South Carolina has released its pre-spring depth chart. The Gamecocks open spring practice next Tuesday.
There's sure to be some shuffling in the offensive line this spring while second-year offensive line coach Shawn Elliott tries to find the right combination. Redshirt freshman A.J. Cann is listed No. 2 at left guard behind senior Terrence Campbell, but Cann is a player the Gamecocks' coaches expect to make a move this spring. Also, sophomore Ronald Patrick is listed No. 2 at right guard behind senior Rokevious Watkins. Patrick was the backup to T.J. Johnson at center last season as a true freshman.
Look for Elliott to experiment with several different combinations this spring. The idea is to get the best five guys on the field. Junior college signee Kaleb Broome is listed behind redshirt freshman Cody Gibson at right tackle going into the spring, and heralded high school signee Brandon Shell won't be on campus until this summer.
Senior quarterback Stephen Garcia is listed as the starter going into the spring, but coach Steve Spurrier has already said that it will be an open competition at that position with sophomore Connor Shaw. Spurrier said the same thing this time a year ago. But with a year's experience and this being his second spring, it will be interesting to see if Shaw can make it more of a battle this spring.
Garcia was more consistent last season and had some big games, but he played poorly in the Gamecocks' last two games when he threw five interceptions.
Defensively, junior Shaq Wilson is back in the starting lineup at weak side linebacker after being plagued by hamstring problems and redshirting last season. He was the Gamecocks' leading tackler in 2009.
Senior Akeem Auguste has moved back to cornerback after playing safety last season. Auguste and junior Stephon Gilmore are listed as the starters at cornerback. The Gamecocks had recurring problems a year ago when it came to covering the pass.