COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s an open week and the South Carolina football team is more than halfway through Year 2 under coach Will Muschamp.
The following questions were received via Twitter.
Who from this current roster looks to be a 2018 NFL Draft pick? Who might stay for senior year? -@jamaicanlife04
Among the seniors, I think Skai Moore will be the highest draft pick. After him, there are a few guys with a shot to hear their name called, but most will get free-agent deals or rookie tryouts.
Those guys are probably Taylor Stallworth, Chris Lammons, Dante Sawyer and JaMarcus King. And we’ve heard a lot about Alan Knott from Muschamp, so maybe he’ll get a chance, too.
Among the juniors who are eligible to go pro: Zack Bailey, Rashad Fenton, Hayden Hurst and Deebo Samuel should be the most likely. At this point, Fenton and Hurst are the most likely to leave, because they haven’t missed time to injury, like Bailey and Samuel.
Before the season, I think most folks were under the assumption that Samuel would turn pro in 2018. I wonder if that decision has been clouded by the injury.
This much, to me, is clear about Samuel: He enjoys being a part of this program and cares about the University of South Carolina.
At this point, I would not be shocked if he came back, but I can’t say that I know what he is thinking. And you can probably say many of the same things about Bailey.
With all of our offensive line starters being healthy for Vanderbilt, do you think we switch up the rotation, given how well the offensive line has played of late? -@AdamGabrielli
Bailey probably takes back over at right tackle, but Blake Camper has played pretty well in his and Malik Young’s absence.
I like what Sadarius Hutcherson has done since taking over at left tackle, which allowed Donell Stanley to slide back over to right guard, where he started the 2016 season, before going down.
The Gamecocks have a good thing going along the interior with Knott at center and Hutcherson and Stanley at left and right guard, respectively. Nothing against Cory Helms, but that guard combination seems to be better than Stanley and Helms at left and right guard, respectively.
It’s a good problem to have.