I’ve seen on this team in a long time.
Harris rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns against Charleston Southern before he suffered an injury that kept him out for most of the year.
He’s only a sophomore, but I think he’ll be deadly along with incoming freshman Marshawn Lloyd.
Lloyd also has a chance to start this year. His combination of strength and speed is so incredible that I think he honestly has a chance.
Go watch his film and you’ll instantly get excited about him.
The receiving corps is certainly going to be interesting this year.
No Gamecocks receiver had 1000 receiving yards last year, and South Carolina lost their leading receiver Bryan Edwards.
Shi Smith continues to show how good he can be if he just stayed healthy. Josh Vann has the potential to be a solid receiver as well.
The issue with this corps is that there isn’t a clear cut number one like there has been.
I think Shi Smith can be that guy, but I need to see more from guys like Vann and OrTre Smith, who has been dealing with injuries his whole time at South Carolina.
I’m excited to see what sophomore Xavier Legette can do. He showed some nice flashes last season, but he didn’t get enough targets.
South Carolina will play their annual spring game on April 4 where you will get to see all of these guys in action.
The spring game isn’t a precursor to the season, but at least it will give you more of a look at the new guys who could possibly start.