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South Carolina Gamecocks: Top 10 Players So Far This Season

Alex RobertsCorrespondent INovember 3, 2016

South Carolina Gamecocks: Top 10 Players So Far This Season

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    South Carolina's first third of the season is now complete.  They stand a solid 3-1, ranked No. 19 in the country, and the only loss came in an away game to No. 10 Auburn by eight points. 

    So far, so good for these Gamecocks.  They have played very well as a team, but there are some extremely talented individuals playing ball in the garnet and black. 

    Through one-third of the season, there should be little surprise who is going to pop up as the No. 1 player on the team.  However, the rest of the players are not quite as clear. 

10. Connor Shaw, Quarterback

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    We have got to start this slideshow with the up and down (but highly promising) play of freshman quarterback Connor Shaw. 

    The future of the Gamecocks look bright under this kid.

    Stats:

    12-18 passing, for 144 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions

    13 rushes for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns

9. Chris Culliver, Cornerback

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    Cully has played extremely well this season.  He doesn't put up gaudy numbers, but has has made plays when it counts, and he was suspended for the first game. He is also a talented kick returner.

    Stats:

    14 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup, 1 pass deflection, and a forced fumble.

    9 kick off returns for 191 yards, 21.2 average.

8. Devin Taylor, Defensive End

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    Devin Taylor has been more of a consistant force than All-American candidate Cliff Matthews.  His massive frame and good speed make him a nightmare in the SEC.

    Stats:

    15 tackles (4 for a loss), 3 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 5 quarterback hurries.

7. Travian Robertson, Defensive Tackle

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    Travian Robertson has become an elite athlete at the defensive tackle position.  He is mean and quick.  He isn't your average overweight lineman.

    Stats:

    13 tackles (4 for loss), 2 sacks

6. DeVonte Holloman, Safety

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    DeVonte Holloman has established himself as a force on defense.  The team's leading tackler, he has shown great instinct.

    Stats:

    26 tackles (1 for a loss), 1 interception, 3 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble.

5. Spencer Lanning, Kicker

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    Possibly high for a kicker, but Spencer is one of the best dual threat kickers in the country.  He has made 4-of-5 field goals, and has contributed 27 total points to the team.  His punting is also great, as he averages 47 yards per punt.

    Stats:

    4/5 on field goals (only miss coming from over 50), long of 51.

    13 punts for 609 yards, 46.8 average, 6 over 50 yards and four downed inside the 20.

4. Stephen Garcia, Quarterback

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    The man deserves credit.  He has played like a good quarterback, but the media and opposing fans trash him.  It is time to realize he is a good, solid quarterback. 

    Stats:

    58-81 passing for 743 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.  Passer efficiancy of 161.6 (19th in the country). 

    35 rushes for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

3. Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback

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    An excellent all-around player.  He is a shut down corner, a solid punt returner, and a secret offensive weopon.

    Stats:

    22 tackles (3 for a loss), 1 interception (returned for a touchdown), 5 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery.

    3 punt returns for 24 yards, 8 yard average (most teams punt away from him...)

    14 rushing yards on one drive of "Wildcock."

2. Marcus Lattimore, Running Back

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    Marcus Lattimore burst on the scene with a major showing against Georgia.  He has slipped a little, but he is still the go-to touchdown machine.

    Stats:

    84 rushes for 378 yards, 4.4 average and 6 touchdowns.

    6 receptions for 114 yards (10.8 average).

1. Alshon Jeffrey, Wide Reciever

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    The man, the myth, the legend.  Seriously, if he had a few more touchdowns (thanks a lot, Marcus Lattimore), he would be a Heisman candidate.

    Stats:

    27 receptions for 498 yards (18.4 average), 2 touchdowns.  After Week 4, he led the NCAA in yards. 

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