South Carolina Football: The Gamecocks' 5 Most Intimidating Players

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IMay 15, 2012

South Carolina Football: The Gamecocks' 5 Most Intimidating Players

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    There are some players that opposing teams just want no part of.  There are some offensive players that can give hits as well as defensive players.  These guys are players that defenders dread playing.

    Then, there are some defensive players that know how to put a hurting on players or are so freakishly athletic that they can make offensive linemen look silly. 

    There are also those that just look plain scary. 

    Teams need intimidators on both sides of the ball to be successful.  These players can just get into the heads of the opposition.  Here are my picks for South Carolina's most intimidating players. 

5. Devonte Holloman

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    Devonte Holloman is a big, bruising, safety/linebacker/spur player who absolutely knows how to lay the wood.  He's fast, has excellent instincts and offensive players know who hit them when he tattoos them. 

4. Kelcy Quarles

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    Kelcy Quarles developed and blossomed late in the year.  He became a destructive force in the middle and will have a breakout year in 2012.  He's athletic, fast, and powerful.

    He could become an elite tackle.

3. Akeem Auguste

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    Akeem Auguste has been plagued with injuries, but he is still one of the most ferocious hitters in the entire SEC.  He's small, but he will destroy ball carriers.  It's one of his best traits.  He's a corner who hits like a safety. 

    If he comes back healthy, Akeem Auguste can be a surprisingly good corner. 

2. Jadeveon Clowney

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    He's straight-up scary.  People say he looks like a Predator from the Predator films...but in reality he's much more frightening. 

    He's got to be one of the most intimidating one on one matchups an offensive linemen will ever have to face. 

1. Marcus Lattimore

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    The only offensive player on the list is also the number one player on the list. 

    Seeing number 21 on the field is intimidating for many reasons if he comes back healthy.  He's a runner who also knows how to lay the wood, and he makes defenders look silly.  He's a home-run threat at all times, and he's the leader of the team. 

    His calm demeanor is unsettling to the opposition as well.  It's like the quiet calm before the storm.  Lattimore is a beast, and the Gamecocks are lucky to have him.