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South Carolina football preview 2014: Kane Whitehurst

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Will the former Razorback continue to work his way up the depth chart in Columbia?

Kane Whitehurst
Redshirt junior wide receiver
5'11, 180 lbs.
Duluth, Ga.

Recruitment:
Three stars, No. 175 wide receiver in 2011 class

Other offers:
South Carolina actually didn't offer Kane Whitehurst when he came out of (way down yonder on the) Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga. in 2011. Outside of Arkansas (with whom he signed), his only other offers were from Eastern Michigan, Troy, and Tulane.

College Career:
After signing with Arkansas in 2011, the Razorbacks dismissed Whitehurst in March 2012 following an arrest for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Having missed his opportunity to get his piss hot in Fayetteville, Whitehurst transferred to South Carolina.

Last offseason, Whitehurst was tabbed by message board denizens as that walk-on who was going to take everyone by surprise (hey remember Jared Shaw!) Of course that didn't hap--

[was gobsmacked when that happens, still feelin' kinda gobsmacked]

Kane's output cooled a bit as the season wore on (he only caught three passes during the remainder of the season), although he did snag another touchdown late against former team Arkansas in a play that if you think Steve Spurrier didn't deliberately orchestrate and then brag about over beers that night, you probably aren't a college football fan.

2014 Outlook:
That Kane Whitehurst hasn't been offered a scholarship yet is a bit of enigma, and there's a good chance that will change soon. With Jody Fuller deciding to transfer, South Carolina is officially under the 82-scholarship limit, and Whitehurst is among the most talented walk-ons on the team. Regardless, he's a reliable option with whom Dylan Thompson has displayed chemistry, so expect him to play. Entering spring practice, he was second on the depth chart behind Shaq Roland.

A well-documented speedster, he also may get a look in the return game. Right now though, Pharoh Cooper appears to have a stranglehold on the kick returning duties.

Trivia:
Cousin of this man, who once tormented South Carolina but now loses to punters in arm wrestling contests.

Ron Aiken’s game-winning lede:
"To Joe Robinson, 'Kane' is more than the last name of the 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' protagonist or some good-ass sugar, it's also the first name of his secret weapon return man."