Gamecocks Position Preview: Running Backs

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Over the past few seasons, the Gamecocks have become known for having a dangerous ground game to match a potent passing attack. With guys like Marcus Lattimore and Mike Davis establishing South Carolina as a school that can get running backs to the league, there has not been a talent shortage at the position.

This season seems to be no different as the Gamecocks return three running backs with valuable game experience. Brandon Wilds, David Williams, and Shon Carson will share the carries as the South Carolina coaching staff have moved to a run by committee approach rather than making one guy a workhorse (like Lattimore).

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Brandon Wilds and David Williams are currently battling for the starting spot, but each will get their opportunity to shine this season. Both also boast very impressive yards per carry averages from last season and will be expected to carry much of the burden of moving the offense due to the lack of experience at quarterback, wide receiver, and on the offensive line (particularly the second unit).

Although there is very little concern with who will be getting the bulk of the carries, many are concerned with the inability for running backs to stay healthy over the course of the season at South Carolina. Lattimore was lost twice due to ACL injuries. Mike Davis had nagging injuries that limited him. Even Wilds was redshirted due to a high ankle sprain. Fortunately, running backs coach Everette Sands has been able to identify and bring in some talented recruits in the last recruiting cycle: Mon Denson and AJ Turner. Let’s take a deeper look at what each player has done and can bring to the table this season.