South Carolina Gamecocks 2015 Position Preview: Offensive Line

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The offensive line is one of many question marks on the South Carolina Gamecocks offense this season, and for good reason. First and foremost, the Gamecocks lost 2 key linemen, AJ Cann and Corey Robinson, to the NFL at the end of last season. Cann and Robinson both manned the left side of the line, and Robinson leaves a void at the very important left tackle position which is responsible for protecting the quarterback’s blindside.

Another concern about the offensive line is the lack of experienced depth. The second team consists of three true freshmen, and one redshirt freshman. In other words, the Gamecocks second unit has four players who have never played a snap of collegiate football. That’s a scary thought considering the tendency to redshirt freshmen offensive linemen.

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The offensive line also lost Brock Stadnik to injury for the season. They also saw his brother Clayton Stadnik lose 50 pounds and get moved to tight end. That pretty much sums up how we got to where we are on the offensive line, but there is some good news.

The good news is that the Gamecocks do return some key players and have an experienced first team. Lead by Brandon Shell, the Gamecocks hope that they can establish a ground attack this season that can allow Connor Mitch some time to get comfortable at quarterback while opening up the passing game. Also returning to the line is Mike Matulis who never seems to be able to stay healthy but should be considered a warrior when it comes to bouncing back from injury. Let’s take a deeper look at the offensive line heading into tonight’s game against North Carolina.

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