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One of the more popular questions among Gamecock fans this offseason is, "Who will replace Alshon Jeffery?"
The answer to this question is by using a balanced attack of wide receivers and tight ends. South Carolina has several different types of players at both positions that can give you a variety of looks on offense. This group should give the Gamecocks more options now that they all need to step up and replace Alshon Jeffery.
At the wide receiver position, South Carolina has small, speedy receivers like Ace Sanders, Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington. All three players posses breakaway speed and can be used a variety of ways including reverses and in the "Wildcat" formation.
There are also taller possession-type receivers like Shamier Jeffery, K.J. Brent and D.L. Moore. Don't forget about Mr. Football Shaq Roland, along with other incoming freshmen Jody Fuller and Kwinton Smith. All four players were 4-star recruits for the Gamecocks and have a potential to play right away.
The tight end position has undergone a tremendous transformation in the past year. South Carolina has the steady senior in Justice Cunninghman. Cunningham can provide good hands and blocking skills at the tight end position and also work as an H-Back for the Gamecocks. Last year saw the emergence of freshman Rory Anderson, now a sophomore, when he scored three touchdowns on eight catches and averaged 23.5 yards per catch.
South Carolina redshirted Drew Owens last year, who suffered a knee injury in the spring game, and welcomed true freshman Kelvin Rainey in January. 2011 signee Jerrell Adams enrolled for the Maymester at South Carolina and brings another athletic big body to the tight end position.
These tight ends are athletic enough to create mismatches when lined up against a safety or a linebacker. They also have the ability to flex out and line up on the outside as well.
If you're looking for height, the Gamecocks have it. If you're looking for speed, the Gamecocks have it. This offense will look to utilize this two groups this year to jump-start a passing game that was lacking in 2011.