Brandon Wilds took his first start against the Tennessee Volunteers as a challenge and led the Gamecocks to a 14-3 victory.
Wilds finished the day with 28 carries for 137 yards, both career highs, and showed flashes of the star running back he has been charged to replace.
Everyone knows of the injury troubles plaguing the Gamecocks at the running back position. Freshman Shon Carson was lost for the season with a knee injury in the Georgia game. Backups Kenny Miles and Eric Baker have played sparingly over the course of the season due to nagging injuries. The big lost was losing Marcus Lattimore for the season against Mississippi State.
Brandon Wilds looked good in replacing Lattimore as the starter but he'll need some help behind him. You could tell the freshman got a little winded in the second half at times, so it's imperative for someone else to step up and provide that depth.
Kenny Miles is the best option at this point. He was able to finally contribute some on offense for the Gamecocks against the Volunteers and had seven carries for 15 yards. It may not be much but it's seven less carries that Brandon Wilds had to have for Carolina.
Bruce Ellington could also snag a few carries from either the running back position or the Wildcat formation, now that he's fully healthy from his hamstring injury that limited him against Tennessee.
Between these three, South Carolina should have just enough to help them get through the rest of 2011. The Gamecocks just need a second option behind Brandon Wilds to help out.