South Carolina Football: Stout Defense and Power Running Offense Key to 2012

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IApril 13, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 12:  Brandon Wilds #22 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the Florida Gators during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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South Carolina's offense has the capability to be a multi-dimensional beast.  If Connor Shaw makes the jump that many people are saying he is capable of, then the Gamecock's could boast one of the most dangerous offenses in the SEC. 

However, the arm of Connor Shaw won't really carry the team.  It's just going to be the icing on the cake. 

This team's season will depend predominantly on athe power running game of Marcus Lattimore, Shaw, Kenny Miles, and Brandon Wilds. 

This insanely talented quadrouple threat could be the best group of running backs the SEC has seen in a long time.  Marcus Lattimore (if healthy) is one of the top three backs in the country.  Yes, his health is a question.  However, all reports out of spring indicate that he's well on his way to a full recovery. 

Connor Shaw is one of the best running quarterbacks in the country.  His pace last year would have set him close to 1,000 yards if he played the whole year. 

Brandon Wilds and Kenny Miles are both successful starters, and could contribute on any SEC team, and start on at least half.  Brandon Wilds has tremendous power, while Kenny Miles is a veteran player who has improved every year. 

The defense will be another star again. 

Devin Taylor said it best himself... the team isn't rebuilding.  They are reloading.  They lose some serious star power, but have some stars in the making there to take their place. 

D.J. Swearinger, Kelcy Quarles, Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor, Shaq Wilson, and Victor Hampton are just a few of the players that could be household names by the end of the year.  The defensive backs have been playing very well during the spring.