The one area that is holding South Carolina back as it heads toward the 2014 season is cornerback. We all knew it would be a major concern, and it continues to be one.
Entering the spring with Rico McWilliams as the only scholarship cornerback on the team meant the Gamecocks needed to make some quick shifts to address the needs at the position.
Shifting Brison Williams over from safety made a lot of sense as he has a lot of experience and adaptability for the game. He thrived in the shift and may see some time at cornerback this fall since there is depth at safety.
Even with the success of Williams, South Carolina is in some trouble with its cornerbacks. And the Gamecocks are throwing all of their eggs in one basket. Or should I say, three freshmen?
Chris Lammons, Wesley Green and D.J. Smith will provide some much-needed depth at cornerback, but they will also be expected to earn starting spots. Asking for freshmen to start at such a demanding position is not an ideal situation to be in, though these recruits are very talented.
For the sake of the defense, South Carolina desperately needs one of the three to rise to starting status, and the other two will have to play consistent rotational substitute roles. And all of this needs to happen in the blink of an eye.
South Carolina is in need of an answer. And it should come this fall in the form of three talented freshmen corners.