Depth chart reactions, plus more from the Gamecocks’ newest commit
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Depth chart reactions
South Carolina released its first official preseason depth chart on Sunday.
Upon initial review, there are no real surprises or shocks. As anticipated, based off the spring practice buzz, true freshman Jaylin Dickerson has a already worked his way into the two-deep at the safety spot.
Beyond that, the only item of note is the lack of a clear front-runner in the battle for the No. 1 running back position. The sophomore trio of Rico Dowdle, Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner are all listed with the ‘OR’ note, meaning that all three start summer camp on equal ground.
Are the Gamecocks an under-the-radar pick for the SEC East crown in 2017? Justin Nails of Gridiron Now seems to think so.
“Among Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, if South Carolina can knock off two of the three [preferably the Gators and Bulldogs] — coupled with a possible round robin of losses between those same schools — the Gamecocks could slip into the SEC title game among the chaos, just as they did in 2010,” writes Nails.
Runs in the family
South Carolina commit Lavonte Valentine has his mother to thank to his lightning-quick speed, the 3-star running back told SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.
“My mother was really fast when she was younger,” he said. “She’s actually still fast, but when she was younger, she was really, really fast, so that’s where I get it from.”
Valentine went on to detail why he ultimately picked the Gamecocks over offers from Florida, Notre Dame and Southern California, among others.
— QB1 Athletics LLC (@QB1_Athletics) July 9, 2017
Very cool to not only see Joyner putting in work on the field in the middle of the summer, but spending time with another Gamecock.
Best in the biz
CBS Sports released its annual Best in College Sports rankings on Friday, with the Gamecocks coming in at No. 6, trailing only Florida (No. 2 overall) in the SEC.
South Carolina’s lofty ranking is thanks in large part to both basketball teams’ incredible seasons.
Sin City spotlight
Former South Carolina star Sindarius Thornwell made his NBA Summer League debut on Friday night in Las Vegas, stealing the show with 26 points and 5 rebounds.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 8, 2017
Thornwell followed it up with 4 points, 2 boards and 1 steal in 18 minutes in the Clippers’ 86-67 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
He didn’t get to share the floor with his former USC teammate on Friday night, but former South Carolina G PJ Dozier introduced himself to NBA fans on Saturday, when his Los Angeles Lakers squad took on the Boston Celtics.
In just three minutes of action, Dozier went 1-for-1 from the field, with 2 points and 1 block.
Can you believe this was less than year ago? The offseason really does drag.
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) July 9, 2017