South Carolina's spring football practice season is kicking it into high gear and the position battles are heating up.
With an offense that returns a majority of its players, the bulk of the battles are occurring on the defensive side of the ball and at the line of scrimmage.
After losing defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney, Chaz Sutton and Kelcy Quarles, the Gamecocks have gaps but do not lack the talent to fill them. From top to bottom, South Carolina has enough depth to the point where any player can emerge as the main person in that role.
South Carolina needs to find options in the pass rush and interior of the defensive line. Though, one of the biggest battles is one that dates back to last spring involving the "Spur" linebacker position.
Dylan Thompson is the starting quarterback, yet the backup role is highly contested with three candidates making their claim.
The spring is young and the position battles are getting intense. Here is a look at five position battles for the South Carolina Gamecocks.