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The Gamecocks lost a talented cornerback this past season when Stephon Gilmore made his way to the NFL.
The three-year starter was one of the major faces of this Gamecocks defense and him leaving left a void at cornerback for South Carolina.
Luckily, South Carolina had a veteran waiting in the wings in Akeem Auguste. The senior redshirted last year after foot injury sidelined for nearly the entire season.
The Gamecocks also have Victor Hampton returning who is expected to be the other starter for South Carolina.
But who's behind them?
South Carolina lost freshman Rico McWilliams to injury, but there are a few talented underclassman who could make an impact. Redshirt freshman Ahmad Christian pushed for playing time last season before redshirting and South Carolina brought in Chaz Elder from Georgia in the 2012 recruiting class. Jimmy Legree and Cadarious Sanders are two veterans along with freshman Chris Moody rounding out the cornerback spot.
South Carolina has front-line talent in Hampton and Auguste. The Gamecocks will need to find players who can fill in as backups for this season out of the rest of the group. Christian and Legree will likely step in often to spell Hampton and Auguste.
This is a crucial position in this defense and will likely need its backups to play a major role this season. There is some talent there. All they need now is to showcase it on the field this year.