We lose 3 big cogs in the offense with the departures of QB Connor Shaw, HB Marcus Lattimore and WR Ace Sanders. The big three put together a great season to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to their first national championship. This year some of the guys that played behind them as well as some new young talent will be looking to keep the offense performing at a high level. Redshirt Junior Tanner McEvoy takes over at QB. He has plenty of experience filling in whenever Shaw went down with an injury. He isn't the runner that Shaw is so he will do most of his work from the pocket. The Gamecocks will be using a dual running back attack this year as each guy brings something different. Redshirt junior Brandon Wilds will be the main back in under center formations as he has a straight ahead running style to have success in between the tackles. Meanwhile redshirt freshman Cedric Butler will be used as a Darren Sproles type back mainly playing in shotgun to get him in space to make guys miss. He isn't built to be an every down back but he can have a big impact as a change of pace. SR Damiere Byrd and Redshirt SO Shaq Wilson are the starting wideouts while Bruce Ellington will be the slot man. These three possess track speed and will be dangerous after the catch. TE Cory Grigbsy is not to be forgotten as he put together a solid campaign last year and is a dangerous weapon as well. The O-line is returning four starters led by RT Mike Matulis. It will be a change in defensive philosophy this year as the Gamecock switch to a 3-3-5 defense. Up front Jadeveon Clowney will be manning the RE position for his 4th season. He was a terror last season tallying 11 sacks and attracting a lot of attention from the O-line. Senior DT Kelcy Quarles will be the nose tackle and freshman Anthony Clark is the other DE. This is a strong D-line that will provide a big push to allow the linebackers to make plays. Speaking of which, we have a deep linebacker group. ROLB Adam Tolbert was last years Nagurski Award winner as he notched 13 sacks. MLB Mason Harris is a rangy player who is quick to the ball carrier and solid in coverage. LOLB Billy Mcrae is a JUCO transfer who is excellent in pursuit and one of the best pass rushing LBs in the country. We also have two freshmen that will be seeing time in different packages like a 3-4 or a 5 linebacker 3-5-3 look. In the defensive backfield Victor Hampton returns as a starting corner, he had an excellent junior season hauling in 5 interceptions. True sophomore Darren Drew gets the starting job as the other corner beating out fellow Soph John Newby. There will be 3 safeties on the field at times. Dane King and Brison Williams are returning starters from last season while true freshman Terrence Patterson will be playing FS which is like a centerfielder position in this defense. This is a big change on defense but we feel that it is a perfect fit with our personnel. I know the saying is if it ain't broke don't fix it but South Carolina is always looking to evolve and look forward to seeing this defense at work hopefully to contribute to another national championship.