A.J. Cann (No. 50) will be one of the anchors on South Carolina's offensive line.
1. Oft-injured junior Mike Matulis entered the spring listed as a backup at tackle, but exited the spring as the projected starter at right guard, the only spot on the line where the Gamecocks didn't have a returning starter. All Matulis needs to do is stay healthy.
2. Will Sport, a junior with playing experience, is the likely backup. Sport will likely be counted on as a backup at either guard spot.
1. By all accounts, returning starter Brandon Shell had a good spring. He has All-SEC potential, and it's a safe bet he will be motivated to have a big year as a junior with the chance of making the jump to the NFL looming.
2. Senior Cody Gibson is a versatile lineman with experience and will probably back Shell. Gibson can play several positions on the line.
1. Because of the uncertainty at right guard, returning starter Cody Waldrop got a look there before moving back to center once Matulis established himself. Waldrop is solid but still has the occasional problem with the shotgun snap.
2. When Waldrop was injured, Clayton Stadnik stepped in effectively at center last season and is a reliable backup. Stadnik showed solid improvement through the spring and can take over for Waldrop with little or no dropoff.
1. Senior A.J. Cann is a returning starter who had a solid spring. A senior, he is also a solid leader up front for the Gamecocks.
2. Brock Stadnick rates an edge over Bryce King for the backup spot. Like so many other positions, the battle will continue in the fall.
1. Corey Robinson, the acknowledged leader on the offensive line, returns for his senior year. A definite All-SEC candidate.
2. Sophomore Mason Zandi had a good spring and will likely enter the fall with the edge at the backup tackle spot. A 6'9", 303-pound sophomore, Zandi played at tackle and tight end last season.