South Carolina's offense has not been up to snuff to start out the season.
Sure, the Gamecocks are scoring 31.0 points game, good for 62nd in the country. South Carolina also possesses the 26th-ranked rushing offense and 44th-rated passing game.
But that just isn't good enough.
Part of the issue lies with the defense not getting the offense enough opportunities. Another part of the issue is with some injuries and disjointedness at the wide receiver position.
While 2013's offensive performance is good, it's still not great. And it is definitely not where this team could be.
The Gamecocks' offense has huge potential and will maximize it in 2014.
Here are the reasons why South Carolina's offense will be much improved in 2014.
1. Dylan Thompson is the official starter
It's rare to have such a talented backup quarterback in college football who plays regularly along with the normal starter. Dylan Thompson is that guy. He has a great deal of experience that will have him prepared for his redshirt senior season.
The offense will not have to jump between quarterbacks, which will allow for continuity with Thompson.
Beyond the consistency that Thompson can bring, the team can settle into a more pro-style offense. His gunslinger mentality combined with his pro-caliber arm should anchor the passing game quite well.
Thompson's ability to make throws all over the field will also open up the play-action pass and make defenses susceptible to the run, which will make Mike Davis' life a whole lot easier.
2. This year's young team will be experienced in 2014
South Carolina does not lack offensive talent. But, the team is young and it does show at times.
In 2014, there will be no more excuses of age and inexperience. One of the big benefits to having a young team is that the next season means the units will be almost the same. And that is the case with the Gamecocks.
Guys like Dylan Thompson, Mike Davis, A.J. Cann, Brandon Shell, Shaq Roland, Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams will have one more year of experience under their belts. All of these players are performing well when healthy, so next year will have high expectations.
The core units are all filled with great young talent.
Now it's time to turn the raw talent into experienced talent, and the sky is the limit for these players and the rest of the South Carolina offense in 2014.
3. All of the receivers return
Quarterbacks love to build chemistry with receivers. Though, in college football, it isn't too often that a quarterback gets to work with the entirely same corps of wide receivers for two seasons.
South Carolina gets lucky here.
Bruce Ellington, Shaq Roland, Nick Jones, Damiere Byrd and the tight ends aren't going anywhere.
This gives Thompson time to build a rapport with all of his receivers throughout the rest of 2013 and during the offseason leading up to 2014.
That much time with that good of a set of skill players bodes very well for South Carolina.
4. Mike Davis will be back and better than ever.
Mike Davis is having a monster season, and I saw it coming (to an extent.)
The beastly running back who is looking like one of the elite backs in college football as just a sophomore will be back to lead the offense in 2014.
Davis is a total workhorse, angry runner and skilled receiver. He is such a complete back that he can be the offensive focal point for the Gamecocks.
While it may be tough to match this season's performance, Davis is constantly improving and will be better in 2014. I know it's hard to imagine that he gets better, but trust me, he will.
If there is one thing South Carolina should be most excited about, it is Mike Davis in 2014.
South Carolina has been no slouch offensively in 2013, but it could be better.
The Gamecocks in 2014 will have a solid quarterback, experienced starters, a tightly knit group of receivers and, most importantly, an elite feature running back in Mike Davis.
Look out for the South Carolina offense in 2014.