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Spring review: Offensive tackles rundown

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Spring review: Offensive tackles rundown


South Carolina put a bow on spring football last Saturday with the Garnet & Black Game inside Williams-Brice Stadium. In this series, GamecockCentral.com takes a look at where things stand at each position now that spring ball is over. Today focuses on the offensive tackles.

• While it appeared that left tackle may be a position that was going to feature a spring position battle, Sadarius Hutcherson locked down the first-team spot pretty early in camp and never looked back, solidifying the position for this season. Hutcherson came to South Carolina as a tackle, but was a starter at guard last season, before moving back to left tackle this spring.

• Sophomore Dylan Wonnum, a former four-star recruit, took over as the Gamecocks' starting right tackle midway through the 2018 season and returns as the starter there this season. 

• Hutcherson played a team-high 896 snaps on offense last season.
Wonnum played 506, giving the Gamecocks two experienced starters at tackle. But there's virtually no experienced depth behind them, making it one of the key positions on the roster that the Gamecocks can't afford injuries.

• Freshman early enrollee Jaylen Nichols caught the attention of head coach Will Muschamp and earned the praise of offensive line coach Eric Wolford this spring. He's big and athletic at 6-foot-5, 315-pounds. While Nichols, like most freshmen at the position, still has plenty to learn, he could be forced into action this season. He worked as the backup right tackle in the spring game.

• Redshirt sophomore Jordon Carty has yet to see action in his
career but offers massive potential. The 6-foot-7, 327-pounder was banged up at times this spring but worked with the second team at left tackle in the spring game.

• Redshirt sophomore Eric Douglas could be a wild card at tackle. A sharp, versatile player, Douglas spent time this spring at center, guard,
and tackle, filling in at center during the spring game due to injuries to Hank Manos and Chandler Farrell. Douglas could serve the all-important role of swingman this year, providing depth at every spot on the O-line

• Keep an eye on freshman offensive lineman Jakai Moore this fall. Moore isn't on campus yet, but has similar athleticism to Nichols and could factor into the offensive tackle conversation as the season progresses. 

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