The Gamecocks have gone from being a legitimate contender back to a middle of the pack team in the minds of many.
The most recent hit South Carolina has taken is the indefinite suspension of Weslye Saunders and the hotel scandal.
Not to mention Steve Spurrier being Steve Spurrier and not choosing a starting quarterback/on-field leader. Spurrier said Tuesday, just two days before kickoff, that he tends to lean towards older guys, which means Stephen Garcia will likely start.
Yet again Spurrier shows no confidence in his quarterback. What does that make the team think? Do they now doubt Garcia and even Connor Shaw's ability to lead them?
We will find out this Thursday—here these five players will and must shine.