Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
During the offseason, head coach Steve Spurrier seemed to have an urge to use his tight ends a lot.
In September, we learned that the Gamecocks are not unleashing the three-headed monster of Rory "Busta" Anderson, Jerell Adams and Drew Owens. And these guys are too good to not be integral parts of the offense.
Anderson has six catches for 75 yards.
Adams has three catches for 60 yards.
Owens has two catches for 13 yards.
This just isn't enough production out of such a talented unit of players.
The emergence of Mike Davis could have a say in this matter, but I think that Davis' play should be opening up the use of tight ends.
Davis' running should provide the opportunity for play-action pass plays.
With Connor Shaw's injury and Dylan Thompson going under center, Davis will run more out of the power formations, and the tight ends will be in to block. Thompson can then unleash the play-action playbook and use these tight ends.
So while the tight ends are not a big part of the offense, the Gamecocks still need them.
Maybe the quarterback change over the next couple weeks will provide that opportunity.