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The defensive backs were another area of concern, but that should be a thing of the past, especially if some players have solid fall practice showings.
Cornerback Victor Hampton is the leader of the position. He is the lockdown player and the team's best cover-corner.
Playing opposite of him is Jimmy Legree. Legree is more than a solid No. 2 cornerback—this kid can play.
Behind these two are a bunch of corners who need to improve in fall practice in order to keep up with SEC offenses during the season.
Ahmad Christian, Ronnie Martin and Sidney Rhodes are the other three who have potential to work their way into a good amount of playing time in extra defensive back sets, if needed.
As for safeties, South Carolina needs Kadetrix Marcus or T.J. Gurley to step up as the main free safety. Both have the potential to start, but Gurley is the budding young player who could lock up the position barring his recovery from knee surgery.
Chris Moody is the other free safety on the roster, but the other two are leaps and bounds ahead of him.
At strong safety, the No. 1 player is Brison Williams. The junior is a veteran player in the secondary and should be a team leader in the fall.
Behind Williams, Chaz Elder is the kid to watch. Elder had a great spring showing and is determined to increase his role with the Gamecocks.
Kyle Fleetwood is competing with Elder, but Elder is an intriguing player to watch in fall practice.