The South Carolina football team is set to welcome back six offensive linemen who made multiple starts last season.
But none of them saw action at center in 2017.
Offensive line coach Eric Wolford and the rest of the offensive brain trust will begin their quest to replace Alan Knott when South Carolina begins spring practice on Feb. 28. The Gamecocks coaches are also preparing to find someone to take over for right guard Cory Helms, who started 10 games as a senior.
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There are plenty of candidates for center and right guard, but the returning players have far more experience at the guard position.
What could South Carolina’s offensive line look like at the start of spring practice?
The starting five
- Senior left tackle Dennis Daley: The junior college transfer took over the startling left tackle job in the third game last season.
- Redshirt sophomore left guard Sadarius Hutcherson: played in 10 games but started in four as a guard. Has also worked at tackle during his career.
- Redshirt freshman center Eric Douglas: Listed as a 3-star tackle coming out of high school, he’ll be among the player competing for Knott’s vacant spot. Douglas received the Offensive Scout Team Award last fall.
- Senior right guard Donell Stanley: A 12-game starter at guard in 2017, Stanley could also be a candidate to take over at center for his final season at South Carolina.
- Senior right tackle Zack Bailey: Appeared in nine games at right tackle last season, eight of which were starts. He’s also started at guard and center during his career.
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- Senior Malik Young: began last season as the starting left tackle, before giving way to Daley. Young started nine games at right tackle in 2016 and could be on the move to another position again in 2018, perhaps to guard or center.
- Senior Blake Camper: All three of his career starts were at right tackle. If Bailey moves to guard or center, Camper could be a candidate for a starting spot.
- Redshirt sophomore Chandler Farrell: a walk-on who appeared in two games last season. Could be in the mix at center.
- Freshman Maxwell Iyama: A 4-star guard, according to Rivals, Iyama probably has a clearer path to early playing time there, as opposed to tackle.
- Freshman Hank Manos: The Under Armour All-American will compete for the starting center job.
Also in the mix
- Redshirt junior Christian Pellage: The former Under Armour All-American redshirted in 2016 after mostly playing special teams as a true freshman. Did not see any action last season.
- Redshirt sophomore Will Putnam: hasn’t appeared in a game since arriving.
- Redshirt freshman Summie Carlay: redshirted in 2017.
- Redshirt freshman Jordon Carty: a high upside talent who could one day compete for the starting left tackle spot.
- Redshirt freshman Jordan Rhodes: Before the Outback Bowl, Muschamp mentioned Rhodes by name, when asked about standout redshirts. For now, Rhodes’ future is at right tackle.
- Freshman Wyatt Campbell: Before enrolling in January, Campbell believed he was likely headed for a redshirt. Currently recovering from meniscus surgery, which he underwent in December.
Rest of 2018 signees
- 4-star OT Dylan Wonnum: Could see time at either tackle position during his career, but the abundance of experienced tackles might push him toward a redshirt in 2018.
- 4-star OG Jovaughn Gwyn:
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