SEC: Corey Robinson

Now that you've seen the media's preseason All-SEC team, and Chris' ballot, it's time to see what I cooked up after a week of fun in Hoover, Ala.:

OFFENSE
QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn
RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama
WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama
OL: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OL: La'el Collins, LSU
OL: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
OL: Corey Robinson, South Carolina
C: Reese Dismukes, Auburn

DEFENSE
DL: Dante Fowler Jr., Florida
DL: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DL: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DL: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
LB: Leonard Floyd, Georgia
LB: Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
DB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
DB: Tre'Davious White, LSU
DB: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
DB: Landon Collins, Alabama

SPECIALISTS
PK: Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
RS: Andre Debose, Florida
AP: Christion Jones, Alabama

East
1. South Carolina
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Missouri
5. Tennessee
6. Vanderbilt
7. Kentucky

West
1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. Ole Miss
4. Mississippi State
5. LSU
6. Texas A&M
7. Arkansas

SEC Champion
Alabama
Another day, another college football watch list.

The 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list debuted Thursday, along with the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list.

The SEC made its presence known again by ranking second out of all the major conferences with 16 players on the Nagurski watch list. The Nagurski Trophy is given out annually to college football's top defensive player.

The SEC led the nation with 19 players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. Eighty-one players make up the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, and 64 are on the Outland Trophy's watch list.

The SEC players who made each list:

Nagurski
Outland

Most important game: South Carolina

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We continue our "Most important game" series, which looks at the most important game for each SEC team in 2014. These are the games that will have the biggest impact on the league race or hold special meaning for one of the teams involved. We take a look at South Carolina on Thursday.

Most important game: Nov. 15 at Florida

Key players: Now that titanium-constructed Connor Shaw is gone, Dylan Thompson takes over as the Gamecocks' signal-caller. Thompson has the chops and has been through this before, thanks to Shaw's past injuries. Thompson will have to deal with the SEC's best corner in Vernon Hargreaves III and one of the league's best pass rushers in Dante Fowler Jr. Florida's defense has some new working parts, but people in Gainesville are very excited about the talent that will be flying around out there. The good news for Thompson is that he has receivers in Damiere Byrd, Nick Jones and Shaq Roland who combined to catch 85 passes for 1,311 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago. Byrd is one of the SEC's fastest receivers, while Roland has a chance to be a breakout player this fall. They'll all have to step up against Florida's athletic secondary. One guy who could take a lot of pressure off Thompson is running back Mike Davis, who rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He's the ultimate bruiser through the middle of the field, but once he gets open on the edge, he's gone. Florida contained him last year, but expect the Gamecocks to go to him more this fall. One way to keep Fowler under wraps will be for left tackle Corey Robinson to play lights out. He's already projected as a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, and the battle between those two should be excellent. The defense could have its hands full if quarterback Jeff Driskel can get the Gators' offense moving this fall, so play up front from defensive linemen J.T. Surratt, Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. will be important. Getting to the edge to counter the zone read that has made Driskel successful in the past will be key. Spur Sharrod Golightly and linebacker Skai Moore will be key to containing the run and spying on Driskel.

Why it matters: South Carolina has made tremendous strides under Steve Spurrier, but the Gamecocks have yet to win an SEC title under the Head Ball Coach. Last year's team was tremendously talented and had everything it needed (well, except the necessary amount of wins) to play in Atlanta. Does this team? Not sure. Time will tell, but if the Gamecocks are going to have any shot of getting back to Atlanta, they have to win at Florida. The SEC Eastern Division is so wide open, with every team having a laundry list of questions. Chances are the winner from the East won't have less than two losses heading into the last couple of weeks of the season. There are just too many issues and too much competition. The Gamecocks can take an early blow, but you never want to get to the end and have to worry about winning a tiebreaker (hello, U.S. soccer team!). If the Gamecocks can get to Gainesville with just one SEC loss, a win should send them to Atlanta. Two losses coming in, and beating Florida is a must.
Earlier today we ranked all 14 teams based on their offensive line. Now it’s time to look at the top tackles, the top guards and the top centers and determine who will stand out above the rest this fall.

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AP Photo/Aaron M. SprecherTexas A&M expects big things from Cedric Ogbuehi, who is expected to move over to left tackle this fall.
1. OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Sr., Texas A&M: The recent string of left tackles in College Station has been nothing short of remarkable. Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews each were selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft the past two years, and there’s a strong possibility that Ogbuehi will make it 3 for 3. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior played right tackle last fall, but he’s expected to move over and replace Matthews at left tackle this season.

2. OT La'el Collins, Sr., LSU: The Tigers had nine players drafted last month, more than any team in college football, but it could’ve easily have been 10 had Collins opted to leave school early. He was projected to go as high as the second round. Instead, he will return for his senior season, try to improve his draft stock and anchor LSU’s offensive line.

3. OT Laremy Tunsil, So., Ole Miss: The Rebels’ 2013 recruiting class was full of five-star prospects, but none played better than Tunsil last season. He appeared in 12 games, making nine starts at left tackle. He allowed just one sack all year. He was a second team All-SEC selection, a member of the SEC All-Freshman team, and the coaches expect him to only get better as a sophomore.

4. C Reese Dismukes, Sr., Auburn: In a league full of standout centers, Dismukes tops the list. He wasn’t the most talented player on Auburn’s offensive line last season, but you can make the argument that he was the most important during the Tigers' run to the BCS title game. He’s started every game in the past three years, and he’s looking to end his career on a high note.

5. OG A.J. Cann, Sr., South Carolina: The 37 career starts made by Dismukes over the past three seasons is impressive, but Cann has him beaten. The South Carolina senior has made 38 straight starts at left guard since taking over as a redshirt freshman in 2011, and after serving as the captain in 2013, he’ll again be counted on for his leadership this fall.

6. C Ryan Kelly, Jr., Alabama: The transition from All-American Barrett Jones to Kelly shouldn't have been a simple one, but the fact that it occurred without a hiccup is a testament to Kelly's ability not just athletically, but intellectually. Injuries, however, caused him to miss four games last season. Now recovered, he has every shot to to win the Rimington Trophy.

7. OT Corey Robinson, Sr., South Carolina: At 6-foot-8 and 348 pounds, it’s hard to miss Robinson when you watch the Gamecocks play. He has the size that makes everybody, NFL scouts included, take notice. The former defensive tackle has found a home at left tackle and will be in charge of protecting Dylan Thompson’s blind side this fall.

8. C Evan Boehm, Jr., Missouri: What can’t Boehm do? As a true freshman, he started 12 games at left guard, earning freshman All-American honors. He moved to center last season and led an offensive line that paved the way for a stellar Tigers rushing attack. The junior could probably play tackle if he wanted, but he’ll stay at center, where he could have a big season.

9. OG Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU: If going against Collins at left tackle weren't intimidating enough, imagine seeing the 6-foot-6, 342-pound Alexander lining up right next to him on every play. The two of them can open a hole big enough for a truck to run through, and it should be plenty big enough for five-star freshman Leonard Fournette.

10. OT Chaz Green, Sr., Florida: The other nine offensive linemen on this list all played last season, but Green is the wild card of the group. He missed the entire season after tearing his labrum during fall camp. He has all the talent -- he started in 10 games in 2012 and was a freshman All-American in 2011 -- but how will he bounce back?
In honor of the greatest movie monster to ever live making his much-anticipated return to the silver screen, we only thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the monsters the SEC has to offer.

Can any of them live up to the legendary status Godzilla holds? Only time will tell, but you still wouldn’t want to get caught in their path. Nothing good can come of those who oppose these monsters from the SEC East and West:

EAST MONSTERS

1. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia -- During his first year on campus, Floyd led the Bulldogs with 6.5 sacks and was second with 22 quarterback hurries. Jordan Jenkins gets a lot of attention on this defense, but Floyd might have the most NFL talent out there. He's ferocious off the edge and should wreak plenty of havoc this season with even more teaching. Double-team him if you want to have a chance.

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsFlorida junior defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. isn't a player that you want to mess with too often.
2. Dante Fowler Jr., DE/LB, Florida -- At 6-foot-3 and 266 pounds, you don't want to cross his path if you're in his backfield hunting grounds. Fowler is Florida's best edge rusher and can play standing up or with his hand on the ground. He has incredibly fast, violent arms to go with a truckload of speed. Fowler has six career sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss and is already viewed as a top-10 pick in next year's NFL draft.

3. Markus Golden, DE, Missouri -- Well, with that head of hair, he already has the Predator look down. And he's just as lethal on the field. With fellow ends Michael Sam and Kony Ealy both gone, Golden will have a lot more time on the field, giving him more room to roam and track down his next victims. He's got a scary burst and a load of strength that should help him pass the 6.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss he had last season.

4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia -- He can bowl you over or blow past you with his speed. He has a scary combination of speed, strength and elusiveness that make him an absolute terror to bring down. Nagging injuries have plagued him during his two years on campus, but he still has 2,374 career rushing yards and has averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 387 career carries. Gurley is arguably the nation's best and scariest running back when healthy.

5. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina -- He already has a menacing frame at 6-8, 348 pounds, which is just frightening in itself. But his job is to push guys such as Fowler around all season, and he seems to really get a kick out of it, too. Robinson can smother oncoming defenders with his size and strength. Trying to hit his quarterback comes with a price.

WEST MONSTERS

1. Landon Collins, S, Alabama -- You want a safety who can cover a lot of ground and deliver bone-rattling hits? Well, Collins is the guy for you. He really started to understand the safety position more last season and proved to be a real terror for the Crimson Tide's defense. Collins has first-round draft pick capability, and he's upset with how last season ended. You don't want to see him when he's angry.

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Michael Chang/Getty ImagesSophomore WR Laquon Treadwell is an absolute monster, pun intended, in the open field for Ole Miss.
2. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama -- I know that T.J. Yeldon is still the starter in Tuscaloosa, but Henry has that scary talent that just doesn't come around all that often. Like Gurley, he can pound the ball through the middle with all that strength, but has the ability to make defenders miss and hit that gut-wrenching home-run play. Henry is going to be a force to be reckoned with this fall, no matter how many carries he gets.

3. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn -- Big things are expected from the rising sophomore after a season in which he slowly started to develop into a solid player off the edge. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson loved how he started to combine that freaky athleticism with technique and knowledge this spring. He's arguably Auburn's most talented lineman and will be doing plenty of head hunting this fall.

4. Jameon Lewis, WR, Mississippi State -- Don't let his 5-9, 183-pound frame fool you, Lewis will make plays on you. He has all the speed and athleticism to run circles around opposing secondaries and he's learning how to be a better route-runner. He just missed out on grabbing 1,000 yards last season and is the kind of player who will slash his way through defenses with an offense that is perfect for his quickness.

5. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss -- He can leap out of any gym and he's the kind of person who is already more athletic than you, no matter the setting. As a freshman last season, Treadwell led the Rebels with 72 receptions, but is now the main attraction at receiver for Ole Miss. Treadwell is a freak of nature that isn't afraid to get physical with defenders, and he can hit the deep ball with all that speed he owns.
Now that the NFL draft has come and gone, we thought it was only appropriate to get some of the excitement started for next year's draft. We can say goodbye to the Class of 2014 by ushering in the Class of 2015.

Now, I'm no draft guru or anything like that, but I do know there are a handful of solid, draft-eligible prospects lurking around the SEC. You don't lead the nation in draft picks for eight straight years without having some more guys to churn out in future drafts.

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Dale Zanine/USA TODAY SportsTodd Gurley figures to be prominent among SEC East draft-eligible players in 2015.
With that thought in mind, esteemed colleague Alex Scarborough and I will be looking at 10 players from the SEC Eastern Division and SEC Western Division who we believe will be top prospects for the 2015 NFL draft. I'll go first with the East; Alex will have his 10 West prospects later on Monday.

Let's see what I came up with (in alphabetical order):

  • A.J. Cann, OG, RSr., South Carolina: He has a team-high 38 career starts entering the year and has started all but one game during the last three years. He's one of the top guards around and has been South Carolina's anchor up front for a while now. He's also a tremendous leader and has ideal size to plug holes at left guard.
  • Mike Davis, RB, Jr., South Carolina: One of the toughest runners in the SEC, Davis had a fun coming-out party last year with 1,183 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Davis can grind out tough yards and explode for the home-run play. For his career, Davis has seven 100-yard games.
  • Alvin Dupree, DE/LB, Sr., Kentucky: Dupree might be one of the most versatile defenders here. He started his first two years at outside linebacker, proving to be a solid pass-rusher, but moved to defensive end last year and was even better, leading Kentucky with 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He has ranked in the top 10 of the SEC in sacks the last two years.
  • Leonard Floyd, LB, So., Georgia: Three years removed from his graduating class, Floyd will definitely be eligible for the draft. During his first year, he was Georgia's best pass-rusher, notching a team-best 6.5 sacks. People around the program think he's Georgia's most talented player, and he could really jump up draft boards this fall.
  • Dante Fowler Jr., DE/LB, Jr., Florida: Another versatile defender, Fowler has the ability to push himself into the first round of next year's draft with his combination of power and speed. He has 18.5 career tackles for loss and can play both linebacker and defensive end, which will be very appealing to NFL scouts.
  • Markus Golden, DE, Sr., Missouri: Overshadowed by Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, Golden returns as one of the SEC's best edge players. He was third on his team with 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last year and could have easily left early for the NFL draft this year.
  • Chaz Green, OT, RSr., Florida: When healthy, Green is Florida's best offensive lineman. Losing him last year really hurt the Gators' offense, and his return is a huge boost. Green has the size and ability that scouts want, but his health is key. If he's healthy this year, he could battle for first-round status.
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Jr., Georgia: Like Jadeveon Clowney, Gurley probably could have left for the NFL after his sophomore season. While he has dealt with nagging injuries in his first two seasons at Georgia, he has 2,734 rushing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 100-yard games. He's a bully of a back with a rare combination of size, speed, and elusiveness that make him a first-round pick.
  • Corey Robinson, OT, RSr., South Carolina: NFL scouts are already drooling over his 6-foot-8, 349-pound frame. With 22 career starts under his belt, Robinson has plenty of experience going into his final year and has all the talent and skill to be one of the top tackles in next year's draft.
  • Ramik Wilson, LB, Sr., Georgia: Though he led the SEC with 133 tackles last year, Wilson still has that "underrated" tag attached to his name. He has ideal size and athleticism to hear his name called early in next year's draft, and his field instincts are exceptional.

Three-star 'stars' in the SEC

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It’s not always about the four- and five-star prospects.

Plenty of three-star (and lower) prospects go on to highly successful careers in the SEC.

Below is a stab at the 10 best players in the SEC next season who were ranked as three-star prospects or lower by ESPN coming out of high school. We’ve listed them alphabetically.

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsAuburn's Sammie Coates had seven touchdown catches last season.
David Andrews, C, Georgia, Sr.: The center position in the SEC is loaded, and Andrews will be near the top of that list in 2014. He's entering his third season as a starter and is one of the unquestioned leaders of the team. He wasn't ranked among the top 35 players in the state of Georgia coming out of high school and committed to the Bulldogs nearly a year before signing day.

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn, Jr.: We've only seen a glimpse of what Coates is capable of, even though he had seven touchdown catches last season and averaged 21.5 yards per catch. A product of Leroy, Ala., Coates was ranked as the No. 76 receiver nationally. Originally committed to Southern Miss, Coates ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at the Auburn camp, got an offer and switched his commitment to Auburn.

Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky, Sr.: With 16 career sacks, Dupree is one of the most accomplished pass-rushers returning in the SEC. Coming out of Irwinton, Ga., as a high school senior, he was ranked as the No. 48 tight end nationally and picked Kentucky over Georgia Tech. He wasn’t offered by Georgia.

Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas, Sr.: Flowers had 13.5 tackles for loss last season, which leads all returning players in the SEC. He was ranked as the No. 108 defensive end nationally as a high school senior in Huntsville, Ala. He was originally committed to Georgia Tech but took a visit to Arkansas on the final weekend and signed with the Hogs.

Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Sr.: Eight quarterbacks in the Class of 2011 who signed with SEC schools were ranked ahead of Marshall, who was a cornerback at Georgia that first season before running into trouble and getting kicked off the team. He blossomed last season at Auburn in leading the Tigers within an eyelash of a national championship. He has become a more consistent passer this offseason and returns as one of the more dynamic players in the SEC.

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State, Jr.: Only a two-star prospect in 2011 out of Tunica, Miss., McKinney was ranked as the No. 169 athlete nationally and weighed just 205 pounds coming out of high school. He played quarterback, linebacker and punter for his high school team. Now 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, McKinney has been a tackling machine for the Bulldogs at middle linebacker with more than 170 tackles the past two seasons.

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, Jr.: One of the top returning quarterbacks in the league along with Marshall, Prescott is a threat both as a runner and a passer and is poised for a huge season in 2014. A Haughton, La., product, Prescott was ranked as the No. 41 quarterback nationally coming out of high school. LSU offered after he had a big senior season, but Prescott stuck to his guns and enrolled early at Mississippi State that January.

Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Sr.: Prewitt led the SEC last season with six interceptions, and his 71 total tackles were second on Ole Miss' team. He was a first-team All-American by the Associated Press after exiting high school in Bay Springs, Miss., as the No. 78 athlete nationally in the 2011 class.

Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina, Sr.: South Carolina's offensive line should be one of the better ones in the SEC in 2014, and the 6-8, 348-pound Robinson returns as one of the premier left tackles in the league. Coming out of high school in Havelock, N.C., in 2010, he was ranked as the No. 56 offensive guard nationally. Other programs on his list included Duke, East Carolina and North Carolina State.

Braylon Webb, S, Missouri, Sr.: Webb is entering his third season as the Tigers’ starting free safety. He was second on the team in 2013 with 89 total tackles, and he also had three interceptions. He was unranked nationally coming out of Gilmer, Texas, in 2010 and chose Missouri over Houston.
Maybe it's a surprise to some, and maybe it shouldn't be. Either way, Texas A&M's offensive line will be the cream of the crop in the SEC in 2014, according to the fans.

More than 17,000 people voted in our SportsNation poll last week, and the Aggies were a clear winner. They received 34 percent of the vote. LSU was second with 23 percent and then Auburn with 16 percent, Alabama with 14 percent and South Carolina with 13 percent.

The Aggies will have a bit of a new look up front offensively in 2014. Senior Cedric Ogbuehi is moving from right tackle to left tackle and is another in a long line of outstanding tackles to play at Texas A&M. Luke Joeckel was the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Jake Matthews is being projected as a top-10 pick in May's draft, and Ogbuehi also has the makings of a first-rounder when the 2015 draft rolls around. He got a first-round grade from the advisory board this past year but decided to return for his senior season.

Ogbuehi is one of four returning starters up front for the Aggies, who should also have more depth next season. Senior left guard Jarvis Harrison was out all spring with a shoulder injury, and senior Garrett Gramling worked with the first team. He played well enough that he could work his way into the starting lineup. Every good offensive line is stout right up the middle, and junior Mike Matthews returns as one of the top centers in the league. He has excellent command of the offense in terms of all his checks and calls.

The right tackle job is the big question, although sophomore Germain Ifedi worked there this spring after playing last season at guard. The 6-5, 330-pound Ifedi is a mammoth individual, but seems to move well enough to play outside at tackle. Junior college tackles Avery Gennesy and Jermaine Eluemunor will benefit from having gone through the spring, and junior Joseph Cheek got a lot of first-team work at guard this spring.

The big surprise coming out of the SportsNation poll was that South Carolina received the fewest votes. The Gamecocks also return four starters and have three players -- tackles Corey Robinson and Brandon Shell and left guard A.J. Cann -- who are likely to be drafted. This also will be their third season playing together. When it's all said and done, here's betting that the Gamecocks are as good as anybody up front offensively in 2014.

We'll see how it all plays out in the fall.
South Carolina's offensive line depth took a hit this week.

Steve Spurrier announced on Thursday that junior offensive tackle Cody Gibson will miss the rest of spring after tearing the meniscus in his knee. Gibson will have to undergo surgery to repair his knee, but should be back by the summer.

The Gamecocks were already without junior tackle Mike Matulis, who will miss all of spring while he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Gibson has made six starts during his career and played in nine games last year (two starts). Before his injury, he was pushing both Brandon Shell (right tackle) and Corey Robinson (left tackle) for reps this spring.

The Gamecocks still have redshirt freshman Mason Zandi to work with at tackle, but are pretty thin at the tackle spot right now. The good news for the Gamecocks is that they signed four players who played tackle in high school, including four-star prospect Alan Knott (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek).

Welcome to the Bayou

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Greetings from Tiger Stadium. We have a big one between LSU and South Carolina.

Two top-10 teams and two very, very talented defenses will be going at it under the lights Saturday in one of college football's best environments.

The Tigers are limping in after that 14-6 loss to Florida, but interesting things happen under the lights in this place, and something tells me The Hat will have a few new things in store for the Gamecocks. It will be interesting to see how South Carolina deals with not just the crowd noise but with its own emotions after last week's blowout victory over Georgia.

This is South Carolina's first real road trip and the Tigers have their backs against the wall.

It'll be interesting to watch both of these offenses tonight. The Gamecocks have been very balanced and have one of the SEC's most efficient quarterbacks in Connor Shaw. That fractured shoulder hasn't been much of an issue at all. The Gamecocks will face their toughest test up front, and that is a concern for offensive-line coach Shawn Elliott. His line has been shaky at times this year, and the tackle spots are key. Corey Robinson and Brandon Shell will have their hands full with Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo going at them.

For LSU, the Tigers were already without top offensive lineman Chris Faulk and will now be without starting left tackle Alex Hurst, who continues to deal with personal issues. Josh Dworaczyk will start at left tackle, where he has really struggled. Trai Turner will also start for the injured Josh Williford at right guard, while Vadal Alexander will start at right tackle; both are freshmen. LSU will have three underclassmen starting on the offensive line ... with Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor and Kelcy Quarles to battle.

Talk about a lot of pressure up front ...

Gamecocks shuffle offensive line

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott didn't hide his disappointment this week regarding how his guys had played up front to this point.

Sure enough, the Gamecocks are making some changes for the Missouri game.

Sophomore Corey Robinson will start at left tackle with sophomore Mike Matulis moving to right tackle. The odd man out is sophomore Cody Gibson, who had started at right tackle each of the past two games.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Shell started at left tackle in the opener against Vanderbilt, but struggled. That's when the Gamecocks moved Matulis over to left tackle and inserted Gibson at right tackle.

This will be South Carolina's third different starting lineup in four games against what should be the Gamecocks' stiffest test to date for their offensive line. Missouri has a lot of speed on defense and won't be hesitant about bringing the pressure.
South Carolina got back out on the field Tuesday for its first spring practice of 2012.

“It was a typical first day of spring ball,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “A lot of young guys running around and hustling. The effort was very good. Throwing and catching at times looked good, at times not so good. The defense looked pretty sharp. But a good first day and hopefully we’ll get a little better as the week progresses and be ready to have an excellent spring game on April 14.

“Our guys had an excellent winter conditioning. Joe Connolly, our strength coach, and his staff did a super job of getting our guys in position to give the effort and they have done it. Really impressed with the times, the lifts, the strength and conditioning of our team right now.”

The Gamecocks are dealing with a handful of injuries this spring and were without rising sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who sat out the first day because of an academic issue. He is expected to return to practice Thursday.

South Carolina also released its spring depth chart and Corey Robinson has a new position. The sophomore-to-be has moved from defensive tackle to offensive tackle, and is listed as the No. 2 left tackle on South Carolina's depth chart. Qua Gilchrist has also moved from linebacker to fullback.

Here's a look at South Carolina's complete spring depth chart:

OFFENSE

Quarterback
14 Connor Shaw, 6-1 207 JR-2L Flowery Branch, Ga.
17 Dylan Thompson, 6-3 212 SO-1L Boiling Springs, S.C.
12 Andrew Clifford, 6-2 212 JR-SQ Tampa, Fla.
9 Tanner McEvoy, 6-6 209 FR-RS Hillsdale, N.J.

Fullback
48 Matt Coffee, 5-10 228 JR-1L Mary Esther, Fla.
43 Qua Gilchrist, 6-1 245 SR-SQ Abbeville, S.C.
43 Jacob Baker, 5-9 188 SR-1L Ridgeland, S.C.

Running back
21 Marcus Lattimore 6-0 218 JR-2L Duncan, S.C.
31 Kenny Miles, 5-9 193 SR-3L Lawrenceville, Ga.
22 Brandon Wilds, 6-2 218 SO-1L Blythewood, S.C.
7 Shon Carson, 5-8 192 FR-RS Scranton, S.C.

Wide Receiver
6 DeAngelo Smith, 6-1 196 JR-1L Kingsland, Ga.
11 Lamar Scruggs, 6-2 225 JR-1L Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
8 Shamier Jeffery, 6-1 214 FR-RS St. Matthews, S.C.

Wide Receiver
1 Ace Sanders, 5-8 175 JR-2L Bradenton, Fla.
3 Damiere Byrd, 5-9 168 SO-1L Sicklerville, N.J.

Wide Receiver
82 D.L. Moore, 6-5 198 SR-3L Bowling Green, Ky.
10 Nick Jones, 5-7 184 SO-1L Moore, S.C.
80 K.J. Brent, 6-4 184 FR-RS Waxhaw, N.C.

Left tackle
71 Brandon Shell, 6-6 331 FR-RS Goose Creek, S.C.
77 Corey Robinson, 6-8 337 SO-SQ Havelock, N.C.
65 Brock Stadnik, 6-5 287 FR-HS Greensboro, N.C.

Left guard
50 A.J. Cann, 6-4 309 SO-1L Bamberg, S.C.
72 Kenny Davis, 6-3 318 SR-1L Newberry, S.C.
54 Clayton Stadnik, 6-2 265 FR-HS Greensboro, N.C.

Center
55 T.J. Johnson, 6-6 319 SR-3L Aynor, S.C.
70 Kyle Harris, 6-3 268 FR-RS Silver Creek, Ga.

Right guard
67 Ronald Patrick, 6-2 305 JR-1L Cocoa, Fla.
74 Kaleb Broome, 6-6 332 SR-SQ Aiken, S.C.

Right tackle
76 Mike Matulis, 6-5 274 SO-1L Boynton Beach, Fla.
78 Cody Gibson, 6-7 278 SO-1L Tallahassee, Fla.
75 Will Sport, 6-5 291 FR-RS Milton, Fla.

Tight end
87 Justice Cunningham 6-4 264 SR-3L Pageland, S.C.
88 Drew Owens, 6-6 236 FR-RS Charlotte, N.C.
89 Corey Simmons, 6-5 255 SO-SQ Lawrenceville, Ga.

Tight end
81 Rory Anderson, 6-5 218 SO-1L Powder Springs, Ga.
5 Kelvin Rainey, 6-3 219 FR-HS Yulee, Fla.

Note: The depth chart lists 13 offensive positions due to the number of formations
used by the team.

DEFENSE

Defensive end
98 Devin Taylor, 6-8 267 SR-3L Beaufort, S.C.
90 Chaz Sutton, 6-5 248 JR-2L Savannah, Ga.
93 Deon Green, 6-4 290 FR-RS Winderemere, Fla.

Defensive tackle
70 Byron Jerideau, 6-1 316 SR-2L Green Pond, S.C.
97 J.T. Surratt, 6-2 295 SO-SQ Winston-Salem, N.C.

Defensive tackle
99 Kelcy Quarles, 6-4 286 SO-1L Hodges, S.C.
92 Gerald Dixon Jr., 6-3 304 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.
52 Phillip Dukes, 6-3 306 FR-RS Manning, S.C.

Defensive end
7 Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 256 SO-1L Rock Hill, S.C.
57 Aldrick Fordham, 6-4 269 SR-3L Jamestown, S.C.
44 Gerald Dixon, 6-2 272 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.

Middle linebacker
54 Shaq Wilson, 5-11 224 SR-3L Jacksonville, Fla. or 32 Reginald Bowens, 6-3 254 SR-2L Holly Springs, N.C.
29 Chaun Gresham, 6-2 266 JR-1L Auburn, Ga.

Will linebacker
33 Damario Jeffery, 6-4 233 SR-3L Columbia, S.C.
24 Quin Smith, 6-1 239 SR-3L Lenoir, N.C.
18 Cedrick Cooper, 6-2 215 FR-RS Lithonia, Ga.
34 Mason Harris, 6-3 210 FR-RS Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Spur
21 DeVonte Holloman 6-2 241 SR-3L Charlotte, N.C.
9 Sharrod Golightly 5-10 179 SO-1L Decatur, Ga.
48 Marcquis Roberts 6-1 206 FR-RS Powder Springs, Ga.

Cornerback
27 Victor Hampton, 5-10 197 SO-1L Darlington, S.C.
10 Cadarious Sanders 6-0 189 SO-1L LaGrange, Ga.

Strong safety
12 Brison Williams, 5-11 205 SO-1L Warner Robins, Ga.
25 Kadetrix Marcus, 6-1 185 SO-SQ Stone Mountain, Ga.

Free safety
36 D.J. Swearinger, 6-0 210 SR-3L Greenwood, S.C.
4 Sheldon Royster, 5-11 185 FR-RS Woodbridge, N.J.
20 Edward Muldrow, 6-3 183 FR-RS Snellville, Ga.

Cornerback
3 Akeem Auguste, 5-9 188 SR-3L Hollywood, Fla.
15 Jimmy Legree, 6-0 189 JR-2L Beaufort, S.C.
1 Ahmad Christian, 5-10 189 FR-RS Jacksonville, Fla.

SPECIALISTS

Kicker
47 Landon Ard, 5-9 189 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.
81 Adam Yates, 6-1 196 SR-1L Sparks, Md.

Punter
85 Patrick Fish, 6-0 193 SO-SQ Shelby, N.C. or 84 Mike Williamson, 6-1 190 JR-SQ Norway, S.C.

Kick returner
27 Victor Hampton, 5-10 197 SO-1L Darlington, S.C.
3 Damiere Byrd, 5-9 168 SO-1L Sicklerville, N.J.

Punt returner
9 Ace Sanders, 5-8 175 JR-2L Bradenton, Fla.

Kickoff
47 Landon Ard, 5-9 189 FR-RS Rock Hill, S.C.
81 Adam Yates, 6-1 196 SR-1L Sparks, Md.

Deep snapper
91 Walker Inabinet, 5-10 204 SR-2L Columbia, S.C.
62 Davis Moore, 6-0 217 JR-SQ Buford, Ga.

Holder
11 Seth Strickland, 6-2 195 SR-2L Laurens, S.C.

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