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Wide receiver OrTre Smith is one of three freshman wide receivers who could see the field for the Gamecocks in 2017.

Position battles from camp; plus, 5-star RB talks South Carolina game-day atmosphere

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Update on freshman receivers

South Carolina co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon told the media on Tuesday he’s preparing all freshman receivers for playing time.

According to McClendon, the three freshman wide receivers — OrTre Smith, Shi Smith and Chad Terrell — have shown glimpses of talent in the Gamecocks preseason practice.

The battle for the No. 2 QB job

After one week of preseason practice, the Gamecocks are still without a clear-cut No. 2 quarterback.

According to tight end Kyle Markway, redshirt junior QB Michael Scarnecchia has “been in charge” of the Gamecocks second-team offense — with freshman Jay Urich taking a few reps.

Scarnecchia redshirted last season after undergoing left shoulder surgery in the summer. Urich signed with South Carolina in February over offers from Duke, Harvard and Tennessee among others.

Closer to the line

After lining up exclusively in the shotgun in 2016, QB Jake Bentley has taken some snaps behind center this preseason, according to John Del Bianco of The Big Spur.

The move adds another wrinkle to the South Carolina offense, with Del Bianco hypothesizing that “perhaps a under center snap with a fake handoff to Rico Dowdle and a downfield look to Bryan Edwards or Deebo Samuel is more in the cards this fall.”

Left tackle spot up for grabs

Redshirt junior Malik Young and junior Dennis Daley are the top candidates for the Gamecocks left tackle position.

Young started nine games at right tackle last season. Daley is in his first season at South Carolina after spending the last two years at Georgia Military College.

5-star RB likes Williams-Brice

Class of 2019 5-star running back Quavaris Crouch has been to a few South Carolina games at Williams-Brice Stadium and is impressed.

“It’s amazing. The crowd is into it. They’ve got the towels and all shaking,” the 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back told Hale McGranahan of SEC Country. “Places like that, SEC [and] big places like that, if you’re not ready to play when that crowd is jumping like that, I just feel like you’re not a football player.”

Crouch is rated as the No. 17 overall prospect in the country in the 247Sports composite.

Former Gamecocks star returns to S.C.

Former South Carolina baseball standout Dom Thompson-Williams is returning to the Palmetto State as a member of the Charleston RiverDogs, according to Ben Breiner of The State newspaper.

The New York Yankees promoted Thompson-Williams from the Single-A Short-Season Staten Island Yankees to Charleston on Tuesday.

The Sioux City, Iowa, native hit .277, with 3 home runs and 22 RBI in 41 games for Staten Island.

A new look

Colonial Life Arena may have gotten the press with its new scoreboard, but Williams-Brice Stadium got some offseason love, too.

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