South Carolina Football: How Gamecocks Will Replace Every Departing Starter

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South Carolina Football: How Gamecocks Will Replace Every Departing Starter
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South Carolina has had a great three-year run.  They've gone 31-9 and competed for the SEC East in each of those three years, winning it once. 

However, the Gamecocks are entering perhaps their most daunting and important offseason ever.  While the team has plenty of talent, it's losing some of the biggest names the roster has ever seen.  The seniors on this list won a total of 38 games, the most in the history of the program. 

This list of departing starters reads like a who's-who of football talent, and if you are a Gamecock fan, is a fairly depressing thing to look at. 

Marcus Lattimore, Ace Sanders, Devin Taylor, Shaq Wilson, D.J. Swearinger...these were all quality players with tons of heart that helped create the newfound culture of winning that is now found throughout the program. 

Do the Gamecocks have the depth to weather the loss of 11 of 22 starters?  Two of these players may end up being considered legendary Gamecocks (Lattimore and Swearinger).  How do you replace them? 

It will be difficult, but the team is stocked with enough talent and enough returning superstars to do just that. 

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