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  He returned last year. MarShawn Lloyd played in 12 games during South Carolina's 2021 season, his debut in college football after missing all of his true freshman year while recovering from a torn ACL. Why is this even a question? Lloyd was hurt, came back, played, end of story. Except he was wondering. Am I OK? Am I fully back? Do I want this badly enough? He couldn't definitively say no, but he wasn't risking a neck sprain while furiously nodding yes. The best Lloyd could figure it, he was lying to himself. "I feel like playing this game, you need confidence. You don't want to have to think about. On top of football with the plays, I was thinking about, "Can I do this?," Lloyd said. "That's a big no if you're playing a physical sport like this." >He was cleared medically, he passed every test.

But his situation was like that of the man he's most often compared to. Marcus Lattimore was at his physical peak when trying to recover from the devastating knee injury that ended his junior season at USC and led him to declare for the NFL, trying to salvage whatever was left of his career. He was in tip-top shape with the San Francisco 49ers, his knee was reconstructed, he was ready to play. Yet he knew what nobody else did. Lattimore just didn't feel right. The effort and desire to get back from the injury had clearly been proven. But whenever out there on the field, Lattimore simply didn't feel like he did before the injury. - The Post and Courier


rSo/2025 RB MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina's Darius Rush rerouted his football focus from wide receiver to cornerback. That move has the redshirt senior poised for a breakout year. Rush - originally from Kingstree - was recruited as a wide receiver out of C.E. Murray High School, which competed as both a receiver and defensive back. He spent most of his time on special teams during his first two years at South Carolina, but his role on the team received a jolt when the Gamecocks moved him to cornerback going into the 2019 season.

Cam Smith, the team's leading corner, suffered a foot injury before camp last summer and then Smith suffered a separate injury that caused him to miss a game against Tennessee. In those moments, the door opened for Rush to step up and he became a star. He leveraged skills as a wide receiver and in the second game last season grabbed his first career interception against East Carolina. He finished the season with eight pass deflections. Rush has good size at 6-2, 200. He is working his way up the Draft Scout board and this will be a big season for him so put him on your watch list. - Rock Hill Herald/Frank Cooney


rSr/2023 CB Darius RushSouth Carolina
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  The thing about being compared to Calvin Johnson is that the name "Calvin Johnson" is all anybody remembers. South Carolina didn't land intriguing receiver Ahmarean Brown out of the transfer portal. The Gamecocks landed Ahmarean Brown, the guy "who tied Calvin Johnson's freshman career receiving touchdown record!" USC didn't get a wideout from Georgia Tech who could fit very well into its offense, it got a guy "who's in Tech's record books alongside Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Calvin Johnson!" OK, reality check time. Ahmarean Brown, 5-9, 167, isn't Calvin Johnson, who played at about 6-5, 240 (with a 45-inch vertical and a 40 time of 4.38 seconds). To be clear, the Johnson record he tied was most receiving touchdowns by a freshman at Tech with seven. "After I caught that last touchdown, I got to the sideline and I kind of cried a little bit. It was a very emotional moment," Brown said. "That gave me a lot of confidence in myself that I really didn't have at that moment. "Now I hold myself much higher than I used to. I expect a lot more out of myself." That's all nice, but unless he has a remarkable growth spurt, any comparisons to Megatron should stop now. - The Post and Courier/Frank Cooney

Sr/2025 WR Ahmarean BrownSouth Carolina
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  Jordan Burch and Jordan Strachan are set to start at "Buck," or defensive end/pass-rusher in USC's terminology, replacing Aaron Sterling and JJ Enagbare. Each flashed at times last year in backup roles, but they're the guys now. "I feel this was probably the best football I've played since I've been here," Burch said after the spring game. "I feel like right now, everything's flowing. I really have everything now, I feel like." The game has changed so much that it's difficult to get a lot of sacks, but disrupting the offense by getting in the quarterback's face is certainly doable. Burch was one of the best prospects in the country when he signed and Strachan tied for the nation's lead in sacks in 2020 at Georgia State. USC needs the two to give them that consistent punch on defense, especially against the run. - The Post and Courier

Jr/2024 DE Jordan BurchSouth Carolina
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  Jordan Burch is one of the highest-ranked high school recruits to ever sign to play football at South Carolina. After two years playing behind the likes of Aaron Sterling and NFL Draft pick Kingsley Enagbare, Burch is now a junior and is being counted on for increased production in the 2022 season. USC coach Shane Beamer said as much during the spring and reiterated it while talking to reporters after his media golf tournament last week. "Jordan Burch knows that it is his time," Beamer said. During his high school career, Burch ascended to be the No. 1 recruit in the country - the five-star prospect finished No. 8 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings when he signed to play at South Carolina. He was the second-highest-rated signee for USC, according to those rankings, behind only Jadeveon Clowney.

Burch had 19 tackles as a freshman, but his season was cut short because of a hand injury. In 2021, he appeared in every game, had 26 tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown against Vanderbilt. Burch, now 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, also made his first career start in the Duke's Mayo Bowl victory over North Carolina. "He is definitely physically gifted and the sky's the limit for him," South Carolina defensive ends coach Sterling Lucas said. "He has been working hard and bought into all the techniques that we are coaching. I'm really excited about him and the production that is to come." - Rock Hill Herald


Jr/2024 DE Jordan BurchSouth Carolina
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  The two-headed rushing attack of Kevin Harris and ZaQuandre White is no more, as each player is off to the NFL. That leaves South Carolina in need of a lead back. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield has said he'd prefer to have a No. 1 guy rather than rotate a few players in and out at tailback. That said, the Gamecocks have options. Wake Forest transfer Christian Beal-Smith led the Demon Deacons in rushing each of the last two years - including in 2020 when he shared the backfield with eventual Heisman Trophy contender Kenneth Walker III. With one year of eligibility remaining, expect him to be squarely in the mix.

MarShawn Lloyd is the other big factor here. The former top-65 recruit has been limited during his South Carolina by an ACL tear he suffered in fall camp as a freshman. Now entering his third year in the program, Beamer and his staff are hopeful he's back to full-go. Lloyd looked the part of the speedster he was billed as coming out of high school during his limited reps last season. He'll have every opportunity to be the lead back in 2022, and it's not completely inconceivable he and Beal-Smith end up splitting time, despite Satterfield's preference. - Rock Hill Herald


rSo/2025 RB MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
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  Jaylan Foster left big shoes to fill in his final year playing at South Carolina. The walk-on turned second-team Walter Camp All-American had the best season of his career in 2021, tying for fourth in the country after snagging five interceptions. Upon graduation, Foster left a big hole on and off the field. Defensive coordinator Clayton White and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray think they might have found his replacement - Central Michigan transfer Devonni Reed. "I spent the whole month of January basically trying to find a guy who I thought was the closest to (Foster) and can come in and get with us...We found Devonni Reed," White said.

Reed played four years at Central Michigan and transferred to South Carolina in January. He was a four-year starter with the Chippewas, with 287 career tackles and three interceptions. The graduate transfer was also named to several All-Mid-American Conference teams the last two seasons. White made the comparison of Foster and Reed after Shane Beamer's media golf outing on Thursday, saying that "no one's the same person, but he's the closest thing that we can find." - Rock Hill Herald


rSr/2023 FS Devonni ReedSouth Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Spencer Rattler, QB, junior, South Carolina,...Rattler, a 6-1, 215-pound transfer quarterback from Phoenix, Ariz., enrolled at Carolina prior to the spring semester following three seasons at Oklahoma where he played in 23 games and posted a 15-2 record as a starter. The Arizona product completed 70.1 percent of his passes (361-for-515) for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns to his credit. Rattler also threw at least one touchdown pass in 16 of his 17 collegiate starts with the Sooners. There are 44 offensive players (22 quarterbacks, 12 running backs and 10 receivers/tight ends) on the preseason watch list along with eight from the defensive side of the ball. - South Carolina Football

rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  Defensive lineman Rick Sandidge is taking a medical redshirt, allowing him to stay on scholarship but ending his playing career. Sandidge did not play last season after ankle surgery and the healing process has been difficult. He was the highest-rated recruit in USC's Class of 2018. - The Post and Courier

rSr/2023 DT Rick SandidgeSouth Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Cam Smith, South Carolina, Junior CB,...Smith, a 6-0, 188-pounder redshirt junior from Blythewood, S.C., earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press a year ago after leading the team with 14 passes defended, including three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He allowed multiple catches in just two of 11 games played and only 15 catches on 32 targets throughout the season. He has been listed on multiple pre-season All-SEC and All-America teams this summer, including the Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. - South Carolina Football

rJr/2024 CB Cam SmithSouth Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Kai Kroeger - South Carolina,...Kroeger (6-4, 207) is a third-year punter who is emerging as a leader of the specialists… averaging 43.1-yards per punt through his first two seasons, which ranks third on the school's all-time career list behind Joseph Charlton (45.5) and Sean Kelly (43.3)… listed as a pre-season fourth-team All-SEC selection, according to Athlon… was named to the 2020 SEC Coaches' All-Freshman team… good athlete who is also one of the best holders in the country… is 2-for-2 in pass attempts, including a touchdown. Played as a true freshman in 2020 after graduating from Lake Forest (Ill.) High School in August. Helped lead the Scouts to a 7-5 record and a spot in the 2019 state quarterfinals - South Carolina Football

Jr/2024 P Kai KroegerSouth Carolina
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  Coming to a device near you...South Carolina will announce July 27 that it is creating its own exclusive subscription-based streaming platform. According to an email sent to Gamecock Club members and obtained by The Post and Courier, the service providing "high-quality Gamecock digital content" will debut in the fall. "Gamecocks+ will feature original storytelling content above and beyond the existing high-level videos that fans have come to expect and enjoy," the email reads. "Gamecocks+ will give Gamecock Club members exclusive access to new videos, never-before-seen content, behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews, iconic moments and the latest news and information." Gamecock Club members will receive the service for free. USC partnered with Sport and Story, a media group used by other athletic departments to produce programming for ESPN, HBO and other national outlets. It will be available via the web, mobile and later on in the fall, streaming services such as Roku and Apple TV. - The Post and Courier

rSr/2023 WR Josh VannSouth Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT Dylan Wonnum, South Carolina,...Wonnum, a 6-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from Tucker, Ga., returns for his fifth year after a back injury which required season-ending surgery shortened his 2021 campaign. Wonnum has been a starter throughout his Gamecock career, taking the first snap in 30 of his 32 games played over the past four years. He was tabbed a pre-season second-team All-SEC performer earlier this summer by Phil Steele. - South Carolina Football

rSr/2023 OT Dylan WonnumSouth Carolina
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  Spencer Rattler wasn't at the Southeastern Conference Media Days event last week, but you wouldn't know it. His teammates - Jovaughn Gwyn, Dakereon Joyner and Zacch Pickens - were asked about him. Head coach Shane Beamer was, too. Even other SEC quarterbacks were queried on the ex-Oklahoma signal-caller. "It's kind of crazy because he was my roommate there (at the Manning Passing Academy)," said Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who went against Rattler in a throwing contest at the camp that later went viral. "Meeting him, talking to him, getting to know him - it was pretty fun." Rattler is a question mark.

His benching in 2021 at Oklahoma makes him as such. But his arm talent and oozing potential make South Carolina as hard a team as any to peg in the preaseason prognostications. It's also part of why the Gamecocks have had more offseason exposure than they've had since Steve Spurrier patrolled the sidelines. "I think the most noise we made at SEC Media Days last year was when we re-enacted the Coach Spurrier Arby's picture on the way back to the airport. But there was very little talk about our football team," Beamer quipped. "That's different this year. People are talking about us nationally, which is what we want. We have high expectations at South Carolina. People are talking about our players as individuals more nationally than what they were last year. There's more buzz about this program right now." - Rock Hill Herald


rJr/2024 QB Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Sherrod Greene, South Carolina,...Greene, a 6-1, 233-pounder from Rocky Mount, N.C., returns to Carolina for a sixth season after having both his 2020 and 2021 seasons cut short prematurely due to season-ending injuries. He has appeared in just four games over the past two seasons after logging 35 contests including 24 starts from 2017-19. He totaled a career-best 73 tackles as a sophomore in 2018 and collected 6.5 tackles for loss during the 2019 campaign. - South Carolina Football

rSr/2023 ILB Sherrod GreeneSouth Carolina
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