South Carolina Preview (2010) South Carolina Gamecocks Outlook: The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing 7-6 season and a loss PapaJohns.com Bowl to Connecticut. The Gamecocks started out 5-1 in 2009 including a big home win over #4 Ole Miss. However, Carolina was only able to muster two wins the rest of the season, including a 17 point victory over rival Clemson. South Carolina had a lot of success at home posting a 5-1 home record with its only loss coming to undefeated and #1 Florida. The Gamecocks looks to continue their dominance at one of the toughest places to play in the country. This season looks to be better for Carolina as they return nearly all of their key offensive playmakers led by star WR Alshon Jeffery. Steve Spurrier and his team is confident that they will be able to win 8 or 9 games at the minimum and get into a better bowl game this offseason. Carolina is one of the youngest teams in the SEC, and if the Gamecocks are to reach 10 wins they will need many young and inexperienced players to step up and out perform expectations. The biggest question facing the Gamecocks will be if they under achieve this season is how many years before Coach CEPS gets his team geared up for his fleXbox One offense that he excelled with at Penn State. Offense: The Gamecocks will be led at Quarterback by third year started Stephen Garcia. Garcia has improved every year he has been under center and this year should be no different. With a lot of skilled players Garcia should have no trouble distributing the ball. At running back there will be the speed and power combination of Kenny Miles and Brian Maddox. Miles ran slashed his way to 602 yards last year while Maddox bruised his way to 305. The carries should be split again this year as both backs look to carry the ground game over 1,000 yards. The receivers group is one of the best and youngest in the nation led by Sophomore Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery only started half the season and had over 700 yards receiving and 6 TD catches. The rest of the receivers are made up of Sophomore Tori Gurly, Junior Jason Barnes, and Sophomore DL Moore. Gurly and Barnes combined for 700 yards last year while Moore saw limited action, but all three guys are expected to step up in a big way this year. The TE should be big additions to the passing game as well as the running game. The offensive line is a veteran group led by two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore. The group looks to give time to Garcia and the passing game as well as open lanes for the ground attack. Defense: The defensive line leads the South Carolina defense. It will be critical for the front four to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks as well as take away running lanes for the tough SEC running attacks. The tough defensive line is led by Senior pass rushing defensive end Cliff Matthews. Matthews will look to get pressure of the end and tally up a lot of sacks this season. The linebackers for the Gamecocks don't have a lot of game experience but they provide great leadership to a young team. The man in the middle, Senior Rodney Paulk, will earn his first start this year and looks to make the most of every game he plays. He is a smart, quick linebacker who will be looking to create a lot of havoc and make many plays. The secondary is a talented group that will be put to the test this season against many talented receivers in the SEC. Culliver and Gilmore will look to lock down many top talents on the outside. They will be getting plenty of help over the top from Junior FS Akeem Auguste and Sophomore SS Devonte Holloman.