COLUMBIA, S.C. – Day 1 of preseason camp at South Carolina opened inside the Jeri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility.
Following the stretch period, the 2017 Gamecocks bolted outside for fieldwork. On one field, co-offensive coordinators Kurt Roper and Bryan McClendon worked with their respective positions.
Roper put Jake Bentley and the quarterbacks through a variety of drills. McClendon had Deebo Samuel and the wide receivers working on the fundamentals of coming off the line, when the ball is snapped.
The other field was reserved for field goal work. Alex Woznick’s final kick – the only noticed by this observer – was good. The distance was inside 40 yards.
At the conclusion of that period, Lance Thompson’s defensive linemen moved within eyeshot. Sophomore defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who Taylor Stallworth talked about on Sunday night, certainly passes the eye test.
There appear to be no changes to the first-team defensive depth chart that was released earlier this summer. At least that was the case for the final practice period that was open to reporters.
The groups were individually called out onto the field by defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson for conditioning work with coach Will Muschamp looking on further up the field.
D.J. Wonnum lined up at ‘Buck’ with Stallworth and Ulric Jones at tackle. Dante Sawyer was the other end.
Bryson Allen-Williams filled the strong side linebacker sport with T.J. Brunson in the middle and Skai Moore on the weak side.
The first-team nickel secondary includes cornerbacks JaMarcus King and Rashad Fenton with Chris Lammons as the nickel back. D.J. Smith and Steven Montac were at safety.
The second-team defense had Daniel Fennell as the ‘Buck’ with Aaron Thompson and Kobe Smith at tackle and Keir Thomas on the other end. Smith, by the way, is the only backup tackle listed on the team’s depth chart.
Converted safety Antoine Wilder occupied the No. 2 strong side linebacker spot. Freshman Sherrod Greene was in the middle and junior college transfer Eldridge Thompson lined up as the ‘Will’ linebacker.
Freshman Jamyest Williams was inserted as the second nickel back. Fellow 2017 signee Jaylin Dickerson was wearing a yellow, non-contact jersey (shoulder), but he still participated in the conditioning drill. Classmate Zay Brown, also a safety, followed behind in the group. Walk-on Javon Charleston was at the other safety spot.
The front seven on the third-team includes several highly-recruited names on the line: Brad Johnson at ‘Buck’ with Kinlaw and M.J. Webb at tackle. Shameik Blackshear played on the end.
Wilder also worked as the third-team ‘Sam’ linebacker. Freshmen Davonne Bowen and Damani Staley were at ‘Mike’ and ‘Will,’ respectively.