SEC Football Q&A: Can South Carolina Get Back to the Georgia Dome?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 5, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  A South Carolina Gamecocks fan holds a sign claiming the SEC East Champions during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 36-14.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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From Terrance Harris (@TdotHarris) via Twitter: Thoughts on the Gamecocks this season? A return to the SEC title game?

You could make a case that South Carolina was the best team in the East last season, despite not winning the division title.  It swept the division, but good luck with the schedule allowed Georgia to ease into the Georgia Dome without playing Arkansas, Alabama or LSU out of the West.  

The same situation will prevent itself this season.  Games at LSU and at home vs. Arkansas will prevent South Carolina from winning its second SEC East title.  Now, if Georgia falls to Missouri the second week of the season—which is very possible—the East will get blown wide open.


From Justin Davis (@jersymikejr) via Twitter: Is this season a breakout season for Jadeveon Clowney where he breaks sack records?

It depends on which sack record.  Career sacks?  Not yet, although he will get there.  Single-season sacks?  He's got a chance.  

Clowney came on strong last season to finish his freshman campaign with eights sacks, two shy of the Gamecock single-season record of 10, which is currently shared by Andrew Provence in 1982 and Melvin Ingram last season.  Either way, Clowney is set for a fantastic season under new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.


From Rick Hunter via Email: With the departure of Orson Charles and Aron White, do you think Jay Rome can step in and fill their shoes?

Absolutely. It seems that Georgia has found a niche as "Tight End U," and Rome is the next in line for that throne.  At 6'6", 245 pounds, he's got the build to play in the SEC, and all reports from Georgia spring practice indicate that he is living up to—and perhaps exceeding—his recruiting hype.  

Charles and quarterback Aaron Murray had a long-standing chemistry together, and while that familiarity won't be replicated, Rome will still be a stud.