South Carolina Football: 5 Biggest Roster Holes for Gamecocks to Fill in 2013

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South Carolina Football: 5 Biggest Roster Holes for Gamecocks to Fill in 2013
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I'm not a huge Counting Crows fan, but this time of year I'm always reminded of the lyric "A long December and there's reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last."

Of course the song's frame of reference is definitely not college football, but for the fans of the South Carolina Gamecocks, like all teams, sitting through the long December of waiting before the January bowl season certainly leaves more than a little thought that, yes, maybe (and hopefully) this upcoming year will be better than the last.

Holes. It's all about plugging holes in the roster between graduation and transfers of key personnel. "Next man up." You get the idea.

Certainly where the Gamecocks won't be lacking is at quarterback between returning senior Connor Shaw and rising junior Dylan Thompson. The offensive line isn't in bad shape either with virtually all the current starters coming back with the exception of one (who does happen to be a key member of the team).

If there is to be a posturing about a list of holes to fill for the Gamecocks, it will definitely center around the reorganizing of a defensive unit that, on the whole, has been well recognized as one of the best in the country (currently ranked 12th in FBS) and been a key ingredient to South Carolina's success this year.

That said, let's take a look at some of the key positions the Gamecocks will need to fill for the 2013 season.

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