After a 31-10 drubbing in the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes, the South Carolina Gamecocks concluded the 2008 season with a crash.
The Gamecocks were 7-3, but slipped to 7-6 in a span of three games. Heading into 2009, South Carolina has a completely new coaching staff.
The Gamecocks also have to find a new quarterback, build an offensive line, and find offensive playmakers. Additionally, Carolina must find a true running game.
The schedule will be tough again this year, and Spurrier must produce. The Gamecocks will open things up in the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh; home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
The Gamecocks also play four top-15 teams and nine bowl teams. In the opening of spring practice, the Gamecocks have a clear-cut starter as quarterback, Stephen Garcia.
The whole team will be in crisis if Garcia cannot produce. G.A. Mangus promises to coach him good. The Gamecocks lose the most at cornerback. Captain Munnerlyn, Carlos Thomas, Stoney Woodson, and the heroic Emmanuel Cook are gone.
Carolina does return a heck of a lot at the Defensive Line, though. All-American Eric Norwood, will be the leader of the defense in 2009.
The Gamecocks return 12 starters from last year's Outback Bowl team. Here are the seven questions South Carolina needs to answer in spring, summer and early fall practice.
1.Can Garcia produce at the Quarterback position? Who can step up as a backup?
2.Will the Offensive Line toughen up? Will it have a new fire in its eyes with new Coordinator Eric Wolford?
3.Who will replace Kenny McKinley as Wide Receiver? Which Players will rise?
4. Who will replace the Mike Davis as primary ballcarrier?
5.Who will play at cornerback? Can the fabulous foursome of Captain Munnerlyn, Carlos Thomas, Stoney Woodson and Emmanuel Cook be replaced?
6.Will the Young players step up? Will any Freshman or Sophomore take a stand for the team?
7.Who are the assistant coaches? How will the players react to the assistant coaches?
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