Predicting the South Carolina Gamecock's 2009 Football Season

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Predicting the South Carolina Gamecock's 2009 Football Season
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How will the team that had seven players drafted in April fare this year?

This year, South Carolina must attempt to rebound from a second straight year with an epic collapse at the end.

After starting out 7-3 last year, the Gamecocks lost their last three games by a combined score of 118-30, including losses to hated rivals Florida and Clemson, and a loss to Iowa from the lowly Big Ten.

The task will not be any easier with the loss of all-time receptions leader Kenny McKinley, the SEC's best tight end in Jared Cook, and first-round talent offensive lineman Jamon Meredith. In addition, they lost defensive leaders Jasper Brinkley, Carlos Thomas, Captain Munnerlyn, and Emanuel Cook.

However, the return of senior LB/DE Eric Norwood and the maturation of QB Stephen Garcia, as well as a top 15 recruiting class, should be enough to get the Cocks to another bowl game.

In this slideshow, I will go through each of USC's games and make a prediction. Later on in the offseason I will write a full-blown preview of every aspect of the team.

Keep in mind that I'm entering my sophomore year at USC, so this will be an extremely biased preview.

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