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Returning Starters: 8
South Carolina lost two elite defensive players from last season, end Melvin Ingram and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
But don’t cry too much for the Gamecocks, as they’ll just reload.
With Devin Taylor and sophomore Jadeveon Clowney bookending the line, the ‘Cocks have the best tandem at end that UGA will face all season.
South Carolina starts three seniors at linebacker, so there will be no lack of experience there, and they have plenty of depth.
The only concern for this defense is in the secondary, especially with the recent injury to cornerback Akeem Auguste, which will keep him sidelined for at least the first few weeks of the season.
However, senior safety D.J. Swearinger will be a presence in the secondary. The Gamecocks should weather their early schedule and will likely have Auguste back before their first real test when UGA comes calling October 6.