South Carolina 2013 Media Guide 2013 South Carolina Gamecocks Make Or Break The 2013 season for the Gamecocks is being billed as a make or break year. The Gamecocks have had more success the last four years than they have ever had in their history. But even with that success the Gamecocks are not being called an elite program, and if they want to get to that elite status this year is crucial. Not only is it important on the field, in terms of wins and losses but it is also important that USC gets to that elite status in recruiting. Last year the Gamecocks had a top ten class, but they did so quietly, and this year they want to make a bang in recruiting. The Gamecocks will look to capture the SEC East for the second straight year and third time in four years, but if they win it this year it will be different. Due to the coaching shakeups in the SEC East the landscape is quickly changing, Coach Bamaboiking is out and Georgia and one can only expect the Bulldogs to go downhill, but there is a new coach at Florida. Coach Fight takes over the Gators and he is the brother of Coach Ceps at USC, so this rivalry will take on a new meaning. The last three season it hasn't been much of a matchup but now with a brotherly rivalry brewing this could become one of the most intense matchups in the country. Coach Ceps has already circled that one on the calendar twice and will certainly want to win that game more than just any regular game. South Carolina has SEC and National Title aspirations, and they will hopefully accomplish those goals. OffenseOn offense the Gamecocks will be breaking in a new quarterback after the departure of Andrew Clifford. There will be a quarterback competition for the job and most likely both guys will split time, at least early in the season. The job will either go to Fr(Rs) Doug Koch or Fr Andre Garrett. Koch is a better passer, but Garrett is a better athlete and can keep plays alive. No matter who the job goes to the QB will be asked to step up and make plays for the team. At HB the Gamecocks feature one of the best and most explosive running backs in the entire nation, Marcus Lattimore. Last season Lattimore was dynamic last season in the running game, passing game, and the return game. He ran for 1000 yards last year, had 300 yards receiving, and had five returns for TDs (1 punt and 4 kick). This season he is back and better than ever, and he will look to lead the Gamecocks offense. The Gamecocks love their depth at TE with Jonathan Perry and Justice Cunningham. The Gamecock receivers aren't very experienced but they can make plays. The two main targets will be Ace Sanders and true freshman Michael Davis. Both guys have good speed and good hands, and they will need to help out their young QBs. The offensive line is improved as a whole, but still they need work. The group will have to come together and work as a unit to have some success. DefenseThe defense returns nearly everybody from last year, and they looked good at times last year and were bad at times. They will need to be good more times than not this year in order for USC to get where they want to go. The defensive line should be a good group, but they will really need to get a lot of pressure to help out the defense. The line is led by their big defensive ends Sutton and Fordham. The USC linebackers are young and athletic, and will be looking to make plays. The Gamecocks lost their MLB Gilchrist from last year, but they are now playing Fr Ken Bowen, who is even better and should bring some new life to the linebacking corp. The other linebackers Brandon Golson and William Parks are both back and look to build on the great seasons they had last year. The secondary returns all four starters from a year ago, including CB Joseph Booker who was a first team All-American and was runner up in the Thorpe Award. The defense should be much improved this year and will look to really step up and lead the Gamecocks this year, for the first time since Coach Ceps has taken over in 2010.