Post-spring practice 2019 offensive depth Projections
April 09, 2019
Now that spring practice is over, it’s time to take a look and see at South Carolina’s post-spring depth chart for the fall of the 2019 season.
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||QUARTERBACKS|
|NO. 1||Jake Bentley|
|NO. 2||Ryan Hilinski|
|NO. 3||Dakereon Joyner|
The staff has been clear that Bentley is the guy until otherwise proven. Perhaps that happens with a fantastic offseason and August camp from Hilinski and more inconsistency from Bentley. But for the moment, a 2 1/2 year starter who posted one of the most prolific seasons in program history is likely to hold onto that spot until games are played.
The one to watch:
Hilinski. He mostly worked the short game during the spring game, but he’s accurate and learning the playbook at a rapid rate.
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||RUNNING BACKS|
|No. 1||Rico Dowdle|
|No. 2||Mon Denson|
|No. 3||A.J. Turner|
Dowdle didn’t spend much time in the spring without the non-contact jersey on. But he’s still a guy who’s been given chance after chance to take the job, and it’s not as if someone has jumped up and taken it. Denson is solid and showed flashes, and none of the three young runners showed quite enough to prevent Turner from being a primary tailback next spring. Kevin Harris had moments and got credit from coaches and teammates, but it remains to be seen what kind of rotation role he can have. The Gamecocks want two top tailbacks, and the old hands still feel somewhat entrenched.
The one to watch:
Harris. He showed some pop here and there in spring and might bring the tackle-breaking ability the staff desperately wants. He’ll have to have a big rest of the offseason to get one of those top top spots.
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||WIDE RECEIVER|
|No. 1s||Bryan Edwards|
|No. 1s||Shi Smith|
|No. 1s||OrTre Smith|
|No. 2s||Chad Terrell|
|No. 2s||Randrecous Davis|
|No. 2s||Josh Vann|
It’s another position where injuries limited folks, notably Edwards late and OtTre Smith for most of spring. Edwards and Shi Smith are guaranteed starters, and if OrTre Smith’s knee is right, he’s got a better track record than anyone else. Vann, Davis and Terrell each got a lot of work in spring, but it’s not clear if any made a move to become starters in spring. (Vann, the most talented, was mostly a short option in the spring game.) The big question here is all about the summer enrollees, when four-star Keveon Mullins, late riser Xavier Legette and prep school product Tyquan Johnson join the fray.
The one to watch:
Outside the summer guys, Vann. He’s among the more talented receivers they have and admitted his first year left a lot to be desired.
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||TIGHT ENDS|
|No. 1s||Kiel Pollard|
|No. 1s||Kyle Markway|
|No. 2s||KeShawn Toney|
|No. 2s||Evan Hinson|
Pollard seems as if he’s taken the lead at the position coming into his fourth season in the program. Markway appears to be the natural successor to Jacob August as the bigger blocker. Toney showed the staff a lot in spring with his effort and approach. As a true freshman, he got snaps ahead of Hinson, who missed parts of spring because of his basketball schedule, and Will Register, who the staff wants to see more from in terms of blocking. There’s not much to take from Traevon Kenion, who might be the most talented but missed the first half of the semester.
One to watch:
A lot of options with Toney, Kenion and Hinson, but once more this is Hinson. He gave up basketball this offseason, but he’s running out of time to become a well-rounded enough player to take advantage of his considerable play-making potential.
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||LT||OFFENSIVE LINE|
|No. 1||LT||Sadarius Hutcherson|
|No. 2||LT||Jordon Carty|
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||LG||OFFENSIVE LINE|
|No. 1||LG||Donell Stanley|
|No. 2||LG||Jordan Rhodes|
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||C||OFFENSIVE LINE|
|No. 1||C||Hank Manos|
|No. 2||C||Chandler Ferrell|
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||RG||OFFENSIVE LINE|
|No. 1||RG||Jovaughn Gwyn|
|No. 2||RG||Eric Douglas|
|GAMECOCK PROJECTED DEPTH CHART||RT||OFFENSIVE LINE|
|No. 1||RT||Dylan Wonnum|
|No. 2||RT||Jaylen Nichols|
The Gamecocks came into the spring with what seemed like four settled positions, and that was before Gwyn came back from injury in and immediately started with first-team reps at guard. If that group holds, the more interesting battles are going to be for the backup spots. Eric Douglas can play pretty much everywhere, so the question is where will he be most needed (probably at guard, maybe at left tackle). Nichols was a surprise with how quickly he rose up the depth chart, and if his progress is an indication, he could well be the next in line when one of the tackles moves on. This group will also get a healthy injection of freshmen come summer.
One to watch:
Gwyn. The staff wants eight guys, and Nichols and Douglas give some pieces as they try to build toward that. But Gwyn is a redshirt freshman and seemed to step right in after getting back from an injury that cost him most of last season.