South Carolina running backs Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner combined to rush for 1,261 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2016.
Dowdle missed the first four games recovering from injury, before finishing as the team’s leading rusher, totaling 133 carries for 764 yards and 6 touchdowns. He started seven of the nine games he appeared in as a freshman.
Turner was the starter in four of the first five contests last season. His redshirt freshman season ended with 116 carries for 497 yards with 3 scores.
This fall, they’ll be joined by North Carolina transfer Ty’Son Williams, to form a trio that could emerge as one of the SEC’s best.
Williams, who faced South Carolina at Bank of America Stadium as a freshman, is set to make his debut for the Gamecocks in the same stadium when they open 2017 against North Carolina State on Sept. 2. The redshirt sophomore looked impressive in the spring game, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Though Dowdle’s name was at the top of the team’s official preseason depth chart, any one of the three could get the starting nod against the Wolfpack in Charlotte, N.C.
Coach Will Muschamp has said good things about redshirt sophomore Mon Denson, who’s yet to log time for the Gamecocks. Redshirt junior Caleb Kinlaw has college experience, dating back to his days at Wisconsin.
In his only career game for the Badgers, he rushed 7 times for 30 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Last season, for Pearl River Community College, Kinlaw rushed 34 times for 150 yards and a score. South Carolina landed him as a walk-on earlier this year.
Also in the mix are redshirt freshmen C.J. Freeman and Adrian McGee, a walk-on from Greer, S.C.